Creative Incentives for Summer Employees

9 years 7 months 4 days ago February 24, 2007 Feb 24, 2007 Saturday, February 24 2007 Saturday, February 24, 2007 5:36:59 PM CST in News

Wedig says the start of his summer season begins close to St. Patrick Day and he's getting ready for the summer season.

"Actually, a lot of them are 18, 19, 20 year old, service staff is what we get a lot of and a little kitchen help," said Wedig.

Risky's Pizza says they don't have any trouble filling their positions over the summer, they've already started accepting applications but other stores use more creative ways to keep shelves stocked.

Across the strip at Hy-Vee they say sales double in the summer, and they need an extra 100 people.

"The hardest problem for us is trying to lure people off of the docks," said Hy-Vee manager Jeff Schielke.

Hy-vee is using a program to grab local employees and help the community at the same time.

"We're paying people their regular wages. Plus for every hour that they work one dollar goes to their group - their non-profit organization, their school, the FFA in Eldon - and it is another way for them to raise money for the schools and for us to give back to the community," said Schielke.

Schielke hopes these incentives and air conditioning will help Hy-Vee get all the help they need.

"The parents are going to be involved, the teachers are going to be involved because they know to get that money the kids have to show up for work," said Schielke.

Lake businesses take all sorts of different approaches to get employees on board. Some use local advertising, others use head-hunters who bring seasonal workers from other countries.

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