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How Using Cannabis Temporary Workers Can Help You Scale

Using temporary, on-demand talent is one of the most effective ways for companies to rapidly scale their businesses and meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. Temp cannabis workers can provide support to growing businesses, allowing businesses to save costs by hiring based on seasonal or other needs.

In 2021, we’ve seen more companies than ever turn to on-demand talent consultants and services to source quality candidates for short-term projects or fill gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic in Classes. While temporary factory-facing positions are currently the most in demand, all industry verticals welcome a variety of attractive roles.

The benefits of hiring temporary workers include:

  • Availablity: Temporary workers are available immediately, unlike the average of more than forty days usually needed to find full-time employees. Temporary workers can easily replace employees on sick, medical or other leave.
  • Affordability: Hiring full-time employees is expensive and time-consuming. Temporary workers offer specialized skills and experience without the lengthy search and onboarding processes.
  • Flexibility: Most temporary hires have flexible contracts, allowing the company to decide how long they work, whether it’s a few days or a few months (or longer).
  • Creativity: Access to new skills and a fresh perspective can help a business find solutions or pivot in the face of new challenges or unforeseen obstacles.
  • Evaluation: Hiring a temp allows a company to determine if a candidate is a good fit before hiring them long-term. If you’re on the fence, this can save you time and money in the long run by allowing you to assess the employee before you hire.

Types of temporary cannabis workers

Temporary positions that can help a cannabis business grow include:

HR Generalist: Human resources (HR) generalists, also known as HR administrators, can play an important role in implementing a staffing and human resources strategy. In today’s competitive marketplace, companies that focus on essential HR best practices to foster an efficient environment and retain valuable employees will experience the most success. This position can help manage functions such as recruitment, onboarding, compliance, resolving employee relations issues, and implementing other HR policies.

Accounts Payable Specialist: The financial side of the business is critical to success, especially in a developing industry like cannabis. An accounts payable specialist will oversee tasks such as processing invoices, verifying the accuracy of financial data, managing payment obligations, and adhering to generally accepted accounting principles. Temporary Accounts Payable Specialists can be especially helpful during times of transition such as mergers and acquisitions.

Agricultural worker or cultivation associate: Plant-related roles are in high demand as legalization continues to spread and companies evolve to meet growing demand. Farm workers focus on heavy labor like moving pots and tilling the soil, while cultivation associates are responsible for maintaining plant health. With both of these positions, you’ll want to seek candidates with great attention to detail and a can-do attitude.

Post-harvest technician: The post-harvest team is responsible for the physical harvesting of the plants and the quality control and packaging of the final product. Members of this important team ensure that products meet company and brand standards. Temporary cultivation and post-harvest staff can be extremely beneficial during peak times like harvest season.

Packaging technician: An efficient packing line plays an important role in whether or not your business is able to pick and ship orders on time. Packaging technicians perform all assembly, packaging and labeling of products and must follow all company policies and procedures to comply with brand standards and reduce the risk of accidents.

Warehouse staff: Warehouse employees are the front line quality control. They fill orders, place stickers on packages, and move packages through the shipping process. There is room for entry-level to manager-level positions in the warehouse field, making it an excellent opportunity for temporary employees.

Temporary staffing as a strategy was in place long before the emergence of the legal cannabis market, and it is undoubtedly here to stay. Business leaders routinely seek out on-demand talent services to fill their staffing needs as a result of special projects, full-time employees on medical or family leave, or business expansion. In-demand talent can certainly be beneficial for the entry-level segment, but many growing companies also supplement their leadership team when an outside perspective or high-level guidance is needed. Choosing a company to help you with recruiting tasks such as background checks, administrative costs, and payroll allows your management team to focus on day-to-day operations and overall goals.


Liesl Bernard is founder and CEO of CannabizTeam, an executive search and recruiting firm focused specifically on the cannabis industry. His team has placed thousands of candidates at executive and management levels across all verticals of the cannabis industry globally. She credits her success in the cannabis space to her extensive international recruiting experience and deep passion for the industry.