Why a Contingent Workforce Helps Overcome the Blue-Collar Worker Shortage

There have been few successful solutions to the blue-collar worker shortage so far. Here’s why a contingent workforce may be the answer.

February 5, 2021

blue collar worker

The blue-collar worker shortage has long been a problem for the American economy. Despite the attention the issue has received, there have been few successful solutions. The move toward a more contingent workforce is happening now. This shift will lead to greater pressure on businesses to identify and hire contingent workers who can get the job done.

37% of blue-collar-heavy companies reported a measurable adverse impact of the worker shortage on the company’s profitability versus just 9% of white-collar-heavy companies.

—The Conference Board, 2020

The U.S. workforce shortage—especially for blue-collar workers—is expected to continue through at least 2030, according to a study by The Conference Board. Factors driving the blue-collar workforce shortage include:

  • The baby boomer exodus
  • Dismal growth in the working-age population
  • Disappointing recovery in overall labor force participation
  • Men without a college degree are less likely to work
  • Large increase in disability rates
  • More young adults are avoiding trades, pursuing college instead
  • Young adults are much less likely to be in the labor force

By being open to contingent workers, businesses tap into talent that they might not otherwise gain access to, especially those who may have specific knowledge and training that could be beneficial to their operations. Many businesses are realizing that the quickest and most efficient way to get specialized talent is to hire them as contingent workers. Depending on future needs, these workers can eventually be transitioned into full-time positions.

Offering Greater Flexibility

Flexible working arrangements can also be an asset for a new generation of workers. They may have been recently separated from full-time employment or are reconsidering their career options. People often work on a part-time or temporary basis so that they can pursue other interests or gain experience in their chosen career, with an eye on pursuing a full-time position. The primary reasons temporary workers choose to be temporary workers are:

  • As a method of finding a regular/permanent job or because I thought it might lead to a regular/permanent position, 49%
  • Supplemental income while looking for a regular/permanent position, 11%
  • Supplemental income while not looking for a regular/permanent position, 14%
  • Learning new skills/get work experience, 13%
  • Other, 13%

Source: Staffing Industry Analysts

Expanding Business Operations

The current environment has provided businesses of every size and sector ample opportunity to reconsider their roles in the continued economic recovery. Businesses will focus on diversifying in order to mitigate risk: Some of them may be eager to grow their project base; others may be looking into different markets.

If businesses are considering expanding their geographic footprint or service offerings, contingent workers may be a tremendous asset during this important transition. With contingent workers, businesses can find workers with the specialized skills that they need for a particular project, without having to make a long-term commitment. 

Staying Agile in Uncertain Times

Businesses are increasingly looking for flexibility and scalability to meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy and to take advantage of new opportunities. As the business landscape continues to change, the makeup of their workforce will need to adjust as well. A temporary workforce allows for flexibility to adjust as needed, accommodating changes in the industry and financial circumstances that businesses will face in the future.

While every business has its own unique needs based on industry, location and other factors, contingent workers can bridge an important gap as leaders map out their plan of action. As we see more people turn to contingent work as they adapt to the current economic climate, having the ability to find workers and in the future is imperative.  

In order to find the contingent workers you need, when you need them, a staffing agency can help enormously and keep things moving along smoothly. If you’re looking for a staffing partner to help you, contact PeopleReady today.

Infographic: 3 Tips to Rebound Your Workforce Post-COVID-19

We provide a few important tips to help your business navigate the world of work and come back stronger than before during the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 21, 2021

Every company, in some way, has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now as businesses look to reopen their doors, it’s critical they take the steps outlined in this PeopleReady infographic into consideration. 

Tips for Tackling After-Hour Work with JobStack

You get an urgent call from a customer requesting more workers at the job site. See how PeopleReady can help support your staffing efforts quickly and easily.

January 17, 2021

It’s 6 p.m. and after closing up shop, you’re finally ready to head home for the day. Just as you’re about to walk out the door, you get an urgent call from a customer. They have an urgent need that affects your job site.

How often do you find yourself working after hours? Sometimes it’s inevitable. In fact, 85.8% of men and 66.5% of women in the United States are working overtime. If you’re in this majority, here are some tips for tackling after-hours work.

Create a Plan

Taking work home with you can mean stress and distractions. A plan will help you stay on task as opposed to juggling work and your personal life. Make sure your plan indicates where you’ll be working, and create a work space at home will help keep you in a work mindset. There are likely to be distractions, so make sure to work in breaks as well.

Tackle What You Can

Always start with the most urgent tasks. If you know you need to complete a task on the jobsite by 7 a.m., tackle that first. The later it gets in the evening, the more likely it is that the other people you rely on will be offline. Always set a non-negotiable time where you put away your work. This will help you prioritize what you can get done before bed.

Partner When Possible

Look for partners who offer around-the-clock help. PeopleReady offers staffing solutions 24/7. Remember, always start with the most urgent tasks. With PeopleReady and JobStack, you’re able to place staffing orders from anywhere, at any time. This helps you get the help you need quickly, giving you more time to focus on more complicated tasks.

5 Indicators That You Need Staffing Help

Ensuring you have the right talent to get the job done well is part of the foundation of success—but what if you feel like you’re struggling to find the workers you require? Get expert advice here.

January 16, 2021
Woman holding paper turning from a white baord

You’re running a business—and you want it to move as efficiently, effectively, and excellently as possible. To do this, you’re looking for the best ways to operate, at the lowest cost possible. Whether in advertising, production, or HR—figuring out what makes sense for your bottom line and the wellness of your operations is crucial…and your recruiting is no different. Ensuring you have the right talent to get the job done well is part of the foundation of success—but what if you feel like you’re struggling to find the workers you require?

If you notice any of the following, it might be time to see how a staffing company can support your needs.

You’re stretched too thin.

When you’re busy posting ads for jobs, following up with interviewees, calling references, and reviewing resumes—you find you have less time to do the things your business needs to succeed. If you’re unable to attend to the core responsibilities and functions of your role, you will see the numbers slide. As the owner or manager, it’s vital your attention be focused on the activities that keep revenue flowing instead of being sidelined by finding workers you need.

You have a limited hiring budget.

Some businesses might have resources for every department to have the expertise needed, but many don’t. One of those areas that may lack is recruiting, making it difficult to know the best ways to attract and retain quality workers—meaning the risk of losing money on a less-than-stellar employee is higher. Instead of hiring a permanent employee and managing the cost of onboarding and potentially off-boarding, consider working with a temporary worker who can help get the work you need to be done without taking on long-term hiring costs.

Your turnover rate is climbing.

High turnover leads to a slew of negatives including loss of time and money, disruption in your workflow, and poor morale among existing employees. If you’re noticing that turnover is higher than usual, or that you’re not able to keep employees very long, it’s likely you’re onboarding the wrong people for the job repeatedly. Working with a staffing partner can help alleviate the stress of hiring workers who don’t fit and know how to connect workers with your company who have staying power.

Your productivity is lacking.

Loss of productivity ultimately impacts your bottom line. If you’re noticing low productivity in your operations, you’re going to feel it in the numbers too. Quality workers can help get your output levels back to where they need be, but finding them can be difficult. A staffing partner can help supplement your workforce with workers who can get the job done the right way, when you need it done.

Your team needs more help.

Whether you’re constantly trying to fill empty positions or simply have too much work for your full-time employees to complete, a short-staffed company is going to feel the effects—and so will your customers. You might be dealing with the flu season or holidays or too many people out on vacation, but with access to a robust workforce through a staffing company, your business won’t feel the pinch of a skeleton crew. Not only will your employees be grateful for the extra hands on deck, but you’ll also be able to deliver on the goods and services you promise to your consumers.

If any of these scenarios feel familiar, it’s worth looking into staffing help. Rather than struggle finding the temporary labor you need, let experts like the ones at PeopleReady who understand the industry and the workers behind it help get your workforce running to its full potential.

Why Your Hospitality Business Needs a Staffing Partner

Why do restauranteurs, hoteliers and spa managers alike enlist the partnership of a staffing agency like PeopleReady? See how we support the hospitality industry.

January 11, 2021

hospitality staffing

You know your staff is the heart of your hospitality business. Without excellent service at the forefront and behind the scenes, your customers can’t have the positive experience they’re expecting. In an increasingly competitive environment for workers, you’re approaching upcoming events and peak seasons wondering where to find the hospitality team needed to deliver.

Enter staffing companies. Their rising popularity with hospitality-focused businesses is a strong indication that the blend of technology, professional recruiting, and industry expertise meet under the guidance of certain staffing leaders. Hospitality staffing in 2019 means pairing app-based mobile and online on-demand hiring with hundreds of branch locations and dozens of years of insight into temp and gig workers. At least if you choose the right partner.

But why do restauranteurs, hoteliers, and spa-managers alike enlist the partnership of a staffing agency like PeopleReady?

  • With over 600 branches and millions of hours worked, we understand the specifics required for each aspect of your business. Employees are not one-size-fits-all and your operations need particular skills and people for various positions.
  • Take some of the weight of recruiting off your HR department so they can focus on keeping your permanent team in line. We have professional recruiters with a finger on the pulse of employment trends, changing laws, and how to attract the best workers for your needs.
  • Instead of increasing your overhead with high onboarding and offboarding costs, get to see how well each associate does on the job in a temporary position before sinking costs and time into hiring permanently.
  • Rather than push your regular employees to the point of over-exhaustion or burn-out during your busiest times, bring on extra helping hands that will allow your permanent team to focus on what they do best and allow temporary workers to bolster everyone’s efforts.
  • Stay flexible with workers on-demand or by scheduling in advance. The ease of our app, JobStack, lets you find and place workers wherever you need to: on your cell phone, tablet or desktop, 24/7.

Over the past 30 years, PeopleReady has provided dedicated temporary workforce support in housekeeping, banquet service, events and venues, retail and more.

Addressing the Workforce Shortage in the Construction Industry

Temporary craftspeople can help with new construction builds, clean-up and sanitizing efforts, maintenance tasks, and other valuable projects so that your business stays on track.

October 12, 2020
construction industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the construction industry and caused many businesses to reevaluate the way they conduct projects and how they manage their staff. New safety procedures were implemented on job sites, including proper social distancing and the increased use of personal protective equipment. During this unprecedented experience, businesses are constantly adapting to keep people healthy and projects moving forward.

Workforce Shortages Reaching a Critical Point

That may prove to be an even more daunting challenge given the workforce shortage that has plagued the construction industry for years. In July 2018, there were 7.2 million jobs in construction industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through 2026, BLS projects faster-than-average employment growth. 

The pandemic has outlined just how valuable the construction industry is to the future of our country. But even now, workforce shortages remain one of the single greatest threats to its success. Eighty percent of contractors have trouble finding talent to fill the craft positions that represent the majority of the industry’s workforce, according to an industry-wide study the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America conducted with Autodesk.

Without a strong workforce, companies are unable to complete projects in a timely fashion. The U.S. has experienced a skilled-trades talent gap accelerated by retirement, staff turnover and a reduced focus on trade education in high school. About half of America’s skilled trade employees are approaching retirement age, according to the Manhattan Institute. And they aren’t being replaced quickly as they are leaving the field: An estimated 2.4 million jobs may be unfilled by 2028.

In a study performed by Marcum’s national Construction Services group:

  • 41% of pre-pandemic respondents chose “securing skilled labor” as the No. 1 threat to their businesses.
  • 67% of post-pandemic respondents projected either the same or higher backlogs.

Staffing Solutions for Your Construction Business

During the Great Recession of 2008–09, construction businesses often furloughed or laid off workers and eliminated apprenticeship programs that would have encouraged long-term careers in the industry. Many current or potential employees left the field and never returned.

Workforce shortages that make construction projects more costly and slower to build run the risk of undermining a business’s success. To combat these workforce shortages, construction businesses can leverage temporary craftspeople to supplement their critical workforce needs as they contemplate their long-term staffing strategy.

Using temporary craftspeople solves three of the most important initiatives for today’s construction businesses:

  1. Meeting deadlines: Especially in a time of unprecedented delays and disruptions, construction businesses that fail to act quickly can be at a disadvantage. Temporary craftspeople make it easy to scale your workforce and add talent on an as-needed basis to improve productivity and get projects done. If the craftsperson turns out to be a good fit, businesses may even consider hiring them on a permanent basis.
  2. Reducing stress: According to the ADP Workforce Vitality Index report, the construction industry has an average turnover rate of 58.4 percent. The main reason why employees leave? Feeling overworked. The problem has been compounded by COVID-19, which has heightened their concerns about health and wellbeing on the jobsite and at home. By supplementing your full-time workforce with temporary craftspeople, your business is better positioned to maintain a safe and healthy working environment while providing permanent crew members the extra help they need.
  3. Performing specialized tasks: In some cases, you may need additional support from those who have specific experience or expertise to complete projects. Temporary craftspeople can bring specialized skill sets that your full-time staff may not be able to provide. Hiring short-term employees who own the training or technical skills you need can fill important gaps in your workforce and help you capitalize on new opportunities.

Temporary craftspeople can help with new construction builds, clean-up and sanitizing efforts, maintenance tasks, and other valuable projects so that your business stays on track—providing some stability in a time of uncertainty.

Construction businesses can reduce the time and costs related to recruiting, screening and hiring new employees by partnering with a staffing agency. For convenient access to a skilled workforce ready to fill open positions and shifts quickly, contact PeopleReady Skilled Trades today.

3 Reasons Why Manufacturers Should Use Contingent Workers

The entire economy has been affected by COVID-19. See how businesses in the manufacturing and logistics industry can recover and become stronger than ever.

September 2, 2020
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Every sector of the U.S. economy needed to react to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the manufacturing and logistics industry is no exception.

Most businesses experience seasonal cycles throughout the year. They’re also generally accustomed to variability in consumer preferences and well equipped to handle changing economic conditions. But the state of today’s world is something that no one could have predicted or prepared for.

No matter their size or industry, manufacturing and logistics businesses will see a few notable trends that will shape the industry in the years ahead. Learn how a contingent workforce solves a variety of challenges and keep your business moving forward.

The Variability in Supply Chains

Because certain types of businesses closed temporarily, and others faced unprecedented demand for their goods, many suppliers were severely affected. Despite these uncertainties, manufacturers seemed optimistic about their staffing plans for the rest of 2020 even during the peak of the pandemic, according to a survey by Thomas Insights:

  • 56% did not experience and are not planning layoffs.
  • 30% say they are actively hiring.
  • 91% are confident that the industry will recover.

In the coming months, businesses will need to better accommodate workloads and understand when staffing levels may need to be adjusted, as well as identify any roles that need to be repositioned or restructured. They also have an excellent opportunity to determine when and where contingent staff are required.

After a crisis or recession, businesses are typically hesitant to hire permanent staff. Hiring temporary or temp-to-hire workers can be a suitable alternative when they’re unsure about their immediate future and wish to minimize risk.

The Effects of E-Commerce

Retailers have been developing new ways to meet changing consumer demand and calls for safer shopping alternatives, using delivery or pickup options and virtual appointments to ensure safety while still offering convenient access to their products and services. Consumers have turned to e-commerce to fulfill some of their needs throughout this time, allowing retailers to make sales even while brick-and-mortar stores were closed.

In the early stages of the pandemic, consumers turned to online channels to purchase essential items, home furnishings, gifts and more.

  • In 2019, shoppers spent over $600 billion online, up nearly 15 percent from the previous year.
  • E-commerce sales are still up 55 percent year over year for the first seven months of the year, resulting in $434.5 billion in online spending.

The transition to online shopping has increased the workload for the manufacturing and logistics industry, as warehouses and distribution centers are tasked with being more efficient with picking, packing, and sending items to the package carrier.

As online sales continue to grow with no signs of stopping, bringing on contingent or temp-to-hire workers who can work on a short-term basis is key to delivering these items on time. With this additional support, businesses in manufacturing and logistics can scale much more efficiently and be prepared for future growth in e-commerce.

The Shifting Workforce

As warehouses and distribution centers face an influx of demand, people are experiencing significant obstacles in finding or maintaining a job, including reduced access to transportation, lack of affordable childcare, and various other reasons that may require them to work on a part-time or temporary basis. With the new realities of schooling and working from home, flexible schedules will be a beneficial alternative for much of your workforce.

Businesses will balance these changes with their own constraints, whether it’s how many employees they can bring back while still observing social distancing rules, or how many employees they can afford after a lengthy shutdown, with the availability of potential staff. Having contingent or temp-to-hire staff is a great benefit whenever they need additional support due to scheduling changes and other disruptions.

Partner with PeopleReady

If you’re starting a new project with a strict deadline and a tight budget, getting easy access to workers who are ready to step in and who may have performed similar work in the past is an invaluable asset. Many businesses may not be in a position right now to hire long-term employees, and temporary staffing can provide flexibility while keeping operations running smoothly.

To find temporary or temp-to-hire staff for your manufacturing and logistics business, contact PeopleReady today.

Success–Not Stress–for Your Seasonal Staffing

If you’re setting up your business for success this holiday season, you’re focusing on recruiting now. Read staffing expert tips on getting the workers you need.

October 19, 2019

Around 20% of all retail sales for the entire year are made during the holiday shopping season. While it’s the biggest shopping rush of the year, it can also be difficult for retailers to get the people needed behind the register and between the aisles.

How can you make sure your operations are staffed to provide the best experience possible for your customers, stay ahead of the pack, and avoid fighting for talent alongside thousands of other businesses?

Plan ahead.

Start by determining your hiring needs even before the season begins. Find out what your current employees’ schedules look like in the coming months and whether they’ll need time off or be available to cover extra shifts. You’ll have a clearer view of the number of workers you might need to hire seasonally and fill your shifts accurately. Then, review your busiest days from the previous year and when you’ll need the most help. Now it’s time to begin the talent search.

Know your customer.

With the rise in popularity of e-commerce, customers’ expectations are shifting—and they’re becoming more specific about their wants and needs. In fact, 86% of shoppers have left a store because of long lines, causing a $37.7 billion in lost sales at brick-and-mortar retailers. So what are customers looking for most when going for an in-store experience? Consumer reports and feedback shows the top expectations are for their experiences to be:

  • Experiential
  • Fast
  • Transparent
  • Personalized

This means retailers are required to step up, and in turn so do their workers. How are retail companies shifting to meet these new expectations?

A bespoke buying experience.

Forty-six percent of consumers are willing to divulge personal information to get a personalized shopping experience on mobile, and over 50% say that a personal experience in-store very useful and improves the shopping experience. Whether that means offering tailor-made experiences tied to their online behaviors or offering personal touches in other ways, these small gestures toward specific buyers make a difference.

An aesthetic outing experience.

Shoppers can easily find all of the information, reviews and products they want and need from the ease of their phones and computers. You can assume any customer choosing to buy in-store not only expects a seamless, efficient shopping experience but one that’s also aesthetically and physically pleasing. Some retailers are remodeling hundreds of stores to create better and safer shopping experiences while others sponsored giveaways.

Convenience for customers.

While 62% of consumers report shopping online every month, a majority of sales still occur in-store. When they do shop in a brick and mortar location, they expect a seamless experience across every shopping channel, from mobile to online to in-store.

Engaged employees.

When surveyed, 90% of consumers say they are more likely to buy when assisted by a knowledgeable associate. Employee satisfaction rates correspond directly with the bottom line: 52% of customers said a good customer service interaction influenced them to purchase more from the company, and 58% of those customers recommended the good companies to others. It’s crucial to keep your employees satisfied, particularly during this busy season, so in turn, they’ll deliver the service your customers expect.

Working with a staffing partner

With the additional demands during retail’s busiest time of year, you don’t just need help with workers—you need a staffing consultant. A staffing consultant with:

  • Experience
  • Expertise
  • Technology
  • Nationwide Footprint
  • Volume

With over 600 nationwide branch locations and footprints in Canada and Puerto Rico, PeopleReady has the resources available to reach the employees you need. Additionally, you have access to the newest hiring technology right at your fingertips. Worry less about communication and enjoy real-time notifications, updates and insights into your orders. Once you’ve fully staffed your team and operations are running smoothly, you have the ability to rate workers, submit hours and connect all within one seamless app.

Save time and money by working directly with your staffing partner and cut out the middleman. Instead of paying markups on temporary laborers, gain access to thousands of qualified workers in real-time: all with PeopleReady customer service backing you up.

See how PeopleReady can help you prepare for a successful holiday season today!

With the additional demands during retail’s busiest time of year, you don’t just need help with workers—you need a staffing consultant. A staffing consultant with:

PeopleReady provides a professional service and their associates have been punctual, followed direction, have worked with pride, and been very respectful.

– A satisfied PeopleReady customer from a large enterprise retail company

How to Choose a Staffing Partner for Large Loss Events

When your business faces a disaster of any type, you often require extra staffing support. Here are the best questions to ask when looking for a staffing partner after a large loss event.

June 25, 2019

When your business is met with a disaster of any type, you’re dealing with an intense situation that requires order and composure in the midst of chaos. You need to move as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality or safety during large loss events. Pardon the term, but it’s a perfect storm of high-stakes matters. That’s why you need to be thorough about choosing a staffing partner that will ease your stress and deliver the results you need.

PeopleReady has made the selection process a bit easier by putting together five questions you need to ask your staffing partner. The last thing you want is to work with someone whose lack of experience means more stress (and expenses) for you.

Who’s my point of contact?

Think about how frustrating a call to the bank can be. From tracking down a phone number, navigating through a series of menus, and then you’re lucky if you finally make your way to a human. If you need to call back, the process starts all over again—and this time you’re speaking to a different person who doesn’t know anything about your situation. Don’t find yourself in that predicament during a disaster.

At PeopleReady, you won’t get bounced around having to repeatedly explain your situation. PeopleReady has the staff and resources to address all of your needs—and you have one person dedicated to help you get everything done. No more phone tag.

Do you have centralized billing and invoicing?

Even during large loss situations, you need to handle billing and invoicing. Workers are eager to get paid and you don’t want a backlog of administrative tasks to get to.

We centralize billing and invoicing so the entire process is streamlined. Plus, our 30 years of experience gives us insight into the complexity of insurance requirements.

What can your app do?

The question today isn’t, “Do you have an app?” but rather “What does your app do?” When you’re moving between job sites (or disaster sites), you don’t want to be chained to your desk to get anything accomplished. After all, you might not even have access to your computer. A mobile app enables you to be more productive with less worry.

JobStack lets you do all of the above—and it’s available for PeopleReady customers at no additional cost. Order workers (and reorder the ones you liked) and approve hours from the convenience of your phone. And if you do prefer to do all of this via a desktop computer, you can use the online portal to from there instead.

Do you use remote recruiters?

One size does not fit all when it comes to large loss events. When you need people, you don’t always have time to wait until you’re there in person. Recruiting needs to begin immediately—especially for large-scale efforts.

PeopleReady has the ability to recruit remotely. As soon as you contact us, we can begin finding the candidates you need, wherever you need them without delay.

Do you provide on-site teams?

Remote recruiting doesn’t eliminate the need for on-site help. Finding the right people is one task; getting them ready to work at the job site is another matter. Regardless of how great your technology is, you can’t ignore the value of in-person resources.

PeopleReady has over 600 locations and our teams are prepared to help onboard and ensure your job begins on time. We’re committed to helping you get the right people to work through every step of the process.

How to Solve Staffing Concerns After a Natural Disaster

If your community has experienced any type of natural disaster, PeopleReady can provide workers to support your recovery efforts.

June 24, 2019

Whether a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, wildfire, or blizzard—a natural disaster leaves behind a laundry list of issues that need addressing. While many aspects are unpredictable, there are those which businesses can plan for in advance. One of those is how to navigate with your current staff and what to do when you need an additional workforce and hiring resources.

The economic damage left by a natural disaster can be devastating, but one positive outcome is watching communities throughout the country come together to rebuild and support. If your business is recuperating after any type of natural disaster, enlisting your temporary workforce should be the least of your concerns.

When partnering with a trusted staffing provider, you should have access to around-the-clock support on a national level combined with local knowledge and expertise—an invaluable asset, particularly when certain regions are recovering. With an established staffing partner, you’re paired with decades of industry know-how. Even better is when you’re offered technological innovations, such as JobStack, which gives you access to the workers you need, right from your mobile phone or desktop.

Because the staffing aspect of your recovery plan is in order, you can focus on regrowth, supporting your current staff, and playing a part in your community.

Here are some ways you can get started in before, during, and aftermath of a natural disaster:


Keep your employees informed throughout and after a disaster—and do so through multiple channels. While some might lean on email to stay updated, others may not have internet access—so texts, phone calls, physical postings, or signage might be necessary. Regardless of the streams in which you communicate, do so often. Your staff will know what is expected of them and can plan their next actions. Keep messaging brief, supportive and informational: Getting the message across is key when access to battery power and electricity may be limited, and sending on a regular schedule can be even more helpful.


When positioning the next steps for your team, be as specific as you can. Not everyone has experienced an event such as a natural disaster, so explaining what should be done and why it’s important can make a great difference. Knowing answers around what is happening can be a comfort to your workers and helps them integrate back into work more easily. Some things to keep in mind and explain clearly are office hours, operating days, how to log time (for PTO or sickness), and who they need to update and how often.


Just like you, employees need support. Whether or not your company provides any special coverage or funding due to natural disasters, you can always guide employees to outside resources and organizations who offer assistance. Keep in mind that employees have families, friends, and their own lives that have been affected—so a bit of flexibility in their work lives can make a world of difference.

Collaborate + Cooperate

Caring doesn’t stop with your employees. Your customers and community will also be ready for helping hands, and you can help both through your team collaborating with the public. Some employees may be less affected by the disaster than others and ready to help. Others might want extra hours on the job for various reasons. Organize opportunities for your staff to volunteer or set them up with extra hours and additional responsibilities, which can help to meet customer and/or community needs. The more you work with those around you, the more successful you’ll be in gaining momentum.


When employees get back to work and their regular schedules, they may still feel disturbed by the recent events. Some feel guilt for not having as bad of a situation as others, while some may feel useless in the aftermath. You can play a part in returning to normalcy by encouraging them for what they have done in supporting. You can focus on their role in reviving the community from the work they’re doing. Their attention can be turned to their efforts in serving customers and coworkers. It’s a great reminder for all that there is no perfect timeline or specific way they need to feel.

PeopleReady helps connect the ideal workers from across the nation with companies who need feet on the ground, ready to help.

PeopleReady specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly-skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put more than 221,000 people to work in 2020.