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Why IT Management and Staff Planning Needs to be Strategic

March 23, 2016

IT Strategic Workforce PlanningWhen the common man hears the terms staff planning and strategy, they rarely associate one with the other. Those who are in workforce planning however know that a lot of things that are associated with hiring people and planning staff acquisition always requires a bit of strategic planning. In short, for your company to get the best people for the job, there has to be a strategic plan involved.

In the world of IT management and staff planning, carefully mulling over who to hire, and when to hire them is crucial to the future of the company. While there is an abundance of talented individuals in the IT field, which shows that skilled personnel can be easily found, it is not lack of available candidates that is the problem. The problem that is being seen by those in the workforce planning department of companies is not in the here and now, but in the future.

Hiring skilled personnel for your company is more than just the filling of a post for a current need, but also for future company requirements. This is why you need to find people who can stay with you for the long haul. In order for a candidate to qualify for such criteria, they need to have more than just the work skills needed in an IT position. They need to be able to show certain competencies and prove that they can evolve along with whatever role or position they will be asked to fill in the future.

This is why IT management and staff planning have to be strategic. Whoever is doing the screening of candidates, needs to determine if an individual can cope with more than just their daily and weekly tasks at work. The people most companies look for nowadays need to have these on their list of qualities, apart from the requisite technical skills IT personnel should have:

  • able to collaborate effectively and easily
  • can adjust to organizational and role changes fairly quickly
  • can think on their feet and anticipate as well as adjust to technological shifts
  • have great analytic thinking and sound judgment

Without this skill set, a company will see problems arise, and these include an increase in resignations, errors at work, and stress-related illnesses due to the demands that are being placed on people who are not wired for such requests.

How to Ensure That You Get Who You Want

In order to keep your company’s IT department working effectively and to reduce issues that may cause company-wide glitches, a strategic workforce plan for your IT department is necessary. This should involve the following:

  • anticipate what your company’s needs may be in the future and create a list of emerging roles that may have to be filled in the next five to ten years
  • outline what these roles are and list down the current core competencies that you require from the people you are looking to hire as well as other capabilities they may have and need to develop
  • identify the obstacles that may come with trying to find the people who are perfect for these ever-changing roles and determine solutions to such impasses

Knowing what to look for in your IT staff, and planning strategically for future roles, will help you hire the right people for this constantly evolving department. You will be able to get individuals who are willing to change roles as the need arises, and to easily adjust to your company’s needs when the time comes.

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