Finding Seasonal Employees
By jlew1977, Jul 12 2016 12:36PM
An interesting discussion occurred at the June 28, 2015 CFGW membership meeting when an attendee asked how others were finding employees. He said he has a stable crew but needed extra help this spring so hired several people but they did not work out well for him. Although he did not go into much detail I’m sure all of you have had the same difficulties in finding responsible, interested and industrious temporary employees.
One attendee posted job openings on his Facebook page. Green-Teks Paul Jacobson says he has been hiring high school athletes. He said they are not afraid of work, getting dirty, heat and cold but moderator John Lewandowski came up with the best solution to finding employees that I’ve heard. He hires his customers.
John says he can teach someone how to run the cash register but it is more difficult to find someone who is interested in plants, knows how to grow them, the products you sell and can help your customer with ideas and solve gardening problems is almost impossible. Your good customers know plants you just need to find one that is a “people person” then ask them if they are interested in working a few hours a week during the busy time of the year. He gives them discounts on purchasing plants so most are happy to work and are pleased to be asked. These employees will often bring in their gardening friends to work if more employees are needed.
John says the final upside to hiring your employees is that they spend most of the money they earn at his greenhouse.
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