In 2023, the latest workplace trend is “quiet hiring.” What is it and how can a staffing agency help you if your company decides to embrace quiet hiring?
You have probably heard of #quietquitting which arose from a TikTok in July 2022 and went viral. Quiet quitting is when an employee chooses to put in the bare minimum of effort into their job. Citing a need for work-life balance and an underappreciation by their employers, #quietquitting has particularly resonated with the younger generations.
With quiet quitting, job expectations may no longer be met. This has been worsened by the current workforce shortage. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, “Overall, in 2022, employers ended up adding an unprecedented 4.5 million jobs. But at the same time, millions of Americans have been leaving the labor force since before the pandemic. In fact, we have nearly three million fewer Americans participating in the labor force today compared to February of 2020.”
Enter quiet hiring. When a company is quiet hiring, they are openly choosing not to hire new, full-time employees to fill that need. Instead, they shuffle employees between departments, shift job duties within positions, or hire short-term help or contractors.
According to Eli Jamison, associate professor of practice in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, “If it’s done strategically, the practice can be beneficial to both employer and employees. Companies can develop a ready pool of qualified and flexible workers, while employees can deepen their skillsets and raise their profile by building more relationships across their place of work.”
A staffing agency like TriStarr can help.
One reason businesses choose quiet hiring is to manage variable workloads. Perhaps there are seasonal demands or long lead times on a part that means production needs to be done in short bursts rather than a steady pace to meet critical project deadlines. Or a company with a small staff is experiencing unexpected absences. A staffing agency can help address the talent shortage by screening prospective employees and filling in with qualified staff on a temporary basis.
Often, a company will find a need for a skillset it doesn’t have available on staff, either because it is new or through job attrition. Not only can a staffing agency fill the immediate need with a skilled employee, but it can also give the employer the opportunity to try out an employee before hiring permanently. Employers can save money and time by using a staffing agency to avoid hiring mistakes.
TriStarr evaluates each candidates’ skills and work ethic to ensure a proper fit with the client company’s culture. One way firms like TriStarr attract quality temp and temp-to-hire employees is by providing them with benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; and 401(k) plans.
Sometimes a company has a great team but just needs to strengthen their skillsets or develop them in different areas. A temp can help cover the current employees’ job duties in the interim while the company’s team is trained for their new roles. And team building programs offered by agencies like TriStarr can enhance collaboration, communication, and respect within the company.
While employment buzzwords like “quiet quitting” and “quiet hiring” come and go, finding the right person for the job is always key to a company’s success. Good employees can be hard to find. A staffing agency can help.
Since 1989, TriStarr has been connecting good people with top employers in southcentral Pennsylvania. TriStarr is a full-service staffing, recruiting, and HR consulting agency based in Lancaster, PA. In addition to temp, temp-to-hire, and permanent staffing, TriStarr’s team of hiring experts provides supplemental HR services. Contact us online or call 717-560-2111 to learn more.