How to Successfully Adapt to the Light Industrial Staffing Shortage

WurkNow Team
WurkNow Team
January 11, 2023
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Who hasn’t heard about the “recent” staffing shortage in the light industrial and other markets? The truth is: it’s nothing new.

For years, employers have struggled to find and retain top talent. The problem is only worsening as the global economy continues to shift and evolve, creating an ever-increasing demand for specialized skillsets particularly with temporary workers.

As a recruiter, what can you do? The answer is simple: adapt. If you want to be successful in today’s competitive hiring market, you need to create a recruiting center of excellence that focuses on both short-term and long-term goals.

The recruiters and staffing agencies that adapt the quickest will come out on top of these major disruptions. And if you stay the same? Well, you’re likely to be left behind.

Let’s dive into how recruiters can stay ahead of the curve and successfully hire talent during this staffing shortage. When faced with worker shortages, you must think outside the box. Below are a few ways how you can adapt your recruiting strategies.

Redefine the Role of a Recruiter

As a recruiter, think of yourself as a career manager. Your role is no longer just to find the right candidate for job orders, but also to retain them because you’ve found the right fit. Your entire hiring process — from initial contact to onboarding — should be a positive experience for your candidates which likely means an exceptional mobile app and onboarding process. This mindset will help you build a community of talent that remains loyal to your staffing agency over others and even advocates for you by referring you to other job seekers.

Be the Example for Your Clients to Follow

How can you attract the best talent if you don’t do so yourself? If you want to compete in this market, you need to create your own recruiting center of excellence, starting with investing in your current administrative staff and create a workplace where everyone feels appreciated. Offer competitive compensation packages with stellar benefits, provide training opportunities, and make sure your employees feel valued. By investing in your staff, you will increase overall productivity and job satisfaction and help foster a positive environment.

Find Efficiencies in Your Staffing Strategy

Look for ways to streamline your processes and make them more efficient. This includes everything from automating mundane tasks and utilizing technology to track, analyze and evaluate data. That means going digital first!

For example, you can use error-free time tracking to automate employee scheduling based on compliance-based policies, saving you time and mitigating risks. Leave the human touch for tasks that require intelligence or creativity like building relationships with clients and talent.

Efficiency is key in any competitive marketplace, and it will be critical to your success as a recruiter. Consider how you can focus your efforts to source, onboard and deploy with a more efficient and effective process.

More Human Touch

To stand out from the crowd, pick up the phone and call! With the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, the human element of your recruitment process is even more essential to connecting with talent to meet the demands of clients.

You can leverage staffing technologies and digital platforms, but nothing will ever replace a human conversation. It’s important to develop a relationship with your candidates and build trust and increase engagement by focusing on them. This is particularly important in the highly dynamic industrial sector.

Utilize Staffing Automation

Software that is suited for industrial staffing can be an invaluable tool in helping you stay ahead of the competition. Automated timekeeping and job order management software is a matter of knowing which areas of your business will benefit the most.

For example, working with multiple staffing partners can lead to multiple work streams. This likely creates heavy administrative workloads. Advanced technology allows you to create visibility into workforce analytics to know who is at work, on a break, on the way in, or absent. And especially during a labor shortage, having the right technology can be a game changer because you can deploy faster due to gaps or open positions based on real-time data at your fingertips for effective decision making.

WurkNow Staffing Software

By adapting to the staffing shortage, recruiters can excel and successfully hire not only the best talent but also motivated talent because your process creates a center of excellence. By redefining their roles, investing in their company’s staff, seeking efficiencies, and utilizing powerful staffing software, recruiters can find success in this competitive light industrial market.

At WurkNow, we understand the challenges of hiring during a labor shortage for the light industrial space. That’s why we offer timekeeping and job order management software that easily integrates all the pieces of the workforce experience your staffing agency desires to offer — from recruiting, onboarding, training, evaluating, and scheduling. Our powerful platform gives you the tools they need to find and engage top talent to achieve rapid deployment and automation exactly where it’s needed in your process.

With WurkNow technology, you can optimize what it means to find talent quickly and easily fill job orders — no matter what the labor market looks like. Speak to one of our digital talent acquisition experts today to assess your hiring needs or to schedule a demo of our platform.

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