It’s a situation no business owner wants to be caught in: You need HR support immediately for a surprise project that just dropped in your lap. You don’t have the in-house capacity to complete the project on your own—your HR staff are too busy already. What can you do? Hiring a new employee is likely going to take too long—the project has a firm deadline.

Fortunately for you, today’s businesses can call on temporary HR support to help them out in these situations. Even better, HR support comes with plenty of advantages for your business.


Here’s an example: You got a call telling you that your company is required to complete an audit of your legal compliance. You’re stuck—your HR staff are already overwhelmed trying to onboard new hires and deal with a new payroll system. Not one of your current HR employees is a legal expert either, which complicates matters more.

With temporary HR support, this isn’t a problem. You select a firm that can meet your needs and they provide the services you need, when you need them. Once the project is over, that’s it. It’s that simple.


Continuing with the example of the legal audit, you already know you don’t have a legal expert on your HR team. That could pose a problem as you try to get the audit completed in house; even if your staff do have the time, they may not have the expert knowledge they need to navigate legislation and legalese to ensure your practices are on the up and up.

Temporary support can solve this problem too. You get access to the expert knowledge you need, quickly and easily. Need advice on your compliance? The HR firm has connections to an expert. And if you need a payroll specialist or a wellness specialist instead? They can put you in touch with those experts too. And expert knowledge means that you know the job will get done—and be done right.


It may not seem like temporary support could save you much money at first; after all, you’ll likely pay more per hour than you would to an employee. So why not just hire a temp?

Aside from the fact that you could end up liable for paying out more in compensation than you think, you’ll actually spend more hiring a temp—in terms of both time and money. While the temporary HR support might cost more up-front, chances are they’ll get the job done right—and in short order. That means you ultimately end up paying less—and there’s no need to worry about liability for benefits or other compensation.


Getting temporary support is an efficient solution when you need help in the HR department now, not later. Rather than trying to hire a new full-time or temporary employee—a process that can take a lot of time and effort—you can get started on your project sooner. And the experts that you’ll work with know their stuff, which means they’ll spend less time sorting out your project and get it finished sooner.


Chances are if you’ve found yourself in the position of needing HR support, you’ll need support again sometime in the future. Working with HR providers, even on a temporary basis, allows you to cultivate a relationship with the provider so that the next time you’re in an HR pinch, you know exactly who to turn to. If you find yourself needing more than just temporary support, of course, you can also turn your relationship into an on-demand service.

Felicia Smith

Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.

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