You know it’s important to make a new employee feel welcome. But have you thought about it when you’re bringing on a temporary worker? Making temporary employees feel as though their part of a team will be important for the overall success of everyone involved in a department or project. How can you create a better environment for short-term employees? Here are a few ways you can help temp staff be happier and engaged while at your company.
- Focus on communication. Communication is the foundation on which all relationships are built. To establish this with your temp employee, discuss with your staffing partner how you want to communicate throughout the assignment. However, you also need to be sure you’re effectively communicating with the employee from the beginning. They may have the skills you need, but they won’t know the intricacies of how you want a project completed.
- Be prepared on their first day. Far too many companies aren’t prepared for their new temp on the first day. And when an employee has to cool their heels waiting for a desk or computer, they can be frustrated from the beginning. Take a day or so before the assignment starts to prepare their workspace so you’re ready and they can start right away.
- Set your expectations. Before your temp arrives on their first day, establish the expectations with both them and your contact at the agency. Share the goals of the project and how their performance will be measured. Reiterate these expectations with them often to make sure you’re both on the same page. You can also meet their expectations by caring about their long-term goals and being available to help them along the way.
- Show them they’re valued. Finally, make sure they not only understand their role in your organization for the time they’re there, but show they’re valued and essential to your success. You may not be able to provide bonuses or incentives in the same way you would your permanent staff, but there may be some things you could provide through the agency. However, simply reinforcing your appreciation with the employee and their recruiter can go a long way.
Are you ready to bring on temporary staff for a project or to fill an open position?
At Professional Staffing Group, we work closely with client companies to help them onboard their short-term staff. Contact us today and let us help you connect with the best employees for your open positions.