The Complete Guide to the Changes in Temporary Staffing Industry
HR professionals recommend certain changes in the temporary staffing industry to adapt to the changing needs without letting it affect the performance of the company. These can be implemented gradually to ensure that the company adjusts well within a short span of time.
If we look at various jobs and their job descriptions, we will realise that there are so many specifications in each of the jobs. With ever-evolving times, the demands of the work have also changed. Now, expecting all these demands to be fulfilled by one single person is unrealistic and also not beneficial for the company.
Following one single strategy for hiring all kinds of people and assigning them duties is itself a huge task for the human resources and recruiting team. While that can still be under control for regular full-time employees, it can turn out to be a tedious task for the HR department. This is because, with increasing specifications and job descriptions, along with the number of hours that the employees put in, they would need different treatment.
Hiring diversified talent for the company
Contractual employees only work for a certain pre-decided number of hours in the week. Some of them are demand-based employees, which means that they assist the company only when there is a demand for their services. Some would be helping the company in a particular season when the company’s workload is extremely high. While some other employees might work for certain months of the year but not have any professional tasks in the company for the rest of the months. The company needs to cater to these specifications while hiring qualified professionals and specialists while making sure not to cause an increase in expenditure.
This kind of work, known as temporary staffing, needs different treatment in terms of deciding pay structures, setting deadlines, managing invoices, calculating working hours and taking care of other deductions like taxes. This helps the company hire the best talent in the industry without letting the finances go overboard.
Changes in temp staffing
Few companies are adept with the changes happening in the modern world and planning to stay ahead of time. But some are not there yet and are trying to transition from conventional workplaces to modern ones. While moving from conventional staffing to temporary staffing, keep in mind the demands of the workplace. Going ahead and helping the candidates choose the kind of task they would want to take up and hone their skills is an important task that human resources can perform. To manage the specifications that this kind of staffing requires, one can also make use of technological solutions.
HR professionals recommend the following changes in the temporary staffing industry to adapt to the changing needs without letting it affect the performance of the company. Changes in temp staffing can be implemented gradually to ensure that the company adjusts well within a short span of time.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, some of these changes become not only advisable but also essential. Let us have a look at these.
- There is going to be more competition for a limited number of jobs
After the pandemic hit, many of the employees working in the culture of temporary staffing lost their jobs. So when companies are hiring next, there are going to be a lot of applicants competing for the limited number of posts. There is an increase in competition. Moreover, there has always been some amount of competition existing even when the pandemic did not exist. With so many people coming up with similar kinds of qualifications and a limited number of jobs, it has never been easy.
But the sad part about it is that the number does not necessarily denote the quality of the applications that the company receives. It might be possible that the company is receiving a lot of applications and the HR might not find even one suitable for the role they are offering. The chances of this happening increase during the pandemic as well.
So the HR department would have to adapt to the practice of hiring the best from the available lot and train them to meet the needs of the company. Otherwise, even if companies keep looking for the best talent, it is going to take a lot of revenue and time as well. The preparation of HR adjusting to changes in temp staffing starts right here.
- Social distancing is the key but it does not promise the best
Social distancing being one of the key practices followed in the post-pandemic era, is going to be the future of most companies for the next few years. There are already several people walking ahead of time and have got furniture suitable for social distancing needs in place. The sad part about social distancing is that it does not promise the best interactions and hence, does not yield the same quality of results.
- There is an inevitable loss of revenue till companies are fully adjusted to the new normal and this loss is balanced
As mentioned earlier adjusting to the new normal is not exactly an easy task. It is a difficult position to be in and hence it takes up many resources, both in terms of time and revenue for a company. So adjusting to the new normal has sunk costs significantly for most companies, which will take time to recover.
- It is difficult to maintain payroll after the pandemic hit and it is going to continue to be the same in future
The system of payroll has to be even more strict in the post-pandemic period and there is a difficulty in maintaining records already. But especially now the company cannot afford to have any mishaps happening in the payroll process because of the different types of employees that are hired in the company. The HR department has to assume an even bigger responsibility to make sure that the company is spending accurately.
- Some industries were able to keep up with growth
While some industries were badly hit by the pandemic, there were some which were able to keep up with the challenging needs of the hour and stand stronger. That did not necessarily depend on the kind of industries that they were part of. Industries dealing with essential needs like food, water, eatables, etc. were surviving but other industries had a hard time keeping up.
- There is a speculative demand for services offering resource management
Now, we are certain about the changes that are going to happen in staffing, we also know that we have to prepare ourselves well and do not lead to changes that affect the productivity and efficiency of the company. Resource management is an extremely important area to incorporate that. To make sure that HR is not overburdened with these responsibilities, one can hire good resource allocation services.
- There is less reliance, for both, the company as well as the employees
The Covid-19 era taught us that nothing is permanent and it is ultimately the allocation of revenue that decides the future of so many things including the company and its employees. It comes with a prerequisite of not having any kind of reliance and dependability. The company cannot be dependent upon employees as well as their employees cannot be dependent on companies. Whenever there is a better deal available to both parties, one does not think twice and opts for the deal as temporary staffing is only temporary and does not offer any security.
- The recruitment process may become extremely exhaustive and take a few more resources than usual
With so many changes, various specifications and a lot of different needs, the recruitment process becomes difficult. Employees might be extremely overburdened because of the number of applications already and to add to that there are specific demands and needs at having to be made, which would result in the HR department getting exhausted.
If companies plan in advance and prepare themselves, it would be easier for them to adjust to the changes without having to face many hurdles and the transition can become smoother.
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