Hiring part time workers is a strategic option for any company that is looking for a way to save money. Some people used to think that when a company decides to hire a part time worker, it is trying to get away from the usual employee-employer relationship that comes with health insurance, bonus salaries and other benefits. Businesses in industries such as hotels, restaurants, and retail shops hire part-time workers as an exercise that is necessary to make sure that the business gets what it needs at the right time.
For instance, most hotels have what they call “peak season” or the part of the year when people are most likely to crowd up. Peak seasons are usually during summer, spring break and holidays. Restaurants also have their busiest times during lunch and dinner while retail shops often get congested with shoppers during weekends. These are times when the business needs more people than what it usually has on normal times and days. These are the times when the business needs the assistance of several part time workers.
Now, if your business falls under these categories, you may need to hire part time workers. The question is, how do you do that? Hiring part time workers need not be too meticulous as hiring full time workers. However, a worker is still a worker. That is, he or she still needs the proper training, skills, and dedication to be a part of your business. Here are some helpful tips on how you can systematically hire part time workers for your hotel, restaurant, or retail business.
1. Determine your needs. How many part time workers does your business need? How many part time workers can your budget handle? This is the part when you set your goals.
2. Know who your prospects are. Are you looking to hire students? Students often have the most flexible time. Other options you may have are retirees and mothers who are looking for extra cash for a few hours of work.
3. Advertise your work. In your advertisement, indicate the nature of your business as well as what you are looking for in your workers. Put up your ads at least four weeks in advance at local supermarkets, schools (if you are okay with students working for you), and retirement associations. This amount of time should be enough to give proper training to part time workers prior to the peak season.
4. Read through the applicants resume. Does the applicant have what it takes to cover an eight hour shift on Saturdays and Sundays based on his or her schedule? Does the applicant know the meaning of customer service? Does he or she have prior experience in sales and marketing? Your applicant’s resume matters at this point so scan it cautiously before you call an applicant in for an interview.
5. Interview your applicants. Most part time workers don’t have job experience related to your business. That is because they are students, retirees who worked for years in a different industry, or mothers who have never worked before but needed some extra cash. However, this doesn’t mean that they are incapable. Ask your interviewees about their skills, if they are open to learning, and if they are willing to undergo training. Ask them for character references as well.
6. Check out their background. Once you shortlist the applicants based on the interview, it’s now time to check their attitude towards work as well as their priorities as viewed by the people who know them. Make a brief background check of your prospects by speaking with the character references they have provided you.
7. Hire. When you are done with this process, it’s time for you to make the choice on who among your applicants are suitable for the job. Provide each newly hired with a description of their job, their salary (ask also if they can work under this salary) and benefits (if any), their schedule, and of course, a brief background about the business.
8. Train. When you have finally hired the right person or persons to work on the busiest times of your business, you have the duty of training them. Teach them what they need to know, what they should do in every situation, what the company goals are, and how the company believes they can reach these goals.
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