Strategies to hire better employees, whether in summer or year-round

07.10.2013


Hiring can be a tricky process, especially in the uncertain summer period, and it's difficult to make sure you hire the right employee for any given position. Having a strategy to ensure you'll find the perfect match, whether the position is full-time or temporary, can prevent frustration and wasted time.

Understanding the kind of employee you need for a specific situation is an important aspect of a well-prepared hiring process, according to Business Insider, as different workers have different requirements and needs; picking the wrong person can get you in trouble both in scheduling and planning.

Whether you need a part-time, contract, freelance, temporary or full-time worker, assess the situation and determine your best approach. In some cases, putting out job listings can net who you want. In others, turning to a temporary employment agency might be the right call for a job that's time-sensitive or has a specific length of time.

Different employees have different requirements, so clearly outlining what is expected at the outset of the staffing process can pay off in the long run. Part-time workers may be more flexible, while hiring a contractor may require a lengthy agreement of services. Setting clear rules for the beginning, end and possible extension of employment can let potential hires know exactly when and how long they'll be needed, meaning less time can be spent on employees unable to fulfill those requirements.

Classic and modern hiring methods
Job listings on employment websites are normally successful but they aren't always the best methods, as some looking to find a job prefer to use other resources. While the hunt for new employees shouldn't ignore the Internet, it isn't the only way to find an employee. Checking with current employees to get word of mouth out, sending representation to job fairs, and looking at non-traditional job listings can help find a diamond in the rough.

Trying less traditional websites, such as ones that cater to temporary employees, can also help, as can contacting a company that provides staffing services; they can do the work and provide you with the perfect worker.

Growth opportunities are always a plus
If there's potential for a temporary or part-time position to eventually develop into a more lasting one, emphasizing this throughout the hiring and training processes to potential employees can help attract more driven and active job-seekers to your company. Providing an incentive for great work not only will increase employees' productivity, but it will help boost office spirits when they know what they can earn.

Even if you know a position will only be temporary, creating a positive relationship with your employees can continue to pay off well. By assisting employees with guidance and assistance, they will come away from the experience with respect, and you'll know who to call when you, or a friend, has an opening.

Realism and incentives
Making sure your company's reputation and the expectations of the job are clear are important once you've brought an applicant into the interview process, according to Business 2 Community. Describing company culture, including the positive and negative aspects of the job they may want to know off the bat, will create a more realistic idea of what the experience will be like for any potential employee.

Additionally, offering employee incentives and training will help make sure your interested job-seekers will know they are appreciated. Many perks including paid time off, sick leave and insurance or retirement benefits are highly sought after, and being able to give these privileges will attract hard workers. As well, training is important, and will provide applicants with knowledge that they'll be prepared to start the job off well.

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