Managing An On-Demand Workforce: 3 Tips for Small Businesses ⚙️🔨
As we venture into an uncertain economic climate, your small businesses may consider hiring more on-demand gig workers.
Hiring salaried employees for a fluctuating workload could become a serious, long-term risk for your business. When you’re next in full-on recruitment mode, ask yourself: could I still afford to pay these people if our workload suddenly slowed down?
There are many different legal and financial obligations that come with hiring salaried employees – making quick, clean breaks almost impossible. Through a platform like Gigstar, you can hire an on-demand workforce on an as-needed basis. This gives you the flexibility to make fast decisions on cutting human resources if the workload suddenly drops for a few weeks.
As a leader, the dynamics of managing newly-hired gig workers will differ from established, salaried employees. Here are our top three tips for managing your newly-hired gig workers…
1. Integrate Gig Workers Into Your Team 🎱🎯
It’s often exciting for the rest of the team when someone new starts in the workplace. It gives your salaried employees the opportunity to collaborate and build a working relationship with a new face. Most of the time, there’s nothing a gig worker likes more than feeling part of the team. As a leader, it is ultimately your responsibility to integrate them into your workforce.
Why not set up a team activity on a Friday lunchbreak? If you purposely go out of your way to make them feel welcome in the workforce, you’ll reap the rewards in the quality of their output. When a gig worker feels uncomfortable, it’s more challenging for them to perform to their highest potential.
2. Provide Gig Workers With Training & Feedback 📝📚
Particularly with a platform like Gigstar, the onboarding process for a gig worker is inevitably going to be shorter than one for a long-term salaried employee. Despite this, an element of training will still need to be provided, even if it’s brief. A gig worker won’t know the way things are done in your company. Without an introduction to the workflow of your business, the gig worker may struggle to meet your standards.
You should aim to give your gig workers feedback on their output throughout their time working for you. This will help the gig worker know if they are on the right track with their work at hand. At the end of the day, gig workers are desperate to make a good impression. They know that if you’re pleased by their output, you’re more likely to hire them again for short-term tasks. If you need a task completed in a certain way, tell them! In some cases, you may end up saving money by being clearer on your expectations.
3. Pay Gig Workers Fairly & On-Time 💸⏰
This sounds like an obvious one, but it’s vital that gig workers are paid fairly and on-time. Make sure that you pay them at least the market rate and if they exceed your expectations, going above and beyond with their output, pay them a tiny bit more! Gig workers love to feel appreciated. What may seem like a small gesture of goodwill can go a long way.
With the Gigstar app, your workers can rest assured about getting paid on-time. This will result in a massive weight being taken off their shoulders. For a gig worker, the thought of not getting paid is a constant worry. When you sign up as a hirer on our app, you will be asked to register your credit card to ensure smooth, on-time payments for gig workers.
For a gig worker to survive in a hyper-competitive field, they need to be brilliant at networking. They have to know everyone or know someone who does. If you hire two gig workers, chances are they’ll both have at least one mutual friend in the industry. When a gig worker feels disrespected by your business, it could have future ramifications. It’s likely that they will speak about their experiences with their connections. These may even be other gig workers on Gigstar. This could have an impact on your ability to draw on-demand talent to your business in the future.