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Retailers aren't the only ones who benefit from the busy holiday season. Whether it's because of limited-time holiday menu items like peppermint shakes and hearty soups or busy schedules filled with shopping trips and family visits, QSRs see a bump during the holidays, too.
The influx in traffic means that operators need to boost their staff during the holiday season, but how do you make good holiday hires? And if you're planning to keep any seasonal hires into 2013, how do you decide who stays?
Holiday hiring 101
Snagajob's fifth annual holiday hiring survey showed that this season is poised to be strongest holiday job market for job seekers yet. Sixty-three percent of hiring managers said they were hiring this year and they are planning to hire almost 50 percent more seasonal employees than last year.
The stronger market for job seekers means more competition among employers for the best of the best. Employers start making holiday hires early — some as early as August — but others aren't ready to make the commitment until closer to the season. A later start doesn't necessarily mean that you won't find great people to fill your seasonal team. If you focus on attitude over experience, even employers who are late to the holiday hiring party can find good employees to help you capitalize on the busy season.
Attitude should trump experience when it comes to holiday hiring for three key reasons:
Previous experience may be at the top of your typical hiring checklist, but when you're making holiday hires, applicants' behavioral preferences and personalities determine how fast they will catch on and how happy they'll be on the job. And when you need seasonal help now — or maybe yesterday — how well the applicant will do the job should be more important than if he/she has done the job in the past.
Making the cut
Once you've made your seasonal hires and your team is hard at work, your work is done until after the holidays, right? Wrong. The holiday season can be a team-strengthening exercise if you take the opportunity to identify which seasonal employees are worth keeping after the season.
Follow these steps to pick the best additions to your team.
Even though you're not in retail, your restaurant stands to see more business in the next few months. Prepare for the added traffic by hiring a team of seasonal employees who naturally fit in your business so they can catch on quickly, hit the ground running and keep the inevitably hurried customers happy. Once your team is hard at work, look at the holiday season as a nearly a two-month, on-the-job interview that can help you decide which employees will help make 2013 especially jolly.
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