Throughout the life of any business, staffing needs change. There will be ebb and flow for any organization, depending on the market and how a company is equipped to ride out economic downturns. A company must also ensure it has the proper staffing to cover its daily operations and customer service needs. When companies need to hire a new employee, there are some important factors to consider in order to help their process simpler and to help stay on track for long-term goals.
Honestly and thoroughly assess staffing needs
Ideally, job responsibilities can reasonably be absorbed by a member of your current staff. It’s important, however, not to overload loyal staff to the point where they will feel overwhelmed or unappreciated. A company should do its best to properly compensate the staff members who will be taking on additional responsibilities on top of their original job description, as the company will be saving the cost of hiring new staff.
Create a new-hire strategy
When a company makes the decision to hire additional staff, it’s important to formulate a solid plan. Essentially, the company should determine its needs for any given position and identify the requirements and qualities it seeks in any potential candidates. It’s important as well for the company to be in compliance in matters such as United States citizenship and anti-discrimination issues.
Examine the budget to offer fair compensation
The company needs to determine the new position’s market value and offer a fair salary or wage for the position in order to attract high-caliber candidates. The company should coordinate with its accounting staff and payroll department to ensure they can offer potential candidates a competitive compensation package that includes health benefits, vacation and sick leave time, 401(k) benefits and attractive perks like tuition reimbursement.
Consider different avenues that lead to the right staffing conditions
Perhaps a company would like to go the less-traditional route of hiring an independent contractor for the position. With such a staff member, a company could bring the right person on board for a limited period of time, such as for the duration of a specific project, whether the contract lasted several weeks or months. This route would allow the company to renew the contract at will, based on the company’s need and the contractor’s availability. With this type of staffing solution, the company would not be responsible for providing health benefits and tasking the payroll department with factors that accompany the hiring of a permanent staff member. Companies may also consider working with temporary employees assigned by a local, professional firm. Doing so gives the company the opportunity to get to know the employee’s work ethic and personality organically. The decision to hire the employee away from the staffing firm would be up to the company’s discretion.
Hiring the right person for the job is a big responsibility with many considerations. Whether you are the hiring manager, member of the human resources staff or owner of the company, take the time to find the right person who will be with the company for the long haul.