Staffing the right employees is essential to a company’s success. However, employees are a big investment in themselves – an investment on which you will want to see a discernible return. Despite this, an alarming number of businesses do not currently have a recruitment plan in effect. You would never forego your company’s financial plan, would you? Of course you wouldn’t; so why would you omit something equally as vital to your business’s success? Below, we have compiled a list of guidelines in order to set a successful strategic staffing plan in place for your company.
Return to your original business plan. Then, ask yourself what staffing changes do you need to achieve your goals for growth and progress? Oftentimes, you will find you need a committed workforce to reach these goals, which requires the commitment of the company to the employees. According to SHRM, “The staffing plan should be used to identify not only head count additions and reductions but also the different skills and knowledge that might be needed. Staffing plans may encompass employees, contractors, consultants or other experts. In essence, the steps used in developing a staffing plan help HR professionals ask the right questions to come to a clear understanding of the current state, the desired future state of the function and how to get there.”
- Include strategies for career development and advancement. Consider posting jobs and programs internally.
- Be open minded. Consider alternative working arrangements including telecommuting a day or two per week or separate summertime hours for employees who may thrive in a nontraditional work environment.
- Build a recruitment plan to attract the kinds of employees your company needs. Consider partnering with applicable colleges or universities.
- Include existing employees in the selection process. Consider integrating employee referral programs or peer reviews of quality candidates.
- Develop a technique for decentralizing staffing. Allow your managers the tools and ability to staff their own divisions.
Keep in mind that staffing is an ongoing and evolving process. Therefore, you should revisit your plan periodically to rework, edit, and update so you always have a strategic staffing process in place. Still need some guidance polishing your staffing plan, or don’t know where to start? Contact Staffers today! We specialize in administrative staffing, and our recruiters are experts in meeting of companies in the Jackson metro area.