Temporary employees can be valuable members of your team. There are an estimated 2.9 million temp employees in America alone.
They can help you during busy projects, and fill in when a team member is on vacation or maternity leave. They can even help tremendously when you don’t have the finances to hire full-time staff members.
To say the least, temps can be a lifesaver. But if you’re unfamiliar with hiring temps as a startup or small business, you can be overwhelmed. You aren’t quite sure how to hire them, and how to make them feel like they’re part of the team.
Let’s explore 3 simple and easy tips for working with new temp employees.
- Welcome Them to the Team
Interns, seasonal, short term contractors, and any other type of temp are like regular employees. They need a welcoming employer who will make the transition onto the team easy and not stressful. Introduce them to staff members, train them (if necessary), provide orientation, and any other essentials to set them up for success.
- Don’t Forget the Paperwork
When you hire temporary staff members, you will need to fill out not only hiring paperwork, but all other government forms. Your temporary employee will need to sign an employment offer. Be clear when their end date is, how many hours they will work, and accurately classify them according to law. Temps have worker’s rights, too.
- Do Your Math
Hiring any employee will cost you money; however, if you plan to transition a temp into a full-time or a part-time hire, eventually, figure out how much it will cost at each stage. Many companies hire temps, move them to part-time hires with benefits, to finally full-time workers with benefits.
What are your tips for hiring temporary employees?