How Your Business Is Affected When You Have Empty Positions

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By Lisa Hutchinson

Topics: Empty Positions


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How_Your_Business_Is_Affected_When_You_Have_Empty_Positions.jpgEmploying too many people can increase your costs and eat away at your profits, which isn’t good for business. But the opposite can have even more devastating effects. Having empty positions at your company and being short staffed can be detrimental to many areas of your business.

We understand that you might not have the time, resources, or personnel to devote to hiring, but this is detrimental to your business. Hiring should be a top priority, because being short staffed can harm your business. When you have empty positions, you open yourself up to the consequences described below.

Low Productivity

First and foremost, when you are short staffed, your productivity is reduced. Your current employees might not be able to handle the extra workload left when someone moves on from your company. As a result, productivity slows down, which will hurt your profits. You need maximum productivity, which is why having empty positions is unacceptable.

Employee Stress

Leaving positions empty for a long time can really harm employee morale and increase your workers’ stress levels. They’ll have to take on extra work, which means they’ll be faced with more work than they can do in a day, a faster pace than they’re used to, and tight deadlines that they might not be able to meet. They might have to work overtime and you might start to see serious signs of burnout.

Increased Turnover

If your employees burn out and are stressed and unhappy in their employment, chances are, they’ll start looking for work elsewhere. Who wants to go into work every day feeling miserable and stressed out? Losing even more employees due to employee stress will lead to even more empty positions to fill. This is counterproductive to business as well as costly.

Increased Overtime Costs

When you are short staffed, and there is too much work in a day to be completed by your staff, you may be forced to pay for overtime, which is far more expensive than just hiring people to fill those empty positions you have.

Inability to Grow

When you have empty positions, your company will be struggling to handle its current workload. It’s going to be impossible to even consider taking on new and exciting opportunities that can allow your business to grow. Your business growth will be stunted, which will cause your bottom line to suffer.

Errors and Accidents

Errors and accidents need to be avoided at all costs. But when you’re short staffed and your employees are working overtime, are exhausted, and can barely keep up, they’ll rush through their work, they’ll be unfocused, and they’ll be prone to making errors and even getting into risky situations where accidents can occur. Safe, quality work should be top priority, and this comes with having a full workforce.

Decreased Customer Service

When you have empty positions, your customers can suffer. You might miss deadlines, ship orders out late, and make unacceptable mistakes that damage your reputation, customer loyalty, and customer satisfaction level. And this can stick with you for a long time to come.

Engage a Staffing Agency

When your day is filled with meetings and important responsibilities, it can be easy to move hiring down your list of priorities. But leaving positions empty for too long can have devastating consequences on your staff, your productivity, and your bottom line. You simply can’t afford to keep positions empty for long. You need a full staff.

When you don’t have the time, resources, or personnel to dedicate to recruiting and hiring for your empty positions, the best thing you can do is engage a staffing agency. Your agency will be able to fill your full-time, part-time, and temporary roles quickly and easily, so you can maintain productivity, employee morale, high-quality work, and great customer service. When you work with a staffing agency, you’ll find the workers you need, and everyone will benefit.

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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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