Smartphone usage among Americans has almost doubled since 2011. According to PEW Research Center, it has grown from 35% to 64% in just 4 years. Alongside the growth in smartphone usage has been the eruption of the gig economy and part-time work. Today anyone with a smartphone can access a variety of apps looking for on-demand workers. And with 43% of smartphone owners using their phone to look for jobs, the enormous popularity of on-demand work makes sense. Jobs are literally at people’s fingertips.
So, what does this mean for the Staffing industry? Actually, with the right technology, like Gigwalk, staffing firms are well positioned to take on this enormous opportunity. People are gravitating towards the on-demand worker lifestyle and staffing firms could emerge as the resource for these workers; sourcing and connecting these workers so they can maintain the flexible work schedule they desire. However, just because this new era of worker is drawn to a flexible work schedule, doesn’t mean they do not want to work. The key to success for staffing firms will be quick sourcing and job placement.

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With 46% of smartphone users saying they cannot live without their smartphone, staffing firms must be forward-thinking and take their solution mobile. Let Gigwalk help you seamlessly connect the right people with the right jobs. With our mobile enterprise software, you can instantly send job notifications via app to your top qualified candidates and fill those job openings quickly. Increase your job placements and turnaround time and retain your talent.

 

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.