Not every employee wants to work full-time and not every position in a company requires 40 hours of labor in a week. That means your small business has the opportunity to hire part-time staff, workers whose overall cost to your operation may be lower per hour than what a comparable full-time worker costs.
If hiring part-time staff, you do not want to cut back on the screening process. The same steps you take to hire full-time staff needs to be taken for everyone regardless of hours to be worked. In addition, you will want to keep the following in mind:
Welcome Mat — All employees, whether they be part- or full-time should feel welcome in your company. That means keeping everyone in the company communications loop and valuing them for their contribution to the company. And don’t skimp on compensation either. Writing for Salary.com, Erisa Ojimba advises that there should be “little or no difference” between what a part-timer earns per hour and what a full-time employee receives.
Varied Job — Related to making part-time workers feel welcome at your company is to assign them meaningful tasks. Saving the less desirable work for part-timers will bump up your turnover rate. Consider moving them from project to project or making them a part of a team instead of having a limited number of responsibilities.
Provide Mentoring — Assign your part-time worker to a full-time employee who shows leadership abilities. Motivational speaker Ed Sykes advises that this full-timer have patience, be willing to answer questions and is them self motivated. The last thing you want to do is assign an impressionable part-timer to someone who has a bad attitude.
Benefits Package — Though the law may not require you to offer benefits and by not offering benefits you can keep your costs down, consider how you develop this policy. Benefits can serve to recruit better employees as well as to increase retention. And, if a full-time position does open up, you may be able to tap your pool of available and motivated part-timers to step right in.
Job Sharing — Some positions require full-time staffing, but can be divided between two part-time workers. This isn’t the same as work-sharing where everyone works fewer hours to preserve jobs. Instead, job sharing allows two people to work in one position, splitting the hours evenly. Writing for Entrepreneur, organizational psychologist David G. Javitch advises that “…both employees who join forces to fill one full-time job must be willing to exert a maximum effort to ensure that this work model succeeds.” Job sharing can be appealing to working mothers and retirees.
Clearly, part-time workers can add value to your enterprise if you treat them like your other employees. These workers aren’t always a substitute for full-time workers, but when used wisely can bring you full-time satisfaction.
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