In the hospitality business, there are two certainties: Staffing emergencies are going to happen and, you can’t afford to have staffing emergencies. Finding hospitality staff on short notice is just part of the business, but that shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality because you suddenly have a shift to fill. It is possible to find qualified staff quickly, so your operations can continue running smoothly.

Of course, that is often easier said than done, especially if you are trying to do it on your own. It can be a smooth process though, and you can have short notice staff available at the drop of a hat. Here’s how to get it done.

What are your staffing needs? Look at the big picture and assess everything, including:
• Qualifications
• Skills
• Training
• Budget
• Scheduling
There may be other factors that may not directly pertain to the actual position but do directly impact your specific establishment or company make sure you include that information too. By planning ahead and having this information at your fingertips, you can quickly determine what you need and find personnel who will meet those needs.

All too often a hiring manager will wait until there is a gap in staffing and then has to scramble to do all the work before seeking viable candidates. Planning ahead cuts right to the chase so that qualified staff can be identified and onboarded in a quicker, more efficient way with a much shorter duration for any staffing gaps which crop up. Planning ahead cuts right to the chase so that qualified staff can be identified and on-boarded in a quicker, more efficient way with a much shorter duration for any staffing gaps which crop up.
You may want to interview staff and supervisors to determine exactly what each position requires, especially if you haven’t updated that information in a while. New or updated company policies and even management reshuffling can mean additional changes for some or all positions. Make sure everyone is on the same page before setting each position's requirements in stone.

Once you have outlined your staffing needs, take that information and create a position description. This is absolutely vital if you are going to do any type of hiring, even temporary. The position description paints a picture of your ideal staff. It provides a detailed description of exactly what a candidate needs to bring to the table when they work for your company.

Your hiring manager needs to be able to pick it up and tick off the boxes for what the position requires and how well the candidate fits that picture. It should leave no room for question or guessing. Just think of what your perfect employee looks like in terms of getting the job done and let that image guide you. Don’t be afraid to get in the weeds and provide intricate detail. When you need staff in a matter of hours, you need to be able to assess them quickly. Having that position description in hand will definitely expedite the process.

It is possible to do the screenings and interviews in-house, but who has time for that? If you are already short-handed you really can’t afford to take time to walk away and take up hiring duties. Your best bet is to place the task in the capable hands of a company that specializes in hospitality staffing solutions. Partnering with a staffing company can save you a tremendous amount of time and money. They usually already have a roster of hospitality employees on hand and can quickly pull from that, matching their skills and experience with your organization needs and position description. They can select from a pool of the most qualified candidates and send them directly to your doorstep. All you have to do is decide which ones to keep.

They will do it all much faster and much more efficiently, so you have less downtime. This means shorter staffing gaps, and that means happier customers. Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?

When you need hospitality staff and you need them quickly, you can trust Alrich Hospitality Staffing to get the job done. We will assess exactly what you need and identify qualified candidates quickly and efficiently so that your operations keep running smoothly. Call today and find out how we can help solve your hospitality staffing challenges.