Operations Management

During the Human Resource module I learned that it is best to hire when an increase in demand for products is anticipated and train existing employees while the demand for the specific department is low. When considering when and how to hire and train it takes an understanding of the process and a prediction or forecast of upcoming events. Knowing when shipments arrive, production will be high, and contracts will be completed will dictate where one places his or her hired employees. If a company wanted to train an existing employee in their current department they would plan their training during a week their department would be operating at a minimum capactiy. Another useful tactic when hiring workers is assessing their skillset before they are hired. If the HR department knows they need someone who is highly skilled in shipping and receiving within the next week, it may benefit them to hire someone who is already highly qualified for the job. The employee may cost more but they already have a skillset you would otherwise have to train someone else to have. Workplace flexibility is another key factor to look at when hiring (Varelas 2014). The more versatile a worker is the better asset they are to the company (Lumen 2021). 

Varelas, Elaina. HR Columns. May 30, 2014. http://archive.boston.com/jobs/employers/hr/hrcolumns/.

Lumen. The functions and goals of HR. 2021. https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-business/chapter/the-functions-and-goals-of-hr/