Saturday, December 15, 2007

Help Needed

This article was written by Bern Lefson, SCORE Orange County Management Counselor

It’s that time of year when owners gear up for extra temporary help. Finding good help is always challenging. Here are some tried and true tips to make finding good help.

  • Hire only those people you would want all year round. If you wouldn't hire them for full time positions, don't consider them for temporary holiday help. Remember poor or incompetent service will not ring the cash register.
  • Use the message that gets you the help you need. Use words or terms that attract the serious applicant. Using words that attract those just looking for an extra buck is a mistake. Use your imagination to post eye-catching posters or fliers in places where your type of applicant will see them.
  • Recruit wherever you are. Put creative messages on back of business cards and give them out to everyone who provides you with good service. Don't forget to include your employees. When you hire someone referred by your employee, give a cash referral bonus or paid time off after the holiday rush has ended.
  • Hire with the longer view in mind. Good seasonal employees when treated well will be available when full time openings arise or for the next holiday season

Following these concepts will take the hassle out hiring employees.