Flexible Staffing Strategy

Companies nowadays, in particular hotels, are facing a tough environment, with weakened demand, and consequentially a more chaotic business flow. Therefore, these hotels are looking for more flexible staffing strategies to accommodate the ever increasing change in demand. This has thus led to companies adopting a flexible staffing strategy. But what does this mean exactly?

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This can best be described as the company having core staff, and residual staff depending on demand. The company retains core staff during the minimal months, but is able to flexibly increase their residual staff to keep up a level of service during more demanding months. This is obviously most suited for companies that face seasonal demand, or when companies rapidly expand.

Being more specific, is that fact that core staff are not necessarily full-time. Each company needs to figure out who is needed and for how long. What job roles do you need? A manager, accountant, IT specialist etc.? Once you’ve figured that out, you then figure what type of contract these jobs should be put on. In theory this can include, ¼ time, ¾ time, or ½ time, all depending on what is needed.

Granted, putting all employees on temporary contact may be taking it to the extreme. The point of this article however, is to get one thinking about flexible staffing solutions. What works best for some seasonal businesses, may not work for the other. Just know however, that there are many companies you can approach now (Staffer being one example), who can take a look at your business and figure out what model best fits your needs.

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