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Pandemic Staffing: Balancing Labor and Expenses During a Health Crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many aspects of daily life, and staffing is no exception. Whether you’re struggling to adapt to a distanced business model or just launching a new venture, it can be tricky to balance the costs against your need for help. Creative thinking is a necessary survival skill during a time of upheaval, and there are ways to make sure all needs are met at the end of the day. 

Cutting Costs Without Cutting Productivity

Looking for ways to lower costs is essential for anyone who owns or manages a business. Still, it’s possible to cut expenses so aggressively that productivity suffers. Employing a full- or even part-time worker can be incredibly expensive, especially when you factor in the costs of turnover. 

Saving money on staffing doesn’t have to mean handling everything yourself and watching things fall through the cracks. Stretching yourself or your existing employees to the limit may save money in the short term, but it can be an expensive strategy when productivity and quality take a nosedive. It’s also an exhausting approach, one with a much higher chance of leading to burnout.

This is where it pays to take a long look at your operation model to determine which tasks could be outsourced without creating a need for a new employee. Working with a virtual assistant can give you access to the skilled help you need at a fraction of the cost you’d incur by hiring a full employee. You’re able to pay for what you need when you need it, rather than forking over a static salary regardless of fluctuations in demand for an employee. As the pandemic continues to close schools, shutter brick and mortar businesses and create upheaval, finding creative and cost-effective staffing solutions is essential.

Navigating the New Normal with an Eye on the Future

The pandemic will not rage forever, but it will likely bring long-lasting change to the way many of us do business. The inherent scalability and flexibility of outsourced labor makes it an ideal way to navigate rapid-fire changes in labor demand and consumer confidence. When societal upheaval stabilizes, many entrepreneurs and business owners are likely to find that changes they made to adapt during this time are better systems in the long run. 

How much of your daily to-do list could be handled by a skilled outside party? How much more could you manage if those tasks were handled while you focus on other things? An investment now in a more sustainable, scalable solution can pay off in a variety of ways, leaving you better positioned to weather this storm.

Posted on September 16th, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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