Having the right amount of staff at any given time to meet business demands is critical. If your business demands shift, however, it can be difficult to have the right amount of qualified employees in the right roles. Staff augmentation is a solution that can provide flexibility to meet changing staffing demands.
Staff augmentation consists of staffing strategies that fall outside of the typical spectrum of hiring. Temporary workers may be brought in from an outside agency to assist with certain tasks or with a project. Work may also be assigned to external teams or subcontractors as needed.
Staff Augmentation can be Beneficial in Several Ways
Avoid Recruitment and Hiring Costs
Sourcing applicants, screening candidates, and hiring new employees can be extremely costly. Providing training and benefits to those new employees can strain the budget even more, especially if those employees decide not to stay on after the training period. Staff augmentation allows you to bypass the hiring process, saving you both the costs and the uncertainty.
Fill Specialized Roles
In some cases, specialized skill sets may be required for one project or business need, but not necessarily for any further business needs. Staff augmentation provides a way to shop for a specific skill set without requiring a commitment to utilize that skill set again in the future. This may save your company from an intensive recruitment search and make it possible for you to get the help you need temporarily at a lower cost.
Expand Into Foreign Markets
Setting up a location overseas can be daunting, especially if there is no promise of future business from that area. Staff augmentation can be used to contract workers that are familiar with the foreign location, which can assist with legal compliance as well as many other potential hurdles that come with operating in a new place. Additionally, there is no need to cover traveling costs for existing employees or to disrupt local operations.
Retain Control over Projects
Using staff augmentation to fulfill staffing needs allows more control over projects than outsourcing. Outsourcing projects can be risky, as you’re trusting another company to perform to the same standards and to complete the project in the allotted time without much supervision.
Additionally, internal employees may interact with temporary or contracted staff to complete projects, which can be helpful if questions or issues arise after the augmented staff has finished their shifts. This can save time, while also making existing employees feel more valued and less threatened by the external aid.
Scale Staff to Needs
While being understaffed can be problematic, being overstaffed can also be a tough situation. Having to lay off talented employees can be emotionally taxing for all involved and can tarnish a company’s reputation if employees come to feel that they are expendable. Staff augmentation makes it possible to temporarily ramp up staff numbers so that it’s not necessary to scale down after demand has waned.
Utilizing staff augmentation can help you meet business demands efficiently without negative impact to your internal staff or company reputation.
Authored by: Dave Rietsema