Benefits Using a Staffing Agency

Bringing in a new employee is a costly, time-consuming process that can easily be made worse with a bad hire. Take it from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example: the average direct cost for hiring a new team member is about $58,000 including basic wages, benefits and taxes. Now add on recruiting, advertising costs, screening and testing, and this number can easily skyrocket. Luckily, working with a staffing agency may be just the economical solution your company needs.

Do the fees associated with staffing experts sometimes dissuade smaller companies? Sure—the unknown can be scary. But the reality is, working with staffing experts can be a much more cost-effective solution, helping to pinpoint the right hire in less time and limiting the consequences of a rushed decision. Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at the benefits of utilizing a staffing agency versus in-house recruitment:

Attracting the Right Talent

Technology is in a constant state of flux, so it’s no surprise that new job positions are emerging. With this being the new norm, it can be difficult to find the right employees to fit your unique business needs. Staffing agencies’ level of expertise oftentimes outshines a company’s human resource department because they are designed to help you find the right talent; on the other hand, an internal department must juggle other administrative responsibilities outside of recruitment. Additionally, hiring internal recruiters and employment specialists is often a time-consuming process in its own right. Staffing agencies typically compete with the best recruiters and employment specialists—but at a lower cost and with an emphasis on quicker turnarounds.

What’s particularly important in this evolving business landscape are staffing industries that specialize in certain industries, such as information technology. Specialized staffing agencies have unrivaled industry expertise and know where to look to fill specific gaps. Their specialized field knowledge ensures that companies not only get the right employee the first time, but also find a candidate who can get the job done quicker and more accurately than an in-house or generalized staffing agency hire.

Tapping Into the Right Network

When a job position first opens, human resources departments often struggle with figuring out where to start looking for prospective hires. Then, even as the search process begins and they discover potential fits, it’s still a challenge to figure out these individuals’ work ethics, capabilities and desired schedules.

Working with a staffing agency gives your company a larger network of available workers than many in-house recruitment teams. Specifically, employers searching for seasonal or contract-based workers have to advertise, interview and manage new hires that will only be there for a short period of time. On the other hand, staffing agencies have built relationships with a large network of qualified workers—ranging from temporary to full-time—who are ready to fill a job opening in a matter of days, making it easier to tap into the right network with the candidates you need.

Investing In & Retaining the Right Employees

When bringing a new hire into your company, there’s always the question of whether or not the employee will perform to your standards or mesh well with company culture. Investing in a candidate can be risky; and if it doesn’t work out, it has a hefty price. Teaming up with agencies to hire temporary and contract employees lowers costs related to background investigations, drug screening and skill testing, providing you with top tier talent at great savings. Additionally, staffing agencies not only work diligently to find the right talent, but also retaining them—their focus is to help you find long-term solutions for your staffing gaps.

Companies that use staffing agencies for temporary employees also have specific benefits, such as being able to watch the employee’s performance and habits before potentially offering them a permanent job. This reduces turnover because once the temp position is over, the employee and the employer can decide if the job is a good fit, ultimately resulting in lower turnover and training expenses.

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Internal recruiters and staffing agencies both need to harness the same tools and skills: both need to be extraordinary relationship builders, be sufficient sourcers and be able to use basic HR tools. However, working with a staffing agency can allow for your company to find the best possible talent, in less time, for a fraction of the cost. Want to learn more about staffing versus in-house recruitment? Contact TierPM to learn how a staffing solution could work for you.

9 thoughts on “Benefits Using a Staffing Agency

  1. I like how you said that investing in a job candidate can be risky business if you aren’t sure how they will perform. It makes sense that a staffing agency would allow you to have the opportunity to have better individuals applying for the job offer. That way you have a higher chance of getting the person who will best benefit your company without worrying about their potential.

  2. Thanks for your tip to use a staffing agency when looking to hire so that you can find the most talented options. I like how you said that this is a good way to find people who are interested in working with you for a long time. If someone with a company or someone looking to work was considering employment agencies, I would assume that they would keep your post in mind.

  3. I really like that you mentioned that employment agencies can help you find exactly what you’re looking for in a candidate. I’m looking to hire a few new employees because we’re incredibly busy here at my mill. However, because we’re so busy I don’t have much time to interview. Having a reliable and reputable staffing agency help me find some hard workers would be great! Thanks for the information-I’ll be sure to reach out to one this week.

  4. It’s great that this article explains how staffing agencies have specialized field knowledge that can help you find the right candidates for the position you want. When choosing one, it would probably be a good idea to research the various staffing agencies by going online. This could give you the chance to check out their website and read reviews in order to learn about their experience and services to determine if they can help you find the right candidates for your industry and jobs.

  5. Thanks for sharing that having a staffing agency will be able to help you screen your employees well. As you mentioned, they will do background checks and also offer lower costs for you. I will share this tip with my sister because it might be helpful in the future if ever she has the capital to start her dream beauty salon. This will help her find and hire the best people with the right attitude for the success of her future business.

  6. That is a good point that human resources struggle to find a place to look for new employees. Maybe it would be good to contact an employment agency. Then they would be able to have a goto place to find someone who is looking for employment and could be a match for the company.

  7. Thanks for pointing out that the level of expertise that a staffing agency has can be helpful in finding employees to fit the unique needs of our business. The company I work for is having trouble finding someone to fill a position because it requires pretty specific background experience. I didn’t realize that a staffing agency could help us find a specialized candidate, so I’m glad you mentioned that benefit!

  8. Aw, this was a very good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a very good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

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