Naperville Business Lawyer on Hiring Seasonal Employees

seasonal, Naperville business law attorneyThanksgiving has come and gone which means that the Christmas shopping season has officially begun. For many companies—especially those in the retail sector—it is nearly impossible to keep up with customer demands without hiring additional staff.

As a business law attorney and a business owner, I know how difficult it can be to find and hire the right employees. It is often more challenging when your candidates know that their positions are likely to be temporary and that when the season is over, they will be looking for new jobs. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the recruitment and hiring process easier for yourself and your seasonal employees.

Start Early, Using Social Media and Word of Mouth

If you have not already started looking for seasonal help, you may be out of luck for this year. Finding the right people requires getting out in front of your competition. Your recruitment efforts should begin several weeks if not a couple of months before the holiday season begins. This gives you time to choose the best candidates and to have them trained to serve your customers properly when business picks up.

Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, offers employers the ability to seek help from the general public, but your current employees may be your best source of potential leads. Ask them if they know anyone who would be a good fit, and consider offering incentives for successful hires.

Treat Seasonal Staff Like Everyone Else

Nothing brings down staff morale like inequality. Your seasonal employees are an important part of your team, even if they are only with your company for a short time, and they deserve to be treated as such. If one of your seasonal employees does something worthy of recognition, be sure to acknowledge it. Of course, if one of them violates a company policy, do not ignore the issue because “he or she will be gone in a few weeks anyway.”

Include seasonal employees in any incentive programs you offer such as company discounts or sales contests. You should also invite them to any holiday celebrations that you choose to offer. Temporary workers who are happy will likely remain loyal customers after their employment ends and can become long-term referral sources for your business.

Look for Opportunities

While you may not have any intention of keeping your seasonal employees on after the holiday boom dies down, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that one or two of your temporary workers would make a good addition to your permanent staff. A good business owner takes advantage of opportunities wherever and whenever they arise. Be prepared to create a position or to find other creative solutions so that you can keep people who make your company better.

Call Us for Help

If you hire seasonal help around the winter holidays, you may encounter challenges with the recruitment, hiring, and termination processes. Contact an experienced Naperville business law attorney for guidance. Call The Gierach Law Firm at 630-756-1160 and get the help you need.

 

Sources:

Business News Daily

U.S. Small Business Administration