Preparing Your Staff for a Temporary Workforce

September 12, 2014 | Talent Management

Whether you’re anticipating a spike in business or need the interim services of professionals with specialized skill sets, hiring temporary workers can help your organization save time, money and a great deal of stress. However, it’s important to properly transition your permanent employees to ensure they understand the goals and value of bringing in a temporary workforce.

The key to success is ensuring that full-time and temporary employees understand how their roles impact one another, as well as business goals. Making each employee see the value in their work will lead to increased efficiency and productivity.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Staff for Temporary Workers

Use the following five strategies to make your full-time employees feel comfortable with the addition of temporary employees:

  1. Offer Reassurance: People tend to panic when temporary employees are brought in – they fear their jobs are in jeopardy. Make it clear that their positions are safe, and the new workers are only a temporary addition to meet specific goals.
  2. Explain the Goals: Present your team with a “big picture” snapshot of how temporary workers can help your organization achieve both short and long-term goals. Whether you simply need more workers during a busy period or you require a very specific skill set for a certain project, clearly communicate these needs to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
  3. Convey Advantages: Let your employees know why hiring temporary staff will benefit them. This can include a variety of advantages such as the ability to learn new skills, and reduced stress and workload for full-time employees. Chances are, they will be happy to hear someone is helping with the workload.
  4. Distinguish Roles: Clearly define each person’s role, so they know exactly what their responsibilities are, and understand expectations. Knowing how – if at all – their roles will change, will help prepare employees mentally for the change of temporary help, instead of throwing them into the fire as soon as a temporary employee starts.
  5. Arrange Training: No matter how talented your temporary staff is, they’ll need a little help getting acclimated in their role. Involve your full-time staff in training to ensure the transition is quick and easy. Use the expertise and personnel already at your disposal to ensure the temporary employee is part of the team, and as comfortable in their assignment as possible – it will ensure your current employees feel comfortable with them as well.

If you’re looking for a solution for your hiring needs, consider bringing in temporary employees. The flexibility of temporary staffing solutions may be just what your company needs to improve your bottom line. Reach out to the Charlotte recruitment experts to discuss your staffing needs today.