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4 Tips for Motivating Your Casual Workforce

Casual employees are a crucial part of business, functioning to provide a pillar for the company to prop itself upon. They are commonly stuck with those pesky tasks that no one else wants to do, but that need to be done in order to keep the cogs turning. Sometimes they work odd hours, sometimes they work long hours, and though they may not intend to stay in it for the long haul, they are certainly an integral element to any company.

As we all know, work environments thrive off positive, energetic team members. However, keeping your casual workers interested in what can be some pretty boring tasks can be a challenge. Here, we list four key ways to drive motivation for your casual staff and ensure you are producing a happy and productive staff base.

  1. Create a sense of community 

The workplace is often a buzzing hub filled with social interaction; however, many casual employees are prone to feeling excluded from this dynamic. As casuals generally work for seasonal periods, with many staying for less than 12 months, it can be difficult for them to truly feel like a part of the team. As a result, their level of care for their work can dangerously waver from sub-standard to downright irresponsible practices. In order to combat this, make sure you host regular work functions, team lunches, and outside-of-the-office get togethers for your casuals to engage with their peers and develop a greater passion for the workplace.


  1. Provide tangible incentives

It’s the classic ‘carrot-and-stick’ tale: everybody responds positively to incentives. Unlike full-time workers, however, casual staff often feel limited in this area. This means you need to take the time to find out what motivates your casual workers and create a rewards system based on that – for instance, is it better hours? More stimulating tasks? Acknowledgement for their work? Or perhaps a combination of all of these aspects?


  1. Understand your employees

Many employers make the mistake of taking a blanket approach to delegating work for their casual staff. Rather, you should show your workers that you value their unique skills by engaging with their intellect and finding out what makes them tick. Give them tasks that are particularly suited to their skillsets or personalities, as this will give them a greater passion for their job and therefore much more motivation to perform to their very best standards. When workers are stuck in jobs they simply aren’t naturally suited to, their personal satisfaction is highly compromised, which in turn inevitably affects the job quality.


  1. Give as much security as possible

This is a tricky one, as the very nature of casual employment is based on its flexibility. However, it’s important to take certain measures so that your workers don’t feel disposable. Make the effort to ensure each of your casual workers is fully aware of what shifts they will have and how long they are expected to stay in the role, as this gives them concrete parameters to work with. More importantly though, show them that you have their best interest at heart and give them that sense of job security they need to feel respected and motivated to excel at their position.


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