The past few months have been trying for almost each and everyone in every sector. Looking at the business or professional sector, both employers and employees have severely been pressed by the ongoing crisis in one way or another.
As an employer, with the ongoing situation, what are the options you have come up with to battle the issue of high employee turnover, lack or shortage of money to pay employees, to mention but a few.
One of the solutions to these problems could be to consider having part-employees. Hiring part-time staff can help you meet the budgetary needs as well as expand your business, especially in these changing times.
What is part-time employment?
Part-time employment is where an employee or individual is required to work for an estimated number of hours within a week. The number of hours worked a week depending on the company’s structure and policy practice. Other than full-time employees, part-time employees do not have a commitment to a full-time position.
What are some of the positives of part-time employment?
Flexible working hours
Unlike full-time employees that work a regular daytime schedule, part-time employees are willing/scheduled to work at any time of the day, and any time of the week. This makes them more reliable because they are readily available at any time of the day. As an employer, part-time employment gives the opportunity to attract professionals that are retired. Meaning they are willing to offer their time and expertise to your organization.
Eases the workload
As the business saves costs by hiring part-time employees, and the employees themselves earning a bit, the business running by taking on tasks and assignments. It helps to meet the demand and customer expectations.
In terms of changing circumstances like the ongoing pandemic, with part-time employees, you are able to meet the seasonal demands of customers while you still save. In the instance where customers are few, an employer is able to have a few full-time employees that they are able to cater for.
On an individual basis, part-time employment gives you the opportunity to free up your personal schedule. Hence time to work on other personal responsibilities especially if you are a parent, a student or fully employed somewhere. However, to an employer, much as part-time employment is a promising way to grow your small business fast, there are also some negatives that come along with it.
There may be unseriousness and less dedication because it’s not a big role in their lives like it is for full-time employees. As a result, stakes that they can do shady work since they bank on not being full-time employees are high. This may result in losing customers or business.
Part-time employees may not relate or understand the company culture because they don’t spend as much time as full-time employees. As a result, part-time employees may not feel attached to the company, their work as well as their colleagues.
To solve this, employers should consider holding regular team meetings where part-time and full-time employees are able to meet. Hold company occasions once in a while to teach the part-time employees the company culture to make them feel like insiders and fit in better.
Efficiency is low
Full time-workers being insiders and people that are always around or in the office, are able to work more efficiently than part-time workers. This is because it takes quite an amount of time to get into office and focus since there are many people walking in and out. However, to avoid that, brief shift-change meetings can be held to guide employees where they left off and where they can start off from.
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