How to Staff Up For Your Busy Season

The days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder and for many companies the busy season is approaching.

Before your business hits its annual peak, you’ll need to plan your hiring accordingly to make the most of the busy season. Read below for our expert tips:

Look ahead

You don’t want to get into the middle of your busy season and realize that an essential staff member is scheduled to go on vacation. Sitting down to comb through the schedules of all your key functions can stop this type of thing from happening. Look at your budget, scheduled projects, orders, inventory levels and employees’ schedules.

Plan for anything that might go wrong, such as an employee quitting or being fired. Expecting the unexpected can save you from a massive headache or even financial disaster.

Leverage data

Use data on past busy seasons to help you with forecasting. By gathering and assessing historical data, you should be able to clearly determine when the season normally hits, in addition to its effect on revenue and staffing needs.

Talk to employees

Employees are what determine the success or failure of a business, and it’s important to ensure they are ready and set up for success. To start getting your employees in the busy-season frame of mind, set up a meeting and ask what issues they anticipate for the upcoming influx of business to figure out what would help them be more efficient. This chat will not only help you figure out ways to support your staff, it will show a thoughtfulness that your employees will appreciate.

Consider your competition

It’s always a good idea to remain one step ahead of your competition, and it can be a particularly good idea ahead of your busy season. Do a little research and figure out if anyone is launching a new initiative that could provide them with a competitive advantage. Think about adjusting your hiring strategy to give your business the best prospects to get ahead.

At Labor Temps, we provide our clients with the best staffing solutions for their respective busy seasons. Please contact us today to find out how we can help your company.