Qualities To Look For In A Stand-in Employee

In today’s dynamic business landscape, stand-in employees play an important role in many organisations. In fact, there is a growth in hiring employees on a temporary basis rather than long term for varying reasons. In the past, temporary staffing was primarily a solution to replace workers who were on leave, or to increase the workforce during busy seasons – especially now that we have entered the festive holidays.

Understanding what qualities make for a great temporary staff member helps you make an informed decision while your company needs someone to help out.

Communication Skills

Temp workers have to be able to communicate effectively with their employers so that everyone is on the same page at all times. This means that communication skills are a must have. Temporary staff need to understand that, just because they did a similar job for a different company does not mean that the expectations are the same for your work environment.

Asking questions is another critical facet of doing temporary work effectively. Fully understanding the work at hand leaves little room for error – and leaves you and your company in a safe place.


Being able to quickly adapt to a new company culture is a very necessary ability that temporary workers must have. As temporary staff do not have the luxury of spending a lot of time learning the ins and outs of your business, it is important for them to be able to move from one company or task to another with ease.

Good Work Ethic

Arriving early and being ready to work are great traits of temp staff. Worrying about workers not meeting your expectations when it comes to being on time or getting their work done puts unnecessary strain on you, and in turn, your company. Being reliable goes beyond just being on time though. Staying up-to-date with the work load and meeting – or hopefully delivering early on – deadlines says a lot about the ethic of a temporary worker.

A Good Attitude

Enthusiasm goes a long way when dealing with a temporary worker. It rubs off on other staff and boosts the mood as well as productivity in your company. Positivity begets positivity, even if the temporary staff member is only there for a short time. This also opens the door to potentially making use of their services again in future.


Every company is different, which is why it is so important to look for someone that is dynamic, reliable, and brings a bit of enthusiasm to boot. You can rest easy knowing that we will make sure your stand-in employee electrifies your business with the great qualities we mentioned above.

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