Every new employee takes time to adjust to a new position. But imagine how this affects short-term, temporary employees differently. Their first days on the job can set the tone for the entire assignment. It’s common for temp workers to feel left out of team activities, but that doesn’t make it ok. Managers should ensure every team member, temporary or full-time, feels like they belong starting on their very first day. Here are a few ways you can make your new temp employee feel welcome.
It happens more often than most companies would care to admit. They simply aren’t ready for a new employee to start. So when a temp arrives, they have to wait for a workspace, computer or equipment. And when they have to wait, they’re formulating an opinion about their new short-term employer. This may affect the entire assignment or even cause them to ask their recruiter to place them in another job. To avoid this, make sure you’re ready before the employee arrives on their first day.
Assign a Mentor.
Feeling alone is another concern for short-term employees. Often, they face aggression or negativity from permanent employees who believe they may be there to steal their own jobs. To help with both of these problems, pair your temp employee up with a seasoned staff member to show them the ropes. They can act as a mentor to help the temp get to know the company, as well as the job. And your permanent employee will see the temp is there to take some of the extra pressure off and help out around the office or with a project.
Sure, you may not want to give up sensitive company information to everyone who walks through your door, but there may be things your new temp needs to understand the project. They are reliant on the data you supply, so give them access to what they need. You can create agreements with the staffing agency that will help maintain your peace of mind when it comes to confidential information.
Your recruiter is also the best source of feedback throughout the duration of the assignment. Be sure to let them know how the employee is doing when they check in. And be honest, or no one will be able to solve any problems that do arise. Also, be sure to provide feedback directly to the employee. You want to correct things as quickly as possible so they don’t snowball. And don’t forget about providing positive feedback and encouragement.
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