Determining Staffing Needs

Determining Staffing Needs


Below are some important considerations to make before hiring: 

Consider a full-time employee if…

  • The need is more long-term.
  • The work cannot be performed by existing employees.

Consider a part-time employee if…

  • The work is needed long-term, but help is only needed during core hours (e.g., 10 am to 2 pm)
  • You need a long-term employee but don’t want to pay the benefits of full-time employment. 

Consider a temporary employee if…

  • The need is short-term.
  • The need results from an employee’s absence.
  • The need results from the demands of a particular project
  • The need results from a temporary spike in business (i.e., seasonal demand) 

Consider a redesign of work processes if…

  • Rearranging work schedules so that more employees are on during peak hours will meet your needs.
  • Offering existing employees overtime will take care of the additional workload.
  • The purchase of new or updated equipment could resolve the hiring problem
  • Reorganizing employee tasks to allow for more time on critical projects will solve the problem  
  • Job sharing could assist with the additional work
  • The work can be done by an existing employee 

Consider the expertise of an independent contractor or consultant if…

  • The work can be contracted out to a consultant or freelance worker to reduce the need for more staff.
  • You need a specialized project to be complete and need the work of an expert. 

*Note: Employers must be careful when classifying workers as independent contractors. A variety of factors must exist, including but not limited to: the freedom to control when, where, and how the work is to be performed and the contractor’s ability to work for multiple employers.