Yes, Best practices are harming your business. The reasoning is simple – they are someone else’s success story and not yours. Just because another business was successful with whatever you are copying doesn’t mean you will be. This is especially true if you are using someone else Best Practice to solve your Recruiting and Retention problems. In simple point of fact, you probably won’t be. So what can you do instead of copying what someone else is doing?
The ability to measure the success of your Workforce Plan depends on overcoming one of the 3-Challenges. That challenge is perception. Most businesses in America, even those that refer to their employees as their most valuable asset, see the workforce as a cost to be managed. Measuring the success of your workforce plan means changing that perception to one of seeing the workforce as the primary means of business growth and success. In other words, like any asset, you must care for it in a way that makes it maximize its potential. That is what we are doing here as we Measure the Workforce Plan to Ensure Maximum Potential.
Here is how…
In our second article in the Workforce Planning series, we discuss Why Do Organizations Need Workforce Planning? Workforce Planning is the way highly effective leaders ensure they have a sustainable supply of the right talent, available at the right place and time, to meet their short- and long-term business objectives. It provides them an action plan that helps meet their long-term goals to maintain long-term success. It’s an ongoing process that allows them to prepare to lead their company into the future successfully.
If your business is like many businesses, you have strategy’s in place that focuses on:
Brands, and so on
What you may not have is a strategy that focuses on what most businesses call their most valuable asset; your workforce. Few businesses are as meaningful in their strategies for their most costly resource; the workforce.
What does all that mean? Well, read on…
Recruiting today’s workforce has challenges few have experienced before. Businesses claim they are doing all they can to recruit in these very competitive times. All of them are doing the same. Those who dare to be different can not only win the battle for talent today but also win the long term battle for talent. It requires business leaders to get outside their comfort zones, open their minds and consider other methods with lasting effect. In short, it requires new ways of thinking. Recruiting is hard because you are doing the same thing as everyone else.
What more can you do?
Almost every business in the US is experiencing recruiting challenges. We are turning down work because we’ve overworked our employees and they can do no more. Many of us are still receiving applications from people but are lamenting that they aren’t good applicants. As a result, we don’t have the workers we need to do the work. One key reason for this is your biases.
How do biases apply to recruiting?