Your company's workforce management needs ebb and flow constantly. As a result, you might need more temporary workers during a certain time of the year than at other times. Sometimes you may not need any. At other times, you need many such workers to keep up with demand.
Regardless of how many temporary workers you require at any given time, you always have the need to incorporate these new employees into your workforce. If you're not able to do so effectively, then production will invariably suffer. And when production suffers, so does profitability.
Consequently, the worst thing you can do is hire these workers and "drop them cold" into your existing workforce. That does not set them up for success. Instead, it sets them, you, and the other members of your workforce up for failure.
With that in mind, below are three ways for successfully incorporating temporary employees into your workforce:
#1 - Inform current employees of the new arrival(s).
It doesn't matter if it's one new employee or 10 new employees, management should tell the other workers about their arrival. Build some excitement around the fact that they're joining the team. If possible, share pieces of information about the new employees that they will not mind you sharing. This will help to "break the ice" when the workers begin their employment.
#2 - Strive to provide an engaging environment.
Management should engage the new employee(s) and the current workforce should also be encouraged to engage with them. This can mean a variety of things. Allowing team members to socialize before work and during breaks is one strategy. Scheduling a team lunch is another. Holding a meeting specifically to introduce the new employees is yet another. Everybody needs to become familiar and comfortable with each other.
#3 - Let the temp workers know that they're valued.
Temporary workers are just like any other employee: they want to feel as though they're valued by the organization. The problem is that these workers won't be around forever. Your company's supervisors have a limited amount of time to make them feel like valued members of the team. The clock is ticking as soon as they arrive.
Tell them why they've been hired and how important they are to the overall success of the team and the company. Praise them for their work, and if it's merited, recognize them in front of their peers for their performance. (Ideally, you should be recognizing ALL of your employees for their performance.) You don't have to make overt gestures here. A "pat on the back" will get the job done.
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