Oftentimes it can be difficult for temporary employees to see how their work impacts an organization. And with a lack of dedicated management and corporate leadership available to support their growth, it really is up to them to see how they are driving the success of the company they work for.
However, as an employer, it’s critically important to make sure your temporary staff can see the “bigger” picture and recognize how their skills can have a positive effect on the company’s bottom line. Here’s just a few reasons why regular communication with temporary staff makes such a big difference.
Communicate to build and maintain relationships (even with short-term staff)
As with your full-time employees, it’s important to stay connected with your team to build relationships and make sure everyone is on the same page. Relationships depend heavily on positive interactions with team members, management and co-workers. And those relationships are critical both in the short and long term. If you’re not communicating, the relationships you are building are likely not serving you well and can result in poor productivity, miscommunications, morale issues, and other problems that are best avoided with regular communication.
Communicate to create opportunities for innovation
Nobody can brainstorm effectively in a vacuum. It takes differences in opinion, perspectives and insight to create new ideas. Those opportunities for collaboration are critical to business growth, and your temporary staff are a big part of that effort. Make the best of their brain power while you have them. They often come from unique backgrounds and can provide a higher level of perspective than your regular team might be able to contribute. Make sure you are communicating with them frequently and see where those conversations take your teams and your company as a whole.
Communicate to manage your team more effectively
An obvious benefit of communicating with temporary staff is a closer supervisor-employee relationship. As a manager, you want to be in constant communication with your team to make sure they are meeting your expectations and they have the resources they need to get the job done. Communicating with temporary staff is critical because they don’t always have the same level of experience or industry knowledge that full-time employees benefit from. Make sure they’re on the same page as the rest of your team and keep them in the loop as much as possible.
Communicate to maintain transparency
Transparent communication is a good rule of thumb with all your employees, but it can be a challenge to continue that level of communication with potentially short-term staff. As a best practice, you should provide the same level of transparency in your communications with temporary staff as any other employee, so as not to show favoritism and make sure everyone is receiving the same message at the end of the day.
For more advice on building a multifaceted team of temporary and permanent employees, contact the team at Verum Technical today.