Finding the right temporary employee can help streamline staffing, lower compensation spending, and make a difference in your bottom line. Temporary employees are perfect for short-term projects, getting ahead on a backload of work, or filling in during particularly busy times.
Ensuring that your temporary employee becomes an asset and not a mistake lies in choosing the best applicant to fit your company and the position. Many of the traits to look for in temporary employees are the same traits you want in a full-time employees. However, being a temporary employee comes with a unique set of challenges, look for these key traits in temporary applicants and you are sure to be pleased with the results.
Attitude: This is perhaps the most important quality. Temporary employees should have a willingness to work and a desires to please. Since they likely will not have industry-specific skills, they should be eager to learn and adapt. Skills can be taught, but attitude often cannot. Attitude includes traits like adaptability and enthusiasm. A temporary employee may be asked to do several jobs at several different points during the day, and may be put in circumstances that are less than exciting. Adaptability show the employee is able to switch from task to task and join different teams easily, while enthusiasm shows you the employee is willing to put in 100 percent effort, even in mundane tasks throughout the day.
Self-Starter: The nature of a temporary position is one where you most likely will not have a lot of time to train, this is why you need someone who can hit the ground running without a lot of hand holding. Look for applicants that are involved in extra-curricular activities, hobbies, or other areas of their life where they show traits of ambition, drive, and motivation.
When working with a staffing agency, be clear about your expectations and the qualities that you are looking for. Oftentimes, clear communication with the staffing agency about what qualities you are looking for is more effective than giving them a job description. The right employee with these key attributes can be an asset to your company in a wide range of departments and positions.
If you’re interested in hiring temporary employees or just want to learn more about how temporary employees can help your company, contact Triumph Strategic Consulting today. As a leading staffing and temporary employment agency, we can deliver the flexible staff you need without increasing your permanent workforce.