Four compelling reasons to tighten up hiring practices for temporary or contingent workers
Temporary employees, whether hired through a temp agency or directly by the company, help ease the pressures of economic uncertainty because they are flexible and easily scalable. Since the workers are generally considered short-term, many employers do not perform the same due diligence in the hiring process as they do when hiring full-time employees or they assume that the temp agency has done their homework.
Yet, even if the person will be engaged only for a short period, the company is exposed. Here are four compelling reasons to tighten up your practices when hiring temporary workers:
1. Temporary workers are at higher risk of occupational injuries and illnesses. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Contingent Workers and Contingent Health” found that 19% of day laborers reported work-related injuries, compared to less than 5% of workers in all private industries. Researchers speculated that the unpredictability of job schedules could contribute to poor eating and exercise habits and that contingent workers are likely to have lower incomes and fewer benefits.