Summer employees are often needed to meet increased traffic during the summer season and provide the best service at Samurai Sam’s. Hiring seasonal workers also affords your year-round employees more flexibility when it comes to planning time off for vacation or childcare.

Considering the Pros

Besides allowing flexibility and ensuring you meet your staffing needs, there are additional pros to hiring summer employees, including:

  • With school out, there are high school and college students who are motivated to earn money.
  • Without as many family responsibilities, students hired for the summer have fewer barriers to flexibility, which can help with your scheduling.
  • If employees return to work for you annually, they might only need a minor refresher versus a full-blown training period.

Yes, There Could Be Cons

When hiring summer employees, there is always the possibility that things might not go as planned. Here are few risks to consider:

  • You need to invest time in training a summer employee who might not work out. However, the bright side is that if the employee does work out and returns the following summer, you are saving time and money in having to hire another employee.
  • Temporary employees are more at risk for being injured on the job. However, you can reduce this risk by making sure all your employees are properly trained. New hires should be supervised until they are able to safely do their work.
  • If you hire students, inexperience in the workforce can be a challenge and a perk at the same time. You may have to teach them basic professional skills that more experienced workers already possess. On the other hand, you will be working with someone who has not yet formed work habits, allowing you to instill your company values and shape their professional manner.

Hiring summer employees can sometimes be a challenge. But with the right training and recruiting practices, hiring summer employees can benefit your whole team.