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    DescriptionTemporary agencies place approximately two and a half million people in jobs each day in the United States. Every year, about twelve million people use these placement agencies to find temporary work. Many Americans, even those who desire permanent jobs, decide to enter the labor market through the portal of temporary agencies. Compared with the post-World War II era, when it was a marginal labor practice, temporary employment is today an entrenched feature of jobs and labor markets. How have temporary employment relationships become so widespread and normalized?In The Good Temp, Vicki Smith and Esther B. Neuwirth provide some novel answers to this question. Their provocative analysis is based on an insider's view of the interior dynamics of a temporary help agency in Silicon Valley. It incorporates a historical perspective on the rise of the temporary help service industry. Smith and Neuwirth document how this powerful industry not only created a new market for temporary labor but also played a fundamental role in the erosion of the permanent employment model. They analyze how agencies themselves came to manufacture and market this reinvented product-the good temp, an employee who is effective and efficient, committed, and sometimes preferable to a permanent staff member.Joining extensive participant observation data with historical analysis, The Good Temp contains some surprising findings about temporary employment today and fills a significant gap in our understanding of this important labor relationship.

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    The Good Temp
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Vicki Smith, By (author) Esther B. Neuwirth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801477966
    ISBN 10: 0801477964

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27850
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.1T
    B&T General Subject: 750
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
    BIC subject category V2: JHBL
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    LC classification: HM
    Libri: I-BE
    Abridged Dewey: 301
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: BUS038000, BUS030000
    DC22: 331.25729097
    DC21: 331.25729097
    Thema V1.0: JHBL
    Illustrations note
    5, 3 black & white tables, 2 charts
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    ILR Press
    Publication date
    24 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "How agencies have defined, stabilized, and expanded 'temporary work' is a big story. By serving as the intermediary between this new type of employee and the organizations that hire them, they have played a crucial role in helping to frame how we experience employment today." Paul M. Hirsch, James Allen Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Organization and Chair, Department of Management and Organization, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University"