Many restaurants and food-production facilities will take on seasonal help to assist with higher volume during the busy summer season and to account for full-time employees’ vacation requests. With so many incoming part-time staff, there are difficulties when it comes time to take care of training, orientation and food safety certification MN requirements. At Safe Food Training, we have a few tips to help transition your seasonal staff into your regular staff efficiently so that you will lose as little time as possible bringing them up to speed.
Integrating Seasonal Staff into Your Operation
From what we have heard during our interactions with local food industry professionals, we have encountered three common problems that are inherent in hiring seasonal workers.
- Making sure each new hire understands company policies
- Training new employees efficiently
- Getting each new employee the proper food safety certification MN requirements
Many companies forgo a formal orientation session for their seasonal workers. They feel that paying them to attend an orientation seminar is unnecessary since they may only be around for a small amount of time. We disagree. We think that it is important to have everyone on the same page as far as knowing what your facility’s operating procedures are. Taking care of this in one session where all of your seasonal help is in attendance will save valuable time rather than explaining each rule as workplace situations arise.
The opposite may be true when it comes to training your new hires. Many people are hands-on learners or hands-on teachers. The nature of the food industry requires some hands-on learning in order to understand how to get things done right. Breaking down your seasonal hires into smaller groups, or even setting up one-on-one training sessions will get them up to speed much faster than large on-the-job training groups.
Finally, you will have to make sure that all of your seasonal hires have the proper food handler permits and food safety certification MN requirements. When it comes to ensuring that all of your new employees have the necessary certifications, Safe Food Training is more than happy to help. We can set up group training sessions at your restaurant, hotel or any other type of food preparation facility. We can take into account the specific nature of your business and develop a food safety certification MN course that directly addresses the unique needs of your company’s operations.
Are you a food-production business that finds it necessary to take on several seasonal staff members during the summer months? If you have any tips for your fellow food-industry professionals to help smooth the process of integrating your temporary employees, please leave them in the comments below.