Staff augmentation can give access to a whole new pool of talent
Staff augmentation provides a bridge between the skill set of your permanent workforce and the talents of specialists who can add value to your business.
Every company is built on a core team of employees who know their roles and responsibilities and deliver results day-to-day. However, it’s wrong to expect this same core team to be experts in everything the company takes on.
Instead, staff augmentation is a way of bringing in people with specific skills into a project team to achieve results. It’s an approach that is growing in popularity, so what are some of the key benefits of staff augmentation?
You gain access to experts
If a business embarks on a large and complex construction project with complicated data integration requirements, for example, then it can be unrealistic to expect in-house staff to already have all the knowledge and expertise required to make that project a success. Instead, staff augmentation can bring experienced staff members into the core team to deliver on the project.
Using staff augmentation means that you can have the most appropriate people focusing on each element of work. Choosing to bring in experts means that you don’t have to worry about learning through mistakes or trial and error; these employees will already have the roadmap for success and understand how to implement it successfully.
Overhead costs are reduced
While the idea of permanently employing staff who specialize in all areas of your business can be a tempting one, in reality, it doesn’t make economic sense. Having people on the payroll with very particular expertise but who may only be needed once in a program cycle is an expensive way to keep knowledge on-hand.
Not only does the hiring itself take significant resources, but the overhead costs of keeping staff on retainer are high. Staff augmentation allows you to still access that expertise but without the cost of having multiple employees on the payroll full-time. Instead, you can choose when to make the financial outlay according to business requirements and then release that budget when the outcome is achieved.
Augmented staff can focus on delivery
Staff who join your team for a specific purpose are focused on one thing and one thing only: delivery.
Whereas permanent employees can have dozens of different priorities and responsibilities pulling them in as many directions, if you bring in augmented staff then their sole focus is to achieve their defined objective. They can therefore increase the efficiency of delivery and achieve results quicker than using an in-house team who have to divide their time between multiple areas of work.
It’s also worth mentioning that using augmented staff can also offer insights into your business that you wouldn’t normally get from permanent employees. This is because they can be completely objective. A fresh pair of eyes can often be incredibly valuable to spot potential improvements that may have become invisible to full-time staff.
It’s a flexible business strategy
One of the major benefits of staff augmentation is its flexibility. It might be that your business only needs to go through an IT transformation once every few years, for example, and for that defined period of time, you need additional staff to design and implement the solution.
Using staff augmentation means that you can flexibly increase your workforce with skilled people when you need them, and then can easily reduce the headcount again once the project is complete. This approach leads to a more agile business strategy and prevents projects from getting bogged down with delays while you try to recruit people with the right skills.
You retain control over the project and its outcomes
Using staff augmentation means that you retain control over the project and its outcomes when compared to outsourcing the project entirely. The staff brought in using an augmentation model will work alongside your own in-house team, and report to your own managers, meaning that you have full visibility over progress and retain a good assessment of risk to delivery. This can be incredibly valuable on complex projects where you need oversight of all individual elements.
DRMcNatty is an experienced staff augmentation provider
We have extensive experience providing fully-trained and supported Staff Augmentation services, and can quickly provide experienced personnel into key positions as and when you need them.
We pride ourselves on offering a fully supported service. Our experts are trained in all of the latest techniques on a variety of programs meaning that we are ready to address your project controls needs. Whether you require staff augmentation for project controls, or whether you need support with data integration, we are able to provide knowledgeable staff who really deliver. Get in touch with us to discuss how our expert staff can help your project achieve success.