Summary of Strategic Staffing

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Human resources strategist Thomas P. Bechet provides a comprehensive guide to planning your staffing. He includes a CD with PowerPoint slide presentations, adaptable Excel spreadsheets, and assessment and evaluation forms. The book has ample examples and case studies of how to set up staffing, and tons of charts, graphs and formulas. But, you cannot apply his models and practices without this detailed hands-on workbook of his scorecard strategy, where you enter relevant data in a matrix that provides staffing direction. Warning: if your basic assumptions are wrong or if your situation changes quickly, you could take a wrong turn, so proceed carefully. While this is not a fun read - in fact, it can seem convoluted - Bechet’s intent is practicality, not recreation. This is a hardcore resource for hiring decision-makers. So suggests that you pour yourself a stiff cup of coffee, grab a thick notepad and muscle up to the staffing task with serious, strategic intent.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to do strategic workforce planning;
  • How to align your staffing with your business goals; and
  • How to determine the staffing you need, calculate your costs and measure the effectiveness of your staffing decisions

About the Author

Thomas P. Bechet, founder of Bechet Consulting LLC, is a specialist in human resources strategies, particularly strategic staffing, workforce planning, executive succession and development planning. He is a former partner in The Walker Group and a managing consultant with Towers Perrin. He teaches in the University of Michigan’s Executive Education Program and served on the board of the Human Resource Planning Society.



Using the Strategic Staffing Process
Strategic staffing, or "workforce planning," lets you align your staffing with your business goals, decide what types of employees you need for what jobs, determine costs and measure the results. Essentially, you identify the staffing you need now and...

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