Could you use help finding new staff? Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is the name given to the process of relying upon an external vendor—such as a staffing agency—for the recruitment of new employees. If your company is tight on internal resources, could benefit from saving a few dollars and has plans to expand in the future, RPO might be a good choice. To be sure, it helps to understand all the advantages RPO can offer your company.
Five important benefits of RPO
If you’re thinking of outsourcing your recruitment efforts, but you’re still on the fence about what’s right for your company, just consider the following five benefits of RPO:
- You’ll save time and money. Let’s face it: time is money. But money is money, too. And when you tally all the activities involved in recruiting—advertising on job boards, screening, using tracking systems and other technology—you’ll notice it starts to add up. Plus, recruiting is the kind of task that takes a dedicated employee (or employees) to do effectively. With outsourced recruiting, you simply rely on one entity to handle all recruitment functions, simplifying the process so it can be accomplished much more quickly and easily—and at a lower cost to you.
- You can scale your staffing up or down. Let’s say you need to staff up during your peak season, but this is only a temporary need. If you keep recruiting internally, you’ll overwork your staff during peak times. Or if you hire additional staff, they won’t have enough to do when peak season ends. But if you outsource your recruitment efforts, you can scale up or down, depending on your needs. This is also helpful if you’re looking to grow your business—your RPO can grow right along with you, seamlessly.
- You’ll compare with larger organizations. Larger organizations have greater resources, and can thus have a competitive advantage when recruiting top talent. But if you outsource your recruiting effort, you’ll enable your company to “run with the big dogs.” You’ll gain the recruitment resources of a company many times your current size, and will have a better chance of recruiting the best in your industry.
- You can avoid costly employee turnover. When you leave recruitment to the experts, you’ll be able to draw from a much larger candidate pool. This includes both active and passive candidates, which would be difficult (if not impossible) to locate on your own. A larger pool means finding employees who are well matched to your open positions and your corporate culture—a surefire route to employee satisfaction and longevity.
- You can refocus attention on your business operations. Your core business operations likely do not involve recruiting, and that’s OK. Unless you’re a staffing agency, this function is probably a secondary task that gets completed on an as-needed basis. And when it needs to occur, it can take away focus from your day-to-day responsibilities, temporarily weakening operations. The good news is RPO helps you maintain workflow and productivity with the end result of strong, qualified candidates. It’s really a win-win for both your company and your new employees.
Your next step
In the end, it’s up to you. If you prefer to maintain full control over all aspects of the recruiting process, that’s what you should do. But if you’re in need of relief and ready to leave recruitment to the experts, give McGrath Systems a call. We place highly qualified engineering, IT, light industrial and human resources workers with well-matched opportunities, and we’re ready to work with you. To learn more, contact us today!