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When you need additional support, but you can’t or don’t want to bring on additional full-time employees, you can choose part-time staff. These employees are there to provide the help you need when you need it, without becoming a long-term burden. While they can be a gift, they bring their own management challenges. Here are five strategies to help you manage your part-time employees.

1. Don’t view them differently

Even though an employee isn’t part of your permanent, full-time staff doesn’t mean they don’t have value. Treating them differently, or like they’re second to the rest of your staff, can cause problems. Always keep the mindset that they’re there to help your company, just like everyone else, and you’ll maintain much better relationships.

2. Give them a job to do

There’s a temptation when you bring on part-timers to just send them wherever you need help, but this can hurt the quality of your hires and the work completed. The work may not be full-time, but you still need someone with the right skills and experience. Write an actual job description and hire a person to do that specific job.

3. Attach them to specific projects

While the work is specific, they don’t necessarily need to be aligned with one department (role dependent). Sometimes, it might be wiser to bring them on for a job on a specific project where they’ll work cross-departmentally and potentially more productively as a result.

4. Meet with them

As a manager, you should take time to meet with everyone on your team, including part-time workers. In these conversations, you can find out how the work is going, how they’re adjusting, and anything you can do to support them in their role. By taking this time, you’re developing a better relationship and they’ll feel more dedicated and like they’re a real part of your company.

5. Include them during relevant meetings

Like earlier points is the fact that they need to be included in all relevant staff activities, regardless of status. When you don’t invite them, especially to a meeting related to their work, you’re sending a negative message to both them and the team, like they don’t really belong.

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As an employer, you know how detrimental turnover can be to your company. You don’t want to lose employees, but you aren’t sure of a magic formula that can make them stay. While there isn’t a secret key to keeping them and occasionally some will leave, there is an easy imitative that can reduce turnover: employee appreciation. Here are 10 ideas your staff will enjoy to get you started.

1. Thank you notes

Sometimes the simplest solution is one of the best. When your employee deserves thanks, don’t just say it or shoot off an email. Take the time to specifically acknowledge what they did in a handwritten note. It may be more old fashioned, but your employee will appreciate the effort.

2. Celebrate birthdays

This is a great way to bring your team together, provide them with a treat, and make sure they know they’re noticed. Depending on your team size, you can do it individually or monthly, just don’t forget the card!

3. Peer-to-peer recognition

Appreciation doesn’t need to come from only the top. Give your team a way that they can celebrate each other.

4. Team recognition

You want to acknowledge individuals, but you don’t want to neglect the efforts of a team. Celebrate and recognize their milestones and what they’ve been able to accomplish. Not only are you encouraging them, but you’re also providing insight for other teams to learn more.

 5. Surprise treats

Birthday celebrations are a must, but there’s also value in a surprise treat in the breakroom from time to time just to say thank you and I appreciate you. Think about donuts, bagels, pizza, cookies, or anything else your staff will enjoy.

6. Acknowledge anniversaries

Don’t let a work anniversary pass without at least saying something to an employee. Even if it’s not a major milestone, just a simple congrats and thanks will let them know you see them.

7. Staff lunches

Take the time to have lunch as a staff, whether it’s on-site or off. This is a great way to bring people together, reward your team, and get to know them better.

8. Additional training

Investing in their professional development is an excellent way to show your employees they’re appreciated. You’re telling them they’re worth the investment.

 9. See what they do outside of work

Celebrating accomplishments on-the-job is important, but don’t forget to see what they’re doing outside the office. Whether it’s volunteer work or personal accomplishments, pay attention and let them know you value all they contribute, not just what happens inside your company.

 10. Mentor programs

Similar to training, setting up mentor programs is a way to help advance careers. If you start by pairing new team members with seasoned leaders, you’re already showing appreciation from day one.

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It’s normal to dislike delivering bad news. Most people don’t delight over the fact that they get to reject someone. During the hiring process, you’re likely to encounter some amazing options and some that aren’t so perfect. After everything, you can only hire one which means you have to say no to everyone else.

Even when the internal ‘no’ comes easy, you still don’t relish the prospect of potentially crushing a candidate’s dream. Instead of avoiding the responsibility, because you should be telling a candidate they didn’t get the job, here are three tips to help make rejection easier.

1. Start with generic emails to first-round cuts

These are the applicants who didn’t make it to the interview stage. These emails often get sent late in the game, leaving job seekers wondering about the status. They may even follow-up directly with your company to see what’s happening.

Instead of leaving them hanging, send a prompt rejection email where you thank them for the application, acknowledge their accomplishments, and explain other candidates fit the position better. The goal is to let them down without making them feel inadequate.

2. Send personalized emails after first interviews

While the first rejection email can be automated, you want a more personalized approach for those who don’t advance to round two of interviews. They’ve taken the time to come in and interview and have a right to an email that is written for them.

Try to include some detail that makes it clear you didn’t simply send the canned response. Even if it’s only a few changes, this is a better approach to letting them know you valued their time and experience, even though they ultimately weren’t the right choice.

3. Finish with phone calls

Once you’ve advanced past the first-round of interviews, you want to reach out directly by phone to each of the candidates who aren’t getting the job. This is about more than being considerate-you want to maintain a good relationship with these candidates.

Even though they weren’t your final choice, there was a reason they advanced as far as they did. Give them a call and explain what happened and let them know, if it’s true, that you’ll keep them in mind for future opportunities. This way, you’re building a pipeline of potential candidates instead of burning bridges.

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We know how stressful the job search can be, from screening to interviewing to rejecting. When you partner with Workbox, we take on the bulk of the responsibility and just leave the decision-making to you. Our mission is to provide you with qualified and productive employees. Find a location near you today!

SOS I Need Help Multitasking

It is often debated whether or not multitasking is an effective way of working, but it is frequently unavoidable. You have projects at the same level of priority with similar due dates and more in the pipeline, meaning you need to work on several items at once to make sure all requirements are being met. Even so, knowing you need to multitask doesn’t make it simple. Here are four tips to help you with multitasking at work.

1. Always Start With a Plan

One of the worst mistakes to make in multitasking is diving right in without thinking of how you’re going to balance the work. Before you begin working on several items at once, you need to figure out how you’re going to effectively do this.

Compare the different tasks and look for similarities in each. To keep your mind as focused as possible, you want the work to be in the same style, so you aren’t mentally jumping back and forth. Write out your to-do list reflecting these groupings and set goals so you can monitor your progress.

2. Keep Going Back to Your List and Goals

Once you’ve created this list, it should be used for more than just checking off what’s done. You want to use it to gauge how effectively you’re working and make sure you’re reaching the right milestones in a timely manner. If you keep checking back in with little-to-no progress, it might be time to rethink your strategy.

3. Remove All Distractions

In general, distractions get in the way of what you’re trying to accomplish and slow you down. When multitasking, these can pull you out of the zone and add even more time to get back into the rhythm of what you were doing.

Distractions can be any number of things, including noisy co-workers, email or your cellphone. To help yourself, consider putting on a pair of headphones, closing your email and flipping your phone over so you’re not letting interruptions slip into your work.

4. Review What You’ve Done

One danger of multitasking is doing the wrong work or using incorrect wording on one project, whether it’s from opening the wrong file or getting lost in the work and forgetting where you’re working. Once a task is completed, review what you’ve done to make sure it’s correct and relevant to the project.

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