With each passing year, a growing number of businesses are partnering with third-party recruiting firms to ensure that their various staffing needs are being met. In addition to providing business owners with access to a wide network of potential candidates, staffing firms can help to oversee each phase of the recruitment process, from sourcing to hiring. This, in turn, has the potential to save employers vast amounts of precious time, energy, and money that can otherwise be spent on the more immediate demands of managing a team and a business.
Professional staffing firms understand that the demands of recruitment vary from business-to-business, role-to-role, and even moment-to-moment. It’s for this reason that many firms are able to offer a variety of recruitment services. Most notably, these include:
- Direct hire staffing
- Temporary (or contract) hire staffing
- Contract-to-hire staffing
There tends to be a widespread belief amongst employers of all sizes that the latter two options mentioned above – temporary and contract-to-hire staffing – offer the most flexibility, and therefore are able to lead to the greatest benefits. It’s certainly true that hiring an employee on a temporary (i.e., trial-based) basis has the benefit of allowing both parties to “test the waters” of the new arrangement before signing on to anything long-term. That said, there are some equally noteworthy benefits of direct hire staffing that should be taken into account before you decide to fill your next open position.
The goal of this article, therefore, will be to introduce you to a few of the benefits of direct hire staffing, and how they can be leveraged to optimize your hiring and recruitment strategy.
What is Direct Hire Staffing?
Direct hire staffing – also known as direct placement staffing – is a recruitment practice whereby a third-party staffing firm identifies, screens, and recruits a new employee for a client business or organization. In contrast to temporary and contract-to-hire staffing, each of which only results in temporary or trial-based hires, direct hire staffing ultimately results in the onboarding of a full-time, legitimate, and salaried employee.
What are the Benefits of Direct Hire Staffing?
We’ve already established that temporary and contract-to-hire staffing services allow employers and candidates to “evaluate” one another during a trial period before either party commits to a long-term professional arrangement. This can often be a good thing, because (as many of us have first-hand experience with) sometimes an employee who looks great on paper turns out to just not be a great fit with the culture of a workplace.
With that in mind, here are four major benefits of direct hire staffing that all employers should be aware of:
- Greater number of applicants. Generally speaking, most candidates tend to prioritize their job search on those opportunities that will likely result in a direct hire. The upshot of this is that when you offer direct hire opportunities, you’ll be able to attract a much broader pool of talented candidates to choose from.
- Stronger and more committed workforce. Hiring temporary or contract-based employees can undoubtedly be convenient in the short-term. At the same time, employees who are hired on a temporary basis have less reason than their full-time counterparts to deeply commit themselves to their employer (because they know that they’ll be moving on soon). On the other hand, full-time employees can be relied on to start in their new positions with eagerness and a willingness to grow with (and remain loyal to) their employer.
- Less strain on time and resources for your HR team. If you’re managing your recruitment practices in-house, hiring a succession of temporary employees will require your HR team to spend a huge number of hours reviewing resumes and onboarding new employees. Even when you source your temporary employees through a staffing firm, it still requires a considerable amount of effort from your HR department to ensure that each new employee is covered from a legal perspective. Partnering with a staffing firm to secure a direct-hire, on the other hand, will reduce your HR team’s workload to the extent of a single employee so that they can also remain focused on providing benefits to existing employees.
- Less time spent searching for candidates to fill more technically difficult and niche positions. If you’re in need of a candidate with a very specialized skill set to occupy a particularly hard-to-fill position, direct hire staffing will very likely be your best bet. For one thing, highly specialized positions almost always require a long adjustment period, making it important to find a candidate who is willing and able to stick around for the long haul (not just a temporary period of time). For another, direct hiring (as we previously mentioned) can attract a much larger pool of candidates, increasing the likelihood of identifying a candidate whose talents will be ideally suited for a difficult role. Partnering with a third-party staffing firm, in addition, can expand your candidate even further, which can make it even easier for employers to find that perfect job candidate.
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