If your business runs like many, the strategic staffing plan you so carefully outlined in the closing days of 2015 may now find itself at the bottom of a stack of papers on your desk. It may have slipped your mind as you tackled the day-to-day challenge of keeping your business growing and your team motivated.
But the end of the first quarter is a great time to check in.
Ask the following questions:
- Where did we plan to be by now? Review your staffing plan. Where did you plan to be by the end of the first quarter of 2016? How well have you met those goals? Note where you achieved what’s on the plan and the places you haven’t (as well as any places in which you dramatically exceeded the plan’s expectations!).
- Is it working? Perhaps you planned to add two new people to your IT staff by the end of the first quarter, and you have. Now, take a moment to evaluate how well reaching that goal has worked for your business. Sure, you added two new people to the team – but are they fitting in well? Was the onboarding process smooth? Are you happy with the amount of time it took to find and choose those candidates?
- Why did we fall short (or exceed expectations)? Why didn’t you land “on target”? What has the effect been? Decide whether you need to change to meet the set goals for the rest of the year, or if the goals need to change because they aren’t matching the reality of your day-to-day work.
- Have I talked to my recruiter lately? Finally, use this time to touch base with your recruiter. Your staffing partner can help you adjust the plan or find ways to ensure you’re meeting your goals.
Frequently evaluating your staffing plans and outcomes will help to ensure that you are on track.
At TERRA Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you meet your staffing goals and ensure you find the best people available when you need them.