Seasonal Work Requires Full-Time Effort

Its fall, which means many people are starting to think about seasonal shopping—from now until the end of the year there are several major holidays and reasons to celebrate. Holidays aren’t the only time your business may see a spike in revenue and customer attention, but they are a reason to think about insurance issues you may not have considered at other times throughout the year. Like how you handle the influx of traffic by hiring more employees—seasonal employees in particular.

Seasonal employees are the ideal way to handle seasonal peaks. Even though you invest in training a new seasonal employee, seasonal employees can save businesses more time and money than a full-time, year-round employee. Often, slow periods during the year cannot justify the monthly expense of a full-time employee.

Industries benefiting most from seasonal employees are usually those in retail, entertainment, food, or hospitality. It is common for stores to see peak sales around the holidays while restaurants and hotels see their business increase during the summer and around common vacation times ruled by the customer’s schedule.

Tips for Seasonal Hiring

  • Seasonal employees are often used to handle peak periods over additional full-time staff because they don’t qualify for benefits, saving your business money. However, don’t skimp on the wages. A seasonal employee can handle the tasks and hours of a full-time employee, so wages should be equivalent. Also, you can encourage the same seasonal hires to return each busy period by paying them fairly—reducing the effort and money that goes into training green hires every seasonal peak.
  • Businesses can save themselves more hassle if they consider using a temp agency—one that will review and vet potential candidates prior to scheduling an interview, so you know the person across from you will be more likely suited for the job.
  • Speak with your HR or accounting to determine which label—contractor or employee—will be best suited for the seasonal work you a hiring for.
  • Look for prospective hires with a schedule opposite of your busy period. If you get busy around the holiday or summertime, you need seasonal employees who will be free during this time and to have more availability to pick up shifts when you are busiest.
Keep in mind that even though an employee is only a seasonal hire they are representing your company during that time. So be sure to properly vet and train all incoming talent to get the job you need done correctly.

Don’t forget to speak with your insurance agent to discuss any necessary changes to your business owner’s policy—like adjusting your worker’s comp insurance or increasing your property liability to cover the increase of people on your premises.

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