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Helping contingents work well

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There are more than 2 million full-time temporary workers in America — and more than 10 million in other types of alternative work arrangements. Many see this growth in "contingent work" as a win-win for both employers and employees, but many managers wince at integrating contingent workers into teams with "real" employees. There's no reason why contingent workers should contribute any less to your team's success than any other employees.

Here's some advice that can help:

- Focus on the mission. Many supervisors and managers fear that contingent workers whose "job security" isn't an issue won't be as motivated or committed as regular full-timers. But loyalty, which used to be what management meant when speaking of "commitment," is less meaningful in today's era of downsizing and rapid change. How "loyal" are your regular full-time employees? And are they really any more so than your contingent workers?

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