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How To Handle a Summer Staffing Shortfall

On01/ 08 /18
If you’ve ever been at London Victoria during morning rush hours, you’ve probably witnessed the delays of trains that were due to crew shortages. Having your train cancelled is not ideal but what would happen if such a situation would occur in your business, just when a big project falls into your lap? 

Over the summer holidays staff shortfalls can be a problem for many businesses, here at Bucks & Berks we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to help you survive summer peak time. 

Prevention is better than cure 

Although your employees are usually allowed to take their annual leave during the entire year, summer months are always popular. If you run a small company and you want to make sure that there are enough staff to get the work done, then creating a company holiday calendar is a must.

You can include a section in your company’s policy stating which months your staff are allowed to take annual leave, or how many team members can be off at the same time. Look carefully into your yearly cycle – are there any months that are particularly busy when you’ll need more staff to be in the office? Think about the summer period as well as the end of the year and include guidance on how staff manage holiday entitlement within their teams.  By working out how many people from one department can be off at the same time  you can be sure that there are still enough people to carry out the work. 

Utilise temporary staff

If there are roles that just can’t be unstaffed for any length of time or teams that need more personnel, then you should consider hiring temporary workers who will help you survive the summer vacation period. 

Temporary professionals can be a huge help and they can make an immediate impact on your organisation. This is especially true if you’re looking for new perspectives, as hiring a temp worker will give you a fresh opinion from an outsider on what works and what doesn’t. 

Moreover, by recruiting a professional for a short period your company will benefit from their highly skilled and focused knowledge, experienced temps have a very specific skillset that allows them to hit the ground running and work on very short term projects effectively. 

If you’re looking for temporary workers, speak to your local recruitment agency. Here at Bucks & Berks we have extensive experience in supplying organisations with quality temporary placements and 80% of our temporary roles are filled within just 1 week! 

Think about education and training opportunities 

If you’re looking for an extra pair of hands to help keep your business going during summer, then recruiting younger workers can be a route to go. By offering summer internships and training programmes you can easily find fresh, passionate workers on a reasonable budget.


If you need professional help with filling temporary roles, contact us today. Here at Bucks & Berks we provide you with top local talents in Wokingham, Bracknell, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and Reading areas!

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