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As the holiday season looms on the horizon, many businesses are starting to gear up for the inevitable rush. The holiday surge can be a rewarding time for businesses who are prepared. However, those who neglect to address seasonal changes in demand by hiring additional staff can miss out on a tremendous opportunity. Here are three simple tips that can help you prepare for the coming onslaught, before it’s too late:

Start Early — It’s best to plan for seasonal hiring needs as far in advance as possible in order to ensure that your business is ready. This means starting at least one quarter ahead of the spike by planning for your needs and reaching out to potential additional team members or a reputable staffing partner, such as AtWork, to ensure proper coverage when the time is right.

Hire Familiar Faces, When Possible — It may not always be feasible, but hiring seasonal employees who have some familiarity with your business, or at least your type of business can be beneficial. The experience that these employees would bring to the team can be invaluable during times of peak demand.

Choose the Right People — It should go without saying, but making intelligent hiring choices is critical when it comes to filling seasonal gaps. Employees who do not mesh well with the existing team, or do not take their job seriously due to its seasonal nature, can be toxic during busy seasons. Choose employees who believe in your company culture and who understand the importance of their role during their employment.

Seasonal upswings in business can provide a great boost to savvy business owners and managers. If you need a little extra help this season, visit AtWork.com/locations to find an AtWork branch near you!