Bringing in a permanent employee means making a commitment. Even though there’s much less loyalty between companies and employees than there used to be, you generally want employees to stay for a long time. Finding the perfect employee you can commit to can mean a long recruiting process. But if you have an immediate need, bringing in a contract-to-hire worker lets you and the employee decide if you’re a good fit for each other, without making a long-term commitment in the early stages of your relationship.
Contract-to-Hire Offers Flexibility
When you bring in a contract-to-hire worker, you get the opportunity to see the person solve real-life problems — solve your real-life problems — and see if they’re a good fit for your firm. The new worker may be especially motivated to impress you, so they’re likely to work hard to get the job done.
Money matters can also make a contract-to-hire employee the right staffing solution. Before you turn the worker into an employee, you won’t be providing benefits, so the contract-to-hire worker may be less expensive than a full-time employee. This can be especially useful if you need to add staff in the middle of the year, when you may have less budget flexibility, or if it’s late in the year but you aren’t sure of next year’s budget yet. You may need to staff up to be ready for an expected new project — but need flexibility in case the project doesn’t come to fruition.
If you’re fortunate, you and the contract-to-hire worker will both agree the position is a good fit, and decide to make it permanent. At that point, converting them to full-time staff is mostly an administrative matter; the new staffer can just keep doing their job.
Contract-to-Hire is Low Risk
If the position doesn’t work out, there is little legal risk in terminating the worker, unlike with permanent employees. Although contract terms will vary, there is usually no need for a long notice period or severance pay. You can work with the staffing agency to find another worker to try in the position. The feedback you give about the contractor who didn’t work out can help clarify what you’re actually looking for in your new employee.
Work With a Staffing Agency to Find Your Next Employee
InReach IT Solutions can help you consider all your options, including contract-to-hire, in order to find your best new employee. Contact us to find out how we can help.