Just because they’re a temp doesn’t mean that they aren’t a crucial part of your team!
A lot of employers fall into the trap of thinking “it’s just a temp, so we can be a little more slack with the recruiting.”
If you ask us, temp staff should be held to the same standard as your permanent team – after all, money’s on the line!
Just one question: how do you hire the perfect temp staff?
Luckily for you, our temporary recruitment consultants have put together this handy little guide to ensure you hire the best temp worker for the role.
First question: do I need to hire temp staff, or can I get by without?
There’s a certain stigma that comes with the phrase “temp staff” – and unfortunately, this can occasionally lead to businesses not getting the help that they need.
A lot end up trying to trudge through their work with what they have.
Sometimes, this can work out. Unfortunately, this way of thinking more often than not comes with a number of issues:
- Falling behind on your work
- Unnecessary overtime
- Stress and mental pressure
- Negative impacts for the rest of your staff
Temp staff is the way around that. If you feel yourself buckling under the added workload, it might be a good idea to bring a temp (or two) onto your team.
Sometimes, your business just needs the extra hands to get through a busy season. Other times, you need to cover for someone who’s about to go on long service or parental leave.
Whatever the reason you need temporary workers, it’s crucial that you hire them the right way – whatever you do, don’t just bring on the first person you find on Fiverr or someone’s friend of a friend who can “totally take care of this for us, no problem!”
To ensure things continue to work smoothly at your business, you’ll want to ensure that you:
- Cast a wide enough net (but not too wide!)
- Get the right skills and experiences
- Check references
We know, we know: all of this takes time.
If you ask us however, taking a little bit of extra time here can help you avoid a much bigger headache going forward.
And more importantly, you’ll also want to get in touch with a temp recruitment agency in Melbourne to make sure you’re getting the best person for the job.
There are plenty of people looking for temp work in Melbourne – how do you make sure you’re hiring the right one?
Figure out whether you need to look for a specialist or a generalist
When many businesses start hiring temp workers, they don’t put any thought towards whether or not they need a generalist temp to just help out wherever they’re needed, or a specialist to take over a specific role.
If you need a temp to handle the workload, the first thing you’re going to want to do is determine which type of temp worker you need.
Is there a specific role that needs to be filled such as a bookkeeper for your finance department? Specialist.
Just need an extra pair of hands to help out here and there? Generalist.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get creative with how you use your new temp staff member. It all depends on your organisation, as well as the role you need covered.
For example, there are some roles where you simply won’t be able to find a temp.
If you have a unique in-house software designed just for you, it can be impossible to find a temp, as well as time-consuming to train them up.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t put one of your current team members on it and get them to focus solely on that role for the time being, and use a temp to look after all of their other responsibilities!
Need help figuring out how best to use your temp staff?
In addition to helping you find them, our temp agency in Melbourne can also help you create your temp assignment and figure out the best way of using your new workers.
Hire temp staff that understand your business, the role, and what you expect of them
Really, this should go without saying!
You know the stereotype of lazy, disengaged temp staff? Most of the time it’s because organisations aren’t very choosy when it comes to the temp staff they hire.
When hiring staff, you don’t just want applicants who have the skills – you want people who are on the same wavelength as you, who click with the rest of your team and who believe in and understand what you do.
Who says temp staff should be exempted from that?
While the role may not be a permanent one, it’s crucial that whoever you choose to fill it understands exactly what they’re needed to do, as well as your mission and what you expect of them.
Sure, they might not be around once their position comes to an end – however, while they’re there they’re a part of your organisation, and should be treated like any other member of staff.
And that means holding them up to the same standards.
Be sure to provide support
Put yourself in your temp’s shoes: you’ve just been contacted by a temp agency in Melbourne about a potential gig. You ace the interview, and your start date is rapidly rushing up. You turn up, ready to get to work.
And instead of an induction process, your temporary workplace just throws you in the deep end, expecting you to work things out.
Obviously, this is a pretty extreme example – most workplaces will offer at least a basic onboarding process to help their temps wrap their heads around things.
However, that isn’t all you can do.
It’s essential that you provide support for any temp workers that come into your organisation.
A good onboarding process is a part of it – however, you shouldn’t be limiting yourself to just that.
As an employer, you should also:
- Assign a “buddy” or supervisor
- Be ready to answer their questions
- Provide a guidebook
- Train them on the specific systems and processes you use
- Sending out material before they begin
All of these can help your temp staff get settled into the role – and that in turn means that they’ll be able to hit the ground running and start contributing to your organisation sooner.
Find and recruit temporary staff with the best temp agency in Melbourne
A lot of other agencies refer to things like “staffing solutions” – we prefer to focus on finding the right people for the job
There’s an old saying in recruitment: “to keep your job, you either need to be pleasant, or very good at what you do.”
Why not have both?
What makes us stand out from the rest?
Simple: we look beyond the things like work experience or hard skills, diving deeper to see whether or not the applicant is a good fit for your organisation on a deeper level.
A solid understanding of your requirements, in-depth testing and a proven recruitment process ensures that we get the best fit for the job almost every single time – if you don’t believe us, just look at our 80% referral rate!
Whether you’re in the market for seasonal temp staff or a fixed-term contract role to cover someone going on leave, our temp recruitment specialists are exactly the team to call.