3 Techniques for Training Temporary Workers

Temporary workers provide many businesses and organizations with the staffing support they need to thrive and meet productivity goals. This is because seasonal workers and temporary employees supply companies with team members when they need them without creating an ongoing staffing expense. Sometimes, full-time staff members are too expensive for a business to afford during less busy times of year. For these organizations, temporary workers are an ideal solution.

If you are ready to onboard seasonal employees, you may be wondering if there are best practices for training temporary workers. Each organization is unique, but an employment expert at Staffing Network can discuss your staffing goals with you and help you get the most out of your staff contracts. 

Technique 1 – Provide Guidelines and Tools

Every workplace has its own guidelines. Share expectations, protocols, and procedures with new workers, including temp staff. And be sure there is an area set aside for the workers that is stocked with all of the equipment they will need. If you are a light industrial facility, for example, be sure there is a spot for a short-term employee in production that will not overlap duties with full-time staff members. Doing this in advance can help smooth the onboarding process. 

Technique 2 – Define Tasks and Check-In

Seasoned employees and managers may become so familiar with job tasks and goals that they overlook explaining them to new team members and temporary employees. Taking time to define each job task when training temporary workers will pay off in the long run. Provide them with plain instructions and connect them with someone should questions arise, a manager or someone working alongside them who is familiar with the work.

Technique 3 – Be Clear When Training Temporary Workers

To create an environment where staff can be productive and take pride in their work, it needs to be clear why the worker was brought in to support full-time staff and how they can be efficient and helpful. Many organizations find a buddy system approach is the best path to training temporary workers. When a full-time employee is told they will be training and guiding a temp worker, clarification is a question away and check-ins will occur organically. 

If you are worried that temporary support staff will create tension with permanent employees, know that temp workers can be onboard without threatening the jobs of others. Instead, they can be part of a positive, productive company culture. 

Some of the temps that work with Staffing Network provide regular support to organizations on an ongoing basis. Others work with a company for a month or two and move onto the next assignment. Whatever your business needs, staffing support is available. Connect with an employment expert to discuss your recruitment goals. 

Do you need help finding and training temporary workers? Staffing Network Is a full-service staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in light/skilled industrial, engineering, and operations professionals. Our experts can help you find the best person for your company. Connect with the Staffing Network today.