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Staffing problems common to business managers

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Staffing problems range from not having enough employees to having too many. You can always hire regular employees but sometimes you only need someone for a little while. When you're company needs help they often need it right away. Markets change and the economy changes with it. Businesses need to have that type of flexibility also. The economy could change in one or two days. So you have to be prepared to make changes in your business within a day or two as well. If you're not prepared it could mean your business goes into a slump and if the rest of the economy is in a slump too it could be really hard for your business to recover.

Every manager has to make sure that they have enough employees. Without employees there is no product or company. So how should you deal with staffing problems? There are many types of temporary workers that can help you get through the busy season or tough time in a company.

If you business gets busy around one time year or a few times you can hire seasonal help. These are people that you hire only for a couple months but you can hire them every year. They are the type of people who have the time to help during that time of the year or are looking for extra money. You only should use this kind of temporary help if you know that you need help during certain times and hours during the year. It's not the best to use in an emergency situation or a time when you need help but don't know how long it will last.

If you need more of an unreliable source of help you can try. Permatemps are people who are hired at a certain time but only work for a short time of the year but are still paid throughout the year. They get paid less during the time that they are not really working but when they are the pay increases. They may help out and advise every little while but they don't work all the time. They usually don't receive any benefits since they don't work on a regular basis. This help is good if you know you need help a lot but don't need it all the time. If you want someone on a permanent basis but not working full time this is an option.

An employment agency will give you people that want to work with you and they are usually available right away. The only downside to this is you may not always the experience that you need when you need it. That is when you would probably want a permatemp.

Another reliable source is to hire a person on a consulting basis. This way you will have someone who is knowledgeable about the job and you won't have to pay them constantly. You only have to pay them for the work that they do. With permatemps you have to pay them constantly but besides that there isn't much difference between the two. The downside to consultants is that there isn't always a consultant available in the particular field you want.

If you have too many employees then you can either lay off some workers or figure out if some want to work less hours. If you get enough workers to work less it will keep valuable employees but take care of your staffing problems. Sometimes this gets rid of their benefits but you can try to work something out with them. If an employee if willing to work less hours for more pay and less benefits it might be beneficial to both of you.

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