Organizations today must develop a wide variety of risk management strategies to address both anticipated and unanticipated threats that if left untended can lead to revenue losses and other negative consequences.
The Value of Business Continuity Staffing
Take staffing for example, especially in sectors like manufacturing where the local supply of skilled welders, machinists, boiler operators, etc. may be limited. This is where companies can benefit from outside sources when developing their workforce continuity staffing strategies. Resources like MADI that specialize in business continuity staffing have powerful tools such as immediate deployment capabilities and databases of talent sourced nationally that can be used to deploy high value key personnel quickly when production deadlines must be met.
In such instances value is not determined by cost but by investment in risk reduction, revenue stability and competitive advantage driven by the company's ability to meet customer expectations and deadlines.
Reducing Risk in Temporary Workforce DevelopmentOver the years MADI has found that finding skilled and experienced personnel is one thing, but ensuring that they have the kind of personal character, attitude and demeanor necessary to fit within a company's culture and be productive right from the start in a high pressure situation is an entirely different class of challenge.
To achieve the goal of continuity, MADI recommends that companies keep the following in mind:
Management and Oversight
In terms of productivity and where staffing needs are at the workforce level, getting up to speed hinges on hands-on managers that have the capability to ease the transition for temporary employees while creating the positive work environment that supports immediate and sustained productivity. Generally speaking, this requires that managers take a much more active approach with these employees. Business continuity staffing agencies add value here by offering personnel management services and direct coordination with the company's management to meet critical goals.
Worker AttitudesDistractions can arise in any workforce. However, organizations responding to an immediate need most likely do not have the time to extensively evaluate individuals and assess who may or may not work well in the company's environment, as they would normally.
Here are four (4) measures that can be taken to reduce these risks:
1. Implement hands-on management oversight
2. Screen personnel for skills as well as attitudes
3. Assess the employees' comfort and willingness to produce under stress
4. Identify personnel that possess a strong work ethic.
Many companies are starting to realize that in the context of business continuity planning, investments in outsourcing specialized workforces can significantly reduce the risk of losses and more than justify their cost, especially if immediate action is needed and advance planning is not an option.