8 Ways a Staffing Agency Will Help Reduce Your Costs during Pandemic

A skilled staffing agency can help businesses of all sizes and industries in reducing staffing expenses, while the economy and financials environment are wracked by Coronavirus. 8 staffing related approaches which can be realistically implemented to improve the overall effectiveness of an organization by reducing overheads and costs are discussed below.

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1.Reducing Mistakes While Hiring

Hiring the wrong employee will usually cost you up to two times the annual salary of the employee. To prevent this problem, staffing firms are screening the direct hires and temporary staff thoroughly, so that you get the right workers. In addition to choosing applicants who have the experience, skills required, the applicant will also have the personal traits, which match your work culture. Hiring risk can be reduced using the firm’s guarantees for direct placement and temp hire service.

2. Overtime Elimination

If you have laid-off or furloughed your permanent staff to a skeletal level, your company may have to pay overtime to achieve your targets. Yet overtime is an awfully expensive approach to accomplishing your workload. Clearly it is better to use temporary employees to reduce the labor cost at least for the short term.

3. Transferring Fixed Costs To Variable Costs

In most businesses, labor cost is the largest expense, and it can be reduced using a temporary staffing agency. The core permanent staff should be reduced to a nominal level that still accommodates normal functioning but a staffing agency can be used to provide temporary staff for peak workloads, whenever required. This strategy is very effective for organizations which get a sudden large demand that lasts for only a limited time.

4. Reducing Benefits Expenses

Employee benefits are usually 30-35% of their payroll. These expenses can be eliminated using temporary or contingent workers paid through a staffing firm. To reduce employment risks, these employees can replace independent contractors. This option should be mainly used for short term employees like for a limited-time project or for a unique skillset that is difficult to recruit and only needed periodically.

5. Shift The Administrative Work

When temporary staff is hired instead of employees, all expenses for processing, administering payroll, benefits are transferred to the staffing firm. The organization can partner with the staffing firm to create a program for orientation, training for new recruits to eliminate training expenses

6. Reduce Costs By Hiring

Permanent employees have only so much capacity for getting work done and capacity constraints can adversely affect the productivity of the employee and the organization. Hiring lower-paid temporary staff to handle routine tasks will cost considerably less.  Letting the permanent staff focus on their core job and avoid lower value tasks will also boost their productivity and quality of results. That assures the company gets the most value and return for their employees’ salary. Professional and technical temporary workers can be hired for their expertise and to help complete project work on time. Hiring the right staff will help to complete the most work efficiently at a lower average cost.

7. Staffing Firms Responsible for Temporary Staff Unemployment Claims

Staffing agencies hire the temporary staff on their payroll, so any unemployment claims for the temporary staff are handled by the staffing firm.  The customer can lay them off if demand falters or a project ends but the claims will not affect the company profit or rating.

8. Key Employees Focus On Critical Work

If key HR employees are spending their time on hiring work, the staffing firm should screen, test, interview and check references of job applicants. Using the experience of a staffing firm will reduce hiring time and the employees can focus on other important work instead of hours reviewing multiple resumes to find the right candidate.

How Can Flexicrew Help

If you would like to discuss your resourcing challenges and optimize your workforce for cost and productivity during this uncertain pandemic work environment, contact one of our Flexicrew talent acquisition professionals Today!

Inspired to be an American on Independence Day

U.S. has had an amazing history. From the war for independence that seemed impossible to win, to the rise of America to a global power, to selecting the first black president. Nowadays, it seems though our country is experiencing troubling conflict.

News stories every day bring to light obvious visible distress. Yet, we feel extremely fortunate to be  American. We have the freedom to fundamentally speak what we want to say, to worship where we decide and to work where we like. As patriotic people, we choose to believe we still live in the best country in the world. Clearly, there are actions we must take to improve.

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Here are some little-known facts about our country’s early period and one of our favorite holidays, Independence Day.

  • Thomas Jefferson created the initial draft of the Declaration of Independence on his “laptop.” It was literally a piece of wood, smoothed and buffed, and cut to just the right size to fit on his lap.
  • John Adams wrote to his wife that we would celebrate the occasion on July 2nd (when the document was submitted, but it wasn’t approved until the July 4th) with parades, bonfires, fireworks, chiming bells, shows and more. So, at the signing of the Declaration, 4th of July 1777, the colonists celebrated despite the fact that they didn’t know if they could actually win the war.
  • They printed 200 copies of the Declaration in those early years.  But now only 27 are known to exist. Check your great grandparents’ attic and meet me at the Antiques Road Show!
  • Ben Franklin wrote to a family member expressing his disappointment in the vote that identified the bald eagle as our national symbol. He thought the eagle had a terrible moral character and the turkey would make a better symbol. If this had been the case would we be eating fish on Thanksgiving Day?
  • The Declaration of Independence has been an inspiration for other countries which also desired their own independence. Countries like France, Greece, Poland, and Russia used it as encouragement to follow their parallel path.
  • The 4th of July is the most popular day in the U.S. to consume hot dogs. Nearly 155 million hotdogs are consumed that day alone! Does anyone else picture the hotdog eating competition sponsored by Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island? Can you imagine dipping 70 hotdogs in water and chowing down?
  • And finally, the tune of the national anthem was originally for an English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” (Anacreon was a Greek poet well known for writing songs about wine and love.).  Francis Scott Key originally wrote the lyrics to the song in 1814 aboard a ship that was in a battle during the War of 1812.

As you grill your hotdogs this July 4th and explode your fireworks, take a little time to appreciate what came before us to allow us to have the right to celebrate this 4th of July.

We at Flexicrew wish our country always flourishes and celebrates many more years of independence. Wishing you all a very happy, safe and blessed independence day!!

Tell me, what about our past, present, or future inspires you?

Flexicrew Continues Expansion in Tennessee – Adding Nashville Office

New Nashville Office to Better Serve Middle Tennessee Clients

 

DATELINE: Chattanooga, TN, November 22, 2019–

Flexicrew Staffing announces that it opened an office in Nashville, TN.

With 10 locations in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, Flexicrew commenced Nashville operations November 4, 2019 and is supported by offices in eastern Tennessee.  The office is situated at 3538 Murfreesboro Pike, Ste. 306, Antioch, TN 37013.  This unique office space features areas for recruiting, interviewing and skill assessments and is ideally suited for client-specific orientations.

This site will support firms needing both skilled and unskilled labor in metro Nashville, and surrounding, areas,” says Flexicrew’s Tennessee Area Manager, Tricia Bratton, who has an extensive background serving staffing clients in the Tennessee market for over 15 years.  “We’re excited to bring our custom approach of cost-effective, efficient, rapid response staffing solutions to this market.”

According to Misty Brennan, Flexicrew Executive Vice President, “The Nashville office will satisfy the rapidly growing needs current and future organizations in middle Tennessee in the manufacturing, distribution, administrative and custom placements industries.”

About Flexicrew Staffing

Flexicrew is an industry-leading staffing agency.  Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, Flexicrew is focused on fast, quality recruitment and employee placement. It has been rated the 4th Fastest Growing Staffing business in 2015, is a recipient of the 2019 Client Satisfaction Award.

Our employment agency strives to bring a highly efficient, cost-effective staffing solution and can have qualified candidates job-ready within a very tight timeframe.

Flexicrew is family-owned and run and brings together the best complementary management and support team, resulting in over 95% customer satisfaction.  * Certified survey by Clearly Rated.

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Staffing, please contact Tricia Bratton at 423.803.2739 or tricia@flexicrew.com.

5 Secrets of the Best Staffing Agencies

Currently, successful companies are turning to staffing agencies to lessen the burden on the human resource department. In most firms, the HR department that oversees many different employee issues such as hiring, processing salaries and conducting appraisals, personnel issues, records, etc. However, the recruiting landscape is rapidly changing. Outsourcing such service proves to be a very prudent move to any employer, especially those with a minimal recruiting team.

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First, the pressure on the HR department is alleviated. They can concentrate on other crucial activities that directly contribute to income generation or minimizing legal HR exposures for the firm.   They can work on aligning HR with their firm’s strategic direction.

Also, staffing agencies are typically a team of the best recruiters. Such a firm has the know-how to select the best candidates from a large pool. This is mandatory for any firm since highly qualified employees are your ‘secret sauce.’

Additionally, a recruitment agency will save the company a lot of time especially during the hiring process that is usually lengthy. This frees up internal people to concentrate on other tasks.

As an employer, you should consider engaging a staffing agency the next time that you need to recruit.

The following are 5 secrets of a well qualified staffing agency: 

1. Staffing Agency that Partners with Employers 

Nobody would entertain the prospect of working with a staffing agency that is not collaborative. One of the essential qualities to look out here is whether the staffing agency’s employees possess excellent listening skills. This is because primarily, their task involves listening to candidates and evaluating them based on their behaviors and credentials. If the staffing agency doesn’t cooperate with your firm, there is a high chance of them bringing you the wrong kind of staff. You should therefore not hesitate to dismiss a staffing agency that doesn’t cooperate. 

2. Professional and Competent Recruiters

You want to work with a legitimate firm that can settle even its in-house issues. So, you need a firm that possesses high-quality recruiters who have considerable experience following years of work in the sector. Therefore, as you plan on the staffing agency to settle on, consider the qualifications of their staff. If they are not professional, run – don’t walk away. Such recruiters may end up hiring under-qualified and incompetent staff. 

The reputation of a company is enhanced through numerous means, and one of them is retaining most of its employees over a long period. A company where employees keep quitting shows that there are pertinent issues. Employees in such a firm are highly likely to be not highly motivated, and this highly impacts on their output. Avoid hiring such firms as they may cost you much in the end. 

3. Widens the Recruitment Net

It common for recruiters to only shortlist candidates that apply on the employer’s job board. This at times is wrong because there is a considerable pool of applicants on other job boards. Therefore, a hiring firm that limits itself to a specific job board minimizes its chances of landing the best candidates in the market. As you look out for a hiring agency, it is imperative to request the firm’s job board scope. This helps determine if the staffing agency’s final shortlist is fully comprehensive of what’s available in the market.

Flexicrew Staffing is a Chattanooga-based hiring firm that is known for extending beyond the basic job boards and delivering the best candidates within a short period. 

4. Accessible Any Time – Flexible As Required 

As an employer, you probably work beyond the regular operating hours to ensure you’re your work gets done and everything is streamlined. You also would want to consult the hiring agency whenever you feel that there’s a rectification that you intend to make. Therefore, choose one that fits that bill. A hiring agency that works beyond the regular working hours shows dedication to delivering work even within short deadlines.

Such a staffing agency should rise to the top of your hiring list like froth on hot chocolate. 

5. Staffing Agency Understands Your Company’s Culture 

Firms thrive on a set culture and values. Without a particular culture, many companies would not have achieved what they pride themselves on today. It is an important aspect that should not be overlooked. Therefore as you seek the best staffing agency, ensure that you are clear on what your own company believes in. It is from this point that you can choose the recruiting firm that is amenable with your firm’s culture. Such is a company that is willing to operate within your set systems without trying to introduce new procedures that compromise the firm’s way of operating. 

As an employer, you need to keep up with the trends to ensure that your firm can compete with others. And one of the ways of achieving this is ensuring that you have the most qualified staff. This can be enhanced by hiring a reliable staffing agency to do the ‘heavy lifting’ for you.

Flexicrew Staffing Agency Best in GA and east TN

The subtle secrets mentioned above are what you should be looking for before settling on the staffing agency that you intend to work with.  Give Flexicrew a call and we’ll work our magic on your workforce!

WHY OUTSOURCE STAFFING TO A 3RD PARTY

Sometimes smaller businesses need to outsource staffing because they lack sufficient resources. In such cases this could include accounting, processing payroll, direct deposit processing, and distribution channels. Larger companies want to contain costs and bring in temporary resources for short-term projects. There are additional benefits of outsource staffing to a 3rd party organizations that go beyond money saving measures.

OUTSOURCE STAFFING TO A 3RD PARTY

Outsource Staffing – Fixed vs Variable Cost Benefits

Outsourcing is a powerful method for transforming costs from being fixed to available for other uses. Many companies take advantage of this by using increased capital for investing purposes. This is an excellent way to fund important projects or research. There may be a domino effect in that new research or projects that can result in expansion and growth will attract new investors.

Additional gains with creating variable costs can be decreased expenses that normally would cause prices to rise. This is a matter of efficiency in a real sense and wise use of resources. Taking on important R&D typically means your market will pay for it at some point. Avoiding this transfer of expenses help you to maintain or increase your competitive advantage in the market.

Outsource Staffing Improves Reaction Time

One of the hallmarks of large corporations is they move like glaciers. Smaller businesses are very nimble which can be a tremendous asset. Using third party outsourcing can give even a large business speed. One perfect example is with new projects. All new staff can be dedicated, and you will just need to assign company oversight. This structure will minimize drain on full-time resources. Time to start-up will be dramatically reduced in many ways. Attempting a large project with all in-house resources will certainly take weeks if not months.

Outsource Staffing is a Form of Leverage

Small businesses face many obstacles because they lack resources. This is part of the playing field that is not level. Outsourcing is a form of leverage for the smaller companies if they understand how to best take advantage of it. All of the benefits of temp staffing are available with economy of scale being chief among them. Additional expertise can be acquired when it is needed, and capital can be diverted where it can provide a larger ROI.

A Means to Lighten the Load – Peripheral Responsibilities

One common complaint by permanent employees is additional lower level responsibilities. Managers are often subject to the same challenges and can quickly become spread too thin. Outsourcing can be an ideal way to use precise application of additional staffing. Your business can have a greater focus on core duties and priorities. The best approach to this is analyzing all the peripheral duties in your organization. Identify and isolate the functions and responsibilities that can be best handled with temporary staffing.

Outsource Staffing

Flexicrew Staffing has the expert knowledge and resources to help you find candidates you won’t find on your own. Let us assist you in finding the right person for your small or midsize business.  Call today.  flexicrew.com/contact-us/

Flexicrew Receives Client Award for 6th Year

CHATTANOOGA, TN  (February 7, 2019) – Flexicrew Staffing, a leader in the industrial staffing industry, has earned a nationally recognized Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to their clients for the 6th time in the last 7 years, this year earning the highest score in Flexicrew history with an average of 9 out of 10 stars.

Client companies rated Flexicrew by taking a simple survey about the service they received, and the scores are tallied by ClearlyRated.com, an independent Net Promotor Score focused survey company. Only the top 1-2% of all staffing companies are rated high enough to earn the Best of Staffing award.

“We are proud to receive this award for the sixth time,” Flexicrew VP and owner, Misty Brennan said. “Every year brings new challenges to our industry and our team works hard to provide the best service, with the speed and flexibility that our clients expect. Client feedback is very important for us. We have to be able to touch base on a regular basis and change and grow based on our clients’ needs. We know that honest and timely feedback is the only way we can truly get better and best our competitors.”

The survey had clients rank their relationship with Flexicrew on a scale of 1-10. A score of 9 or 10 indicates the client has a positive relationship with the company and is likely to recommend us to peer companies. Flexicrew received satisfaction ratings of 9 or 10 from 77 percent of their clients, 2.5 times higher than the industry average of 32 percent.

REAL CLIENT REVIEWS:

Extremely happy working with Flexicrew.”

If there are any issues, and those have been very few, they are resolved promptly and with great attention.”

Good Service.”

The team was very professional and provided a great service and candidates.”

I enjoy working with Flexicrew and they have helped us many times.”

Always had a solid business relationship with Flexicrew.”

Most of the guys I have in my shop have come from Flexicrew.”

About Flexicrew

Flexicrew is family-owned and run since 2008, focusing on fast and flexible staffing solutions. Flexicrew makes use of technology and industry best practices to deliver the most talented and qualified professionals –industrial, skilled and unskilled, clerical – to clients within most major industries. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, and have current plans to continue expanding in the TN, GA, SC, and north AL markets.

About Best of Staffing®

ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on ClearlyRated.com – an online business that helps buyers of professional services find service leaders and vet prospective firms – based exclusively on validated client and talent ratings.