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5 Tips for Managing Contract Employees

managing contract employees As today’s workforce landscape continues to change, more and more job candidates are opting for temporary and contract employment because of the variety and flexibility it offers. If an employer carefully chooses and properly onboards their contract employees, both the employer and employee are well-positioned for a successful working relationship.

If an employer carefully chooses and properly onboards their contract employees, both the employer and employee are well-positioned for a successful working relationship.

Here are 5 tips for effectively managing contract employees at your organization: 

Tip #1 – Choose Wisely
There are many reasons a company may need of contract workers – to manage high production periods, reduce overtime or access specialized skills for a certain project. Whatever the reason, make sure the contract employees you hire are well-matched for the positions you’re filling. A staffing firm that offers temporary or contract staffing services will help make sure that happens. They’ll handle candidate interviews and carefully screen, test and reference-check them to ensure you’re getting the most qualified talent.

Tip #2 – Prepare them for Success
When welcoming contract employees, remember the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”. Proper onboarding of contract employees is key. Make sure they receive the same company orientation and job training as your permanent employees. Make sure all of the necessary paperwork for payroll, taxes and any benefits packages is taken care of. If you work with a staffing agency to handle your contract staffing needs, they’ll take care of these important details for you. 

Tip #3 – Keep the Lines of Communication Open
When your contract employees are off and running in their new position, don’t go off and running in the other direction. Keep the lines of communication open so any issues or concerns that arise can be discussed and taken care of quickly. 

Tip #4 – Give Equal Treatment
An employer should always give equal treatment to contract workers. Manage them the same as you would any other company employee. Making sure they feel like part of the team will help with morale and the long-term success of your contract staffing needs.

 Tip #5 – Share Feedback
Assess the performance of your contract workers and give comprehensive feedback, whether it’s constructive criticism or kudos for a job well done. Your staff can’t do solid work for your organization without proper evaluation and feedback from their managers.

Learn how A.R. Mazzotta can help with your CT contract staffing needs. We have four offices – in Middletown, Wallingford, Watertown and Westbrook – and our staffing specialists are here to find you the best contract workers in the state!

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