With calculated gains in online and in-store traffic, the holiday season causes the challenge of balancing inventory and sales and guaranteeing you are sufficiently staffed to deal with an inrush of customers. And with unemployment graph dipping below 4 percent; finding expertise that will help you ramp up effectiveness in time for the rush could be challenging.
Whether you pick seasonal workers really depends on the different needs of your company. And accountants advise against over-hiring or making choices without first considering last year’s figures. If you plan to hire seasonal employees for the holidays, here are some practical tips for getting it done rightly.
Start the hiring process ASAP
Even if you only intend hiring one or two extra employees, getting a head start is tremendous this time of year. Don’t wait until the last minute to put hands out. The best workers will be looking to land a job early, and you better think the big box stores will be having some alluring rewards for temporary work.
If you can hire your holiday team together and lead by early November, you’ll be in an excellent position to tackle Black Friday without a hitch.
Know your association
If you’re not positive about where to find the workers you need for the busy months ahead, think about hiring from a demographic of workers who are less active this time of year than the average nine-to-fiver. Is your circle home to many students? Retirees? Find hard-working people who are ready and responsible for helping by reaching out in online platforms and post ads on the most appropriate platforms.
One more option is to hire people who know your company well. Your conventional customers, family, friends, and people who are close to your brand and followers of your product are always an excellent resource. These folks will be confident and enthusiastic, making the training curve much less steep.
Make an offer they can’t refuse
Seasonal staff isn’t always easy to come by, but the good members will be an excellent addition to your team if you are able to offer them more work once the holiday over-trafficking is over. If you are not able to renew the deal that way, provide them a competitive wage and rewards or incentives for meeting specific goals or reaching relevant milestones. And remember, always give new workers, no matter how temporary, a warm welcome.
Follow the rules
Interested in knowing how to categorize your temporary or seasonal employees? Start by following the labor laws to guarantee your new workers are in a good deal and you’re not breaking any wage and hour laws unknowingly.
As always, be sure all your workers are tracking their time carefully, as hours tracked this year can give you exceptional hiring insights next year. The right employee time tracking and scheduling tools can augment efficiency and save your company precious time and money, no matter how occupied you are.