For any company interested in working toward fostering a culture they can be proud of, the hiring process is the first step. This process, when done correctly, ensures that whoever is hired is certain to be the best fit for the job. That said, the process of finding that person can have an extremely high opportunity cost. For example, if this process is long and drawn out, and a company ends up hiring the wrong employee, a new search and hiring process must begin. The hiring process, specifically for full-time employee hires has been known to be difficult for this exact reason. In fact, this is part of the reason why organizations look to alternatives in the way of hiring employees. For example, freelancers often have the right characteristics and skills that companies are looking for when hiring. That said, there are some differences between these two types of employees. The first difference can be seen in the expected working hours of freelancers. As they manage their own time, they may not be able to follow the business hours an organization they work for. This could be because they’re in a different time zone, which can decrease the effectiveness of coordination and communication between other employees. This issue is rarely applicable to a full-time employee, which presents some potential drawbacks for these organizations considering freelance employees. The inability to communicate may fracture a relationship between organizations and their freelancers, despite their skills.  Assuming there are cases of inefficient time management or communication, a freelancer may actually be more costly to bring on for your organization. In order to feel most prepared for your next hiring process, be sure to check out the information detailed in the resource paired alongside this post.

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