Action plans must replace dubious reports on recruitment needs

How staffing can become a strategic contributor
By Thomas Bechet
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/09/2005

The greatest challenge facing HR and staffing functions in the not-too-distant future will be the large number of retirements. The looming wave of retiring baby boomers threatens to create major shortages in required skills and staffing levels.

Organizations should act now to identify critical shortages, define the impact and develop specific staffing and development plans in response.

Yet many companies seem to just spin their wheels — choosing to simply analyze problems at a “high level” rather than actually solving them. HR and staffing departments not only need to identify, prepare for and address coming retirement issues, but create staffing plans that drive action.