In a recent column that appeared in the Appleton Post-Crescent, Hans Schultz, director of business development at staffing firm Landmark Staffing Resources, highlights the business strategies that changed in staffing during the downturn in the economy for small, midsize and larger companies.
Smaller companies, Schultz says, are realigning their workforce with an attempt to stay below 50 employees. Many of these companies have made a strategic move not to increase their permanent workforce and are instead using a staffing firm to replace employees through attrition and new hires.
Many midsize companies are identifying the percentage of their workforce that can be maintained through a staffing firm, Schultz says. This strategy provides management with the ability to align their labor costs in response to their production changes. As sales increase, the contracted staff increases and as sales slow, they choose to either reduce hours or reduce headcount.
Large companies are seeking both temporary and contracted staff due to growth, technology upgrades and mergers/acquisitions, Schultz says. Companies are once again investing in new technology and are seeking experienced staff.
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