Many companies have diverse work group setup. Often they comprise of consultants who are hired on contractual terms to work with teams in different projects. Having different personnel with varying employment terms can create a difference in workflow and dynamics. It often presents a challenge to team managers and supervisors to ensure that all such personnel work together in an efficient and collaborative way.
It is human nature to feel comfortable working with people whom one meets every day or those who are part of the same workplace. Hence, when consultants are brought in from outside or are outsourced, such people will take time to get to know the team set up, work responsibilities and be able to deliver what they are hired for. It is imperative that team managers make such people feel welcome and an important part of the team. Their roles need to be explained clearly to the rest of the team so that the consultants get the cooperation they need to deliver their best. When there are employee rewards in place, these should also include consideration of the performance of consultants.
Setting clear roles and responsibilities
Often there are disputes that arise in teams when roles are not clearly defined. When an external consultant is brought into such a team setup, often the existing team members feel agnostic towards such individuals. It is important to establish clear roles and responsibilities for existing team members and that of consultants. That helps to establish deliverables among everyone in a team and the role that everyone plays in a certain project or for meeting deliverables on time. When goals or objectives are set and linked with employee rewards and recognition programs, these become motivating for all in a team setup.
Getting the best deliverables
When employees are motivated they work well. This works not only to internal employees of a company, but also for consultants. It is important to ensure that deliverables are set at high but achievable limits and are duly recognized for the efforts that people put in. With team managers setting the right note of cooperation among team members and consultants who are brought in to work on a certain project, they can ensure that everyone works in a clear and cooperative manner and help each other achieve the overall objectives of a project. When consultants are brought in to work in a team, it is necessary that team managers deliberate on how such personnel can work in an environment that is collaborative and positive for all.