Staff augmentation allows businesses to temporarily extend their team based on analyzing the lack of specific skills on a specific project. Expanding the capacity of the team with specialized skills on a temporary basis allows the business to deliver projects.
And staff augs are not only for the few; 95% of businesses say that they are very or somewhat difficult to find skilled professionals. Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, stated that “Acquiring the right talent is the most important key to growth. Hiring was and still is the most important thing we do.”
To address this need the staff augmentation model is seriously considered by many. Here we’ll look at some of the benefits of increasing your capacity.
Traditional staffing methods are, to put simply, rigid and inflexible. When there are shifts in the company’s performance or within the industry, companies find it difficult to react well, which too often leads to reactions like letting go of much of its workforce.
Staff augmentation is a solution that is fundamentally flexible and as such ideal for companies that experience regular shifts in demand. A team that is working on a project may run into certain issues that it feels are out of its depth and so can scale up to meet certain standards.
Companies can scale faster if they were to hire full-time employees. Temporary staffing gives that flexibility to deal with projects of any size. It also means that you can scale up without having to sacrifice the quality of the work.
Consider, for example, that you had a security company that specializes in home security systems. Now, due to a series of local break-ins you witness a huge spike in demand for your security systems. So what do you do? You need to increase your capacity and quickly to be in a place where you can continue to provide a quality customer experience.
Let’s just say that your current crop of devs are outstanding. They deliver top-class projects. But sometimes, you may take on a project that actually needs very specific skills which your current team may not have. Expanding your capacity to broaden your skills will contribute to a successful project.
And because it adds workers to your team, you’re more capable of hitting your deadlines – hell, you can even set up aggressive deadlines and smash them with the help of staff aug.
Keeping ahead of the curve
In certain cases, businesses that expand their capacity can take advantage and stay ahead of the curve. Take, for example, the following scenario: you have a smallish company that is developing a new product to launch but you know that other competitors may be planning to drop a similar product. So you can expand your capacity by hiring flexible workers on a part-time basis.
Cuts in operating cost
Staff augs are able to provide a company with quality services on a short-term basis so that there are no long-term commitments to honor. And more specifically, an advantage to smaller businesses is that it reduces the necessity to sustain certain things like insurance and taxes.
An accumulating issue of businesses is fixed costs, which are something that can partially be suppressed by using short-term remote workers. Without accumulating the costs of full-time employees, businesses can keep costs low while elevating efficiency.
Staff augmentation benefits businesses because it means that they have greater control over workers. This is because they are directly responsible for the tasks of the augmented staff and their integration with the team. From start to finish the business takes full control.
Save on time
When you hire short-term specialists there is no lengthy hiring process that is often associated with onboarding full-timers. Expanding capacity means the gap in the current team can be filled much quicker. The additional workers are already specialists in their field, and are only onboarded for their specific skill.
As you can see, staff augmentation can be an effective way for businesses to tap into highly skilled talent that can fill the gaps in your current team for specific projects.