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Strategic plan necessary when navigating employment needs

Midlands Business Journal – January 22, 2014

The strategy for finding suitable employees can be challenging. Several Questions should be answered before developing a strategies staffing plan, said Christ Carlson-Dennell, managing director of Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. Innovation and customer satisfaction is critical to business. Consider how frequently new solutions, methods, technologies, or workflow enhancements are embraced or implemented, she said. Look at whether the company has the talent and competencies to meet objectives and deadlines. Consider whether employees are complaining about work conditions or workload. “Many companies have invested significant dollars in professional development, team building culture rallies, improved health insurance benefits, added vacation, flexibility in working hours, and remote access to help retain and promote employee referral bonuses,” Carlson-Dennell said. “It takes a village to build a strong team. Some companies have worked hard on their employer brand and culture, which attracts and retains talent, she said. That said, the unemployment rate is so low and the supply of skilled workers does not meet the demand. “Our local market is experiencing some talent entering the job market due to layoffs or future layoffs. However, matching competencies, experience, talents, compensation and career aspirations to organizations’ vision, mission, career opportunities and ultimately culture is an art, not a science,” she said. The obvious factor to consider when determining staffing needs are revenue inventories and cash flow, Carlson-Dennell said. Staffing needs, however, require more elusive and complicated analysis beyond the numbers.

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