How to On-Board Temporary Employees

As a business owner, you likely realize that there are many things involved with bringing on a new hire. It goes far beyond the advertising and interviewing process, and there may be a period of time in which the new employee is adjusting to their responsibilities. If they are able to adjust to their new responsibilities effectively, everyone will benefit, including your business and the employees whom they work with.

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The process that is used to bring a new hire into the company and adjust them to the job properly is known as onboarding. There are a variety of different aspects associated with coming into a new company, including the knowledge and skills necessary to do the job as well as the behaviors and social aspect of the job environment. Bringing them up to speed as quickly as possible will have obvious benefits. Onboarding with the proper technique can help the new employee as well as having a domino effect that will help to boost productivity and company morale.

 

How important is it to ensure that your new hires are acclimated properly? According to a report from the SHRM foundation, half of all hourly workers will end up leaving their jobs within four months, showing that there is a need to do what you can to keep the employees on staff for the long-term. When you consider all of the issues that may be associated with hiring someone, you can remove a lot of the headaches from your business by retaining every new hire possible.

 

What should you do, however, when it is necessary to bring on a temporary or seasonal worker? Many businesses recognize the benefits of doing so, as it can help to fill a void when there is a short-term increase in the demand for your services or if some of your full time/part time employees are off work due to vacation or for other reasons.

 

The following are 3 ways in which you can make the onboarding process effective for temporary employees.

 

State Your Goals

Hiring a new employee, regardless of whether they are temporary or not, can be stressful on them and your business. You can alleviate a lot of that stress and on-board temporary employees well by establishing goals for the new employee to meet on both a short-term and long-term basis. It may also benefit to offer incentives to help keep the employee on target.

 

Make Them a Team Player

When a temporary employee comes into the company, they may often feel like an outsider. Like all employees, however, providing recognition for what they do can have a positive impact. Rather than treating them like a temporary employee that is here today gone tomorrow, make them a part of the team and help them to connect with the other employees.

 

Show Them How to Stay  

It is not out of the question for many companies to hire seasonal or temporary employees in mass numbers. In many cases, those temporary employees are eventually hired as a full-time employee, if they show the right talent, attitude and skills. Make sure that your temporary employees are aware of the possibility for full-time employment, and it will be much easier to see who will work well in your business.


 You can learn how to onboard your employees well with our Free 90-Day Onboarding Timeline.

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Michelle Nystrom
Michelle Nystrom
Recruiter, people enthusiast, career match maker. I specialize in helping people see and reach their full potential, find meaningful work, connecting candidates and companies, and some HR on the side just for fun. Life should be lived at full speed, preferably in the great outdoors, and nothing should be left on the table. Literally. I love food.

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