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Ten Top Tips to get the most from your interim staff


The interim staff member has become an indispensible member of the workforce over the last 20 years. I aim to provide information and tips that will help you and your business maximise the effectiveness and productivity of these staff members.

1. Clarity
Set clear guidelines with your consultancy at the start of the contract for the interim staff member in terms of what you are looking for, what you expect from the staff member and how long the assignment is. It’s a good idea for us to meet you at this stage so we can fully understand your business and what the requirement is.

2. Cost savings
You can save money by bringing an experienced hire into your business. This can save costs around training and development bringing an individual in to hit the ground running. The professional interim market is expanding rapidly, meaning there is a large talent pool available regardless of specialism and industry.

3. All staff are equal
Temporary staff should be treated the same way as a permanent hire once they have joined your company. Introduce the candidate to different members of the organisation straight away so that they feel comfortable and give the worker a background of the company that will help them to understand processes and procedures.

4. Say thank you
Remember to show appreciation and gratitude to your temporary worker for work well done. Just because they are temporary doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate hearing from you when they do a good job.

5. Keep on top of admin
It is a fundamental responsibility for the agency to pay the temporary worker on time. In order for us to do this it is vital we receive approval of the temporaries workers timesheet promptly for us to process payment on time. Please be considerate of this fact when making yourself available to authorise the timesheet. If you know you are not going to be available to authorise a timesheet at a given time, make arrangements so that the temporary worker is not penalised for this.

6. Communicate 
Keep in regular contact with your recruitment consultant during the assignment so that a complete aftercare service can be completed. If there are any issues with the placement please contact us in the first instance.

7. Build a relationship
Build a strong business relationship with your consultant and give them an idea when your busy periods are and when you may have requirements. This will allow the consultant to identify professional interims who may be available in advance of the assignment.

8. Share ideas
Temporary staff can be used to bring an influx of fresh blood for your organisation, bringing with them new ideas and opinions. This can be particularly valuable if your organisation has a very low staff turnover, as it keeps activity from going stale.

9. Long term approach
It is increasingly common for organisations to reduce the risk of recruiting for a new position by trialling potential staff on a temporary or contract basis beforehand. This is a particularly useful tactic when recruiting for hard to fill roles, as you can hire temporary staff who lack some of the required experience but are a good personality fit, and train them up while on the job.

10. Explore a new approach
Finally in this period when many organisations are challenged financially, it makes sense to explore the possibilities of using temporary instead of permanent staff to make savings on overheads such as healthcare, taxes, insurance and benefits.

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