1. The Hourly Concept Is Terribly Misunderstood
Sure, we can forgive the general public for believing that hourly employees are actually low-skilled workers who would jump to any occasion to earn a couple of extra bucks. An uninformed employee, be that a white-collar professional or a CTO, sees them everywhere around, delivering pizzas and cleaning hotel rooms. He mutters a silent hello
to them in the morning, as they hold the door for him.
But what's more difficult to grasp is that many HR professionals succumb to the same stereotype.
The hourly employment concept, as a result, is not only taken for granted but is also taken very lightly. Anyone can change a bulb and make a solid cup of coffee, so there's no need to panic. One job posting and a couple of interviews, and the right person will pop up. Showing up is often the only requirement.
Turnover rates for hourly workers, which historically run from 70-120% per year across industries, make no sense to these HR experts. Until they finally do. The harsh truth is – hourly employees are being replaced on a regular basis. A Cornell study
(aptly titled The Cost of Employee Turnover: When the Devil Is in the Details
) has done the math, and the cost of turnover for just one position is $5,864.
Point being, we're doing hourly hiring wrong. 2. Hourly Workers Are Not Who You Think They Are
The biggest problem these HR professionals have is thinking that they can use the same routes and methods for finding hourly workers as they do when they need to fill a managerial position. It's like trying to sell an RPA software to a granny. Failing to resist the unconscious bias, they assume these workers are low-skilled, glued to online job boards, and ready, willing, and able to do virtually any job.
In reality, as examined by TLNT
, a profile of an average hourly worker looks like this:
● In above 30% of cases, they have one to three years of college.
● 39% of them are not older than 25 years.
● 60% of hourly workers consider their job a full-time career.
● 80% of them prefer to work within a five-mile radius of their home.
● For 75% of these people, a 30 hour work week is more than enough.
It seems that the fact that finding hourly workers is so hard is nobody's fault but ours. They keep slipping through our fingers because we don't actually know who they are and what they prefer, nor do we make efforts to find out. By all means, every other aggravating factor is a consequence of this. 3. Hourly Workers Are Not Where You Think They Are
reliable employees is the biggest challenge that modern-day HR is facing when it comes to filling hourly positions, it's only obvious that we must pay extra attention to where
these workers are. And then, we must forgo all traditional channels that we use for approaching other professionals.
To get that out of the way, they are not on LinkedIn.
Platforms designed for business professionals to gush about their accomplishments are apparently not their cup of tea, and neither are complicated job boards. You'll find them where all young people go to hang (remember, 39% of them is under 25 years old), and that's Facebook and Craigslist. That's the online avenue. Offline, they can be reached on college campuses and job fares, and sure, in cafés.