HubbaU: Everything You Need to Know About Hiring Seasonal Employees

As Hubba’s resident retail expert, I get asked a ton of questions by Hubba brands. While many of these can be covered in a quick blog post, sometimes that just doesn’t cut it.

That’s where HubbaU comes in! There, you can find a collection of in-depth video courses that cover everything you’ve ever needed to know about growing a small business. Tap into years of industry insider experience with lessons on subjects from marketing, to logistics and finance.

 

Many small businesses like yours turn to hiring seasonal employees in order to get the work done during their busiest time of the year. In this HubbaU lesson, Steph Little, our very own Manager of Talent, reviews a few crucial points on hiring your first seasonal employee! Here’s a taste of what to expect from the full lesson.

 

Planning Ahead

Before you begin looking for the perfect person to help you during your seasonal rush, you want to plan ahead.

Have a look at last year’s financial situation. This is going to cost your company hard-earned money, so make sure to base your estimates on real numbers. If you’re strapped, consider asking your current staff if they would like to work over-time.

Hiring an employee isn’t a quick task. There will be a time gap in production while you’re recruiting (finding the right person), and then another while you’re onboarding (training them).

PRO TIP: Get the most value from your new hire by taking a look at secondary skills. It’s an opportunity to fill knowledge gaps in your organization! (For more Pro Tips, check out the full HubbaU lesson here).

 

Legal Obligations

Check in with the Department of Labor to make sure you’ve got everything you need. They’ll give you all the nitty gritty details, but it’s going to be things like legally registering as an employer, getting a payroll system setup, and hooking yourself up with mandatory liability insurance.

There are some strict penalties when you don’t get these ducks in a row, so you’re going to want to get this right. If it all sounds a bit scary, don’t worry… there are third party agencies that handle recruiting for you so you can bypass this tricky business.

 

Recruiting

An agency is likely your best bet for finding new employees, but you should still get to know the candidates before hiring. You don’t want your product to suffer.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • How are you going to compensate them fairly and legally?
  • Are you sure they have the skills you need?
  • Do you have a clear description of what’s required?
  • What if they don’t meet your standards for output or quality?

If you’re going to give recruiting a try yourself, Steph’s got another handy list of things to keep in mind for HubbaU subscribers.

 

Onboarding

There are a few things to review with your new employee when they come in for their first day on the job!

Your company mission, vision, values and voice are important for your new employee to understand. You want people who, like you, are passionate about what you’re creating together.

This is also the time to go over any safety information, employment details, and tools your new hire may need for the job. Be sure to provide a resource (probably you) for them to ask any questions about the work as they get settled.

RetailPhil

RetailPhil

As the Retail Industry Manager at Hubba, Phil is responsible for uncovering both emerging trends and insights that may impact businesses engaged in commerce. With 20 years of experience under his belt, Phil helps brands and retailers adapt to the the new realities of retail and the next generation of commerce. Phil is a frequent speaker at industry events in Canada and the US, across multiple verticals, and is a featured writer in trade publications such Retail TouchPoints, Pet Product News, BikeBiz, and more.
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