Need New Staff for Christmas?

Need help at Christmas

The festive season is now upon us and for some businesses that may mean a need to employ additional staff.

The team at business.gov.au have released some great information and advice if it’s the first time you’ve employed short term staff, or if you haven’t had to hire staff since the last holiday period.

Do an internal audit to decide which skills you’ll need

It’s important to make sure youre meeting your business needs before you think about employing someone.

Here’s a few things you need to think about before hiring new staff:

  • What is your projected business activity over the holiday period?
  • How many additional hours will you need covered? If you’ve got current staff, find out their availability before you get hiring.
  • What types of skills will you need during this period?
  • Who are you looking for? – A teenager who are after their first summer job? A university student who’s looking for a paid internship? Or maybe you need someone with a certain skill set, like a Diploma or a certain level of certification?

Thinking about what skills you’ll need will help market the position, and hire the right people.

Know your obligations as an employer

Before you employ someone, you’ll need to work out a few things, such as:

  • the position you’re offering
  • the entitlements and wages you’ll need to provide
  • the paperwork you’ll need to do.

Read the full post and download a checklist from business.gov.au

Another tip for businesses who rely on appointments is to consider if implementing an online scheduling system could work for them.  Temporary staff could have their own calendars that can be removed after the peak period. Drop me a note to ask me how you could have this up and running tomorrow.

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