Funworld Live: Seasonal Staffing Solutions
Funworld Live!—the monthly program streaming live from IAAPA News—goes beyond the pages of Funworld magazine and expands the conversation with thought-leaders.
In this episode, a collection of experts from around the globe provide insight, tips, suggestions, and ways to attract seasonal employees. Three operators and three consultants share effective strategies that attractions can use to solve the summer staffing crunch. Originally streamed live on Facebook from IAAPA Global Headquarters in Orlando, the program can now be viewed in its entirety here on the IAAPA News Hub.
Guests appearing in alphabetical order:
- Denise Beckson, Morey's Piers & Water Parks
- David Gray, Lagoon Amusement Park
- Rachel Harper, Castle Fun Park
- Matt Heller, Performance Optimist Consulting
- Shaun McKeogh, Attractions Academy
- Ryan Stana, RWS Staffing
Questions and answers include:
What effective ways have operators used to attract summer employees?
How can operators get creative and adjust their hours of operation to reflect staffing needs?
What unique pay, bonus, or other compensation strategies work?
What market segments (seniors/teachers/volunteer groups/work campers) can attractions tap into when finding employees? How do you empower them to join your seasonal workforce?
How can “partnerships” with a tech-school (on-the-job-training) or university (internships) create win-wins?
What are the benefits to online/virtual hiring? Is there a downside to the process?
How can attractions make young employees (and their parents) feel comfortable with the COVID-19 safety precautions that are in place?
What is the best way to manage schedules so that hires don’t get burned out?
How can operators provide housing to help employees live near attractions, such as affordable housing, dorms, hotels?
What does an effective social media campaign look like when attracting new employees?