5 things you need to know about employing seasonal workers

At this time of year, especially in retail, hospitality and delivery services, it’s less ‘Deck the Halls’ and more ‘All Hands on Deck’.

It’s the time of year when a lot of organisations take on extra temporary staff to meet the demands of Christmas, but despite the increased pressure, employers must pay extra attention to their employment procedures.

Here are our Top Tips on how to minimise risk and avoid the pitfalls of employing seasonal workers.

Use your Recruitment Process

Treat seasonal employees the same as any other – conduct interviews, take up references and do background checks if necessary.   Also, make sure they are issued with a staff handbook and briefed on all company policies related to their role.

Put it in Writing

Ensure your employment contracts are appropriate for seasonal workers.  Don’t just assume that you can use the same as those for full-time employees – you could be leaving yourself open to unexpected obligations and responsibilities.

Managing Expectation

For some seasonal workers, there will always be the hope of being kept on after the festive season.  All managers and senior staff should be briefed against saying anything that could imply or be interpreted as an opportunity of longer employment.

Integration

Managers should keep a look out for any tension between seasonal and full time staff. Ensure that everyone is treated fairly, equally and according to company policy to avoid any allegations of favouritism of preferential treatment. Spats and discord can cause unnecessary distraction and stress.

Keep Records

Make sure your company has a way of monitoring attendance and performance of seasonal workers and a clear procedure should any individual fall short. Also ensure that all Health & Safety procedures are explained and adhered to by seasonal workers.

Should you need any further assistance Verisona Law's Employment team are on hand to review contracts or advise on any issues regarding seasonal workers. Get in touch today by emailing connect@verisonalaw.com or call us on 02392 98 1000.


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