By Jim Wong, CPA | December 3, 2014

This week, we have guest blogger, David Jackson, Senior Vice President of Brilliant™ Financial Staffing, taking over for ‘A Brilliant™ Blog — Check In With Jim’ to give insight into year-end staffing solutions.

Are you fully staffed up to cover your year-end project load?

With just a few weeks left in 2014, it’s not too late to get the extra help you may need in order to get everything on your accounting, finance or IT to-do lists done. As it goes every yearend, important projects such as budgeting and forecasting, audit preparation, or upcoming 1099 contractor work, require extensive, and often exhaustive, levels of productivity from your team.

If you don’t have the manpower available — due to holidays, vacation or even burn out — it’s important to act now in order to accomplish everything necessary before the end of the month, and year. Hiring temporary or contract workers could be just your answer!

In fact, the fourth quarter continues to demonstrate growth and demand for temporary workers. This trend marks 19 consecutive quarters of a year-over-year increase in the hiring of temporary or contract staff.

So, do you have enough support to get all of your year-end work done this year and into the new year? If you still need convincing as to why temporary or contract workers are the way to go, here are a few more reminders.

Full-timers need a break.

Having highly-skilled, temporary support during the final months of the year can help fill the voids you may have with employees taking vacation or holiday time off. Temporary or contact employees can provide the extra support you need for any special projects that come up and even support the company on day-to-day tasks. This not only allows your current staff to focus on their own responsibilities, while other projects are still getting completed, but allows for the everyday processes to go undisrupted. It also gives employees a little break to prevent any year-end burn out that could occur. Keep you employees healthy and happy into the new year. Temporary hiring has proven to be beneficial in supporting companies through this often busiest time of the year.

Staffing firms are here to help.

When looking for a staffing firm to assist you with hiring temporary support, make sure to work with a specialized firm in your area that understands your needs. Many staffing firms have divisions that concentrate on various professions and job titles. Often, the team members have expertise in recruiting accounting, finance or IT professionals, specifically. By working with a specialized firm you will have the advantage of selecting from top talent in your field. Additionally, many specialized firms employ recruiters who have extensive experience in accounting, finance or IT — by being former professionals in those fields themselves — and / or are experts in staffing within those specialized professions.

Temporary can become permanent.

Once you make the decision to hire temporary or contract employees, it’s up to you to evaluate their performance. You may end up considering them for a permanent role once your year-end project load subsides. Many of the temporary or contract employees that come in to help a company have proven to be knowledgeable, hard working and reliable. In fact, at Brilliant™ we’re seeing more and more jobs transition from true temporary positions into full-time roles. So, your future full-time employee could be the temporary or contract hire you employ this month!

Therefore, there’s no need to stress out about all of the daunting year-end projects you have coming up over the next several weeks. Hiring temporary professional support can do the job and make you and your staff happy during this time — into the new year.

What are some other reasons to employ temporary or contract workers during the end of the year? Comment below and let us know!

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