Welcoming a new temp and welcoming a new permanent employee both come with different responsibilities and different kinds of consequences, but both can have a powerful impact on company success. Even though a new temp may not stay with the company beyond the duration of her project or contract, she’ll still be making valuable contributions as long as she’s here. And when she leaves, she’ll carry away a set of impressions that can have an effect on the company’s reputation. So start this relationship off on the right foot by keeping a few considerations in mind.
1. Pave the way. Long before the day of his arrival, let your current employees know the new temp will be coming and tell them why. Explain what he’ll be doing, and let your employees know what their responsibilities will be regarding his work and his tenure here. If your team members will be expected to answer his questions, review his projects, or provide him with training, don’t spring this on them the day he shows up.
2. Provide clear expectations and set clear goals. Don't try to fumble through this process as you walk the new temp around and show her to her workstation; have these things worked out beforehand. As soon as she steps in the door, her hands should be busy and her attention should be focused until she leaves. If the temp is ever confused about her mission or she finds herself sitting idle for long periods of time, this is your responsibility, not hers.
3. Provide open communication and constant feedback. Not just to the temp, but to the employees who will be working with or beside him as he moves through the day. If any obstacles or questions arise, address them right away. Meanwhile, make sure the temp knows how he’s doing. If you can provide feedback yourself, that’s ideal, but if not, solicit feedback from his immediate supervisor. In addition to feedback that keeps him on course, he also need to know where to obtain the resources and answers he needs to stay efficient.Remember: a temp will only stay under your roof for a short time, so every minute of that time should be used to your advantage and hers. Keep your temp occupied, engaged, and happy, and she’ll leave with a positive impression of your business. If you are looking for temp agencies in Seattle, contact the employment experts at PACE today.