If you are a human resource manager, you already know that hiring new workers is a daunting task. Sometimes, you get a wide pool of applicants who don't have your desired qualifications. It is also time-consuming to conduct interviews and perform background checks. For these reasons, most firms delegate the recruitment process to temp agencies. You can also contract a staffing agency and save yourself time, money, and the hassle of managing a lengthy and tedious hiring process.
What Is a Temp Agency?
A temp agency recruits employees on behalf of firms seeking to fill specific positions on a temporary basis. All you need to do is to contact a staffing agency and provide the following information:
- The number of open positions
- Job responsibilities
- Recruitment timeline
The agency then puts a job advert with a detailed job description and application guidelines. It also receives applications, vets the applicants, and picks the most suited candidates.
Unlike the HR department, temp agencies only handle the hiring, onboarding, and firing of temporary workers. In this context, the agency does not pay or provide benefits to the employees.
Besides recruiting workers, the staffing agency negotiates all employment details, such as workers' schedules and payments. If work-related differences emerge, the worker reports them to the staffing agency. If you are dissatisfied with the employee's performance, you can terminate employment, but in consultation with the agency.
Why Should You Hire a Staffing Agency?
Temp agencies are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Every year, staffing companies in the US hire about 16 million temporary and contract employees. Today, more employers delegate the entire hiring process to staffing professionals.
Here are the three main reasons why you should also engage a temp agency in your next hiring exercise:
- First Hiring — As you know, hiring and training new employees takes a lot of time. It doesn't make sense to spend a few months recruiting someone who will only work in your firm for less than a year. However, if you work with a temp agency, you can get the right candidate almost instantly.
- Saves Money — A recruitment process is not only lengthy and tedious but also expensive. You also spend more money to train the new employees. However, a staffing agency provides someone who is ready to work. When the contract is over, you don't have to worry about severance pay.
- Flexibility — With temp agencies, you can hire workers when the need arises. Thus, you don't have to hire them on a full-time basis. In other words, you only hire a certain professional when you need them.
Today, the recruitment process remains a significant challenge in many firms. However, you don't have to do it yourself. You can hire a staffing agency to review applications, interview candidates, and negotiate salaries on your behalf.