Staffing 101: Maximize the Value of Your Temporary Staff

Posted by Hiregy Staff on Sep 17, 2012 2:20:00 PM

Thinking about working with a Tampa temp agency because you need additional help? Regardless of whether you need clerical staff or a team member with specialized skills, you’ll want to do all you can to get the most from temporary workers while they’re part of your team.

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Here are five tips to help you have the most successful experience you can have with temporary employees.

Get them Onboard
You can prepare workers from a Tampa temp agency for their success and yours. Start by updating your staff on the duties the temporary employees will perform. Then, conduct an orientation with the new team members, just as you would with a permanent employee. Inform them about company policies, introduce them to other staff, assign a point person to field questions, and show them the break room, etc. Not only will temporary staff members feel welcome, you’ll save time and money if they aren’t running around trying to find someone to answer their questions.

Focus on the Team
Workers from a temporary staffing agency should be part of your team, and it’s important to convey that to other employees. Make sure the temporary staff member is invited to regular team meetings and included in relevant communications. If he or she is going to be long-term, you will want to add them to the company phone and e-mail lists to ensure they can communicate with others inside and outside the company effectively.

Check in Regularly
As soon as the demands of the job increase for both you and your temps, it’s easy to forget to touch base. Schedule regular meetings with temporary employees and include the staff members who work with them. Reinforce that you have an open-door policy and that you’ll do whatever you can to get answers to your temp’s questions and to provide the tools and assistance he or she needs to perform the job at the highest level.

Give Positive Reinforcement
Whether your temps are part of your clerical staff or professionals with specific skills, make sure to praise them when they perform well, just as you would a permanent employee. Not only will this motivate temps to do their best work, the more positive the experience temporary employees have, the more likely they will return if you need additional help in the future. They’ll also say good things about your company in the community.

Conduct an Exit Interview
When a temporary employee’s job duties are fulfilled, make sure to conduct an exit interview. Talk with temps about their experience, including what they thought worked well and what might need changing. Taking this time may also provide you with valuable insight into how other employees are doing in terms of morale and workloads, so you can make the best decisions for your company going forward.


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