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It is important to consider how your vacancy fits into your unit organization. Has the work changed since the last time a job description was written? What are the work processes that need to be done? How does this work fit into the overall unit mission?
The goal of a staffing assessment is to create a structure that will support the work of your unit and should identify elements such as:
A staffing assessment can be an informal process of reviewing your unit's current goals to fill a vacancy, or a more lengthy process involving information gathered from unit staff, clients, and upper management to fill a new position or redesign your unit's business processes. For more in-depth assessments, Human Resources Consultants are available to assist in project planning.
such as work activity, workload cycles, productivity levels, changes in technology, and changes in roles and expectations.
Questions to ask include:
Analyze external units to see how they are handling similar goals and problems. Are there other units at the University that do similar tasks? Do you have contacts with supervisors of similar units at peer institutions? It can be useful to gather information on how other organizations structure their work.
In some cases, a more formal research process may be useful, such as: