It’s summertime, and the living can be easy—unless you’re the person in charge of keeping critical projects running on schedule while most of your employees take summer vacations. School being out and great weather make the months of June – September perfect for taking holidays — which means managers need to find solutions to help avoid a backlog of incomplete work.

not bring in temporary staff when colleagues are vacationing?  We’re not talking about inexperienced college interns or your boss’s favorite nephew. There are three great ways to find skilled talent that can help you out temporarily.

1) Consider former employees who left on good terms, whether through retirement or taking a job at another company. They might be able—even glad—to put in some freelance hours for you. Their knowledge of your clients, your company culture and your methodologies will allow them to make immediate contributions.

2) Do you still have the short list of job candidates that was previously rejected for the vacationer’s position? Often, those individuals were qualified but weren’t hired for reasons that have nothing to do with their skills. Their qualifications might allow them to help you now, and they might be glad to get some extra work experience and pay.

3) Partner with a staffing firm that specializes in employees with the skills you need. A good agency will have long-term relationships with employees and can ensure they have the necessary technical skills and knowledge. If you want more than a warm body to fill a seat and do busy work, use a reputable agency that will give you skilled, experienced employees. If you’re bringing them in for only a week or two, they need to hit the ground running, so you’ll want temps you won’t need to train.

The key to successful use of independent contractors or temporary employees lies in planning:  what type of help you will need, how much, and when. Having the right people in place will give you one less thing to worry about during the vacation-heavy summer months.

Any more questions about where to find the best summer help? Contact the experts at Staffers, Inc. today! As Mississippi’s leading staffing firm, we have the answers to any staffing challenge.

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