Staffing is an important part of any organization. The staff that makes up an organization impacts its performance and success in countless ways. Having a comprehensive staffing plan for your organization will help you meet your business goals or even surpass them. How good is your staffing plan?

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you evaluate your organization’s staffing plan and discover ways to improve it.

Will your current staff and planned hiring enable you to complete planned projects and produce sufficient volume of goods and services?

An understaffed organization is an underperforming one. After you have boosted efficiency as much as you can, hiring adequately is the only way to reach business goals.

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Have you planned for vacation coverage, sick days, and holidays (either holiday pay or time away from productive activity)?

Expecting co-workers to pick up the slack for vacationing or sick colleagues is unrealistic and will lead to lower morale and productivity over the long run. Plan for substitute or temporary staff to fill gaps even before you actually need them so you will be well prepared to sustain productivity during vacations and illnesses.

How scalable is your staffing plan, if your business should expand (or decrease) significantly?

Scalability allows an organization to respond quickly to volume changes, both higher and lower volume. Making your staffing plan scalable makes your business more responsive and agile and can have a direct impact on profitability whether volume increases or decreases.

Are your recruiting and hiring processes transparent so that department heads and leaders understand your methodology and can support it?

Your hiring processes should not be a mystery to company leadership. Transparency is important and needed for proper functioning of the organization as a whole.

Does your plan extend beyond onboarding into career pathing to encourage longer retention and support employee career goals?

Companies that do not explore career pathing and continuing education with their employees risk losing them sooner, since some will decide to advance their careers with another opportunity if they do not see a career path within your organization.

Do you take time to collect and evaluate data to gauge strengths and weaknesses, making adjustments where appropriate?

Data analytics can inform hiring practices and improve your staffing plan by showing you how your plan is working now and how to make it better in the future. There are many tools for gathering and analyzing data that organizations can use to make this process simpler.

Are your staffing reports clearly presented and easy to understand? 

Staffing reports are important for leadership to understand your strategy and how it is working. Accomplishing your goals is important; leadership will want to see that reflected in your staffing reports. ThriveTRM supports robust staffing reports at all stages of the recruiting and hiring process including career pathing efforts. Schedule a demo to explore how ThriveTRM can help you create and maintain a comprehensive staffing plan.

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