The Top Considerations to Make When Hiring Temporary Staff

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To put it frankly, hiring temporary staff can be hit or miss. Either you strike it lucky with a fantastic temporary worker, or you end up with someone who would clearly rather be somewhere else.

Or is it really that simple? Luck may play a role in many things in life, but when it comes to temporary staff, we’d like to argue that who you get is primarily dependent on how you go about it. That is, there are certain things you can do to ensure you hire a diamond, not a dud!

This is obviously fantastic news to any managers who resigned themselves to a tiring process of trial and error. So what exactly can you do to ensure you hire fantastic temporary staff each and every time? We’ll outline 5 expert tips below that will help you in the pursuit of finding the right temporary staff for your business.

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1. Define the Ideal Temporary Worker

If you keep finding that the temporary workers that come through your doors aren’t the right fit, you should ask yourself what exactly you define as an ideal temporary worker. After all, how can you expect the perfect worker, if you don’t even know how they look yourself!

Narrowing down the type of temporary worker you want to hire will help give some more direction to your hiring. Take the time to work out what qualities you’re looking for. For example, you may want an efficient but detail-oriented person who has a great personality. Or maybe you’re looking for someone with a particular skill set.

Writing these qualities down for you to reflect on will allow you to better understand what exactly you’re searching for. It will also help you to identify if your expectations are reasonable… or if they’re a bit unrealistic. A good way to identify this is to show your list of expectations to another staff member for feedback. Ask them to provide you with honest feedback about the qualities and skills of your ideal worker, and to give you advice on how to tweak them if necessary.

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2.  Use a Professional Staffing Company

As you may have learned from your experiences with trying to hire a temporary worker, it can be hard work tracking down the right person for the job. You may have even called on some help in the form of a staffing agency. But another discovery you may have made is that some staffing agencies just don’t cut it. They may just pick any available person to work for your company, rather than the right person for the job.

That’s why it’s so integral to use a professional staffing company if you’re serious about your hiring of temporary staff. As some companies are more professional and personalized than others, it definitely makes a huge difference to rely on experts when it comes to finding ideal temporary staff.

One great tip is to call on the services of staffing companies that specialize in temporary staffing for your particular industry. For instance, there is an on-demand staffing platform for finding temporary warehouse workers – meaning that warehouse managers won’t have to worry about someone turning up to their warehouse with the wrong skill set. In order to find a specialized service for your particular industry, take a look on Google, or ask around with your industry contacts to point you in the right direction.

3. Get the Right Payroll Solution

Many of the problems managers encounter with hiring temporary staff occur after the hiring process. In fact, sometimes it’s not the workers that cause problems, but managers who cause trouble for themselves!

Yes, we’re talking about keeping books in order – payroll. Often, it can be a very last minute thing when you need to find a temporary worker. Perhaps someone suddenly called in sick, or you need an extra set of hands you didn’t previously plan for. Consequently, you can forget or not properly attend to payroll duties, which obviously is something you need to stay on top of.

So why make an already complex process more difficult for yourself when it needn’t be? The easiest way to get a handle on your payroll is to use the right payroll solution, like PayTech. PayTech takes the pain away from payroll considerations by handling all of the complicated paperwork and tax regulations for you. Needless to say, you already have a million other things to handle, so why not invest in a payroll solution that can free up your time for other important tasks?

4. Support Your Temporary Staff From the Get-Go

Another important consideration to make in the process of bringing on board a temporary worker is to provide them with adequate support. When your temporary worker arrives at your place of work, don’t just expect them to start working. Give them an orientation about their job for the day (or however long they are there for), and point out all of the locations, tools, and other things they will need to know to get their job done well.

If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, ask one of your employees to do it. You should assign one of your employees to be the temporary worker’s buddy. That way, if they have any questions, or require any assistance with anything, there is always someone to turn to.

If you hire a lot of temporary workers, it may be worth it to formalize this entire process by making a temporary employee handbook. It will be a handy resource for the temporary worker to refer to when in doubt, and will save them from having to ask about every little thing that you or the buddy forgot to mention.

Remember, it’s a two-way street – not only do they have to impress you, but you’ll also want to impress them too if you want them to come back! So always make sure to provide all of the support they need from the get-go.

Related: Things Every Business Owner Should Know When Hiring Contract Labor

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