Top 5 Tips to Manage Your Part Time Workers

July 20, 201610:43 am914 views

Economic downturn and increasing business volatility, has made companies rethink on their hiring strategy to enhance cost savings. This could also mean addition of more part time workers to the existing talent pool, as an alternative to get tasks accomplished professionally on time.

There are several reasons why part-time hiring is gaining traction in the current market conditions. These could range from professional job well done within a short span of time, to fulfilling urgent project requirements and doing away with full-time staffers on company payroll.

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With part-time workers, only allocating certain hours of the day towards work, mismanagement of these part-time workforce could result in backlog of incomplete assignments, thus proving to be an expensive hiring proposition for companies.

To save the company from losses that incur from a wrong hire or improper management of part-time workforce, here are some tips for HR managers to better manage the part-timers:

Provide a  Detailed Job Description

Just because an employee is working part-time doesn’t mean they should be burdened with a series of miscellaneous tasks to be accomplished in pre-fixed hours.

According to terms initially agreed upon by both parties (the employer and the part-time worker) into an agreement, they should follow professionalism in work ethics, thus limiting the number of hours at work and job responsibilities.

Clear guidelines, goals and benchmarks should be stated to the part-timers to increase employee engagement, facilitate retention and promote peak performance outputs. Both the employer and the part-time employee should be on the same page, when it comes to the duration of work hours and duties committed.

Treat Them Equally and Fair

Most managers carry common misconception about part-time employees. They are definitely not made to feel inclusive to represent the business or the brand, as a part of the larger workforce. With complete disregard of their critical contributions to the business, part-time workers continue to be discriminated at work regards policies, leaves and benefits in comparison to the full-time staffers.

It is important for organisations, HR managers and employers alike to treat all employees equally and fair in the eyes of the management, such that they feel appreciated and valued for their contributions.

This would result in increased productivity, more loyalty, better employee engagement and thus retention of key talent within organisations.

Schedule Regular Meetings

Since part-time workers are only available for few hours in the office, most employers want to make most of their working hours and thus load them with enormous tasks and responsibilities, impossible to be accomplished within a time span.

The tasks identified primarily do not clearly justify the salary paid to a part-time employee, furthermore increasing workloads only result in increased frustration at work and failure to meet deadlines.

Scheduling regular meetings with the part-time workforce is a great idea for senior management to establish clear lines of communication with all employees and duly delegate responsibilities that can be rightly accomplished within the part-time working hours.

By including part-time workers as a part of team discussions, they feel more connected with the organisational workings and experience sense of ownership to the position offered.

Provide Advancement Opportunity

Career advancement opportunity for the part-time workers is no longer a “nice-to-have” business proposition, it is a “must-have” to retain part-time talent with the company. Knowing their career progression goals in terms of job roles, designations aspired, salary requirements and benefits that appeal to them will contribute to higher efforts, bolster commitment and result in enhanced performance at work.

Conversely, if a part-time worker is made to reconcile with the fact, that they will continue to remain in the same position with the same compensation, regardless of the working hours and efforts they put in, they might perhaps choose to quit the job, due to lack of career advancement opportunities, employee motivation and support system.

Provide Adequate Training

Similar to full-timers, part-time employees are a great investment to the company. Online training, workshops and personal instructions help employees to harness on their potentials, skillsets and hone their proficiencies at work.

A good preparation can help employees excel in job performance and avoid the silly mistakes that recur on a daily basis.

Full-time workers might have different job responsibilities and benefits over the part-time ones. However, it is important to note that both, share the onus to company’s growth prospects.

Therefore, it is quintessential for HR managers to treat all employees equal, irrespective of the working hours they clock in and regardless of the backgrounds they hail from – only this will help drive better synergies in a team to promote successful workings of a business.

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