Engage interimmers? Why not sheltered workers?

If you’re looking for extra help in your business, you’ve probably heard of two common terms: interim and sheltered workers. Although these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there are differences between these two types of employees. In this blog, we explain what those differences are.

Why choose sheltered workers?

Are you starting to feel the tightness in the labor market, and can’t find enough staff to perform certain activities? Or do you have a temporary spike in work that you need to accommodate?

You probably spontaneously think of using interim staff. But maybe working with a sheltered company like Entiris is the solution to your problem.

What do we have to offer you in terms of helping hands on site:

  • A team of motivated workers, with an eye for quality, for all possible manual activities.
  • You don’t have to do any directing yourself: our employees always meet with a qualified supervisor, who is your contact person on site, and who coordinates the work for our team.
  • Always a full team: we guarantee replacements in case of absences.
  • A correct price, without surcharges and overhead costs.

And don’t have enough space yourself for our sheltered workers to work on your shop floor? No problem, you can still visit one of our departments. Indeed, our own workplace covers 56,000 m², of which 9,300 m² is conditioned.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of interims?

An interim manager is a person who works for a company on a temporary basis. This could be a freelancer, consultant or a temporary worker hired through a staffing agency. Interim managers are used, for example, to cover for a manager’s work in the event of illness. This has its advantages, of course, but there are certainly disadvantages as well.

  • High cost: Interimmers are often very expensive employees. They typically work at a higher hourly rate than permanent employees and also incur additional costs such as travel and other expenses.

  • Less commitment: Interimmers are generally less committed to the company and its goals. They usually do not have a long-term commitment to the company and may be less motivated to do their best work as a result.

  • No guarantee of success: Hiring an interim is no guarantee of success. There is always a risk that the interim worker may not have the right skills or may not fit into the company culture, jeopardizing the success of certain projects.

  • Transfer issues: When an interim worker leaves, transferring their work and knowledge to a new employee can be challenging. This can lead to delays in projects and an additional burden on permanent staff.

  • Less continuity: Interimmers offer less continuity than sheltered workers. If they leave, it can be a challenge to find a suitable replacement and continue the work without interruptions.


Both forms of employees offer certain advantages and disadvantages. If you are working on a project that involves a lot of repetitive work, then sheltered workers are undoubtedly the best choice. These include packaging and medical devices, but certainly green space maintenance and more. In addition to this, sheltered workers are also the better choice budget-wise.

Want to start or optimize a project, but don’t have all the expertise to get it done? Even then, tailors are a good choice. Entiris has been thinking with clients to initiate and optimize projects for more than 50 years. So we have a lot of expertise and experience in different sectors.