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Pro’s and Con’s of Part Time Employees

March 30, 2012

Having employees that work for you to assist you in growing your business, assisting you clients and getting more done in less time has a price attached.  Since launching my business June 2004, I have always hired part time employees for a number of reasons, which is probably a whole post in itself that I will leave for another day.

In reflecting on some changes I want to make in my business, I made a list of Pro’s and Con’s of having Part Time Employees to help me determine what is working and not working for me.  The list is below, feel free to add to it and put the list in whichever column you feel it belongs in:

  • Part Time Employees are typically not eligible for Benefits (Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, etc).  This is a savings the company gets and in turn can spend on more marketing and branding to get their name out there more and to also provide employee training to give them skills needed for further projects and development.
  • Part Time Employees are typically not guaranteed a certain amount of hours, therefore you are not loosing income by paying someone to sit on the clock when there is not work to produce.  This many times can make or break a company who is a small business that is trying to grow and be able to manage more work while having to pay employees when there is none.  However, when there is work, there usually is a lot of it that must be done under time constraints and deadlines which allow the employee to maximize their income.
  • Part Time Employees are not paid when they are sick and/or can’t work, therefore this encourages employees to truly rest up when they are because we don’t want them around us when they are carrying germs. It also does not make them feel obligated to take time off for illness.
  • Part Time Employees need to have the commitment to the job the way a Full Time Employee does even if there is little invested interest in the work since the projects may come and go along with deadlines.
  • Part Time Employees need to be flexible and available for work when it is offered, just as they state they are in an interview and be available on short notice (24 to 48-hour notice is my definition of a short notice).  When they are not, they will not be the number one person reached out to on projects and will not be given more hours if they are constantly not available.
  • Part Time Employees need to have the ability to be punctual even if their schedule is flexible and understand why this is so important.  This ensures no matter when your shift is you will follow through on your commitment because it matters to your boss and shows you understand that teamwork is important and they are counting on you.
  • Part Time Employees are not apart of your work on a daily basis so they don’t see the big picture or the tiny details the way you do, you must remember this.
  • Part Time Employees tend to check out when not working a regular shift, so as a leader you must continue to help them keep their focus.
  • Part Time Employees need to realize that their Part Time position could easily develop into a full time option if they show themselves dedicated in the small tasks and hours they have been provided they will be given more and be the first person called on the next project.
  • Part Time Employees need to realize that being Part Time is a benefit in and of itself, even if you aren’t paid for it, it has a compensation attached to it, that compensation is Flexibility.
  • Part Time Employees need to realize that their job is just as important as a Full Time Employee’s and to have a work ethic of the same level.  Part Time does not mean that you get to work in a lazy manner or in a haphazard manner.
  • A Part Time Employee doesn’t mean you are less important, it just means you don’t put in the same quantity of hours.  Your dedication, accuracy, efficiency, attitude, and doing work that matters all need to be just as prevalent as a Full Time Employees.

Do you hire Part Time or Full Time Employees? What to you are the benefits of both?  Do you have recommendations to other companies on which is best?  Share your thoughts below!

Texas Workforce Commission Fall 2011 Publication

November 7, 2011

Have you read the Texas Workforce Commission Winter 2011 publication?  It is now available online.  Click the link here to read or save your copy: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/tbt/tbt1011.pdf

Texas Workforce Commission Spring/Summer 2011 Publication

September 1, 2011

Have you read the Texas Workforce Commission Winter 2011 publication?  It is now available online.  Click the link here to read or save your copy: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/tbt/tbt0711.pdf

You and Your Work

May 2, 2011

I had a conversation recently with a local business owner regarding his employees.  What type of work do you or would you expect out of your employees?  Excellent work.  Good work.  Fair work.  Poor work.

Each of us start at a job with only a vague idea of what it is going to take to work and the responsibility involved.  Is it just a routine to you?  Are you bored with the job?  Are you only working for the pay?  Do you have interest in your work?  There isn’t such a thing as a dull job.  It all depends on your mental attitude.  Can you be proud of your service to the community?  Know that it is useful?  Something important?  You will do it poorly and become bored if you do not take personal satisfaction in it, pride of accomplishment, a sense of importance to others.  Do your work well, to profit you, your employer and society!  Enjoy doing it as well as you can and apply yourself.  You will become depended on.

Maybe you should watch this short video and let it help you decide what is important in your work…it is an old video, but the truth remains.

What was your first job?  What did you learn?  What do you value in an employee?

Effective Delegation

April 18, 2011

Effective delegation benefits you, the business owner, as well as the rest of the organization. However, when delegating work, I’ve found that asking the question, “Do you understand?” often receives a predictable “Yes,” even if the person does not understand.  So now I ask, “Any quick thoughts on how you plan to proceed?”   The response to this question tells me if my direction was clear, while reinforcing the expectation that their personal initiative is valued.

– James Van Handel, CE Power Solutions of WI, Appleton, WI

What tips do you have for effective delegation?  What works best for you?  What have you tried?

The Process of Delegation

April 11, 2011
You Can’t Do It All – Learning To Delegate

There is not a single management skill more critical to your personal and professional success as an entrepreneur than learning to delegate. There is much more to delegating than meets the eye. It does not mean to simply hand out assignments. It is a science and an exercise in understanding one’s self.

Some of us have been lucky enough to find our strengths and at the same time recognize areas traditionally referred to as weaknesses. It takes mammoth strength to let go and say, “OK, this is not my area of expertise and here is where I need help. This is how I will get this help.” Often, there are things we wish we were good at but somehow cannot seem to grasp (not for lack of intellectual ability, but for lack of experience/exposure). We must learn to accept this fact.

In this fast-paced world we live in, we must choose what it is we wish to conquer and what we need to let go of. An artful business person learns what He/She does best and does that to the best of His/Her ability. He/She lives it, breathes it, and sleeps it. It is a passion. The rest can be left to someone else.  Unfortunately, that someone else does not just appear from thin air. Networking or relationship building, is the initial key component of delegating.

You need to determine how your time would best be spent.  The key is to determine what you need to know, want to know, must know, and already know. Keep lists with these headings to remind you of these things. It is a great feeling to cross things off your list.

Becoming an Expert

Jack of all trades, master of none. The old adage holds a lot of weight in today’s entrepreneurial environment. Know what you do and do it the best you can.  Where does your expertise lie?  The areas you aren’t an expert in and don’t want to become one, set out immediately to find these experts you need.  It is important to surround yourself with competent individuals who have complimentary areas of expertise. Choose carefully and wisely and be ready to compensate these individuals for a job well done.

Payment need not always come in the form of dollars. Remember your area of expertise and be ready to trade it for what you need.  When bartering you need to follow a few simple rules: be nice and respectful, send thank you notes, and recognize those individuals who have helped you both publicly and privately. In doing so, you will gain respect and be known as someone who gets the job done.

When you are an expert, people will come to you in need of your talent. Be prepared to use it. Be proud of your skill and share it.

The Power of Delegating

It is quite liberating once you really do let go and put your trust in other people. The key here is to identify good people, enlist them in your cause or business, give them the ball, and then allow them to run with it. Only you will determine if the ball gets dropped. You must manage and oversee the game on a consistent basis. You must give the right ball to the best possible player.

Definition of Delegate

April 4, 2011
I am preparing some articles on delegating and delegation, and decided it would be best to first get a clear understanding of the definition before we discuss the subject in depth.

del·e·gate

 

 
1 :  to entrust or transfer (as power, authority, or responsibility) to another: as a :  to transfer (one’s contractual duties) to another b :  to empower a body (as an administrative agency) to perform (a governmental function)
2 :  to appoint as one’s representative intransitive verb :  to transfer responsibility or authority
—Synonyms 
 entrust, assign, transfer

Texas Workforce Commission Winter 2011 Publication

February 15, 2011

Have you read the Texas Workforce Commission Winter 2011 publication?  It is now available online.  Click the link here to read or save your copy: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/tbt/tbt0211.pdf

Texas Workforce Commission Fall 2010 Publication

December 15, 2010

Have you read the Texas Workforce Commission Fall 2010 publication?  It is now available online.  Click the link here to read or save your copy: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/tbt/tbt1210.pdf

Texas Workforce Commission Spring 2010 Publication

July 1, 2010

Have you read the Texas Workforce Commission Spring 2010 publication?  It is now available online.  Click the link here to read or save your copy: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/tbt/tbt0710.pdf

Employment Law Guide

May 1, 2010

Employment Law Guide:
Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services

This Guide describes the major statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers. The Guide is designed mainly for those needing “hands-on” information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses.

Statutory and regulatory changes will occur over time, which may affect the information in this Guide.  For the latest information on all laws check this site periodically.

http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/index.htm

Texas Workforce Commission Winter 2010 Publication

March 31, 2010

Have you read the Texas Workforce Commission Winter 2010 publication?  It is now available online.  Click the link here to read or save your copy: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/tbt/tbt0310.pdf