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Make the most of temporary employees

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Temporary employees are a useful solution to many staffing problems, but they're almost always expensive and they can be more trouble than they're worth. It can be tricky to come up with the right formula that matches what temps can do (their skills) with what they should do (your expectations).

Here are some expert insights:

Use temps at the right times. By definition, a temporary worker is a solution to a temporary problem. If you have a chronic staffing problem--not enough people, or not enough productivity and skills among the people you have--relying on temps will not help in the long run. It's in these situations where managers and temps have the hardest time mutually achieving the needed results.

In general, when deciding to bring in a temp, look at the work that needs to be done, not at the people you have to do it. Temps are most effective when you have specific projects that can and should be done quickly--and espe...(register to read more)

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