Why You Should Review Your 2021 Staffing Needs NOW

All businesses are dynamic in their own way and some have greater needs to absorb changes in operational requirements. We are in a new year which makes it a great time to review your 2021 staffing needs especially with Coronavirus impacting all businesses. It’s going to be difficult for  you to know what to expect for the next full year. Hopefully you will improve existing business levels and bring on new challenges and responsibilities. The last thing you need is to get caught flat-footed with insufficient staffing. It’s not just a lack of manpower; you will not have the critical skills your business needs to progress.Covid-19 workforce


Tracking Known and New Variables

Analyzing your workforce needs means discovery, planning, and knowing what will change as much as possible. You have historically known changes such as retiring employees and statistically known attrition rates over a 12-month period. If you have not been tracking and organizing staffing trends, then you should implement a program to do it soon. Doing so will make your business more efficient and better prepared for staffing forecasts.

If you are planning to use new technology and systems in 2021, are you aware of how that may impact existing employee levels? There are many ways in which new technology and processes impact use of human resources. Because of COVID-19 or an effective vaccine certain positions may become obsolete or amended in some way. You may find that training existing employees for new roles is necessary. Another option is using their skills in another capacity within your organization. Current employees are trained to work in your company, and valuable employees are an asset in many ways.  What will you do to retain them?

Skills Your Business Needs – Short and Long Term Goals

Companies with dynamic and changing needs should have a process for identifying skills needed to achieve business objectives. You can further break this down to short term, intermediate and long term business goals. For now, are you aware of the skills needed to accomplish 2021 goals?

That question has to be carefully examined in the situation of introducing new systems in common business departments such as IT or manufacturing. Other good examples are adding technology upgrades in data management, records, and other information intensive processes. The point is you need people with the mandatory skills to operate and maintain these workflows. If your business requires skilled personnel in new areas, then you have to train existing employees, hire new employees, or outsource these skill sets.

Human Resources and Departmental Cooperation

Usually the tasks for assessing staffing needs falls under Human Resources. A capable HR department will know how to identify staffing needs in all time frames. However, all operational department managers need to be involved because they are closest to where the work is done. Each department or branch will have more detailed understanding and their fingers are on the pulse of how the pandemic has affected them.

How accurate your knowledge is for future staffing needs in 2021 depends on many factors. Ultimately it comes down to taking advantage of methods for extracting useful data from existing information. That, plus asking the right and most important questions will help yield the best answers.

Flexicrew Support

If you need help defining your requirements or deciding if they should be contingent or permanent, give Flexicrew a call 423.648.1130 to support your analysis and projections.

What A Cooking Class Taught Me How To Build A Workforce.

It’s easy to think that a cooking class can help you in fixing up a meal for yourself. Of course, this is so, but a cooking class can also give you lessons that you can use in your professional life. In this article, we are going to look at how a cooking class can help you build a workforce.

Here are 4 lessons for building a workforce:

1. Observing and Anticipating

When it comes to a cooking class, it needs careful observation whether it’s waiting for the pastry to turn to golden-brown or listening to the sizzling sound of vegetables in the pan. The same thing applies to building a workforce.  To have a successful workforce you need to be aware of your surroundings. Ensure that you observe your leaders and peers as well, take time to listen and get to know how they view success, what ticks them off, and what motivates them.

By using observation and anticipation from a cooking class, you can use them to be proactive, take control of the situation at hand, and informing the working style and leadership to help you. You can, therefore, use observation and anticipation in building a workforce.

2. Being Resilient

To build a workforce you must be resilient. This can be well illustrated in a cooking class, where you’re required to master knife skills through cutting hundreds of carrots into star-shaped coins. This activity requires repetitive and intricate cuts.  Hence, when it comes to building a workforce, you first need to become comfortable with the challenges even if they are beyond your abilities. You can divide tasks into realistic portions, instead of being frustrated. Your workforce should start on the activity they know what to do, and asking for help where needed.

3. Sharing can be the Most Rewarding Part

When you compare cooking for yourself and for others, cooking for others is more rewarding. Therefore, when you’re enrolling in a cooking class, it’s not just to cook for yourself but also for others. Building a workforce requires sharing, which is essential in any business, as you’ll be able to give back and share the knowledge you have. By sharing, you’ll be able to build a workforce and get a sense of accomplishment, which you won’t be able if you’re not sharing.

4. Stepping Back to Look at the Big Picture

When it comes to a cooking class, it’s not just about a particular meal.  Instead, it’s about how the meal’s diverse elements work together. This is from the appetizer, main course, dessert, and to drink pairing, the specific flavors and ingredients are picked to enhance or complement the other. Therefore, when it comes to building a workforce, you’ll realize it functions like a meal that has different courses and complementary ingredients.

Your career is not centered on the one high profile job that you got complete, or the one in-demand skill that you have. Instead, all your experience and skills will work effectively in a workforce, which is why building a workforce is vital.

Business learning doesn’t stop when you’ve stepped outside the office.


Instead, the activities that you do on the side whether a cooking class or others, can help you gain lessons that you can use to build your workforce.

Assistance to Build a Workforce

If you need assistance building your workforce, contact Flexicrew to give you a hand today.