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3 Top Headcount Planning Reads for Recruiters

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As we close out 2019, recruiters are more frantic than ever, planning what to expect and how to forecast headcount planning for the year ahead. That’s why we compiled a list of our favorite reads. They cover a range of topics, from preparing for a potential recession to headcount planning techniques that work best to help you hire faster in the New Year!

Here are three must-read articles on headcount planning for recruiters:

1. Recruiters Preparing for the Recession in 2020 by Mike Starich at Recruiting Brief

“During a recession, the demand for talent becomes unpredictable as budget cutting, layoffs, canceled initiatives, and elimination of redundancies become more commonplace.” 

This read is chalk-full of advice and offers four steps you can do to plan for the next recession, such as creating a plan to lessen the blow to your business and optimizing your entire TA process to create more efficiency.

2. Job Satisfaction Statistics: Keep Your Workers Happy and Your Business Healthy by Milja Milenkovic at smallbizgenius

According to Harvard Business Review, employees who feel their superiors treat them with respect are 63% more satisfied with their jobs. Yet CareerBuilder shows that 58% of U.S. managers say they haven’t received any management training! This article includes key satisfaction stats that you can leverage to your advantage to keep employees more engaged — = ideally, for the long haul. 

Also included is a helpful FAQs section to ensure you are equipped with applying the data to business conversations regarding engagement and retention at your company.

What is job satisfaction and how does it factor into headcount planning?

Job satisfaction, as the name indicates, refers to the level of fulfilment an employee gets from their job and work environment. When workers are satisfied, they are self-motivated, content, and productive. They show up to work ready to face new challenges. 

Companies whose workers feel highly satisfied with their job outperform their competition. Innovation and great results happen when workers feel respected and valued at work. Ensure your headcount plan factors in job satisfaction and learning programs to improve retention for your company!

3. How HR teams can successfully use headcount planning by Cliff Emmanual, Program Manager at Google

Predictability and flexibility is key to creating any headcount plan, especially as needs shift halfway through the year. A program manager on Google’s Workforce planning team created this post to outline how they line up priorities to create a plan to execute on, all while ensuring some adaptability when business needs may change. Hint: Understanding the business strategy as a whole will be key, as well as hiring manager involvement as your plans come together!

Did you know Lever is great for those looking for a new system after Google Hire? Check out a post from our CEO on her perspective of the Google Hire announcement.

Over half  (60%) of HR executives say [headcount planning] is one of their weakest capabilities. To learn how to enhance your headcount plans with the right technology, watch this video overview of Lever’s reporting in action.