Every week we comb through the news to find employment trends affecting the hospitality industry so you don’t have to. This week’s topic: tips for businesses who are using staffing partners for the first time.
As we see cities begin to enter their phase of reopening, bars and restaurants, who are one of the biggest industries effected by COVID-19, are planning how they can safely allow patrons back through their doors. One of the biggest challenges we’re seeing is regarding employees; how to appropriately staff while abiding by social distancing guidelines and other safety restrictions.
For this reason, bars and restaurants have started turning to staffing companies to assist them with staff management. There are several reasons a business would partner with a staffing agency, including:
- Giving their full-time team a (much deserved) break
- Supplementing current workforce
- Need for new positions (like temperature takers or social distancing monitors)
- Lower hiring costs
- Diversify your team
- Find a new permanent employee
Partnering with a staffing company can seem like a daunting experience when you’re not sure what to expect. Below we’ve listed some tips that will help you maximize the relationship with your staffing provider.
Get to know each other
When deciding who to work with, you should choose a company that not only fits your needs but also has the same priorities as you. You and your staffing partner should agree on what the desired outcomes of the relationship are and how to best achieve them.
While you get to know your staffing partner, they’ll also be getting to know you. There will be a period of adjustment as they get accustomed to your needs in order to service you to the best of their ability.
Communication is key
Open and honest communication is the foundation of a great partnership between a client and the staffing company. As a client, you should clearly communicate your staffing needs which includes job description, responsibilities and requirements, and any other information that’s integral to the success of the position. Your staffing partner should be open about their ability to fulfill your requests and the inventory of their workforce.
Talk to your internal team
Whatever your reason is for bringing on temporary workers, it should be communicated with your internal team. This will help answer any questions they have and ease some of the confusion. It will also create a more welcoming environment for temporary workers. Read more about integrating your teams here.
For the past two decades, LGC has been a leader in the hospitality staffing space, providing clients around the country with dedicated food and beverage employees. If you’re considering partnering with a staffing company, contact LGC to learn how our staffing solutions best meet your needs.