Staffing Data: You Can’t Afford to Hire Without It

No matter what industry you are in, chances are you are concerned about turnover rates, employee retention and improving your overall hiring process. One of the most proven ways to address all of these issues is the utilization of staffing data. Unfortunately, many companies are not accessing this treasure trove of vital information.

Staffing data is literally one of the best tools you have at your disposal and can make a tremendous difference in the overall quality of your new hires and determine how long your employees end up staying with your company.

Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Questions You Should Be Asking

The first step is asking the right questions. Sit down with your managers and department supervisors and ask them about the current state of their departments. Which areas are seeing the highest turnaround rates? Why do they feel this is happening? Are you sending them new hires that have enough skills or are candidates getting bogged down during the training process?

Each sector of the energy industry will largely guide the questions you need to ask, but this will get you started. You should be able to spot trouble areas and start developing a plan that will help you address these issues during the hiring process.

Building Ideal Candidate Profiles

Now that you have a good portion of the data you’ll need to make better hires, it is incredibly help to build an ideal candidate profile. This is very similar to a buyer persona that companies use to help target their marketing efforts, but you’ll be using it to target your hiring practices.

Check with department managers and ask them to describe their ideal candidate. What skills and experience would they already have? What personality traits are useful for that department? Compile their answers and use this information to build a profile.

This profile can then be used by you during the recruiting and interviewing process. Compare resumes and interview notes and determine which candidates best fit the ideal profile.

Including Data in Your Hiring Process

Targeted results are always best, and by following these procedures, the overall quality of your new hires is going to go up. You’ll find that you will be asking better questions during the interview and you’ll be going through resumes with a new eye.

Make sure you refresh your staffing data as necessary, and keep it categorized by department. You’ll also be able to use this data to help you forecast demand and plan ahead for the coming year to set your hiring budget.

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Energy Job Sector Outlook: Where is the Biggest Growth?

The energy sector always offers an interesting look at the overall state of our economy and where these economic trends are heading. As we see that much of the world is focused on renewable and green solutions, these changes are being mirrored in the energy sector as well.

Understanding how job growth in this sector is changing is an important part of developing a sound hiring process and determining whether or not this is a good time to either start a new company or grow an existing one.

There is much positive news in 2014 for this sector, and all indicators point to steady growth as the economy continues to bounce back from the disaster of a few years ago. One thing is certain – if you are involved in clean energy, be prepared for some explosive growth over the next year.

Green and Renewable Industries

There were over 1,000,000 clean energy jobs posted during the third quarter of last year. That number is impressive on its own, but when you consider that this represents a growth of over 54%, it’s definitely time to take notice.

Electric and hybrid cars are being embraced by consumers on a large scale and this means that there is a huge need for alternative fueling stations. More than 1500 new stations opened up since the second quarter of 2013 and this number continues to go up. Right now, the states with the highest demand for alternative fuel stations includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Tennessee.

The alternative fuel industry for vehicles isn’t the only one that is growing either. Within the past 30 days, there were over 20,000 new job listings for electrical engineers, with a total of over 70,000 new positions for fields that include clean energy.

What This Means

As the availability of fossil fuels continues to decline and local and world governments look to create solutions, the clean energy industry is going to continue to grow. These are some of the best numbers we have ever seen and it looks as though this unprecedented growth is going to continue.

Innovation is the corner stone of clean energy and as new technologies continue to emerge, companies that are prepared to take advantage of these changes and implement new strategies will be the ones who experience the highest levels of success.

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How Natural Gas Fracking Could Help Us Save Water

In the energy industry, there have been concerns voiced about natural gas fracking. This method of collecting natural gas has received more than its share of media attention and in many cases, the public has been lead to believe that it is a bad thing that will pollute the ground water and that the process is wasteful in terms of water consumption.

However, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin recently discovered that natural gas fracking can actually end up saving water. Time Magazine recently published a piece that goes into detail on what these researchers uncovered.

The researchers analyzed data from 423 power plants in the state of Texas. They gauged that the water used by the coal fired plants could have been reduced by 25 to 50 times if the plants had been powered by natural gas – even if it was collected using fracking. This is significant and puts to rest the worries that too much water is used in the fracking process.

The study also pointed out that if the state’s power plants had used natural gas instead of coal in 2011, the state would have saved 32 billion gallons of water.

“The bottom line is that hydraulic fracturing, by boosting natural gas production and moving the state from water-intensive coal technologies, makes our electric power system more drought resilient,” said Bridget Scanlon, senior research scientist at the University of Texas’s Bureau of Economic Geology and the lead author on the study.

Considering how many states, including Texas, have been facing water shortages due to long-lasting draughts, this information bears more attention. The potential to save billions of gallons of water on an annual basis cannot be overlooked. Too many areas in the United States are looking at severe water shortages and this means that coal-fired power plants may be shut down if they do not have enough water to run.

This points to a greater concern – how to save water while still using the more water-efficient fracking method? Some researchers suggest developing new ways to recycle the water that is used in the fracking process or coming up with new methods to extract natural gas that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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Don’t Settle! Understanding the True Costs of a Mediocre Employee

Most companies in the energy sector have three tiers of employees – the truly exceptional, the mediocre and the not-so-good employees. We tend to focus on weeding out the not-so-good ones, while the mediocre ones slip through the cracks. They come in, they do their job and we tend to forget that they can actually cause the most harm to our companies.

There are many costs of putting up with mediocre employees and some of them may surprise you.

Financial Cost

The most obvious cost you’ll face is the financial burden of these employees. You’re supplying them with a good wage and benefits, while they are putting in their time and not doing much to help you grow your company. While you can’t expect every employee to be a star, you shouldn’t settle for mediocrity either.

Each employee has the potential to impact your company for good or for bad. While mediocre employees may not be doing anything overtly bad, they still won’t help your company grow and meet company goals.

Hidden Costs

The hidden costs are a lot more insidious and far reaching. For every great employee you have, you may have ten that are just getting by. They all get paid the same and sooner or later, the great employees start to harbor resentment. Why should they work hard when everyone gets the same reward?

This has a negative impact on your overall productivity, your retention rates, the workplace morale and even your corporate culture. You want employees who are motivated to give their best and come to work because they know they can make a difference.

Fixing This Issue

The first step is recognizing you have a problem. The second is raising the bar and letting your employees know that mediocre simply isn’t good enough anymore. Start holding quarterly performance reviews at first. This may motivate a good portion of your staff to start performing at a higher level. You can eventually drop this down to annual or semi-annual reviews, but for now, you want to put your mediocre employees on notice – and keep them there.

Fixing the issue won’t happen overnight and you may need to let some people go. Just remember to stay positive, and foster a positive and productive workplace culture. Sooner or later, you’ll weed out the mediocre employees and be a much stronger organization as a result.

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