2016 Staffing Industry Trends Your Firm Should Watch

According to the U.S. Staffing Industry Forecast, a semi-annual report released recently by Staffing Industry Analysts, the temporary staffing industry is projected to grow 5 percent in 2016 to reach an all-time high of $121 billion. Is your staffing firm prepared to handle your share of this business boom? Pay attention to these trends and get ready to grow your business and your profitability.

Continued growth in mobile. Now more than ever job seekers depend on mobile devices to look for jobs and to keep up with their dream employers. If you want to reach currently employed candidates, make it simple for them to interact with you. They may be conducting their search on breaks or lunch or while multitasking with other activities in their downtime. They don’t have as much time to devote to searching as those who are not working. Use social media to attract top candidates by showing off interesting projects, hosting events or engaging on a more human level.

Top talent still is short supply. Increasingly, the ball is in the job seeker’s court. With many jobs to choose from, it’s more important than ever to stand out to prospective employees. Make every job as appealing as possible by focusing on what they want in their next job, not just what you want from your next hire.

Retention strategy is essential. With the job market opening up, it’s important to focus on keeping your current people happy. If they believe the grass is greener, they may look for new opportunities to use their skills and advance their careers. Put systems in place to streamline the administrative parts of your business so that you can focus on the people side.

Bring big data down to size. Today’s systems enable you to collect nearly infinite amounts of information about applicants, your internal employees and how your systems are being used. But collecting data is only the first step. It’s critical to analyze what it all means to your productivity and profitability. Improve your process by identifying best practices and eliminate people or processes that just don’t make sense for your organization.

Vendors become partners. When choosing an ATS, CRM or any other staffing software, think hard about the partnerships you enter into. Are you being sold a one-size fits all product or is your vendor a true problem solver who listens to your challenges and goals and works with you to develop a solution? Vendor relationships become truly strategic with a partner who teaches you the full range of their products to ensure you are getting the most from your technology dollar.

About Avionté:

At Avionté, we provide solutions for staffing firms that help you to operate more effectively and keep your operational costs down. Our comprehensive staffing software delivers integrated software systems that make it easier to drive growth, maximize profitability and streamline your administrative tasks, so that you can focus on your serving your customers. To learn more about the many benefits of Avionté staffing software, contact us today.

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