Got Staff? - Page 2

Oct 31, 2006

Katherine Spencer Lee

For instance, your previous IT manager may have focused most of her attention on reducing expenses and getting the most out of existing technology. However, now that your organization is undergoing expansion, you may need someone in that role who’s highly skilled at developing IT strategy and managing new projects. Or you may discover that the job responsibilities for the position can be redistributed among existing employees.

Stay on track. Be sure to recalculate workloads and evaluate your staffing practices on a regular basis, not just when your firm is faced with an urgent situation, such as a major initiative or employee turnover.

Solicit input from your staff: Their front-line insights may give you a new perspective on what’s needed.

Some questions to ask include: ·

  • How would they describe their workloads: manageable or overwhelming?
  • ·
  • Do they think more full-time staff or project professionals would improve the team? If so, what skill sets do they think are needed most?
  • ·
  • How has the use of consultants made a difference in the department? Were they brought in at the appropriate time? Were they satisfied with those hired to support the group?
  • ·
  • Were any project professionals with whom they’ve worked strong candidates for full-time positions?
  • The best staffing strategies are flexible and evolve over time. What worked well six months ago may not be appropriate today, so it’s critical to stay on top of trends. With adequate personnel levels at all times, you’ll be in a stronger position to meet whatever IT demands come your way.

    Katherine Spencer Lee is executive director of Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professionals for initiatives ranging from e-business development and multi-platform systems integration to network engineering and technical support. Robert Half Technology has more than 100 locations in the North America and Europe, and offers online job search services at

    Page 2 of 2


    0 Comments (click to add your comment)
    Comment and Contribute

    Your comment has been submitted and is pending approval.



     (click to add your comment)

    Comment and Contribute

    Your name/nickname

    Your email


    (Maximum characters: 1200). You have characters left.