How to Survive Your Team's Seasonal Employment Needs

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For accounting organizations, staff size often fluctuates with the ebb and flow of the seasons. Tax time, the end of the fiscal year and summer vacation season are just a few of the occasions that may require adding more employees to your team. Implementing a flexible staffing plan by using temporary workers is an ideal way to meet these seasonal employment demands without overhiring.

But what's the best way to determine whether you'll need to make additions to your staff? And when should you start gearing up for them? (Hint: not when you're already in the thick of it.) Read on for some tips on managing your accounting seasonal employment needs.

Look ahead

Planning in advance is essential when it comes to hiring seasonal talent. The most in-demand temporary professionals could be on assignment or already have work lined up by the time you come calling. Start recruiting early, even several months before you'll need interim assistance. A specialized staffing firm can help streamline the hiring process and ensure you're set up with the right talent.

Provide competitive pay

Offering above-average compensation remains one of the most effective ways to attract stellar talent. Consult the annual Salary Guide from Robert Half for the latest on salary trends and to determine starting compensation for the individuals you bring on board.

Consider all levels

If you haven't used temporary workers before, you might assume they're best suited for clerical positions. That's a myth. The truth is that today's interim professionals possess a wide array of specialized skills and can seamlessly staff virtually any role, whether entry- or senior-level.

Of course, finding such highly skilled temporary workers can be a challenge, especially if other firms are facing the same seasonal employment needs as you. Specialized staffing firms can help you save time and money by assessing your needs and quickly locating an experienced worker to staff the role. Staffing firms can also help minimize the risk of making a poor hire by narrowing down the candidate pool to those that are a strong match for your needs.

Make an annual plan

Take a look at your organization's productivity data during previous busy seasons. Were you adequately staffed? How many overtime hours did your staff log? Did any teams or departments report serious errors, experience low productivity or encounter issues that may have resulted from stress and being overworked? Pinpoint the times when and areas in which your organization can most benefit from seasonal employment, whether it's bookkeeping, understanding tax compliance laws or auditing. Use this knowledge to plan for the next busy season and set specific benchmark dates to make these hires so you're not caught off guard.

Whether it's due to the crunch of tax season, end-of-year deadlines or half of your team heading to the beach in July, seasonal employment needs will arise. By using skilled temporary professionals, you can inject much-needed flexibility into your staffing plan and keep your finance and accounting team humming all year long.

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