This is the time of year that many individuals and businesses take stock of where they are, where they want to go, and how they are going to get there. Previous company policies may no longer work in the coming year for a variety of reasons and it may be time for a change. Making your policy decisions now and launching them before January 1 can help to ensure that you are ready to take on any challenges the new year will bring.
Analyze What’s Been Working And What Hasn’t
- Do you need a better way to hire?
- Does your team require more training?
- Are there changes you need to prepare for in 2015?
Create a New Hiring Process
As unemployment drops, it may get more difficult to find highly qualified candidates. Staffing strategically with temporaries can help you to manage growth and hire better. Introduce a policy of hiring on a temporary-to-hire basis for nonmanagement positions to assess potential employees on the job before making a hiring decision. You’ll improve retention and reduce your hiring risk.
Ask your management teams to assess what roles can be performed by temporaries rather than adding to your full-time head count. This policy can help to avoid under- or overstaffing in the face of fluctuating workloads.
Train Your Existing Staff
Do you have a current policy for on-the-job training? A tuition reimbursement program? Formalize your training and education policy to keep your employees challenged and up-to-date. A well-educated workforce allows you to promote from within and hire in at a lower level, which can lessen the consequences of making a bad hire.
Identify Areas For Change
What business developments can you anticipate in 2015? How will the ACA impact your business? Are there business units that will experience a downturn or uptick in business? What problematic areas have you identified throughout the year? The answers to these questions can identify the need to enact new policies in the coming year.
Handling Policy Implementation
Changes can be jarring for your employees, so do what you can to smooth the transition. Make the policy changes clear and easy to understand for your team. Create awareness so that your people have some warning as to when the policy changes will occur and what is expected of them.
For more ideas about implementing new policies for 2015 or creating more effective hiring strategies, reach out to the experienced Miami recruiting team at Creative Staffing today.