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Temporary Workforce: Is it fair to hire short-term?

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A flexible workforce is a great way to fill the business needs without making commitments to hiring. Temporary, or flexible, workers are often brought into an organization for a set period of time to perform specific tasks related to a project. A good example would be retailers hiring temporary/seasonal employees during the holidays to assist with the increased customer demands.

Do you think it is fair to temps that they are hired only for a short time period?
Do you think companies should be more upfront with employees about the financial statue of the company?
Why or why not?

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It is a fair practice, for both the organization and workers, to engage in temporary and/or flexible staffing. There are many costs that accompany full-time workers aside from paychecks: taxes, benefit premiums (eligible employees may be able to participate in medical, dental, disability, life insurance benefits; perhaps even 401(k) and/or profit sharing plans) and insurance (for work-related injuries and unemployment if positions are eliminated). To hire employees for short-term staffing needs may result in unnecessarily high costs. For workers, temporary and/or flexible staffing projects may aid in "getting a foot" in the door with a particular industry and/or employer. In today's economy, it may be difficult to find a full-time job. Workers may want to target certain employers within their desired field who engage in temporary ...

Solution Summary

This solution is over 500 words and analyzes the practice of organizations using a "flexible" workforce, such as temporary employees. There is rationale provided on why organizations engage in this model of staffing and that it is fair to the workers in short-term assignments.

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