The Overlooked Benefits of Working with a Staffing Agency

The Overlooked Benefits of Working with a Staffing Agency

Even amid economic uncertainties, the market for talent is tight. Attracting exceptionally talented candidates with specialized skills is one of the biggest challenges facing growing businesses today.

That is where staffing agencies come in. We help our clients identify, recruit, and hire the best people for their teams. You might be familiar with a few of the ways we can help you, but there are several advantages to partnering with a staffing agency you may not think much about. Here is an overview of some of these often-unnoticed benefits.

Access to a Vast Talent Pool

Building and maintaining a talent pipeline is a full-time job, and that is exactly what we do. We are always creating and nurturing relationships with prospective candidates. We get to know their skills and experience. We also learn about their career ambitions and goals. How does this help you? In three ways.

  1. Diverse skills and experience: Our team of professionals are constantly recruiting for a wide variety of skills and qualifications. We know people who have them, and we know where to find more when we need them. Whether you need a highly skilled specialist, or someone with more general experience, they’re in our network. We help you attract the best.
  2. Streamlined, efficient hiring process: Identifying and shortlisting candidates is a long, time-consuming process. Our network of candidates is large and growing all the time. That means we can hit the ground running and take you from an open position to a successful hire more quickly, while providing a great candidate experience.
  3. Tapping into hidden talent markets: When you post a job, only people who see that posting, and who–in that moment– motivated to apply, respond, thereby limiting responses. We extend your reach to the candidates who might not see or apply to a posting–candidates you might not be able to access on your own.


Expertise in Recruitment

Recruiting is not one of the things we do. It’s all we do. That leads to faster, easier, and more successful hires. Here’s how.

  • Industry knowledge: We are actively recruiting in just about every industry there is. We keep an ear to the ground for news and trends. We can provide you with informed advice about where and how to find the best people.
  • Screening and evaluating candidates: Recruiting is both an art and science, and this is especially true when it comes to evaluating prospective candidates. We work with you to understand the critically important qualities of the person you need to hire. And we build a robust evaluation process to ensure that the shortlisted candidates are ones that have those attributes.
  • Reducing the risk and cost of a bad hire: The cost of a bad hire is staggering. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) estimates the cost of hiring a new employee between 1.25 and 1.4 times the base salary. A Gallup study pegged the cost of replacing an employee who quits at one-half to two times the employee’s salary. Our process helps you avoid the costs of a bad hire.

Cost and Time Savings

Every business must operate as efficiently as possible. We help our clients reduce the costs associated with recruiting and hiring, and to operate more efficiently. Here are three ways we do that.

  1. Reducing HR workload: Recruiting and hiring new employees is time-consuming. We shoulder the lion’s share of that effort, freeing HR teams to focus on strategic priorities that are specific to your business.
  2. Minimizing recruitment costs: From the costs of posting and advertising jobs, to the cost of the employees required to do the work we do, our services cost our clients less than they would spend hiring on their own. We are proud to be our clients’ cost-effective approach to staffing.
  3. Faster time-to-fill: An open position is costly. With a network of pre-qualified candidates, we help our clients fill those critical positions much more quickly than they would ever be able to on their own.


Flexibility and Scalability

A nimble and responsive company is a resilient company. We help our clients adapt to the ebbs and flows of business, allowing them to scale up and down more easily than they would be able to do on their own. Here are three ways we do that. 

  1. Adapting to fluctuating demand: Sometimes there’s a lot of hiring activity, and sometimes there’s less. In-house staff dedicated to recruiting are regularly either operating below capacity, or overloaded. Partnering with a staffing agency helps level the workload.
  2. Scaling your workforce effectively: Sometimes you need to increase your staff to meet demand, but only temporarily. Hiring contract staff through an agency allows you the flexibility to hire staff only when you need them, for only as long as you need them.
  3. Transitioning from temporary to permanent hires: Temporary staff we place with our clients often transition to being full-time employees. This allows you to ‘try out’ employees, making sure they are a great fit for the job and the team, before committing to them on a more permanent basis.


Mitigating Legal Compliance Risks 

Employment law is changing all the time. We make it our business to stay current on changing legislation and compliance requirements. Alongside legal counsel, we are a vital part of our client’s risk mitigation strategies like the below:

  • Keeping up with and navigating complex labor laws: Labor laws are ever-changing, and there are important differences from one jurisdiction to another. There’s no substitute for legal counsel, but our work allows us to provide general guidance and advice to clients regarding employment law.
  • Reducing legal liabilities: Working with a staffing company can mean that the employee is on our payroll rather than yours. This means that the compliance responsibility is on us, rather than you.
  • Partnering for risk management: We keep our finger on the pulse of the changing legal landscape. That means we’re able to proactively inform our client partners about changes that may affect them.


Ready to Discover the Benefits for Yourself?

Partnering with a staffing agency gives you access to a deeper pool of highly-skilled candidates, helps you save time and money, and be more flexible in your approach to hiring, and avoids legal pitfalls.

Are you ready to discover the benefits of working with a staffing agency? Peoplelink Staffing offers a range of staffing services that can help any business, big or small. Get in touch with us today to get started.