The pandemic and ensuing shutdown in many regions left businesses reeling. Staffing firms were also impacted, fortunately, the ability to be flexible and respond quickly to unexpected change is part of their mission and business model. As companies struggled to adapt to the new reality and keep their organizations in business, staffing partners like The Panther Group were able to step in when needed most.
What Steps Businesses Took To Work With Staffing Companies During the COVID Shutdown
1. Filling in for absent employees
Many employees needed to take leave at some point during the pandemic. Whether they became ill, needed to care for family members or were dealing with childcare gaps, critical positions went vacant. Still, employers did not want to permanently replace valued employees. Instead, they turned to staffing firms to provide highly qualified temporary employees to step into the gap until the full-time employees are ready to return.
2. Taking on COVID-related responsibilities
Jobs that no one could have anticipated needing became necessary during the coronavirus pandemic. Screeners were needed to ensure anyone entering the building was healthy. Specialized cleaners are required to keep surfaces sanitized. Facilities staff were called into service to arrange workspaces to accommodate social distancing. Since these are unlikely to be permanent additions to the workforce, partnering with a staffing firm is an ideal solution.
3. Helping High-Demand Businesses Keep Up
Not all sectors experienced a pandemic downturn. Medical device manufacturing, healthcare and logistics are just a few industries that experienced an increase in business from the pandemic. Staffing firms could step in with qualified, experienced help on-demand, enabling them to take advantage of new opportunities and provide the resources needed to meet increased demand.
4. Providing Project-Based Help
Some of the increased opportunity comes in the form of short-term opportunities that companies may not have the full-time staff to handle. Whether they needed people with specialized skills or just to increase staff to keep up with demand presented, staffing firms have the resources and support they need.
5. Identifying Remote-Savvy Candidates
If recruiting remote workers is not part of the manager’s skill set, they can rely on the expertise of a staffing and recruiting partner. They have more experience in identifying not only the skills and experience needed for the position, but also find people who can perform their duties effectively from a remote location.
6. Assisting in Screening Prospects
With many companies operating remotely or wishing to minimize the number of new people their employees were exposed to, they turned to staffing firms so that candidates most likely to move on in the hiring process entered the office.
The pandemic caught nearly everyone off guard, but staffing firms were able to bring a unique expertise to the new challenges businesses face. Chances are you’re continuing to experience new challenges and opportunities and challenges in the pandemic and its aftermath. If you would like expert assistance, contact the specialists at The Panther Group.
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