Rather than looking for someone in a pinch or calling your local temp agency, it pays to be prepared in advance by developing a temporary worker hiring pool. Here are some tips to make it work, so that when you need to leave for several weeks or months to take care of a newborn, fly home to help your mother sell her house, or take a sabbatical to teach for a semester in Europe (can I come?), you can assure your boss you've got your shift covered.
Stay in contact with employees who leave the company for greener pastures. Whether you're their former employer or co-worker, make sure their contact information is current and keep them updated on what's going on with the company. With social media, you've got few excuses not to.
Then, when their new employer turns out not to be so nice, they get bored in retirement, or that baby ends up costing more than they'd planned, and you call them with a temporary offer of employment, they just may jump at the chance to come back. And even if it's been a few years since they left, it will be much easier and faster to train someone who knows your industry and the company.
Here are a few potential contacts for your hiring pool:
- employee parents who left after the birth of a baby
- other employees within your company
- former employees who left for another company
- former employees who left for personal or family reasons
- clients in the industry
- part-time workers
- college/university friends in your field of study