By Natashia Barnabas, IR Manager at Workforce Staffing
Productivity is critical to business survival, and the heart of productivity is the workforce. However, if this metric is not measured effectively, businesses may not understand why profitability and efficiency are being negatively impacted, and resort to employing more staff instead of addressing the root cause of the issue. Partnering with a trusted Temporary Employment Services (TES) provider ensures that the workforce maintains and even improves efficiency. In addition, a TES partner will handle all Human Resources (HR) and payroll needs, leaving businesses free to focus on core competencies rather than admin-intensive tasks.
Measuring workforce efficiency
Productivity issues mean that the required output is not being met, for example where you need to be reaching a certain target daily, but these figures are not being achieved. In addition, the quality of work may be deteriorating, meaning that products or output are below the standard required.
Finally, negligence may be rife, which will be costing the company money due to mistakes being made either by acts or omissions on duty. For example, if a picker and packer scans the incorrect items on an order and this gets packed and sent out to a client, it will subsequently be returned due to wrong items received, costing money, impacting productivity and efficiency, and causing reputational harm.
A TES provider can assist organisations by measuring both productivity and efficiency in a variety of ways. The most basic is a walkthrough to ascertain the various aspects of each department in terms of number of employees, output to be met for the day, and the workings of the current operations. This helps to identify any gaps and challenges, which the TES provider can use to formulate solutions tailored to the business needs.
Upholding the law
In addition to identifying where performance issues may exist, a TES provider can help organisations to deal with this in accordance with the Labour Relations Act (LRA), which prescribes a process for handling poor employee performance. When hiring employees, it is essential that the signed contract of employment includes a comprehensive (but non-exhaustive) list of duties contained in a Job Description (JD). This must be explained to the employee, and they must acknowledge of what is expected of him/her. At this point, the employee should also be given the opportunity to advise the company of any assistance or training that is required.
Implementing a Key Performance Index (KPI) monitoring system is also important, so that employees can be measured against this for performance. When an employee is then identified as not meeting the desired expectations, they must first be consulted to discuss the issues. If the problem persists, they can be placed on a “poor work performance” process to improve their performance. This process is two-pronged and complex, involving a first facilitation and a final facilitation, and only if all other avenues have been exhausted and all alternatives explored, can the employee be subject to termination.
TES for greater efficiency and enhanced performance
An experienced, trusted, and holistic TES provider will have the values of honesty, integrity, and efficiency at the core of their business, and will be able to align with a business to enhance productivity. The right TES partner will provide compliant and practical staffing solutions that make business sense, ensuring businesses can focus on growing their core business without having to negotiate labour legislation, recruitment, vetting, payroll, and payroll queries, performance, and discipline management and more.
In addition, an expert TES provider is able to source the best resources across all aspects of a business, from sales and operations to commercial, legal, industrial relations, payroll, and wages. A comprehensive TES partner can also offer employees benefits like personal loans, healthcare, training, internships and learnerships, helping to ensure employee happiness and wellbeing and contributing to a positive workforce, which in turn impacts productivity.
Cultivating an environment for success
Dealing with productivity issues after they arise is a time consuming and labour-intensive process that must follow the letter of the law precisely. To ensure maximum productivity, it is always better to put KPIs in place from the outset and continuously measure and monitor. In addition, it is essential to create a working environment that is conducive to productivity and efficiency. The right TES partner can provide a comprehensive, tailor-made services for both the client and the employee, with an extensive data base of employees with vast skills and experience, to ensure they can recruit the right staff and deliver the best business solutions to drive operations and boost production and profits.
To whom it may be concern
RE: Application for employment
I hereby forward my curriculum vitae.
I wish to apply for the position available in your organization. I am confident that I have knowledge and skill to professionally fulfill the position as required by the organization. I am eager to enhance and refine my personal development within the organization, and take on the challenges that lie ahead.
I will endeavor to effectively performance all my tasks as required by the organization and maintain the standard as defined by you. Given the opportunity, I will perform my duties with perseverance, dedication and loyalty. It is my aim to make and be part of a successful team that is directly involve in making the organization a success, as I believe I have a role to play in making things a success.
I hope that my application will receive your favorable consideration.