Give “Temp” a Try

Give Temp A Try

We have learned a lot in the past three years.  We learned that we could do a lot of things remotely, to include worship services, medical appointments or consultations, attend school, and remain connected to people face-to-face (virtually).  Our pandemic-driven adjustments in lifestyle, obligations, and tasks pushed us to a place as a society that resulted in many Americans making career decisions that looked quite different than we may have anticipated.  Priorities shifted, and values took a front seat.  What matters more now is satisfaction and flexibility.  One way to determine whether a workplace culture meshes well with your needs is through temporary employment.  Ever given it a thought?  It might be time! 

Post-pandemic, many people chose to resign from their jobs.  The reasons were as individual as the people, but among them: Health concerns, long-growing unhappiness with a job brought into focus by the pandemic, the prospect of ending remote work and people retiring sooner than planned.  The United States has an annual “quit rate” of about 2%.  In November 2021, it hit an all-time high of 3%, and has hovered at about 2.5% so far in 2023.  What is unique about this increase, is mid-career employees, usually between age 30 and 45, saw the largest increase in resignation rates.

This shift in workplace loyalty may be a profound turning point in the American workforce. Or it may be a moment when the pandemic gave workers in all industries some breathing room to realize how much they wanted to find something better, or try something new entirely.  If this sounds like you, have you considered temporary work?  

One of the great things about temporary work is that you can find jobs to fit your schedule. You can usually choose to work as many or as few hours as you want, depending on what your needs are. It may be ideal for someone who wants to try out a job without making an extensive commitment, or someone looking to earn an income fast. 

In fact, one in five people cite schedule flexibility as a reason for choosing temporary employment.  That’s because temporary work allows you to be the one in control, not just of your schedule, but of what roles you decide to take on. And you have the freedom to try new things whenever you feel like moving on. Plus, along with building a portfolio of experience, you can also learn new skills to add to your existing toolkit of skills, or try out a job you have been interested in knowing more about in the past. Regardless of whether you do warehouse, production, clerical, or other types of work, you can add the skills you gain through temporary employment to your resume. 

You might also get highly desirable, on-the-job training through short-term work. For instance, some temporary jobs provide forklift or machine operation training should that be the focus of the job within a workplace. There are valuable skills that are prerequisite for many higher-paying positions that you can earn while working in a temporary capacity.  You get to keep the skills regardless of whether you stay on with the workplace that provided them. 

All of this can increase your value to potential employers. Hiring managers are always looking for people with a variety of skills.  Many skills transfer wonderfully between industries!  

LaborWorks is proud to feature industrial jobs in a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, landscaping, commercial cleaning and more. You’ll never know what could turn into a long-term career. When you come to work at LaborWorks you will be matched with part-time, seasonal, and potentially permanent full-time jobs in these industries and more. We are proud to be a proven leader in workforce development that connects people to careers, which changes people’s lives, advances businesses, and strengthens the community.  Are you ready for work that looks a little different than what you left behind?  Connect with us today!  We’re ready for you. 

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