What is your Staffing Situation?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting

Jun 23, 2020

With businesses slowly reopening, staffing is likely to be a challenge. It will be critical for companies to have a clear idea of what they need to budget for as part of a coronavirus recovery plan, and to determine what cuts have to be made to make the most of all available revenue. Unless your business had a large amount of capital on hand going into the pandemic, devoting additional resources to the recruitment of new employees will be challenging, if not impossible, in the beginning.  Before choosing whether to hire on your own or hire a staffing firm, consider the following scenarios:

Scenario 1:

You’re a construction firm that had to lay off your workers during the pandemic. You land a new construction project with a short deadline, and there is no way you can handle the extra workload with limited workers. Do you:

  • Call a staffing firm and have them send qualified, experienced construction workers who will work on-site for you, but be paid by the staffing firm?
  • Pull limited capital to post multiple job ads so you can hire several people at one time? (Hiring means putting them on your payroll, then laying them off when the project is done.)

Scenario 2:  

Your plant production was cut due to COVID-19 and you had to cut your staff in half, furloughing several employees in several positions.  Corporate has approved staggered hiring. Do you:

  • Call a staffing firm and have them send qualified, experienced staff for the different departments in the plant to be paid by the staffing firm?
  • Pay for multiple job ads for multiple positions on multiple job boards to recruit for direct hire personnel? Hiring directly on your payroll, and then possibly laying them off is a loss in production.
  • Start calling past staff hoping they are still available to return to work?

Scenario 3:

Your Controller retired during the pandemic and your company is looking for a replacement. Your internal accounting staff does not have the experience or qualifications to promote from within. Do you:

  • Call a staffing firm and have them send a qualified, experienced Controller and pay a direct hire fee to hire them straight into your payroll?
  • Pay for multiple job ads, go through countless resumes, set up lengthy interviews, and then conduct extensive background and reference checks just so you can hire someone?

Rather than spend precious hours in the grueling hiring game, the safest, most effective answer for all of the above is A.  The more outside help you have to help prepare staffing, the more you can focus on activities that deliver revenue to your business. Not sure how to handle your staffing situation, call Lofton Staffing Services to help.

About Lofton: Founded in 1979, Lofton Services offers clients the best of all worlds. We provide the responsive, personal service and flexibility of a small local firm while having the technology, resources, and infrastructure to deliver the benefits of the biggest players in our industry. Lofton Staffing can deliver the right people, with the right skills, right when you need them. Contact us today

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