Considering Partnering with an MSP? Four Things to Keep in Mind When Picking One

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in. You need the right people in the right positions in order to be successful. And if you have fluctuating staffing needs and rely heavily on the use of temporary workers, then a managed staffing program (MSP) could be an ideal solution for you.

An MSP from a reputable provider will not only give you access to the people you need, where and when you need them, but it will also manage the entire process for you – from sourcing and hiring to timekeeping and payroll. The question is: how do you find an MSP that’s right for you? During your quest, keep these four things in mind:

First impressions.

How did you feel when you first met the MSP company representative? Do you want the people you met to represent you and your company? Did they seem credible? Remember, first and foremost, managed staffing providers are employers. Their management practices greatly impact the quality of the employees they will send your way. Therefore, you want to ensure you’re dealing with a competent and professional organization.

Enthusiasm level.

Did the representative seem excited to meet you? Were you made to feel welcomed and important? Did you walk away feeling like the company would work hard on your behalf? People who don’t enjoy what they do are not going to work hard or deliver exceptional results. So if those you met seemed less than passionate about staffing, you need to keep looking for another managed staffing program.
Recruitment efforts.

Get the details on how the MSP recruits candidates. For instance, do they rely on active or passive techniques? What kind of database do they maintain? Will their compensation and benefits attract the kind of talent you need?

Screening and testing.

You want to ensure the MSP you choose effectively vets the candidates they place at your facility. That’s why it’s important to ask them about how they screen and test their candidates. For instance, find out if they give employees skills tests and train them on proper business etiquette. Ensuring the MSP follows these practices will provide you with the best experience possible.


A reputable MSP can be an important asset for your business. And a little investigation and observation beforehand can ensure you choose the right one for your needs.

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If you have questions, or are ready to implement MSP staffing, give CSSvSource a call. As an experienced managed staffing company, we can take care of talent recruitment, vendor management, quality assurance, compliance, payroll and reporting. Contact us today to get started or learn more.