While temporary and contract labor have long been a part of the design of most skilled workforces, traveling contract labor has given many contractors their competitive edge in recent years. After establishing a credible resource, having a pool of traveling contract labor to provide skilled and unskilled workforce solutions for your projects in remote locations can be as easy as a phone call or email.
Attrition has been a growing battle for several industries and is a continuous battle for drivers, heavy industrial workforce, and environmental remediation staff. Locating staff on short notice and in remote areas of the country only increases the difficulty to have a qualified and safe workforce to staff your projects. Access to a mobile workforce of skilled and unskilled labor can reduce your overhead, delays in scheduling, and allow your organization to take on additional projects above what your current workforce is able to complete.
While many contractors focus on locating a local staffing provider in areas that they do not typically do business, they may open themselves up for unnecessary liabilities and costly mistakes. Industrial and environmental contractors often require temporary staff that are trained, certified, and screened to perform specific duties in unique environments and conditions. Many staffing companies and day labor providers are unable to locate a workforce capable of these type of duties quickly. Having the wrong staff in place can often end up worse than having no staff in place. Mistakes made by unqualified help can result in costly scrap materials, overtime, and injuries. In addition to the initial costs the effects on your OSHA log, EMR rates, and overall job site moral can be long lasting. Completing due diligence to find the right provider for talent, can have a large impact on the success of your individual projects and your organization as a whole.
A company who excels in providing a mobile workforce should be able to provide you with testimonials from other clients, an outline of where they have offices and satellite branches for employee recruitment and screening, and be well versed in handling employment issues that come with a mobile workforce. Traveling workforces present their own set of challenges to an inexperienced recruiter. Inquire with potential partners on what their biggest challenges are managing a traveling workforce, what resources they make available to their staff, and how they have handled challenges in the past.
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