How to Pick the Best Staffing Agency for Your Business

A business owner has many variables to consider when choosing a staffing agency.

  • Is the staffing agency large enough to have the resources the business needs?
  • Are the employment services cost effective?
  • Does this agency's culture match my own?

Even when you ask the right questions, you might make a wrong choice. Mistakes are a fact of life, but there are some signs to watch for.

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Biggest Staffing Isn’t Always Best Staffing

When choosing anything in life people tend to prefer that which is familiar. With staffing, it may be tempting as a company to gravitate toward the most well-known name that comes to mind. However, this may not always be the best decision.

There are some advantages to working with a large company and to working with smaller ones as well. Large companies may have financial security, a larger pool of resources, and strong marketing to name a few. Smaller companies can give you an advantage in culture, you’re more likely to know them on a personal level, and smaller companies tend to be less bureaucratic. It is a good idea to shop around and discover what fits your business and create partnerships with that agency, so that natural and mutual growth can happen.  

Is Staffing Expensive or Does Staffing Save Money?

Cost is something that every business owner must weigh when it comes to employees. How much to pay them, what it costs to train and hire them, and paying for workers compensation insurance. Staffing agencies are not all created equal in these areas. Avoid taking the cheapest deal you can find. Often the cheapest option is the cheapest for a reason. You’re likely missing out on something important.

Again, shopping around is the best option. Get multiple quotes from different agencies and find what makes the most sense for you.

Pro tip: Take a tour of their office before you decide so you can meet the recruiters that will be over your account.

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Staffing Culture

Perhaps the biggest mistake to avoid when choosing staffing agencies is picking one with a culture that doesn't match your own. This is perhaps the most overlooked mistake made when choosing an agency, but also one of the most important. If you have a business culture that is very strict, either because of laws and regulations, or preference, you are not going to want to choose an agency with a very laid-back casual approach. The experience will end up frustrating and perhaps leave you with a sour taste towards the staffing world.

Know who you’re getting into business with and be sure the staffing agency matches your own set of company ethics.

How to Pick the Best Staffing Agency

The staffing world is diverse and there are many options to choose from. To avoid making a mistake in choosing the wrong agency, follow the values that your company was built upon and find an agency that can match those core values. Misconceptions about cost, name recognition, and bigger being better are all things to look out for. This is by no means a comprehensive overview of all the mistakes to look out for, but a good place to start.

Nicholas Riddle
Account Manager | Ogden, Utah Staffing Office
Your Employment Solutions

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Your Employment Solutions is an award-winning Utah-based staffing agency that's been successfully connecting jobseekers and businesses for over 20 years. If you're interested in staffing services or have any questions please contact us here. We'd love to see if we're a good fit as your staffing partner and show you why we're a 4x winner of Best Companies to Work For.

Nicholas Riddle

Nicholas is an account manager at the Your Employment Solutions Ogden, Utah staffing office. He helps connect jobseekers to good Utah jobs.

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