3 Staffing Questions to Ask Yourself Before the Holiday Season

The holiday shopping season seems to start earlier each year. Here are three major holiday staffing questions to ask yourself before you staff for the season.

Retail experts at eMarketer project that holiday retail sales for 2021 will hit $1.093 trillion, a 2.7% increase from 2020. Your business will likely need to start preparing for the holiday rush earlier than ever, whether you run the store that sells goods, the manufacturer that produces them or the warehouse that stores and ships them. Here are three major holiday staffing questions to ask before you staff for the season.

Are the holidays my busiest season?

For many companies, the answer is yes. Whether you’re in retail, manufacturing, warehousing or other related industries, it may be difficult to grant time off during the holidays. This might make your existing staff frustrated when they want to spend time with family and friends.

It’s important to communicate to the entire team that working during the holidays is required. But to provide them added support, you can offer incentives such as higher pay for holiday work or offering extended time off after the seasonal rush. The use of seasonal staff can also help you meet rising production expectations and fill in staffing gaps when someone calls off unexpectedly.

How do I make a holiday staffing plan?

A majority of retailers (74%) say that consumers spread out their holiday shopping over several months, most commonly starting in October, according to a recent survey. Meanwhile, many retailers are also introducing holiday shopping promotions earlier in the year to maximize holiday sales. As you prepare to grow your staff to keep up with increased demands, a staffing plan can help you avoid common obstacles. These could include unplanned call-offs, leaves without notice, and office tensions when you have to decline time-off requests.

Ask your staff to schedule their vacation time now so you can prepare for their absences as soon as possible. As a result, your team has opportunities to use their hard-earned vacation—while your business ensures there’s enough staff to support your clients and customers. This is another reason why staffing with seasonal workers can help your business, allowing you to boost morale and keep business moving forward.

Where can I find seasonal employees?

Sourcing, interviewing and onboarding candidates is time-consuming for any business. That’s true whether you’re a retailer needing merchandising support or a manufacturer or warehouse needing e-commerce delivery solutions. The skills shortage in retail, warehousing and manufacturing makes this even more tricky. After all, you need to focus your time on other business responsibilities as well.

Partnering with a staffing agency can save you valuable time as you prepare for a busy holiday season, especially one that understands the labor pool in your city and industry. As a result, you’ll have access to workers with the right background, skills and qualifications. All you have to do is provide a job description and the agency does the rest. They take care of recruiting, interviewing and other staffing duties for you. This frees up valuable time for you to manage other business needs to prepare for the holiday rush.

PeopleReady connects you with holiday staffing solutions

PoepleReady helps you find qualified holiday workers, whether you need an on-demand worker for the next morning or a project-based worker who can commit to the job for months. With 600-plus branches across North America, our staffing experts can find you talented workers in your own community. Or you can use our mobile app, JobStack, to find workers 24/7 from your mobile device. Some of the roles we fill include:

  • Clerks and cashiers.
  • Merchandisers.
  • Store update assistants.
  • Assembly and production workers.
  • Shipping and receiving workers.
  • Stock and order associates.
  • Sorters.

Staff for the holidays with PeopleReady!

PeopleReady specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put more than 221,000 people to work in 2020.