Hiring For Peak Season: How To Plan An Effective Temporary Staffing Strategy

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The HR department can also be called the people department as it deals with human issues, resolves conflicts, and ensures everyone gets along well. Besides that, they are policy and process-driven as they have to deal with the constantly changing rules in a company’s employee handbook. 

Staffing calls for a strategic data-driven approach and plays a key role in any business plan. It is also vital for business success. Here are a few tips on how to plan an effective temporary staffing strategy? 

Set Clear Goals And Have A Strategy In Place 

If you don’t have a clear idea of where the business is heading, then it can be difficult to ensure optimal staffing and employee development. Plus it can make it impossible to achieve business goals.   

As an HR professional, you need to work with all functional areas of the business to create a vision of how your product or service will change in the next five to ten years.  Will you have a new product line? Will you be having physical stores in malls along with e-commerce? Here are some ways how you can set goals and strategies

It will be difficult to know if you are achieving your goals if you don’t track HR metrics like employee retention, turnover rate, time to hire, and the number of vacancies filled.

Trying to manually collect and analyze all the data can be time-consuming and error-prone. Using HR software can make your job easier as it automatically generates reports that will tell you if you are meeting your goals.

Evaluate Your Present People Landscape 

Once you have a plan, you need to take a look at your current people management situation. You need to know how long specific tasks take to complete so that you know how many people you need to recruit for the peak season. Ask yourself these questions.

  1. What are the in-house skills?
  2. How are the current employees performing?
  3.  Are the compensation rates according to industry standards?
  4. What is the turnover rate? 

To answer these questions, you need accurate data for accurate insights. One of the best ways to get this data is through anonymous questionnaires that will help you understand what your staff think about their performances.  

Predict Optimal Staffing Levels  

While looking to outsource temporary staffing services, it is important to decide how many employees you need with certain skills. In addition, also consider the budget you would require to manage this workforce. Hiring temp staff is a good idea if you don’t have the budget to recruit full time employees.

Perform Gap Analysis 

This is the final step. You need to identify where your company is lacking in certain skills. Consider not only the skills supply in your company, but also the availability of the skill in the market. This will help you decide whether you need to upskill or recruit.

While hiring for peak season, it is important to remember that skills gaps happen during these periods. You need to identify peaks and troughs through workforce planning and shift management information in the HR system. If the skill gap is temporary then you should look to hire contract employees during this period.  

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