As the summer months start to come to a close, here at FootBridge, we’re thinking about how to make a smart comeback from COVID-19. For the most part, our internal employees continue to work from home. And while we have no set date as to when we will get back to the office once or twice a week, some of us do venture in because that’s what works for us. As president and CEO of the FootBridge Companies, however, I must think of the wellbeing of the entire team and not just myself when it comes to getting back to a “new normal.” It’s not something that can be rushed by any means. Some team members have kids at home and family at risk for the coronavirus. As such, I feel it’s important to find a balance where we aren’t forcing employees to go back to work. To me, it makes much more sense to continue working from home so everyone can feel safe and yet be productive at the same time.
What is Contract Hire?
As we can continue to run the office remotely, we’re still busy placing candidates in contract positions for essential projects in industries like project controls and construction. Otherwise known as contract hires, companies partner with a staffing agency to hire employees for a set period of time under specific terms and conditions. The benefits are far-reaching in that businesses aren’t committed to having to pay a yearly salary or employee benefits. Something that’s is especially important during COVID-19 when you don’t know how long a project may run. When the job is over, that’s it, the company isn’t burdened with layoffs. Additionally, time worked may be extended and can also be transferred to a permanent position if needed. Contract work differs from temporary positions in that it includes employee benefits paid by the staffing company as long as they work as a W-2 employee.
In a recent study conducted by National Public Radio (NPR), one in five jobs in the United States is held by a contract worker. And this was the case long before COVID-19. Contract hire is especially useful since we can often source candidates in one or two days, and have them on-site the next day. A recruiter can also offer new insights and solutions they companies may not have thought about otherwise. We’ve mentioned this before, but if someone doesn’t work out as expected, we can also find a replacement right away. For more information on staffing benefits, view our article, “Why Staffing Agencies are Great for Construction Companies.”
And while we at FootBridge continue to work from home, just know we are working just as hard as ever. You can visit our job search page or submit a resume here as new jobs are added daily.
As always, hiring top talent is essential to the success of your business, and our team is here to help you find the right people with unmatched expertise.
Let’s collaborate today to fill your open positions. We are ready to source your next top performer for continued business success.