How Can You Find Quality Help During a Labor Shortage?

City Wide Facility Solutions
Published on September 7, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped how countries such as the U.S view work. With cases of the delta variant starting to surge (at the time of writing this article), much of the labor force that was previously established has noticeably declined in various industries. You may have noticed many major retailers, restaurants, and small businesses have the likes of a “We’re Hiring!” sign on their doors, as well as many openings on job search sites. Some businesses have taken it upon themselves to increase wages, improve the benefits they offer, and offer more flexibility for work. While this is great news for those in search of new employment, many businesses are wondering what else can be done to fulfill their current labor needs. And small businesses are wondering what they can do to acquire staff as cost-effectively as possible.

Many businesses are also having trouble finding the help they need for facility solutions. Day porters, handypersons, janitors, and many other facility solutions laborers are in high demand, yet short in supply.

What Does This Mean For Small Businesses?

With ~650k retail employees quitting in April 2021, this massive exodus has caused many major retailers to raise their minimum wage and offer more benefits to their employees. Companies like Best Buy, Under Armor, Target, and many more have raised their minimum wage to $15/hour. While this is manageable by large companies like these, smaller businesses may not be able to keep up. Luckily, there are cost-effective options in finding the labor your business needs.

Janitorial and cleaning service positions have especially been in high demand for the hotel industry, causing many franchises to bump up wages. And, it’s not just hotels having this issue. We’ve heard it from both existing and new clients, across a variety of industries. If you’re experiencing the same, you should know you’re not alone – and City Wide can help provide supplemental labor services.

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Fill The Gaps With Temp Labor

This labor shortage may be ongoing, but there are signs pointing towards it not being permanent. Temporary labor can be a route that would help you solve the most pertinent and time-sensitive issues, without the need to commit to a single employee. This can be a cost-effective solution, as you are able to have the work you need done until the labor market begins to stabilize. Should you need temp labor for janitorial/cleaning, disinfecting, handyman, warehousing, or any other general maintenance services, City Wide can manage your temporary labor needs, for as long (or as short!) as you need. We can also help you with long-term building maintenance solutions, should you need these as well!

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Contract Workers Can Get The Job Done

Employers have more flexibility with contract workers on market changes, project scale, or anything causing staff fluctuations. You can get the help you need, within a short period of time, while not disrupting the existing full-time team members. Contract labor also means you can have the opportunity to forgo a benefits package. You don’t have to provide a contractor PTO, health insurance, or medical leave; allowing you to focus resources on potential full-time employees in the future.

If you have multiple positions to fill and don’t want to juggle multiple contracts, City Wide can manage any building maintenance-related contract workers.

Complete our ‘Request More Information’ form on the right to get more information about how we can help with your labor needs.