Staff augmentation is the process by which a company adds trained and certified staff to support certain initiatives, based on certain skills desired for such initiatives. Staff augmentation saves time and money, while giving you a competitive advantage over new business opportunities, by placing top IT and tech professionals in your open positions. Below is a list of staff augmentation benefits that will push your business to the top:
1. Better Control
Staff augmentation allows a business to closely manage its resources. Through this process, the organization maintains complete control over final product, allowing you to delegate who is given the most important tasks and who is given the minor projects.
2. Cost Effective
Augmenting your staff lets you pay for the work you need, when you need it, all the while avoiding the costs of investing in skill development for your current employees. You’ll save money in both the short and long term by bringing in a professional for smaller projects and avoiding the long term costly commitment of a year-round employee.
3. Turnaround Time and Production
Staff augmentation typically provides a quick and efficient solution for a project, with a strict deadline, that is in dire need of more resources. With a highly skilled person or persons in place, focused on a single project in which they specialize, an organization can expect fast turnaround times without sacrificing their quality of work.
4. Increased Knowledge and Expertise
Oftentimes, businesses find themselves with knowledge gaps during certain projects. Staff augmentation efficiently fills those gaps by providing a certified, trained professional to bring their set of skills to that specific project to deliver the business’ desired results in a timely fashion. In addition to the increased knowledge of business practices and industry trends you’ll receive, augmenting staff also frees up time for full-time employees to complete other tasks.
5. Internal Integration
In most business cases, it is quicker and easier for an individual to adapt to an organization’s process than it is for two separate organizations to adapt to each other. Staff augmentation provides a more effective way to reach project completions internally, without the aid of an external team.
6. Objective Voice
With staff augmentation, an outsider is brought in to help complete projects for the company. An added benefit is the objective opinion you will receive from such a person who is not a full-time employee or involved in office politics. This person can provide a fresh outlook on your business practices as a whole, based on their experiences in the industry.
7. Staffing Flexibility
The flexibility that an organization receives through staff augmentation provides numerous benefits to the business. In some instances, augmenting staff helps the Human Resources team who may not have the knowledge of credentials and skills needed for the type of IT professional you are looking for. This process also cuts employee costs, liabilities and production downtime. Staff augmentation provides aid to an overworked team but also gives you the freedom to cut ties with an employee who may not be working out.
8. Less Employer Risk
In direct contrast to augmentation, is the use of outsourcing to a third party. Outsourcing can be risky as you give up a certain level power, control and oversight over your important project. By employing staff augmentation, the production is kept in-house and remains under your careful watch, eliminating unknown business risks.
9. Internal Adoption
Staff augmentation can be classified as a quick and efficient version of full-time hiring, without the processes, paperwork and permanency that go along with it. In addition, it is more openly embraced by existing employees than that of outsourcing models or new hires. Full-time employees aren’t as vulnerable with augmented staff as they feel less threatened that their jobs are at stake.
10. Competitive Advantage
In conclusion, staff augmentation can create numerous competitive advantages for your business. It is cost effective, risk adverse and provides numerous solutions to knowledge gaps or understaffing within your organization. Next time you consider bringing in a full-time employee, check the opportunities around staff augmentation for your specific needs.
Contact Key Information Systems today for a full assessment of your IT staffing needs and process improvements.