[Infographic] What Matters Most to Temporary Workers?

May 26, 2017

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If you’re looking to add temporary workers to your team, it’s a good idea to look into what motivates them in the workplace. Not only will it help you attract top temporary talent to your business, it can also help you create an ideal working space for your valued employees.

We asked over 300 temporary workers what matters most to them in the workplace—and the answers may surprise you.

10. Length of Time It Takes to Register

Most temporary workers are partnered with a recruitment agency during their contracts—but if a lengthy registration process turns them off before they even have a chance to start the job, they’ll take their talents elsewhere. A long registration process can be a detriment, and ease of use is key when attracting these candidates.

9. Proximity to Residence

Commuting is always an issue for business professionals—and temporary employees are no different. They value their time, and spending too much time on the road may become an issue to certain individuals.

8. Availability of Public Transportation

For a temporary employee who takes the bus or subway to work, the availability of public transportation is crucial. Unless your business is fully mobile and can provide a flexible schedule, it’s important to promote your organization’s accessibility to public transport to attract top talent.

7. Opportunity to Work at a Specific Employer of Choice in Their Community

Many professionals take on temporary work specifically because it provides them with the opportunity to experience new environments and work under a variety of management styles. By working with recruiters and taking on contract work, a temporary employee has a greater chance of getting their foot in the door of a specific employer that suits their needs.

6. Relationship With Recruiter

Building a relationship with recruiters is a major factor in what matters to temporary workers—it means that trust has been built and candidates can be placed in roles that more accurately suit their skills. With a strong recruiter relationship, the chance for workplace success is much higher.

5. The Chance to Utilize Skills

Getting a chance to exercise their hard-earned skills is important to temporary employees; it allows for growth as an employee and the opportunity to contribute to something larger than themselves. Feeling satisfied that their skills aren’t going to go to waste can motivate a temporary employee to pick and choose which roles they take as a job seeker.

4. Length of Assignment

For some temporary workers, the length of an assignment can be a deciding factor in their career journey. For some—like working mothers and students looking for employment over the holidays—shorter assignments may work best. Others want to develop their skills or work on interesting projects—making long-term contracts a better option.

3. Pay Rate

Pay rate is always a key factor for any job seeker—but can be especially important to temporary employees. Since they’re not a permanent addition to the team, some employers may be tempted to pay workers too modestly. As such, pay rate is a high priority for temp workersduring their job hunt, and offering competitive pay rates is the best way to attract top talent.

2. Safe Work Environment

Since they often go without permanent benefits, a safe work environment is high on the list of what matters most to temporary workers. Workplace injury can be extremely detrimental to the future of any employee, and ensuring that workplace safety is taken seriously should always be a top priority for both employer and employee.

1. Accurate & On-Time Payments

At the top of the list, being paid accurately and on time is the number one priority for temporary workers. Having a reliable paycheque for the duration of their contract is key. Hiring managers can help by approving timesheets by the weekly deadline.

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Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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