Posts Tagged: Holiday hiring


What if Santa Decided to Use a Few Temporary Elves?

December 18th, 2013

elf2We have all seen the holiday movies that suggest that perhaps it is time for Santa to modernize the factory, get some of his lead elves certified in Six Sigma, or to employ lean manufacturing in his workshop. Gone should be the days of elves singing Christmas carols, eating cookies, and making toys from scratch. The days of that sort of craftsmanship and artisan work are long gone as the nice list runs into the millions.

I am a contingent workforce expert. My Outside-In® Companies help leaders like Santa make sense of the realities of today’s workforce and workplace. And well, Santa does things the old fashioned way with his people, I mean elves. Today’s toy workshops have challenges in staffing and productivity during the busy season. Imagine Santa’s workshop in the weeks and months leading up to the big day! More importantly, what does he do with all of those elves in January?

I propose that Santa would benefit from a temporary elf workforce. Santa could bring in new skill sets and the workshop would flourish with new ideas and concepts. Those hard to fill roles might get the attention they deserve during the busiest of times.

lisaelfjNow, Santa would have to consider today’s laws and hiring standards. No longer can he claim that the measured height of his workshop is a legitimate bona fide job requirement. OSHA made him change that in the winter of ‘82. It just might be a good thing to see a few more guys and gals that look like Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel on the Big Man’s campus. A little diversity is important. Santa needs to keep up with his Affirmative Action Plan as people now live at the North Pole, too.

Most importantly? Santa can staff up and professionally work with the Outside-In® Companies to wind down post-holiday season. Rather than having elves paint the workshop and sweep the floor each and every day, Santa can feel confident that his staffing partner is redeploying his elfen talent that was there for the “busy season.” When one Holiday ends, another begins. Perhaps we can skill-market that talent to the Easter Bunny and have a temporary workforce plant hidden eggs around the globe?

Holiday Hiring: The Original Temporary Job

November 16th, 2011

It seems that everyone is trying to guess what the story is for holiday hiring this year. Some company’s plans are up from last year, some are down. Many companies are hiring later in the season and others appear to be paying more than in past years. The only consistency is well, inconsistency. This is no real surprise (to me at least) that the hiring picture is so schizophrenic. Holiday hiring is a sampling of the broader marketplace. And in a recovery that is getting better but still uncertain, more work will be temporary in nature. It makes you wonder if temporary work was, in fact, invented at holiday times. The work is seasonal or part-time, peak times.
 
Holiday hiring is temporary work defined.
 
A strong holiday hiring season will ignite the economy. I guarantee it. From where I sit our customers are busy. Hiring is coming back strong for the right skill sets. Unemployment claims are down below 400,000 a few weeks in a row. But there is still a stigma about holiday and temporary work. That must change. Workers must embrace today’s new reality, working is better than not working. Staying busy is better than waiting for the perfect fit, especially if you have been unemployed or looking for some time. Don’t believe me? Get your foot in the door and amazing things can happen. Doing a great job gets you noticed. And perhaps an introduction to others in the business. And a full-time job in your field can happen.
 
At CBI Group, Placers and Barton Career Advisors, we have heard it all around holiday hiring. Here is more advice this season if you or someone you know is looking for work this holiday season.

  • As many as 1/3 of all seasonal jobs will be evaluated for part-time or full-time status after the holiday season. What a wonderful opportunity to show your employer what you are capable of and for you to see if you like working in a particular company.

  • “Hiring does not happen during the holiday.” This is just not true. Yes the world slows down a little. But hiring managers may actually have more time for planning and hiring than the rest of the year.

  • The world is hiring more than retail this holiday season. Temporary work exists for businesses to hire talent quickly; many companies have forever changed their internal hiring resources. And the temporary jobs are abundant well beyond retail. Consider temporary work as a avenue to speed up your job search.

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