Seasonal business being impacted by worker shortage

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 11:17 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Worker shortages are impacting businesses big and small, but what sort of impact will they have during the holidays?

UPS says they’re a little behind in hiring for the holidays, but Bolton Valley Ski says they’re right on track.

“We find a lot of times our trends don’t match the broader industry,” said Scott Pellegrini, Bolton’ director of marketing. He says Bolton Valley has been lucky not to face the worker shortages everyone else has. “I’ve heard pretty directly from almost every other ski resort in the state and in the country that their experience does not match ours.”

He suspects their proximity to Burlington and Montpelier as well as being family-owned are big draws for workers. Their biggest needs are in the hospitality and food areas. They hire about 150 seasonal workers. “We’ll be hiring right into January, but I wouldn’t say we’re feeling a huge emergency. There’s still hiring to do in some departments, but we’re not at a panic point,” Pellegrini said.

Over at UPS in Williston, they’re gearing up for their biggest hiring event of the year. Alex Snow, the district recruiter, said they rely on seasonal help. “It has been a slower process. We’ve got the word out,” he said. “We’re so excited to bring these people in and give them the opportunity to earn that extra money and possibly gain a career.” he said they’re aiming to hire about 150 people in the next week.

On Friday, they’ll be holding their annual hiring event, Brown Friday, where they recruit most of their seasonal employees. “This time of year, people don’t need to worry about if they’re going to get their packages from UPS,” Snow reassured. “They’re going to get the things they need and we’re going to hire the people we need to do that.”

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