How to Make Sure You Are Hiring the Right Temp Staff

There are numerous situations where your company can find itself understaffed. In these situations using the right temp staff can reduce the costs associated with being understaffed while increasing productivity.

We will now consider the following 3 points which will help you to hire the right temp staff:

  1. Verify that there are no legal issues
  2. Verify their work record
  3. Verify their skills

1. Verify That There Are No Legal Issues

If using a temp staffing agency you would want to make sure that they properly perform background checks on all temp staff. This will help ensure that there are no unwanted legal issues.

You would also want to make sure that all temp staff is legal to work in Canada. When using a temp staffing agency you would need to be concerned if they bill you too low a fee for their services. This could be a sign that they pay their workers less than minimum wage. Of course, paying less than minimum wage would be a serious legal concern, but it could also be an indicator that the temp worker is illegal to work in Canada.

2. Verify Their Work Record

You would want to verify that all temp staff have a strong work record. If you have done your due diligence in selecting the right temp staffing agency, most of this work will be done for you. Most work record issues should be indentified during the screening process. Specific areas where having a poor work record could be costly include the following:


  • Theft
  • Accidents
  • Reliability/punctuality
  • Ability to get along with others


You need to have confidence that temp workers are not going to conduct themselves ethically.  You need to know that they have received proper safety training. You need to count on them to show up and do so on time. You can’t afford to have temp staff that cannot get along with others. If any of these areas have been issues with previous companies, they will most likely be an issue for you.

3. Verify Their Skills

It is possible for a temp worker to be highly skilled but not have the right skills for your company. This is another area where selecting the right temp staffing agency is important. If the agency has industry experience and understand the needs of your company, then they will be able to provide you with the temp staff that has the right skills for your company. In connection with this, it is also important to communicate well with the agency. If you don’t understand and articulate your needs, it is unlikely they will.

With due diligence to verify that all temp staff have no legal issues, have a strong work record and the necessary skills, you can be confident you are making a wise investment in temp staff.

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