- Get everyone on the same page. Before the new employee starts, let your team know why he or she is being brought on, the type of work to be performed and how the contributions will help alleviate workloads in the department.
- Set a game plan. Temporary professionals can contribute more quickly if they know what is expected of them from day one. Give clear direction, such as project details and deadlines, at the start of any assignment.
- Select a single point of contact. It's best to have you or someone on your staff who thoroughly understands the scope of work oversee the interim professional's progress. Just as you would with a full-time employee, establish open lines of communication to ensure a smooth project transition.
- Stay in touch. Continue to check in with the temporary staff member to answer questions, provide feedback and ensure the project is on track.
- Give updates. If you are working through a staffing firm, let your contact there know how the interim employee is performing. Also, let the staffing firm know upfront if you are contemplating a temporary-to-hire arrangement. Temporary assignments can be a good way to evaluate prospective new hires firsthand.
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