The CEO and founder of StaffingBoutique.org, Katie Warnock, discusses the world of hiring temporary labor within nonprofit organizations. Temporary staffing can be a strategic choice, especially in uncertain times, but organizations must consider their unique circumstances when deciding between short-term and long-term solutions.
Katie’s years of expertise in staffing for nonprofits provides valuable insights. She begins by emphasizing the importance of understanding when to hire temporary labor and what types of positions are suitable for temporary roles. Predictable situations like maternity or family leave, where a temporary replacement can be planned for, are ideal for hiring temps. However, she also points out that unexpected departures, especially for critical roles like database administrators, often lead organizations to rely on temp staffing to prevent workflow disruptions.
When it comes to assessing the costs associated with temporary labor, Katie advises organizations to consider factors such as the number of hours required, and the specific skill set needed for the position. Temporary roles can range from part-time administrative work to highly specialized tasks like grant writing. Katie’s agency takes care of all administrative aspects of temp employees, making the process seamless for clients.
The discussion also touched upon the management of temporary staff, where hiring managers play a crucial role in overseeing their performance and addressing any issues promptly. Looking at the long-term versus short-term benefits of temporary labor, Katie shares that in uncertain economic times, hiring temps can be a strategic choice. It allows organizations to get the work done without the commitment of offering benefits and long-term employment. However, she also points out that retaining talented temporary staff can be a challenge, as they may actively seek permanent positions with benefits elsewhere.
Katie offers thoughts on how her agency works closely with nonprofits at many levels, fostering their ability to gain insights into nonprofit organizations’ inner workings. They work to engage in detailed conversations with clients, gaining a deep understanding of their challenges, from board dynamics to donor relations and recruitment. This unique perspective allows Staffing Boutique to offer tailored solutions to their clients, going beyond merely filling job openings.
The agency specializes exclusively in staffing for the nonprofit sector, handling everything from temporary positions to permanent recruitment. They cover a wide range of roles within nonprofits, from administrative assistants to executive directors, CFOs, substitute teachers, fundraisers, database support, events coordinators, and more.