Strategic Staffing: Identifying Your Options

Payroll is often one of the largest portions of an employer’s budget, which means that finding ways to control staffing costs strategically has a huge impact on your business’s bottom line.

When you need help but you’re not certain who, when or for how long, it’s important to have the right approach to your staffing solutions.

Here are  the questions you need to be asking:

1. Why do we need more help?

The reason your employees are leaving work unfinished or feeling burned out will affect your staffing strategy. For instance, if your team is overworked due to an increase in customers or orders, hiring new long-term staff members might be the right decision for sustainable growth. If you’re facing a seasonal rush, however, temporary or contract staff might be a better choice.

When asking why you need more help, focus on the tasks that aren’t getting done, how long you expect the situation to last, and the long-term effects of adding more permanent hires.

2. What kinds of work do we need help with?

Temporary staff members are perfect for seasonal rush work or for specialized projects. For rush times, your contract staff can learn how to handle repetitive rush-specific tasks, like filling orders or collecting customer information. For specialized projects, a contract worker with the right skill set can focus on getting the project done, while your core staff attend to the day-to-day needs of your company.

Both situations represent a “special event” in the life of your company. If the work that needs to be done includes mostly tasks your core staff need to handle, however, it may be time to add a new member to your core team.

3. How long will we need extra help?

Planning for long-term business growth is an essential part of creating a strategic staffing plan. Look at your data and make some predictions about how long the increased workload will last and what it means.

Often, the best way to encourage sustainable growth is to ensure you have the right long-term hires at the right times. Your core staff don’t burn out, and you have the people you need to continue competing at the next level.

Need a Staffing Solution That’s Right For You?

At TERRA Staffing, our recruiters can help you identify your options, choose the right path, and find the best available talent to meet your needs.

To learn more or to begin hiring throughout Seattle, Portland and Phoenix, contact us today.

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