Companies have access to numerous staffing methods that yield a variety of results. How do you determine which method is right for you? In Glassdoor’s Annual Job Market Trend Report for 2019, we find that machine learning is shifting to a more customized experience when candidates search for jobs. For your business, this means the approach to marketing open jobs and finding new talent requires a newer strategy apart from online job blasts and resume submissions.
Companies implementing artificial intelligence (AI) to refine the job responsibilities within their organizations are going to command a shift in how they allocate labor hours and structure the roles of each employee. They have recognized the benefit of utilizing AI to aggregate data on their performance indicators, employees and candidates, which allows them to get more specific with their forecasting, and even their job requirements.
Apart from the influence of technology on the roles in human resources, we also have to consider what companies need their candidates to do. Do they need them to fill a role for an employee who called out sick? Do they have an upcoming project that requires a temporary increase in employees to see through the project’s completion? Some companies prefer to see how well a candidate performs during a probationary period, while others need to transform their hiring processes altogether as they move into growth mode.
What hiring methods work harmoniously with these variable needs? We’re going to take a look at common hiring practices, including RPO providers and weigh their benefits against their drawbacks.
Temporary Staffing Service
Alternative to permanent employment, temporary staffing services are for an employer’s short-term needs. The goal is to fill positions that are usually vacant due to absent employees, or to add to the workforce when there’s a temporary increase in workload.
One area this works well is in healthcare. Dental hygienists make themselves available to temp agencies to serve dentists’ offices in a pinch, when those offices have employees on leave or when they have a particularly busy season.
Long-Term Staffing Services
In professional and technical industries, there’s often a need to staff for projects that have a duration longer than a few days. Instead of hiring for permanence, these companies see the value in hiring on a project-to-project basis, which cuts down the time human resources devotes to hiring and training a permanent employee, and outsources their search to companies who have a long list of employees willing to work in that type of setting.
One example of this service could be travel nurse agencies. Nurses often take nine- to 13-week contracts, and when they’re complete, they move on to another hospital.
When a company wants to fill a position quickly, without committing to permanent employment before evaluating the performance of an employee, they turn to contract-to-hire staffing services. There are industry-specific and general staffing agencies that provide this service, and companies make use of them because it provides the alternative to a long hiring process and doesn’t require them to add immediately add employees to their payroll.
Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
RPO is a staffing method that sets itself apart from the previous three. Rather than serve a company from the outside, compartmentalizing the hiring process from the company’s internal human resource department, it transforms the hiring process from the inside out.
Instead of companies recognizing they can’t fill a position quickly enough, or their turnover is too high, or their hiring team is overwhelmed and inefficient, they utilize an RPO provider to refine their approach to filling their open positions.
RPO has a goal of developing long-term relationships with the client companies, providing consultations, data analyses, search campaigns, marketing efforts and effective candidate reviews. They accomplish the goal of targeting highly qualified candidates, hiring them, and then teaching the hiring managers of a company how to continue to use their effective practices when growing their organization.
RPO is also a very effective method for small businesses and startups that do not have human resource departments within their companies. In these cases, RPO providers, like Cloutera, can serve as an extension of the company to achieve its hiring goals as it scales.
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