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Networking with your colleagues is a good resource to help solve your HR dilemmas -- networking with the experts is a GREAT resource. Learn from the input of the experts on issues and topics in this complete archive of questions and answers. Do you have an HR question? Just ask by emailing editors@workforce.com.

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Why Is Health Care Staffing Such a Guessing Game?

November 21, 2014
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Being in health care, we are finding it difficult to adequately determine the number of staff needed at any given time. We need to develop a forecast for staffing ratios for our busiest shifts. What sort of data should we be examining to accurately predict dynamic demand?

— Guesstimates Won't Work, training and appraisal assistant, health care, Beirut


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Should I Seek Out Customized Hiring Metrics?

November 21, 2014
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We are ramping up hiring at multiple plants across the U.S. How could I determine market benchmarks for time to hire, turnover and cost per hire at these individual plants? Should we seek out average figures or are there better metrics we could use to make sure we recruit and hire competitively?
Market Forecaster, consumer goods manufacturing, Atlanta


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Is It Possible to Compile Performance Data on Team Unity?

November 21, 2014
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We want to create actionable performance reviews beyond the once-a-year activity. Our aim is to gather insight on how people interact as individual contributors within teams. Our big challenge is we have a large geographically distributed workforce of technically skilled contributors that frequently need to collaborate on projects. How can we begin gathering meaningful performance data on individuals and how they contribute to a team?

—Useful Metrics Please, Software/Services, Bethesda, Maryland


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What Are the New-School Recruiting Tactics for Old-Fashioned Managers?

October 29, 2014
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Are there best practices or techniques for using social resumes and mobile recruiting tools when sourcing candidates? I'm looking for guidelines on making sure we see each résumé without it becoming a time management issue. Our goal is the same: Find the best available talent, but our team is primarily trained to recruit the old-fashioned way.

—Old School, recruitment services practice manager, manufacturing, Anniston, Alabama


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Should We Change HR Practices as a Public Company?

October 29, 2014
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Our privately held company recently went public. How are human resource practices different from a privately held company to one that is publicly traded? Is there a checklist for us?

Not Used to Public Scrutiny, Naples, Florida, financial services


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What Are Best Practices for Onboarding Interns?

October 29, 2014
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We have some highly qualified candidates who we want to bring on as interns. How can we help them transition into our organization?

— We Might be Hiring


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How Do We Assess the Advantages and Drawbacks of Outsourcing HR?

October 2, 2014
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We are considering outsourcing our entire staffing process to an outside vendor. How do we assess the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Weighing the Pros and Cons, HRD specialist, government, Washington, D.C.


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Can You Help Us Solve the Turnover-Engagement Conundrum?

October 2, 2014
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How do we evaluate whether coaching can be quantified with lowering our turnover and boosting our overall engagement?

—Metrics-minded OD specialist, hospitality, San Diego


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How Do We Make Sure Onboarding Goes Beyond Day One?

October 2, 2014
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How do we go beyond the onboarding and orientation process and take steps to ensure it remains sustainable?

In it for the Long Haul, HR & admin, Bridgewater, New Jersey


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What Are the Benefits of Ranking to Determine Employee Performance?

September 15, 2014
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Like many companies, we have an annual performance review of employees. At the beginning of the financial year, KPAs, goals, targets are mutually agreed. There is quarterly review of performance followed by annual review. Employees are rated on predefined performance criteria on a scale of 1 to 5. Subsequent to rating, we wanted our line management to rank employees against each other in order to have ranking order. Line management is not inclined to ranking, for obvious reasons. Is there any way to know if ranking is the right approach for our performance management?

— Really Clueless, assistant GM, manufacturing, Hyderabad, India


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