The Benefits of Using a Staffing Agency
Facing challenges against hiring? Considering working with a staffing agency? The goal of any organization is to continually move the business forward. Getting bogged down in the hiring process shouldn’t be a hindrance to that. While it may not be a fit for every company, working with a staffing agency can be a major weight off a hiring manager’s shoulders. At the end of the day, a staffing company should be your ally and partner, with your best interest in mind.
- 9 out of 10 people said staffing positions made them more employable.
- The staffing industry has been creating more job opportunities over the last 3 years than any other single industry in the country.
- U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.3 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2015, up 2.6% from 2014. (ASA).
A few points in favor of staffing, and also why it might not be a fit for you…
Agencies work on a variety of candidate placements
The term “staffing agency” may be synonymous with day labor or short term/temp work to a lot of people. While some recruiting firms do focus on these kinds of placements, it does not encompass the industry as a whole. There are agencies that strictly recruit high-level IT candidates on a long-term contract basis, for example, and others that offer a variety of options from contract work to full time placement. Whatever kind of candidate(s) you’re looking to hire, it is likely there is an agency that is proficient in that type of role.
They free up time so you can focus on the Business
Searching for qualified candidates can be a job in and of itself. Working with a staffing agency and clearly establishing your needs as a business can take your hands off that process. Additionally, the people that you bring on to the team – temporary or otherwise – can help with the workload if employees are feeling stretched. According to The Houston Chronicle , “Staffing agencies often have a level of expertise that far exceeds some employers’ human resources departments. Hiring recruiters, employment specialists and an employment or recruiting manager to supervise staff could require a lengthy recruiting period to find qualified employees.”
It takes the burden off the employer
All told, it’s often less expensive to hire temporary workers. The staffing agency pays for benefits and tackles any HR related issues that could arise. They also handle terminations and back-fills. Permanent hires are employed directly by the client company – who will incur the same responsibilities that they would any other hire. Still, the agency that places them is often times responsible for finding a replacement if that candidate does not work out within a given period of time. Additionally, staffing agencies can be a strong resource in finding “diamond in the rough” candidates for more obscure roles that take a lengthier search.
Temporary employees often learn a new skill set
For contract employees, a temporary assignment is a great way to learn a new skill set (and grow more hire-able!). This is a mutually beneficial relationship with the client, as they are able to employ the temporary workers as long as it makes sense for the business. Once their contract is up, they may have a better chance of securing a full time opportunity where they can continue to learn and grow. Additionally, the employer may decide that they want to bring an employee on full time, having had a first hand look at how they might fit into the company and be a contribution.
Why working with a staffing agency might not be a fit
There are a few reasons why working with a staffing agency may not make sense for you, particularly when hiring temporary employees. Training can be a challenge if there is a learning curve involved. It may take employees up to a year to become fully competent in a particular role. Unless this is a long-term contract, it won’t make sense. In another light, some teams may only be willing to devote a certain level of energy to temporary workers and not view them as a true part of the team. It ultimately comes down to your particular business and perhaps a self-check to see what makes the most sense of your unique environment.
Staffing agencies are an ever-growing trend that fits today’s changing job market. If you are considering working with a staffing firm for either temporary or permanent placements, feel free to contact Job Brokers directly at 1-888-JBI-STAFF. Our experienced recruiters, with both Job Brokers and our sister company TruPath, are well versed in a variety of industries and truly personalize the process.