5 Reasons Why Temporary Workers Quit

In accordance to a survey conducted in April 2017 by the Staffing Industry Association, 31% temporary workers have admitted to quitting a job early.  While there can be many reasons why temporary employees quit, the top reason is that they were offered a better job.  Miscommunication of job responsibilities and interpersonal issues within the organization are also common reasons.

Here are the top disclosed reasons and to improve temporary turnover, work with a staffing agency, like SharpLink who understands and will guide you on these issues.

Work environment. Lack of training or supervision to the temperament of the colleagues, supervisors or immediate superiors plays a major role of a temporary worker to call quits. This includes everything from lack of training or supervision, abusive supervisors or the temperature of the workplace (too hot or cold without proper PPE). If temporary employees are treated as substandard employees, they will find a better place to work.

Integrity and loyalty. Temporary workers must be screened by your temporary agency just like you would screen if you were hiring a full-time employee. Great temporary staffing agencies don’t just send over warm bodies, they ensure that the the right skill set, expected workplace behavior and work ethic exists in the assigned employees. You can tell when an agency is not concerned with your turnover. Look for an agency that collaborates and aligns with your corporate goals.

Safety. Temporary workers know when they are at personal risk, and if the host employer’s workplace is an unsafe environment, they will find less riskier work with another company – perhaps they will leave to go to your competitor taking your training investment out the door.  Be sure to work with a temporary agency that will pre-inspect the workplace, and collaborate with you to provide the safest workplace conducive to achieving results with a focus on lowering turnover.

Transportation. Many temporary workers use public transportation to get to work. Be sure your temporary agency can coordinate temporary workers that are in proximity of the workplace. Transportation issues not well thought out by your temporary agency can increase absenteeism, and ultimately drive turnover you don’t want.

Pay. While pay is typically not one of the top reasons temporary workers quit, it is important to make sure your pay rates are at market rates for the work.  Your staffing company should be able to advise you in this area.

There are other reasons why temporary workers quit, but these 5 are things you can control, both by internal change at your workplace, and by working with a best in class temporary agency like SharpLink Staffing.

Overall, working with clients to balance pay, a healthy and safe work environment, and by providing local employees with integrity and work ethic is our goal. Call us today if these issues exist with your current temporary agency, and you are ready for the SharpLink difference.

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