7 Ways to Get the Workers You Need When Everyone’s Back to School

It’s almost time for students to start trading in their time cards and name badges for textbooks and backpacks. That means businesses are about to lose a chunk of their summer workforce. The available workers not heading to school have more options to choose from than ever, and they’re able to access jobs from anywhere at any time with mobile apps like JobStack.

How do you plan on staffing your operations so you seamlessly move into the autumn with a full team? These recruiting insights can make a world of difference when working with your staffing partner to get the workers you need in time for fall:

  1. Be specific in your job postings

Instead of creating generic job ads with terms like “part-time help needed” or “now hiring temp workers,” call out specific needs such as the particular hours and shifts you need filled. When you include specific terms in the post, you’re likely to attract candidates that will fit your needs from the very start. Focus on details of the job description as well, as the more information about what type of work and expectations are required, the more attractive your job postings will be to potential workers.

  1. Step Up the Incentives

The majority of part-time and temporary workers may not receive the same benefits as full-time permanent staff, but when any benefit is available, it can be a strong attractor. Consider the benefits you’re able to offer: employee discounts? Flexibility? Protective personal equipment is provided? Do you provide additional professional training? Any of these can set your company apart from the rest – and the more you have to offer, the more attractive you’ll be to the best workers.

  1. Offer Actual Flexibility

Many jobs promise flexible schedules, but when it comes down to it, employees often have to fight for the flexibility touted in a job ad. Students, in particular, will be looking for employers who can work around their schedules and as the level of flexibility across all industries mounts, it’s ideal to offer flexible hours if possible. If you have access to a mobile app or online tool which allows you to place orders and workers to accept them on the go, you’ll open up opportunity for shifts at all times of the day to get covered. Students aren’t the only ones who might need some flex in their schedules; stay-at-home parents, retirees, or gig workers juggling a number of jobs can all benefit from a less rigid time table which means you’ll have access to a wider pool of talent.

  1. Reward Loyal Workers

Part-time workers generally find it easier to leave a job than a full-time employee since they’re not as rooted in the company, likely do not have many benefits, and might not feel the same culture fit as permanent workers. But if you have the same great workers coming back time and time again, it’s worth recognizing them for their hard work and involvement with the company. While they may not be full-time, you can give bonuses and awards for duration benchmarks or if there is potential for a full-time job offer, make this known. If your part-timers know that showing up is appreciated, they’re likely to invest more of themselves in you.

  1. Be as Transparent As Possible

While you might not be able to give workers insight into all your HR operations, giving them an understanding of the overall business health is important in getting – and keeping – the strongest temporary teammates. Many temp workers feel disposable, which isn’t a positive way for anyone to feel if you’d like them to be an asset to your company. Try and provide an honest, accurate sense of security and inform them of what they can expect from your company and what you require of them. When your temp workers are less worried about hours getting cut (and ultimately, their livelihoods) they’ll be more inclined to stay with an operation that gives them stability.

  1. Keep Up-to-Date on Scheduling

We know businesses don’t always know when they’ll need extra hands on deck or when operations might be overly busy (which is why PeopleReady helps staff quickly in all scenarios), but the more your workers know of their schedules, the better. Even if they’re only temporary workers, they’re still trying to plan their other jobs and lives around their shifts with you. If at all possible, post schedules and hours as early on as you can. The more you know about your team’s hours the better: you’ll find workers who consistently want to work more and find who can be a resource for help when you need them.

  1. Make Your Jobs Convenient

Job seekers are looking for shifts, hours, and gigs at all times of the day, all days of the week. So if you’re only accepting applications or hiring from 9-to-5, you’re probably missing out on a whole slew of candidates. Make finding your available positions easily and meet job seekers where they are: on their mobile phones and online. Even better is allowing workers to match with your jobs on the spot, which can be done through JobStack, and where you’ll get real-time updates on filled hours and new reports. A user-friendly process paired with a strong posting is the winning combination for quickly hiring the great workers your specific job requires.

About the Author

Anna Mischke is the Content Marketing Specialist for PeopleReady. Stories are what spark Anna and she's continually feeding her curiosity around the constant shifts in marketing, technology, and psychology - and their correlation with one another. Often, she's writing, feverishly reading, illustrating, or sneaking treats to her Scottish Fold kittens.

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