Employee Management

Finding the right approach to staffing

Asking these questions may help you assess potential approaches for tackling business labor needs.

Published: May 06, 2019
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Finding the right approach to staffing

Asking these questions may help you assess potential approaches for tackling business labor needs.

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What do you need resources for? Short Term Projects Contractors might be a good short-term solution for busy seasons, single projects, or bringing in a specialized skillset. They rarely sign on expecting full-time benefits, which may help your bottom line. However, you should craft a strong contract cementing the position's duration, responsibilities, and compensation.

What do you need resources for? Long-term responsibilities What best describes your business goals for the next five years? Expanding into new markets or offerings Do your current employees have the right expertise (or potential to learn it) for these new initiatives? Yes Existing employees likely will have shorter learning curves than external hires, leading to quicker ROI. Consider reorganizing positions and departments to meet the needs of new projects and boost profitability.

Do your current employees have the right expertise (or potential to learn it) for these new initiatives? No Has your business recently opened a new location or launched a new project? Yes Shifts in offerings, arrangements, or target customers might mean it's time to re-evaluate your staff setup. Before you add someone, see if productivity may benefit from location-specific or product-specific teams, or if you should group departments together.

Has your business recently opened a new location or launched a new project? No Your existing approach to staffing may still be viable. But do it thoughtfully: Before advertising a job, nail down the skills you're looking for, who they will report to, and the position level to ensure you're searching for the right candidate. Otherwise, a long recruitment period or fast departure after hiring can cost you.

What best describes your business goals for the next five years? Increasing efficiencies and profits Has your business recently opened a new location or launched a new project? Yes Shifts in offerings, arrangements, or target customers might mean it's time to re-evaluate your staff setup. Before you add someone, see if productivity may benefit from location-specific or product-specific teams, or if you should group departments together.

Has your business recently opened a new location or launched a new project? No Your existing approach to staffing may still be viable. But do it thoughtfully: Before advertising a job, nail down the skills you're looking for, who they will report to, and the position level to ensure you're searching for the right candidate. Otherwise, a long recruitment period or fast departure after hiring can cost you.

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