THE NAUGHTY NINE WAYS TO TREAT SEASONAL WORKERS
However, you may not like what you find.
We asked hourly workers on Facebook why they would avoid applying to or taking the same job as last year. We received about 10,000 impressions and responses that clued us in to the things seasonal workers can’t stand. Then we scoured the Web for additional reasons why seasonal workers might not want to have anything to do with their former employers. (As usual, some of our favorite minds on the subject of hourly hiring including Jim Sullivan and Mel Kleiman had something to offer.)
Straight from those in the know, here’s this seasonal hiring period’s most important numbered list for employers. If you want to be bad this year, do one or more of these things.
The Naughty Nine Ways to Treat Seasonal Workers
9. Be slow to call them after they apply.
8. Don’t ask how the job went for them before they leave for the season.
7. Show them no appreciation.
6. Don’t try to stay in touch regarding potential part- or full-time jobs.
5. Make them answer the dreaded question. (Cue the spooky music…What’s your desired pay rate?)
4. Show zero respect and don’t give advanced warning when it comes to scheduling.
3. Don’t train them properly.
2. Give them really boring work to do and no feedback on how they’re doing.
1. Assign them a bad manager.
If you’ve been guilty in the past of some (or all) of the things on this list, you may want to consider trying to make the Nice list this year. And therefore next year the holidays will come early for you, as they say, when all your favorite seasonal employees return.
If you choose to stick to Scrooge-like holiday hiring tactics, don’t be surprised when all your best seasonal employees write you off and go elsewhere for holiday cheer.