Time flies when you’re focusing on your business. Soon 2014 will be over and 2015 will be here. With just over sixty days until the new year, your organization has time to create a strategic staffing plan that will prepare you for success in 2015 – but only if you start now.
Who Needs a Strategic Staffing Plan?
A strategic staffing plan examines your organization’s goals for the coming year or years. It helps you determine what talent you may need to bring on board, identify staff members who may retire and need replacement, and pinpoint the most likely places in your organization in which new roles will need to be created. It helps you decide who you will need to hire, when, and how.
With a strategic staffing plan in place, your hiring managers can do what they do best. When it comes time to hire new staff, you’ll know who you’re looking for and what skills they must have – making hiring managers’ jobs easier.
Steps to Creating a Strategic Staffing Plan
When creating a strategic staffing plan, keep these steps in mind:
- Define your goals. What will the company need to accomplish in the next year? What critical staffing issues arise in relation to these goals?
- Know who you need. Do you currently have “skills gaps” among your staff members? What departments or issues are understaffed, with productivity or quality suffering as a result? Think about what the organization needs to accomplish in 2015 to decide who you’ll need to meet those goals.
- Consider staffing strategies. When you know what skills you’ll need, in what areas, and when, think about how you might best meet those needs. A specific, specialized project might be best staffed with temporary workers who possess niche or expert knowledge, while an area of long-term growth might need permanent staff members.
Strategic Staffing: Where Should We Start?
If you’re not sure where to begin the strategic staffing process or you just want expert help, contact your staffing partner. Staffing firms specialize in knowing the industries they serve and the available talent in your area. They’ll be able to help you create a plan and anticipate likely changes in the hiring market in the year to come.
At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our experienced staffing partners specialize in helping companies plan for their staffing needs now and in the future. Contact us today to start talking about strategic staffing for 2015!