Everyone likes to be recognized for a job well done, including contract employees. While many businesses have systems in place to ensure that their appreciation for full-time staff members is shown, not everyone factors in their temporary workers into this equation.
But saying “thank you” to your contract employees can be a very smart business move. Not only does it help encourage and motivate your temporary staff members, but it supports your reputation as a company with an excellent culture.
Since you may not be able to recognize contract employees in the same way as your regular staff, here are a few options for showing your appreciation that can work for anyone, regardless of whether they are temporary.
Just Say It
Going up to a worker and thanking them for everything they do is surprisingly effective, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. It a contractor does an excellent job on a project, let them know you appreciate their effort. A little bit of praise can go a long way, as long as it is delivered with sincerity. So, the next time a contractor goes the extra mile, let them know you are thankful for their contributions.
Provide a Free Lunch
Almost everyone appreciates a free meal, so providing your contractors with lunch can be an excellent way to show how thankful you are for them. You can choose to have pizza delivered to the workplace, head out to a local eatery to bring to-go orders or even have it fully catered. There are a lot of options that can work here, so you’re bound to find something suitable for your budget.
Offer a Bonus
Even if you obtain your contractors through a staffing company, there is often a way to provide the worker with a bonus on their paycheck. And cash is a simple way to say “thank you” while acknowledging their value to your organization. Plus, it requires very little planning, so it’s a simple way to express your gratitude, and money is something that is almost always appreciated.
Offer Them a Job
Sometimes, you end up with a contractor that truly goes above and beyond, making the idea of keeping them on staff very enticing. If you have an appropriate vacancy or your budget supports an additional staff member, consider offering the temporary worker an opportunity to join your permanent staff.
While this won’t work in every situation, it is a definitive way to show that you acknowledge how valuable they are to your company. Just let them know what about their work made you want to extend the offer, first, and then let them know you would be thankful if they would consider joining the team as well.
If you are looking for a contractor or new full-time employee to join your team, the recruitment specialists at MindFinders can help you locate top talent in the area. Contact us to see how our flexible hiring options can work for you.
Written by Tim Booker, President and CEO of MindFinders, with over 20 years of industry experience.
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