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Innovative Strategies for Developing a Quality Workforce

written by: V!kas Shukla•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 3/23/2011

The success of an organization depends on the quality and efficiency of its employees. Therefore, developing a quality workforce is an important focus area in many organizations. Let's learn and apply the strategies to build up a pool of skilled manpower.

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    Identify the 'Fit' Between the Applicant and the Position

    Identifying the best fit between the applicant and the job description by using various job analysis techniques is the very first step toward understanding the challenge of how to repose on that person's skills. You can expect the highest efficiency from an employee only if he possesses the qualities and knowledge required for that position. Training a suitable employee will cost you much less compared to one who is unqualified for the job.People Network 

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    Inculcate the Organizational Vision into Employees

    Develop an understanding of the company's corporate vision among the crew members. This will help them see their own respective roles and responsibilities. An employee who knows what he has to do is always an asset for the company. Have a clear perception of the objectives and harness the people who can deliver the results. When the team members realize the character of the company and their own part within it, they march in the right direction.

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    Hone the Abilities of Your Employees

    You cannot change people. Building their abilities, and then encouraging them to adopt different behavior is something you can do, however. Technology is evolving every day, and so should the skills and abilities of your employees. Remember that "the winning team is made up of people with appropriate skills that they are encouraged to use." Spend a part of your budget on employee training.

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    Cross-Functional Training

    Do you have the substitute to carry out the process when an employee is on vacation or had to leave the job? If not, develop a cross-functional training program to train your employees on one or two other jobs than their main role. It helps the company run smoothly when there is a scarcity of human resources.

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    Target and Measure Goals and Achievements

    SMART Goals Do your employees know how to set up SMART (specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic, and time-bound) goals? Help your staff set and pursue SMART goals, the result will be a better performance. Proper goals help employees grow in their abilities. A 360 degreeperformance appraisal and regular employee feedback keeps the staff motivated and improves consistency.

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    A Conducive Work Environment

    The work environment that provides employees with the tools and ambiance they need to work at their fullest abilities-often referred to as a conducive work environment, is best. Emphasize the initiatives that interest a diverse workforce, such as:

    • Alternative Work Schedules
    • Family-Friendly Leave Programs
    • Telecommuting
    • Dependent Care Support Program
    • Employee Assistance Program

    Employees work to ensure a healthy and secured life for their dependents and themselves. Offering dependent care and employee assistance programs builds their trust in the company and moves them to work with dedication. Foster the feel of belonging by involving the staff in various recreational activities.

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    Rewards and Recognition

    Everyone desires to see their hard work and contributions acknowledged. Rewarding the excellent performers plays an important role in developing a quality workforce. It acts as a key motivator for employees. The company should regularly monitor the criteria for rewards and incentives to ensure that the individuals obtain a fare share on the basis of a well-understood process for granting rewards and recognition.

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    Resources

    References:

    Strategic Human Resources Management, Tanuja Aggarwal

    Strategic Business Services - http://www.strategicbusinessservices.net

    OPM - http://www.opm.gov/diversity/diversity-3.htm

    Images Credits:

    Applicants and the Position: Freedigitalphotos.net/vlado

    Smart Goals: Freedigitalphotos.net/xedos4