Temporary Workers: Right Fit, Right Now

When it comes to finding workers with the right skills, America’s small-business owners and managers are challenged. A recent survey showed that 60 percent of small-business leaders find getting the ideal employee in place the most significant issue facing them.

The survey is by Robert Half International, a specialized staffing firm, so naturally the company sees hiring temporary workers as a solution. In his book, Human Resources Kit For Dummies, Max Messmer, Robert Half International’s chairman and CEO, recommends the following ways companies can shine when they want to attract the best temporary workers:

Emphasize that new hires can stand out in a small company, polish a multitude of skills and advance quickly. Some will prefer working for a closely knit group, so mention that.

Narrow the job description to the specifics. That way you cut down on the necessary number of interviews.

Ask for referrals from your professional and community network. Don’t forget to ask your current workers to recommend new hires, because they will tend to suggest candidates who reflect well on them.

Professional staffing firms, especially those that specialize in the appropriate field, can help speed the process.

Small-business owners and managers were asked, “Which one of the following is your company’s greatest challenge when it comes to hiring and managing staff?”

60% Finding skilled workers

19% Maintaining employee morale and productivity

8% Managing difficult employees

7% Retaining staff

6% Something else


Betsy Simnacher is a freelance writer who has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide. She lives in the suburbs of Dallas.

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