When is the Right Time to Hire a Staffing Agency?

January 04, 2019 Pete Newsome Pete Newsome

Hiring new employees is par for the course for every business regardless of size or industry. Some companies opt to keep the responsibility of hiring in-house while others prefer to rely on the services of a staffing agency or headhunter. An in-house recruiter:

  • (Ideally) has a strong understanding of your organizational culture,
  • Is thorough during the recruitment and selection process, and
  • Has a vested interest in hiring high-quality candidates as their future colleagues.

While these are significant benefits, there are also many advantages to using a staffing firm for your recruiting and staffing needs. A staffing agency is frequently:

  • More cost-effective than hiring a team of in-house recruiters;
  • Highly experienced in the recruitment and selection process, which makes them fast and accurate;
  • Cultivating a pipeline of active and passive candidates,
  • Following proven recruiting and hiring strategies; and
  • More likely to provide a greater number of qualified candidates.

4 Signs It’s Time to Use a Recruiting Agency

If you’re on the fence about whether to use a staffing agency or keep your hiring-related functions in-house, here are a few key indications that you should consider:

Need for a Staffing Agency #1: Your Company Hires Infrequently

If your small to midsize business (SMB) hires infrequently, you may end up hiring new personnel only a couple of times per year. As such, it wouldn’t be cost-effective to pay the full-time salary and benefits for an employee whose services are needed so infrequently. This is why using a recruiting agency to perform these duties can be cost-effective.

Need for a Staffing Agency #2: Your Company Hires Frequently

If your organization hires frequently and the workload is too much for your recruiter (or team of recruiters) to handle, it may be time to consider a staffing service. Overloaded recruiters are unable to give each prospective employee the attention and diligence that they — and your company — deserve during the hiring process. This lack of focus can lead to:

  • Bad hiring decisions;
  • Inefficient hiring practices;
  • Poor communication;
  • Loss of candidates due to a slow recruitment and selection process;

Need for a Staffing Agency #3: Your Company Experiences Continuous Employee Turnover

Does your business have frequent employee turnover? If employees continuously leave your company, it could be indicative of a larger issue, such as:

  • Hiring under-qualified candidates;
  • Hiring candidates who are not a good culture fit;
  • Low employee morale;
  • Employee burnout;
  • Low wages;
  • Employee safety concerns; or
  • A lack of room for professional growth.

The cost of turnover can be crippling for some businesses — particularly SMBs. Depending on the position level and skills of an employee, the cost of turnover can range from 5.8% to 213% of their salary, according to the Center for American Progress.

A staffing agency can help you attract and retain more qualified candidates. Experienced professional employment agencies consider specific factors for both the candidates (cultural fit, skills, accreditations or certifications, and experience) and the employer (the company’s talent gap or missing skills, culture, and industry) to attract, screen, and place the perfect employees.

Need for a Staffing Agency #4: Your Hiring Process Takes Too Long

What’s worse than attracting the wrong candidate? Attracting the right one and squandering the opportunity to hire them due to a slow recruitment and selection process. We wish we could say this happens infrequently with in-house recruiters, but the truth is that this happens more frequently than many employers care to admit.

Knowledgeable and experienced employment agencies such as 4 Corner Resources (4CR) can help you avoid many of the shortcomings that are experienced when relying on in-house recruiters. 4 Corner Resources (4CR) consistently ranks among the top Orlando staffing agencies in Florida — attracting, screening, and placing qualified candidates on demand. We take pride in serving clients nationwide by providing the highest quality professional staffing services.

Contact our recruiting and staffing agency experts to see how 4CR can place the right employees in the right positions to help your business move the needle.


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