Understaffing or short staffing is usually not an issue when it is only for a short period. However, if your company has been understaffed for a long period, that can create problems. Understaffing is usually caused by layoffs and not having the budget to hire more. Nevertheless, it helps to know what to expect if your department will be understaffed in the near future.
Overworking and Burnout
Running a business or organization involves completing tasks. Regardless of being understaffed, completion of assignments is often mandatory. Keeping the organization running smoothly until managers hire additional personnel takes effort and help from everyone within the organization. Understaffing is usually seen in a start-up. Nevertheless, in such cases, people at the company are driven by passion and belief in a cause. Another example of understaffing is in a company going through a period of financial crisis. In either case, running such a model may be sustainable in the short term. However, long-term understaffing can have serious consequences. These will include but are not limited to drastic effects on employee health and well-being and turnovers.