As a hiring manager, you may always be on the lookout for quality employees to add to your organization. This is especially true if you are in an industry with typically high turnover rates or difficult to fill positions. However, over-hiring can pose problems for the organization too – leading to lack of work for all employees, low productivity, and eventual layoffs due to budget problems. This is why it’s important to take the time to analyze your real hiring needs every so often.
Before you hang the “Help Wanted” sign, take the time to know your real hiring needs, with this quick checklist.
Step 1 – Develop accurate job descriptions, salaries and requirements.
Every job changes over time, which is why you need to keep up with each job’s description of responsibilities, requirements, and salary needs. Keep your job descriptions up to date by working with front line managers and observing employees on the job periodically. This will help you maintain a focus on real needs in the organization.
Step 2 – Evaluate current workforce skills and gaps.
You are hiring for skills and knowledge, not just to add more warm bodies. Identify the key skills and keep them on board, hiring replacements only if someone leaves who has these skills. As new projects arrive that demand more skills, hire for them.
Step 3 – Identify and move the most productive employees upward.
Chances are, you already have some high performing employees on your team who are ripe for some succession planning. Give them a promotion and move them into next-level positons, then focus your new hiring on replacing skills at the entry level.
Step 4 – Determine short-term and long-term hiring needs.
Taking a look at current client projects and incoming projects, it’s time to break up your hiring needs into two categories. These are staffing for short term and for long term goals. Bring in temporary contractors for short-term programs, and temp to perm employees for more long term projects.
Step 5 – Create training programs to develop team skillsets.
Determining your real hiring needs most often comes down to updates in the industry that demand top skills and knowledge of new technology. This is where training comes into place. Training can be focused on immediate project needs or on long-term goals for cross training the entire organization. Hire knowledge experts to transfer their information to your current employees whenever possible.
Step 6 – Partner with a staffing agency to maintain the candidate pipeline.
Your staffing agency can be a great source of support when it comes to hiring only for real needs. It is a more flexible option, with part time and full time employment options, short and long-term contracts, and many of the hiring costs are handled upfront by the agency. This maintains the right skills for your organization with a never-ending supply of pre-screened candidates.
If you follow the above tips, you can ensure that your company will be in better tune with actual hiring needs.