What Is a Staffing Agency and How Can an Organization Benefit by Using One?

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Posted: 7/12/2013 6:54 AM by Interim HealthCare
A staffing agency handles the selection process and recruitment for organizations that don’t have the expertise, resources or time to do it themselves. Some agencies provide temp-to-hire arrangements, while others provide temporary workers. Irrespective of the employment type, there are key advantages of using a staffing agency, including cost, experience, employee retention and availability of workers.

Often, a staffing agency has a level of expertise that goes beyond many organizations’ human resources departments. Hiring employment specialists, recruiters or a recruitment manager to supervise employees could involve a drawn-out recruiting period to find suitable workers.

A staffing agency offers services that can rival the best employment specialists and recruiters, usually at a lower cost. People who work at staffing agencies typically have a high level of expertise relating to job knowledge, recruitment practices and employment trends by virtue of constant placement of employees. In addition, they have industry expertise when they work for agencies that specialize in particular fields – for example, healthcare.

A staffing agency has a larger pool of available workers than the average organization. For instance, an organization looking to hire a seasonal worker would need to advertise, then interview candidates, and then process new employment documentation for a short duration. Conversely, a staffing agency already has relationships with workers who are reliable, conscientious and dependable and who can fill a position in a matter of days, or even hours.

A major benefit of utilizing the services of a staffing agency is that an employer gets the opportunity of observing employee performance and work habits prior to offering a temporary worker a permanent job.

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