Staffing Versus HR: The Differences and Similarities Your Management Should Know

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There are times when terms are used so interchangeably that the differences between them seem to disappear. This can create confusion, assumptions, and misunderstandings. This is true as well when managers think about hiring staff – is HR the same as staffing or different?

If your management team is looking to fill staffing gaps, there may be confusion about whether or not a staffing company would help, especially if there is already an HR department in place. Let’s make it more clear for you.

Understanding HR

A reliable and effective workforce are important for all businesses with employees. Human Resources, or HR is usually a department within a company with the primary function of managing the employees of the company. Some firms will outsource their HR services, while others handle it in-house. Some of the primary functions of an HR department include:

  • Recruiting staff
  • Screening potential candidates
  • Interviewing prospective employees
  • Onboarding (completing legal paperwork for employment)
  • Placing workers into the appropriate jobs
  • Providing training and/or training opportunities
  • Dealing with employee relations (such as addressing concerns)
  • Handling payroll
  • Managing employee benefits

Small companies may have a person who handles these responsibilities in addition to others in the company, while larger organizations may have several people focused on the responsibilities of all employee matters.

Understanding Staffing

Staffing is seen as a specific part of HR. Staffing agencies, then, are HR specialists who focus on recruiting, screening, interviewing, placement, and sometimes onboarding and training. For some companies, staffing agencies serve as the company’s HR department, leaving employee relations to managers, and outsourcing payroll.

HR and Staffing: One in the Same

HR and staffing can be seen as one in the same, or staffing can be an extension of, or specialty of a Human Resources Department. When we provide screened, quality applicants for direct placement, and temp or temp-to-hire employees to our clients, we’ve done it as though we are employees of your company. We understand your goals, culture, and needs before we send anyone your way.

Because staffing is our sole focus, we stay abreast of employment and wage laws and changes and use that to support our clients. We understand that employees are your most valuable asset and strive for only scenarios that are a win for all involved. We see ourselves as more than a staffing company – we see ourselves as our clients’ complete HR provider.

If you are in search of brilliant employees, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your Right Fit. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our clients. Don’t waste your time, energy, and money on a bad hire. CNS has the experience, resources, and top-level management expertise to accomplish the tasks required on any size project. Contact us at 303-430-1441, and we’ll find you the best and brightest team.

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