While it is common for full-time workers to receive certain benefits after successfully completing a probationary period, part-time workers often find themselves with little or no benefits.
This begs the question: Should you offer benefits to part-time employees?
Whether health insurance, paid sick time, paid vacation time, or life and disability insurance, there are lots of possible benefits traditionally available to full-timers that may not be available to part-timers, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be available to your part-time staff.
Read on to find out some of the reasons why you should offer benefits to part-time workers.
One reason to consider offering benefits to part-time workers is that this can be seen as an important differentiator in the competitive marketplace. For instance, if you’re looking for part-time help and you see that there is too little supply for too much demand, you can set yourself apart in a good way by offering benefits such as health and medical plans.
Although you are not required to offer benefits to part-time employees, you can improve morale in the workplace by showing all workers, whether full-time or part-time, that they are valued. Of course, it may be difficult to justify offering part-timers all the benefits offered to full-timers without possibly requiring them to make greater contributions from their paychecks.
You should also keep in mind that some of your part-time workers may eventually transition into full-time workers, so offering them at least a basic benefit package as part-timers could give them the incentive to remain with your firm until full-time positions become available.
It may be argued that it really all boils down to fairness. If you have full-time workers and part-time workers, you don’t want the latter group to feel like second-class staff. Offering at least some benefits will make for a more equitable workplace environment that will aid in developing the sort of corporate culture that attracts and retains talent.
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