It’s coming up on the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also often the busiest. And if you play your cards right, it can also be the most profitable. With a little planning ahead, you can be sure to crush this holiday season and ensure it doesn’t crush you or your staff.
Know Your Staffing Needs
Having a firm grasp on your staffing needs is always essential, but it’s even more vital during the holiday season. When things get busy, you don’t have the luxury of making staffing mistakes.
So, we suggest posting shifts as early as possible. You want to start building a pool of reliable staff you can rely on to tackle the holidays with you.
As jolly as the holidays are, this is also the time you’re most likely to get sick. Figures, right?
Do what you can to stay healthy. Take multi-vitamins, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and wash your hands constantly. People who work in the hospitality industry are surrounded by loads of people who’ve been traveling. This means new bugs your immune system probably isn’t used to fighting.
So, by ensuring you’re strong and healthy from the get-go, your chances of surviving the holiday season will be fit as a fiddle!
Schedule Time to Rest
This may sound ridiculous, but stay with us. When things get manic, we often forget to eat, and in some cases, we’re tempted to forego sleep to get everything done.
So treat rest like you would any other priority and block out some time for it. Be sure to make self-care a priority, especially during the busiest times. You’re more likely to bring your A-game to customers and your team, which benefits both you and your business in the long run.
Prepare Your Staff
Let your staff know what they’re in for, and empower your more experienced staff to guide and mentor the newer members. Before things get mega busy, provide them with the training you need, and trust us, you’ll be glad you spent the time and effort. When your staff is prepared for the storm, sailing will be smoother for you.
Remember the Bright Side
You’ve been in the industry long enough to know that things will go wrong. It’s inevitable. So, focus on the lighter side of things. Allow yourself to laugh as issues arise, and do your utmost to push stress aside. Some things are outside of your control. After all, you can only manage and take responsibility for the problems and things you can actually change. Bear that in mind as you approach the holiday season, and may your days be merry and bright.
Looking for an extra hand or two as you enter the holiday season? Reach out to Qwick to see how we can help solve your staffing needs.