As the workplace continues to evolve, one thing that’s changing is how businesses are viewing the role of the interim professionals. These are the people that are brought on for a limited period of time. Perhaps they are a seasonal worker or covering for a full-time employee’s vacation or medical leave.
In years past, these workers have been seen as only a solution to a temporary problem, but there are actually ways in which businesses can benefit from bringing these types of employees into the company fold. Here’s how to do it:
Make Interim Professionals Part of the Staffing Plan
In order to truly bring interim professionals into the fold, you should make them part of your staffing plan. Hiring interim employees shouldn’t be something you do on a whim, but instead something you evaluate and decide well before the hiring phase. Rather than hire full-time employees, some positions simply are better suited for temporary placement.
Identify Full-Time Needs
Hiring on interim professionals can also help you identify a full-time need. In some situations, you’ll discover that you need a role to be filled year-round and engaging with interim professionals can help you identify this need faster and could potentially help you by having a key player already in place.
Make Professionals Feel Part of the Team
It’s important to bring on interim professionals in a way that is truly collaborative with the rest of the team. Each member will likely work with this interim professional at some point during their stay, so make sure introductions have been made. This means introducing them to staff, giving them tours of the office, and give them a thorough onboarding process. Make them feel like they are truly connected. Take time to review the company’s vision and answer any questions that they may have.
Sometimes, businesses make the mistake of viewing interim employees as disposable. These people bring a skill set that you need. Remember, these individuals are part of your company culture the moment that they walk in the door—treated them as such.
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