5 Ways to Recognize Unproductive Temp Workers
Just a few unproductive temp workers can derail your entire business. Not only do they fail to produce at their promised potential, they often distract other workers, limiting their productivity. If their lack of production is due to a morale or motivation problem, they can spread those impressions to other employees. Even after the unproductive temp workers leave, the effects of those impressions can linger on. Knowing how to identify unproductive temp workers is the first step to limiting the damage they can do. Here are five things you can look for to see if you’re dealing with unproductive temp workers.
1. Clocked in, Checked out
Also known as the “stealth employee,” these temp workers manage to look busy all day, but never really seem to get anything done. They may spend all day “preparing” to do something, or “researching” a project, or “consulting” with other employees. At the end of the day, they’ve wasted a lot of their time, a lot of their coworkers’ time, and haven’t accomplished anything. Once temp workers have disengaged from the company, they become nothing more than a drag on your resources.
2. Excuses, Excuses
Some unproductive temp workers can be identified by the constant problems that crop up during their work days. They always just need a little more time, or got delayed by someone else’s mistake, or had some other unavoidable issue. If temp workers are constantly coming to you for more time, special consideration, or just to complain, they probably aren’t spending a lot of time being productive.
3. Got 99 Problems
If your temp workers have problems with everyone else in your workforce, they are the problem. When workers stick to their jobs, personality conflicts are much less likely to arise. It’s when they take time to gossip, gripe, or spread rumors that problems crop up. Temp workers who constantly complain about other workers are spending too much time on workplace drama, and not enough time on work.
4. Team Terror
Unproductive workers don’t accomplish any more in groups than they do alone. Collaborative assignments can be a nightmare for unproductive employees, as it’s impossible to hide their lack of progress. They may use some of the same tactics like excuses, complaints, and procrastination but, in the end, they simply aren’t getting the job done. If your group projects are lagging behind, check the groups for unproductive temp workers who aren’t pulling their weight.
5. Disappearing Act
Unproductive temps can have a knack for invisibility. When important projects come up or deadlines draw near, they can vanish like an apparition. They can also be absent from team meetings, company events, and training sessions. They tend to disappear any time there’s the threat of additional responsibilities or expectations. Your go-getters will be at the front of the line, while unproductive temps can often be found at the back of the line