Kelly Services, Inc.
is a Fortune 500
company headquartered in Troy, Michigan
, offering services that include temporary staffing services, outsourcing
, vendor on-site and full-time placement. Kelly operates in 37 countries and territories. Kelly employs more than 750,000 individuals annually, in areas including office services, accounting, engineering, information technology, law, science, marketing, creative services, light industrial, education, and health care. Revenue in 2007 was $5.7 billion.
William Russell Kelly
founded Russell Kelly Office Service in 1946, initially providing office services performed at Kelly's offices, rather than providing temporary staffing at the client's location. However, customers asked for the work to be performed at their locations, and the temporary staffing concept was born out of responding to this type of request.
The temporary workers, who were usually female, became known as 'Kelly girls'. In recognition of this, the name of the company was changed to Kelly Girl Service, Inc. in 1957 . The term 'Kelly girl' became a widely used term for a temporary worker, regardless of the worker's company affiliation or gender. In 1966 the name of the company was changed to Kelly Services, Inc., in order to reflect an expanding range of services.
The current Chairman of the Board of Directors is Terence E. Adderley, and the CEO is Carl T. Camden.