A story run by NPR in 2018 discussed the results of a poll conducted by NPR and MaristPoll, that found that 1 in 5 jobs in America (about 20%) are held by contract workers. There are many reasons to hire contract workers who fulfill important roles in the workforce. However, there are differences in managing these workers, when compared to ‘permanent’ employees.
Here are a few considerations to keep in mind to successfully manage contract workers.
Contract Workers Should be Paid a Living Wage
Prices may vary depending on where you’re located so you may need to do a little research, but it’s vitally important. In order for any job to be sustainable, the person should earn a living wage for their work. People who are paid fairly are usually happier and will do better at work, than others who are underpaid and unhappy.
Additionally, if you’ve established a good working relationship with your contract workers, you may want them to renew or lengthen their contracts. Ensuring they are paid fairly and appropriately may increase the chance they will continue working with you.
Ensure Fair Workplace Practices
Even if a contract worker is not an employee of the organization they’re providing services for, they still need access to a safe workplace and benefits, if eligible. Oftentimes, the agency that provides the contracted employees also offers benefits they may be eligible for.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s important for any contracted employee to have at least one point of contact within the organization that they can reach out to; especially if there are workplace safety concerns or other issues that impact being able to work successfully in the environment. This is usually a manager or supervisor, but could also be an HR contact.
Provide a Path to Permanent Employment
Some contract workers choose this line of work for flexibility or to be able to work in increments of time. They may take a contract for a few months, take a few months off, and then sign on again or at a different organization.
However, some employees choose contract work because it’s the only option available to them in their line of work. If your staffing needs aren’t temporary and you anticipate needing additional, permanent staff, consider providing a route for contract employees to easily apply for permanent positions.
And, if you find yourself in need of contract staff, reach out to Arbor Associates for help. With forty years of experience in contract staffing, both for temporary and permanent roles, we’re experts in the field.
As a leader in health care staffing in southern New England, we’d be happy to help you meet your company’s needs. We care about our staff and work hard to ensure you have the best employees for the roles you need to be filled. Contact us today to learn more!