After years of economic growth, plummeting unemployment, and a booming stock market, it’s fair to say that no one expected 2020 to play out the way it has so far. Even though we know the COVID-19 pandemic is a temporary situation, businesses in every sector are carefully monitoring margins and stockpiling savings. That means layoffs. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, we could reach a staggering 32.1% unemployment rate by June. That’s over 7% higher than the peak unemployment rate of 24.9% experienced during the Great Depression. Unfortunately, even essential services like commercial trucking feel the strain of economic downturn. However, none of this means a complete halt to business. It does, however, demand creative, flexible solutions, like temporary staffing, to keep our country moving forward.
The role of temporary staffing in economic recovery
Temporary staffing is a proven strategy that improves flexibility and agility through and beyond times of economic downturn. In 2010, as the economy recovered from the Great Recession, temporary jobs accounted for 26 percent of all newly created private-sector jobs. Flexible workforces provide just-in-time services, allowing businesses to regain their financial foothold while providing workers with much-needed income. As the economy recovers, temp workers receive more hours while businesses improve their financial standings.
F|Staff is temporary staffing for the commercial transportation industry
The F|Staff app is a streamlined, just-in-time driver leasing app that runs on your iOS or Android device. By giving you direct access to a ready-made driver workforce, F|Staff is made to help you keep your company moving through and beyond the current economic climate.
Wondering how it works? Here are five ways F|Staff helps.
It starts with who you know…
1) F|Staff lets you skip the face-to-face interview
In this era of social distancing, it’s difficult — if not impossible — to conduct face-to-face interviews. F|Staff drivers are a pre-screened, verified, and managed workforce. At F|Staff, we DOT verify, drug test and background check every driver. All our drivers are hired on W2, so we handle payroll and benefits, and we conduct random substance testing per DOT requirements. The F|Staff app lets you set your own criteria for experience, endorsements and other requirements, so you know the drivers you’re getting fit your exact needs.
And if you’ve found yourself in the unfortunate position of laying off your valued workforce…
2) F|Staff can put your drivers back to work
Encourage your drivers to apply through F|Staff. Within a few days to a couple of weeks, they can be ready to drive when you have loads to move. You can add your favorite drivers to your driver pool and share your jobs only with selected drivers. That way, you get to keep providing your valued workers with the jobs they need while protecting your business from the risk and liability of paying for idle staff during downturns.
Worried about running your business from home? Good news…
3) F|Staff works no matter where you are
With F|Staff, you can hire drivers from your office or home and have them on-site and ready to drive right when you need them. Because F|Staff runs on your iOS or Android device, it provides the ultimate in hiring flexibility. With a few clicks, you can push your jobs out to your driver pool, or open the search to the larger workforce, and have drivers on site quickly — often in under an hour. With this system, you reduce the number of people needed on-site to get your trucks moving, which keeps the supply chain going while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.
And don’t worry, you’ll know exactly what’s going on with your business, because…
4) F|Staff has built-in transparency
From its ability to geo-track your trucks, to the detailed reports that help you visualize your staffing efficiency, to built-in long-term planning and forecasting tools, F|Staff helps you run your whole business from a single phone interface. You’ll know just how much you’re spending, so you can better manage your business finances. And with F|Staff’s rating tools, you can review your drivers and keep track of your preferred workforce.
And best of all…
5) F|Staff is the flexible, economical choice in temporary staffing
With F|Staff, you only ever pay for the drivers’ time that you use. There are no hidden fees or costs, and you can set your pay rates. F|Staff takes care of driver payroll and provides easy, hands-free invoicing. With F|Staff, you can set a budget and stick to it. If your suppliers or customers have a sudden surge in demand, F|Staff is there to help you handle the load. If you’re experiencing a slump, you simply wait it out and hire more drivers when things turn around again. It’s that easy.
Ready to get started?
The best part about F|Staff is how easy it is to get on board. Fill out the online form, and a customer service representative will give you a call to get you started. We’ll even help you through your first few orders to get you up to speed. Once on board, you can also take advantage of our 24-hour telephone dispatch service.
Fill out the form today, and find the flexible, agile workforce you need to carry your company through these uncertain times.