How to Manage Holiday Hiring Peaks

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The winter holidays are underway, which means that Texas companies are reaching out for the seasonal staff they need. Managing the seasonal hiring load can seem daunting. With the help of an experienced staffing partner, however, you can find the people you need and bring them up to speed more quickly. Here’s how:

Review your notes from last year’s seasonal hiring.

Who did you bring in to help during the last winter holiday rush? How well did these temporary staff members perform? Did you have all the people and skill sets needed? How much bigger do you anticipate the rush will be this year – and how many additional staff will you need to cover it?

Review your notes from last year. Pay attention both to what worked well and what needs improvement. Use this review as the basis for your conversation with your staffing partner. The more information you can provide, the better your recruiter can help you meet this year’s needs.

Reach out now to recruit your top temp staff from prior years.

You may remember one or more seasonal staff members who did outstanding work and whom you would love to hire again. Reach out to these individuals now, or speak to your recruiter about doing so. Good temp staff often find themselves in high demand during the holiday season, so make the first offer to increase your chances of landing the top talent.

Talk to your recruiter about onboarding.

Onboarding temporary staff can make or break seasonal success. An inefficient, confusing, or disorganized onboarding program wastes time bringing your new staff up to speed. It also risks producing staff who don’t really understand their role or how to perform it well. An efficient and thorough onboarding, by contrast, produces staff who know their jobs and can do them well.

Your staffing partner can help you begin the onboarding process even before a worker’s first day on the job. Your staffing firm can also help you create an onboarding procedure that brings new staff up to speed quickly, but without sacrificing quality.

At Burnett’s Staffing, our recruiters can help you ensure you have the people you need to make this the happiest – and most profitable – holiday season ever. Contact us today to learn more about our Dallas-Fort Worth staffing services.

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