We Hire Teammates – Not Temps
Our business has changed over the last few years, and the word “temp” is not a fitting title for our contingent workforce anymore. With the pervasive use of lean, just-in-time business practices, our flexible workforce has become a more permanent and integral part of our customers’ human resource strategies.
The US unemployment rate is in the low single digits. As the war for talent heats up, we must have great relationships with the best employees the market has to offer at any given pay range. We offer some of the most robust healthcare benefits in the industry, scholarship opportunities, a liberal vacation and holiday pay plan and even bonus programs. But, the real difference is how we view the workforce. Our contingent workers are not defined by the length of their assignment. Whether an employee works with us two days or two years, they are part of a team – they are a Teammate.
Belief in the Cause
Words can be powerful, but they must be backed by substance or we look like hypocrites. As a whole, our internal employees (Ōninites) understand the importance of what we do – they derive a sense of calling from putting the right people in the right job opportunities. Our business is people—it can be messy and unpredictable, but on the other hand, it is fulfilling when we make a great match.
The term “temp” is a blacklisted word at Ōnin, unless of course one is referring to another staffing company’s workforce. The word “Teammate” defines how we already look at our workforce and serves as a rallying point for our internal staff as we strive to do an even better job of serving the workforce.
Connecting with the Workforce
Renaming our Teammates is part of a broad effort to make a deeper and wider connection with the workforce. Treating people well and approaching our business relationships with a heart of service is simply the right thing to do – so that is where we start. We have hundreds of thousands of Teammates stepping through our doors each year. Whether we put them to work or not, we want them to walk away with a good feeling about our company. It is our goal to be the first place people think of when they are looking for a job change. The more successful we are at engaging the workforce, the more successful we will be delivering for customers. That’s a win-win-win.