Project work is uniquely demanding for companies. It can seem like the work either comes in all at once or lags, leaving your company struggling to keep your team busy. This is a very relatable challenge for every business who works hard to bring in work, then needs to staff up quickly to get the work done. Project demands will always require planning and balance in terms of workload and staffing, but there are three pretty simple things you can do to make sure you have the people you need to get the job done.
1) Market for Future Work
When a business is in marketing mode, it can seem like the sooner they can line up work the better. Those quick turn projects can be really appealing from a profitability standpoint, but when it comes to having the right people on hand to do the work at the right time, they can be challenging. That’s why businesses should always be in marketing mode, seeking out and chasing long term work that might not be right on the horizon, but it can help your company plan to stay in the green long into the foreseeable future. This takes a constant presence in the industry, staying on top of market trends and connecting with existing and prospective clients regularly to remind them of the amazing services you can provide.
2) Maintain a High-Quality Talent Pipeline
Employers and hiring managers have a powerful tool at their disposal when it comes to recruiting, specifically, their professional networks. Recommendations from other employers, past connections with employees and candidates, and social connections can all provide valuable opportunities to learn of and recruit top industry talent, even for high turn-over positions. Stay active in your network and regularly reach out to partners for suggestions or recommendations on candidates. This will help ensure a steady stream of applicants when you are most in need.
3) Partner with a Staffing Firm
Staffing firms are an excellent resource for companies who have a somewhat unpredictable project load. They can really handle the heavy lifting when it comes to recruiting and onboarding new talent. Just the background check and screening process can be lengthy and resource consuming, especially for companies who do not have a dedicated HR team. By working with a staffing service, you are better able to focus on your product or solutions, and simplify your workforce management process, reducing cost and time to hire, excess overtime, and stress on your core team.
Are you looking for top talent?
If you haven’t worked with a staffing firm before but are interested in learning more, contact the team at USPRO. Our dedicated talent experts know just how to help your business plan for those peak-season hiring sprints. Your projects, your core team, and your clients will be glad you did.