Is Your Staff Ready For Summer?

It may seem like winter just ended, but the high season for restaurant hiring is right around the corner. You’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the summer rush. Ensure that there are enough employees available to cover when permanent staff inevitably requests vacation time. Hiring quality summer employees can be difficult and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for seasonal hires, consider some of the following tips from our hiring experts:

Get a Hiring Headstart

If you want to compete with all other restaurants that are pulling together a great summer team, you’ll need to get an early start on hiring. According to SnagAJob, around 70 percent of seasonal hiring is completed before the end of May. If you want to avoid settling for leftover talent, post your job listings early and often. The longer you wait, the smaller your strong candidate pool will be. Do not be the victim of a bad hire.

Empower Last Year’s MVPs

Hiring employees who have shown a strong work ethic and who are already familiar with the workings of your restaurant will save you time, energy, and money. You will still need to train these rehires (skills get rusty during time away), but promoting workers from within who understand the restaurant’s expectations and operations can make the training process far more efficient.

Look to Experienced Employees

When you think of summer hires, you might imagine students looking to earn extra money while school’s out. However, high school and college students aren’t the only ones filling these positions. More seasoned applicants may be willing to take on short and long-term roles. This could reduce employee turnover, which can lead to many benefits for your restaurant. While students head back to school in mid-August, experienced employees can fill your staff voids and solidify training practices.

The Value of Competitive Pay

Most seasonal employees are paid hourly and are held to the same minimum wage standards as part-time and full-time employees. However, it’s important to remember that the minimum wage might not be enough to attract top-tier hires. Stay up-to-date on the wages offered by other restaurants in your neighborhood to make sure your pay is competitive. A few extra dollars an hour could translate to significant customer loyalty in the long run.

Restaurant hiring for peak season can be a daunting task. The process often requires lots of time and energy. This can take attention away from more pressing duties at the restaurant. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can streamline your restaurant’s seasonal vetting and hiring process with a 30 day free trial of Bikelane HIRE. Make sure you’re prepared for restaurant hiring this summer.