Create a Strategic Staffing Plan to Improve Your Process
If you want to build a shed, what do you have to consider? Materials and how to get the best quality for your time and available money. What type you want to build. How long it may take to build it and how much time you have. How the shed will fit in your yard in terms of space and proximity to your house. How building that shed will help you in the future. If you’re an organized person, you know to ask those who have more knowledge than you do in regard to shed building, and you make a plan to get this job done right. Similarly, when considering your hiring needs, having a strategic staffing plan can save you time, money, and stress in finding the right candidate.
Once you have a plan in place, you can take a proactive, rather than a reactive approach to any necessary expansion or trimming back of your workforce, as well as any sudden changes that come along. To put together the basics:
- Talk to your managers about daily/weekly/extended staffing needs and requirements.
- Look at your current staff. What skills do they have that currently help you meet your objectives?
- Anticipate future workforce needs by looking at your current staff and adding in known factors (previous demands, attrition, current openings, etc.) and unknown factors (termination, transfers, etc.)
- Create a demand plan: What employees will you need for specific future objectives?
- Look at the gaps: This is where you may need contract or temporary staffing to help out, or you may consider outsourcing as needed.
As an additional solution, working with a qualified staffing firm can help you accomplish all of those objectives. When you have a strategic staffing plan in place, rather than simply filling empty positions, you are looking to see how potential employees will fit in with the culture of the company, become part of the team as a whole, and advance your company in terms of productivity, profitability, and presence over the long term. Or, on the other hand, a clear plan and a solid staffing firm can also help you figure out where you need temporary employees to cut down on expenses and overhead. A staffing firm who knows your needs can help find quality staff whom you may even hire permanently later if positions open up.
With a strategic plan in place, you will have accounted for your short- and long-term staffing needs, the costs you need to consider, and the productivity you’re looking for. Using a staffing firm helps you defray the risks of hiring someone not entirely right for the job, which leads back to that stress, wasted time, and wasted money. Also consider hiring just one firm to create a relationship in which they are familiar with you and your needs; they can then work with you on your plan to see who will fit best. You also gain the competitive advantage by carefully finding the best workers to train and help grow, which in turn advances your company.
For more tips or to discuss your hiring strategy, reach out to our expert Miami recruiting team at Creative Staffing today!