Although the economic effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may still not be fully realized, businesses across North America are feeling the immediate crunch due to community regulations, social distancing, and government-mandated closures. For those remaining in operation, new challenges are coming to light.
Filling the Talent Shortage
Whether your business has transitioned to remote production or remains open with a limited in-person customer allowance, you may find a talent shortage of the necessary employees needed to maintain production needs. Businesses across North America have found themselves at a halt, sending millions of workers back to the talent pool looking for work. And while there are specific jobs that are not being performed due to the current situation, plenty of companies need to bolster their workforce.
From online fulfillment companies and grocery stores to transportation and freight services, the need for people to meet the demand of these types of positions has never been higher. Another area of need is in Office Services. With some companies operating from homes, they are able to hire more remote, contract workers to fill the need of answering phones, fulfilling orders, and providing customer and technical support.
Staffing companies, like Express Employment Professionals, have key relationships with clients like these and are consistently connecting with businesses to fill the needs of both companies and job seekers.
Finding Essential Workers
According to the Department of Homeland Security and the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency, there are 16 critical infrastructure sectors during this pandemic that include hundreds of essential workers and job functions needed to maintain the structure, health, and wellbeing of the community. Within these 16 key sectors, there are vital positions that need to be filled. If your business is one of these 16, you are tasked with finding essential workers to help with the local, regional, and national needs of the people:
- Chemical Sector
- Commercial Facilities Sector
- Communications Sector
- Critical Manufacturing Sector
- Dams Sector
- Defense Industrial Base Sector
- Emergency Services Sector
- Energy Sector
- Financial Services Sector
- Food and Agriculture Sector
- Government Facilities Sector
- Healthcare and Public Health Sector
- Information Technology Sector
- Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
- Transportation Systems Sector
- Water and Wastewater Systems Sector
Workforce management companies and staffing firms can help search, recruit, and fill these vital positions. By utilizing state-of-the-art talent search technology and recruiting among available professionals, this is a viable option for your business. Companies like Express are able to handle all of the recruiting, screening, interviewing, and hiring for you remotely so you can focus on the safety and success of your business. And because each worker is employed by the staffing company, your business won’t have to worry about hiring full-time employees during these uncertain times.
Embracing Employer Resource Tools
Workforce management firms like Express are focused on being a one-stop-shop for your HR and employment needs. During times like these, companies not only need workers to meet current market demands but also resources and training for their employees and management team to equip them for organizational growth. If your company has slowed production, this may be a good time to focus on professional development.
Express has complimentary resources to help develop your team, from on-demand leadership videos and training webinars to white papers and knowledge-based development material. One specific professional development resource Express is offering is ExpressTalks: Celebrity Edition on April 22, 2020. This online business leader event includes dynamic speakers providing business insight, motivation, and leadership advice to help organizations cultivate better leaders
And for our clients, we have tools to handle all invoicing, billing, reporting, and tracking online, taking the hassle out of employment and helping keep you and your team healthy and safe.
How has using workforce management providers helped your business? What are you doing to help fill the need during this global climate? Let us know in the comments section below