How to Manage Temporary Employees, Contractors, or Freelancers

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How you manage temporary employees, contractors, and freelance workers will inevitably differ from how you manage your full-time employees. Here are tips on how to do so, while maintaining a healthy balance within your organization.

6 Tips to Help Manage Temporary Employees

  1. Clearly State a Plan of Action

A foundational tactic that will be useful to you, your team, your employees, and your temporary employees, is to clearly state the job description and job responsibilities from the beginning.

With a clear plan of action in place, the hierarchy of your workplace will remain intact and drama-free, and everyone will know exactly what they should be doing, how they should accomplish those tasks, and who they are to work with and report to.

  1. Provide Proper Training

The earlier your new temporary employees have the knowledge and skills necessary to complete their responsibilities, the easier the program will be for everyone involved. So, get your temporary workers up to speed as soon as you can. Be sure they’re aware of who they can turn to if they have any questions.

  1. Offer Honest, Constructive Feedback

Give kind, honest, and constructive feedback on their work so they can move forward with clear goals in mind. This is also a great opportunity to ask them for their input and get an outsider perspective on your company.

  1. Treat Them Like People

This should go without saying, but don’t treat your temporary employees as grunts, who are only there to handle menial labor. By all means, don’t refer to them as the temp.

Instead, call them by their name and make them feel included in any way you can.

  1. Stay in Touch

If you wish, stay in contact with your temporary workers once their contract is complete. There may be potential for future work, or you could help them out down the line as a reference. Networking helps everyone involved.

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