If you’ve decided to bring temporary employees on board due to the many benefits they can offer your company, you might be wondering how you should approach managing staff that aren’t permanent members of your team. It’s true that managing temporary employees differs from managing full-time employees in certain ways. Consider the following tips for managing your temporary staff:
Treat them like they’re part of the team. A surefire way to make temporary employees feel isolated from the rest of your staff is to treat them like they’re second best. Avoid referring to them as “the temp”; introduce them the same way you would introduce any full-time staff member. If your team goes out to lunch, invite the temporary employees along. When your staff has a meeting, include the temps if they can benefit from the information discussed.
Provide them with feedback. Many temporary employees accept short-term assignments to gain experience in different positions or different industries. So, providing them with constructive feedback is helpful. This doesn’t have to be done in a formal manner; just offer pointers and advice when opportunities present themselves.
Be honest. Always let your temporary employees know up front what exactly will be expected of them. If they finish an assignment early, what should they do? Don’t leave any room for misinterpretation when it comes to your expectations. Additionally, be upfront about the duration of the assignment. If the job has no long-term potential, let them know.
Remember impressive temps. Do yourself a favor and write down the names of the temporary employees who go above and beyond. Maybe you don’t have an open permanent job opportunity right now, but you might down the road. You can then reach out to your staffing company and request specific candidates by name.
If you are looking for temporary employees to add to your team, contact us today to learn how we can help you find the right match for your open positions.