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Summer will be here before you know it – and you need to start thinking about hiring. To help you in the process, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Tip #1: Start early.

There are likely many other businesses gearing up to hire. That’s why it’s important to start early. Otherwise, you could lose out on quality candidates in the process. The last thing you want is to have to hire someone you’re not certain about or who doesn’t measure up.

Tip #2: Look for those who are flexible.

When it comes to seasonal hiring, flexibility is key. Many seasonal positions can require working non-traditional hours. That’s why you need people who can roll with schedule changes without it causing a big headache.

Tip #3: Look for personality.

Beyond flexibility, it’s also important to hire those who have experience, a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. Your customers want a pleasant experience, so you need to hire people who are capable of providing it.

Tip #4: Make sure you’re offering minimum wage.

The Florida minimum wage was recently increased from $8.05 to $8.10 per hour, effective January 1, 2017. Employers must pay their employees the hourly state minimum wage for all hours worked in Florida.

Tip #5: Get your employee handbook out and update it.

Now’s the perfect time to update your employee handbook. You want to ensure your handbook policies and benefits are completely up to date. Be sure to include written policies on pay and benefits to prevent any issues or miscommunications with summer employees.

Tip #6: Stay in compliance.

Make sure that all new hires, even if it’s simply for the summer or on a part-time basis, complete the proper paperwork. Also, be sure to comply with child labor laws if you plan to hire those under 18 years of age. Oftentimes, hours and types of work are restricted for those under age 18.

Tip #7: Welcome new employees.

Even if new hires are only on board for the summer, it’s important to properly train them and welcome them to your staff. The more engaged they feel, the more productive they will be.

Tip #8: Outsource the hiring to a staffing agency.

As one of Dade County’s top staffing agencies, Future Force can help you find the people you need, where and when you need them. We can also help you minimize the risk of hiring mistakes and find high quality, dependable workers on a temporary and full-time basis. Ready to learn more? Contact us today.

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