As a human resources professional in Higher Education, you know that effective staff and faculty are critical to student success.
You might not be surprised to learn that others in your position struggle to find quality hires. And, recent research indicates, this struggle might be related to a lack of formal hiring plans and processes.
In some cases, HR departments have hiring plans and processes in place, but their technology does not support them adequately. The nuances of adjunct hiring and the necessity for varying system permissions are addressed only in software purpose-built for higher education.
“We’re able to recruit for all of our employment needs, including staff and full- and part-time faculty, with multiple position types that act differently from beginning to end,” said Danny Linton of the University of Memphis, who uses PeopleAdmin’s SelectSuite talent management solution.
Danny knows that now, more than ever, efficient and effective hiring plans and processes are critical.
Below are steps to improve your staff and faculty hiring:
1. Formalize everything
Most involvement in faculty hiring is informal and based in private conversation, which reduces consistency and the trust that comes from collaboration and visibility. Here’s how to change that:
- Set aside time to develop formal plans and processes for your hiring. Consider your objectives, who you will want involved, major milestones, when and how the process begins, etc.
- Get buy-in from all major stakeholders.
- Write it down! By defining your plans and processes, writing them down, and making them easily available, you create a single source of truth every stakeholder can refer to and rely on.
Once plans and processes are formalized, use technology that helps you continue to further streamline your activities, which will free HR to spend more time on strategizing or other important tasks.