3 Tips for Reducing the Stress of Managing a Large Temporary Workforce

Managing a temporary workforce can be a stressful task. Especially in large groups, the coordination, management skills, flexibility and leadership required to keep everyone on track can get a little chaotic, to say the least. But with these three tips, you can make sure your team has the guidance and leadership they need to succeed.

Tip #1: Stay Organized

Managing a large workforce is challenging enough without the added complexity of temporary staff. In situations like these, there are often greater demands on your time and resources based on training and onboarding new team members, and the chance you will need to deal with a higher rate of turnover than with regular employees. It’s important to hire the right people, keep your standards high even when your needs are great, and above all – keep the team organized. A well-oiled machine works well because each part knows it’s job and is capable of meeting the goals set for it. Make sure your team has the resources and information they need to get the job done right by staying organized, tracking successes, addressing obstacles quickly and pivoting as needed.

Tip #2: Be Flexible

In large numbers, it is inevitable that some recruits will succeed and others will move on to find a project that is a better fit. Some staff simply work out better on specific temp projects than others which can make it more difficult to get the project done. This is especially true if you are unable to change as needed or be flexible in your approach to the project. Schedule and budget are two potential areas that can always benefit from a little flexibility; however, consider where you can adjust expectations in terms of remote workers, hours and incentives to recruit high-quality talent. A little flexibility can go a long way toward reducing stress.

Tip #3: Ask for Help

A large temporary workforce requires a lot of effort to manage. If you are tasked with recruiting, hiring, onboarding and supervising the entire workforce yourself, chances are you will find yourself stretched thin. To make ends meet, you may find yourself needing to ask for help. This is never a bad thing. In fact, delegation is one of the most important leadership skills a manager can have. If you find the time and effort required to manage a large group of temporary workers is resulting in undue stress, there are support options available.

Working with a staffing agency is the obvious choice in these cases. Recruiters are experts in their field, and they know how to find and onboard the talent you need to accomplish your goals. Whether the opportunities are short term, specialized or unique in some other aspect, your staffing consultants are your lifeline to making the best hires. They are well worth the investment and are fully capable of meeting the needs of even the most stressful staffing challenges.

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