Busting The Most Common Staffing Agency Myths

12.03.19 | Job Search, Looking to Hire

We’re the first to admit: the concept of a staffing agency can be a bit confusing. Our recruiters hire employees to work for someone else. Often, those employees are hired full-time and we have to say good-bye (happy tears). Sometimes our employees come back to us and we quickly find them another position. There are times we act as an HR department, handling lots of paperwork and training, and other times we only see our employees for a short time before they head off to work. These changing details have given rise to quite a few staffing agency myths. Here are the most common ones:

Myth: Employees have to pay staffing agencies a fee.

This is probably the most common question we hear.

“How much does it cost to apply for a job through Workbox Staffing?”

The answer: absolutely nothing! We don’t charge employees a dime. It’s free to apply, and free to get a job. Companies looking to hire come to us for qualified employees. Our job is to find the best candidates for their open positions. We match those searching for a job with those looking to hire. The more matches we can make, the happier everyone is.

Myth: Staffing agency jobs are only temporary or part-time positions.

Another common myth is that staffing agencies only hire for temporary positions. While some jobs start out as a temporary placement, there are many companies that hire Workbox Staffing employees as full-time team members. According to statistics from the American Staffing Association, over one-third of staffing employees are offered permanent positions after working as a temp. Additionally, most workers employed through a staffing agency (76%) work full-time positions, which is not much less than the overall workforce (82%). One of our goals as a staffing agency is to help candidates advance their careers and find jobs they love.

Myth: Temporary positions are a waste of time.

Part two of the previous myth is that temporary positions are a waste of time. In reality, there are many advantages to temp positions including: learning new skills, gaining experience, trying out different careers, and building up your resume. Nine out of ten said that working with a staffing agency made them more employable.

Myth: Staffing agency employees are job hoppers.

This is a common concern we hear from employees and employers alike. Most people looking for work want to find worthwhile jobs that pay well. They don’t want to jump from job to job. Additionally, most employers are looking for reliable workers who will stick around and get the job done. It’s not ideal for them to hire someone that’s there one day and gone the next. Recruiters at Workbox Staffing carefully assess each applicant in order to find the most reliable employees. We want our employees to be happy with their new jobs, which makes for more reliable workers who want to stick around.

Myth: It’s time-consuming to get a job through a staffing agency.

It’s true that more traditional hiring methods take a while to find quality candidates. When posting to an online job board, it takes anywhere from 30 to 100 days to fill a position. Of course, this depends on the industry, but even being short-staffed for a month isn’t ideal for any company.

Recruiters at Workbox Staffing fill positions quickly and efficiently. We even handle things like pre-employment tests, drug screenings, and background checks, in order to make things as hassle-free as possible. We’ve learned a thing or two in our 20 plus years of experience and we are dedicated to understanding the needs of both our employees and our clients.

Myth: Staffing agencies don’t care about employee satisfaction.

This may be true for some staffing agencies, but not us. Our professional recruiters take time with every applicant to learn about their work interests, goals, and skills. We also track developing skills and experience, as well as personal likes and dislikes about work experience. In short, we do everything we can to make sure a placement is successful.

One last myth: All staffing agencies are the same.

Workbox Staffing is not your typical staffing agency. Ever since our doors first opened in 1997, we have rivaled (and even outshone) larger, national staffing companies. Our personality is very much down-to-earth, and thanks to our energetic team and efficient process, we know how to get the job done. We’ve built a strong network of hiring companies, allowing us to offer jobs across most industries and ensuring that we have something for everyone. Apply with Workbox or request employees today!