Significant change and uncertainty are the new norm in our business environment. Is your company equipped to thrive?
Everything from a volatile global economy to proposed employment legislation changes make it more challenging than ever to predict what’s in store for the coming year (let alone the coming month). Constantly changing workloads, talent availability and local economic conditions only complicate matters. As a result, staffing strategies that worked for you in the past may not prove as effective this year.
This doesn’t mean you’re out of luck; it just means that you may need to re-examine your staffing strategy to thrive. So start 2012 off right. Consider these staffing best practices which have proven effective for corporate human resources executives across the country, courtesy of workforce.com:
- Make sure the staffing partner has an adequate balance sheet. Given the relatively low barriers to entry, it is too common to see staffing companies struggle financially.
- Be sure the staffing partner has sufficient size and financial resources to manage the contract. Sourcing 100 or more contract workers on an ongoing basis requires a very different type of staffing organization than providing two or three temps at a time.
- Visit the local office of the staffing company as part of the due-diligence process, especially for large projects, to make sure the operation meets expectations.
- Give your staffing partner feedback on all candidates that you review to help refine the recruiting strategy, and make it easier to find the best candidates.
- Be open-minded about “teachable” candidates, especially for hard-to-fill skill sets. Candidates who are a strong cultural fit and possess transferable skills are likely to succeed and thrive with some training and support.
- Provide enough training, rewards and feedback to keep temps engaged and motivated. One employer notes that small rewards—a free lunch for good performance, for example—go a long way toward winning the loyalty of temps.
- Beware of unfair negative stereotypes about the quality of temp workers. Temps can be—and often are—as qualified as full-time employees, and their skills can be equally useful.
Wood Personnel – Your Best Staffing Strategy for 2012
Comprised of highly trained human resource professionals with over 100 years of combined experience, Wood Personnel has grown to become a staffing industry leader in middle Tennessee. Through the years, we’ve developed specialties in Professional Staffing, IT Placement & Contract Staffing and Executive Search. Rest assured, we are a stable, successful partner you can trust with your all your workforce management needs – no matter how large or small.
Call Wood Personnel to schedule a 2012 workforce consultation. Together, we can identify your upcoming needs and develop a proactive, cost-effective staffing strategy that will deliver real bottom-line results.