Congratulations are in order if you’ve decided to utilize a temporary workforce to augment your current staffing needs. This is an important step in the growth and improvement of your organization. In fact, over time you will likely experience the benefits of hiring temporary workers, which can include:
- Lower costs of recruiting and onboarding staff
- Higher levels of productivity and employee morale
- Ease in managing fluctuating projects and seasonal work
- Access to quality and pre-screened employees
To get the most out of your temporary workers there are some steps you can take as you work with the temporary staffing agency. These factors will help you to gain a more positive return on your investment.
- Hiring and Training – It’s true that your temporary workers will come from the agency, but still you must be invested in their success through a strategic hiring and training program. Develop clearly written job descriptions and requirements to provide to the staffing agency and to review with each temp. Have a training process put together to bring temps quickly up to speed during their first few days on the job.
- Improved Onboarding – Every business can improve the onboarding process with an orientation for both regular and temporary employees. Give your workforce a good introduction to the business, the mission and values, the corporate culture, and company leadership from the very first day. Assign mentors from among your more experienced employees to act as an initial point of contact for all new hires. Frequently check in with temps to help them understand and reach their goals.
- Task Management – It’s critical to provide training and orientation to all new temps, but it’s also important to provide them with the tools and resources needed to manage their tasks efficiently. Make sure all temporary workers have access to the systems they need to complete work, as well as guidance and support from your permanent employees. Let your teams know that they will need careful supervision to make sure tasks are not overlooked. Meet with your team leaders to ensure this is happening.
- Communication – The key to successful temporary workforce implementation is open and frequent communication. This includes communication between you and the agency, as well as floor managers and temps. Explaining work tasks and expectations is critical, otherwise the temporary workers may not know if they are meeting the needs of the company. Any special requirements need to be communicated early on so that the agency can provide the best possible temporary workers for the job.
By following the above steps, your organization should have a long and fruitful relationship with the temporary agency and workforce of your choice. This will give your business an advantage in the industry, enabling you to take on bigger and better projects.