Earlier this year, major retailers such as Target, T.J. Maxx and McDonald’s announced they would increase wages for hourly workers. These pay increases may affect seasonal employees as well, particularly small businesses who are hiring seasonal workers.
One of those small businesses is A Shot Above Ent Inc., a bartending and events service. Owner and CEO Lea Hatch says she does a lot of hiring in the summer to staff for weddings and other warm-weather events.
“One huge challenge that we have is that the service industry is equally busy during this time and the people we are hiring can make a lot of money at a larger company.”
Instead of focusing on salary, Hatch says her company highlights some of the other benefits it offers such as the potential to earn tips as a way to help attract seasonal employees. It also offers workers a flexible work arrangements, including time to take a family vacation, benefits that other employer are unlikely to offer seasonal employees.
“The flexibility and family atmosphere that we have created at A Shot Above makes our staff feel comfortable and they will choose to work for us over a larger company,” she says.
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