Let’s get right to the big question. Why use a staffing service? The short answer is that it just makes your life easier! Imagine a world where someone else takes care of posting jobs, screening resumes, interviewing candidates, workers compensation & unemployment insurance, employee benefits, and payroll taxes! Does that feel like a dream? Well, when working with a staffing service, even your wildest dreams come true!
Temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire—what are they?
Temporary work is just like it sounds. It’s an assignment that has an end date. Maybe you have an employee going on medical leave and need someone to fill in. Or perhaps your company has a special project coming up that requires additional staffing. These are just two of many reasons you may need a temporary employee!
But what if you have a role that needs to be filled with a permanent employee? You can still take advantage of a staffing service with temp-to-hire and direct hire options! In either case, the staffing service will do all the sourcing of candidates, and you ultimately select the candidate you want for the position.
With temp-to-hire, the employee works on a temporary basis initially, and you can choose to hire the candidate permanently after a period of time. This gives both you and the candidate a chance to check each other out and decide if this will be an appropriate fit for the two of you. And if it turns out that the candidate isn’t exactly what you need, you can simply ask for another candidate. Easy as that!
With direct hire, the chosen candidate is immediately brought on as a permanent employee of your company. Typically, there is a guarantee in place with direct hire so you can feel comfortable knowing that your staffing service will continue to work for you should the employee not work out within a specified window of time. This is a fabulous but underused resource out there in the business world, and the costs may actually be far lower than you would expect. It’s definitely worth checking into with your local staffing service!
What’s the first step?
Contact the staffing service to go over the details—job description, requirements, rate of pay, etc. Then they get to work sourcing candidates for you. They search for and interview applicants, forwarding only the most suitable to you for review. You then interview whichever candidates you feel strongest about and make your selection! The staffing service will handle reference checks, any necessary background checks, tax forms, I-9 forms, and any other employment paperwork.
While you have a temp working in your office
All the help and assistance from your staffing service does not end at placement. During the entire assignment, this person is an employee of the staffing service. They handle payroll, disciplinary action, and anything else that typically is on the list of employer responsibilities!
If you ever have questions or concerns about how the assignment is going, your staffing service will work to make it right! And if the assignment is just not working out for you or the candidate, you can talk to the staffing service about ending the assignment. Staffing services handle delivering the difficult news to the candidate, and then they work to find you a replacement. You can just sit back while someone else handles the details and logistics!
This is simply an introduction to the staffing service concept. Please check back regularly for more ideas on how to fully utilize a staffing service and for other useful information for employers!