Most of us know what it's like to arrive home starving, without any thought as to what will be served for dinner. We open the fridge hoping to find something to eat, and then realize that we can't make a meal out of a Diet Coke and a jar of mayo. We close the door, disappointed, and promise ourselves this won't happen again. Of course the same thing happens the following week because we fail to plan for the inevitable.
I see the same thing happening in businesses. Companies have been running lean throughout the recession, and many are beginning to show signs of a spring awakening. They know they must hire to handle the uptick in business, yet few are taking the necessary steps now to effectively meet their staffing needs. Here's what you need to do today so that you don't find out tomorrow that it's too late.
Workforce planning 101
Look at your current workforce and begin to identify areas where staffing will be needed. Estimate the date you'll need to have these people on board so you can determine when you'll need to begin the search. For example, if it looks like you will be hiring a director of marketing in the third quarter, then you'll want to get moving on this position today, as it will take a good three months (and probably more) to hire this person.
Make an appointment to have some work done
The recession has caused many companies to age prematurely. Businesses have had to forego daily maintenance in order to survive. This is the time to take a fresh look at your organization. Does your website look dated? Has anyone refreshed the career section of your website to reflect what today's candidates are seeking from employers?
Creating the type of employment brand that resonates with today's job seekers won't happen overnight. It's also going to take time to find a partner who has expertise in this area. Keep in mind that you aren't the only one looking to have some work done. Call today to reserve your place at the front of the line.
Accelerate your staff's ability to hire
If it's been a while since you last hired, then you might want to consider providing a refresher course on interviewing for those who will be involved in the hiring process. This investment will dramatically reduce the amount of time your lean staff spends on the hiring process and will significantly increase your company's ability to bring in the talent needed to move your business forward.
Make sure you back door is sealed
It can be overwhelming to think about all the work that needs to be done prior to hiring staff for your organization. Don't make the mistake many businesses make of focusing solely on the hiring and giving little thought to those they can least afford to lose. Equal effort should be spent on retaining people to avoid winding up in a situation where recruiting becomes your full-time job.
Now is the time to take action for those who are considering hiring staff this year. Don't wait until tomorrow or you may find that all the planning in the world won't get you where you need to be today.
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