Five Steps to Ensure a Successful Tenure in a Temporary Hire

Temporary workers fill a critical gap in your team. They are usually hired for an immediate need and expected to hit the ground running from day one. These hires should understand their roles and can help your company reach goals without a high financial strain. It can be exhausting cycling through these temporary hires, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five steps to help ensure a successful time with these types of team members:

1. Know what you want before you try to hire someone.

The temporary hires will not save your company money if they don’t have a purpose. You might need more than one hire so by only hiring one, you are doing your company a disservice, as well as that hire. They will be frustrated and will likely leave, with a negative outlook of your company. Outline the goals for this position and what you need to achieve. After all, temporary hires are usually needed for specific reasons and rather than create animosity between your full-time team and the temporary hires, make sure everyone has their roles identified.

2. Clear communication. Let them know exactly what is expected.

This should be done before they are even hired, and they should understand their roles exactly. It is more than just the job description, it is the company culture, expectations, and even attitude. Provide clear expectations and how you want them to help the current team.

3. Rigorous Orientation.

Get them on the right page from day one. Don’t expect them to know how you do things. Help them. With clear instructions, you can get them started in the right direction. They may not have invested a lot of their own time into researching your company since it is a temporary position so don’t assume they know anything. Teach them what they need to know for success. They may become an asset to hire full-time at a later date. Why not give them the tools for success from their first day?

4. Work with a reputable staffing company.

These are the experts, so why not use them? Pick an agency that has candidates from within your field. After all, why use an industrial staffing company for your medical practice staffing needs? Stay in communication with your contact person at that company and if your needs change, let them know. They benefit from a positive placement, just as much as you do.

5. Ask current employees for referrals.

Who knows what gaps your team is currently facing better? They might have a friend who needs the work or someone who can fill the need on the temporary basis that you desperately need. They will also know if their referral will fit into the company culture.

Working with a staffing agency will save you time and money when it comes time to hire temporary team members. With locations in PortlandClackamasBeavertonEverett, and Vancouver, our skilled recruiters are ready to help you make your workplace the best it can be! Call NW Staffing today.

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