Navigating the Turnstile: Temp vs. Temp-to-Hire Employees for Your Business

Imagine your business is a ship navigating uncharted waters: It’s exciting, right? But when you come across unpredictable storms, it’s your crew that makes sure you stay afloat and reach your destination. 

In the world of HR and staffing, your crew – your employees – dictate how successfully you weather the tempests of industry. 

Both temp and temp-to-hire employees can serve as the perfect shipmates, helping you get through anything life throws your way. But which one is better? KB Staffing has more than a decade of experience in Central Florida, and we can help you understand the pros and cons of each. Let’s take a closer look. 

What Is a Temp Employee?

Temporary employees, or “temps,” are workers that are hired for a finite period, often to fill short-term staffing needs or to cover absences. 

Temps can be sourced directly or through a staffing agency, providing some much-needed flexibility for employers.


  • Immediate availability – when in need of quick support, temps can often start the next day.
  • Flexible workforce – adjust staffing levels according to project needs.
  • Opportunity for “try before you buy”assess a temp’s fit for full-time employment without immediate commitment.


  • Limited integration – due to their temporary status, temps may struggle to fully integrate into the team’s culture.
  • High turnover – frequent turnover can destabilize the workforce and lead to a loss of institutional knowledge.

What Is a Temp-to-Hire Employee?

A temp-to-hire, or “try and buy,” employee works for an employer through a staffing agency on a trial basis, which might range from a few weeks to several months. 

This allows the employer to evaluate the employee’s suitability for the position before offering a full-time position.


  • Extended assessment – thorough evaluation of a temp’s skills and cultural fit over a predetermined period.
  • Reduced hiring risk – make a more informed hiring decision based on actual on-the-job performance.
  • Reduced hiring costs – since the temp has already been working for the company, there’s less need for onboarding or recruiting expenses.


  • Ongoing temporary status – until a full-time offer is extended, temps may be less committed or not fully engaged in the workplace.
  • Potential legal complications – if the temp feels misclassified or unfairly treated, there could be legal ramifications.

Find the Best Employees with KB Staffing

Deciding between temps and temps to hires can be tricky, and truthfully, there’s no “correct” course. It’s all about what works best for you and your business. 

Whether you need temp or full-time staffing support, KB Staffing is here to help with your staffing needs. Our services extend beyond Winter Haven to businesses in Bartow, Lakeland, and all areas of Polk County. Contact us today! 

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