The holiday season is hot on our heels, and that means it’s time to start hiring seasonal employees to help keep your business running smoothly. This is a difficult time of year for many businesses, especially retail and services, due to the heightened spending and general activity of the public as they begin their holiday preparations.
The best thing to do when hiring seasonal employees is to start hiring early. If you don’t start posting job openings until November, it’s a bit late. This can be difficult because everything needs to be budgeted and handled well ahead of time, but starting early gives you a chance to bring in your new hires and take the appropriate amount of time to train them.
Seasonal employees don’t need the extensive training that your regular full- and part-time employees get—they’re meant to be temporary and make everything go more smoothly. Train them carefully and thoughtfully on their specific job while avoiding a lot of extra filler that isn’t necessary for them to know. That said, don’t rush their training. Hiring them early gives you a chance to take your time and make sure they have their job down to a science by the time things start to get busy.
Remember that seasonal employees are still your employees—don’t treat them like they’re just cogs in your already-established machine. Seasonal employees should be treated with respect and dignity just like any other employee with your business. Respect their schedule limitations and work/life balance, and you’ll get a much happier and better worker who is willing to put in the extra effort when it’s time to get down to business.
Consider the age group you’re looking to hire before you post your job openings. If you tend to hire high school or college students, you need to be able to respect their commitments and work your schedule around their availability. In addition, using schedule apps or software can make life easier for you and engage your employees more, as it also makes their lives easier. For adults, this can be a bit easier, but some might be working multiple jobs and still require some level of flexibility. Reach out to high schools and colleges for potential job board postings, and don’t forget to post your openings on social media if you’re hiring younger seasonal employees.
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