7 Reasons to Outsource Your Hiring Efforts

The global economy has changed, making recruiting and hiring the right candidates a lot more difficult. New economic conditions include global competition, lightning fast changing business conditions, high unemployment, skills shortages, and a war for talent. Finding and hiring the right people in this kind of recruiting environment requires keeping up with new recruiting technology and social media, developing relationships with successful candidates, and asking the right questions. Busy hiring managers and employers achieve all that when they outsource recruiting.

Cost containment and the need to focus on core business operations are at the top of the list of several common reasons to outsource recruiting. Outsourcing all of your recruiting or just part of your recruitment process puts the reins in the hands of experienced recruitment consultants, saving you time and money. Other reasons employers choose to outsource recruiting include a need to improve recruiting processes, reduce a high turnover rate, control rapid growth or seasonality that makes it impossible to keep up with hiring needs, develop competitive advantage, and coordinate recruiting and on-boarding .

1. Reduce Costs

In a volatile economy, reducing costs rises to the top of the to-do list quickly. Besides labor costs, the costs related to recruiting activities include advertising on job boards, background screening, applicant tracking systems, and recruiting technology. These costs are all rolled into one when companies outsource recruiting. And it’s usually less than trying to conduct an effective recruiting campaign in-house.

Cost-per-hire is a key HR metric and when companies outsource recruiting to an RPO, cost-per-hire is often reduced along with time-to-hire because of dedicated recruiting resources. Other ways costs get reduced through outsourced recruiting include shared risk and streamlined processes. Passing the responsibility of expanded or shrinking recruiting needs to a dedicated outsourced recruiter eliminates employing unnecessary staff for recruiting or being short of staff when business spikes. When employers outsource recruiting, they streamline recruiting processes by assigning them to an outside firm (ideally an RPO), eliminating delays ad duplication of tasks, and paying for specific recruiting activities.

2. Focus on Core Business

Whether or not a company has a dedicated recruiter or some kind of recruiting function, most are not in the recruiting industry. Any recruiting tasks and activities will be outside of the core business functions and take resources from core business operations. When the recruiting process is outsourced to recruiting specialists, it doesn’t take anything away from core business activities and enables employers to find the talent they need without distractions from business operations.

Human resources staff with recruiting responsibilities can quickly become overwhelmed with recruiting volume and unable to focus on their core HR responsibilities. When this happens, it can have a ripple effect, interfering with human resources productivity and workflows and their ability to provide service for benefits, payroll, compliance, and employee programs.

3. Improve Recruiting Effectiveness

With a competitive global job market, ongoing skills shortage, and limited locations for recruiting, it’s difficult for many organizations to find qualified candidates or improve their recruiting effectiveness with in-house recruiting. They may not be able to achieve recruiting process improvements with existing staff and when urgent recruiting needs start to back up, there is no good way to get caught up with hiring. When they outsource recruiting, they benefit from recruiting firms’ ability to reach more candidates, access passive candidates that they may not otherwise be able to engage, and realize more efficient use of recruiting resources.

4. A High Turnover Rate

High turnover costs money in lost and interrupted productivity, lower customer service, and lower employee engagement. But turnover may have less to do with recruiting staff abilities or compensation and more to do with the recruiting function. Companies can address high turnover when they outsource recruiting to get better qualified candidates, and a better recruiting process from experienced, dedicated recruiters. Companies enjoy higher quality hires of candidates who are vetted and well-matched to the company’s openings and culture. When ongoing high turnover starts to strain a company’s resources, the decision to outsource can be a quicker, cheaper way to stop recruiting-related turnover.

5. Rapid Growth

Companies experiencing rapid growth or seasonal spikes that make it difficult to meet recruiting needs often outsource recruiting to better control fluctuating recruiting activity’s impact on the business. Seasonal recruiting or periods of rapid growth or expansion strain existing staff and make in-house recruiting a huge challenge. Outside recruiting firms can take over an internal recruiting process with dedicated staff, more experienced recruiters, advanced recruiting technology, and social recruiting methods to meet unusual growth patterns.

6. Competitive Advantage

Small companies and start-ups that don’t have the same resources as their larger competitors can compete better when they outsource recruiting. A recruiting firm can more quickly and efficiently find top candidates to help small or new companies build their key staff and keep up with larger companies with more resources.

7. Coordinate Recruiting and On-boarding

Companies with disjointed recruiting and on-boarding processes can benefit from the services that outsourced recruiting firms provide to integrate sourcing, recruiting, hiring, and on-boarding. When one department is recruiting, the hiring manager is responsible for hiring, and the human resources staff performs on-boarding, interruptions in candidate experience and recruiting efficiencies can cause problems in other areas of the company. Productivity and turnover are among the first business areas to suffer when recruiting and on-boarding processes aren’t working.

When companies outsource recruiting, it’s usually in direct response to specific business needs. Whether it’s to save money, achieve process improvements, reduce turnover, or control an issue of recruiting volume, there are many situations where outsourcing the recruiting process, and possibly on-boarding processes as well, solves business problems. Recruiting firms can dedicate their time and resources to sourcing, engaging, contacting, hiring, and on-boarding top talent that is beyond the reach of small or new companies. Companies can better focus on their core business operations when they are well-staffed with qualified, engaged employees who have been hired with a good recruiting process. Outsourcing recruiting allows companies to meet their recruiting needs without causing other business problems.

Retirement Planning for Single People

If you aren’t married, you should consider these potential expenses & needs.

How does retirement planning differ for single people? At a glance, there would seem to be no difference in the retirement saving effort of an individual versus the retirement saving effort of a couple: start early, save consistently, and use vehicles that allow tax-advantaged growth and compounding of invested assets.

On closer inspection, differences do appear – factors that single adults should pay attention to while planning for the future.

Retirement savings must be built off one income. Unmarried adults should save for retirement early and avidly. Most couples have the luxury of creating retirement nest eggs from either or both of two incomes. They can plan to build wealth with a degree of flexibility and synchronization that is unavailable to a single saver. So when it comes to building retirement assets, a single adult has to start early, save big and never let up, as there is no spouse around to help in the effort and only one income from which savings can emerge.

The Social Security claiming decision takes on more importance. An unmarried person’s Social Security benefits are calculated off his or her lifetime earnings record. Simple, cut and dried.

Married people, however, have an option that the unmarried lack. Once their spouses begin to collect Social Security, they have a chance to claim a spousal benefit as early as age 62 rather than wait for benefits based solely on their own earnings. In fact, they may be able to claim this spousal benefit at age 62 even if they are widowed or divorced. If they are caring for a son or daughter from that marriage who is also receiving some form of Social Security benefits, they may be eligible for a spousal benefit before age 62.

All this means that a couple can potentially rely on two Social Security incomes before both spouses reach what the program deems full retirement age. An unmarried person cannot exploit that opportunity, so the decision to claim Social Security early at reduced monthly benefits or postpone claiming to receive greater benefits becomes critical.

An unmarried person may someday have a huge need for long term care insurance. If there are no adult children or spouse around to serve as caretakers in the event of a debilitating mental or physical breakdown, an unmarried individual may eventually become destitute from costs linked to that sad consequence. LTC coverage is growing more expensive and fewer carriers are offering it these days, so many married baby boomers are wondering if it is really worth the expense; in the case of a single, unmarried baby boomer retiring solo, it may be.

Housing is often the largest expense for the unmarried. In an ideal world, a single adult could pay half of the monthly housing expense of a married couple. That seldom happens. Relatively speaking, housing costs usually consume much more of a sole individual’s income than the income of a couple. This is true even early in life: according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, married folks in their late twenties spend $7,200 per person less on housing expenses annually. So a single person would do well to find ways to cut down housing expenses, as this frees up more money that can be potentially assigned to retirement saving.

Saving when single presents distinct challenges. In fact, saving for retirement (or any other financial goal) as a single, unmarried person is often more challenging than it is for a married couple – especially in light of the fact that spouses are given some distinct federal tax advantages. Still, the effort must be made. Start as early as you can, and save consistently.

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Preparing For Retirement

Two-thirds of us have no financial plan.

Only 48% of Americans believe they are saving sufficiently. And 30% feel that they are not even slightly confident about the amount they are saving for retirement. That finding comes from a recent Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (the survey collected data from 2,017 U.S. adults.)

Only 40% of us keep a regular budget. If you are one of those two out of five Americans, you’re on the right track. While this percentage is on par with findings dating back to 2007, the study also finds that only 29% of Americans are saving any part of their annual income towards retirement.

Relatively few seek the help of a financial professional. When asked “Considering what I already know about personal finance, I could still benefit from some advice and answers to everyday financial questions from a professional,” 75% of respondents agreed with the statement. Yet only 12% indicated that they would seek out the help of some sort of financial professional if they had “financial problems related to debt.” 

While it isn’t surprising to think that 25% of respondents would turn to friends and family, it may be alarming to learn that 18% would choose to turn to no one at all.

Why don’t more people seek help? After all, Americans of all incomes and savings levels certainly are free to set financial goals. They may feel embarrassed about speaking to a stranger about personal financial issues. It may also be the case that they feel that they don’t make enough money to speak to a professional, that a financial professional is something that millionaires and billionaires have, not the average American worker. 

Another possibility is that they feel that they have a good handle on their financial future; they have a budget and stick to it, they save in an IRA (like a quarter of Americans), or a 401(k) (nearly three out of ten Americans), and many use other investments (30%, according to the survey). But that 75% admission above indicates that a vast majority of Americans are not as confident.

Defined goals lead to definite plans. If you set financial objectives and plan for them, you vault ahead of most Americans – at least according to these findings. 

A written financial plan does not imply or guarantee wealth, of course; nor does it ensure that you will reach your goals. Yet that financial plan does give you an understanding of the distance between your current financial situation (where you are) and where you want to be.

How much planning have you done? Retiring without a financial plan is an enormous risk; retiring with a financial plan that hasn’t been reviewed in several years is equally questionable. A relationship with a financial advisor can help to bring you up to date about what you need to do, and provide you with more clarity and confidence when it comes to your financial future.

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Should You Take A Lump Sum Or Monthly Payout With Your Pension?


A new phrase has made its way into the contemporary financial jargon: derisking. Anyone who holds assets in a traditional pension plan should know the meaning of this phrase.

The derisking trend began in 2012. In 2012, Ford Motor Co. made a controversial offer to its retirees and ex-employees: it asked them if they wanted to take their pensions as lump sums rather than monthly payments. Essentially, Ford realized it could potentially owe their former employees more than their pension plan could pay out. The move was clearly motivated by preserving the bottom line, and other corporations quickly imitated it.

If you work for a major employer that sponsors a pension plan, you may soon face this choice if you haven’t already. By handing over longstanding pension liabilities to a third party (i.e., a major insurance company), the pension plan sponsor unloads a risky financial obligation.

In theory, retired employees tended this kind of offer gain added flexibility when it comes to their pension: a lot of money now, or monthly payments from the insurer for years to come. Does the lump sum constitute a sweet deal for the retiree? Not necessarily.

If you are offered a lump sum pension payment, should you accept it? Making this kind of pension decision is akin to deciding when to claim Social Security – you’ve got to look at many variables beforehand. Which choice you make today will likely be irrevocable.

What’s the case for rejecting a lump sum offer? You can express it in three words: lifetime income stream. Do you really want to forego decades of scheduled pension payments to take (potentially) less money now? You could possibly create an income stream off of the lump sum, of course – but why jump through all of those hoops if you’re planning to receive monthly payouts to begin with?

As American longevity is increasing, you may spend 20, 30, or even 40 years in retirement. If you are risk-averse and healthy, turning down decades of consistent income may have little appeal. Furthermore, if you are female you statistically have a good chance of living well into your nineties – and an income stream intended to last as long as you do sounds pretty nice, right? If you are single or your spouse has very little in the way of assets, this also reinforces the argument for maintaining a lifelong payment stream.

Also, perhaps you just like the way things are going. If you don’t want the responsibility that goes with reinvesting a huge sum of money, you aren’t alone.

What’s the argument for taking a lump sum? Sometimes a salaried retiree is in poor health or facing money problems. If this is your situation, then it may make sense to claim more of your pension dollars now.

On the other hand, you may elect to take the lump sum out of opportunity. You may base your choice on timing rather than time.

If you want to build more retirement savings, taking the lump sum might be essential. Pension payments are rarely inflation-adjusted; maybe you would like to invest your pension money so it can potentially grow and compound for more years before being withdrawn. Maybe your spouse gets significant pension income, or you are so affluent that the pension income you get is nice but not necessary; if so, perhaps you want to redirect that lump sum toward some other financial objective. Maybe you don’t want regular income payments this year or next because that money would put you into a higher tax bracket.

The key is to avoid taking possession of the lump sum yourself. If you do that, your former employer has to withhold 20% of the lump sum (per IRS regulations) and you risk creating a taxable event. Instead, you may want to arrange a direct rollover, or trustee-to-trustee transfer, of the assets to avoid withholding and a giant tax bill. Through this move, the funds can be transferred to an IRA for reinvestment. In most cases, it is required to leave your job (i.e., retire) before you can begin to roll money out of your pension plan.

Consult a financial professional about your options. If you do feel you should take the lump sum, talk to someone before you make your move. If the move makes sense, that professional may offer to help you invest the money in a way that makes sense for your near-term and long-term objectives, your risk tolerance, your estate and your income taxes. If you feel monthly payments from the usual joint-and-survivor pension might be the better choice, ask if some model scenarios might be presented for you.  I’m happy to offer guidance to help you make informed decisions regarding your situation. Contact my office today to setup a complimentary 30-minute financial strategy session so you can truly understand the value of my services before making any decisions. Click here or call 941-284-0097 for more information.

How Finance Coaching Gets Results

A common myth is that financial coaching is only for people looking to make boatloads of money. Not everyone wants to be a billionaire, and that’s okay. Financial coaching isn’t just for those looking to make a fortune, it’s also for those looking to streamline the inefficiencies in their financial planning to live their life more comfortably and sustainably.

Financial coaching provides four essential keys to achieving your money goals in one convenient package:

  1. Access to the resources you need without falling into an information overload.
  2. A personalized financial plan based on your unique talents, skills and resources to guide your objectives and goals.
  3. An efficient support system to hold you accountable and allow you to implement your financial plan consistently to fruition.
  4. Achieving personal growth to overcome the obstacles which inhibit you from achieving your financial goals.

Financial coaching is like a four-legged table. When all four legs are securely in place, your financial table is strong and stable.

Unfortunately, most people live with short, loose or missing table legs.

This results in a lackluster, second-rate, make-it-up-as-I-go-along plan, as proven by the statistics showing how few people actually achieve their financial goals.

If you want a different result, then financial coaching can help by strengthening each leg under your table so that you have a stable foundation for building wealth, regardless of your desired amount. It’s just that simple.

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