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Three Things "Temps" Should NOT Do!

Three Things "Temps" Should NOT Do!
Years ago when I was a community manager I had a season of time when I relied heavily on temporary associates to maintain the staffing requirements of my office. There were many times when my “temps” made my job easier and I was so glad that they were helping me. There were also many times when my “temps” either made my job harder, or were so difficult to be around in one way or another, that I didn’t think they were worth the expense! If you’re a temporary associate now I’d like to give you some advice on what to do when you’re at you’re assignment so that the company wants to keep bringing you back-or even offer you a permanent position! Tip #1: Don’t be Bossy! I had a temporary associate who started critiquing me on how we accepted checks and thought it was a good idea to give me his thoughts on what we should have been doing when collecting checks from our customers. Needless to say, that immediately irritated me as I thought, “Who does this guy think he is??” Regardless of the experience you bring into the office, remember as a temp that the client may not need your input on things…even if it’s great input! For those of you with a great resume this may be the hardest thing to do as a temp, and it’s a vital skill. As a wise mentor once told me, “Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut!” Tip #2: Don’t Say “When I worked at…”......
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Three Ways to Maximize the Value and Productivity of Temps

Three Ways to Maximize the Value and Productivity of Temps
As a football junkie, I am currently experiencing some withdrawal symptoms since there is no football for months! However, recently I saw some highlights from a game this past season with my favorite football team and the third string quarterback was forced into the game due to injuries to the top two quarterbacks.  I remember that as I was watching the game once I saw the third-string QB I assumed the game was lost as I figured this guy was third-string for a reason, right? To my surprise he came in and rocked the house! He threw for a couple of touchdown passes, made some nice plays, and led the team to a come-from-behind victory. In the post-game comments one of the things that his teammates said was that he was prepared for success. Even though he wasn’t the starting quarterback (and often didn’t make the game-day roster) he was prepared to step in to the role when needed. The same is true for you when you bring on a temporary associate! In my experience many managers expect their temporary associates to know everything about everything the moment they walk in the door and spend very little time preparing associates to succeed. That is a mistake! In the customer’s eyes they see NO difference between the “starters” and the “backups”….to them you’re all on the same team. So here is what you can do to maximize the performance of your temporary associates: One: Properly welcome your temporary associate to the team We all want to f......
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The Solution to Your Property Maintenance Needs

The Solution to Your Property Maintenance Needs
Your company is looking to fill a maintenance position. You have already written a detailed job description, carefully defined the skills and possibly the concrete work experience necessary for someone to excel in that position. But somehow, your recruiting efforts do not seem to turn up that ideal candidate. Almost always, there's something amiss with the one you hired. Either they have poor work ethic, lack motivation, fail to pay attention to detail or worse, they decide to bail out on you without prior notice! If this has been your experience, you're probably asking 'where are all the good maintenance candidates!?'. We have seen this scenario and heard this question countless times. Placement firms are dedicated to taking the guess work out of the hiring process, thus putting an end to this painful, recurrent HR problem.  Finding the perfect fit... The problem of 'cultural fit' is a big one. In fact, recent studies show that one out of two people won't last more than 18 months at their current job mainly due to an ill-matched cultural fit. Acknowledging that determining whether a specific candidate is the right fit for your company can be challenging.  Why you should hire a placement firm... #1.Working Interviews: Seek a firm that allows for working interviews.  This will provide a platform to efficiently recognize people who would fit in your unique work environment. On the flip side, the maintenance professional also get a chance to assess whether or not they will fit into that particular landscape.......
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