Successful Staffing Strategies
Staffing firms and corporate human resources executives offer their best practices on developing a contingent labor strategy.
September 26, 2011
- Make sure the staffing partner has an adequate balance sheet. Given the relatively low barriers to entry, it is too common to see companies struggle financially.
- Be sure the staffing partner has sufficient size and financial resources to manage the contract. Sourcing 100 or more contract workers on an ongoing basis requires a very different type of staffing organization than providing two or three temps at a time.
- Visit the local office of the staffing company as part of the due-diligence process, especially for large projects, to make sure the operation meets expectations.
- Give your staffing partner feedback on all candidates that you review to help refine the recruiting strategy, and make it easier to find the best candidates.
- Be open-minded about "teachable" candidates, especially for hard-to-fill skill sets. Candidates who are a strong cultural fit and possess transferable skills are likely to succeed and thrive with some training and support.
- Provide enough training, rewards and feedback to keep temps engaged and motivated. One employer notes that small rewards—a free lunch for good performance, for example—go a long way toward winning the loyalty of temps.
- Beware of unfair negative stereotypes about the quality of temp workers. Temps can be—and often are—as qualified as full-time employees, and their skills can be equally useful.