Advantages of Using a Staffing Agency

By December 7, 2015Tips for Employers

The need to fill new employee positions and handle employee turnover is a constant challenge for growing companies. Many companies are finding it more cost effective to use the services of a professional staffing agency instead of an in-house human resources department. It does not matter the type of employees needed; staffing agencies provide a number of important advantages.

Experience

A professional staffing agency has more experience than many human resources departments. The process of hiring employment specialists as well as getting a manager to properly supervise human resources staff takes time, effort and money. A staffing agency is able to compete with the employment specialists in any company. It can provide what is needed at a lower cost.

Network

A staffing agency is only focused on providing the right employee for the desired position. It does no other work. This level of focus enables it to develop and maintain a large network of available workers. Should an employer need seasonal workers, it would need to advertise the positions, interview potential employees, process all of the required documentation for a short employment period. When this same company uses a staffing agency, it will work with an organization that has an established network of workers with proven track records and are looking for short-term employment. An agency will be able to provide the necessary staffing quickly and at a reasonable cost.

Less Risk

When a company uses a professional staffing agency, it will get the workers it needs and not have to pay any human resources overhead. It’s possible for a company to have a person work for it for a period of time before they commit to hiring. During this time, the company has no liability. The staffing agency deals with payroll taxes, workman’s compensation insurance and unemployment claims. If the company doesn’t find the person’s work acceptable, it can easily ask for another candidate.

Cost Effective

A company will be able to get the employees it needs at an affordable cost. It will not need to provide any benefits unless it hires the employee. Many companies use temporary staff to decrease overtime costs paid to their full-time employees. If a company has a busy season each year, a staffing agency will be able to maintain a database of previous employees and prepare to meet any additional staffing needs each year.

Increased Productivity

When regular staff is required to put in overtime for an extended period of time, it can have a negative effect on a company’s staffing levels. It could lead to low morale, decreased motivation and increased employee turnover. Using employees from a staffing agency can help lower the need for overtime and help retain important employees. It can help increase productivity and decrease a company’s downtime.