Strategic Staffing

A Comprehensive System for Effective Workforce Planning

 Strategic Staffing

Author: Thomas P. Bechet
Pub Date: May 2008
Print Edition: $35.00
Print ISBN: 9780814433010
Page Count: 352
Format: Paper or Softback
Edition: Second Edition
e-Book ISBN: 9780814412824

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Most organizations state some version of the philosophy that “our people are our most important asset.” But surprisingly few companies actually incorporate strategy into their staffing initiatives, or vice versa. Given that organizations are the sums of their people, a company whose business strategy does not view workforce planning as a direct driver of success is merely paying lip service to a tired mantra. Worse, that company is likely wasting a lot of money, time, and effort on staffing initiatives that focus on filling positions instead of complementing business objectives.

Strategic Staffing presents a proven, repeatable, start-to-finish system for transforming the way your company identifies and meets its staffing needs. This is not a book about how to put great talent in specific jobs, but rather a comprehensive guide to designing integral talent strategies that are part and parcel of how your company makes money.

Staffing is not just hiring people; it’s anything that relates to getting people into, around, and/or out of an organization in a planned way. Staff planning then includes hiring, retaining, moving, or letting go employees, or any combination, and by planning your moves in relation to a given period (say, a fiscal year) or a business milestone (e.g., when the Denver office opens), you’ve taken them out of the HR vacuum and into the dynamic of your business.

As you look at potential alignments between business objectives and staffing initiatives, you’ll use Bechet’s detailed numeric models to figure out exactly how many people you’ll need, in what roles, over the course of the initiative, and to determine when and where to fill gaps or eliminate surpluses. His step-by-step examples and the finished, specific staffing plans that result offer eye-opening proof that “people issues” can (and must) be quantified. Project summaries and three detailed case studies illustrate how real organizations developed and used strategic approaches to address their own staffing issues.

Remember, developing the right strategic staffing process won’t help if that process is implemented incorrectly. The basis for effective implementation is the context in which your workforce planning takes place. Strategic Staffing gives you a detailed framework in which to place and develop staffing initiatives, and a powerful diagnostic sequence with which to determine the ideal implementation for your company’s specific needs. You’ll also get:

• A detailed and clear form for evaluating your current staffing processes and finding opportunities to improve or adapt them.

• Ideas for bringing line managers into the strategic staffing process, and an interview guide for defining staffing issues and requirements.

• Specific explanations for structuring your human resources department to optimally support strategic staffing.

• Suggestions for what to include on a strategic staffing website, a powerful resource that employees can access through your company’s intranet.

Strategic Staffing also has a companion website featuring spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and other invaluable tools to use in creating, modifying, implementing, and maintaining your workforce planning strategy.

So don’t let your company simply “talk the talk” about the value of people. Quantify it, maximize it, and leverage it toward substantial and sustained growth with Strategic Staffing.

Thomas P. Bechet is the founder and principal of Bechet Consulting, which helps client companies develop and execute workforce planning strategies. He was previously a partner with the Walker Group and spent eight years with Towers Perrin and its general management consulting division, Cresap. He has served as chairman and as a member of the board of directors of the Professional Development Committee of the Human Resource Planning Society. He teaches in the University of Michigan’s Executive Education program.

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