It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us! I don’t know about you, but this time of year always sneaks up on me. One minute we’re enjoying the final days of summer and then one holiday right after the other, from Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas seem blurred together and then POOF, it’s a new year.

While this season may approach quickly for some of us, according to Zip Recruiter, companies in the retail, logistics and distribution industry are identifying their seasonal employment needs by September and the majority of these positions are filled by the end of November in order to make sure that staffing levels accurately meet the demand of their customers.

While the holiday shopping season is top of mind right now, specifically impacting retail stores, distribution centers and logistics companies due to the increase in holiday orders, we must remember that seasonality is inclusive of more than just the gift-giving season. From summer vacation to back-to-school, nearly every industry faces some level of seasonal uptick in hiring volume. The increase in business and hiring activity can be predictable, like that which occurs surrounding major holidays and special occasions, or it can result from unpredictable incidents like certain weather events.

Regardless of which type of seasonality affects your business, there are steps you can take to ensure your organization is prepared to meet seasonal workforce demands. From recruiting and hiring to onboarding and managing a seasonal workforce, asking your organization these key questions below can help you develop an effective seasonal workforce strategy that works for you:

  1. How many employees will you need this season?
  2. Which sources of seasonal talent were most successful in past years?
  3. Is your application process easy to use for applicants and hiring managers? 
  4. Is your onboarding process working for today — and the future?
  5. Are managers prepared to manage the seasonal workforce?
  6. Do you have a compliance strategy for seasonal workers? 
  7. What’s your end-of-season plan?

Many industries follow seasonal employment patterns over the course of a year as holiday schedules and weather affect hiring. Meeting seasonal workforce needs with an integrated end-to-end workforce management and human capital management solution allows you to do away with disparate systems for timekeeping, payroll, and HR.

You can streamline the hiring and tracking of full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees in a single system.  

Managers will not only save time, but also have visibility into and access to employee data such as timecards, time-off requests, leave balances, and overtime reports right at their fingertips. This allows them to make data-driven decisions that positively affect the bottom line. An integrated solution helps you keep all employee and staffing data working together with a single source of truth, giving you the ability to generate reports, view trends from year to year, plan properly, and manage the entire recruitment process.


Making sure your organization is adequately prepared for the seasonal rush is important so that you can meet the demands of your customers. Check out this whitepaper, Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Seasonal Retail Staff to help your organization determine how your organization can plan for the seasonal workload.

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2019