Holiday Hiring: Plan Ahead to Beat Your Competition

It’s that time of year again for employers (and the temporary employment agencies they rely on). Everyone is suddenly knee-deep in holiday hiring. That includes tackling the annual challenge of finding, training, and retaining a seasonal workforce for the hectic holiday season. 

About 500,000 workers will be added during November alone. We’ll be busy helping to fill some of those spots, so get your orders in! 

Lon Matejczyk
Lon Matejczyk

As we all know, the holiday season, from Halloween to end-of-year sales, is a critical time of year for restaurants, hotels and others in the hospitality sector. 

The troubling news is that while two-thirds of Americans ages 16 to 34 intend to search for temporary work this holiday season, restaurants won’t be the first places they look. 

According to Restaurant Business, seasonal applicants would prefer to be hired by a retail store rather than a foodservice establishment, 25% vs. 16%. 

So, how can you do a better job of holding onto the employees we send your way? 

Here are two key things to think about: 

  • Scheduling flexibility. The best kind of seasonal staff to hire are those whose schedules are open and available to suit changing staffing needs. We work with your HR department to ensure that seasonal hires understand expectations and are available on evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed. Doing so helps to reduce call-ins and unexpected losses caused by seasonal hires who don’t fully understand the commitment of working in, say, a busy hotel or restaurant. In short, we can make sure no one – not you, and not the employee — is surprised. 

  • Bonus them. Employers competing for help during the holiday season increasingly are adding perks or bonuses to their compensation. United Parcel Service, for example, offers hiring bonuses up to an extra $200 a week, depending upon the location. Job candidates are choosier than ever nowadays, so this can only help.

The full holiday picture — and its impact on hiring — won’t be clear for months. However, a recent Deloitte report predicted holiday sales numbers could see a 5% bump year over year, so we could be in a for a merry Christmas, indeed – as long as you have the help you need. 

By the way, just in case you’re wondering why you should turn to a firm like Apprentice Personnel this holiday season, consider this: 

No more posting job ads, sifting through resumes, taking phone calls, conducting endless interviews and all the rest. We handle all of the logistics, allowing you to focus on what you do best: handling the real job of running your business during an incredibly busy and stressful time for most. 

Happy holidays, everyone!