According to the American Staffing Association, over the course of a year, staffing companies hire more than 15 million temporary and contract employees for a variety of industries, including industrial, clerical, managerial and scientific.
More than 76 percent of these employees work full time for companies that prefer to outsource the complex and expensive process of hiring new workers. Maintaining a positive relationship between your company and your preferred staffing agency is essential to success. Can you imagine having a damaged relationship with the company responsible for hiring your employees?
Here are four ways to strengthen and maintain your relationship with your staffing agency.
Make a Careful Selection
There are more than 20,000 staffing agencies in the United States. Depending on the location of your company, you may have several agencies at your disposal. Because loyalty and communication will remain important throughout your relationship with a staffing agency, you should be picky when making your selection. Choose an agency that matches your expectations in terms of size, industry and location.
Clearly Outline Your Expectations
Even the best staffing agency doesn’t employ mind readers. To assist recruiters in better understanding your needs, invite them to visit your company, interview current employees and examine job responsibilities.
However, verbally and literally outlining your expectations for recruiters will streamline the hiring process, ensuring only strong, reliable candidates turn up on your doorstep.
Maintain Consistent Communication
There are few things more important in a partnership than consistent communication. Poor communication can squander money on both sides of the equation, as staffing agencies invest in potential employees and you invest in your staffing agency.
How can you improve communication? Share timely updates about potential employees and new hires. If skilled candidates turn to other job opportunities because you haven’t responded, both you and your staffing agency lose invested time – and, therefore, money. If new hires have ongoing problems, passing this information along to your recruiting agency will ensure the issues are addressed.
Encourage Mutual Respect
If you wanted to hire your own employees, you wouldn’t be working with a staffing agency. For this reason, mutual respect is important for long-term growth and efficiency. Even if you haven’t been pleased with recent hires, your staffing agency is working hard to keep your company running. Disrespect at your own risk.
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It made sense when you explained the importance of verbal and written communication with staffing agencies to make sure our expectations are clearly communicated. The company I work for needs to hire some housekeepers for our new building, and we’re considering the idea of using a staffing agency to help us find qualified candidates. Thanks for sharing this article and helping me feel prepared to work with a staffing agency effectively.
It’s interesting to know that one of the most important parts of a partnership is consistent communication. My husband is thinking about expanding his business, and we are looking for advice to help him with the recruitment process. I believe that a recruitment agency will be perfect to help him find the best staff for his company.