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Five Reasons To Outsource In This Environment


by Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group

From payroll issues to healthcare costs, employers must navigate various legal technicalities to stay compliant with ever-changing laws. For many small to mid-sized businesses, this can be a heavy burden to bear. As a result, outsourcing employees through staffing firms and streamlining operations and functions can save both money and headaches.

It makes sense for employers to enlist the help of an outside organization to fill positions. As a staffing firm, it’s our job to stay up to date on all of the complexities related to HR. Whether it’s cutting costs through controlled rates or joining forces with a large purchasing group for affordable healthcare, we know the strategies that work for any type of business.

Below are the top five reasons to outsource in this environment:

Lack of workforce breadth.

Many small to mid-sized businesses do not have the capital to train entry level individuals and have a need for candidates with experience. To ensure a candidate has valuable market experience and knowledge in their area of expertise, a staffing firm will help pinpoint the best talent for the job.

Mitigate legal risks.

With new laws and regulations constantly being added, there are a lot of risks associated with human resources functions. It’s challenging to keep up with the changes, but outsourcing through a staffing firm that must stay on top of the updates helps defray and mitigate legal risks.

Cut Healthcare Costs.

Instead of keeping the high-risk employees with expensive insurance plans on your own payroll, employers can move their position to a staffing firm. In addition, Obamacare offers tax credits for small businesses and if your employee level is just over the threshold, moving one or two employees to a staffing firm can save money in the long run.

Improve Company Focus.

Saving both time and money is a valuable commodity for many companies. Staffing firms will take the time to search for candidates, check with their references and assist the hiring process so employers don’t have to. In addition it can save money on training down the road. Outsourcing non-core functions allows small business owners to focus their efforts on growing the company.

Reduce Operating Costs.

Small business owners need to analyze both their strengths and weaknesses. Outsourcing weaknesses allows the company to better streamline their operations and improve functionality while controlling costs.


Thomas Moran is the CEO of Chicago-based staffing firm Addison Group. Addison combines a national network and localized service for broad reach with a personal touch. Specialized practices deliver the right candidate at the right time in Administration, Engineering, Finance & Accounting, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Information Technology.