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Are Your Contract Workers Getting Stolen? The Cardinal Rule For Retaining Talent

Are Your Contract Workers Getting Stolen? The Cardinal Rule For Retaining Talent

Are Your Contract Workers Getting Stolen? The Cardinal Rule For Retaining Talent 2560 1647 Alicia East

The very best contract workers are in high demand and retaining top talent is a persistent challenge. High turnover rates not only inflate costs but can also undermine client/customer satisfaction. This issue often stems from factors such as job insecurity, limited career development opportunities, inadequate compensation, and poor communication. Any company that engages contract workers (staffing agencies, for example) must adopt effective strategies to address these challenges. Additionally, leveraging the expertise of an Employer of Record (EOR) can streamline operations and ensure employees are paid on time and accurately. By understanding and addressing the root causes of high turnover, companies can create a more stable and motivated environment for contract workers.

What’s The Deal? Why is it so Hard to Retain Talent? 

Staffing agencies play a critical role in connecting employers with talented individuals and contract workers often fill valuable roles in organizations. However, due to the inherently less stable structure of the work, they often face significant challenges in retaining their best talent. High turnover rates can lead to increased costs, decreased client satisfaction, and a tarnished reputation. Contract workers cite the following reasons for their dissatisfaction: 

  • Lack of Job Security: Temporary or contract workers often feel insecure about their job prospects, leading them to seek more stable opportunities elsewhere.
  • Limited Career Development: Many temporary workers perceive a lack of growth and development opportunities, making them more likely to leave for positions offering clearer career paths.
  • Inadequate Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits packages are vital for retaining talent. Staffing agencies and companies that fall short in these areas may struggle to keep their best workers. On a related note, contract workers are much happier when they are simply paid on time. 
  • Your Best Workers Become Someone Else’s Best Workers: It’s the nature of the business that the best contract workers will be desirable for companies to engage full-time when it makes sense for their business. Having your best people actively recruited is just a part of the deal.  

Strategies for Retaining Talent

  • Enhance Job Security: Offering clear contracts with detailed terms and potential pathways to permanent positions can help alleviate job security concerns. By communicating the possibility of long-term employment, agencies can build trust and loyalty among their workers.
  • Offer Training and Development Programs: Implementing robust training and development programs can help temporary workers enhance their skills and advance their careers. This investment not only benefits the workers but also improves the quality of talent.
  • Mentorship and Coaching: Pairing new hires with experienced mentors can provide guidance and support for workers looking to grow in their careers. 
  • Accurate/On-Time Pay and Benefits: Ensuring that compensation is timely and benefits are accurate is crucial (more on this below). 

The Cardinal Rule of Retaining Contract Workers 

Contract workers have the benefit of being able to jump from organization to organization, so you need to make it advantageous to choose yours. All of the above adds up to one important rule: Make it easy for your workers to work with you

Enter an Employer of Record (EOR).

The Role of an Employer of Record (EOR)

An Employer of Record (EOR) can play a crucial role in retaining talent by addressing several key issues that contribute to employee dissatisfaction.

  • Quick Onboarding: Organizations often lack the infrastructure to onboard and pay contract workers quickly. As an EOR, PayReel offers an intuitive, streamlined experience designed for rapid engagements and quick onboarding so people can work NOW.  
  • Timely and Accurate Payments: One of the primary responsibilities of an EOR is to ensure that employees are paid on time and accurately. Consistent, timely payment helps build trust and reliability, which are essential for employee satisfaction and retention. Many organizations are unable to turn around quick payment, but for contract workers, Net 30 or 60 days can be unsustainable. PayReel pays weekly. Keeping your contract workers happy is a great way to retain top talent who have a sea of opportunities for their skills and in-demand talent is more likely to answer your call when they know the money will be in their account right away.
  • Managing Overtime, Benefits, and Compliance: An EOR ensures compliance with labor laws regarding overtime, preventing disputes and fostering a fair work environment. Proper management of overtime not only keeps workers happy but also avoids legal complications.
  • Comprehensive Benefits Management: An EOR can manage and administer benefits efficiently, ensuring that employees receive whatever health, retirement, and other benefits they are entitled to. This comprehensive benefits management can significantly enhance employee satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Administrative Support: By taking on administrative tasks such as payroll processing, tax filings, and compliance with labor laws, an EOR allows staffing agencies and businesses to focus on their core competencies. This administrative support ensures that employees’ needs are met, reducing the likelihood of errors or delays that could lead to dissatisfaction.
  • Ensuring Legal Compliance: An EOR keeps up-to-date with ever-changing labor laws and regulations, ensuring compliance. This proactive approach minimizes the risk of legal issues and enhances the overall work environment for employees.

The Bottom Line 

Retention of talent is a multifaceted challenge for staffing agencies as well as anyone else who engages contract workers. Addressing job security, investing in career development, offering competitive compensation and benefits, and improving communication and engagement can significantly enhance retention rates. Partnering with an Employer of Record (EOR) can streamline operations, ensuring timely payments, proper management of overtime and benefits, and compliance with labor laws. Schedule a free consultation today to see how an EOR can help you shore up aspects of your business that have a huge impact on worker retention.