Building Your Own Workforce
Despite an improving economy many companies still have difficulty finding the right candidates to fill their open positions. Many call this a “skills gap”; where positions are open, but the applicants don’t possess the skills the company requires for the position. This is not a new phenomenon but it has been a long time since our country has faced this dilemma. John Vanderkin, President of Employers Overload, may have your solution. In a recent article published in the Vancouver Business Journal, Mr. Vanderkin discusses a tried and true technique that can alleviate an employer’s frustrations and help them build the workforce they need today as well as into the future.
10 Ideas for Better Staffing Results
Great staffing results don't happen by accident. They occur when smart people, like you, invest in creating the best possible relationship with a quality staffing services firm. If you'd like to hear more praise and excitement about the temporaries your company uses, consider these 10 ideas for achieving great staffing results!
10 Strategies for Controlling Costs with Staffing
As you know, one of a Senior Decision-Maker's top priorities is managing the bottom line. And one of the best ways to do that is by controlling costs. When used strategically, staffing can control costs, which allows a Sr. DM to maximize profitability. This article illustrates how strategic staffing can help eliminate overtime cost, limit benefits expense, prevent unemployment claims, reduce HR cost, and more!
Beat the Recession By Going Back to Basics
This is not a column about gloom and doom. There's enough of that going around already. It strikes me that we have two available options… buckle with fear or be imaginative, aggressive, and fight back. The clarion call is for common sense, not panic. In football parlance, it's the fundamentals, the blocking and tackling, not the long ball.
Behavioral Hiring
Behavioral hiring is a process that assists hiring managers select people who are behaviorally suited for a particular position by analyzing both the position and the individual. Unlike traditional interviews which tend to rely far too much on a simple job description, behavioral hiring offers a more objective means to determine if a person has the right skills and personality traits to succeed in a certain job.
The Cost of Understaffing
Over the past decade, many businesses have mastered the art of doing more with less. Quality, re-engineering, and right-sizing initiatives have resulted in unparalleled gains for American business. But the long-standing mantra of running "lean and mean" is resulting in costs that few anticipated. In many instances, understaffing has become a threat—one that can jeopardize future prosperity.
Do You Need Workforce Planning?
In the late 90's, it was explosive growth and severe talent shortage, followed by economic downturn and triming staff in after the year 2000, and then again back to continued growth and challenges finding high quality talent that meet the current business demands.
The expanding role of temporary help services from 1990 to 2008
During the 1990–2008 period, employment in the temporary help services industry grew from 1.1 million to 2.3 million and came to include a larger share of workers than before in higher skill occupations; employment in this industry has been very volatile because temporary workers are easily hired when demand increases and laid off when it decreases.
Flexibility Made Easy With Strategic Staffing
Nearly every organization today is challenged to do more with less. To succeed in such an environment, flexibility is key—especially in your staffing strategy. Flexible staffing is critical for operational efficiency and adaptability. When used effectively it can help you to manage your workload, meet strategic objectives, and fill in gaps in your workforce.
The High Cost of Job Vacancies
Monday morning. One of your operations managers walks in and announces that he's leaving for the competition. Tough loss, you think.You review your financials and decide to forgo hiring a replacement. You know you can count on your remaining two operations managers to pick up the slack. Besides, your bottom line needs the boost. Good decision, right? Before you pat yourself on the back, consider the story of Looks Good, a small, direct merchant of women's clothing.
Hiring ROI
This article gives suggestions on how to gather an accurate measure of the "Return on Investment" of your hiring decisions. The article also shows how to single out pertinent hiring criteria to make better decisions in the future.
The Real Cost of Hiring Average Performers
In this article we are going to reveal just how much you stand to lose when you hire only average performers instead of top performers. You will be blown away when you see this.My hope is that it wakes you up and you say, "I've got to make sure I really do hire top performers...not just talk the talk."
Staffing for Profit
Think about it—staffing expenses are probably the biggest line item on your P&L. The more actively you manage that expense, the more profitable you can become. But, managing staffing is not just about cutting costs. It's about effectively matching your staffing resources to the challenges and opportunities your business faces. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the path to staffing for profit…
Strategic Staffing
Overview of strategic staffing services such as outsourcing and facilities management that can lead to a competitive advantage for your business.
Safety in the Workplace
This article reviews three of the hottest safety issues: ergonomics, workplace violence, and drugs in the workplace and what you can do to lower healthcare costs, reduce workers' compensation claims, and increase productivity.
Wokforce Planning: The strategy behind "strategic staffing"
A company's annual budgeting process generally requires managers to project personnel requirements for the upcoming fiscal period. Unfortunately, this task offers little value beyond influencing the short-term allocation of corporate funds. Besides narrowly focusing on a single year, needs are typically assessed in relation to the status quo.
Yet the harsh reality is that the business world is changing at a dizzying pace, and what makes sense today may not a year from now. Technology, in particular, is constantly redefining the nature of work.
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