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Stanford Report, May 31, 2000

Stanford is fertile ground for temporary workers

The university's office of Manpower Temporary Services is marking milestones.

During the two years Manpower has operated an on-campus office, it has had at least 100 temporary employees working at Stanford at any given time, says Kim Folmar, the manager of Manpower's campus office.

Most assignments are from one to six months, although "some are longer," and are usually in administrative and industrial fields, Folmar says.

Currently, Manpower is surveying customers to learn if temporary employees are working effectively in their assignments. "It is very helpful for supervisors to take the time to complete the surveys so that Manpower gets good feedback on performance," says Linda Jack, manager of the university's office for staff employment. "Good performance can then be acknowledged," she adds.

One of the ways that Manpower recognizes the service of its temporary employees at Stanford is by giving Tiffany awards.Those who have worked at least 400 hours for Manpower and received a satisfactory score on their most recent performance evaluation receive a gift designed by Tiffany and Co. Employees in administrative positions are presented with a sterling silver Manpower logo necklace or tie tack.

Industrial employees receive a multi-purpose pocket tool and technical employees are given a pen.

Usually a surprised employee is feted with the gift in his or her department, along with flowers, balloons and an edible treat that the honoree's colleagues can enjoy.

During Administrative Professionals Week in April, 10 award recipients for the first calendar quarter and their supervisors were invited to an off-site luncheon. At the gala, Jayne Patterson, now with Housing and Dining Services, was named the administrative employee of the year.

Jack says a temporary employee often becomes a candidate in the pool for a posted position and notes, "It's a very good way for a temporary employee to get to know Stanford before deciding to seek regular employment."

In the past six months, 22 Manpower temporary employees have become regular Stanford employees, Folmar says.

The agency also is attempting to identify and acknowledge temporary employees who wish to remain in temporary status and who are available for a variety of Stanford assignments, Jack says.

Unlike some other Manpower clients, Stanford isn't charged a fee when a temporary employee is hired from the agency.

The Manpower office is located at 655 Serra St. For information, call 725-7882 or send e-mail to SR