Hiring Headaches that a Food Service Staffing Firm Can Solve

Posted January 17, 2014

In the hospitality industry, your hiring and staffing needs can fluctuate greatly. Sometimes you need seasonal help, sometimes extra employees to help out during an extremely busy period. And while you may think it’s the HR department’s job to handle, the truth is these situations can cause some major headaches.

Let’s say you need a large amount of temporary workers on short notice. Your HR Department will need to:

  • Develop and post job descriptions
  • Determine pricing and benefit options
  • Recruit via agencies, referrals, and ads
  • Interview candidates and select them for hire
  • Process background checks, drug screens, and reference checks
  • Train new employees
  • Process weekly payroll and benefits
  • Manage employee issues, concerns, and workers’ compensation

That’s a lot of work and a lot of different relationships to manage. If you throw other considerations, such as diversity hiring, into the mix, this task not only gets bigger—it gest less cost effective.

And what happens when your busy period is over? Will there be enough work for these additional employees to do? Will your HR department then have to lay them off?

Here’s a single solution to all of those headaches: Let an experienced, reputable staffing firm do the work for you.

And not just any staffing firm. Look for one that specializes in your industry, so they will understand your company and its culture. Where your company’s HR person is probably a generalist, a professional staffing firm will have invaluable industry expertise.

  • If you need multiple employees at once, a good staffing agency has a pool of pre-screened candidates ready to work if they match your job requirements. This saves you from having to sift through resumes, make phone calls, perform multiple interview and do reference and background checks.
  • If you only need people temporarily, you only need to hire them for a fixed period. When the rush season or special project is over, so are their contracts, and the employment situation ends neatly and easily.
  • If you need to hire someone full time, they can provide you with access to candidates that you couldn’t reach on your own. In addition to being well-connected in your field, they should always be talking to passive candidates as well as those actively seeking employment. 

Food Team fulfills both front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house needs of hotels, corporate cafeterias, school and university cafeterias, convention centers, sports and entertainment venues, banquet centers, catering companies, golf tournaments, country and executive clubs, private parties and more. To learn more about how our team can positively impact your workforce, contact us today!