The staffing industry is not what it used to be. In decades past, employers typically viewed staffing services as a “necessary evil” – a last resort when a low-level employee called in sick.
But not anymore.
Today’s staffing industry is comprised of diverse, robust organizations whose services can greatly enhance your company’s productivity and profitability – even in a tough economy. Still, a significant portion of the business community doesn’t really understand what we do, or how we do it.
So if you think that staffing services are too expensive, or that you can’t find an ideal candidate through an employment agency, take a read through this quick post. It debunks five common staffing myths:
Myth #1: Staffing firms are too expensive.
Fact: If you focus solely on bill rates and placement fees, you may conclude that staffing services are more expensive than a DIY staffing approach. In reality, staffing firms can actually save you money. You can leverage their recruiting expertise and economies of scale to quickly and cost-effectively access the talented candidates you need.
You can also reduce overtime, training and payroll administration expenses by using temporary employees to handle your extra workload. Additionally, staffing experts can show you how to lower your labor costs by reducing your core staff to meet the low end of your production cycle, and then bringing in supplemental help for busier times.
Myth#2: Temps are all secretaries.
Fact: Temporary employees now work in virtually every industry and increasingly include highly skilled professionals. In additional to administrative and industrial workers, staffing firms now regularly supply medical, technical, legal and executive-level professionals to tackle mission-critical projects.
Myth #3: You can’t hire a good employee through a staffing firm.
Fact: Staffing firms use rigorous screening, interviewing, skills testing and background / reference check processes to ensure the quality of talent they supply. And unlike an individual you recruit on your own, a staffing service’s candidate comes with a guarantee.
Myth #4: Staffing firms only provide “temps.”
Fact: Today’s staffing suppliers offer a wide variety of services that can be customized to suit your workforce needs, including: temporary help, direct hire, temp-to-hire, contract staffing and payrolling services.
Myth #5: Temps are only good for “fill-ins.”
Fact: Beyond filling in for vacations or illnesses, employers regularly use temporary and contract employees to: provide extra support during busy times; staff special short-term projects; access specialized talent; evaluate talent for permanent positions.
The Truth about Priority Personnel
The truth is, Priority Personnel can certainly fill your last-minute staffing needs. But we can do so much more for your business! With eighteen years of experience serving Central Texas employers, we can help you use staffing to reduce overhead, complete critical projects and improve productivity.