Though it may be hard to believe, the holiday season is almost upon us. Many retailers have begun getting their winter product in, and surprisingly some consumers do begin their holiday shopping as early as October. As a retail business owner or manager, you likely know that you’re going to need some extra help during the holiday season. There is no better time to start hiring than now!
Here are some tips for hiring seasonal workers for your Orlando Retail Business:
Avoid the Holiday Rush. Many companies wait until November to post openings and seek out top talent. But by starting now, you are giving yourself extra time to train new employees and reach more qualified candidates before other seasonal employers have touched them. Additionally, you’ll be avoiding an ambush by the high volume of job seekers that apply in November.
Seek Out Pleasant Personalities. When you are interviewing candidates, keep in mind that they will likely have to deal with irate and annoyed holiday shoppers on occasion who expect stellar customer service. Candidates will need the ability to stay calm and professional in these situations. Asking behavioral interview questions will help you determine how a person tends to react in stressful situations.
Consider College Students and Retirees. College students who are home for winter break or even staying on campus have a lot of extra time and typically have a lot of energy, making them an ideal candidate for the holiday season. Retirees are also a great choice since often they are looking for something to fill their time so they truly want to be there.
Check References. This is in the best interest of your company. Seasonal employees will have just as much access as regular employees to your business, and you want to make sure your candidates are trustworthy.
Don’t Think of Them as Temporary Employees. The impression that these employees give outsiders of your brand is not temporary. You should expect the same behaviors from your seasonal employees as you do your regular workers. You also never know which of these employees you’ll want to bring on full-time later.
Another important factor to remember is that your Orlando business is at risk for the same liabilities and losses with seasonal employees as it would be with regular employees. At Newman Crane, we have Orlando retail business insurance plans to protect your retail operation from a number of potential losses, including liability and property damage. Call our office today for more information at 877.874.4673.