Now is the time of year when many businesses will be hiring seasonal workers. During this busy season, it’s important to make sure you are hiring the right people. Let me leave you some tips for hiring seasonal workers:

  1. Consider hiring former employees – If you know of any former employees who are currently unemployed or now retired, it may be worth contacting them to see if they would like to make some extra money. This should greatly reduce the time you’ll have to spend on training and they may be able to help train other seasonal workers. It’s also nice to have a familiar face around who has already proven to be trustworthy.
  2. Offer adequate training – It’s difficult to offer adequate training in a short amount of time, but it is critical to the success of your business. New employees who haven’t been trained properly may actually hurt your business instead of helping it. And, most accidents tend to happen within the first 90 days of employment, so adequate training is especially important if the job includes operating dangerous equipment.
  3. Carefully evaluate how many temporary workers you will need – It’s important to consider how many extra people you will need in each area of your business and how it will increase your costs before you start hiring. Be sure to consider the increase in payroll taxes and overhead costs as well as the increase in wages.
  4. Offer competitive pay – You will most likely end up with people who are more productive and offer better customer service  which equates to more revenue for you.
  5. Make sure temporary workers know they are being considered for more permanent employment in the future – You will get better work out of them and you will have some potential candidates in mind when you are looking to hire for a permanent position.
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