The Ins & Outs of Working With Temporary Workers

Looking to fill that vacant labor job in Calgary? Learn about the changing face of temporary employment and how our staffing solutions can help your construction business grow. 

It’s not just a perception: in Canada, temporary work really is growing at a faster pace than permanent positions. Since the recession, temp work has grown at more than triple the pace of permanent work (14.2% vs 3.8%.)

 This is because finding temporary employees to fill those vacant labor jobs has many benefits including:

  • Variable staffing model that can adjust to fluctuating workloads
  • Lower employment risks and overhead costs
  • Fewer work-related conflicts
  • Increased productivity

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At Matrix Labor Leasing, we provide innovative staffing solutions to meet your unique business requirements and ensure that you fill those labor jobs in Calgary with the skilled workforce you need to keep your company growing.

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Should You Hire a Temporary Worker for that Vacant Construction Job?

The use of temporary workers, or ‘temps’, has grown over the last several years, especially with the recession, and while they are a very effective staffing solution, it’s important to understand completely what is involved in hiring temps before deciding whether or not it’s the right decision for your company.

Some of the pros and cons of using temporary workers for vacant labor jobs include:


Immediate Availability: If you need to fill that construction job right away and don’t have time to recruit or hold interviews, then working with a staffing agency to find the right temp workers is a great solution.

A reputable staffing agency will have already done the work of finding and vetting qualified, skilled workers. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call.

At Matrix, we use an innovative business networking site, Matrix Connect, to match skilled temps with the relevant labor jobs.

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No wasted time: If you only require help for a certain amount of hours, or for just a few weeks, then a temp is an excellent choice. Instead of paying for a permanent employee, you can hire someone for exactly the time period and tasks you  need done .

Trial Period: Using a staffing agency allows you to ‘try out’ a temp employee for a position that could be converted to full-time employment. If you are happy with the temp worker, you can offer them a regular job. If you are less than satisfied with their performance, you can terminate the contract without worrying about the hassle of firing, severance or unemployment claims.

Higher Productivity: Recent studies have shown that temporary employees are highly productive and successful workers. In addition, most have a highly specialized skill set that can help with construction jobs that require qualified, experienced workers.

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Lack Of Teamwork: Temp employees often don’t have the time to integrate fully with your permanent employees. This makes it difficult to build camaraderie, so temps may be best suited for labor jobs that don’t require extensive collaboration.

Training Requirements: The more temporary workers you hire, the more new staff you will have to train. You can eliminate some of this difficulty by working with a staffing agency or hiring the same temps as often as possible, but there will always be an investment of time and personnel needed to get your temp workers up to speed.

Safety Issues: Even highly skilled temp workers will not be familiar with your specific work environment. This means that the frequency and severity of accidents on the construction job increases.The good news? At Matrix, we offer comprehensive safety training to all of our employees, minimizing the time it takes you to train them and increasing your productivity.

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Possible lack of commitment: An issue with a few temps is that they may not seem as committed to your business objectives as permanent employees.

This really is on a case-by-case basis and depends on:

  • How the temp is treated on the job
  • If there is opportunity for full-time work
  • If the temp worker has good overall work ethics 
How A Staffing Agency Can Help Mitigate The Risks of Hiring Temp Workers

While it is proven to be an excellent staffing option, hiring temporary workers can sometimes be problematic. However, working with a reputable staffing agency can help mitigate any potential downfalls.

If you are worried about any of the following, then partnering with a temp agency may be the right decision for you: 

  • You don’t have time to train a temporary worker for the construction job
  • The vacant labor job comes with a higher safety risk
  • You want to avoid the high costs of responsibilities such as benefits and insurance  

Temporary workers can be highly beneficial to your business, but only if you fully understand what is involved in this staffing solution. When used appropriately, temps can save your company time and money while boosting your productivity with new skills, fresh dynamics and innovative ideas.

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To find out more about how our staffing agency can help you fill that vacant labor job in Calgary with skilled and dedicated temporary workers, contact our office at 1-866-666-9520 or fill in our online contact form.


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