Furloughs. Hiring freezes. Layoffs. Since March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the economy. Glassdoor reports that between March 9 and April 6, 2020 U.S. job…
Hiring is not easy.
Just ask Sarah Fulton of The Lee Group.
“It takes a lot of time,” she said. “A lot.”
According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management, the average cost to hire an employee is $4,129, with around 42 days to fill a position.
For a small or medium-size business owner who doesn’t have a dedicated human resources department or recruiter, hiring can be exhaustive and in some cases detrimental to productivity and sales.
Enter, The Lee Group.
As a professional staffing and recruitment firm, The Lee Group’s mission is to align a company’s unique employment needs with vetted professionals who will add value to a business.
How do you know if you need help?
Fulton said there are a series of questions employers can ask themselves when trying to decide if they need additional support.
The number one thing to think about, said Fulton, is what are your current pain points?
Fulton suggested employers should consider the following questions:
If a small business is experiencing growth, then it’s likely they’ve experienced some, if not all, of these pain points and could benefit from the help of a staffing and recruitment firm.
Fulton said that when she meets with business owners, she immediately wants to understand their company’s infrastructure.
“I ask them, ‘What does the business need from you and what does that mean from an investment in time standpoint?’” she said.
Fulton also wants to know if a company’s needs are seasonal to determine if they may need a temporary position. She added that sometimes companies start off with a temporary position and then upgrade it to full-time if the need is there.
“Everything is customizable and each customer’s needs are different,” she said.
After determining an employer’s needs, Fulton said she and the other recruitment managers will search The Lee Group’s extensive database for potential candidates. These candidates have already been screened, meaning they have had a phone interview, taken assessments, passed a background check and drug test and have had a face-to-face interview.
“If we don’t have a perfect fit ready to go in the database, then that’s when we put on our recruitment hat and post on the job boards and tap into our network,” said Fulton.
Sometimes, depending on the employer, potential employees will be given additional tests such as intelligence and personality tests to see if they would be a good fit culturally.
“Think of us as mechanics,” she said. “We will tune the car until we get it to work just perfectly.”
If you are a business owner or manager and think you might need help with staffing, contact The Lee Group.