3 Simple Temporary Staffing Tips to Prepare for Summer

'Tis the season for sabbaticals, summer vacations and, thankfully, temporary staffing. Stay ahead of the game this summer. Here are three tips to help keep your business running smoothly.

Whether you run a small creative agency, manage a large team within an organization or head up a four-person startup, it's challenging to stay on target while employees are out, especially during the summer months when people are prone to take a work hiatus. As summer approaches, keep these tips in mind to make sure you're set no matter who's out of the office.

1. Be proactive. Stay one step ahead of your business needs by looking to last year's plans, reports and sales. Do you typically do more business in July than March? Were you down key contributors when a slew of new projects came in? Assess your daily needs based on past predictors. This will help you plan for business needs with less downtime as well as determine how many staff members you need, and in which roles.

Learn more about how to assess if you have the right people for the job with this guide to building the best team.

2. Be prepared. Have job descriptions written ahead of time so they're ready to be posted or handed off to a temporary staffing agency. Know exactly what you need and why you need it – such as a social media manager to keep your communications flowing and engagement up – so you can be as turnkey as possible. And if you're not exactly sure what you need in a temporary hire – perhaps you're in the market for a Jack-or-Jill-of-all-projects – your staffing partner can work with you to find the best fit to cover all your bases.

Get started with these five tips to help you write an effective job description.

3. Be productive. Don't waste valuable time between an employee's departure and a temporary worker coming on board. Before your star graphic designer takes off for the Bahamas, ask him or her to wrap up as many tasks as possible. Then put together a detailed project list (organized by priority) to hand off to the temporary worker so nothing slips through the cracks. Most importantly, know what's critical and what can wait. 

However, remember that you can't plan for everything. Sometimes your temporary staffing needs will sneak up on you. (Think long-term jury duty or bereavement.) In cases like these, it's wise to rely on staffing experts so you don't make a hasty hire. 

Here are five warning signs you may be about to make a desperate hire.

Stay Afloat this Summer with Temporary Staffing

With these temporary staffing tips in your back pocket, you'll be set for a smooth, stress-free summer, at least when it comes to seasonal hiring. For more tips on hiring, download our free ebook, Your Definitive Guide to Hiring Top Talent.

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