More than 2 million people work as contingent employees in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hiring contingent workers has proven to be a smart and cost-effective way for many businesses and employers across the United States to meet the growing demand for a highly trained, certified, and skilled workforce that is capable and flexible.
This is good news for contingent workers and healthcare providers alike. A contingent worker contract can frequently lead to a long-term arrangement. In fact, 59 percent of U.S. businesses that use staffing agencies or firms do so to help find good permanent employees. Flexible work schedules allow contingent workers the opportunity to stay in the workforce and maintain or enhance their work skills and the possibility of one day becoming a permanent worker. A business can hire a contingent worker and assess their performance and ability over time, to determine whether the employee would be a good candidate to fill a permanent position.
Utilizing contingent resources, such as a managed service program (MSP) and a vendor management system (VMS), can help you properly and efficiently vet and screen contingent staff to make sure your temporary employees are qualified to take on the job permanently.
Here are a few things you can do to use your contingent resources to your advantage and find permanent staff:
- Choose your contingent labor staffing agency wisely. Make sure your contingent staffing company has an effective screening process to start with, so as to improve the conversion rate.
- If you are interested in converting a temporary employee to a permanent employee, move quickly. In most cases, when people are working on a temporary basis, they are open to a full-time position with you or another company. Move sooner rather than later, or you may lose them.
- Make sure you have a solid onboarding process. Having solid transition procedures in place before they are necessary is one of the best ways to seize talented temporary workers and convert them to permanent employees before someone else does.
Using the temporary-to-permanent arrangement can be a win-win situation for both the employee and the employer. Working for a staffing company is one of the best ways to find a good job. Working with a staffing company is one of the best ways to find good employees.
ShiftWise provides contingent labor solutions that maximize the potential for good employees to build trust and rapport with their employer to eventually be considered for a full-time or permanent position, should they choose to pursue it. It also maximizes the potential for employers to handpick the employees they want for permanent roles from an already screened pool of employees. ShiftWise’s resources ensure your employees are maintaining high standards, and keeps track of information that helps your business make the right hiring decisions. With ShiftWise, you’ll be able to deliver results to meet your business’ contingent staffing needs while optimizing the potential to find permanent staff at the same time.