Even in a time of technology and automation, people remain crucial to meeting any company's production objectives.
Even in a time of technology and automation, people remain crucial to meeting any company's production objectives. Though it likely goes without saying, improving the processes and systems used to manage employees directly affect an organization’s ability to produce its goods and services.
Consider these three workforce management tips to promote productivity in your workplace.
Three Workforce Tips that Promote Productivity
Tip #1: Hire and Retain Talent
Having the right employees in the right positions within an organization means that a job is performed more efficiently and effectively. Therefore, hiring and retaining a talented workforce is a must when promoting company productivity.
In the recent past, the hiring process could be as simple as surfing job boards and submitting resumes. But today, in what is arguably a job-seeker’s market, it takes more to acquire and retain the workforce an organization needs to be successful.
Increasingly, hiring professionals and Human Resources departments should invest in talent acquisition techniques including developing talent networking funnels with educational institutions and branding company culture across social media platforms.
Additionally, because many job-seekers have multiple employment options, companies should use retention tactics such as improving company culture and atmosphere, creating opportunities for employee feedback, offering benefits like flex time off, and providing growth opportunities to keep talent engaged long term.
Tip #2: Predict and Prepare
Since one of the biggest drags on productivity can be job vacancies, Human Resources and hiring professionals should learn to plan for company changes and growth to prevent lags in productivity of the workforce, both in part and as a whole.
Not only should an organization have a solid business plan established to support its product, it should also have a solid plan to support its workforce. Having a comprehensive understanding of each department and its staffing strengths and challenges will be essential to accurately predicting and meeting the needs of the workforce in its entirety over time.
Also, organizations should develop a method to monitor individual employees and their strengths and challenges to identify opportunities to support their individual advancement - both as a means of retaining talented employees, but also as a strategy for identifying positions in which they may be most productive in the future.
Tip #3: Leverage Technology and Third Party Service Providers
Finally, and especially in smaller organizations that may not have access to extensive HR resources, leveraging technological tools and the professional expertise of third party service providers can improve productivity by streamlining employee management processes and systems.
For example, applicant tracking systems can support the talent acquisition process from recruitment to onboarding and employment. Tools that integrate with third party service providers like those that perform background checks will further simplify processes.
Other integrations or third party providers can support payroll, benefits, timekeeping, attendance and scheduling, performance management, employee self-services, and administrative tasks for HR.
Improving the management of your workforce can be improved by hiring talented individuals, planning for growth, and using technology and services that are available to organizations today.
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