How Do I Hire a Temporary Employee?

Spring is here and many seasonal businesses are beginning preparations for their busy season.

For many, this includes hiring temporary seasonal staff to help handle the surplus of business in the warmer months. As an employer, you are used to hiring employees for full-time positions, but is there anything different when it comes to hiring temporary staff?

The process of hiring temporary employees is almost identical to the one of hiring full-time employees. From posting the position on a hiring site to interviewing and vetting during the selection process, you will follow similar procedures to ensure that they are the right fit for your business. The biggest difference comes when creating the job posting. It is important to clearly state that this position is only temporary. And better yet, if you know how long the term will be, outline what the timeline will look like for their employment. This is something that should be reiterated during the interview process. Remaining transparent throughout the entirety of the hiring experience and their time being employed is crucial.

When it comes to hiring a temporary employee, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Evaluate your needs.

If you are hiring a temporary employee, odds are you have a specific roll for them to fill in mind. Whether it is extra help at the front counter during your busy season or another set of hands packaging products, figuring out exactly what you need will make the recruiting process easier for everyone involved.

Be specific.

Once you know what you are looking for, be sure to clearly outline the desired abilities in the job description. This is also important when it comes to the terms of employment. If you know that the help is only needed June through August, make sure to put a start and end date in the description.

Streamline onboarding.

Once you have hired a temporary employee, it is now time to get them up to speed and ready to start work. Since their position is only temporary, there is a limited amount of time that you have to train them to make sure that they can be truly helpful when you need them. Streamlining your onboarding process will help them get situated quickly and smoothly; saving you time, energy, and money. It’s times like these where a formal Employee Handbook and detailed, written-out training process is beneficial.

If you are struggling to hire temporary employees, are unsure if they are the right fit for your business’s needs, or think you could benefit from a more streamlined HR Onboarding solution, contact an Abacus Payroll advisor today!

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