As finding top candidates becomes increasingly challenging, many companies are turning to staffing partnerships to leverage their hiring efforts. Working with a staffing company can certainly “fill in the gaps” in many ways, including finding top talent and helping you find ways to improve workforce productivity. In many ways, the effort you put into your staffing partnership will determine what you get out of it in the long run.
Developing a strong partnership from the start will result in a positive, long-lasting relationship that will reap benefits for your organization in years to come. Whether you’ve been working with a staffing partner for a while or are just beginning your partnership, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Set expectations from the start.
Without formulating a set of goals and objectives for the staffing partnership, your company may miss out on valuable opportunities to grow. For example, is one of your goals to grow your full-time workforce by 50 percent? Or, are you focused on developing a temporary workforce to fulfill seasonal needs? It’s important to convey your goals to your staffing partner so a recruiting and hiring strategy can be made accordingly.
2. Streamline communications.
Too often, staffing partnerships dissolve due to failed communication between the staffing firms and employers. When working with recruiters, it’s essential to establish regular communication on a weekly and monthly basis to ensure workforce needs are met as quickly and efficiently as possible. Streamlining your communication process through scheduled phone calls or virtual meetings is important for keeping all parties informed and engaged in every step of the hiring process.
3. Be open-minded.
One of the best benefits of working with a staffing agency is the ability to acquire new insights and perspectives that will help your organization. Because staffing agencies have dealt with thousands of placements, they know what types of candidates fit best with certain positions. Therefore, having an open mind will give your staffing agency the opportunity to work closely with your team to find the best talent solutions, including temporary, temp-to-direct and permanent hiring. While nobody has all the answers, trusting your staffing partner to guide you in the right direction and drawing on their expertise can be extremely valuable for your workforce.
4. Maintain contact.
As your hiring needs evolve, it’s important you maintain regular contact with your staffing firm. Keeping your firm involved as changes occur and seeking ongoing feedback, will allow your organization to adapt to hiring changes in the best way possible. It will also help your hiring team allocate resources properly, so both your HR employees and your staffing firm are working in tandem to meet common goals.
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