The Staffing Function

Discussion 1 Topic: The Staffing Function

·         DQ1: Why is staffing important? Who is responsible for it? Is it a function of personnel/human resource departments? What are some of the ways managers can adapt to changes in the external environment (shrinking work force, impacts of technology, etc.) to recruit and maintain quality personnel?

·         Considerations:  Plunkett, Allen, and Attner (2013) describe eight elements of a staffing process.  Even with a clearly defined staffing process, hiring a new employee or moving an existing employee into an organization can be a lengthy and challenging process.  The staffing process always begins with forecasting a need.  Today, contracting companies will recruit potential employees, moving them through the majority of the staffing process, but stopping just short of the employment decision.  The purpose of this approach is to closely time employment decisions with contract awards, reducing labor overhead until the last possible moment; however, the risk to this approach, especially in the case of new hires, is an employee may be interviewing with multiple companies, working off of a different timeline—in other words, an employee’s criteria may be to hire on with the first employer with an offer letter.

Discussion 2 Topic: Performance Appraisal

·         DQ2: The effectiveness of the performance appraisal is often a topic of debate. Read the Forbes article, “Eliminating Performance Appraisals”. Based on the content of the article, identify three key points related to the author’s position on the elimination of performance appraisals. From the view of the manager and using the concepts found in our text, prepare a rebuttal to the article discussing each of the key points you identified and define the reasons why the performance appraisal should not be eliminated. Develop a potential solution to the performance appraisal debate, keeping in mind the intent of the appraisal and the desired outcome for both the organization and the employees. Support your solutions with a minimum of one outside resource.

Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.

Reference

Plunkett, W. R., Allen, G. S., & Attner, R. F. (2013). Management: Meeting and exceeding customer expectations (10th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning