Staffing Practices & Selection Tools - MGT 431

Essay by kymberly76University, Master'sA+, April 2004

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Staffing is one of the most important elements paramount to developing and maintaining a strong business. As clichéd as it sounds, the employees are the life-blood of any organization. Finding equilibrium in an organizations staffing is not simple; yet there are dangers to both under- and over-staffing, which is a fairly common practice in most companies. "Under-staffing is worse. There are corrosive effects of under-staffing on customer traffic and staff morale. If you keep putting your employees into the weeds, they will not grow and neither will the customer accounts. If there is chronic under-staffing, even excellent training is wasted and the customer is the shock-absorbing system" (LaborWizard). While most companies focus on cosmetic changes to their business model-- new logos, advertising, theme song-- focus on obtaining and training the right individuals for the right jobs rarely comes into play. This paper will describe the current staffing practices and selection tools within my organization, Folsom Research, and how they are changing in response to current trends, such as diversity, globalization, technology, and ethics.

Folsom Research, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art, real-time image processing products. The product technology is used in the event/staging, broadcast, and radar imaging and simulation markets. Folsom Research employs approximately 70 full time permanent employees. High-tech companies typically have a higher ratio of technical people on staff, to facilitate research and development and any support issues. To this end, there are 25 engineers on staff. The production line currently has 30 workers to assemble the products. As Folsom Research is mainly a manufacturer, they need a sales and marketing staff of ten people to focus on getting the product to market. Finally, to handle the organizations administrative and financial needs, there are two employees each in the human resources and accounting departments, the latter of which uses amazingly...