Top Tips for Your Holiday Staffing This Season

holiday staffing trendsWith the holidays just around the corner and the expectation of high consumer spending, many employers are getting ready for the holiday by increasing their staff count. According to CareerBuilder, 33% of U.S. employers plan to hire seasonal staff, with 53% of retailers planning to add to their workforce with seasonal workers. [1]

Whether you are a large retailer or a staffing firm looking to fill your team, make sure you are prepared for the holiday staffing rush and keep these holiday tips in mind as you prepare for the holiday hustle and bustle.

Plan ahead

It is predicted that temp work demand will increase 2.9% this holiday season. [2] With demand up, make sure to plan ahead to ensure that you are able to hire the necessary amount of staff you anticipate needing for the holiday rush. As a staffing firm, make sure you have a large enough talent pool that is qualified to offer your customers.

Increase employee pay

A survey conducted by CareerBuilder found that 37% of employers plan to increase pay for their seasonal hires due to an increase in competition for qualified employees. Some 72 percent say they will pay $10 or more per hour, while 19 percent will pay $16 or more. Pay your employees well and retain your top talent this holiday season!

Don’t hire just anyone

Even though you are only staffing for the holidays, don’t hire just anyone. Make sure to hire the right person for the right job. Choose someone who could be considered for a permanent position on your team — who knows, you may want to hire them full-time after the holidays!

Train your staff

Make sure your staff is properly trained for the job. Remember that your staff represents your company and you want them to represent you correctly. Don’t expect people to get to work immediately without any training. Take the time to properly train your staff so you are pleased with their work.

Use technology to simplify staff scheduling

Don’t let employee scheduling drive you nuts this holiday season. Let technology platforms like Gigwalk ease employee scheduling by helping you see who is scheduled to work or easily assign staff to the schedule. Keep track of employee overtime, time off and hours worked.

Whether you are a retailer looking to add to your workforce or a staffing firm supplying temporary workers for the holiday, Gigwalk can help simplify your holiday staffing initiatives by easily connecting the right people with the right work. Use Gigwalk for your workforce management needs and be prepared for the holiday rush this season.



1. Maurer, Roy. “Strong Hiring Projected for Remainder of 2015″ Society for Human Resource Management, 14 October 2015. Web. 23 November 2015.
2. “4 Holiday Hiring Trends for 2015” Millenium Staffing Solutions, 27 October 2015. Web. 23 November 2015.

Gigwalk Gives Back for World Kindness Day

The holiday season is upon us, and the feeling of giving is alive at Gigwalk!  Today, November 13th, is World Kindness Day, and we are taking it on by showing our appreciation for the people and things around us. Through our Gigwalk for Good program, we encouraged our 900,000+ Gigwalkers to join Gigwalk in giving back this week and to perform a random act of kindness.

Never to disappoint, our Gigwalkers flooded our inbox with hundreds of good deeds. Just a few examples are:

  • world kindness day blog collageAnthony N. helped a stranger change his tire
  • Kari K. bought a winter coat, gloves and hat for a homeless man
  • Kelly S. collected boxes of books for a K-2 school that served underprivileged children
  • David H. donated over 150 items to a domestic abuse shelter
  • Mark R. adopted a dog from a shelter.
  • James M. took breakfast to a homeless man
  • Steven R. donated canned goods to a local shelter
  • Jackie H. bought a gift card for the woman in line behind her


Thank you to all of our Gigwalkers for participating and helping to make the world a more selfless place!