Temporary employment is increasing in popularity as both workers and employers realize the flexibility and long-term benefits it offers. Temporary work is an option for new job seekers looking to get a foot in the door as well as seasoned workers pursuing contractual work.
Temporary workers and employers are both responsible in creating a healthy partnership. Temporary workers need to show initiative in order to stand out or retain employment with a company. Employers need to show trust and commitment to their temporary workers in order to keep morale and productivity high.
Managers, if your company currently employs temporary workers, take note of how they conduct themselves in the workplace. If you notice that your temp staff is an asset to your company, you always have the option of making temporary workers permanent.
If you are a temporary worker, be aware of how your actions will benefit you in the long run with your temp job or any future jobs.
Here are five things the best temporary workers will do this fall.
1. Maintain a Positive Attitude
A positive attitude and professionalism never go unnoticed. The best temporary workers will enter an office showing energy and confidence. This attitude indicates to the employer that this worker will be a valuable addition to the existing staff.
Your work as a temporary employee leaves a permanent impression on your reputation. Temporary workers should be attentive to company culture, team dynamics, and the social expectations of the position to stay positive and get along with coworkers.
2. Be Reliable
The best temporary workers know how to integrate seamlessly into a new work environment. They are used to working at different companies and working contracts of different lengths. They also realize that doing a job to the best of their ability and in an efficient manner would leave employers happy, which could preserve a connection for permanent employment in the future.
3. Socialize Well
Employers should take note of how temporary workers socialize. Are they making an effort to adapt to the company culture?
The best temporary workers will try to integrate themselves with the rest of the team. Employers should do their part by introducing temporary workers to the office and including them at office events.
4. Be Open to Learning
Temporary positions enable employees to develop new skills, build connections and experiences that can lead to full-time employment if that’s what they want.
Everyone should be open to learning in every stage of his or her career. That being said, with the more experienced temporary employees, managers might change their expectations of the training they need during their time with the company. They are often expected to pick tasks up quickly.
Temporary workers who are new to the workforce, however, should be open to learning to do well in their role and to grow as an overall professional. It is always an asset to display a willingness to learn.
5. Show Initiative
If you are a temporary worker, it is important to realize that your performance and behaviour in the workplace have an impact on your professional reputation. Be cognizant of your actions.
Being hired for one role should not be a reason to not show interest in helping with another. If you’ve completed your tasks, perhaps there is more to do and somewhere else where your skills can be put to use.