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A Guide to Hiring in Your Peak Season

Seasonal fluctuations within the retail and manufacturing industries can leave organizations treading water trying to meet high demands. Hoping to successfully navigate the current? Implementing a temporary workforce can ensure your team adapts to the demands of your busy peak season.

Seasonal hiring is an essential practice for industries such as retail and manufacturing that ramp up to peak periods. Not only do temporary hires help organizations meet hard deadlines, they assist in filling personnel gaps for vacations, while reducing burnout and turnover of full time staff.

To help you capitalize on this seasonal solution, check out our guide to peak season hiring for retail and manufacturing.

Plan your training

Regardless of whether the seasonal support contract is for two days or two months, to enable the additional staff to fully contribute to your organization’s needs, it’s imperative that you provide sufficient training. This ensures that new hires feel welcome and valued, while also preparing them for the work ahead by giving you an opportunity to outline their roles and responsibilities. You may even consider implementing a mentorship program for seasonal associates with full-time staff to give them the support they need to find success in their position.

Be clear about expectations

Despite their “temporary” status, seasonal workers depend on an income to meet financial obligations and responsibilities of their own. Being straightforward about potential issues such as contract durations and benefits will help avoid disappointment in the long run, leading to a happier and more productive workforce.

Treat employees fairly

Though they may not be part of your team for long, they’re still part of your team! Encourage regular employees to reach out and mentor seasonal staff and include seasonal workers in any staff gatherings or team-building events. This will demonstrate to your temporary employees that they are valued, while building team camaraderie through your busy period. Plus, with the new “equal pay for equal work” regulations now in effect in Ontario, this is a good time to review your Employment Standards Handbook to ensure that you are properly compensating your seasonal workforce.

Stay connected

The end of the season doesn’t have to mean goodbye forever. Make sure to gather the contact information of your seasonal workforce, discuss availability and keep them posted about your peak periods. Not only are they trained employees ready for the next seasonal fluctuation, but they can create a strong candidate pool for your next permanent hire — saving you time, effort and financial resources in the long run.

Seasonal staff may be temporary, but it’s still your responsibility to train, support and encourage temporary workers while under your management. By following these pointers, you’ll be on your way to your most successful peak season yet.

 

Let Adecco manage your seasonal hiring for you! With the world’s largest network of candidates at our fingertips and experience meeting the tightest of deadlines, we’ll ensure your organization exceeds your peak season goals! Contact your local branch today to get started.

 

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Why a Job in Retail Should be Your Next Career Move

With the plethora of career prospects, retail seems to get a bad rap.

General consensus seems to be that a job in retail equates to terrible hours and waiting on challenging customers. It’s just not the case. A career in retail may just be one of the most rewarding careers you can chose!

Flexibility

Not a morning person? Who is! This isn’t your average 9-5 … and that can work to your advantage! One of the greatest benefits a career in retail offers is the flexibility to work around your life and priorities. Be it juggling childcare, education, or appointments, you’re able to choose from a variety of shifts and hours that fit YOUR schedule. Even if you’re looking to make some extra cash for that trip, or off-set holiday season expenses, part-time and seasonal opportunities allow you to do just that. Plus, you no longer have to waste vacation days on doctor’s appointments, or cramming chores into your weekends.

Variety

No day is the same. One day you could be learning a new product and the next day, advising customers. A career in retail means you’re hardly ever tied to a routine. Love meeting new people? You’ll meet tons! Engaging with customers and helping them find the right product to meet their needs is just one of the aspects that make this job so rewarding.

Get paid to work out

Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, lumbar sprains and strains, and, disc injuries are just a few of the potential injuries from sitting at a desk 40-hours a week.[1] A retail job actually benefits your health! From constant moving to stocking merchandise, this career option offers a total body work out —allowing you to save on a gym membership. So, tie up those sneakers and watch your step count soar!

Discounts, discounts, discounts!

One of the most recognized perks of a career in this space is the discount you receive on the company’s products. Retailers make sure their staff is knowledgeable about their merchandise and brand. Be it clothes, electronics, or coffee, there is no arguing the benefits of an employee discount! With the holidays vastly approaching, who can deny a rebate on gifts?

Advancement opportunities

Companies love to promote from within. Especially in Retail. Nobody knows a product better than the people selling it, which is why this type of career is the best way to get your foot in the door! With a wide array of positions to develop into, such as, merchandising, store management, and, positions at head office, a career in retail may be the first step in landing your dream job.

And the number one reason…

Transferable skills

The transferable skills gained from a career (short or long) in retail are endless!
From problem solving and multi-tasking, to professional interaction and conflict resolution, the skills learned from your retail experience will benefit the rest of your personal and professional life. You learn amazing interpersonal skills and how to work under pressure. All skills that will be attractive to future employers!

Ready to begin your career in retail? Adecco has you covered! We have daily opportunities available with reputable companies such as Nespresso. Contact your local Adecco branch to learn how to jump start your career and start reaping the benefits!

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[1] Advanced Chiropractic – Common Computer Related Injuries
http://www.advancechiro.on.ca/common-computer-related-injuries/