Employers are facing record labor shortages in the United States. After the COVID-19 pandemic led to many people being laid off, demands changed for both employers and employees. Companies have to learn how to navigate the new labor market. Thankfully, agencies like A.C. Coy are here to help.
Get Rid of Anything Unnecessary
Before you start addressing your recruiting strategy or do anything else, evaluate your tasks and remove anything that isn’t essential. You may take care of your own worker shortage by simply removing unnecessary tasks or jobs from your company’s agenda. If you find the work still needs to be taken care of, consider hiring a contract or part-time worker to assist you. Professional recruiters at A.C. Coy can help you assess your staff and fill in any talent gaps there may be.
Be Mindful of Scheduling
As an employer, you need to be mindful of how you are scheduling people and provide plenty of breaks. No employee expects you to offer endless breaks all day long, but you shouldn’t hold them to being on the clock every single minute between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Working late or additional hours should be optional, not required. When you start intruding on your staff’s personal time, they will start to lose interest in the job and disconnect. One thing that won’t help you address the labor shortage is losing your current employees. Working with staffing agencies like A.C. Coy can help you find workers to fill positions on your team to help address your needs without overworking your staff.
Put Your Staff First
Get an idea of what your employees would like in terms of benefits and other job perks. Poll your staff and see what they would enjoy. Then, do what you can to make those things happen. Again, losing your current staff won’t help you deal with the labor shortage. So, you want to do what you can to keep workers happy with their jobs. You might offer more flexible schedules, remote work, or flex PTO, whatever your employees say they’d like. Working with an agency like A.C. Coy can help you mitigate some of the cost of this as well. We can help you with payroll and benefits packages.
Assess Your Recruiting Strategy
Last, but not least, you need to take a hard look at your recruiting strategy and assess whether it’s working for you or not. When you post a new job description or communicate with people about the company, are you able to provide facts and offer some excitement about the position? Remember, this is your first chance to make an impression on the candidate. So, you want to get their attention but also offer an honest overview of the position.
A.C. Coy can help you with every step of the recruiting process, from sourcing candidates to onboarding the new recruit. Contact us to learn more about our staffing services.