3 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Temporary Workers
Temps are a great resource for businesses and often work for companies for extended periods of time. They add value to a company at a reasonable cost and can serve as potential permanent hires. However, too often, employers make mistakes when hiring temps. These errors can result in lower productivity and higher turnover, cutting directly into a company’s bottom line.
Strive to hire your temp workers in a way that adds value to your business. Here are three mistakes to avoid at all cost.
- Not Promising Full-time Opportunity Down the Road
Hiring temp workers is an excellent way to evaluate an individual on the job without the commitment of hiring them permanently. Think of it as “try before you buy.” And the fit goes the other way: Employees use temp work to test out a new company and size up the workplace environment. Both sides are seeking a perfect match regarding skills and cultural fit.
Don’t make the mistake of viewing your temp workers as expendable. Make sure they understand there can be opportunities for full-time or permanent employment down the road. Most temps are seeking permanent jobs, and they’ll be excited to show you why they’re excellent workers and the first ones you should think of hiring. And as your business grows, you’ll want a dedicated employee who understands your business, is trained to do the job, and wants to stay and thrive in your workplace.
- Making the Temp Feel Less Valued Than Full-Time Staff
If your employees feel valued and appreciated, they are more likely to go above and beyond their job responsibilities. Managers can show appreciation to employees by personally connecting with them. That means taking the time to demonstrate recognition and show interest in their lives.
Too often, employers fail to show appreciation to their temp workers, which is a big mistake. Because bonding helps people get along better and communicate more efficiently in the workplace, employers who fail to do this miss the opportunity to create real improvements in morale and performance — across an entire team.
- Leaving Temps out of Meetings With Full-Time Staff
Meetings provide time for employees to network, share ideas and learn about new developments within a company. They are the perfect environment for encouraging teamwork. But, too often, employers fail to include temp workers in meetings with full-time staff. The reasoning is they don’t view temp workers as part of the team. But that’s a mistake.
If you include your temp workers in activities that bolster teamwork and morale, you’ll help them understand and appreciate their team. They’ll be less likely to leave your company for greener pastures, and if a job opens, they are likely to take it and become productive — and permanent— part of the team.
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