Staffing Plan Paper

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When attempting to acquire a group of employees with the necessary skills required to work together to make the organization better then the sum of its parts, understanding the importance of human capital is tremendously important. Given today's economic slowdown organizations have no trouble establishing a large pool of applicants to choose from. It is up to the human resources (HR) department to identify the abilities and potential of these applicants in order to fulfill the human capital needs of the organization. Human capital refers to the organizations employees in terms of experience, training, intelligence, relationships and insight. It is equally important for HR managers to insure that the selection process, and tests used are not unfairly biased against and groups. (Noe, Hollenbeck, & Gerhart, 2007)According to Noe, Hollenbeck, & Gerhart, (2007) the first step in creating a staffing plan is to forecast. "Forecasting is the attempt to determine the supply of and demand for various types of human resources to predict areas within the organization where there will be labor shortages or surpluses" (p.

136) For Bridgestone when opening the companies newest distribution center (DC) in Jacksonville, Fl much of this work had already been completed. Since the Jacksonville DC took over operations from the Albany, GA facility Bridgestone started knowing the workload and staffing needed to accomplish day-to-day operations. Bridgestone could also pull information from the DC in Ontario, CA since this DC operated using the same system for order selection, receiving, and inventory control. By assessing how efficiently current goals are being met, Bridgestone will be able to determine labor shortfalls or overages. "Based on forecasts for labor demand and supply, the planner can compare figure to determine whether there will be a shortage or surplus of labor for each category." (Noe, Hollenbeck, & Gerhart,