Temp Agencies As Matchmakers

By Will Temby

Working for a temporary agency used to be an ideal option for victims of corporate downsizing.

If companies weren’t hiring but needed extra help, they’d turn to temporary workers to help fill in the gaps.

But the role of the temp agency has changed dramatically in the last decade. Instead of just providing help for short-term assignments, many now specialize in matching workers with companies that might eventually hire them.

Think of it this way: before you buy a new car, you test-drive it. Why not test-drive your next employee, too?

More and more today, companies are opting to go with a temporary employee before bringing them on as permanent staffers.

In other words, there’s a “trial” period of sorts that workers go through before they’re brought aboard as full-time employees.

The reasons for this are simple: companies are looking for flexibility when bringing on new employees. 

This probationary period has plenty of advantages for employers. It gives them a chance to evaluate a prospect’s job performance and make more educated hiring decisions.

There are advantages for job-seekers, too.

They get a first-hand look at the culture of a company, which can help them decide whether this is a place where they really want to work. 

The bottom line? A temporary assignment gives everyone the opportunity to ensure the best possible match.

About the Author

Will Temby

Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.

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