Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flexibility. We all love it; staffing firms provide it.

Gone are the days when almost every employee worked for the same company for 30 years, Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Instead, employees like to be nimble, trying out new companies and projects, accumulating a variety of skills and knowledge to carry with them.  And employers appreciate the fresh perspective and unique skill set an outsider can bring to their company.

Not only that, but the nature of work has changed.  Projects turn over faster, thanks to technology, but this quick turnover requires an extendible or retractable workforce, without the mismatches associated with frenzied hiring, or the hardship associated with layoffs.

Staffing agencies are one solution to all of the above challenges, for many companies and workers.  Not only do staffing agencies have access to a wide network of workers with varying skill sets and availabilities, they also help workers get a foot in the door with companies and projects workers might not otherwise have access to.  Companies and workers can work together to determine whether or not they’re a fit before making a more permanent commitment.  Or, they can simply work together to complete a single project, after which the worker moves on to a new project, having gained skills and experience.  Meanwhile, the staffing agency handles the administrative aspects of such arrangements.

Staffing agencies thus help companies and workers be more flexible and efficient.

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