Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Consultants have a crucial part in any businesses, supplying knowledge and experience that can help the company make more informed decisions. IT Consultants bring especially specific skills-sets to a project that can make your project more valuable.
However, for consultants to really make a good impression on the company, they shouldn’t just feel like a hired gun. They should feel emotionally connected, like they are a part of your team.
Taking just a few steps can help incorporate these folks into your team and increase their value to your organization.
Define their role
A consultant isn’t being used effectively if they come in for project and then have various other tasks tossed at them from every direction, with minimal instructions on the details of the main project, goals and essential personnel.
A consultant isn’t normally hired to carry out odd jobs. Consultants are appointed for a particular reason, project or goal, especially if they have certain IT experience and specialties. Make sure they have all the essential information, including who the consultant is collaborating with and on which projects.
During the first week of an assignment, an SMCI account executive confers with the client to ensure a placement has gotten off to a successful start, with a role and objectives clearly defined.
In addition to defining the role on paper, it also helps to define the role physically. Distinct separation between your team and a consultant can send the wrong message to everyone involved, and has the prospect to encourage dissension among employees and disengagement from the consultant. Both of which have serious damaging effects on the project.
While most consultants will typically perform their duties as expected, physically integrating them into your workforce by having them stationed within your team often leads to better results.
Include them where possible
While having a short-term consultant take part in team planning meetings may not make a lot of sense, having a long-term consultant sit in on these sessions can prove to be very helpful. This can promote stronger work relationships among your employees and lead to stronger outcomes. They can then disseminate the information to any short-term IT consultants who only need specific parts of the plan to do their job.
As treasured members of your team, consultants can also reap the benefits of inclusion in team-building activities.
Keep lines of communication open
Not being familiar with anyone and in a solo role, a consultant can easily start to feel like they are working in a vacuum, dutifully plugging away at a database or software upgrade. With this in mind, straightforward communication is crucial for on-going success.
Make a point to create a way for the consultant to assess and their progress and share accomplishments. It might be as easy as a weekly email or it might be a monthly meeting based on the project and time obligations.
Part of keeping communication lines open is showing gratitude when they do work that helps the team and the company grow. Be sure to express your appreciation and giving credit when it is due for any successes. A bit of gratitude will go quite a distance in a consulting partnership and will make it more probable that a consultant will still be successful in the field.
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