Why contingent staffing during a pandemic?
Companies worldwide are facing new challenges due to the impact of Covid-19, and hiring and staffing practices are facing some of the biggest changes. The businesses that get to the other side of this economic breakdown will likely be stronger than ever. One of the key decisions any business makes as we hopefully begin to see the light of a revamped economy, relates to hiring and how to approach it in this era of uncertainty. It's actually the perfect time to consider a staffing agency like AllTech for contingent workers to help create a more fluid workforce. Here's a few reasons why:
It’s a major time saver. Time spent reviewing resumes and applications, interviewing, negotiating and onboarding is outsourced as part of this process, allowing you to focus on other tasks. Essentially, HR for this employee is outsourced. This also greatly increases the speed of the hiring process, allowing your important projects to get off the ground sooner. Great talent is very heard to find, and it makes sense to partner with experts that have existing relationships and networks. Time to hire is an important factor when it comes to how much an open position can cost a company. The longer a position is open, the higher the cost due to a loss in productivity and diverting resources. Working with a staffing firm can help decrease the time to hire and help decrease a loss in productivity.
– It creates flexibility for you. Use these niche consultants only when needed and when they’ll be productive. Most often, we contract with business for a 6-12 month period, covering specific project needs. Other times, we’ll engage in a contract to hire scenario, enabling the client to “try before they buy” and after a 6 month contract period, the client brings the contractor on board as a full time employee. Another common practice is to use a staffing firm to uncover full time hires for your business, and pay a fixed, negotiated percentage of their annual salary as a fee. We can offer this type of flexibility to meet you needs, while most times, an internal hiring process cannot.
– It reduces your business risk. The employee technically works for us, and any insurance or benefit issues lie with the staffing firm. Human Resources isn’t a part of the equation for your business as it relates to the contractor.
– It saves money. Companies are trying to be more productive and only have workers when they are absolutely needed. They need to find ways to make sure every dollar they spend is going to help the business. Temp staffing allows them to only have people when they need them, and those people are being productive.
One of the most important factors is working with the right staffing firm for your needs. Before you can start finding quality employees, you have to choose a staffing firm that’s right for your business. As with all business relationships, a staffing firm also needs to provide real value to you to be worth the investment. Have a conversation with a staffing firm, and truly find out if they can bring value to your organization. Find a firm that treats your organization as a business partner, not just a client. Are they too large to offer the personal touch that you need? Are they responsive? Are their candidates matches to the specific needs of your requisition, or just general skill matches? Do they understand your projects?
At AllTech, we’re trying to build relationships by being uncommon. We listen. We work for you, our clients. We value your time, and we use it wisely. We communicate efficiently and collaboratively. We’ll take the time to understand your specific needs, and we’ll tailor our mission to meet them. Each and every time. We’re industry veterans with decades of experience, and we’re not here to play games. We’re genuine in everything that we do. Our reputation depends on it.
If you’re looking for a trusted, dependable partner for your direct or C2C IT Staffing and Recruiting needs, look no further. We’d love to discuss your specific needs, and show you the AllTech difference. All it takes is one opportunity.
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10 Things Leaders must do during COVID-19
We never thought we would see such days, but here we are, amidst COVID-19 crisis, navigating through an unfamiliar & unchartered territory. With offices still being closed, our homes are no longer just living places, where we come back from work to unwind & relax with our families, children and pets. Our homes are now evolving & transforming into schools for our children & more importantly, into our Full Time Workplaces! The New work norm calls for intertwining of our personal and professional spaces, which most of us prefer to keep separate. Individuals now have to work remotely, from their homes, confined to a limited space and with limited interaction with people. Coupled with fear and uncertainty of times, this can be challenging for most of us and can trigger feelings of isolation, anxiousness and stress. This is impacting the mental health of people in the workforce.
Maintaining the Mental Health & Safety of Employees & Workforce, thus becomes, a crucial focus for businesses in their response to this crisis.
Businesses and Leaders need to understand and acknowledge this change in work environment of the employees and how it is impacting them and their work. Leaders play a critical role in all of this and they are crucial to creating a healthy workplace for all. They are the ones that supervise, guide, support and influence the workforce.
So here are a few tips for Leaders and Managers, to ensure a healthy workforce and help them keep their staff and teams, sane during these testing times –
- Be Patient, Accommodative and Flexible. Everyone has different home environments and coping mechanisms, and most are handling changes creating from work from home demands. A few team members may take more time, than others, to adjust to this environment. It’s important to understand everyone’s situation and give them space to get accustomed to new routines. Acknowledge the human side of you and create a psychologically safe work environment for employees.
- Talk about Mental health openly and encourage others to do the same. Create prospects for connections among team members, to help them stay engaged in these new settings, and display compassion and support to your team. Direct them to helplines or counselling if required.
- Communicate and Interact with your Team regularly. As humans, we desire social interaction. Momentous interactions help us feel valued, positive, energetic and give us a sense of support. 4. Connect with Team members, individually and collectively, more often than you may have done in your normal office setting. A daily touchpoint call, video calls, weekly connects, will keep them motivated and will foster a sense of routine for them.
- Keep a few extra minutes in every call to connect with everyone on a personal level and ask them, how they are doing, how they are adapting to this new work environment & listen to each one’s response. This is a great conversation starter during group connects. Pay attention to their tones, and if the call is a video conference, pay attention to their body language. This will help you identify those that are struggling to cope up with the current changes.
- Use more of Video Communication. It is more effective. Use it to relay information & ensure that it is being understood. Also, sometimes body language speaks louder than words and not all team members are comfortable to interrupt their managers on calls.
- Keep workflow transparent and easy to follow. Give definite clear work expectations, including how and when to communicate, expected response times, project leads and due dates, on calls or in virtual meetings. These are more effective than writing long emails for information dissemination during these times. You want to avoid causing any panic and confusion within the team on work.
- Call unannounced or give a little nudge to a person if they’ve gone silent. In an office setting we don’t really always wait for a meeting invite, to go and talk to a person, and the same can be done from home. Few unannounced calls and nudges, can help keep tabs on people, reduce their stress and help foster that personal connection between the team.
- Keep your team Aware, Engaged and Committed. Help them see the bigger picture and the mission of the organization.
- Regularly monitor the health of the workforce and keep a Pulse check on them. Collect employee feedback on how and what to improve or the challenges they are facing and try to act on them, to the best you can.
In times of crisis, it’s important for Leaders to uphold the company’s cultural values and transfer them into positive work strategies that will foster trust and commitment with employees. This will help create a healthy workforce, ready to adapt and deal with future work changes, and one which will contribute to long term business success.