Temp workers can provide a significant boost to your business. Whether they are helping with graphics, sales support, marketing, sourcing, or samples, they can greatly increase your productivity. This begs the question, as a manager, how do you get the most out of your temps?
Have a Clear Plan
You’ll need to have answers in mind to the following questions:
- What is the approximate length of the project you want your temp worker to complete?
- What is the scope of the project and exactly what will it entail?
- How do you communicate this information succinctly and accurately to someone who might be unfamiliar with your company?
Train Them Up
It may seem like a poor investment to spend a lot of time training temp workers. However, the investment is well worth it. Take the time to ensure that your temps are great representatives of your business. The training cost, time, and money will be worth it because it allows you to feel comfortable and confident in the work of your temps.
Make sure that your new team members know what is expected of them. Explain how both you and the temp win by the current working relationship. Some temporary workers are focused on making money or gaining some work experience, however, setting expectations for them will greatly increase their motivation and drive.
Seasonal employees and temps are not motivated by the same set of benchmarks and goals as your permanent employees. Goals for your temps should be shorter-term than those for your permanent employees. Fun incentives and contests are especially effective with a team of temps.
It can be easy to view temps as a short-term cog in your business. This perception is outdated and incorrect. Temps are people too. Ask questions about them. Get to know them just like you would with any other member of your team. If you take the time to learn about your temporary employees as people, it can allow you to be a better manager and to get the most of them.
Include your temps in as many meetings and company functions as you can. This practice is very easy for most managers. If you take the time to get to know your temporary employees and include them in meetings, you’ll learn how they can best help your business get to the next level.
Much like managing a permanent employee, praise works wonders with temps. This is a very easy way to make your temps or seasonal employees feel like part of the team.
Temp employees provide an excellent method to scale up and down your business. They can add significant skills, expertise, and production. Follow the seven steps above to keep your temps performing at 100%.
Have you ever employed temp or seasonal workers? What was the experience like for you?