While it might not look or feel like the holiday season, right now is the best time to start thinking about the coming of winter. To keep up with increased demand and store traffic, hiring needs explode. To prepare for seasonal help, you really should get started now.
Yes, in September.
Evaluate Your Needs
For most business owners, things tend to slow down during the summer months, making it the best time to get organized for the fall. To prepare for the busy season, start by evaluating your needs. It might seem like a daunting task, but you do have a guide for estimating your hiring needs. How were things last year? Were you understaffed? Consider hiring one more employee for the season. Evaluate your business needs and adjust your open positions accordingly.
Plan Your Hiring Process
The early bird gets the worm – and the best workers. Most seasonal workers are people on break from school or looking to pick up additional shifts. Often the best hires are the ones starting early as well. It stands to reason that the thoughtful, planned and organized employees are also the ones looking for jobs early. While this isn’t always the case, it doesn’t hurt to get a jump start on the competition for quality hires before the hiring rush hits.
Hardly, if ever, do things go exactly according to plan. The best thing you can do is prepare and create a backup plan to cover all your bases. Have rules firmly in place for seasonal hires and make sure the full term staff is up to date with the expectations. If you do have an employee unable to meet outlined standards, create a plan to quickly replace the bad apple with a good employee. Be prepared to post the position to a wide range of job boards, or reach out to past applicants. The best way to do this is with an applicant tracking system. With an ATS in place, you can see who applied for past jobs and how the hiring process progressed right from your dashboard. This cuts down time and effort spent looking for a replacement.
Clean Your Job Description
A year is a long time and often seasonal position functions change. Read the job description every year and make sure it lines up with what you need from the position. Add, change or edit your job description as needed. This is your advertisement to find the best applicants. Don’t ruin this opportunity with a bad job description thrown together at the last minute.
Schedules and Training
In planning for seasonal help, training is your best bet for success. Want a smooth transition to holiday help? Create a functional training program that teaches new team members what they need to know. Clearly outline duties and expectations. Communicate up front what you expect. Make sure the rest of your full-time staff is up to date and ready to help seasonal employees succeed in the busy season.
Take this as your friendly reminder to set yourself up for success. We all want to maximize the busy season, put the work in now and reap the rewards later!
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