How Temp Agency Services Meet Your Seasonal Hiring Needs

Seasonal staffing is often a stressful event for businesses in many industries. Here’s why using a temp agency can help you meet your staffing needs during your busiest times.

A 2020 Adobe survey of 250 HR professionals cited seasonal hiring as the most stressful of all recruiting periods. Whether you’re in retail and e-commerce, manufacturing, hospitality or any other industry, there are certain times of year that require more staffing support. By using a temp agency, you can create a staffing plan to meet your business needs even during your busiest times. Below are three ways that a temp agency can help you find the temporary workers you need all year round.

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Get qualified workers for all your business needs

A 2020 holiday survey from Kronos of 300 U.S. retailers revealed that:

  • Only 43% of respondents said they fully met their hiring goals.
  • 35% deemed their locations fully prepared.
  • 33% said they had adequate staffing to meet shopper demand.

In any industry, it’s important to have 24/7 access to temporary labor in order to keep customers satisfied. A temp agency gives you a strong roster of candidates who can fill all kinds of roles based on the qualifications you set: merchandisers, pickers and packers, inventory managers and others.

Working with a temp agency that has a broad network beyond your local community can provide added benefits. For example, you’ll find it easier to match candidates to open roles across all your stores, warehouses or other locations. And, if the job they’re currently working isn’t needed past your busy season, they might be able to fill similar roles in the near future.

Solve attendance issues and scheduling difficulties

Fifty-five percent of respondents in the Kronos survey noted that attendance issues were more likely among seasonal workers than their full-time staff. Having a clear process for reviewing candidates and determining their qualifications will ensure that you have staff who will show up on time and ready to succeed.

A temp agency has access to candidates in your local communities who have completed a thorough vetting process. They will be assessed on important traits to your business such as professionalism and past experience. These are likely candidates who, because of their other responsibilities, may need to work a flexible schedule, such as nights or weekends. As a result, they can step in at a moment’s notice for a variety of shifts.

Reduce paperwork and administration tasks

Nearly 80% of respondents in the Adobe survey said that the time taken to onboard new staff challenges them. Meanwhile, 72% said handling onboarding paperwork is a struggle. Now more than ever, having an efficient temporary staffing process when you hire temp workers is key to attracting the right candidates.

The good news: About 9.2 million Americans will join the gig workforce by the end of 2021, according to a recent Intuit report. But as the number of temp workers continues to grow, sorting through all these applications is becoming increasingly difficult. By using a temp agency for seasonal roles, you can reduce much of the burden of the onboarding process. A staffing company helps you manage all requirements such as payroll administration, background verification and drug testing.

Another thing to keep in mind: Candidates applying for seasonal work want and expect a quick response. A staffing agency and their temp services ensure that your candidates receive regular communications and are aware of your timeline. For this reason, they gain confidence in your business and are ready to hit the ground running.

Temp agency services available with PeopleReady

At PeopleReady, we know the importance of having the right workforce in place during your busiest times of the year. Our mission is to connect you with qualified, vetted candidates who can get the job done right. With PeopleReady and our app, JobStack, you can be confident in your ability to find temporary workers.

Do you need temporary staff for your busy seasons?

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.