In case you are confused, Gig workers are the same as temporary or freelance hires. Why hire a Gig worker? Perhaps your team needs someone with a specific skillset. Maybe you just need another pair of hands to fill in while someone is on vacation. The pandemic made organizations realize they need to integrate Gig workers into teams in a more structured way.
While it’s relatively easy to physically and technically incorporate a Gig worker into your organization, think broader than these two areas. Some companies will on-board Gig workers with their permanent employees and others will provide a separate on-boarding process that excludes them from staff meetings.
Your Gig workers will only be as successful as you set them up to be. It’s important for you to have a set of specific processes for how you integrate any Gig hires.
I’ve listed four steps to ensure your Gig hires can be effective immediately so your organization gets the benefit of their expertise.
- Change the managing of Gig workers from transactional to strategic and collaborative.
- Update your HR policies and processes. This will provide Gig workers with a more positive experience.
- Let technology help you onboard these workers. Don’t forget to include project workflow and information-sharing tools.
- Ensure team leaders and management give clear and ongoing recognition to Gig workers who demonstrate their value to your organization.
Finally, consider your Gig or temporary hire as an extension of your current employees. As a result, you will gain all the benefits of their expertise without having them on your permanent payroll.
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