Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii, Zippy’s offering hiring bonuses


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Companies are still having a hard time finding workers so they’re adding an extra incentive. Cash.

The Wet ‘n Wild Water Park says new employees who work 35 hours a week from June 1 to Aug. 1 will make an extra $50 a week. They’re offering positions in all departments, lifeguards, food and beverage, guest service, reservations, housekeeping, party hosts, front gate, bartenders, and more.

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That’s a potential bonus of $450.

Zippy’s is also offering a hiring incentive.

New managers can earn up to $3,000 as a cash bonus or $500 for other positions. This offer is good until the end of June.

“It’s competitive everyone is looking for a great staff. I think perspective employees are also trying to determine if it’s the right time to come back into the workforce,” Zippy’s President Paul Yokota said.

Zippy’s has 170 vacancies.

“For our managerial positions we’re offering a bonus of $3,000 which is $1,500 after the managers complete their training and then another $1,500 after they’ve been working for 90 days,” Yokota added.

Wet ‘n’ Wild has about 100 openings and has replaced going to job fairs with using social media and QR codes as incoming applications have dropped by almost 20%.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 15 years and this is definitely one of the most challenging times we’ve ever encountered so we’re getting really creative with some of our recruiting,” Wet ‘n’ Wild General Manager Scott Loos.

Some blame expanded unemployment benefits for the worker shortage, but a Yale University study found that: “The expanded benefits neither encouraged layoffs during the pandemic’s onset nor deterred people from returning to work once businesses began reopening,”

As the economy bounces back and as vaccines become more wide spread, both businesses are baking on the summer.

“We’re actually very busy so we’re probably looking to hire more than we would during a typical season,” Loos added.

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