There’s been a lot of talk about how companies are responding to meet the needs of our current environment. We’ve already published posts with some great tips for safely reopening your business and we’ve even discussed the benefits of hiring remote talent. Today, we’re going to get specific and take a look at a few new work trends and share some of our targeted staffing resources to support your return-to-work efforts.
#WFH: Remote staffing solutions for your shifting workforce
Where we work and how we work is changing. Back in the glorious old-world days of September, the New York Times published a great article in which they praised the changes that millennials and gen-Zers are bringing to the world of work.
The article notes that companies were beginning to heed the call for flexibility before a thorny virus changed the world. And while the culture was slowly evolving to meet the demands of a new workforce in our pre-COVID-19 times, it’s changing even faster now.
Which opens up a whole new world of hiring possibilities.
A recent poll showed that 48% of employees will likely work remotely at least part of the time after COVID-19 versus 30% before the pandemic. As organizations begin to fully realize the benefits of hiring remote talent, more and more will turn to talent and solutions firms to help them find highly qualified remote candidates who possess the specific skills they need for their company’s important roles.
Efficiency vs. Efficacy: Trim costs & build responsive, skill-specific teams with strategic remote staffing
Strategic remote staffing and remote interim staffing solutions can help your company build a more responsive team or backfill temporary gaps quickly and effectively. Directions shift and needs evolve. If there’s one thing that’s been a constant in during these changing times, it’s the need for flexibility and agility.
Which represents quite a reversal in direction for a lot of businesses.
Many companies have spent the past couple of decades building powerful and efficient teams. And that is great when things are humming along predictably. However, hyper-efficient structures and streamlined processes don’t leave much room for going-with-the-flow … which means it’s much harder to adapt to the kind of curveballs that the universe has been tossing our way these past few months!
If you’re thinking about augmenting your team with remote staffing, you’re not alone. A poll conducted by Gartner found that 32% of organizations are replacing full-time employees with contingent workers as a cost-saving measure.
From one-time projects to large-scale initiatives, strategic staffing solutions can deliver the right talent — regardless of location — to make your return-to-work more smooth and efficient.
Some of the ways our strategic staffing solutions have already helped our clients include:
- Accounting Operations & Office Solutions
- Budgeting & Forecasting
- Compliance & Internal Audit
- Data Management & Analysis
Duty of Care: Create a wellness team to support a safe return-to-work
Employers are duty-bound to create a safe place for employees who are returning to the workplace. In today’s world, this may mean developing a return-to-work strategy that includes thermal scanning and daily wellness screening.
Depending on resources and the size of your organization, you may need some help with that! Vaco’s recruiting experts can help local businesses and enterprise-level operations deploy trained teams to conduct wellness checks and implement thermal scanning programs.
We recently implemented a 100-person thermal scanning team to help an aerospace manufacturer safely resume operations. In less than 48 hours, we were able to stand up a team of contract employees at six different plants, across 17 entrances, covering three different shifts.
Whether you have the capabilities to manage a temporary wellness team on your own or you’re looking for a fully managed solution, strategic staffing can help you keep your most valuable assets — your employees — safe. To learn more about how our staffing resources can help you reopen your business, check out our thermal scanning case study.
Prevention and detection: Keep your communities safe with contact tracing
To contain the spread of COVID-19, some states are planning to triple the number of contact tracers. Utah has retrained 150 state employees to perform contact tracing services and New York, Ohio, and other states are hiring thousands of people to meet the demand.
Enterprise businesses can ensure operational continuity, fight the spread of COVID-19, and keep their workplaces and communities safe with contact tracing, too.
But it’s labor-intensive work that requires a lot of resources. According to the CDC, to be done effectively and to ensure privacy, it requires people with proper training, supervision, and access to social and medical support for patients and contacts. Some of the skills and competencies that the CDC recommends for contact tracers include:
- An understanding of patient confidentiality, including the ability to conduct interviews without violating confidentiality
- Understanding of the medical terms and principles of exposure, infection, infectious period, potentially infectious interactions, symptoms of the disease, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic infection
- Excellent and sensitive interpersonal, cultural sensitivity, and interviewing skills such that they can build and maintain trust with patients and contacts
- Basic skills of crisis counseling, and the ability to confidently refer patients and contacts for further care if needed
- Resourcefulness in locating patients and contacts who may be difficult to reach or reluctant to engage in conversation
- Understanding of when to refer individuals or situations to medical, social, or supervisory resources
- Cultural competency appropriate to the local community
We know it’s a lot! Strategic staffing solutions offer you access to the resources you need to start a contact tracing program for your organization or community.
From remote staffing to thermal scanning to contact tracing, Vaco can help you create full-scale teams to support your essential operations. We’ll leverage our access to robust talent networks and virtual training solutions to help securely reopen your business and kick-start the economy.
We understand that your business is facing a bunch of new challenges as you open your doors and bring your teams back to work. We have the solutions you need to help overcome those obstacles.
Vaco’s flexible return-to-work solutions provide scalable, turnkey programs that are fully managed or client-directed. We’re ready to help you get back to business as usual in these unusual times. Contact us to learn more.