If you work in retail, it happens from October through January. In health insurance, it usually happens as open enrollment season inches closer—usually from August through December. But whatever your industry, you may experience a season of the year when the workload is significantly heavier, if only for a limited time. During this period, you’ll need to supplement your staff. This can help you avoid overworking your full-timers while you maintain an even level of productivity and a consistent product or service. Here’s what you can do to be ready for seasonal hiring.

Best practices for hiring temporary seasonal staff

To stay ahead of the seasonal rush, follow these tips to get ready for your company’s temporary staffing needs:

  • Start early. It’s always in your best interest to be prepared. Take a look back to last season’s rush and begin to forecast your staffing needs a few months in advance of when it hits. This way, you’ll have adequate time to find and onboard the right seasonal workers.
  • Write accurate job descriptions. Yes, you’re only looking for temporary workers, but you still want to make sure you bring on the caliber of staff your business requires. To help facilitate the hiring process, be sure that job descriptions include all requirements, including education, skills, experience and any qualifications candidates will need for a successful job performance.
  • Pay close attention to attitude. When interviewing seasonal staff, you want employees who are flexible, positive and motivated, as well as fast learners. These qualities will help them through the intensity of your peak season.
  • Know where to look for staff. Depending on your industry, you might consider offering your part-timers a seasonal full-time role. Or, you may wish to work with recent college grads who are looking to build their job experience. Another great option is partnering with a staffing firm to help you find qualified temporary employees.
  • Dedicate onboarding resources. You can help improve efficiency and productivity with your seasonal staff if you take the time to make sure they’re adequately onboarded. To do this, you can assign a few members of your staff to work with temporary hires during their first week of employment, to help them understand and feel comfortable with their job roles.
  • Don’t skimp on usual hiring processes. Just because they’re temporary, you still want to be sure all workers in your company are treated the same by the human resources department. That means that all new workers must fill in the applicable new hire and tax forms, and be given information about your company’s policies and procedures.

Looking for a staffing partner?

Working with a recruiter for seasonal staff can help you find, hire and train new workers in less time than trying to accomplish this on your own. That’s because staffing firms are experts at what they do and have access to comprehensive databases of candidates. Your recruiter will be able to fit you with the workers you need, when you need them. And if you’re looking for employees in the fields of engineering, IT, Web development, marketing and clerical, McGrath Systems can help. To learn more about our available staffing services and all the ways we can help you supplement your workforce, contact McGrath Systems today!

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