Simple solutions to staff shortages in your business

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Not too long ago, if you were trying to run a business but did not have the money or resources to hire an adequate number of staff, the only possible result was failure. A sudden staff shortage due to a long-term illness or unexpected career break could be catastrophic for profits and productivity.

These days, however, things are different. Thanks to advances in technology and methodology, a business does not need to be tied down by its staff numbers. Here are three of the best modern solutions to staff shortage issues:

• Use employee referrals

If the main issue holding you back from employing adequate staff is either a dearth of talented applicants or a lack of time and money to expend on the hiring process, an employee referral system is a simple and, often, very effective solution.

As your current employees understand your business’s culture and the requirements of the position, they are likely to refer candidates who are qualified, have the right personality and are interested in being part of your team.

• Use a virtual receptionist service

Many small businesses have found great success by using a virtual receptionist service. These services handle all your incoming calls, meaning you can get on with your core business while they take care of your order taking, payment processing, customer service and more.

You don’t need to hire receptionists to answer phones, which is great if you are working from a small space or would prefer to keep your roster lean. Also, virtual receptionists are extremely helpful if your business suddenly becomes busier, as you will have a professional, well organised team manning your phones who have all the resources necessary to deal with the increased demand.

• Use internal recruitment

One quick and easy way to combat a shortage in one particular part of your organisation is to hire from another part of the organisation. Not only is this cheaper than advertising the post externally, it can also act as a motivator for your team.

As the existing employee is already established in your company, they will not need as long to adapt to its processes, and so their learning curve, theoretically, will not be so steep.

Staff shortages no longer need to be the crippling problem they once were for small businesses. Consider these excellent solutions and keep your business on target, regardless of how your circumstances might change.

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