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Tips for managing contract workers

Posted on January 29th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Hiring temporary workers has many benefits for businesses across industries. They can bring the specific skills set needed for a project and employers can save money by not having to pay for their training or benefits. There are several best practices employers should keep in mind when bringing in a temporary worker.

Provide an orientation and set goals
While an employee may not need to be trained, it’s a good idea to introduce him or her to the business by explaining company goals, practices, culture and what the business expects from the worker. This will allow the employee to assimilate more easily and limit confusion. In addition, no matter his or her status, the worker represents the company at large, which is why he or she should be comfortable with its brand, Forbes explains.

Maintain professional behavior
Contract employees shouldn’t be treated any differently than full-time ones. Supervisors should communicate frequently and make themselves available for questions and concerns. It’s also important to remember not to micromanage temporary workers.

Be diligent with payments
To avoid compliance issues, it’s important to pay employees on time and meet all IRS deadlines. According to the American Accounts Payable Association, employers have until the end of February to send the IRS 1099-MISC forms.

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