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Lessons From COVID: Why You Should Consider Flexible Staffing

Over the past nine months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a huge number of completely new and unprecedented challenges to employers. Perhaps the most significant challenge, however, has been the sudden and complete pivot to remote work. Since early March of 2020, in response to mandates from public health officials, millions of employers across the United States have had no choice but to temporarily close the workplace and transition to a distributed workforce model. This has led to a litany of technological and logistical difficulties that many organizations are still busily working to overcome. 

But like all large-scale crises, this one too has come with its silver linings. While the isolation and sedentism of long-term remote work has been undeniably hard on everyone, it also has its upsides. For example, many employers have come to learn that employees actually tend to be more productive while working from home than they are when working in the office. For their part, employees are now able to spend much more time with their immediate family members than they were when they were required to commute to their employer’s physical workplace every day. 

The bottom line is that working from home is the new normal – at least for now. And in order to be able to make the most of it (that is, to minimize the negative aspects and to maximize the positive ones), it’s essential for employers to be able to use all of the relevant strategies that are at their disposal.  

Many of these strategies, like so many other best practices of business that have emerged in 2020, are continuing to become more finely-tuned and widely-used by the day. One such strategy that can help employers to help their workplace and their workforce thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic is flexible staffing. 

What is Flexible Staffing? 

Before the onset of the pandemic, employers would normally focus on finding “permanent candidates” in their efforts to fill a vacant role within their organization. And of course, permanent candidates – that is, a candidate that is hired permanently for a position – come with some notable benefits. For one thing, hiring a permanent candidate makes it less likely that an employer will have to rededicate their time, attention, and money to hiring a new employee for the same position down the road. Permanent candidates, in other words, were considered to be highly stable, and therefore more valuable. 

But then the COVID-19 crisis swept through the business landscape and changed everything. Today, widespread uncertainty has transformed a relatively stable economic environment into a highly volatile one. None of this will come as news to employers, of course. Across the US, employers are continually striving to adapt to this new, unfamiliar, and unpredictable business landscape.  

One of the major changes that we’ve seen has been a gradual shift in focus from permanent staffing to flexible staffing. Whereas permanent candidates agree to join an organization for an indefinite length of time, temporary employees are only contractually obligated to work for an employer for a specific, predetermined length of time. This staffing model makes it much easier for employers to find and recruit talented employees who can fill limited roles during uncertain times. 

For example, let’s imagine that an investment firm is looking to allay the anxiety of their clients by publishing clear, educational, and up-to-date blog posts about the state of the economy during the pandemic. To this end, they decide to hire a professional content strategist. But the thing is, this investment firm is still finding its financial footing, and so they cannot afford to spend any more on a new hire than is absolutely necessary. As a result, they opt to hire a content strategist on a temporary basis, and they draft up a contract which stipulates that this new employee will be brought onboard specifically to draft content only as long as the pandemic lasts. Flexible staffing, in other words, provides this company with the ability to address their immediate staffing needs without having to make a long-term personal or financial commitment to a new employee. 

How Can Partnering with a Staffing Firm Help You to Find Flexible Candidates? 

Another major challenge that many employers have faced during the pandemic has been a deficit in bandwidth. With so many unfamiliar problems to contend with, how can any manager hope to navigate the new business landscape single-handedly? How, furthermore, can employers ensure that they are finding and recruiting the right flexible candidates for a particular project?

As it turns out, employers don’t have to navigate this new business landscape entirely on their own. By partnering with a professional staffing agency, your business can gain access to a huge network of talented and flexible job candidates that are ready to get to work. So no matter what your staffing needs happen to be during the pandemic, a staffing agency can help you to find the perfect candidate!

Contact Patel Consultants Today 

Are you ready to start finding top talent candidates to fill short-term positions within your organization? Or are you just curious to learn more about the benefits of flexible staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic? Either way, Patel Consultants has the resources and professional staffing experts that you can rely on. Contact us today to learn more!