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Hiring Strategy 2020: Is A Staffing Agency Right for Me?

Hiring Strategy 2020: Is A Staffing Agency Right for Me?
Recruiters have expert knowledge of the entire job market, and they know talented prospects who are currently employed, but interested in other opportunities that might become available...

With a steadily optimistic economic outlook and a healthy job growth rate going into 2020, many employers will face difficulty in finding qualified candidates to fill job openings in the new year. Employers are prone to assume there is a limited talent pool that is lacking in job skills, business knowledge, experience, and formal qualifications. However, many of these employers often avoid using staffing agencies because they feel the cost will be a barrier. This is the furthest thing from the truth.

A staffing agency can provide temporary employees to help with a wide variety of business tasks. Working closely with the staffing agency, a hiring manager can ensure that temporary workers possess the needed skills, education, and experience to meet the needs of the company. Using a staffing agency, in fact, is not only likely to save your company money by providing labor that you would normally have to pay an in-house employee to perform, but also to execute it in less time and with better results.

In addition to saving you money, a staffing agency can also save you:

Time — by reviewing hundreds of resumes, qualifying candidates, performing background checks, drug screenings, etc.

Hassles — of handling contractor payroll taxes, health insurance, workers compensation, and unemployment benefits.

Competing tasks — that in-house hiring managers face on a daily basis. Using a specialized or dedicated staffing agency generates better candidates and placements for your team.

Another strong benefit of using a staffing agency is that it allows employers to adjust their workforce to evolving business demands. Companies depend on staffing agencies to provide them with talented workers who can meet a wide range of needs. Often, these workers become essential, permanent employees.

Let’s look at a typical scenario: To recruit for a new position, first you must write the job description if you don’t already have one, then post the job listing, usually to multiple outlets. Then be prepared to be inundated with applicants. You will have to collect, organize, and review cover letters and resumes; prescreen applicants based upon the materials, then pre-screen many through phone interviews, then conduct formal interviews. Once you have narrowed down your choice, you will check references and verify past employment, conduct background screening and drug testing… and then work out compensation. Finally, you can extend a job offer that may or may not be accepted. Depending on the requirements of the position, the hiring process can take a few weeks to a few months.

There has to be an easier, less time-consuming, less costly way, and that’s exactly where the staffing agency comes into the picture, helping you to:

Reduce Hiring & Labor Costs

In addition to recruiting for full-time positions, temporary staffing employees are also employed by the staffing agency. Temporary staff can reduce client overhead costs such as overtime for regular, full-time employees, and they can be used as needed without a 40-hour workweek commitment regardless of the client workload. The end result is that overall costs to the client can be kept down and they are better able to manage their workload during seasonality or special projects.

Increase Flexibility and Save Time

Hiring a staffing agency will eliminate the commitment that goes with a full-time employee, saving both time and money. Bad hires can also be minimized, again saving time and money. Seasoned recruiters know that a positive interview does not guarantee a positive job performance. Therefore, they can balance an employer’s immediate needs with its long-term needs. Sometimes they will suggest accepting candidates on a contract, or contract-to-hire basis. Under this arrangement, an employer can make sure a candidate possesses the necessary skills and experience before bringing them on full-time.

Improve Productivity

Temporary employees can handle work overload and prevent employee burnout of full-time staff. Employees can quickly become overwhelmed if work schedules are overloaded. Then mistakes can happen, causing productivity to decrease. Increased absenteeism may also occur. Full-time employees can continue to focus on their main job tasks while maintaining their productivity alongside temporary staff.

Try Before You Buy

With staffing agencies, you have the opportunity to have the person work on a temporary basis first, allowing you to evaluate how the person performs and whether they will fit in with other employees and the culture before you hire them. Often, an associate may have the experience and education for the job, but simply does not fit in with the business environment. Using the try-before-you-buy program, you get a chance to evaluate the candidate for as long as needed before offering them a permanent position.

Achieve Greater Recruitment Reach

Staffing agencies are able to find employees proactively. Recruiters have expert knowledge of the entire job market, and they know talented prospects who are currently employed, but interested in other opportunities that might become available.

At Luxor Staffing, our management team brings well over a century of combined staffing industry experience to the table—you can be assured that whatever your needs, we have done it before, and we can do it the best. We are in the business of your future.

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