3 Tips to Increase Seasonal Staff Productivity

February 06, 2019

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Temporary workers can play an important part in helping you achieve your overall business objectives—it’s one of the important things employers should know about hiring seasonal staff. Even though they are only employed on a contract basis, you want your short-term employees to hit the ground running and be productive during the term of their contract.

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Keep reading to discover three tips to increase the output of your seasonal staff.


1. Rehire Past Staff

Productivity levels typically increase when you hire workers who are already familiar with your processes and workplace. When you bring back former workers, you bring in people who already understand the role and have proven they have the work ethic to complete the job.

Seasonal workers look for extra work at cyclical times of the year, such as during the holidays or the summer season. Reconnect with employees and contractors who worked for you in the past and ask if they’d like to return for the season. These workers already understand the basics and can hit the ground running with little to no training.


2. Train and Onboard

Managers should take a few critical steps in a worker’s first week to ensure seasonal staff can produce quickly. Training and onboarding are crucial steps to take after hiring, regardless of how long employees work for your company.

A full onboarding process may not be necessary, but briefing temporary workers about key processes and procedures will help them integrate more quickly. It might be useful to have a short manual or booklet outlining your mission, vision, and values, which can be distributed to seasonal staff as part of the onboarding strategy geared specifically to short-term hires.

Reviewing key processes and procedures during the first week means temporary employees are more likely to correctly complete tasks from the beginning.

Show your seasonal staff the ropes and then get them out on the floor.


3. Create a Buddy System

While initial training can bring seasonal staff up to speed regarding the basics of the business, it can still leave gaps when it comes to small details not covered in training sessions. Implementing a buddy system gives them a point of contact to reach out to with questions.

This go-to person can answer questions and provide additional support, so your temporary worker can give their best performance. When your managers and team leaders are involved with this strategy and ready to implement it before your seasonal workers start work, you’ll discover this method contributes to a seamless onboarding process.

These tips will help you get the most out of your temporary hires and achieve your project goals.


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Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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