Smart organizations are always looking for new and different, if not innovative, ways to manage their businesses. Most are keenly exploring alternatives and changing the ways they engage with workers and increase the flexibility in doing so. As a result, they’re adapting different staffing models and bringing non-employees on board, either as contingent workers or as independent contractors (ICs). The lack of access to certain niche skills in the job market is also getting employers to experiment with this option.
There are some compliance pitfalls that people hiring independent contractors could fall into, but this post is not about misclassification and the resultant penalties and fines. This is how to take the ideal approach to managing and hiring an independent contractor to ensure his or her commitment and loyalty. It can be tricky to navigate, so following are some helpful hints.
Independent contractors may be brought in to handle specialized tasks or roles requiring vastly superior skills, or be there to handle some peripheral tasks that would burden your full-time staff. These workers help fill a gap in the workforce and, depending on the position, they may work remotely from anywhere in the world.
The task may be a one-time affair or a seasonal or repeat engagement, requiring an effort to engage the worker and stay connected for a longer term, even after the expiry of an assignment.
Follow these tips to engage your independent contractors better and build a relationship with them to ensure that you can access them at will and improve your efficiency in achieving your organizational goals:
Keeping independent contractors engaged with your organization reaps rewards in the long run as they return for future assignments, refer others to work with you and build your employer brand in the contingent work community.
Not engaging them can reap you the opposite, so the choice seems to be pretty obvious…although there is a fine line so they’re not considered employees. What processes or best practices do you follow to ensure engagement while staying fully compliant?
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