Hiring part time employees has some distinct advantages. Not all businesses need to hire full time employees, particularly when expanding. To hire a full time employee is a considerable cost and commitment and if you don’t have the work for your employee to do you may not get value for money.
Here are some of the main benefits associated with hiring part time employees:
As you can see, there are many benefits to hiring a part time member of staff, and the recruitment costs and training are the same as if you were hiring someone full time. However, what you need to understand here is that there is an easy mistake to make. If you are hiring two or more people to do the hours normally allocated to a full time employee, your initial costs could be much higher.
If you’re going to employ someone from the job market who can only work part time hours it’s important to understand what type of person this is likely to be and to tailor your position to suit them. For example, you are likely to get many parents applying for part time work, but they are not likely to be able to work school holidays or evenings. Once you know how these potential workers get around school time etc you will be in a better position to advertise your position and find the right person for the job.
Remember that you can also job share positions to two different people able to do different hours. It may be a little complicated to work out the logistics, but once you have it sorted out this can be a very agreeable work relationship for all involved.
Don’t neglect the part time workers out there ready to work. These individuals are just as capable and many are very highly qualified, often coming from full time employment to have families. Consider the advantages of hiring these workers and consider whether you could save money doing so.
November 1, 2011