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There’s no question that companies want to hire IT professionals who bring tech expertise, on-the-job engagement and shared values to the table. However, if there is any doubt a consultant will fall off during a project, hiring managers will take their search down a different path. In fact, a history of consistent partnerships breeds confidence for both consultants and companies looking for their next collaboration. Whether you are looking for your next contract or your next contractor, let’s look at a few of the ways loyalty in workplace can contribute to your long-term success.

Create Continuity in Your Work History

Though employee turnover at tech companies is not out of the ordinary, hiring managers notice when consultants are moving between jobs every six months to a year. Frankly, hiring managers are skeptical of job hoppers. There is still a stigma about frequent job turnover, especially because accomplishing a project within deadlines and deliverables hinges on the team sticking around until the job is done. Giving them a sense of employee loyalty goes a long way in securing a job.

All the same, it’s understandable why there might be more frequent turnover in an IT consultant’s resume. Many contracts are brief by nature. Short-term ones like updating legacy software, migrating to the cloud, or getting data to reach its full potential for a fixed program can run for shorter timelines. Since project variety is a big selling point to many consultants, it’s not surprising that if some work histories are printed out they are as massive as an old Sears catalog. And that’s rarely appealing to companies.

Fortunately, there is a way to maintain a steady flow of IT contracts without putting your desire for project variety in a negative light. Partnering with a staffing firm as you seek out contract work can keep a stream of job opportunities coming your way while conveying stability to any would-be employers. Plus, if you put any contracts obtained through a staffing firm under one section on your resume, it creates a greater sense of continuity in your career and indicates you’ll stay throughout a job.

Redeploy Consultants When Possible

On the company side, it can be easy to adopt a “fill it and bill it” mentality for consultants. Once the position is over, you thank them for their contributions and move on to the next project without much follow-up. Though technical skillsets may change from business intelligence to mobile app development projects, there is definitely value to maintaining a bond with consultants.

Think about the average candidate search. In the U.S., 23.8 business days go by from the start of a search before companies hire a new employee. Rather than wasting all of that time finding and screening potential consultants, there is always the potential to redeploy former consultants. It’s much easier to maintain a relationship with a strong contractor to one day redeploy than it is to locate and evaluate a new one. Plus, consultants appreciate that sense of company loyalty that this conveys.

How do businesses go about building those bonds? A few strategies come to mind. For starters, it’s crucial to build loyalty in your consultants from the start. Our W2 consultants know that we value their contributions early on because we offer medical and dental insurance, life insurance, short term disability insurance, and paid vacation time (to name a few). If you don’t offer these perks to consultants, you can get the same advantage by working with an IT staffing services provider that does.

When an IT consultant is in a role, provide some acknowledgment for their work. Employee recognition programs for full-time and consultant workers show gratitude for the hard work they’ve accomplished while forging stronger bonds. Most important of all, be sure to regularly check-in with them about their job, the environment, and the resources available to them. If you wait to check in until the end of a contract, you’ve lost your window to make any tangible changes to build their loyalty further.

Simplifying Loyalty in the Workplace

For both consultants and companies, maintaining connections really builds loyalty in the workplace. Feelings of company loyalty and employee loyalty foster more consistent project performances and more contract opportunities in the future. However, the management portion can be difficult to achieve when focusing on your primary work.