Employment: Part Time Full Blast

When a Detroit automaker adopted a new group insurance plan not long ago, the insurance company found itself facing an Everest of clerical work: individual policy certificates had to be made out for each of 330,000 employees. What to do? Why, call for the Kelly Girls, of course. They came on, 125 strong, and in 15 days polished off a job that would have kept regular staffers on overtime for weeks.

In helping U.S. firms over such peaks, Kelly Girls and their competitors have built the "temporary help" business from its slender postwar...

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