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When to Hire a Temp Agency

It can be argued that the most important asset and resource to a company is not its advertising campaigns or its private jets or even its computers, but the employees, the people, who work there. A company is only as good as the people who work there, and motivated, qualified, and skilled workers can really help a company move forward. By contrast, employees who are stressed, harassed or bullied, or mismatched for their jobs may soon quit. Hiring the wrong people for the job can be a real hassle not just for the worker, but also for their managers. High turnover rates are an issue that managers avoid whenever possible, since these high turnover rates cost a lot of money and hamper productivity. To prevent such turnover and to make sure that the right people are hired, staffing solutions are available. Staffing agencies can be contacted to help find the right people for the job, everything from temp agencies to headhunters who look for executive manager candidates. Staffing companies can do a lot of work that a client company’s in-house talent cannot handle, and this includes temp agencies. What might employers and job candidates alike expect from a job agency? Can temp agencies do any good?

What a Staffing Agency Does

A staffing agency, or a job agency, is just that: a specialized agency that helps job seekers get matched to open positions suitable for them. This may sound simple, but there a number of factors to juggle, and hiring the wrong person for the job can cause some unwanted complications and costs. A client company’s HR department is usually best off handling internal affairs and training new hires, while the actual hiring process is best left to headhunters and temp agencies. In short, job agencies will collect the profiles of job seekers (or candidates) and use that data to match those candidates with suitable open positions. A candidate’s educational background, work experience (if any), professional skills, and even their personality and social media presence are all factored in to find the right match. As for social media, job candidates are urged to exercise caution. Many staffing agencies and employers care about this, and a candidate’s social media activity might sabotage them. A candidate may have trouble finding work if his or her social media presence involves disparaging old co-workers or employers, of if their social media involves evidence of criminal activity.

What about temp agencies in particular? A temp worker is indeed one who works for an employer only temporarily, and for lower pay, but this is better than it sounds. Temp workers are often younger and less experience workers who may be fresh out of college. They need experience and skill-building opportunities to put on their resumes, and a temp position is a fine way to “get their foot in the door.” Temp agencies are those that specialize in helping younger job candidates find temp work that provides them with experience and network-building opportunities. As for the employers, temps are attractive because they are paid at a lower rate than regular employees on the payroll, and a manager may look good to others by providing this opportunity for younger workers.

This can go all the way to upper management work, too. A senior or executive manager will have a lot of responsibility, and not just anyone should be hired for the position. It is vital that a senior management position is filled by someone who is fully qualified, so a headhunter, as they are called, can find such a candidate. And of course, staffing agencies exist to fill middle-of-the-line work positions, too.

Employee Retention

Even after a great candidate is hire for the job, a manger and their HR department must keep that worker happy and satisfied. Here, the human element plays a major role. Even a highly skilled and professional worker will want affirmation that they are valuable to the company, and workers may get frustrated if they feel invisible. A manager may also hold regular, personal interviews with the workers to check that the employees’ personal and career goals are being met and nurtured. Workers don’t just want a paycheck; they also want chances for networking and personal growth, and a good workplace will provide this.

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