How to Deal with Being Understaffed & How Temps Can Help

Today’s economy presents some new roadblocks for employers. If demand for your product or service is high, you need extra help. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and the heightened uncertainty it’s brought about – you might want to avoid hiring full-time.

How can your company maintain healthy staffing levels without adding to your permanent overhead? It’s simple with temporary staffing. Here are some ways it can help you overcome being understaffed, so you can navigate the season ahead with ease.

Provides help for an employee who’s out on leave.

When someone on your team is out of the office for an extended period of time, it can add to the workload of the rest of your staff. Over time, this can lead to stress and burnout, impacting productivity and causing more mistakes.

Instead, when you bring in a temporary employee, you can get the extra hands you need, for as long as you need them. Whether it’s a week or a month, you’ll have the right level of support and assistance without tapping your core staff for extra hours.

Gives you specialized expertise for a specific project.

If you need a specialized skill set for a short-term period of time, it’s difficult to know where to turn. However, a temporary employee can provide the answer. Temporary workers are available in many fields and a range of capacities, whether you need administrative help or support at the executive level. You can leverage their unique skill set for as long as needed. They’ll then move onto their next assignment once the project is over.

Makes your workforce more flexible.

There are likely times during the year that are busier than others. It doesn’t make sense to hire full-time employees. Yet, these demanding periods can be a burden for your core staff. It’s easier to manage through them when you have a flexible workforce that includes temporaries. You can bring them in when needed, for as long as you need them, to navigate through seasonal fluctuations. You’ll get short-term help and support without a permanent, fixed expense.

Offers a more cost-effective solution to understaffing.

Hiring is expensive. Not only does it cost to post jobs, screen resumes and interview candidates, but once you do make a decision to hire, you also have to pay taxes, unemployment and workers’ compensation, plus salary and benefits.

When you bring temporary workers on board instead, though, you’ll have the extra hands you need without the added costs. In general, the staffing agency you work with pays the employment-related expenses, so you don’t have to take on that responsibility. You’ll simply increase flexibility without adding to overall operating costs.

Are you ready to bring in temporary workers?

Murray Resources can help. As one of Houston’s top temporary agencies, we’re proud of our partnerships with organizations across the area to help them maintain healthy staffing levels. Whether you need one temporary worker to fill-in or an entire team of them to complete a project, we’re the agency you can trust for top performers who can make an immediate impact. Contact us today to learn more.