Hiring a staff?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think I’d hire people off CL, or people I didn’t know.

Maybe if family or friends had friends that I wasn’t inviting, I would consider.

 

I am hiring a gentlemen from my work.. he’s going to help the boys set up the venue, as well restock/clean up the candy buffet and food stations.

I’ve known him for 6 years, he’s super trustworthy, and he could really use the extra income.

We are going to pay him $300 for the day.

Post # 4
Member
417 posts
Helper bee

@chickspartan:  I don’t see anything wrong with hiring people off of craigslist as long as you interview them, and check references.  

I had a few housecleaning jobs for a few years I got off of craigslist and I’m not a bad, dishonest, lazy person.  Make sure you go with your gut, and feel the people out, and if you have any doubts do not do it!!

Post # 6
Member
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think this is a very bad idea.  You should hire experienced event staff for such tasks.  Google terms like “event staffing” in your area and talk with them about your needs & they will give you pricing to review.

i think hiring unmanaged bodies with unknown experience & conduct from Craig’s list is asking for a disaster.

Post # 8
Member
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I would be leery simply because I’m a control freak, haha.  I suppose though, if you are interviewing these people beforehand and getting a list of prior related experience then I think it should be okay.  I think around here if I were to do the same thing I would probably pay $10/hr. I would also let them know that I will tip them based on how well they work and if they go above and beyond.  Maybe to encourage them to go that extra mile!

Post # 10
Member
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

@chickspartan:  Exactly!  I think if it were me doing the work I’d love the hourly salary, and I’d feel motivated to do a better job if I knew I could potentially get even more money. Best of luck!!

Post # 11
Member
6028 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@chickspartan:  the biggest example of why it could be a disaster is that the person is, for all intents and purposes, unknown to you, with little invested (if they don’t show up, you can’t exactly fire them— it’s a one-day gig), for little pay in the grand scheme of things. A friend-of-a-friend would be less likely to flake out because it would strain the relationships; someone from a local staffing agency would be less likely to flake out because they wouldn’t get any more jobs through that agency. While there’s always the risk that a scammer is trawling CL for easy targets, there’s a possibly larger risk that the person just plain doesn’t show up because the one day of pay is less attractive to them than sleeping in or doing something else.

Post # 12
Member
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge

I would rather use a professional event staffing company – I think it is helpful if staff know one another so they can self designate tasks accordingly. Also, unless you have an opportunity to test these people before hiring off craigslist, how do you know if they will perform the way you’d like at your event?

Everyone has different standards and I have come to realize that most people don’t live up to mine (house cleaning, gardeners, event staff, etc.). Hiring off CL seems risky (to me).

Post # 13
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@chickspartan:  

You need examples of why it could be a bad idea? Okay, here’s just a few I can think of off the top of my head :

– Not showing up at all. No call, no show, and you’re left without anybody anyway.

– Bringing extra people/guests unexpectedly. Let’s say you hire a single mother of 2, and she can’t find a sitter, so she shows up to “help” with her kids.

– Not being professional, if you hire non-professional, you won’t get a professional job. This could mean that they could start off great, and end up rude, continuously walk off the job, or even steal from you/your venue.

Just because you interview people doesn’t mean that you will see their TRUE colors. I see this everyday at my work. People put on a “face” to get a job, you never know their true intentions.

If you want to take the risk of hiring random people on what would be one of the most important day of your life, go for it. But as many have said before, it could be a very bad deal.

But then again, you COULD end up with honest, trustworthy people, too. But I’d rather know that I had hired professional, courteous help.

Post # 14
Member
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@chickspartan:  Most of those things would be bridal party, friends and family helping out, except waiters. Your caterers aren’t handling that part? If not then I think hiring people to be waiters is fine but you can get cousins or ushers to help with the other stuff. 

Post # 15
Member
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I dont think its a bad idea but check references. I have many friends that work in bars, restaurants and such that do stuff like this on the side. One even works as a florist and posts stuff to help with DIY floral arrangements on craigslist all the time. She shows up and does all the arrangements and sets up the hall for a set fee per table. If you find people that already work in these areas its a great idea but if its random people that dont have experience in the areas I wouldnt.

Post # 16
Member
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chickspartan:  I would hire a wedding coordinator (or day of coordinator) instead.  They will fill all these roles OR will find someone who will, and then it’s their responsibility to find the person, make sure they’re on-time, etc. That’s their job, and they likely have a network of people to pull from.

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