What Is Temp-to-Hire and What Does It Mean For an Employee?


If you’re new to the temporary employment world, some of the terms you hear may be confusing. One of the most confusing concepts for temp employees is often “temp-to-hire” – it doesn’t seem to make sense, does it? Actually, it makes plenty of sense, both for employers and employees. In fact, temp-to-hire employment is great for employers and employees, and here’s why:

Why Employers Use Temp-to-Hire Employees

Years ago, most employers who used temporary employees used them to fill positions during periods when staffing shortages were a problem, such as during busier seasons or when a number of employees were off for vacation, maternity or other scheduled leaves. However, industries where turnover is high and experienced, qualified employees are in demand have always relied on temporary employees for more than just occasional staffing need. For these industries, including healthcare and manufacturing, temp-to-hire employees have always been the perfect solution, offering employers a steady supply of employees, with the option of hiring the best on full time when positions came available. It’s no wonder the temp-to-hire model has caught on with more and more employers – it gives employers the perfect opportunity to try employees out before committing to the expense of offering permanent employment with benefits.

What Temp-to-Hire Employment Means For Employees

Don’t assume that all the benefits of temp-to-hire employment are weighted on the employer’s side of the scale. Sure, employers get the opportunity to “try before they buy,” seeing how you work before offering you a permanent position, but it’s still a good deal for the employee, too. Temp-to-hire positions can be the perfect way for employees to test the waters with a new employer or in a different type of position than they’ve held before without a long-term commitment. In a temp-to-hire position, you have the freedom to see how an organization functions from an insider’s perspective. You can see how departments run firsthand, determine whether there are opportunities for advancement or continuing education and really get to know your managers and co-workers. If it works out, then you’ve got a foot in the door to a permanent position. If not, you can move to another assignment without the worrying that you’re creating a black mark on your resume. In the meantime, you’re gaining valuable experience and making important industry contacts. It’s a win-win.

Does working in a temp-to-hire position sound great? Call the experienced recruiters at Staffing Partners to see what temporary and temp-to-hire positions are available in your industry!


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