Developing a balanced staffing plan isn’t easy. No matter what industry you work in, predicting your company’s staffing needs is an art – one in which it’s easy to fail. Managers who don’t master this art constantly find themselves either overwhelmed or overstaffed (and wasting valuable resources and budget). No business manager has ever overcome this problem completely, but the right tools and planning can help you sort through the confusion. How do high-level managers overcome seasonal fluctuations in productivity while maintaining the ideal staff size?
Learn to predict trends
All industries – manufacturing, sales, construction, tourism, etc. – experience seasonal variations in their workload. Now is the time to get out the books. Looking at all the years available to you, what do your company records reveal about your productivity? Which are your busiest quarters? When does work slowdown? Recognizing how these seasonal fluctuations work will keep you from being caught off guard.
Start your search early
You can’t expect to find the ideal candidate in a day. If you already know when your business will experience a spike in productivity, start planning. At the very least, you can start crafting job postings and prepping your staff weeks (or even months) in advance.
Make good use of temp workers
Layoffs are demoralizing to your entire workforce – even those who you keep on. Hiring temporary staff for a predetermined time allows you to eliminate the damage to company morale. In addition, contracting temps through a local staffing agency will help you minimize the expense of training and eliminate severance fees.
Coordinate with a local recruitment agency
Businesses in semi-rural areas, such as Lancaster County, don’t have access to a massive recruitment pool. This is why it’s so important to make use of every resource at hand. With over two decades of experience as one of the leading staffing agencies in Lancaster, PA, Staffing Service USA can help you connect with the short, and long-term staff your business needs to succeed. Contact us today to learn more about our services.