Reinforcing the Dam: Strategies for Supplementing Your Workforce to Accommodate Demand

In this blog post, we explain the importance of supplementing your workforce with talent solutions, including consultants, during times of stress.

When projects build up and your workforce is at capacity, it can feel like a dam under pressure. The water keeps flowing, but the pressure becomes higher and higher.

Now, imagine this – the water continues to build, yet the dam remains the same, with no release in pressure and no reinforcements made. It’s only a matter of time until the dam begins to crack, increasing the probability that the entire structure will come crashing down.

Have you seen it happen? The loss of full time team members caused by cracks, like burnout and stress? It happens frequently, and in today’s labor market, with projects continuing to pile up, it’s a risk many teams cannot afford.


BLS diagram #1

In today’s labor shortage, professional and business services is one of the most impacted industries, leaving many teams responsible for more than they can manage.


The Great Reshuffle

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, high quit rates coupled with even higher hiring rates shows that workers are leaving their current employer for a new one – often in search of higher pay,  more growth opportunities, or a change in industry and culture. This has been termed “The Great Reshuffle”.  With only 75 available workers for every 100 open jobs in the U.S., full time employees are difficult and expensive to replace, and therefore important to retain. When employees are overworked, the chances that they will leave become even higher. 
In the current environment, if your dam can’t afford to break, it would be wise to reinforce it now.

BLS diagram #2 Worker Shortage Index

Reinforcing the Dam

When the dam is showing signs of stress, one way to reinforce is the use of contingent labor as a planned, on-demand strategy for supplementing teams. By bringing in talent specific to your line of business and project demands, companies can avoid the risk of lower productivity and attrition caused by stress and burnout.

With talent solutions like those offered by Eliassen Group, companies are able to reinforce the dam before it breaks (or even cracks) according to their needs at any given time.

From thought leaders and individual professionals to full project teams, Eliassen Group provides customized and scalable solutions to address evolving client needs. We help our clients leverage intelligent technologies that transform business models, modernize operations, enhance customer experiences, and fuel growth.

Our consultants and subject matter experts have the experience you need to execute your most critical projects and initiatives in areas such as automation engineering, big data, blockchain, cybersecurity, and many more. While some staffing firms rely on a two-dimensional assessment of skills and needs, Eliassen Group uses a detailed consultant qualification process to ensure the best fit for all parties. With expert recruiters in their respective disciplines, we boast both high consultant satisfaction and impressive tenure.

Are you interested in learning more about our talent solutions and managed services? Connect with us today to speak with a knowledgeable account manager and reinforce your dam. 
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