How to Get the Best Temporary Staffing Results

Monday, June 15, 2015

With many industries facing downturns, the importance of staffing agencies and the contingent workforce has been on an upswing. But like so many other tools, a staffing agency is only valuable if you know how to utilize it correctly. To ensure you get the best result from your temporary staffing agency, follow these five best practices. 

1. Be Descriptive 

Temporary positions need job descriptions too! Those descriptions should be well-defined, prioritized, current and submitted, in writing, to your staffing firm. Include your expectations for candidates such as their abilities, experience, and specific performance goals and standards. 

2. Educate Your Account Rep 

Tell your staffing agency everything you can about your company. Tell them your mission statement, goals, culture, history and current performance. Let them know what types of work styles or personalities will fit best in your organization. Knowing your company's needs and preferences will help them become a more knowledgeable extension of your human resources department.

3. Know Your Possible Employees

Today's temporary workforce consists of many amazingly talented people who prefer a flexible work schedule. Forget that old idea of temps being just a warm body to fill a seat. The types of people who are “temping” today are likely to be:

  • Contract professionals who can apply their expertise to employers on an as-needed basis.
  • Highly skilled and dedicated workers who have had the unfortunate circumstance of being laid off due to the economy.
  • Students, parents, and others who need a more flexible work schedule.
  • Former stay-at-home parents who are re-entering the workforce.
  • Freelance professionals who don't want to worry about the legal issues of self-employment or who are not able to sell 100% of their time.
  • Recent college grads looking to sharpen their skills and gain experience.
  • People seeking to make a career transition (and using temporary work as a way to build skills and improve their resume).
  • Retired executives who now want less than full-time employment.

4. Prep Your Staff 

Foster a positive work environment by clearly explaining to your staff where and why temporaries are being used. This type of open communication is the best way to encourage cooperation and keep your employees from seeing your temporary workers as a threat to their job security.

5. Establish Expectations

By establishing early expectations with your temporary staffing agency for things like development of an order-placing procedure, appropriate quality control checks and feedback methods, you can begin on the right foot and start getting the types of workers you’re looking for quicker.


The Personnel Response Team (PRT) is a group of seasoned staffing professionals possessing unmatched experience in the staffing industry. Our core expertise is helping clients fill gaps in staffing that occur due to business fluctuations. We strive to provide qualified skilled and temporary workers for both short and long-term projects. We, at PRT, came together to create a faster, more flexible staffing solution in order to meet the changing needs in a static industry. With 75 years of varied problem solving skills along with advanced networks and resources, partnering with PRT translates into a brand new value experience. 

Contact us today to see how we can help you with all of your temporary staffing needs!

Personnel Response Team 6/15/2015

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