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Temporary Staffing: How to Easily Find and Hire Successful Retail Workers with GigSmart

McKenna Janzen | Sep 04, 2020

Whether you’re a large retail store manager looking for extra help stocking shelves or a boutique store owner in need of a last-minute worker to cover a shift, GigSmart can connect you with hourly, skilled workers to meet your business demands. As a Get Workers user, you have access to over 215,000 skilled, hourly workers who are ready to help at a moment’s notice.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to create your first free Gig post on GigSmart’s Get Workers hiring app. Your post on our platform will connect you with qualified individuals who can complete one or more grocery store tasks as needed. Lastly, we’ll tell you how to manage Workers once you’ve hired them.

What is GigSmart?

If you’re new to GigSmart, hello! GigSmart is a hiring platform that instantly matches businesses that are hiring with individuals looking for work. With thousands of skilled retail workers already on our Get Workers app, you are just a few, easy steps away from finding and hiring temporary employees.

We’re a little biased, but we think GigSmart is the best way to find temporary labor to work retail gigs. Here’s why:

  • You’re in charge. You set the hourly rate for your workers, decide the number of people you need, and the date and time you need them. We match you with qualified professionals that align with the skills listed in your gig post. Once you accumulate a pool of applicants, you get to review potential workers and select who you hire.
  • Before you hire, you can make sure applicants possess any necessary training or certifications.
  • We can help you find workers right when you need them. You can schedule shifts up to 30 days in advance, or you can source ASAP workers if you need help immediately.
  • You can add worker background or motor vehicle records (MVR) checks as a prerequisite to your application.
  • Every worker you hire is protected by Occupational Accident Insurance (OAI) at no cost to you.
  • Starting at just 15% of the hourly rate you set, our sourcing fees help you save money compared to other temporary hiring agencies or staffing platforms.

Create Your Get Workers Account

If you haven’t already, you can create a Get Workers hiring account by visiting or downloading our mobile apps for iOS or Android phones and following the registration prompts.

Next, you’ll need to create a free Gig post to source workers for your retail position(s). To get started, tap the “Create Gig” button.

GigSmart connects you to available workers via skills matching. We know every retail gig is a little different and may require various skill sets. You can get as broad or specific as you like with the types of skills you require your workers to have, which could include: “Retail Salesperson,” “Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers,” “Stocker,” “Cashier,“ “Clerk,” “Laborer,” “Stock Clerk,” “Brand Ambassador,” or more.

GigSmart is here to find you the retail workers, sales staff, or cashiers you need. If you have a job that calls for background or motor vehicle records (MVR) checked workers, you can add those as Add-Ons to your Gig.

Complete all of the prompts to fill in the details of your Gig. The more specific you can be, the better. At a minimum, we recommend including what equipment or tools to bring, what they should wear, and any additional customer service specifics. Everything you provide will be exactly what is shown to workers, which helps them determine whether or not they would like to apply to work your Gig.

Wait For Applicants

While other solutions often use algorithms to find you workers, GigSmart gives you complete control over who you hire. You will be notified as soon as qualified hourly workers apply. You can review their profiles, their applicant questionnaires, and even use in-app messaging to confirm they meet your expectations. Once you find a worker you like, you can offer them the gig. You can continue to use the in-app messaging and calling functionality to communicate with them until your retail Gig is completed.

Shelf it, Sell it

Once the date of the Gig arrives, you can use the Get Workers app to manage each temporary Worker you hire. You’ll want to start their Gig clock when they arrive at your job site. They can pause their clock at any time should they need to take a break for lunch or to rest. Once the job is completed, you’ll end their Gig clock, which will take you to a Gig Summary screen. Here you can review all of the details of your Gig, like their total time worked. If they did a great job, you can even add additional payment in the form of a tip.

Lastly, we’ll ask you to provide a worker rating (from 1-5 stars), and we’ll give you the option to leave additional comments about the worker that will be visible to the GigSmart community. To keep it fair, we’ll also ask each worker you hire to leave you a rating and review as well. These community ratings and reviews help people find the best worker or requester for future gigs.

Now that you’re familiar with the easiest way to find and hire temporary retail workers, are you ready to get started? You can create your free Get Workers hiring account now. GigSmart makes it easy to find, hire, and manage workers for all your store’s needs.

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