Turnover can be incredibly costly for your business. Hiring and training takes time and money – replacing entry-level employees can cost as much as half of their annual salary. For skilled professionals, that number can skyrocket multiple times.
If you can anticipate annual fluctuations in your hiring need, you’ll help your company spare some of those costs. If you are looking for a partner in the staffing space to help your growing business in Idaho or Utah, trust your staffing partners at Extreme Staffing and Payroll. Here’s how you can prepare your business for seasonal sales changes.
Find Your Target Number of Employees
If you can review the data and determine how many employees your company has needed in the past, you can probably get an idea of your ideal mix of permanent and seasonal staff. If you hire too many temporary employees, you risk discouraging your full-time team. If you hire too few, your employees will be swamped and overworked. With this in mind, you need to find the perfect balance of staff so no one becomes so frustrated they quit.
Specialize Employee Roles
As your seasonal demand starts to dip, give your permanent employees valuable, specialized jobs. If they’re not doing meaningful work, they might feel like quitting, but important tasks make them feel responsible and like they’re adding value to the company. Try to assign responsibilities that match their skill sets and give them the best experience possible.
Communicate Expectations to Your Employees
When employees are truly engaged in their work, they’re more satisfied, less likely to quit and turn in a higher quality of work than someone who’s just going through the motions. Make sure everyone is crystal clear on their job responsibilities and what is expected of them. Then, check in with individuals regularly to offer and receive feedback. When you ask for their opinions and perspectives, they’ll feel respected and are more likely to stay with your company. Seasonal hires may also be more likely to return to you in the future.
Promote Professional Growth
Train all your employees well. Everyone should understand what their roles are and what they need to do to be successful. In addition to orientation when they’re first hired, offer additional opportunities as well. They can be as simple as classroom-style training sessions you facilitate or training courses you find online. If you have the means and the opportunity to send them to seminars and workshops, those are great, too. Not only are you helping them expand your skills, you’re demonstrating you see their potential and are willing to invest in their professional growth.
Use a Staffing Company
Managing seasonal staffing needs effectively means you don’t want to waste a lot of time sifting through resumes and scheduling interviews. A staffing company can help you access a pool of very qualified candidates for whatever your needs are: permanent or seasonal, skilled or entry-level. Contact Extreme Staffing and Payroll today to come up with a strategy to address your staffing needs – no matter what time of year!