Tips for Hiring Extra Summer Warehouse Staff
Businesses with a summer rush should take cues from the established practices of holiday staffing. Start early, be as thorough as you would with full-time hiring, and plan on empowering your temp workers to succeed.
Tips for Seasonal Staffing
Industry mag Multichannel Merchant rounds up some warehouse tips for seasonal hiring that mesh well with long-term HR strategies:
- Start the hiring process at least a month before you need summer workers.
- Get cozy with your preferred temp agencies. Use them a little bit year-round if possible, to stay top of mind.
- Do contact previous seasonal workers. Many prefer contract work and will be available again.
- Offer incentives; promise to make some full-time staffing decisions based on productivity, not seniority.
- Show applicants the actual job to reduce the risk of hires changing their minds.
Success Tips for Using Summer Staff
Many warehouse tips for better summer staff performance are just common sense: offer a few dollars above minimum wage and commit to quality training. These investments pay off when your temp workers perform like regulars.
Once on board, make sure your seasonal workers have the tools they need to thrive. Automated materials handling equipment helps everybody in the warehouse, especially those who are less accustomed to the physical demands of warehouse work.
Workers using motorized warehouse equipment only need to know what tasks to perform — the battery-powered cart does the heavy lifting, so the workers can stay more focused and energetic over the course of their shifts.