More and more organisations are utilising the talents of contractual employees to supplement their workforce, meet rising demands of specialised skills, and to add expertise to their teams, and fast-track growth. However, the only condition for achieving the goals mentioned above is the appropriate management of the employees hired through a contract staffing company. If it is the first time you are working with contractual employees, here’s a quick guide to help you do this better.


For contract staff coming to work onsite, walking into a new office, understanding the dos and don’ts in an unfamiliar workplace, and learning directions to restrooms, cafeteria, and water coolers can be overwhelming, especially on their first day of a new job. That is why it matters to have a seamless onboarding process for contractual employees. Though a bit different in terms of administrative perspective, onboarding process for contractual employees should be equally positive as it is made for full-time employees. Ensure that everything—from security badges, seat, and equipment to office supplies and orientation emails should all be ready once the contractual team enters the door.


Research led by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, UK, revealed that “workers were on an average 13% more productive in weeks when they self-reported as being very happy, compared to those weeks when people reported being very unhappy.” There are several other studies which have established the link between happiness and productivity. It is not just related to permanent employees as productivity is a benchmark for all categories of employees.

Therefore, to get the best from your hired-on-contract workforce, contract workers should be treated with the same respect and appreciation given to full-time employees. They should be provided with opportunities to learn and grow professionally, which in turn will encourage them to extend engagements rather than seek new opportunities. Listed below are some of the ways to integrate contractual staff with full-time permanent employees in your organisation.

● Involve contractual workers in all relevant meetings
● Mark them on emails meant for the team they work with
● Ask and consider their ideas and opinions for process improvement
● Give them due credit while celebrating project milestones


Open and timely communication is vital to strengthen the professional relationship between contract workers and employers. Contracted team members should be assured that the management, seniors, and colleagues are available to answer their queries and address concerns. It is a good idea to hold regular meetings with contractual teams to stay updated about the progress and know if there are any obstacles that they might be facing while working projects. While assigning projects, be clear on the goals, expected outcomes, and timeline of the projects, so that contractual workers also get a chance to share their view on these critical issues. Utilise video calls, chat messages and emails to keep in touch in case your contractual staff works remotely.


Share constructive feedback with contract workers so that they can improve on their skills and deliver better results for upcoming projects. It is good to evaluate and provide speedy feedback as it not only helps contract employees to correct the mistakes (if any) but also lets the supervisor check whether the project assigned is on the right track.

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