Addressing the modern staffing challenges and business environment challenges to hiring and developing quality team members begins by identifying the true needs of the organization. In this way, the power of standards and competency development tools can be harnessed on behalf of the organization.
Standards and competency development tools help organizations navigate the challenges of modern staffing with clear goals. They have a clear picture of the elements that most influence talent performance at their organization, and a solid program for developing the talent that exists within their corporation. With standardized metrics for evaluating potential and incoming hires, effective on-boarding practices, and ongoing competency development program, firms can discover and develop performers that have the potential to be top performers.
ESTABLISHING CLEAR HIRING METRICS
Clear hiring metrics begin long before the talent search with the establishment of competency models for all key roles. These models should be developed as a joint initiative between line staff and recruitment teams so that they accurately reflect the current expectations for each role. Once defined, these competency models offer a number of benefits to the organization when approaching staffing challenges.
Competency models for each role to be filled establish clear hiring metrics and remove gray space from candidate evaluation, benefiting the organization both in the present and in the future. Competency models:
- Ensure a match between the current workforce needs and available talent pools
- Guide recruiters toward the skills and proficiencies needed for current talent gaps and anticipated talent needs
- Save firms money by helping to avoid hires that are a poor fit for the organization’s needs
By removing the mystery and hire costs from the talent selection process, firms will be able to pull better-quality candidates from their available talent pools. No longer chasing talent which will not ultimately meet their needs, firms can focus on the right candidates to secure more critical team members for open positions.
 Federal Acquisition Institute. “FAC-P/PM Competency Model”. Retrieved August 5th, 2011 from: http://www.fai.gov/pdfs/FAC-PPM%20Competency%20Model.pdf