I told a friend who had been laid off from a job in a small trucking company about this. She got a temp job in a lawyers office while someone was on maternity leave. After a month, she was hired permanently and is still there.
Yes, we manage things, people, budgets, and all that. One of the biggest things we do is see a task, get it done without needing to be told or supervised. Aggressive initiative. Businesses really like that.