The Pros and Cons to Using a Staffing Company

If you are a small business owner, and have seasonal staffing needs, you may be wondering what the benefits of using temporary staff are compared to direct hiring. Depending on your budget, expected length of employment, and required skill level, one option may be better than the other.

The Pros for Using a Staffing Company

Increased Productivity

Work overload, if seasonal or urgent, can benefit from support of a temporary worker. Using an employment agency for a project that has a specific end in mind or that needs temporary staffing can be ideal.
Using temporary staffing can allow you to increase productivity for a time, as needed without the long-term commitment of a full hire. Using a temporary employee can also help you test both the position and its needs when you are unsure if you have enough work for a full- or part-time employee.

Decrease Costs

Because the employer isn’t responsible for taxes, benefits, unemployment, and similar costs, it can decrease fees for some employers over full-time, direct hire expenses. These expenses also can include placing an ad for employment, going through the background check process, and spending hours of production time to review applicants and conduct interviews. With immediate staffing needs and placement, the employee that is placed through the staffing company has already been vetted. Whereas the hiring process can take two to six weeks on your own, when you work with an employment agency in Denver such as Colorado Network Staffing, the process can be shortened. An employment agency can have someone fill the employment gap within days.

Less Paperwork

The hiring staffing agency does all the new hire paperwork; you simply sign a contract. Employees are screened, interviewed and sometimes even trained on your behalf. You don’t need to submit new hire paperwork, fill out benefits forms, or even remit taxes for the employee; the staffing company handles it all. No more I-9 documentation, W-2 completions, or Worker’s Compensation changes. You can get right to training and production, and see if the employee is a good fit for your company before offering the person a full position, if one is available.

The Cons for Using a Staffing Agency

Work Ethic

Some temporary placement employees, especially if they believe the job will not be a permanent or repeat placement, may not give it their all. Meeting minimum requirements could be their main objective to make a paycheck. Be clear about the position and if it will be something that can turn into more, such as repeat assignments or a permanent position.


Most hourly rates will be higher for a temporary employee than a direct hire. However, the cost of onboarding, including the time and expense to go through the hiring process, should be considered. This is especially true on positions with high turn-over, or on short term projects. Using a temporary employee for work overload will reduce overtime expenses and potentially lower emotional burnout of current staff.
Some direct placement fees can be high, so it is important to know the cost upfront and see how the benefits of using the staffing company can outweigh the associated fee.

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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