Showing Appreciation for Your Temps

How can businesses ensure that temporary staff feels valued?

“Take away my people, but leave my factories and soon grass will grow on the factory floors… Take away my factories, but leave my people and soon we will have a new and better factory.” – Andrew Carnegie


At Penmac Staffing, our employees are at the heart of business. Whatever your industry, it’s your staff that gets things done. Temps are a critical part of this, stepping in to get the job done when businesses need it most. As an employer, if you want to attract quality employees, temporary or permanent, you need to do that by having a reputation as a great place to work. Showing your appreciation to your team is one way to boost employee morale, and make your company more attractive to potential candidates. While there are many ways to boost happiness for staff overall, there are things you can do for temps specifically.


First, make sure your temporary employees are set up to succeed by providing them with the tools and space they need. The environment where you work is a huge part of your job. Make sure your temps don’t feel temporary by having to work in an unorganized or out-of-the-way place. Instead, give them a welcoming work environment and make sure they have all the supplies they need to work effectively.


In addition to making sure your team has a good place to work, make sure your temporary staff knows what their tasks are for the day. It can be overwhelming to enter a new workplace, and one of the best ways to put temps at ease is to make sure they are clear about their responsibilities before their shift even starts. When employees are busy it makes them feel productive and useful, which is also good for business. Part of this comes with having a good onboarding process and training staff ahead of time. Typically, the staffing agency can support employees and businesses by helping with this.


Finally, as with most aspects of business, make sure you are communicating clearly with your staff. Provide temps with feedback on job performance, and give them opportunities to have their voices be heard as well. Occasionally, temps will come in with fresh eyes and have an idea for how a process or product could be improved; let them have input. Encourage relationships between permanent and temporary staff as well through introductions, projects, etc. Talk to temps and find out what their employment goals are; they may be trying out new positions in hopes of finding a more permanent role. This is a great opportunity for you to observe employees before deciding if they’re a good fit for your team.


For more information about temporary staffing and how temps can fit into your business, contact your local Penmac office today.