Employers of all sizes are experiencing a talent crisis right now. For many businesses, it can feel impossible to find skilled, qualified help, quickly. It is easy to assume that the problem is a lack of talent in the market but often, it is a glut of competition from other employers that lead to struggles.
When you are looking for great employees, you need every competitive advantage at your disposal. When you work with a staffing agency, you can close the gaps in your hiring process and access quality candidates, quickly. Here are seven great reasons why you should use a staffing agency to control costs, achieve your strategic goals and access great people, every time.
1. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Hiring is risky business. Sourcing, interviewing, and vetting candidates takes time and money, and if a new hire does not work out, you must start the whole process over. Unfortunately, bad hires are usually not obvious until the employee has been on the job for some time.
Temporary and temporary-to-hire solutions can reduce that risk. You work with your staffing partner to hire an employee for a set period, and during that time, the staffing agency handles the administrative burdens of payroll and benefits. At the end of the contract term, you decide if you want to extend an offer to the employee. You get to see first–hand just how the employee fits in with the team and the culture and you get a real feel for whether they will succeed. It also provides time to identify any weaknesses that would not typically be evident in the interview process.
2. BETTER NEW HIRES
Despite common misconceptions, staffing agencies have access to top talent. Top candidates choose to work with staffing companies for several reasons. Some enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with temporary assignments and contract roles. Others use staffing agency services to help facilitate a career change, while others like the benefit of using a staffing agency to match them to roles where they are most likely to succeed.
Partnering with a staffing firm can give you access to high-quality candidates who are ready to get to work and make valuable contributions from day one. A staffing agency spends a great deal of time pre-vetting every candidate and getting to know them both personally and professionally so they can make accurate matches. Using a staffing agency to fill open roles and staff up during busy times provides you with access to talented people you may not have been able to find on your own.
3. AVOID UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
When you hire your own staff to manage an upswing in work and must let them go when work subsides, you are subject to unemployment claims. However, when you hire temporary employees through a staffing agency, those workers are employees of the staffing firm, not your business. Therefore, there is no risk of those workers filing unemployment claims when their services are no longer needed. This also helps control operational costs by eliminating Human Resources’ time spent on unemployment claims and navigating Department of Labor compliance.
4. BETTER MATCH WORKFORCE TO WORKLOAD
Depending on the circumstances, hiring a new full-time employee may not be the only or best option for the situation. Staffing agencies can help find the right solution to your workload. If the work is seasonal or you simply need help with a large project or contract, hiring temporary employees may be the best and most cost-effective solution. If you are not ready to bring someone in full-time until you are confident in their abilities, temporary-to-hire can be the smartest choice. A strong staffing partner will assess your needs and find the right solution for your workload and your budget.
5. MAKE HIRING EASIER
Hiring is a complex process and that complexity is mostly front-loaded into the early stages of a search. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just snap your fingers and have qualified, vetted candidates, arrive at your door? With a staffing firm, you can. While snapping your fingers is not recommended, you can simply pick up the phone or send an email and within a short time, qualified candidates will be ready for you to review.
Staffing agencies remove the complexity of sourcing candidates, creating job descriptions, posting jobs, evaluating their resumes and applications, phone screening, verifying skills, etc. You simply submit a job order, and the staffing firm takes over. They only send you candidates who meet and exceed expectations and who are fully aligned with your role.
6. HIRE FASTER
A speedy but accurate hiring process can be difficult for most businesses to achieve. Partnering with a staffing agency solves that challenge. Staffing firms have a built-in pipeline of passive and active talent to draw from immediately. If they do not have a match in their system, they can source new candidates quickly because they have the bandwidth and the infrastructure to move quickly to fill openings accurately. Your team only needs to focus on reviewing the best candidates the firm presents and interviewing your top choices.
7. ASSIST WITH ONBOARDING
The cost of hiring does not end when an employee accepts your offer. You must also factor in the cost of onboarding and training that employee, which can increase the total cost by thousands of dollars. A specialized staffing agency can help you reduce those costs by offering onboarding assistance.
First and foremost, staffing agencies are hiring experts. They know how to match people to your roles and to your culture, so they are set up for success. They can also assist with new hire paperwork and in many cases, they can also offer initial orientation to your organization. A great staffing partner can also make recommendations for optimizing the onboarding process and assist in creating staff schedules in the future, saving more time and money over the long-term.
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