Hiring the right employees to power your company is critical for its success. But seasonal employees and short-term contracts are often inevitable, depending on your company’s needs or the type of workers you’re able to recruit. Such fluctuations can be challenging to any business—hiring new employees is expensive, unfamiliar faces can be stressful for your full-time employees, and varying payroll and cash-flow numbers can be difficult for accounting.
But, when you manage your expectations, help your staff to anticipate change, and prepare your company to handle labor laws and ride out fluctuating financials, you can avoid the stress of seasonal workforce changes.
Action Item #1: Manage expectations
The key is to manage your expectations for these employees. Be clear about the duration of their employment and be prepared to handles legal regulations regarding full-time versus temporary employment and minimum wage issues.
Temporary employees should be given clear, easy-to-learn tasks and responsibilities, not something that will take months to master. And the rest of your staff should also understand the how each person’s role is delineated, so that there are no overlaps and gaps.
Action Item #2: Stay in touch with seasonal employees
When you find good workers, whether they’re college students or ski instructors looking for extra cash in the summer, be proactive about contacting them. Know whether they anticipate looking for a job next season and if possible, hire them again! This way you can avoid hiring gaps and wasting valuable time training someone who is totally new to your business.
Action Item #3 : Make seasonal positions more attractive
If you can, offer flexible schedules, training programs, competitive pay, and even advancement opportunities to secure the best employees. And try to streamline the application process, minimizing red tape and obstacle for the new hires when possible.
When you post available jobs, stress the transferrable skills—time management, communication, organization—that workers will gain with your company to make it more appealing.
Action Item #4: Stay on Top of Changing Labor laws
Be aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which regulates minimum wage and overtime requirements for seasonal employees. Those workers are also covered by both state and local employment laws regarding discrimination, workplace safety, and harassment. If your company doesn’t adhere to these guidelines, you risk facing fines.
Seasonal employees can add tremendous value to your company, and as long as you’re prepared to handle the sudden bump in payroll and make sure all the roles and responsibilities are consistently covered, this can be a great way to help grow your company.
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