5 of the Most Common Staffing Problems and How to Fix Them

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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5 of the Most Common Staffing Problems and How to Fix Them.jpgIdeally, all employers want their workplace to operate smoothly and without any major dilemmas. However, there are lots of companies out there that have staffing problems, and the reasons vary greatly.

As the job market continues to be competitive and job seekers show more diversity in skill, businesses need to be flexible with change.

With the change, managers also need to hire strategically in order to keep their businesses moving efficiently. Inefficient hiring will ultimately affect the success of the business as well as the staff, which will further result in a high turnover rate. To avoid a high employee turnover, it is important to try and steer clear of significant staffing problems.

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There are a lot of very different types of staffing problems, read on to learn more about what you can look out for and how to solve these common issues.

1. Inflexible Staff

It is always an asset to a company to have employees who can wear several hats. Ideally, you want to avoid any hardship in the event of an employee leaving. This means being able to rely on other staff members to smoothly aid in projects or tasks not typically allocated to them. Additionally, in the event of an absent member, you should have employees who will be able to temporarily assume the role.

2. Inflexible Hiring

Only opting to hire full-time employees can sometimes cause staffing problems for your company. Especially with an immediate hiring need, it is more costly for a company to look for a permanent employee. Full-time work would require a much more exhaustive candidate search and more thorough training, among other proceedings.

Do not be opposed to temporary workers. Choosing a staffing agency to help you employ temporary workers can greatly benefit your company. Candidates sent to you will be the most appropriate for the position. This will free you of sifting through resumes, conducting interviews, and paying for several training sessions.

3. No Time for Screening

Managers often do not have a significant amount of time to put toward properly recruiting and screening candidates for job vacancies. This means some individuals hired may be underqualified, which might lead to firing or employees leaving.

To make sure this does not happen, it will always work in your favour to partner with a staffing agency. These agencies house professional recruiters who can find and pre-screen candidates to ensure that you are getting top talent.

4. Venturing into New Territory

Adding to the earlier point of inflexible staff, when seeking to expand the type of projects your company takes on or venture into slightly unfamiliar territory in an effort to stay current, it helps to have employees who will be able to easily take on the challenges. This way, there will be no need for additional training.

If you do not have enough employees to move around, or they do not have the skills certain assignments require, utilize staffing agencies to find temporary workers or contractual workers to take over the role.

5. Not Being Able to Fill a Position Quickly

If you know when there will be an increase in workload due to the season or holidays, be prepared for it by hiring temporary workers. This will take some of the load off of your current employees and hinder the need for overtime work.

If you are in a pickle and need to find employees very quickly, you’re going to feel some pressure to speed up the whole recruitment and hiring process. This can pose a high degree of stress on your HR department. Furthermore, it leaves room for errors during the screening and interview processes.

To ensure quality candidates, even in a short amount of time, hire a staffing agency like Liberty Staffing to alleviate the stress.


Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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