It’s hard to believe, but 2018 is coming to a close. The busy holiday season will make the next few weeks go by in a flash, so now is the time to start thinking about your 2019 staffing strategy.

Preparing in advance will ensure you don’t have to scramble at the beginning of January. Get the new year off to a strong start by using this advice to develop a plan of action.

4 Tips to Develop Your 2019 Staffing Strategy

Conduct a Strategic Staffing Audit for 2018

It’s hard to move forward if you don’t have a clear understanding of your present situation. Take an honest look at your 2018 goals to see where your company stands. You’re obviously doing something right if you’re on track or ahead of schedule, but if that’s not the case, be honest about it. You can’t make meaningful changes to improve in 2019 without identifying the issues that held the team back this year.

Establish 2019 Objectives

To succeed in business, continued growth is essential. Even if your 2018 staffing strategy was spot-on, changes will still be need to be made to keep momentum going in 2019. If you haven’t already taken this step, now is the time to figure out where your business is headed next year. Vague goals are essentially useless, so create a set of S.M.A.R.T. — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound — objectives to use as the basis for your hiring.

Perform a Gap Analysis

After creating a detailed set of goals for 2019, you’ll need to make sure you have the right people in place to support your ambitions. Conduct an analysis by comparing your current staffing roster with these objectives to uncover any disparities. This includes both skills gaps and not having enough people on staff to achieve desired production levels.

Take on a Staffing Partner

Building the dream team that will bring your 2019 goals to fruition isn’t easy. Identifying the type of talent needed and optimal team size is hard enough, but knowing where to find these people can feel overwhelming. Recruiters are experts at building staffing strategies that produce results, so team up with a staffing agency. Stop stressing and let them set your company up for success.

Creating your staffing strategy for 2019 is a big job, but you don’t have to do it alone. Wood Staffing is here to guide the process every step of the way. Contact us today to find out how we can assist your Michiana company!

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