How You Can (and Should) Work with Your Contractors More Efficiently

Working with contractors gives you benefits that full-time staffers cannot match: if you’ve finished one project and are gearing up for another, you can add or subtract workers to prioritize the abilities you need. Contract employees generally come to the table with plenty of experience in many different areas, and you don’t have to lose an arm and a leg in hiring costs. As a result, an effective team of contractors can save your company a wealth of time and resources, allowing you to do more with less hassle.

But while these hired hands represent a versatile solution for many projects, you still need to get them to perform at their peak. This requires effort that may not be readily apparent when you first sign them on. If you follow through, however, your contractors are sure to deliver impressive results. Read on to learn three helpful tips that will maximize your contractors’ efficiency.

Get the Right People for the Job

This principle applies to any task, but it’s especially important when it comes to contract employees. When hiring contractors, you have the ability to hire anybody you want—so choose carefully! Their work could be a boon for your business. You can’t waste contract opportunities on staff members that don’t live up to your standards; it will only drag down your team as they have to carry more and more dead weight.

Write out your specific needs for a given project. What type of worker would best match those needs? Once you know this, you can find a professional whose skills and experience align with the type of work you’re looking to complete. Do this with each of your contractors, and you’re sure to have a team that will deliver quality service within your chosen timeframe.

Create Productive Customs for Your Workers

While a great set of contractors can make a huge difference, ultimately you determine whether a project will succeed or fail. If you can’t model your ideal attitude and work ethic for your workers, they won’t live up to your vision. As a result, a well-defined company culture can bolster your ability to meet deadlines, no matter the type of company or industry for which you work.

While it can be hard to foster a new set of customs from scratch, you can still take advantage of several practices. Foster a shared vision among each temporary employee, since this will enable them to work cohesively toward a given goal. Workers should know where they fit in the project’s grand scheme, so make sure everyone knows their role within the team. While your contractors won’t be at your firm permanently, you should do everything you can to make them feel at home while they’re with you. When the situations calls for it, let them know how they’re doing on their assigned tasks and try to keep yourself from isolating them from your main staff. If you’re mindful about welcoming contractors into your culture, your contract workers will deliver results beyond your expectations.

Partner with a Recruiting Partner

Recruiting the right temporary staff can make or break your project, so don’t leave it to inexperienced hands. An agency that specializes in recruitment within your industry can ensure you aren’t disappointed. They know the best practices and procedures for getting top-notch talent; a good recruiter will also have plenty of connections with specialized professionals, so they can fill whatever type of role you need. They handle the contract and employment details, timesheets, expenses, and payroll–so you’re confident the contractors working on your projects are in good hands. With support behind them, your contractors can engage in your business.  It’s good for them, it’s efficient for you.

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Trevor Breininger

Trevor Breininger

Trevor brings experience in both recruiting and business development to his role as Business Development Manager at Ian Martin. He knows the industry from both a recruiting and an account management perspective and would like to communicate what works best to clients. As an avid reader, Trevor reads everything from industry related books to science fiction. He also enjoys getting outside and enjoying a beautiful day on the golf course.
Trevor Breininger