How Not to Manage a Staffing Agency

Posted by Bond Team | August 27, 2012 |

Sometimes, the best lessons in life are learned by viewing the example of others.  And sometimes, the example provided by others – from a refusal to admit your mistakes to focusing too heavily on office politics to is a great example of what not to do.  Unfortunately, a staffing agency in Stockholm, Sweden has provided an atrocious example of how not to manage relationships internal or external to your company.

What Happened?

An unnamed Swedish staffing firm and a union were involved in an ongoing dispute.  Both were locked in heated discussions over very serious allegations against the firm –invalid layoffs, salary disputes, and worker pay and holiday leave cuts.  To his great surprise, the union leader was attacked and severely harmed by six gang members, forced at knifepoint to call the staffing company and retract all union demands, and the attackers also demanded €60,000 from the leader himself.  The most outrageous part of the story lies in the fact that Swedish newspapers refused to publish the name of the staffing agency, even though the leader of the criminal gang that carried out the mafia-style attack is biologically related to the owner of the agency!

Lessons Learned

As you can see, this outrageous example shows you several lessons of how not to behave when managing a staffing agency or any type of company.  Here are some I noticed:

Guess what?  The minute employees who feel bullied find another job, they’re going somewhere else.  You know how costly it is to recruit and train new employees – that’s more costly than hiring someone and holding on to them a while.  The lowlife running this staffing agency received the short-term result he wanted, but now he risks going to prison for several years and losing his business.

You have sense enough not to hire thugs to intimidate or bully people.  But, you might be like many others who get caught up in emotional battles and aren’t willing to give in just a little bit.  If you are in a contentious agency battle, admit where you made mistakes in the past, allow the other party to have its own views, and come to a reasonable compromise that makes everyone happy.

By handling tough situations in an upstanding, rather than selfish way, you and everyone impacted by your staffing agency you will win long-term.  The most important thing is to learn and grow as best you can with each experience.

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