Hiring contract talent to assist with creative and design projects to finish out the year strong? You’re not alone — 75% of senior creative and marketing managers surveyed by Robert Half said they’re bringing on contract workers to support year-end initiatives. But don’t just turn freelancers loose upon arrival, especially if they’re working remotely. Here are five key onboarding tasks to set contract creatives up for success:
- Make a plan. Prior to their first day, send freelancers all the equipment and information they’ll need to get started right away, including technology, workplace safety details, company policies, and procedures and guidelines for performance and accountability.
- Create a supportive environment. Working in the office? Alert the receptionist when to welcome the new teammates and ensure they have security and network access. If they’re working remotely, ask your IT colleagues to help set them up on their first day.
- Tell your staff who’s coming. Make sure your full-time employees understand what it is the contract talent will do, and in turn, what guidance they will be expected to provide. Consider assigning a team member to be a workplace buddy for informal support.
- Make introductions. Once they arrive, give the newcomers a warm welcome and introduce them to key colleagues, whether in-person or on video calls. Set up one-on-one meetings with those they’ll be working with closely.
- Discuss duties, expectations and company goals. Take some time to talk in greater depth about the position and its responsibilities. You can also share details about your organizational culture so they’re in the know and start feeling like part of the team.
Onboarding doesn’t stop after the first day. Learn what
ongoing efforts managers should take when working with contract talent on the Robert Half blog.
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