Short-term employees may be on your staff only temporarily, but their contribution to your team should be as important as your permanent employees. All parts of a team are important, and it is an excellent managerial strategy to incentivize hard work and productivity from short-term staff. If all of your employees are eligible for some kind of incentive—be it a benefits package or profit sharing for long-term employees or smaller, more frequent bonuses for completed projects for short-term employees—you will create a staff of individuals who are driven to ensure your business’ success. The following are some specific incentive strategies to implement for your temporary or short-term staff members:

End of contract bonuses. Depending on the length of the contract, individuals who enter into short-term employment agreements will be highly motivated by a bonus guaranteed to those who stay with the company for the entirety of the agreement. This would be most successful with businesses that predict a high turnover rate for their temporary staff, such as those hiring students for summer or holiday work.

End of project bonuses. A strategy for short-term staff that are not flight risks would be offering smaller, more frequent bonuses upon the completion of assigned projects. This will motivate your employees to be more productive in order to earn the incentives. These prizes can mean a catered lunch, a gift card to a local shop, or cash.

Competition bonuses. Playing upon the inherently competitive nature of certain staffs can benefit you greatly. If yours is an office that appreciates a little healthy competition, try dividing your workers into teams and promising an incentive like a gender-neutral spa treatment, or tickets to a local Michiana attraction. Alternately, you can have workers compete against each other individually for a cash incentive or other prize.

Vacation bonuses. A day off from the office is one of the best incentives you can offer your staff, and you will be surprised at just how hard staff members will work for one. As with any incentive program, be sure to set (and keep!) clear expectations and guidelines, and be sure that the level of expectation is fair and applicable to all staff members.

The success of your team is directly correlated to its members motivation and productivity. An excellent way to ensure that your work environment is positive and that your staff is motivated is to implement incentive strategies. For help constructing your perfect staff, contact us today and get started building your dream team!

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