There are still 350 or so days left in 2011—plenty of time for accidents, lawsuits, higher unemployment taxes and a host of other human resources headaches.
But now, right now, today, is a great time to sit down and take stock of your goals and the team of people you need to reach them. If you like sports, this is a great time of year: pro football playoffs, hockey, almost 24-7 basketball. And if you turn on the sports talk shows, the discussion always centers on one thing: management and personnel.
Your business is no different. Here are a few things to think about.
Let your stars shine
We all know that strengths and weaknesses have to be managed, but there’s nothing worse than a star player that doesn’t get utilized in the right way. Look around your business. If your star players are performing tasks that aren’t “scoring points,” so to speak, then you might need to bring in some supporting characters. This could mean reallocating human resources or outsourcing functions in order to free your key players up to do what they do best.
Evaluate your bench strength
Nobody likes to be the coach who looks down the bench when the game is on the line and not have the right player to put in the game. Your chances to reach your goals are only as good as your lineup, which can change due to illness, injury or untimely departures. Having the right team member in the right place at the right time is key to your success. If you need help, consult a qualified agent.
Look closely at your match-ups
Not every player is right for every situation every time. Now is the time to be looking at your game plan for the year to determine where you might need to replace a player with a more cost-effective or effectual alternative, or reinforce a certain area of the business.
In any of these cases, a qualified recruiter teamed with a trusted outsourcing agency can be a real benefit to you. And they might even help you with some of those other administrative headaches, too.