Summer is finally here. Like many of your employees, you might be thinking about vacations and long weekends. You’re also likely thinking about the “summer slump” as everyone heads out of the office and leaves you with a skeleton staff. You’re pondering your vacation calendar, wondering how you can avoid this outcome.
If this situation sounds familiar to you, it may be time to consider hiring a summer student or two to help out around the office. If you haven’t considered hiring students for the summer yet, this is one good reason to consider it. In fact, there are several reasons you may want to consider finding student help for the summer.
1. Covering Vacations
As mentioned, hiring summer students is a great way to assist with the “skeleton staff” phenomenon that occurs as employees take their vacations during July and August. While a student may not be able to replace your VP or the marketing manager when they take their vacation time, the student can help you keep things rolling around the office.
Students can cover for some of your entry-level or more junior employees during their vacations. They can also take over some routine tasks from other, more senior employees. Those employees can then focus on work left to them by others who are away.
If you’ve been wondering how to better manage vacations this summer, hiring students might be one way to do it.
2. Tackle Summer Projects
Summer can be a busy season. Although many businesses see the “summer slump,” when things slow down, it can be a great time to get caught up on certain kinds of work. If the filing has been piling up or your social media has been lackluster lately, a summer student could help you out here.
These summer projects might be neglected as people take their vacation and they also might suffer when you’re very busy at other times of the year. A summer student can assist with the project, getting it into working order or completing it.
3. Find a Reliable Worker
Your summer students might be headed back to school in the fall, so they may leave at the end of the summer. If there’s ongoing work and you need help, some will consider staying on with you as a part-time student.
You may have also found yourself a reliable worker for the following year, or someone who is interested in HR or another department in your business. They could become your next hire after graduation. Finding reliable workers can be difficult, so having the opportunity to see new workers out in action is invaluable.
4. Build Reputation and Community
Students are likely to be drawn from the community in which you operate your business. They may be friends or relatives of some of your employees, or they may simply live and work in the area. Hiring them is one way your business can give back to the community.
A summer job with your business also helps students begin to build their resumes, allowing them to learn important skills and gain professional work experience. It may even inspire some of them to pick a different path through school.
5. Receive Financial Support
Depending on your business and the nature of the job, you could receive some financial support for hiring summer students. The federal government in Canada usually sets aside federal funds to assist companies with hiring youth workers for the summer.
This is a great program because it helps students and business owners alike. If your budget is already strained, you may not feel you can hire an additional person, even temporarily. With support, you can get the help you need while providing valuable work experience to a student.
It’s easy to see why you should consider hiring a summer student or two for your business.