Tips for Hiring Hourly Staff

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Asking the right questions is key. Here is a look at what you can and can’t say during job interviews.
Are you currently hiring hourly staff? In some fields, hourly wages are the norm – and even in fields where salaried employees are common, there are some positions for which it makes more sense to pay by the hour. It’s important to consider the pros and cons of hiring hourly staff when you’re recruiting. Here’s a quick guide for hiring hourly staff successfully!

Make it easier to apply and get an interview.

Depending on the type of hourly position, you don’t need to conduct a long and drawn-out hiring process. Hourly employees aren’t going to want to fill out a long application form with dozens of questions. Keep the application simple and concise whenever possible. A long application process may be a barrier for some candidates, and you don’t want to inadvertently miss out on a highly-qualified candidate. As a bonus, shorter applications will be easier for your team to review, which can further streamline the process.

It’s also helpful to give candidates plenty of options for interview timeslots and allow some flexibility there. Once they have chosen a time slot, it’s a great idea to send reminders via text, email, or voicemail. This can help reduce no-shows.

Communicate the advantages of an hourly position.

Some people might prefer a salary position. It’s common to perceive salaried positions as having a higher status or more importance. Many salary positions may come with a better sense of security and often better benefits. And some people also may like to have a dependable paycheck so they know exactly what to expect each pay period.
However, there are several great reasons for applicants to want an hourly position. Overtime pay is usually available for hourly, but not for salaried positions. In most hourly positions, there is a set schedule, so employees aren’t expected to stay late whenever there’s a big deadline coming up.

When creating a job description or interviewing a prospective hourly employee, make sure to explain the health benefits, time off, and any other benefits to the position. Since hourly jobs are often competitive, it’s great if you can get an edge over the competition in this way!

Manage turnover.

From an employer’s perspective, one of the biggest differences is that hourly staff usually comes with a higher turnover rate. Salary employees are incentivized to remain longer, while hourly workers are more likely to switch jobs.

Luckily, an excellent work environment and great HR practices will naturally reduce turnover. If there are any improvements you can make in this area, you can save some time and effort, as high turnover is often costly and time-consuming. Granted, you may still see a higher turnover rate among your hourly workers. However, if you plan ahead and you have a streamlined hiring process, you can handle turnover with ease.

Incentivize referrals.

One way to mitigate high turnover is to create a referral program. Your own employees may have valuable networks that can be a source of good hourly applicants. If you give your employees an incentive for providing quality referrals, you may end up with some great candidates you otherwise wouldn’t have found.

No matter what type of employees you’re recruiting and managing, the experts at Hiring Team can help you! Get in touch with us today to discuss your company’s hiring needs.

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help clients to reach their goals. Hiring Team takes the guesswork and frustration out of the hiring process. Your on-demand Hiring Team will cut down your time spent hiring up to 70%.