How to Find and Hire the Best Temporary Workers

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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How_to_Find_and_Hire_the_Best_Temporary_Workers.jpgIt’s undeniable that hiring temp workers can be very advantageous to employers. Temps can offer more staffing flexibility, increased productivity, new talent and skills, higher morale, and reduced costs. However, to get all of the benefits of temp staff, you need to hire only the best temporary workers on the market.

Regardless of the fact that temps will only be with you for a short time, you still want to ensure that you only hire qualified workers who will be assets to your company while they’re in your employ. Not all temps are created equal, so make sure you hire only the best.

Use these tips to assure that you find and hire the best temporary workers.

Create a Stellar Job Description

Your job description can make or break your success in hiring temp workers. With temps, you don’t have the luxury of time when it comes to onboarding and training if there are skills gaps. You need temps that can hit the ground running and help you achieve maximum productivity in the short time they’re with you.

As such, your job description needs to be effective. It needs to detail the exact skills and experience that you need from your new hires. It needs to detail the specific roles and responsibilities. Avoid miscommunications and confusion about the required qualifications by taking the time to create a great job description that will attract only the best temporary workers for the position.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Sometimes, you can’t help it. Several employees call in sick at once and you need help immediately. But other times, you should know ahead of time when you’re going to need extra help. You probably see patterns in demand that can help you think ahead in terms of hiring temp workers. If you’re in a seasonal business, then you know when your busy times will be months earlier.

Don’t wait until the last minute to start your search for temps. Give yourself enough time to find the best temporary workers so you don’t settle for less simply due to a time crunch.

Remember to Consider Cultural Fit

Even if your temps will only be with you for a couple weeks or months, cultural fit still matters. You don’t want them quitting after a couple days because they just aren’t the right fit with your company. You don’t want them creating conflicts within your existing team. You don’t want them reducing morale while they’re at your office.

The best temporary workers will fit in well with your company culture. They’ll get along with your existing workforce. They’ll believe in what you do, which will make them work harder. They’ll be happy working for you, so they’ll be loyal. It pays to assess for cultural fit when it comes to hiring temps.

Know What Makes a Great Temp and a Terrible Temp

To hire the best temporary workers, you need to know what makes them so great. Top temp workers will be reliable, quick learners, and quick to adapt. They’ll have no problem meeting new people, changing roles constantly, and being managed by different types of supervisors. They’ll give it their all, even if they know the work is temporary. They’ll thrive in new environments.

The top traits of terrible temps, on the other hand, include being inflexible in their methods, strategies, and preferences, being unreliable, andbeing inexperienced. Other signs of terrible temp workers include a lack of independence and slow learning abilities.

Do your due diligence and do reference checks to make sure you’re only hiring the best temporary workers.

Partner with a Temp Staffing Firm

Partnering with a temp staffing firm can make your search for quality temps easier, simpler, and more effective. Staffing agencies have candidate pools filled with pre-qualified and pre-approved temps who are ready and eager to work for you. They’ve already been vetted and thoroughly tested and they’ve proven their worth through previous assignments.

Contact Liberty Staffing to hire top temp talent.


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Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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