How to Earn Respect from Your Temporary Employees

July 4th, 2014

When you need to add staff to your business for a short term project – whether it is a seasonal production increase or someone filling in – it is important that you maintain a good working relationship with them. Sometimes temporary employees feel disconnected from the business. Here are a few ways you can earn respect for your temporary employees while they’re on the assignment:

  • Treat them with respect. No one can expect that someone will respect them if they don’t reciprocate. Start off on the right foot by having every tool ready and their workspace set up as soon as the temp arrives on the first day. Treat them like adults and trust them with the work you’ve brought them in to complete.
  • Communicate effectively. Many managers feel that they don’t need to discuss performance with the temporary employee and instead follow up only with the staffing provider. While it is important that your account manager know the status of the work, it is also a good idea to discuss the performance directly with the employee.
  • Praise their good work. Don’t hold back on letting someone know when they’ve done a good job. While this is also great advice for your permanent staff, it can go a long way with someone who already feels disposable. Let them know that you appreciate them and that you’re glad they’re working with you.
  • Ask for feedback. It may be a good idea to hear from them how they are doing on the job or how you are doing as a manager. Ask them questions that force them to respond with real information and not just “yes” or “no.” See what they think of the project and how you can help them.
  • Provide additional benefits. It can be tough for a temp employee to see the permanent staff gets treated to lunches, company picnics, or receive bonuses. If you have any flexibility to include temps in office activities, do it. You may also be able to work with your staffing provider to pay a bonus to the temp if they’ve done particularly well.

Do you need to hire temporary staff for a project in your office? Contact Meador, one of the leading Austin Temp Agencies, to see how we can help!

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