October 27, 2017 at 9:11 am #7901
Online contractor publication, IE3, has published an article on three ways of dealing with business resources being drained during the busy heating season.
The article focuses on three ways to deal with this—hiring seasonal staff, signing on outside contractors, or assigning overtime to current staff—and the pros and cons of each option.
In regards to hiring seasonal staff, the article emphasises that some businesses may not have a choice but to take on additional staff during the busy season. The article also emphasises that businesses would have to consider the cost of advertising and hiring new staff, as well as the loss productivity due to the learning curve they would inevitably be on by being new. However as a pro, the article emphasises that staff hired for seasonal work tend to be more flexible regarding their work hours than regular staff.
In regards to signing on outside contractors, the article emphasises that this may be the best solution out of the three as outside contractors would understand that their employment would be limited, therefore employers are able to avoid painful conversations about ending employment. On the other hand, outside contractors would also face the same learning curve hurdles as new employees, and the employers need to ensure that the fact that they are contractors and not employees is made clear.
In regards to assigning overtime to current staff, the article emphasises the complicated nature of doing so as some employees welcome extra hours as an opportunity to increase their salary and be able to Christmas shop with ease, however some other may resent the time away from their loved ones. The article also emphasises that the biggest downside of assigning overtime during a busy season is the possibility of burnout and employees resigning to work elsewhere, not to mention the risk of injury and errors due to fatigue. The benefits that the article emphasised included reduced business costs due to not having to hire seasonal staff. The article also recommended making voluntary requests rather than mandatory demands when assigning overtime hours. The article also recommended hiring more staff if the temporary busy season turns into a long-term increase in business.
The article concludes by emphasising that there is no single solution for handling the busy heating season and that “the right solution for your business depends largely on its particular circumstances.”
IE3’s article can be read in full here.
How do you handle the busy heating season in your business? Do you hire seasonal staff? Do you sign on outside contractors? Do you assign overtime to current staff? Do you go with one or all of these solutions or something different? Feel free to login and comment below.
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