Strategy Plan One
July 22, 2012
As an entrepreneur, business owner, or manager in the public or private sector, the way you conduct hiring or staffing processes can have measurable effects on your staff and organization. Opportunities presented to internal staff in fair and transparent processes can be uplifting to staff, generate interest in the organization, and result in the recruitment of needed professionals. Poor staffing processes can be demoralizing for employees, and can have negative, long-term impacts on the development of human resources in your business.
Hiring – Human Resources Plan
Similar to business and marketing plan development, human resource management in your business would include the development of an annual human resources, staffing plan. Management, supported by information from operational units in the organization, should be able to identify human resources needs for the upcoming annual business cycle. Salary and wage budgets are an important component to the plan, along with the costs for employee development. The costs for hiring and staffing processes should be taken into consideration, especially if travel or external human resources consultants are needed for the staffing processes. Once plans and budgets have been developed, the business will be better prepared to proceed on staffing processes.
Here are some tips to improving your staffing process, staff morale, and results in your organization:
- Be fair, open and transparent to all staff on any potential opportunity or position
- Look internally first at your valued staff before seeking external sources
- Consider employee development to fulfill positions rather than external acquisitions
- Gauge employee interest in development, retention and promotion through your annual employee appraisal procedures
- Ensure employees have an opportunity to develop a learning and development plan, and that you as the employer can support employee developmental initiatives
Hiring Through Job Postings, Job Advertisements
A clear and concise employment posting must be developed, to make sure all applicants understand who can apply, how to apply and what must be completed in the process. Here are some details that could be included in a job posting:
- Job title, classification, details
- Job roles, responsibilities and duties
- Application requirement details (resume, cover letter, test, interview, reference checks)
- Application deadline
- Who the job will be open to (ie: internal, external, certain levels, professions)
- Where the job will be located
- Duration of position
- Essential job criteria (applicant must meet these criteria)
- Asset job criteria (applicant scores bonus points for these “great to have” additional skills, traits)
- Other competencies (ie: leadership competencies)
- Conditions of employment (ie: travel, OT where necessary)
- Language requirements
- Employment equity considerations, and
- Contact for questions, concerns, and who to send the application to
Staffing Process – Time Frames
Be cognizant that adequate time frame will be required for staffing processes. Management of time will be essential to develop the time frames around the process, the assessment tools and development of the job criteria. You must allow time frames for the applicants to apply, be tested, be interviewed and for the reference checks. If through your human resource planning you have determined potential start dates for employees, then you will have an idea on the time frame to initiate the hiring process. Don’t procrastinate on staffing processes or you may find yourself hiring and starting the successful candidate later than was actually needed.
Hiring – Short Term Solutions or Alternatives
If staffing processes can’t meet your immediate needs, you may have to consider acquiring the help or expertise externally through short-term contracting. Contracting gives you the ability to acquire human resources in a potential shorter time frame, with more controls with terms and conditions within a contract. Ensure that your explore contracting a short-term solution.
Partnering companies in your field may be able to complete a human resources exchange with you. Partnerships are beneficial as the parties can come to an agreement over the sharing of resources, so short-term staffing may be accomplished through your partnership arrangements.
Developing and maintaining high standards in your hiring practices will result in the best retention, development and recruitment of human resources. Make the “Best Employers to Work For” list, internally and from an external perspective.
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