Now that you put away the tinsel and trees, you might start thinking about the fate of your seasonal hires. While there was an established timeline on their employment, there might be a few people you want to keep around for the rest of the year. So how can you tell the difference between a temporary employee and a future full-time employee? Now is the time to look back on the different ways they stood out during the rush. The following are sure signs you should take note of when deciding to keep a seasonal hire on your team.
They never hesitated to go the extra mile. Think about all the times your temporary hire picked up extra shifts without complaints or offered to stay late and help with clean up. These sincere efforts to help whenever they can are sure signs that they would make a great team player year-round.
They were eager to learn more. A great employee is quick to ask questions and learn as much as they can about the job. Not only will they ask you for guidance, but they’ll look to their co-workers as well for some help. This clues you in on how seriously the hire is taking their new responsibilities; they want to make sure they’re doing the best job possible.
They were easy to get along with. It can be hard being the proverbial new kid on the block but a good temporary hire tries to make the most of the time they have with their co-workers. If they work well with the team (and vice versa), the positive dynamic could bode well for future success of your business. Also keep an eye out for good rapport they build with customers. Another friendly face on the workforce is always a welcomed addition.
If you don’t have the resources to let a seasonal employee stay permanently, share your appreciation for their hard work and make it clear that you want them back for future busy seasons. Having this conversation now means you’ll remain an option for them as they search for work. Assure the employees that once a position opens up, they’ll be the first to learn about the opportunity.
A good employer or hiring manager knows that when you find a great employee, you should do whatever you can to hold on to them. This can be especially true when you receive the gift of a great seasonal hire. Happy hiring!
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