Summer brings warm weather, sunny days and summer hires. Students out of school for a few months are eager to work and businesses are eager to have them.
Be prepared for the rush of additional customers with an increased short-term workforce and be sure to follow these tips to ensure you’re covered from all angles:
• Decide if you need an employee or a contractor
• Recruit with social media
• Don't forget about insurance coverage
• Treat them like your regular employees
Worker classification is an incredibly important part of taking on any hired help. Depending on the type of business you run, you may have a choice between bringing in a regular employee or an independent contractor.
Increasingly, companies are using social media to find the best and brightest full-time talent; it can also be a great recruiting tool for employers who need seasonal help.
Carefully consider what insurance coverage you need and don't need, with advice from your insurance agent.
“Bringing someone new on is about training them and making sure they understand what's involved in the job” said Scott Humphrey, director of technical services at Travelers' risk control department. “Summer hires are usually college kids who are somewhat new to the workforce. They're eager to do a good job and get something done as quickly as possible, but as an employer, you want them to take their time and do it right. Supervise them and give them feedback about what to do and not do — the same way you would treat any employee.”
Making seasonal employees feel like part of the team may also help you get them back for the following summer, thereby adding overall efficiency, with decreased training time the next year.
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