Finding, interviewing and staffing seasonal workers to manage the holiday rush is no easy feat, with HR professionals citing the holiday season as the most stressful of all recruiting periods, according to HR Dive. Not only do they have to plan months in advance, but they also might need to find more holiday workers last minute. Recruiters and HR representatives need an easy way to find both long-term seasonal staff and on-demand workers in one convenient place. Here are three reasons why using PeopleReady’s app, JobStack, eases your holiday staffing stress.
Prepare for unexpected holiday trends
Even before the pandemic, retailers faced staffing challenges around the holidays. Only 45% of retail hiring managers said they fully met seasonal hiring goals in 2019, according to a Kronos survey. And these staffing challenges aren’t unique to retail. Last-minute emergencies happen in all industries, from delayed shipments to an employee calling in sick to finding out that a truck of merchandise needs to be unloaded first thing in the morning.
Using JobStack makes it easy for you to request staff 24/7 from the convenience of your mobile device. Even outside of normal business hours, you have total control of your workforce management. Just log onto the app, request the workers you need, and have staff on site and ready to work the next morning.
Stay a step ahead of the competition
With labor shortages in many industries, many businesses are competing for the same pool of workers. The National Retail Federation estimates that businesses need between 475,000 to 575,000 seasonal workers to meet additional demand. Even in normal times the competition for the best talent is tough—and the pandemic has only made it stronger. Once businesses like yours start hiring for the holidays, you want the best staffing resources available to attract and retain the best workers.
You can meet job seekers where they are by posting your open positions on a staffing app. Most job seekers these days research jobs and submit applications on their phone. In fact, mobile applications making up 61% of all applications, according to a recent AppCast report. By using the right app, candidates will also be able to apply to your jobs in a few easy clicks. This will help you speed up the staffing process and stay ahead of the competition.
Manage your workforce in one centralized platform
Finding staff for your business is one thing; retaining them is another. Around a quarter of retail stores (27%) experienced higher mid-season turnover this year than last. Plus, there are the extra responsibilities related to holiday staffing. These might include managing everyone’s schedules, processing timesheets, and communicating with employees if a last-minute shift change occurs.
The right staffing app will have all these features and let you streamline your staffing management. During the holiday season—when your regular workforce is supplemented by many seasonal and on-demand workers—they will make it simple to keep track of your entire workforce.
Get access to holiday staff with JobStack
PeopleReady’s staffing app, JobStack, connects people with work 24/7. Using the app, you can post jobs, request and rate workers, and verify hours at any time of the day—all in one place. You’ll get immediate access to qualified workers, making it easier than ever to secure the workforce you need. This will help put you ahead of the competition when it’s time to start staffing up for the holidays.
Download JobStack today!