The Results Are In: Companies’ Plans to Handle the Extra Workload this Holiday Season

With the fourth quarter upon us, companies are beginning to anticipate the holiday rush. From higher production demands to seasonal upswings to managing employee holiday schedules, it can be difficult during the final months of the year to keep up with your organizational goals.

In August, we asked our readers how their companies handle the extra workload during the holiday season.

With 74%, the top answer to the monthly poll was “we do not make any seasonal adjustments,” followed by “using current staff, offering overtime/incentives,” with 16%. With another 3% of the votes, readers said “hiring seasonal, temporary workers through a staffing firm,” while another 3% of respondents cited “hiring full-time employees” as their plan to handle the extra seasonal workload.

Another 3% of respondents chose the “other” option, with one respondent saying they are being forced to turn away customers due to employment shortages.

Our job-seeker focused publication, Job Journey, asked its readers a similar question: “Do you plan on looking for seasonal work this year?”

Here are the results:

  • “Yes, seasonal jobs are a great way to bring in additional income during the holidays” (71%)
  • “Maybe, I haven’t decided” (11%)
  • “No, I’d rather find something more permanent” (11%)
  • “No, I don’t have any interest in seasonal jobs” (6%)

For more information for handling seasonal work, check out these articles from Refresh Leadership!

How do you handle seasonal work? As a leader, what are you doing to maintain high productivity? Let us know in the comments section below!

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