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You’ve found the right person – or you’ve identified an existing employee – who is ready, willing and able to take on more.

Congratulations!

And BONUS: You actually feel good about this hire.

The next step? Make sure you set them up for success, placing them in the role they will best occupy.

Placement is about getting the right person in the right place at the right time – much like fitting puzzle pieces together, adjusting corner and edge pieces to make it work.

The Right People. The Right Place. The Right Time.

Finding the right person is an overwhelming hurdle that some organizations choose not to attempt and other organizations must endure hoping to find the right fit.

The good news? You’ve already checked that off your list.

More good news? Your approach to staffing ensured that you connected with the right person, minimized your risk, saved you time, and ultimately moved you closer to accomplishing your objectives.

Our biggest piece of advice – one that has informed every hiring decision we’ve made?

Never confuse availability with competency. 

The reality is that you need to expand your workforce to accomplish your business objectives.

That means you need the right person in the right role – today. And putting the right person in the right role starts with focusing on the project or initiative you want to accomplish – rather than worrying about just filling a seat.

Just because someone is available for the time you need them at the rate you can pay and for the tasks you need completed, doesn’t mean they are the best person for the job.

And in an ever-changing global workforce landscape, it proves even more critical to be discerning when hiring on-site and remote workers. Why?

Because when hiring, the emphasis should now be on the prospective employee being ‘remote first.’

That means that as you hire, you need to be sure that candidate can work remotely. If they aren’t a good problem-solver, struggle to troubleshoot, or aren’t resourceful or independent, then they probably wouldn’t do well working from home should your business model – or current events – dictate.

And that isn’t sustainable.

When you invest in an employee, you deserve to get the best person. You deserve the best money can buy, and your employees deserve the forethought and consideration that sets them up for success, too.

You Deserve This. And Your Employees Do, Too.

When done well, placement may require more time and effort on the front end – but the payoff will be well worth it.

Your constant attention and adjustment will be rewarded. In time, your employees will grow and evolve, and you’ll become more adept at fitting more pieces into the jigsaw puzzle, thoughtfully placing each one of your employees exactly where they should be.

Remember that the end goal is not to simply hire people for the sake of hiring them; the goal is to hire them because it will move you toward your business goals and, ultimately, toward growth.

If reaching your business goals is the end game, then why would you settle for someone who is available instead of the best person for the job?

Simply put: You can have your cake and eat it, too.

For more on how to scale your staffing needs, increase your productivity and minimize hiring risks, check out our free download, ‘9 Reasons to Rethink Your Approach To Staffing.’