Staff augmentation has often been regarded as a beneficial tool to solve short-term issues. Staff augmentation can be defined as “an outsourcing strategy which is used to staff a project and respond to the business objectives.” In other words, it’s temporarily hiring employees to help you with a specific issue in your company. Whether that is an understaffed project or a lack of knowledge in a certain area, these employees provide a low-cost solution.
Most commonly used within the IT and software engineering industries, staff augmentation provides a whole range of benefits that can be helpful for any business that may need employees for a special project, or just a business spike. This allows you to hire high-quality and focused professionals to get the work done, or improve what has already been done. Some of these benefits include:
Economic: Staff augmentation eliminates the entire hiring process, which includes time-consuming activities such as recruiting, interviews, on-boarding and lots of paperwork. On average, according to Glassdoor, the hiring process in the United States takes 23 days. So why hire someone when you will not need that employee full-time? Staff augmentation allows you to pay for what you need. This saves a lot in both the short-term and the long-term.
Adaptability: As there are no long-term contracts, staff augmentation allows you to be flexible with who you hire and what responsibilities they fulfill. In addition, these employees are often experts in their industries and therefore can complete a wide variety of tasks that managers put in front of them. These employees can be used in a variety of scenarios, including when permanent staff are working overtime, when the company needs more people for a new project or when an employee who is crucial to the completion of a certain project announces a long-term absence and you need to fill in that skill gap.
Employee Approval: Employees will feel less threatened that their jobs will be completely outsourced if this staff is used temporarily. The idea is to integrate the contracted employees with the permanent workforce so well that they do not even realize that they were contracted from the outside. In addition, if your team is overworked, implementing staff augmentation can decrease the workload for permanent employees and reduce the chances of them quitting or experiencing burnout.
Fill Gaps in Knowledge and Staffing: Businesses can use staff augmentation to create a defined number of workers with a specific set of skills that are necessary to complete projects within deadlines, decreasing the time and money spent on training for extraneous skills. In addition, staff augmentation services enable project managers to ensure that a full staff of people is on hand at all times when, in reality, a permanent full-time staff is not available.
This external assistance can help any company with a staffing issue at any stage of a project. CoreAxis recognizes this need in many of its clients. The goal is to eliminate the stress of peaks and valleys in demand, and deliver innovative learning solutions on time and on budget. CoreAxis helps you manage your learning demand. When the business has a deadline that your core, full-time team cannot meet, what do you do? Hiring full-time employees takes too long, and traditional outsourced resources do not know your business. We can provide the experienced resources you need, with the industry expertise you expect, in order to achieve your goals.
The CoreAxis team averages more than 15 years of experience in curriculum development, instructional design, facilitation, graphic design and more. We have a rigorous vetting process, combined with deep connections in the industry. The best learning and development resources are on our team, and they can be yours whenever you need them. They are ready to jump in, integrating seamlessly with your staff, or providing turnkey solutions to your learning and development challenges. With a blended model of managed services and staff augmentation, we can deliver a unique solution. Our industry experts can be provided on a full-time, fractional, or project basis, and include: instructional designers, graphic artists and media developers, learning consultants, project managers, eLearning developers, quality analysts, senior project managers, subject matter experts and learning management solutions experts. Learn more about what CoreAxis can offer you at https://coreaxis.com/talent-strategy/staff-augmentation/.