When you have someone call in sick at the last minute or you have a regular employee that needs to take an emergency or maternity leave, you need someone to take their place. One way to fill that staffing void is to hire a temporary employee. However, managing temporary employees can be very different than managing your regular, full-time staff members. Here are a few tips that will help you ensure that you maintain a professional ambiance in your office that is beneficial for you, the rest of your staff as well as your newly-hired temporary worker:
1. Create a Plan of Action -- Ahead of Time.
Prior to bringing in a temporary employee, you need to create a plan of action. This action plan needs to include how long you expect the project to last as well as the scope of the work. Temporary employees need to quickly transition from one role to the next, and you're able to help this happen by providing them with the details of the job from the get-go.
2. Manage the Worker's Expectations and Roles.
From the very beginning of the job, the temporary employee needs to be clear on the expectations of their job as well as their role in the office. You need to define when they should arrive to work and when they are allowed to leave, who they will be reporting to, any code of conduct, proper work attire, job roles, etc. This information should be conveyed to the worker verbally and should also be provided to them on paper so that it can be reviewed when and if needed.
3. Empower Temp Workers.
When new people come into the workplace, this means there is an opportunity to get new ideas and a brand new perspective. Temporary workers tend to have a lot of diversity when it comes to experience, so encourage them to bring their ideas to you. In fact, seek out their opinions and ask for their experiences that may be directly related to their job at your office. Remember, the most important thing that you can do is listen.
4. Consider Offering a Permanent Job.
If your company is in a good position and you are happy with the skills, effort and productivity of the temporary employee, then consider moving their temporary job to a permanent one at your company. If that particular position isn't available, you may want to consider seeing if you can find one that is and see if they're willing to take it. This will save you money hiring another individual later on and save on training since the temporary worker is already familiar with your company, its mission, its core values, etc.
Check with a company like BIRK Staffing & Technical Services for more information.Share
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