The Impact of Seasonal Hires

Every summer, the restaurant industry gets a sea of seasonal job applicants. Before the hiring frenzy begins, however, it’s important to be aware of how seasonal employees can impact your bottom line. Here are a few topics to consider before scaling up your workforce for the summer season.

Understand Your Hiring Needs

While it’s true that many restaurants hire more staff between Mother’s Day and Labor Day, it’s important to consider your restaurant’s specific summer needs.

Does your business rely heavily on the influx of tourists every summer? Do you anticipate some of your permanent staff requesting time off for vacation? Consider which positions may be short-staffed during the summer months and any special skills those positions require. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for streamlines the hiring process, saving you time.

Consider An Applicant’s Fit, Not Just Their Skills

While it’s essential for seasonal employees’ skill set to match their job descriptions, culture fit and candidate demeanor are equally important.

Seasonal or otherwise, as the first face your customers see, employees are representatives and even brand ambassadors of your restaurant. New hires must act on behalf of your restaurant’s mission and values, on top of performing their required duties. One great way to get a feel for an applicant’s soft skills is by using personality-based questions in the interview or vetting process.

Always Screen Seasonal Employees

For temporary workers that will only be with you for a limited time, a background check may seem like a waste of resources. However, screening seasonal candidates before hiring can protect your company’s reputation.

If an incident with a customer or other employee occurs, you could be held liable for negligent hiring. A simple way to avoid these legal issues is by utilizing the same screening process whether you are hiring for permanent or seasonal jobs.

Understand Unemployment Benefit Laws

Depending on where your restaurant is located, seasonal employees may be eligible for unemployment benefits. If you are located in a qualifying state like New York, your business could see increases in State Unemployment (SUTA) taxes and insurance rates.

For more information on how hiring seasonal workers will impact your restaurant, contact the restaurant insurance experts at Bikelane.