For many organizations, the fourth quarter represents the busiest time of the year. From higher production demands to an uptick in service needs, these final months of the year can cause stress and anxiety for business leaders. However, using a staffing agency to fill seasonal employment needs takes the hassle out of hiring this fall and during the busy holiday season.
Historically, the fourth quarter sees the largest boost in temporary help each year. And with the second and third quarters showing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the final months of 2020 could show more businesses than ever leaning on temporary staffing to support the demands of the holiday season, as well as continued easement of pandemic restrictions. Learn how planning ahead and using seasonal staffing the final months of 2020 can help your business meet these three needs.
Meeting Production Needs
In some industries, particularly retail, demand rises exponentially during the holiday season. To ensure a high level of customer and client satisfaction, businesses stock their workforces with more talent to meet higher demands. From point-of-sale clerks to production line workers, temporary help can be the difference between staff burn-out and a strong, healthy workforce. And as businesses attempt to get back on track from early year losses, we may see an economic resurgence the final months of the year. From brick-and-mortar stores to online hubs to fulfillment and shipment centers, businesses can expect to see seasonal staffing be the difference maker toward the end of 2020.
Filling the Vacation Gap
While the fourth quarter can be the busiest time of year for businesses, it can also be the most understaffed period due to employees vacationing and spending the holidays with family and friends. Weather your company is in-house or utilizing a remote workforce, studies show the importance of taking time away from work to recharge and boost productivity. So rather than discouraging core employees from using vacation days at the end of the year, consider filling the gap with temporary workers.
Evaluating Potential Employees
An additional benefit of seasonal staffing is uncovering star workers in the local talent pool. When using temporary workers through a staffing company, employers get first-hand experience in evaluating potential full-time employees. Employers can avoid the cycle of high turnover costs and the lasting effects of a bad hire through seasonal staffing. According to ASA, 35% of workers in staffing positions were offered permanent positions after their temporary assignments ended. That means more than one-third of temporary employees were seen as the right fit for a company to bring them on full time. Using temporary employment the final months of the year is a great way to help in the year-end crunch, as well as find the talent your business needs to reach your goals in 2021.
Express Is Here to Meet Your Staffing Needs
With staffing solutions in Light Industrial, Offices Services, Skilled Trades, and Professional, Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. At Express, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, our international network of franchises offer localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve, employing 552,000 people across North America in 2019. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. To see how Express can help take the hassle out of hiring this year and visit ExpressPros.com today!
How has staffing helped your business during the fall season? What do you do to keep up with the end-of-year demands of the fourth quarter? Let us know in the comments section below!