Let’s face it – as a manager, you only have so much time and energy to dedicate to your job. When you have a large team to supervise, you have learn to prioritize well. Sadly, one group tends to get left behind when managers spread themselves too thin: Temporary employees. When your resources are limited, is it really necessary to connect with temporary employees who will be gone in a few months or weeks?
Why You Need to Connect With Temporary Employees
Temporary employees are an important resource for your business. Like any other resource, they will be wasted if they are not handled well. After all, employees who don’t feel engaged with their work or valued by their employer are unable to give their best. If you put some time and energy into connecting with your temps, you’ll soon find their productivity gets a boost.
Just like any other business resource, you’ll also find that temporary employees can dry out. Since most temporary employees work through staffing agencies, they form a tight-knit professional network. If you don’t treat your temp workers well, word will travel fast. Soon enough, you’ll find that temporary workers aren’t interested in working at your business.
How to Engage With Your Temp Workers
1. Make Them Feel Welcome
Hiring temps is an excellent solution to many staffing problems, and they should be made to feel they are valued. A little bit of fanfare is food for anyone’s ego, and rolling out the welcome mat will quickly make them feel at home. In order to make a good first impression, make sure to introduce them to their co-workers and make it clear you are excited to have them on your team.
2. Include them in staff meetings
Even if an employee is around for a short time, they shouldn’t be left out of important meetings. Since employees must be kept in the loop in order to be productive, including your temps in regular staff meetings will ensure you get the most out of them.
3. Involve them in your company culture
Connecting with your employees on a personal level is just as important as your professional interactions, and short-term workers need these personal connections just as much as your full-time staff. When planning social activities with your staff outside of work, be sure to extend an invitation to everyone, and make a point to add your new hires to pertinent group emails, chats, and messages.
4. Seek out their opinion
If you’re ignoring your temp workers opinions on important matters, you’re missing out on a large part of their value. Since temps often have a wide variety of experience in diverse settings, their insight could help you solve problems that have stymied your full-time staff for ages. Even more importantly, seeking out and listening to their advice will make them feel valued and appreciated.
Make the Connection!
At Expert Staffing, we believe the right employees will push your company to the top of your industry. Our talented, highly professional recruiters are ready to match the perfect hire for every one of your staffing needs. To learn more about our comprehensive industrial and healthcare staffing services, contact us today.