The winter blues: we all get them. Long, dark days. Bad weather. Holiday hangovers and bills to pay. It’s enough to make you want to shut down for a few weeks – if not literally, then at least emotionally.
Resist the urge to wallow in the doldrums! Winter is the right time to hire new employees. Here are five reasons why smart employers use the December-January timeframe to prepare for a productive and profitable rest of the year.
- Get a jump on your 2020 plan.
Most companies take time in the 4th quarter to plan for the year ahead. Whether your business relies on “back of the napkin” planning or formal strategy and budget sessions, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of where you’re headed in 2020, and it likely involves hiring new people, back-filling open positions, or adding new staff to support upcoming initiatives. Why wait? Recruiting, screening, hiring and training new employees can take months. Use the slower winter months to start the process and you’ll have new employees ready to go precisely when you need them.
- People need jobs.
The holiday season can be expensive, which means many people are looking for jobs to help pay the bills and get their finances on track. For some this means getting back into the workforce; for others it could mean taking on a second job. Regardless, the market is ripe, and the timing is right to hire. People are looking – be there to answer their employment needs.
- New Year’s Resolutions empower job seekers and employers.
Yes, we all resolve to eat healthier, exercise more and be kinder to others. Many people also set an intention to get a better job, a new position, or a different role that better meets their needs. Employers can take advantage of the “resolution bump” to find employees when and where they are looking. Now’s the time!
- You’ll stand out.
Because the pressures of the holiday season can be so distracting, many companies take a break from hiring. They may think people aren’t looking, that the timing is all wrong, or that they will get to it after the first of the year. That mindset creates an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. People ARE looking for jobs now. The timing IS right.
- Staffing companies are ramping-up.
Just like your business, staffing firms are planning for 2020 so they’re ready with qualified associates who can help your company grow. Reach out to your staffing partner in December! They’re hard at work recruiting job seekers who want new and better jobs with companies like yours.
Active Staffing has been helping light industrial companies hire and place hard-working associates in good jobs for more than 70 winters.
Let us help you take advantage of hiring opportunities this winter. Talk to us at activestaffing.com or call 212-244-6444 to get started.