Building Workplace Relationships When Employed as a Temporary Employee

May 16th, 2014

Feeling like a bit of an outsider at the office? As a temporary employee, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own in the office ─ especially when surrounded by permanent employees.

Building relationships at a new company can be a challenge for anyone. However, as a temporary employee this process is often more difficult as people know you’re probably only going to be in the office for a short period of time. It doesn’t have to stay this way though ─ with a little extra effort you can use this time to make a lasting impression and greatly expand your network.

4 to Build Workplace Relationships

Whether you’re hoping to impress your employer into offering you a full-time position, make connections that could help you down the road, or simply want to feel like part of the team, you should always strive to build relationships with your colleagues. Get started by following these four tips:

  1. Be Friendly: Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your co-workers and learn what everyone’s role is on the team. If co-workers invite you out to lunch or to happy hours after work, be sure to take them up on the offer. Spending a little time with your colleagues outside the office is a great way to get to know them.
  2. Blend into the Culture: While you want to find a way to stand out, failing to conform to the company culture isn’t the impression you want to make. Observe the behaviors of your co-workers and do your best to mimic them ─ including everything from how they dress to their work ethic.

  3. Act like a Team Player: Earn respect by making yourself a part of the team. Attend staff meetings, contribute valuable ideas to group discussions, and volunteer to help out if someone needs assistance with a heavy workload. Before long your colleagues may even forget you’re not a permanent member of the team.

  4. Exceed Expectations: People want to be around those who inspire them, so work hard to exceed expectations each day. A strong work ethic is always appreciated, so you’re sure to catch the attention of many people in the company if you continuously submit excellent work.


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