Time to call in the temps

By Michael Wisher, managing director of Michael Wisher

For many companies who deal in commercial and corporate events, the use of temporary staff is vitally important. Temporary staff, particularly those from an agency, offers event organisers access to a varied, flexible, and often highly experienced workforce that can be handpicked for bespoke events.

Yet many still have reservations about using temporary personnel. This is understandable, but what are they missing out on? What does a temporary workforce offer?

They offer a huge amount of varied experience…

Temporary staff come from a variety of backgrounds and consequently offer huge amounts of experience. In theory you could be hiring a workforce of silver service staff, award winning cocktail waiters, customer service extraordinaires or technological wiz-kids. Many temporary staff have left professional and permanent backgrounds to enter the flexible and fun temporary world and all that experience is at your fingertips.

They are flexible, fast and convenient…

Need some quick help selling tickets? How about extra hands for an important conference this evening? When you take on temporary staff you get the help you need, fast!

They are energetic and hardworking…

The last thing you need at one of your prestigious events is sour faces and lazy helpers. Most temporary agencies will handpick the perfect staff for your event based on experience and personality traits. Expect to receive a squad of energetic, happy staff that work hard and serve with a smile.

They could become a permanent fixture…

Think of hiring temporary staff as a trial or even an interview. Many events staff started out as regular temporary staff that went on to have a huge impact. Hiring temporary staff gives you the opportunity to take a look at what could be the future of your workforce.

Hiring temporary staff is much more than just an extra pair of hands.

Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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