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Onboarding and Induction Guide for Casual Employees

Published 17 Jun 2022
Onboarding casual employees

Do you run a business in the hospitality industry, retail, events, farming or any other sector that employs a lot of casual workers during different times of year?

With permanent staff, you’ll likely be able to go through the onboarding process quite slowly. They could reasonably spend over a week doing a handover with another staff member, undertaking training and just generally getting their bearings in a new role. For this kind of onboarding, the Ultimate Onboarding Guide is perfect for you.

However, we know that industries that hire a lot of casual or temp staff generally have different requirements for getting their new hires up and running.

For casual staff members, you’ll be bypassing a lot of those formal meetings and introductions. Casual staff usually come in with a degree of skill that suits the role and need to get started with their role quickly. Their roles are more about hitting those early wins, as they are generally brought on to meet growing demands.

That’s why your onboarding program for casual staff should be adapted to be quick, scalable, and motivating. We have the perfect guide to meet your team member’s needs.

In this guide, we’ll unpack the best practices when it comes to hiring your casual staff to help you stay compliant, welcome your new hires, get your team motivated from the word go and keep the admin levels low while you do it all.

What’s included in this onboarding guide for casual employees?

Disclaimer: While due care has been taken in preparing the document, no responsibility is accepted by the author for the accuracy or suitability of the information contained. All liability is expressly disclaimed for any loss or damage which may arise from any person relying on, using or acting on any information contained therein.

What is onboarding?

Onboarding is so much more than paperwork. It’s the process of helping new hires adjust to their new jobs quickly and smoothly by managing the early stages of their employment. Onboarding full-timers or permanent staff is a very different story from onboarding casual staff.

What’s the difference between onboarding permanent and casual staff?

With permanent staff, you’ll likely be able to go through the onboarding process quite slowly. They could reasonably spend over a week doing a handover with another staff member, undertaking training and just generally getting their bearings in a new role.

Permanent staff can be onboarded with a more detailed program, such as the one outlined in our comprehensive guide to employee onboarding.

For casual staff members, you’ll be bypassing a lot of those formalities. Casual staff usually come in with a degree of skill that suits the role, and need to get started with their role quickly.

They normally will be required to hit the ground running, as they are generally brought on to meet growing demand.

That’s why your onboarding program for casual staff should be adapted to be quick, scalable, and motivating.

Prepare for casual employee onboarding ahead of time

Since it could take a couple of weeks to get prepared for the busy season, we strongly recommend taking some time before your seasonal ramp-up to review your onboarding process against this guide.

Here’s an onboarding template you can use to get things up and running quickly.

This is only a fraction of what you can get from our casual employee onboarding guide.

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