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Building Future Qualifications by Strengthening Your Current Workforce.

  • 10/16/2018
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By Sam Flores

Are you sure you have the right people in the right seats?

It has been my experience that when people are hired, they are usually brought on board to fill a need, a specific function or set of related functions left vacant or added due to growth. But how close are these functions really related? Are they simply bundled together because these were left to delegate after the main functions were handed out?  Many times, we as managers, focus on the set of tasks that need to be done, and assign them based on complexity to the most experienced employees.  We tend to distribute functions according to skill set until the most basic tasks are left for the newest employees.  This approach is not necessarily the best solution because I have found even the least experienced employees can excel in certain areas where even the most experienced may not.

Instead of focusing on the set of tasks that need to be distributed, focus on the existing or potential skills you have available among your staff, and match the individual’s potential skillset with these functions.  This can be somewhat complex at the beginning, but in the long run, it may lead to higher quality of work and higher employee morale.  Remember the office shouldn’t just run based on the work to be done without considering the workers who will ultimately do it best.  Only then, will you sit the right person in the right seat.

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