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Looking for full-time hires in the temporary workforce

Posted on March 1st, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Many companies use payrolling services to "try-out" entry-level workers before hiring them full-time.

Tim Slattery, founder of Corporate Fulfillment Systems, didn't anticipate the trouble he would face with new hires, some of whom would demonstrate unprofessional behavior that didn't show up during the interview, Human Resource Executive reports. Slattery told the source that he'd have to go through 20 workers to find a good fit. Then, Slatterly decided to take on temporary workers with the intention of hiring those who fit well with the company full-time. Now, a good portion of the company's 30 full-time employees originally started out as temporary workers.

Catherine Pistole, director of administration for a private equity firm in Manhattan and author of The Temp Factor, told the source that bringing on temporary workers with the intent of hiring them full-time has become even more popular during the tough economy.

"Temp to perm has become more popular because of layoffs," said Pistole. "You try out someone in a temporary role. You start in the mindset they'll stay on, and you either extend the offer or not." 

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