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5 Benefits of Using a Temp Staffing Agency to "Try Before You Buy"

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Hiring a new employee is a major investment for any business. Like any other investment, you should consider a trial run before making a long-term commitment. If you handle your own hiring, it’s not always easy to try before you buy. There are legal hurdles, possible contractual obligations, and employment standards to consider. With a temp staffing agency, you can bypass all of those problems and try out high-quality candidates before offering them a permanent position. A temp staffing agency offers numerous advantages that will benefit your business, and help ensure that you hire quality employees.

Time Keeps Ticking
Time is one thing that they’re just not making any more of. Every minute you spend on the hiring process is a minute you’ll never get to invest in your business. With a temp staffing agency, you get to try out high-quality candidates without a large investment of time. That’s because the agency has already handled everything from the candidate search to the pre-employment background checks and screenings. The only time you have to invest is a phone call to the staffing agency. And, if the candidate doesn’t work out, you don’t have to hang onto them to avoid another round of hiring. Contact the agency, let them know you want to go another way, and they’ll send you another qualified candidate.

The Best of the Best
You don’t have time to separate wheat from the chaff. Unfortunately, that’s what hiring can turn into if you go it alone. A single candidate search isn’t likely to turn up hundreds of qualified applicants. You could end up with a pool of so-so candidates to choose from.

With a temp staffing agency, all the chaff has already been left behind. They have an army of qualified applicants ready to go. When it’s time to try out a candidate, you’ll be starting out with applicants who have already passed the muster.


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Risky Business
Hiring an employee on your own involves a lot of risk. Aside from the investment of time and the possibility of getting a bad candidate, there are also legal and financial risks. Using a temp staffing agency allows you to sidestep those risks. They handle the paperwork and remittances, assuming all of the risk themselves. If things don’t work out, you’re free to walk away, without worrying about contractual issues, and other potential legal entanglements. The beauty of “try before you buy” is that, during the trial period, the paperwork and legal obligations are handled by the agency.

Expert Advice
Maybe you’re ready to try out a candidate, but aren’t sure exactly what you’re looking for. This is another great advantage of using a temp staffing agency. They can help you identify areas of need, develop a position profile, and then find qualified candidates for that role. As experts in hiring and employment, they can also help you streamline your own processes, negotiate contracts, and handle any labour issues that may arise.

It Always Comes Down to Cost
In the end, using a temp staffing agency saves you time, minimizes your investment in new employees, and reduces your overall risk. When you add it all up, the immediate and potential savings for your business can be staggering. A single bad hiring experience could offset the cost of engaging a temp staffing service for years. With a “try before you buy” model, the costs of any bad hires will be minimized, and you won’t have to worry about a long-term commitment to an employee you no longer want around. Temp staffing can save you time, money, and aggravation in the long run.

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