Even if you have an onboarding process you’re satisfied with for full-time accounting hires, it won’t necessarily work as well when applied to temporary workers. Not only do temps serve a different business function than permanent hires, but they also have a much tighter window for becoming acclimated. Follow these steps to welcome your accounting temps the right way:
Create an Onboarding Packet
A casual “learn-as-you-go” training style doesn’t work well for temporary employees, since they have a lot to learn and are expected to be productive right away. To ensure you don’t miss out on conveying important information, create a physical onboarding packet that contains the basics they need to know, including company policies, FAQs, and who to contact with questions.
Introduce the Culture
The broad information covered in an onboarding packet isn’t typically enough to give new temporary workers a sense of how things are done on a day-to-day basis. This includes aspects of the company culture, such as the tone of the office (conservative or laid back), breaks/lunches (do people stay at their desks or go out in groups?), and preferred communication method (email, phone, face to face).
Treat Them as Equals
There is often a division between temporary and permanent employees, in which the temps aren’t included in certain activities or events. Unfortunately, this separation can make your temps feel like they are seen as second class workers. Show they are considered equals – ask questions to get to know them better, invite them to meetings, host a group lunch, have them sign the office birthday cards, etc.
Communicate Their Value
Make your new accounting temporary workers feel welcomed by letting them know that their hard work is appreciated. Communicate to them the value that their contributions add to the organization. A simple thank you goes a long way toward making the experience more enjoyable and less transactional.
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