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While it’s, nonetheless, a false assumption, part time workers are as valuable in today’s businesses as the full-time workers. Although you like to retain all of your full-time workers to maintain sustainable productivity of your business, you can also achieve efficiency just by smartly managing the part time staff.
Since businesses are including more part time staff to their workforce to meet the deadlines, they need to adapt to different dynamics, when it comes to customer service and productivity. To explain it further, let us have a look at some effective tools for managing the part time staff.
Every employee, no matter whether they are full-time or part time, must have a proper job description rather than just some miscellaneous tasks. Part time staff should not be treated ad hoc. A part time employee usually has limited accessibility and presence in the office, hence it is important to set clear goals and well-communicated expectations for their role. When interviewing a part time employee, make sure to communicate their job roles and commitments properly.
Successful businesses make the most of their part time staff by hiring them to handle some specific projects such as marketing or finance projects, rather than assigning them to different departments or teams such as sales. Assign your part time staff to address some specific work requirements, a project that is both straightforward and task oriented.
One of the effective ways of managing your part time staff is to treat them like your full day employees. This means that your part time employees should also be receiving the relevant and important communications, company-wide, and must be kept abreast when it’s about the major decisions of the company, affecting their departments. Including everyone might require some additional efforts on part of the managers but it’s, nevertheless, an effective tool for managing the part time staff productively.
It is important to arrange a regular meeting with your staff. It could be on any day or any time frame during the day to communicate the current changes and major business decisions. This will not only help in keeping your part time staff motivated and making them feel like an important part of your company but will also assist in keeping everybody on the same page. Also, these strategy sessions can also be set to receiving some great and creative ideas from the employees, making the most of their skills.
Just like your full-time employees, you should also consider the work-life balance for your part time employees. While this may require some smart planning and a little consideration, you will be getting loyal staff in return. Similarly, make sure the part time staff is equipped with all the resources needed to carry out the responsibilities, efficiently and effectively.