Training key to temporary staff performance


There’s a lot to consider when hiring new team members, like how they will fit in with your company culture and determining what their exact role will be.

However, whether it’s for a new project or trying to keep up with the busy Christmas period, it may be worthwhile thinking about hiring temporary staff.

Sarah Riley, director of Page Personnel in Australia, said temporary staff with specific skillsets can bolster a permanent team working towards tight deadlines.

“Effectively training your temporary resources is key to making sure they settle into the business and their role quickly, and start adding value. Adequate time and attention allocated to training temporary staff will result not only in increased productivity, but also better engagement with business,” Riley said.

According to Page Personnel’s salary and employment forecast for 2013/14, the demand for temporary professionals is expected to grow over the next 12 months, making training more important than ever.

However, training new staff doesn’t have to mean putting a lot of time aside. Instead, putting in the effort to create and ingrain a coaching culture within your business over time will be more effective. A coaching culture will make it easier when the time comes to hire fresh faces, with other staff themselves adequately trained and ready to help.

The key to establishing a successful coaching culture is to make sure it is clearly linked to business goals and objectives. Ensure that your team clearly understands what you want, and that everything you do supports the culture you want to establish.

Giving temporary staff adequate training will not only help them get their job done effectively, but could also come in handy when you’re looking to hire someone full time.