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Three Ways to Motivate Part-Timers & Temps

part-timeThis post is courtesy of a manager’s perspective. As more and more departments hire part-timers and temps, there are a few ways to muster up the troops to keep them motivated.

Anne Fisher dishes some pointers in her “Ask Annie” Fortune column.

1. Hire smart. Michael Burchell, a vice president at the San-Francisco-based Great Places to Work Institute, says in the piece to be sure from the beginning that you know what qualities you’re seeking. ”Focus more on culture than on specific skills.” Hiring managers often say they can teach a bright worker anything but they can’t teach them soft skills, in particular enthusiasm and teaming. Read more

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Four Time Management Tips for Busy Working Parents

When Fortune shared these time management tips for frazzled working parents, we figured we would share them, too. And if you’re not a frenetic working parent but simply frenetic, no worries there. The tips can can apply to your hectic schedule as well.

Columnist Anne Fisher checked in with Teresa Taylor, author of The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success for several techniques outlined in the book.

1. Stop multitasking. We dare you! As the piece points out, instead of attempting to accomplish several things at once, carve blocks of time out of your day even if they’re only 10 to 15 minutes long. Then, work exclusively on one task and one task only. Read more

Want Flextime? Write a Business Proposal

That 9-to-5 workday seems so rigid. Especially now that people have laptops, smart phones, iPads, and other tools to do their job at anytime of the day. So why do companies insist you work in the office during that eight-hour stretch?

Well, they shouldn’t. And more and more companies have loosened the rules a bit to allow workers to spend part of the day at home. But how do you convince your employer, who doesn’t currently have many flextime options, to allow you to work from home, at least part of the day? CNNMoney’s Anne Fisher says build a business proposal.

First, make the case that working flexible hours won’t damage your productivity — and may even improve it.

…So start by marshalling some supporting evidence. The Towers Watson 2010 Global Workforce study mentioned above, for instance, says that people who work off-site some of the time are just as productive (41%) as their deskbound colleagues, or more so (47%). Only 11% of those 20,000 poll respondents said that flextime damages productivity. (1% had no opinion.)

Once you have established that other companies have had little problem with flextime workers then start predicting your bosses concerns. If you have regular afternoon meetings, let the boss know you will listen in via Skype or explain how people can contact you when they have a tight deadline.

“In short, the more details you can provide on how this would work, the more willing your boss may be to let you give it a try,” writes Fisher.

Of course, once you get the flextime, make sure you show the boss that s/he made the right decision. People just like looking right.

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