Sometimes an extra set of capable hands can make all the difference. Thanks to the post-Covid war for talent in the EHS&S (Environmental, Health and Safety, and Sustainability) industry, finding the most talented employees is harder than ever. Add in reduced hiring budgets and consistent pressure to do more with less to improve your organization’s bottom line, and finding the right people at the right time can be almost impossible. 

In this type of work landscape, how can organizations augment their EHS&S staff without increasing headcount? By turning to a contingent worker source such as Antea Group’s EHS Staffing Solution, RaaS (Resources-as-a-Service). This model of solving temporary yet critical needs has been popular for over five years, providing clients with workers of all experience levels to address any number of circumstances from urgent events to years-long planned endeavors.  

We’ll walk through some of the roles that can be filled using our EHS Staffing Solution, RaaS, while highlighting a few examples and scenarios where organizations might need to augment staffing with RaaS. 

How our EHS Staffing Solution, RaaS, Works 

In this case, the “resources” in RaaS are human resources. Long a staple in the tech industry, the practice of utilizing a contingent workforce is spilling over into other sectors that require highly specialized, uniquely skilled professionals for shorter-term engagements. 

When businesses need some extra hands-on expertise, they’ll effectively “rent” select employees from an established firm to come and work on a temporary basis. This allows companies to sidestep the often-costly process of finding, screening, and recruiting new hires when their situation may call for a more temporary and/or specialized type of help.

For many companies, this can be an ideal set-up. RaaS assignments are completely flexible in terms of both scope of work and length of engagement. A company may need a professional with 10+ years of experience to manage and lead EHS or Sustainability initiatives, or it may need a few employees for day-to-day tactical work. 

When a business needs to augment their workforce without increasing headcount, they engage Antea Group employees on a contract basis using our RaaS solution. The resource that is brought on to serve an organization is an actual experienced employee from Antea Group. (This is our standard practice at Antea Group, and clients love that they're able to incorporate a member of our trusted team into their own.)  

Antea Group, using this EHS Staffing solution will work with organizations to clarify details of engagement, such as days-per-week and length of service. They will also ensure the resource fits within the hiring organization’s workplace culture in the interest of fast rapport and an effective working relationship.  

RaaS Roles 

Antea Group employees are able to step into any RaaS role, from junior level to highly credentialed professionals with expertise in specific fields and technologies. They bring instant experience and perspective that can be invaluable for addressing acute needs and oversight. The cross-industry relationships and networks established by Antea Group make it easy for them to tap additional talent on an as-needed basis. 

Terms of engagement are quite flexible in the RaaS solution, allowing organizations to augment staff as needed on an ongoing basis. Organizations can bring on individuals or whole teams depending on demand. 

When to Utilize RaaS 

Every region, industry, and organization has its own specific set of needs for augmenting EHS&S staff. These are a few of the more common scenarios. 

Urgent Events 

COVID created an urgent, global need for EHS&S solutions. Other events such as natural disasters or industrial incidents present the need for a sudden and rapid upscaling of EHS&S teams. For example, summers filled with wildfires are becoming more and more common, and that leaves organizations seeking EHS&S staff to address issues with wildfire smoke and evacuation plans.  

War for Talent-fueled Staffing Challenges 

As mentioned above, competition for the right talent is stiffer than ever. Many EHS&S departments are understaffed and overworked. These situations can be alleviated by hiring RaaS employees on a temporary basis.  

Business Transitions 

Times of transition within an organization create specific needs for additional EHS&S staff.  

Start-ups benefit from knowledgeable staff who can get their organization running with as little disruption as possible in the EHS&S space. Business mergers and acquisitions often require increased staff to assist with changes in facilities use, procedure documentation, and training programs.  

Facility Changes 

Large-scale physical projects require specialized EHS&S expertise. Facility construction and closures are two ends of a spectrum that both present unique needs and challenges.  

Construction projects might require an expanded safety staff to ensure compliance with national and local regulations on worksites. These staff may also consult with clients to ensure safety is properly considered in the overall facility design.  

Closures of facilities that produced or utilized hazardous materials require a very specific EHS&S skill set. These experts are limited in number worldwide, and it can take an organization a long time to locate the talent they need through their own searches. In this instance, an RaaS employee augmentation means having expedited access to a proven expert or team of specialists who can confidently take on a project of that scale.  

RaaS at Antea Group

Key Benefits of RaaS as an EHS Staffing Solution: 

The benefits of our EHS Staffing Solution, RaaS are many: 

  • Flexible, agile, fit-for-purpose support. Bring in any level of EHS and Sustainability expertise without the challenges of an arduous hiring process or the long-term financial commitment of bringing in a full-time employee. 
  • Quick-to-implement solutions. RaaS assignments are usually filled in a matter of weeks, and when needed, sometimes within days. 
  • Have help when you need it. The ability to “transition out” the RaaS employee is as important as being able to quickly “transition in.” Needs can change and releasing an employee back to the employer organization means keeping someone working, even in a tough time. 

Raas: The EHS Staffing Solution at Antea Group

At Antea Group, we’ve been providing clients for years with technically skilled, culturally aligned employees for successful RaaS engagements. We’ve built a service model that fits with the needs of our clients and provides our RaaS employees with a uniquely rewarding employee experience. We know how to pick ‘em: our decades of experience in hiring, training, and developing EHS professionals have resulted in an industry-leading team we are truly proud of.   
Our EHS Staffing Solution RaaS model offers a global pool of EHS&S subject matter experts who are ready to meet your specific technical and culture needs.

Looking for help augmenting your staff? Learn more about how you can benefit from our RaaS expertise.

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