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Temporary Staffing For Special Events

By Will Temby

Special event managers and party rental companies are bringing in temp workers more and more. What’s the reason behind this fast-growing trend?

Decision-makers nationwide are seeing the value in using quality temporary staff to help set up, work and tear down an event without the overhead an internal employee would require. Since conventions, meetings and even parades only occur at certain times of the year, this arrangement works well.

Event planners are looking for people who are flexible, problem solvers, able to think fast on their feet and able to deal with several issues at once and not get overwhelmed.

Many of the pieces of an occasion start falling together at the last minute. Staffing agencies understand the need for a quick turnaround in this business and are able to work with clients to make things happen hour by hour and even minute by minute.

Apprentice Personnel is often called late in the process, but works with its clients to send multiple workers onsite within an hour after the initial contact.

Employees sent out have a variety of skill sets and a lot of experience. Crews with mechanical expertise put up and tear down stages. Others set up tables and chairs, get ready to serve meals and even assemble tents if needed.

Large and small restaurants often call for help with weddings and holiday events. They require extra kitchen staff, servers, cooks, bartenders, general laborers and laundry workers.

Many rental companies, hired by businesses to provide additional equipment and workers, are also forming close relationships with staffing firms. They want professionals they can trust to represent them well and make a positive impression on their customers.

If you’re looking for a staffing firm, ask some key questions. Is the agency reputable and part of a professional organization, such as the American Staffing Association? Do they understand your requirements and your specific industry? And, critically, will they work with you through the ups and downs of planning your events?

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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