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So You're Ready to Hire - Now What?
RealClearMarkets ^ | 03/01/2011 | Lisa Herschman

Posted on 03/01/2011 7:25:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Even with unemployment still near 9 percent, prospects are looking up for American firms. S&P 500 companies are reporting cash supplies that are nearly 50 percent higher than three years ago. A recent survey of chief financial officers by the Zicklin School of Business found 64 percent of respondents plan to add employees in the next six months, up from 56 percent last quarter.

As the economy slowly starts to recover from the recession and companies sitting on cash decide to invest, often they turn to their greatest asset: personnel. Human resources managers are now in a position to re-hire and, in doing so, restructure their employee base and strengthen their companies' futures. But what does a company need to keep in mind as it begins hiring after a long period of inactivity, or worse, layoffs?

A common mistake organizations make is to re-hire for the same positions that were eliminated during tough times. Doing this would forfeit a perfect opportunity to redefine target results, redesign work, realign measures of success and hire accordingly. A few questions all hiring managers should ask before they begin are:

What are the needs of the customers? What are the needs of the business? What are the necessary - not traditional - steps to meet the needs? What are the appropriate measures for the results and the work? Only when these questions have been answered should people be hired to fill new or returning positions.

Following a "first results, then work, then people" design approach allows companies to think more strategically and change their hiring practices. Instead of focusing on experience or education, they should hire for attitude and aptitude, then teach the necessary skills for the specific job. It's akin to drafting an athlete for his athletic ability, then teaching him the game.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: employment; hiring; jobs

1 posted on 03/01/2011 7:25:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Following a "first results, then work, then people" design approach...

I am bit confused. How do your get/measure results without someone (people) doing their job (work)?

2 posted on 03/01/2011 8:10:52 AM PST by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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