So, you might be sick of the idea of older and wiser. Or, “you’ll understand when you’re older”. Or. . .well, fill in your favorite “experience matters” cliché. But. Well, the truth is, more experienced workers can be a really valuable asset to your team. So consider why you should hire older workers to help grow your business.
In our post on being a seasonal worker during the holidays, we made a strong argument for why now is a good time to start considering seasonal work if you are in the job market (or not, but open to some extra cash). And if you’re on the other side of the hiring desk? Here’s how to hire seasonal workers for the holidays and still keep the happy in your happy holidays.
Tips if You Plan to Hire Seasonal Workers for the Holidays
We know, we know. Everyone is always touting what’s the next best set of apps for small businesses. But that doesn’t mean that some aren’t worth checking out. You only need a couple of great ones to change your life (well, ok, at least your business day).
Here are some apps for small businesses that we recommend:
Even though there has been an enormous uptick in remote arrangements, home offices and other flexible work plans, most people still spend a lot of their 9 to 5 in a setting planned by someone else. The good news is, companies can update the office space in ways that can truly impact employee satisfaction and productivity, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.
There’s something that just sounds cool about being an entrepreneur. It conjures up visions of making your own hours, answering to no one but yourself, following a passion, and making a great fortune. And technically, all of that can be true if you start your own business. But most people know it’s a long road from an idea on a napkin to world domination (if that’s your kind of thing).
Here are things to consider before you start your own business:
You're sitting across the interview table from a prospective candidate. Their resume is in your hand. You have a notebook of questions to ask and a pen ready to record their responses. As you begin the conversation, you find that they are witty, well-read, and an extensive traveler, as are you.
Like your business partner, they enjoy Italian reds and domestic beer. The company softball team needs a new pitcher and they played varsity in high school. This person begins to evolve into more than your next supply manager. They just make sense. They’re the right. . . cultural fit. Hiring them is a no-brainer.
Or is it?
If you are new to the hiring process, or a veteran looking to improve your vetting skills, read on. We have a few unusual hiring tips that you may not have thought of.
Most of those who hire regularly have gotten good at spotting red flags like gaps on resumes, or noting bad communication skills during the interview. But these extra efforts could be incredibly helpful in really learning all you can about your candidate.
It’s always exciting to meet potential hires. It means the company is growing, actively searching for new talent, and people are interested in becoming part of the team. And in most cases, you are going to be spending a lot of time with these people so it’s an important new relationship. But what if you should pass on a candidate?
Certainly some interviews go so poorly that it’s a no-brainer that the person is not going to work out. But sometimes, there are equally compelling parts and things that give you pause.
Here are signs that you should pass on a candidate:
As the economy continues to recover from the dark days of the recession, there is still a lot of discussion about how to hire the best people, the trends among Millennials and unemployment and job search advice. But that doesn’t mean that people don’t have choices. So what do you do if employees are leaving? You need to take a hard look at your company and the dynamics that could be accidentally driving away your talent.
Consider the following if employees are leaving your company:
We get it. The workday seems to be getting more and more hectic. Checking your email, sitting on conference calls, creating presentations and meeting deadlines can quickly overwhelm. But one way to keep calm and carry on is to keep your desk neat and office space tidy.
Despite recent reports that a messy desk can support creativity, it’s fairly limited to the idea of keeping files accessible, not a desk full of post-its and pictures.