As you grow, there may come a time where your company requires the expertise of technical staff to enable you to scale up. However, hiring and training specialists can be costly and time-consuming. If you’re looking for an alternative way to get this expertise without the hefty price tag, an option you might want to consider is staff augmentation. The question arises, how to find the best staff augmentation partner? Who to choose? What to consider while choosing?
This blog talks all about the concerns and things that you should consider while choosing a staff augmentation partner for your IT staffing needs.
Assess Your Staffing Needs
The first thing you should do before deciding on a staffing partner is assess your current staffing needs to make sure they are compliant with the new hire, and that you’re not looking for an augmentation solution just to avoid hiring someone. Evaluate the current state of the company, including the number of employees, job openings, and on-going projects. Look for a staffing partner who can provide unique skills that will help grow your company. Consider how often you need new employees and whether your staffing needs are more short term or long term. Staff augmentation, using employees from a third-party staffing agency, is a good option for companies that don’t have the bandwidth to hire and train new staff. The company will pay for the vendor’s time and expertise in exchange for the risk of having to manage a full-time employee.
Research your staffing partner’s expertise and experience
Hiring an augmentation partner is a major investment in your business. The company you choose should be one that can deliver the right people with the skills to do the work at hand. It’s important to research the company and talk to recent clients before hiring them. You want to make sure that your staffing partner has the skills and capabilities to successfully complete the needs of your company. Researching what they can do for you will help you find someone who is a good fit for both you and your company. One of the most important considerations in selecting a staffing partner is their level of expertise and experience. You want to be sure that they are qualified to provide premium service, so make sure you take this into account when comparing potential partners.
Verify Your Staffing Partner’s Local and International Market Reach
It is important that you verify that your staffing partner has the right resources to suit the needs of your company. You want to ensure that they have a strong local presence, as well as an international reach. This will allow them to provide you with the best talent for your needs if necessary. It is important to verify that your staffing partner has a global reach before you make a commitment, as this will open up more opportunities for you. If they only have a local reach, then they will not be able to service clients in different regions, which can lead to missed opportunities. Make sure you are familiar with the company’s size, reach, and expertise. Does your staffing partner have the requisite experience to run a successful campaign? A good place to start is online search where you can find out all about their past work.
Examine Staffing Partner’s Communication Tools
Does the staffing partner use a communication tool such as email, Skype, or Google Chat? If so, is it easy to use and understand? Does the staffing partner have its own proprietary communication tool that is not compatible with other tools you might already be using? Staff augmentation partners have different tools to help handle the workload. Some offer project management, task management, and collaboration tools. Hire a company with all of these tools in order to get the most out of their investment. Ensure Your Talent Partner is Contractually Compatible with Your Company. The terms of the contract are important. Is there a termination clause?
Confirm Staffing Partner’s Commitment to Confidentiality
Staff Augmentation partners should be committed to preserving and protecting your sensitive data. Confirm that they can provide you with a Data Processing Addendum and that the contract includes an audit provision. Confirm that the partner has a clear and well-documented policy of respecting the confidentiality of your company’s data. Confidentiality is a key requirement for any company with confidential information. Confidential information shouldn’t be shared outside of the company without permission from top management or other authorized personnel. As a client, you need to be sure that your staffing partner has a commitment to confidentiality. This means they will not discuss any aspect of your business with anyone outside of their company, and they won’t share your personal information with other business partners either. They also need to have the power to act on company decisions that are discussed in meetings.
Staffing Partner’s Language and Cultural differences
If you are in the process of partnering with a staffing company, it is important to understand what makes them unique. As I’ve learned in my last months in the industry, agencies have different strengths in recruitment based on their location and culture. What may work for one agency isn’t necessarily best for another. In a business setting, it is important to know the language and cultural differences of your staff augmentation partner. A native English speaker may not be aware of cultural practices that are taken for granted in a country with a different native language. An example of this would be the difference between the French and German languages. The word for “yes” in French is “oui.” In German, that same word means “no.”