A disheveled manager in a blizzard of paperwork told her boss how overwhelmed she and her staff were feeling by the stepped-up workloads they were shouldering in the company. She decided to do something about it by bringing in accounting temps to give her and her team some relief.
This manager's not alone. Many companies are using temporary professionals for a variety of roles and needs. Seventy-two percent of CFOs interviewed in an Accountemps survey said accounting temps help their organizations access specialized skills on an as-needed basis.
A third of the CFOs polled in another of our surveys said they found a benefit of engaging accounting temps was that they could evaluate their fit in the work environment before taking them on as employees.
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If you're considering following in the footsteps of managers who saved the day in this way, here are five tips to get accounting temps up to speed and seamlessly integrated into your team:
1. Give staff a heads-up
Inform full-time staff members when temporary professionals are expected to arrive and where they’ll be working. Explain the role these workers will play and what specific duties they'll tackle. This will ensure there's no confusion when the reinforcements arrive, while helping them get off to a highly productive start.
2. Prepare a workspace for the new temps
Will the interim employees work exclusively in a common room or will they need their own individual workspaces? Make sure the areas where they will work have all the necessary computer equipment and supplies.
3. Conduct an orientation on the first day
On their first day, give the accounting temps an orientation, with a tour of your office, explaining the day-to-day workflow. Also provide a brief summary of policies and procedures. Introduce them to everyone on the team. If you won’t be supervising the team yourself, designate a liaison for the accounting temps.
4. Treat them like full-time employees
Include temporary staff in all relevant meetings. Make sure they receive emails and other communications about goings-on in the company. Make them feel very welcome by inviting them to team lunches and other staff outings.
5. Acknowledge their efforts
Get the best out of all your team members, including temporary professionals, by consistently recognizing their efforts.
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Editor's note: This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been updated recently.