One of the challenges of hiring temporary and seasonal employees is figuring out how to motivate them to do a good job. When this motivation is lacking, it can seriously compromise the impact and productivity of your entire company. Learn what you can do about it.





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Written by sherisaid
4490 days ago

Nicely said, and I can tell you from experience that Siemens corporation can use this advice. I contracted out to them last year for a few months and it was the job from hell. Even though the pay was great, I dreaded walking into that building every morning. It was a horrible experience I hope never to repeat.



Written by Adam_Gottlieb
4487 days ago

You could send them a link to my post ;)



Written by ShawnHessinger
4490 days ago

Hi Adam,

Having managed some interns and freelancers when I was in the newspaper business, I would add to this the importance of looking out for a temporary employee's career development. This may sound counter intuitive and many businesses don't even have enough of a concern for their full-time employees in terms of career because they feel they might be training someone else's workforce when people move on. The truth is, however, that there can be great branding value in being known as a great place to work and a training ground for great talent. It can make it easier to hire great people in the future and even spill over into customer service and professionalism on the customer and client side.



Written by Adam_Gottlieb
4490 days ago

Hi Shawn,

Definitely. A very good point to add. I don't think most businesses think about the branding value involved...

But I think the businesses that already invest in their permanent workers in this way (ie with an eye on their career development) are *also* investing in their temp staff. It goes hand in hand. They don't need to read my post.

Before a business can get to this point, the first step is recognizing the basic value of their employees-the permanent ones as well as the temp ones.

Adam



Written by businessavante
4494 days ago

Hi Adam'

Great Article! I really liked #5 - getting feedback from the temps before they move on. So much can be learned for future hires. I've worked with temps in the past - if this had been done maybe the same problems might not have occurred over & over.

businessavante (Duncan)



Written by Adam_Gottlieb
4490 days ago

Hi Duncan,

Yeah, it's funny how each hire is seen as a separate incident and that we can fail to see how we're making the same mistakes over and over again. We do it in life and we do it in business...

Adam



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