Why Being Short-Staffed is Not a Bad Thing

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July 7, 2016

Is building a better business with less staff a possibility? It can be if you have the right resources in place. The key word here is resources. How many of us go into panic mode when a position becomes vacant or simply isn’t being filled at all? More often than not, those responsibilities are delegated to someone else on a “temporary” basis. But too often that “temporary” situation becomes the norm and results in a burned out employee, less efficient processes and most likely another vacancy.

What would happen if you turned that predicament inside out and thought about it as an opportunity to be innovative with your staffing? Outsourcing is quickly becoming the optimum choice for many organizations looking to grow. Not just for emergency situations when you need to fill an unexpected void, outsourcing can also be a strategy to accelerate growth goals.

Expand Your Horizons

Thanks to technology, outsourcing removes the limitations of recruiting someone within commuting distance. It grants you immediate access to higher level expertise within a much greater radius. Working with an outsourced employee provides diverse knowledge, experience, and skill sets to you in a way that someone who’s worked in the same role for years may be unable to provide. This type of fresh perspective can mean the difference between doing things the way you’ve always done them, or doing things that are going to enhance your profitability and support your strategic initiatives.

Do Your Job, Not Everyone Else’s

As an owner or executive leader, are you handling the responsibilities of multiple roles and getting deeper and deeper into the weeds? This juggling act isn’t just going to create burn out, but can significantly hamper your success and impact your bottom line. Outsourcing allows skilled experts to do what they’re best at so that you can focus more on your strengths. Ask yourself, what could you accomplish if you had more time to concentrate on running the business, rather than being in the business?

Find Your Balance

For companies who experience seasonal highs and lows, it might not make sense to hire and incur the associated costs of a full-time employee. Outsourcing allows you to have scalable options that suit your needs and your timing. It means balancing the scale so that you have the right amount of resources to perform the work in the pipeline. It also provides you with the flexibility and capability to accept work you may have considered turning down due to staff limitations.

So the next time you find yourself in a short-staffed situation, look at the silver lining and consider how you can use it to your strategic advantage. Watch on-demand as we take a deeper dive into the benefits of Outsourced Accounting during our Working Smarter, Not Harder: The Top 5 Benefits of Outsourced Accounting webinar. Learn more and download our complimentary presentation on the top 5 benefits of outsourced accounting.


Lisa Lee