How to Stretch Your Staffing Budget Further in 2015

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on January 21, 2015

As the economy picks up and experienced candidates thin out in many industries, 2015 looks like it’ll be a challenging year for staffing. Hiring managers will have to “hire smarter” in order to get the most out of their companies’ staffing budgets.

How can you get ahead of the curve and staff efficiently in the coming year? Consider working with a recruiter – or reconnecting with your current staffing firm. Here’s how your staffing partner can help you extend your staffing budget’s buying power in 2015:

  1. Work with your staffing partner to prescreen more efficiently. When you allow your staffing partner to prescreen qualified candidates, your own organization saves both time and money. Hiring managers can spend their time focusing on day-to-day tasks, confident that candidates whose applications come from their recruiting firm meet minimum, agreed-upon baselines for quality and competence. The more you communicate with your staffing firm about your company’s needs and expectations, the more the recommended candidates improve.
  1. Consider temporary staff. Temporary or contract staff members can help your company tackle one-time specialized projects, or simply clear a backlog during a particularly busy time of year. Because temporary workers are officially employed by your staffing firm, your organization gets the help it needs without the headaches of additional paperwork or payroll obligations. Temporary positions also give you the opportunity to take a “trial run” with a new worker before offering him or her a permanent position.
  1. Improve retention by improving recruiting. Better screening by staffing partners results in a better candidate pool, allowing your company to make more high-quality hires. These individuals not only bring the skills and experience you need, but also offer a better cultural “fit” with your organization. When fit improves, so do retention rates, cutting down on the burdensome costs of hiring for a sudden open position. The more feedback you offer your staffing firm about each new temp or direct hire, the better your candidate pool becomes, giving you the power to directly influence recruiting and retention quality.

At TERRA Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you staff more efficiently, allowing you to stretch your staffing budget further. Contact us today to learn more about our staffing services in Portland, Seattle, and beyond.


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