3 Tips for Onboarding Temps

October 17th, 2014

Temporary employees are not the same as your full time staff. The process for bringing a new temp into a company is often overlooked with dire consequences. They are expected to hit the ground running but are given little to no direction to make that happen. The success of the project may depend on a temporary employee’s ability to become part of your team even for a short time. Here are three tips that can help get a new temp off on the right foot.

  • Inform your staff. Your current team can make or break a temporary employee’s experience. Before the temp’s first day discuss the new addition with your staff. Explain who will be starting, what they are doing, and how long they will be there. Temps can also feel threatening to some permanent employees. You can also assure your staff that the temp is not there to take anyone’s jobs. Assure them that the new employee is there to make their jobs easier.
  • Communicate with all parties. One of the biggest mistakes managers make with temp employees is to not talk to them about their performance and not discuss any issues with the recruiter until it is too late. It is perfectly okay to talk to a temp about how they are doing. Provide good feedback as well as constructive criticism. Talk your account manager at the staffing company if you need any help dealing with your temp employee.
  • Assign a mentor. One way to encourage corporation with the temp employee is to ask a current team member to act as a mentor within in the company. This will be the temp’s go to person for questions. They can answer anything from information about the office to key questions about the project.

Do you need a temp for a seasonal project or a temp to hire opportunity? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

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