The employee shortage is far from over. There’s still a big gap between the number of jobs available and the people willing to take them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in January 2022, there were 11.3 million job openings and not enough workers to fill those positions. In fact, in February 2022, there were 3.5 million fewer people in the workforce in comparison to February 2020.
Some of the most affected industries were the professional and business services, education, transportation, and warehousing since they had the most available job openings but no workers to fill them.
Why aren’t people taking these millions of job openings? It was thought that after such a rough 2020 where so many people became economically unstable, there would be mass re-entry into the workforce, people who were eager to jump back into the labor market to get back on track. But this wasn't the case.
After COVID-19, many people started to look at their jobs and even lives differently, something now denominated as "the great reshuffle." People began to really think about what they're doing, what jobs they're accepting, and how they spend their time. They began to look for more purposeful work with higher pay, better conditions, and flexibility.
How to overcome the employee shortage?
The issue now is not just about finding talent; it’s also about engaging with individuals who are rethinking their entire careers. Therefore, business leaders and HR teams across all industries must reinvent themselves to create more attractive job offers that consider the new conditions employees are looking for.
Finding the right strategic partner
One of the most efficient ways to overcome the labor shortage is to find strategic partners with available talent for your teams and entirely understand the recruitment, vetting, and hiring processes.
Want to know more about the labor shortage and how to overcome it? Watch the video below and find out.
With our successful nearshoring model, we have helped over 500 U.S-based companies from various industries recruit, hire, and onboard qualified professionals to fill in their operational gaps. At Lean Solutions Group, we are experts in staffing and finding suitable solutions for your needs, from back-office positions and customer support to marketing, software development, recruitment, and business process outsourcing services.
What do our clients have to say?
We sat down with Jordan Reber, Executive Vice President of ARL Logistics, to talk about the strong work relationship we’ve created since 2015, allowing them to grow exponentially and avoid labor shortage hurdles.
“Because we had some of these labor shortage issues for some of our jobs that just were not very glamorous for U.S.- based employee, but they were good jobs for some of the people down here in Colombia, and they enjoyed doing them, and then we reduced our turnover on that side of it. If we had not done that, we would have had this stunt our growth in prep, you know, because we wouldn't have been had the manpower to do it.” - Jordan Reber, Executive Vice President of ARL Logistics.
How do we attract and retain employees to avoid employee shortage?
At Lean, we focus on creating work experiences that add value to our employees and help them further their career paths.
“Our partnership with Lean Solutions Group gives us the flexibility to be overstaffed. And we are overstaffed by design […] I always want to be training the next group of people, […] and always be able to backfill at the entry-level. And it shows those people at the entry-level right off the bat, like oh, wow, the person that just trained me got promoted, the person that was above them just got promoted. I see my path now.” Jordan Reber, Executive Vice President of ARL Logistics.
We invest in our employees. Our training programs are robust and constantly updated, considering that most industries are ever-changing.
Our recruitment process is thorough, and we create attractive job offerings for our employees as we include additional benefits and flexibility.
We are always looking for ways to make our employees feel comfortable. In fact, this year, we obtained the Great Place to Work certification!
Thinking outside the box and finding new alternatives to staff professionals is the right solutions to overcome the labor shortage. With the help of a strategic partner like Lean, with over 10 years of experience in the staffing sector, you’ll be able to access talent eager to take on new challenges and boost your company’s productivity.
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Kathy Monroy is an experienced Communications Specialist and Journalist. Driven to go above and beyond, Kathy produces high-quality content specializing in transportation and logistics, marketing, sales, and technology. Her goals include becoming an expert and an authority in her line of work, always providing her audience with the most relevant and useful information.