Wrap up your Christmas staff needs NOW!
The hunt has begun in earnest to recruit seasonal staff for the oncoming Christmas rush – so don’t get left behind.
If there are three key bits of advice I can impart it’s this
- Plan your strategy
- Identify the roles and employees you need
- Use an agency to deliver your seasonal staff
Let’s look at these in more detail and the huge benefits to your business
Plan your strategy
This should be common sense give businesses have plans for almost everything – yet this one gets ignored until it’s the last minute and then there’s a rush to bring ‘someone’ in to do a role.
The dangers of ‘rush’ hires can be very costly to a business, even in temporary roles (see The cost of a bad hire), so you want to seriously avoid this.
Not sure what you need? Look at your order books for this quarter and do some historical research by comparing with the last three years. This should give you an idea of what staff numbers your business needs over the next three months to complete the orders.
Importantly, don’t put this off, do it NOW as your rivals have and there is a limited pool of talent.
Identify the roles and employees you need
With your strategy done you can start to assess exactly what gaps you need to fill in the existing workforce as well as the skillset required to perform those roles.
Again, precision is key here to ensuring you get the right people in the right roles at the first attempt as you can’t afford to make costly mistakes.
Having the right information ensures you can produce perfect job descriptions, which in turn should speed up the process of recruitment and securing the talent ahead of your rivals can only enhance your business.
Use an agency to deliver your seasonal staff
How much time do you have to sift through applications and conducting interview after interview when time is running out?
By employing an agency, you get the expertise needed hiring temporary and seasonal staff, without wasting time meaning you can focus on running your business and securing more orders.
An agency also has the advantages of already having candidates, who have gone through a rigorous process, enabling the agency to quickly identify those employees with the required skills.
In addition, an agency can manage the whole process for you, ensuring the best candidates for the job.
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