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Monday, September 30, 2013

Make Employee Recognition Easier in Your Staffing Office

If you work in temporary staffing then you are probably aware that September 16th through 22nd was National Staffing Employee Week. This week long event is a chance to celebrate your contingent workforce and thank them for all their hard work throughout the year.

There are some interesting statistics surrounding temporary staffing and you can see them here at this infographic put together by blogger Kelly Mitchell using information from the National Staffing Association. 

For example, did you know that 11.5 million temporary workers are currently employed by US staffing companies? Nearly 3 million contract employees work for staffing services every business day. 79% of these employees work full time. It is important that we provide recognition for the contingent workforce to keep the system running smoothly. 

The American Staffing Association, the leading organization for Staffing Services here in the United States, suggests four primary benefits for temporary employees: flexibility, bridge, choice, and training. Each of these offers workers the opportunity to work on their own schedule, work between full time opportunities, choose the right companies and assignments, and allow them to gain additional experience. 

64% of temporary employees enjoy working with staffing services because it provides them with a flexible schedule that improves their overall work/life balance. 80% of companies like working with staffing services to provide candidates who eventually become full time employees. Temporary staffing is an excellent way to evaluate the working relationship with an employee before making the permanent hiring decision. 

However, 23% of temporary employees have no interest in being hired and will work short term assignments to maintaining their ability to be flexible. 

Temporary employment is also a solution to fill the so-called “Skills Gap” currently occurring in the US. While employers say they are having trouble finding candidates who match their specific requirements, the staffing industry is able to place qualified temporary individuals on these assignments to allow the company to continue working effectively. Many times these temporary employees prove themselves to be an asset. 

There are many opportunities for companies to recognize their permanent workforce, but National Staffing Employee Week gives us a chance to honor the employees who work short term or long term assignments for our industry. 

As recruiters and administrators, this type of program can easily be pushed to the side in favor of revenue generating work for the business. Filling orders, communicating with employees and clients, and processing payroll are considered infinitely more important than employee relations. But what if this didn’t have to be the case? 

Workforce Management Systems can streamline your processes and allow staff more time to concentrate on employee recognition and retention programs. Contact us today to see how NextCrew can help you!  

photo credit: Alex E. Proimos via photopin cc

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