Human resources is the lifeblood of a company. HR ensures that candidates are vetted, new hires are trained, and employees will continue to develop and grow. As a Director, Manager, or CHRO, you understand people make a company successful. So how do you know when to start HR planning and how to get the rest of the executive team on board?
As a leading management consulting firm, we can help. Here are some tips to consider:
1. Meet with Department Heads
This part leads to all the other steps. You can’t know everything that’s going on in your company, so check in with the leads and influencers for each department to get a better idea of needs that may affect your budget.
2. Analyze Current Job Openings
These are positions you know need to be filled. How long have they been open? Do you have the right comp plan? Do you need some outside help, like from an RPO service? Should you be putting an ad on LinkedIn, Indeed, or elsewhere? Chances are you will be spending money to fill these positions. Figure out how much.
3. Forecast Future Job Openings
Are you adding products or services that require new hires? Is a particular department growing quickly and in need of additional leadership? What is your projected turnover rate? Look at past trends to help forecast this and anticipate the money spent searching for and hiring the right candidate. Hiring and training front-line employees often costs 30% of annual salary. Hiring for leadership positions can cost 213%.
4. Anticipate Training Time for New Hires
New hires need training and time to acclimate to a new job. Whether this is in-house training or external, there will be additional costs to the company. For internal training, be sure to account for the cost of pulling someone from their daily work for training as well as the hard costs of registration fees, travel and any other incidentals.
5. Consider Potential Promotions
Are there key employees who have been on an upward trajectory, routinely achieving their yearly goals? People that you expect to put a little more time and money into development? Promotions don’t have to be a new title, but they can include pay raises and additional responsibilities. To execute the plan properly, employees may need leadership classes, retreats, etc., which need to be considered in the budgeting process.
6. Account for Networking Groups
Whether its leadership groups for C-level executives, or software-specific groups for programmers, there are many beneficial groups employees can join. Most groups have some sort of fee or dues. Take the time to see what’s available and if there are any expenses that sneaked through last year's budget. Anticipate any expected new additions.
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