It has become more and more convenient for companies to outsource much of their hiring efforts to recruitment firms who specialize in this process. In many cases companies have used human resources for this process with mixed results.
Human resource personnel have many duties, and the hiring process is just another duty that has to be fit into an already busy schedule. By outsourcing the hiring to entities which only do hiring has proven to be the more effective process.
The process of sourcing, finding candidates, screening them and finally interviewing them is very time consuming, and is really a full-time job. Running background checks alone can be very time consuming, but extremely valuable.
Incentive is another valuable differential that should be noted as well. If an employee of the company is working on the hiring process, he or she will continue to receive their salary, regardless of whether qualified employees are hired or not.
By the same token, a dedicated recruiting company is only going to be paid in the final analysis, if they produce quality hires that get the results that the hiring employer wants. Consequently, the recruitment firms should and do produce better results, while freeing up the personnel of the hiring company for concentration on other duties.
One trend that has gained popularity is the process of hiring temporary workers, as needed where the workers stay on the payroll of the recruitment company. This serves to create a much more flexible and creative system for the utilization of these workers on an as-needed basis.
All of the HR functions are performed by the recruitment company including payroll and workers compensation. The workers are then leased to the hiring employer and all that employer has to do is to count attendance. If a temp worker needs to be let go, the recruitment company is notified, and that is all that there is to it.
For an employee, getting into a temp situation is not the end of the world, as it is a chance to work and show the main hiring company what a good job they can do. There have been many employees who started out as temps, who have been hired on as permanent employees, after the employer became impressed with their work ethic and the good job that was evident.
The same process is true in the process of hiring middle management, supervisors and regular employees. All of the preliminary processes can be handled by the recruitment company prior to a final interview by the employer.
All of the sourcing, contacting, testing, and even orientation, tailored to the employer’s needs is done by the recruitment company, which saves so much time and effort that it becomes a very attractive package to use.
Human resources in most companies is a busy place, as employee problems can take quite a bit of time in addition to the normal duties of the department. Outsourcing recruiting is a major time-saver as far as HR employees are concerned with most companies.