5 Tips to Help Cope with Staffing Shortages

At Tiger Labor & Staffing, we have continued to successfully support our clients throughout the national staffing shortage. Below are a few tips to increase productivity during this unique time.

1. Prioritize your assignments
Examine your assignments and categorize activities as high, medium, or low priority. Start with the high-priority activities. Next, tackle medium-priority duties. Many low-priority activities can be delegated to new or non-skilled personnel.
2. Be a team player
Make a rule that no one can sit until everyone can sit. If you finish your work before others, pitch in. Teamwork creates bonds between co-workers, makes difficult situations tolerable, and enhances productivity.
3. Communicate effectively—and nicely
Communicate clearly so that everyone knows the plan for surviving the staff shortage. Safeguard the feelings and dignity of all team members. Assess your own communication style: Do you ever speak in a demeaning or condescending way when you’re stressed?
4. Ensure everyone is okay
During each shift, try to make sure everyone is taking their breaks, even if only briefly. If they can’t leave the office, they can at least take a moment for themselves in the break room. To stave off burnout, eat a balanced diet and get enough rest and exercise. “Working through lunch” may seem heroic, but without a good break, your employees won’t be worth much.
5. Call Tiger Labor & Staffing!
Tiger Labor & Staffing can assist by providing flexible as-needed, to-fit, staffing help. Don’t let this temporary staffing shortage define your company. Give us a call today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help.

Creating a Staffing Plan

What is a Staffing Plan?

Staffing plans are often confused with recruitment plans, but they aren’t the same. Recruiting is a single step in the employment process, seeking and onboarding a candidate for a particular role. Staffing is an ongoing process that encompasses the behind the scenes motivations as well.

Here are 5 tips to help you build an effective Staffing Plan

  1. Determine your business goals

The best starting point for a staffing plan is your organization’s business strategy, which should contain both short term and long-term goals for the company.

  1. Identify staffing and people needs

For a successful staffing and people strategy, you first need to understand the skills, experience and resources required to achieve your business goals. Consider the timeline of activities required to fulfil each role, and plan accordingly. For example, what roles do you need? How long does it typically take to recruit them?

  1. Review employee patterns

There’s always a pattern of ebb and flow of employee levels throughout any organization; staying ahead of potential movements can ensure there are no surprises. After looking over your data: How many people quit and/or get fired in an average year? Is there a person that misses work regularly to the extent they should be replaced? Is there a time of year when people are out most due to vacations/personal plans and you could utilize extra help?

  1. Identify staffing and people needs

For a successful staffing and people strategy, you first need to understand the skills, experience and resources required to achieve your business goals. To maximize the efficiency of the recruitment process, you also need to consider the timeline of activities required to fulfil each role, and plan accordingly. For example, what roles do you need? How long does it typically take to recruit them?

  1. Review the strategy regularly

Regularly review your plan to ensure you are adapting the people needs of your business as conditions change. The termination or signing of your single biggest client could have a drastic impact on your staffing requirements and operating margins.

Give Tiger Labor & Staffing a call today for a FREE staffing consultation to discuss your staffing needs!

Staffing up for the Holiday Retail Season

As the labor shortage has complicated hiring efforts, retailers are increasing benefits and wages in order to try and meet foreseen demand.

Even so, the great labor shortage has barely budged. With positions coming back into play and the ability to fill not getting any easier,  the number of retail job openings reached 1.2 million this July,  compared to 876,000 last year; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In July, the retail industry had 906,000 hires, a drop of more than 250,000 from the month prior.

Tiger Labor & Staffing, regardless of labor availability, has always been the agency to call for all your staffing needs. We are specially situated in today’s labor market to seek and recruit candidates that are actively seeking to continue in or return to the job market.

Call (225) 275-8437 or CLICK today!

5 Tips to Help Boost Interview Success

Crafting a good job posting, sorting through the sheer volume of applications, hiring the best fit, completing their onboarding and training; these steps should produce results, but how much effort are we putting into the actual interview process? Properly preparing and conducting (or improperly) can have a drastic effect on your hiring outcomes.

  1. Preparation

Just like a candidate preparing for an interview, the company needs to prepare just as much. This includes knowing what you are evaluating each candidate on. Review their application and highlight parts that you want to zero in on or delve into.

  1. Have some pre-written questions

Recruiters report often facing the dilemma of not getting the candidate to tell enough about themselves and/or their skills. If so, it wasn’t the applicant’s fault, but the lack of good probing questions that failed to garner the necessary information.

  1. Don’t watch the clock

What would you think if applicant sped through the interview because they had another job interview to be at or another appointment to attend to? The same etiquette applies to the interviewer, make sure you’ve allotted enough time to properly screen them for the aptitude and skills you require.

  1. Two heads are better than one

Having at least one other person in on the interview can be invaluable. Have another person you’re your office and/or an HR professional to sit in on the interview. You will benefit from the different perceptions and interpretations each person has of the same candidate.

  1. Listen up

The most successful way to assess a candidate for a job is to allow them to do the talking.  Be ok with silence, let them fill the gaps. That’s often when they will volunteer information that is gold.

An interview can only be as successful as the ability of the hiring manager conducting the interview to glean the information necessary to make an informed decision. Hopefully these tips will help keep on the right track to bringing on next successful team member!

If recruiting, reviewing,  and interviewing is getting out of control these days at you office; give Tiger Labor & Staffing a call and we’ll put together a tailored game plan for your individual staffing needs!

Foods to stay healthy in the Louisiana heat!

People from all walks of life can experience heat exhaustion—from athletes, to joggers, to those just working their garden! Hot humid Louisiana days can cause your body to overheat and break down. These foods will help you stay cool!

  • Cucumber

Cucumbers are 95% water, so you’ll have the added hydration benefit. Cucumbers are low in calories too, so if you’re sweating it out to stay fit they’re perfect.

  • Watermelon

Not only delicious and full of H20, USDA researchers have found that watermelon even stimulates the release of excess perspiration!

  • Pomegranate

Loaded with water, and also rich in antioxidants (more than red wine or green tea). Adding pomegranates to your routine will hydrate as well as detoxify!

  • Kiwi

Kiwi is a juicy fruit that not only aids in fluid levels, it also contains 237 mg of a very important electrolyte that is necessary for muscle function: potassium.

  • Celery

96% of this vegetable is purely water. What’s cooler is it can replenish a realm of vital minerals including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc.

  • Fresh Fish

Fish’s essential omega-3 fatty acids assist the part of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, and thirst.

As summer heats up and plans and projects get back under way, give Tiger Labor & Staffing a call or click for a temporary helper or a temp-to-hire team member!

Healthy and Productive Employees

We spend most of our week at work, focused on projects and deadlines and interacting with our coworkers. It’s imperative to make sure your employees are not only thriving in the work setting, but also in other areas that impact their lives.

Here are a few tips on how to promote overall wellbeing in the workplace:

Spread awareness and get the conversation started
Incorporating work-life balance awareness into the work culture is important. Employees properly scheduling and taking time off and taking proper breaks within the work day is vital to your workers’ well being and productivity.

Provide helpful tips for staying healthy
Providing your organization with helpful tips such as easy lunch recipes or fitness challenges for employees to take part in will encourage healthy habits during busy workdays. While it’s easier to order takeout, encourage employees to maybe cook something healthy at home to bring in.

Encourage employees to take walking breaks
Encourage your employees to take little breaks during the day for a breath of fresh air and to add a little movement to their day. Just 10 – 15 minutes of walking can lead to improved moods, alleviated stress, and improved cardiovascular fitness. Not to mention the added benefits of boosting your immune system and energy as well as burning calories!

Advocating for the importance of overall health and wellbeing in the workplace will not only encourage employees to take the initiative to lead healthier lives but will also motivate them to continue to do their best at work.
If an employee needs a vacation and you temporarily need help to tend to their workload, or maybe just some extra help to ease stress during the busy season, contact Tiger Labor & Staffing today!