How to Keep Your Seasonal Employees Motivated

How to keep your seasonal employees motivated

Offer a completion bonus. Incentivize the employees to do well and follow through on their commitment to finish the season with a completion bonus. It gives them something to work towards and rewards hard work. The investment will pay off because it’s more economical to pay to keep an employee than to pay to rehire mid-season.

Make them a part of the team. Don’t make your temp employees feel like a fifth wheel or outsider. Instead, invite them to sit in on meetings, provide them mentoring, and value their feedback. Learn their names. Remember that they are people with feelings, interests, aspirations, etc. Making a connection builds trust and respect. If an employee is vested in the company – if only for a season – they’ll be more likely to work hard since they have buy in.

Take the time to train them. Not only is it key to set clear expectations for your temporary employees, it’s also very important to give them a fighting chance with solid training.  Sure, you’ll probably invest less time in a temp than a long-haul employee.  But if you think you can save a bit of time by leaving temp employees hanging, letting them fend for themselves, you’ll end up not only losing time but also creating problems with your full-timers.

Keep an eye on burn out. Seasonal employees often work long shifts that include a lot of overtime hours. To avoid losing employees early in the season to burn out, check in with them regularly. Make sure they are getting the time off they were promised. Create employee activities like bbqs and appreciation luncheons. Providing opportunities for employees to get together and socialize outside of work hours can provide a much-needed break and allow them to recharge.

Pair them up. When scheduling shifts, see to it that you have both temporary and full-time employees working together at any given time. This will help keep your seasonal staff members in check and ensure that they can always turn to someone familiar with the store should they have any questions or concerns. Also, pairing temps with full-time workers helps build rapport among team members. It encourages collaboration and communication, thus preventing your seasonal staff from feeling alienated and developing an “us versus them” attitude.