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Staffing and employment considerations must be made with ERP in mind

4/17/2012 at 11:39 am by

Most companies will find staffing to be one of the least nerve-wracking practices they're ever involved with. It may be hard to find people who represent the ideal candidate for every single position, but many organizations end up making do with employees who fulfill most of the requirements for a job. While enterprise resource planning doesn't make staffing impossible, it does present some interesting challenges that need to be addressed.

A recent CareerBuilder survey of companies found while they often made due with workers who weren't ideal, at least 69 percent of the businesses involved claimed to have noticed lower levels of productivity throughout their entire organizations and directly attributed the drop to bad hires. In fact, around 25 percent of companies maintained they'd made bad hiring choices that cost them at least $50,000.

Enterprise resource planning technology makes businesses slightly more vulnerable to such mistakes because that system can only produce high-quality information. Unfortunately, commercial software can't necessarily do anything with the data by itself. That would require personnel, so make sure to look for the following qualities that are the mark of good employees who will fit will with business management software.

A willingness to learn
With so many different types of software, business practices and injury processes companies are stressing these days, it isn't difficult to find workers who have taken a lot of classes or undergone specialized training with other employers. This may not be crucial to staff members who have specifically learned how to use ERP systems. However, it is essential to look for employees who have shown a willingness to undergo additional training. This enthusiasm signals an employee is going to take to ERP instruction energetically.

Understand ERP
It may sound somewhat complicated at first, but enterprise resource planning isn't very difficult to understand after it's been outlined briefly. Therefore, companies should understand their employees will need to at least grasp what sorts of tools they'll be using in the near future. If a candidate doesn't seem to be able to wrap his head around the concept, it may be better to search for those that do.

Commitment
The stage an organization's ERP adoption is at has a lot to do with what sorts of workers are going to be ideal to work with them. For instance, a staff member that seems willing to follow the lead of supervisors and managers will probably thrive where enterprise resource planning technology already exists. Conversely, an innovative and take-charge kind of applicant is probably best suited to helping blaze a trail for a company new to the system.

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