When your company faces serious workforce challenges (chronic turnover, high overhead, constantly changing production levels, impossible deadlines), you need a serious strategy to effectively address them.
Hiring may not be the first thing you think about when times are tight. But it ought to be.
Mind you, we’re not talking about creating and filling new jobs. We’re talking about employing the full range of staffing solutions at your disposal to ensure that you have the right person at the right time to carry out just the right task.
We’re talking about strategic staffing.
Strategic staffing ensures that your employees have the skills that will best benefit your company—and that you are not paying for skills you don’t need.
Strategic staffing ensures that you can tap a full and effective workforce when demand for what you do is up—and not have to pay for idle employees when demand is down.
Strategic staffing ensures that you don’t rush to fill vacancies before you’ve thoroughly assessed the reasons for turnover, and the effectiveness of the position.
Strategic staffing gives you the confidence to move your company into new areas and capitalize on new opportunities, knowing that you can find the people you need to fulfill new commitments when you need them.
But in order to staff strategically, you need a plan.
1) Inventory the staff you have. Make sure you know what skills your current employees possess, and how they spend their time each day. Are they too busy? Are they underutilized? Sometimes re-assignments and re-alignments can make a huge difference.
2) Survey your current staffing challenges. Do you have periods when your employees can’t meet demand? Do you find yourself calling in temporary help in crisis management mode? Identify patterns and adjust your thinking: how can you plan ahead for these expectable needs?
3) Outline areas for growth and re-direction. Where do you hope to move your company, or your department? What opportunities for increased market share do you see on the horizon? Dream a little. Then sketch out a map of the human resources you may want to tap in future weeks, months, and years.
4) Locate your skills gaps. What could your staff do better? Sometimes staff training is in order. Or it may be as simple as bringing in temporary staff with needed skills to bring your permanent employees up to speed. Keep track of skills you lack in-house, and when an opening occurs, adjust the job description.
5) Consult the experts. Staffing experts can provide you with a link to skilled temporary labor, qualified and vetted jobseekers, and assist you in creating a long-term staffing plan that is both strategic and smart. Contact us today to learn how we have helped many Jackson businesses be more strategic in their staffing. We look forward to hearing from you!