Tips for Hiring Seasonal Holiday Help

The holiday season has arrived! This festive time of year usually means increased activity in stores as shoppers get holiday gifts and prepare for holiday parties aplenty.

Just like some businesses see a boost in business in the summer, others can expect to see a spike during the holidays. Not wanting to be short-staffed during busy times, U.S. retailers will hire nearly 700,000 seasonal workers this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Are you one of them?

If you’ll be hiring some extra hands to help your business through the holiday rush, it is critical to use the same vetting and risk management processes as you do when hiring full time employees to help protect your business. Though your seasonal employees will be temporary, they could leave a lasting impression on your business in both good ways and bad. Preparing your new employees and your business will help you manage risk this holiday season.

Follow these steps to help integrate your seasonal help into your business and keep risk at bay:

Vet them similarly to your full-time employees. While it may seem like a waste to spend time and money checking in on your seasonal employees who will only be working for a short time, it is important to know who you’re hiring, as they will likely have similar access to your inventory, customer information and workspace as your full-time, regular employees.

Train them well. In the craziness of the holiday season rush, don’t forget to makes sure you put time into into properly training your seasonal staff. A mistake by a temporary employee could end up costing your business, so eliminate costly errors by making sure you invest in training your seasonal help well.

Make sure you understand hiring laws around seasonal employees. Sure, your seasonal help may only be temporary, but they could qualify for certain benefits, just like your full time employees. Make sure you’re up-to-date on what you’re required to provide for all of your hires.

Update your insurance policies. As your business changes and grows, it is important to keep your commercial insurance policies updated. With more staff, you’ll want to look at your liability limits, as well as your worker’s comp policy. Give your agent a call to review any changes you’ve made at your company recently.

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