As your organization grows your need for talented candidates grows as well. The individuals that make up your offices workforce can make or break a company. From sales & marketing to customer support your office employees greatly affect the success of your company. In this guide, we’ll tackle the ins and outs of filling positions for the entire office.
First, you must identify your needs. Most offices are comprised of a mix of administrative, operational, accounting, and human resources employees. These individuals are the lifeblood of your company. Without them, operations would come to a halt. Business development, sales, marketing, and customer support personnel also fall into the office employee category. Essentially, anybody that doesn’t work in the field could be considered office staff.
There are three primary options when looking at hiring. You can recruit from within your organization, seek out candidates from outside your organization, or work with a staffing agency like Premier to provide contracted workforce solutions. When looking to build an office from scratch, recruiting from within isn’t an option. So let’s look at this through the lens of recruiting externally or working with a recruiting company.
Roles To Hire For Offices:
- Human Resources
- Sales & Business Development
- Customer Support
If you haven’t already, create a recruiting strategy. This ensures that you’ve covered all your bases. If you’re working with a staffing agency… congratulations! You don’t have to worry about 90% of this step.
Working With A Staffing Agency
One of the most common reasons growing companies use staffing agencies is to provide qualified personnel in a timely manner. Finding a staffing agency with a foothold in the labor market will enable you to potentially fill positions within a condensed timeframe. Requesting contract office personnel may be easier than permanent roles depending upon the quality of candidate desired.
After you’ve reached out to request office talent with a staffing agency, you’ll get follow-up communication to build out the details of your workforce needs. From there the agency will create an ideal employee profile and seek out candidates to fill your vacancy. Once viable candidates are identified we screen and perform preliminary interviews. The last step is your interview process. That’s where the other 10% comes in. You get the final say whether or not you want to hire that temp.
Benefits of Temporary Workforce Solutions
Contracted workers often start as temps but don’t have to stay that way. Most staffing agencies offer contract-to-hire and direct hire services in addition to temp contract services. Premier also offers payrolling services for your contingent workforce even if you hire contractors directly. Depending on the time of the year, there are about 2 million individuals who work at temporary jobs each day in the United States. Your organization could benefit from participating in this employer/contractor relationship.
One of the benefits of working with a recruiting firm like Premier on a contract-to-hire basis is that you may have the choice to complete background checks and drug screens before you make your hiring decision. Your staffing agency can conduct these for you and notify you of their results. Additionally, a staffing agency has their ear to the ground and can help you immerse yourself in emerging human resources trends to gain expert insights that will shape your long-term vision and near-term staffing strategy.
If you’re on a contract-to-hire track, Premier will handle the payment for a certain period of time, such as 90 days. After that period, you will decide whether to bring the temp board as a permanent employee. If you’re a direct hire employer, you will begin working directly with the candidate on their first day.
Working with staffing agencies can save you time and money in more ways than one. Contract personnel companies can be more “in tune” with up-to-date employment trends, changes in laws, and recruitment best practices. In this way, you can avoid dealing with red tape, potential legal issues, and you’re insulated from other potential issues.
Your business can reduce the costs and time of recruitment, screening, and hiring new employees. Your full-time employees can focus on their main tasks while maintaining productivity instead of taking on additional work that could be done by a contract staff member. You will have the opportunity to see how the employee fits into the corporate culture and how well they work with other employees before committing to a full-time or permanent hire. Your business can use contract office employees as much or as little as needed. Another huge benefit to working with a staffing agency is they’re in charge of providing benefits, workers compensation insurance, payroll taxes, and unemployment claims.