Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pro's and Con's of Part Time Employees

Having employees that work for you to assist you in growing your business, assisting you clients and getting more done in less time has a price attached.  Since launching my business June 2004, I have always hired part time employees for a number of reasons, which is probably a whole post in itself that I will leave for another day.

In reflecting on some changes I want to make in my business, I made a list of Pro’s and Con’s of having Part Time Employees to help me determine what is working and not working for me.  The list is below, feel free to add to it and put the list in whichever column you feel it belongs in:

  • Part Time Employees are typically not eligible for Benefits (Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, etc).  This is a savings the company gets and in turn can spend on more marketing and branding to get their name out there more and to also provide employee training to give them skills needed for further projects and development.
  • Part Time Employees are typically not guaranteed a certain amount of hours, therefore you are not loosing income by paying someone to sit on the clock when there is not work to produce.  This many times can make or break a company who is a small business that is trying to grow and be able to manage more work while having to pay employees when there is none.  However, when there is work, there usually is a lot of it that must be done under time constraints and deadlines which allow the employee to maximize their income.
  • Part Time Employees are not paid when they are sick and/or can’t work, therefore this encourages employees to truly rest up when they are because we don’t want them around us when they are carrying germs. It also does not make them feel obligated to take time off for illness.
  • Part Time Employees need to have the commitment to the job the way a Full Time Employee does even if there is little invested interest in the work since the projects may come and go along with deadlines.
  • Part Time Employees need to be flexible and available for work when it is offered, just as they state they are in an interview and be available on short notice (24 to 48-hour notice is my definition of a short notice).  When they are not, they will not be the number one person reached out to on projects and will not be given more hours if they are constantly not available.
  • Part Time Employees need to have the ability to be punctual even if their schedule is flexible and understand why this is so important.  This ensures no matter when your shift is you will follow through on your commitment because it matters to your boss and shows you understand that teamwork is important and they are counting on you.
  • Part Time Employees are not apart of your work on a daily basis so they don’t see the big picture or the tiny details the way you do, you must remember this.
  • Part Time Employees tend to check out when not working a regular shift, so as a leader you must continue to help them keep their focus.
  • Part Time Employees need to realize that their Part Time position could easily develop into a full time option if they show themselves dedicated in the small tasks and hours they have been provided they will be given more and be the first person called on the next project.
  • Part Time Employees need to realize that being Part Time is a benefit in and of itself, even if you aren’t paid for it, it has a compensation attached to it, that compensation is Flexibility.
  • Part Time Employees need to realize that their job is just as important as a Full Time Employee’s and to have a work ethic of the same level.  Part Time does not mean that you get to work in a lazy manner or in a haphazard manner.
  • A Part Time Employee doesn’t mean you are less important, it just means you don’t put in the same quantity of hours.  Your dedication, accuracy, efficiency, attitude, and doing work that matters all need to be just as prevalent as a Full Time Employees.

Do you hire Part Time or Full Time Employees? What to you are the benefits of both?  Do you have recommendations to other companies on which is best?  Share your thoughts below!


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