Your human resources team already has a lot on their plate: managing benefits, evaluating employee performance, keeping abreast of new regulations, and so forth. And that’s on top of handling day-to-day issues and putting out any fires that come up.
Recruiting, screening, and hiring are often the most time-consuming activities of an HR team. By outsourcing these tasks to specialists, you’ll free your HR team to effectively handle other important work. You may also be able to give them the margin they need to implement proactive initiatives, instead of merely living in a state of reaction. Staffing agencies can also take over responsibilities related to payroll, worker’s compensation, insurance and more.
If the staffing agency you’ve partnered with ends up creating more work by sending you unqualified applicants, it may be time to find a staffing agency who pays you more attention to avoid wasting your time.
A staffing agency has an extensive recruiting network to pull from in order to find the right applicants—especially if you have a large number of positions to fill all at once. If your company only needs to fill one position every year or so, your HR team can probably build that network over time. But if you need to fill a number of positions all at once, you’ll need to know hundreds of people—or else be stuck sorting through online resumes of people who may or may not actually be qualified.
(Posting jobs online can work, but it takes a lot of manpower to filter through all of the applications you’ll receive!)
This is the key advantage of working with a well-established staffing agency: they’re already connected to a huge network of motivated job-seekers. The agency can interview and determine a candidate’s qualifications before sending them your direction, saving you hundreds of hours of searching and vetting. They may also have several people already in their queue who match the needed qualifications, which means they can connect you with them quickly.
Just be sure to hire an agency that customizes each search for your company’s actual open positions to ensure that each candidate is a qualified match. (The last thing you want is an influx of unqualified applicants that the staffing agency just sent on thoughtlessly, leaving you to sort them out!)
Does your company’s staffing needs fluctuate throughout the year? Perhaps your industry is seasonal, or your employee needs rise and fall with new products. An agency can provide you with a flexible workforce that can be hired on a temporary basis. This buffer can prevent you from hiring only to end up laying off full-time employees down the road.
In an effort to maintain harmony and efficiency, many tight-knit companies want to give new employees a “trial run” before making them a permanent part of the team. In that scenario, a staffing agency can help you by providing temporary (or temp-to-hire) employees. The agency acts as the employer in these cases, handling the legal side of these arrangements, providing temporary benefit packages for workers, and streamlining the process of recruiting and letting go of workers in a fair manner.
Screening and an interview can only tell you so much about an employee—sometimes it takes a few weeks to really get to know them and their working habits. If you’ve got a close-knit or high-performing team in which every position is strategic, you can work with a staffing agency to essentially “test out” a potential employee with a contract-to-hire position. During this time, the worker is an employee of the staffing agency, who handles all paperwork and insurance. You can work with the employee for 90 days and then make the decision to move them to full time—and let the employee decide whether it’s a good fit on their end as well.
Your company may already have an effective way to measure employee performance and a great track record for keeping great employees on board. But if you’re stuck scratching your head over a high turnover rate that doesn’t seem to make sense, your staffing agency may be able to come to your rescue.
Some staffing agencies offer quality assurance programs, conducting regular reviews with staff members and tracking their performance with a number of carefully thought-out performance metrics. They offer a third-party perspective that can encourage discontented employees to open up about hidden problems within the organization—and this knowledge can help you set your company back on the right course.
Do you think your HR team could benefit from the services a staffing agency can offer? An expert from OpSource Staffing can give you complete details on what that arrangement could look like for you. Give us a call at 864-641-7540 or click the banner below to learn more.