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6 Tips to Scale Your Workforce Globally

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Growing organizations require flexibility to achieve their goals. Companies in growth mode are spending more money to make more money. Scaling a business is different. It focuses on increasing revenue exponentially, while adding resources incrementally.

Whether your company is in growth or scaling mode, it's crucial Talent Acquisition and HR have the ability to scale the workforce to meet demands. How can a global company achieve this goal, when hiring needs extend to far reaches of the world? Whether it’s hiring, recruiting, training, orientating, onboarding, or providing benefits, planning TA planning brings unique challenges to this scenario.


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Here are 8 tips to help you scale your workforce globally, to efficiently meet your business needs:

1. Continually assess the workforce ability, and proactively address deficiencies before they occur. Leverage reporting tools and analytics to see issues as they start, so you can ensure solutions are in place. Here are some items to consider:

  • How do your competitors compare? Consider how your workforce compares to theirs in terms of skills, knowledge, training, and look at the size in contrast to yours.  Visualize the differences between your companies, and realize  how growth will impact your staffing requirements.
  • Current employee abilities and skills.  Is your organization setting up employees for success as you grow?  Are you cross training employees to handle additional aspects of their current role, and creating further value to the organization?  Assess interpersonal, technical, knowledge, and leadership abilities regularly for important insight.

Ready to hire - think RecruitAlliance2.  Analyze and improve the hiring process.  Companies with global talent acquisition needs have to be smart.  Strategic partnerships with staffing and recruiting agencies who can deliver results is a critical element of any successful global hiring initiative.  Reduce the number of points in your current process that create delays and lead to lost hires.   Gain control of agency relationships, and automate the process of working with agencies as much as possible, to avoid additional stress on TA and HR.

3.  Align your talent acquisition strategy with best practices.  Having the ability to recruit and hire staff around the globe requires a detailed plan and the budget allocation to make it possible.  If your best practices are out of sync with your actions, you will fail to meet the global organizational goals.



4.  Conduct a gap analysis.  A gap analysis takes into consideration where your company is at now, versus where it is going and the anticipated needs for growth.  Analyze items such as:

  • Employee benefits. This includes such things as health insurance, retirement funds, vacation time, sick days and other items employees receive, as non-monetary compensation.
  • Job descriptions. Do they accurately reflect what the jobs are? Their accuracy, both in description and expectation, has an effect on employee retention.  Prior to implementing a global hiring initiative, review and analyze this data.
  • Current tools employees use. What tools do your employees currently use.  Are those needs evolving?  As you grow and scale your workforce, will they have the technology they need to make the company and the employees successful?

5.  Leverage data and analytics at every step in the scaling process.  Knowing the numbers for what is happening in your business is the best way to make informed decisions. When it comes to TA planning, data is required for:

  • Productivity. Are your employees as productive as they were when you were smaller? Productivity should scale alongside business growth.
  • Managerial effectiveness. Is management leading the workforce appropriately, or are there underlying issues?
  • Benefit costs. Are your benefit costs in tune with budgets and goals?  If they are not, this will negatively impact the bottom line.
  • Retention.  At what rate are employees leaving your company? What direction is this trending?

6.  Know when to scale down.  We tend to think of global scaling as adding staff.  In reality, scaling is also about knowing when to reduce workforce quickly.  A flexible company can assess results from leadership or departments, and determine where the deficiencies lie.  As a growing organization, it's important to subtract the people or processes that are slowing you down, and proceed to reach your goals.  It is critical to be able to review business traditions and roles without bias, to determine which ones have no place in a growing business.

RecruitAlliance rivals RPOs in reducing recruitment costs and time to fill.

Scaling a global workforce to meet the needs and demands of your growing business requires diligence.  Talent acquisition leaders in organizations in growth mode must learn to serve as proactive leaders to effectively win at scaling their workforce, on demand.  To download a complimentary talent acquisition planner, click here.


Scalable Recruitment: Meet Headcount Requirements Starting NOW

Your talent acquisition department has just been tasked with hiring 350 employees to staff a new location for your growing company. Your internal recruitment staff is already struggling to reach their performance metrics, and their requisition count continues to increase on a weekly basis. Staff morale is quickly plummeting, because the team feels they are on a 'mission impossible'. As a Human Resources (HR) or Talent Acquisition (TA) leader, how do win this challenge?

You've looked in to hiring a Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) company, but you're weary of handing over such a large project to an outside vendor. What if the RPO doesn't deliver? How will you explain to the executive leadership and the Board of Directors that you can't reach the headcount goals? You know that your internal recruiting team will scramble to attract and recruit candidates to fill the open requisitions, but will quality be sacrificed? This vicious cycle gets worse, and is perpetuated in the retention issues you'll have down the road.

Are you ready to find a solution that provides your company with a flexible, cost-effective option to put you in control of scalable recruitment?

Leveraging a Vendor Management System is the smartest way to accomplish your staffing goals, quickly and efficiently. Here are just some of the benefits of using a VMS:
  • Simple registration process.  Upon account activation, your internal recruiters can post jobs on the platform, and begin receiving candidates to review.

  • An easy way to work with your current recruiting and staffing vendors, or accept candidates from other members of the network.  Competition ensures recruiters submit only the best candidates, with urgency.

  • You control the terms of the relationship.  You stipulate the fee you'll pay upon hire.  You identify the guarantee period for the candidate.

  • Risk is mitigated.  Vendor Management Systems ensure you OFCCP compliant, and tracks all Vendor activity for reporting purposes.
  • Receive more understanding of Recruitment Partner performance through enhanced data and analytics.  See who's performing, and who your 'go-to' agencies are.

  • Enhance your diversity partnerships.  Some VMS's, like RecruitAlliance, enable employers to see which partners are certified Diversity entities.

  • Receive candidates for International job openings.  Make sure the Vendor Management System you use has the ability to handle a global talent pool, and assist you in filling those roles.

  • Scalable recruitment, without handing over the process to an RPO.  You remain in control of the hiring process.  Your internal recruiters view candidates and move them through the process, just as they normally would.  Pay the fee you set, only upon hire.

  • Centralized vendor payment system.  No more setting up multiple Vendors with Accounts Payable, or going through multiple credit checks with a variety of agencies.

  • Post unlimited jobs on the platform, and make unlimited hires.  Have recruiting support, on-demand.  Gain the flexibility to scale as needed.  There is no cost to use a VMS, like RecruitAlliance.  They only take a small portion of the fee paid to the Vendor.

If you're internal recruiting team cannot meet its hiring objectives, it's time to implement a viable solution that will save your organization time, money, mitigate risk, and improve your recruiting process.  Vendor Management Systems have been helping employers solve hiring problems, effectively and efficiently.  To learn more about a VMS you can implement today, click here.

RecruitAlliance is a Vendor Management System with an employer referred network of staffing agencies and recruiting firms, waiting to fill your most urgent hiring needs. Employers may sign up for their free* account and immediately begin posting jobs to the recruiting vendor network. Employers choose the fee they're willing to pay, the terms of the contract, and drive the hiring process. Recruiter members agree to all terms before a candidate is ever submitted through the platform. To learn more or get started today, go to

Qualitative Talent Acquisition: 6 Steps to Strategic Improvement for HR and TA Leaders

RecruitAlliance delivers quality candidates.Another recruiting tool just hit the market.  Should you be excited this time? Is this one different than all the others you’ve evaluated over the past year--promises you’ll have candidates delivered to your inbox who will be knocking down the doors to be key contributors to your organization? Yeah, right.

Sure, you’ve got access to every active candidate out there through job boards, LinkedIn, Facebook, and an array of other web search methods. You have your own career website, but the level of talent applying is not the best. Your Human Resources/Talent Acquisition department is scrutinized more and more by the Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership of the company. You’ve got to take the pressure off, and come up with a comprehensive strategy that will ensure the delivery of quality candidates. To add to the stress, you want to improve retention ratios, and keep the good people.

You’re pressured to fill openings across the entire organization, the new employees better be top notch, and by the way--you’re expected to reduce cost per hire, so you have less budget to work with than ever before. Sound like a typical day in the office?  It’s time to transition to a Qualitative talent acquisition strategy!

Qualitative talent acquisition is a process in which you focus only on hiring the right candidate, versus increasing headcount. Whether you’re a small operation or a Fortune 1000 organization, this plan can be put in place immediately. The results of implementing your new strategy are seen almost immediately. Here are the basic steps to get started:

  1. Analyze and discuss your recruiting budget with your DirectorHow much has the budget decreased over the past five years? How much has it decreased in the past year? If it’s increased, are you using all of your resources to ensure you tap into the highest quality talent? Do you have enough internal recruiters to adequately manage their requisition load? Are your internal recruiters able to meet their metrics on a monthly basis, without feeling overworked and stressed out? Can you identify where deficiencies lie that are preventing you from reaching your goals, from a budgetary standpoint?  Where are you spending the bulk of your budget, and are you getting a good ROI?  If you are not receiving the anticipated return on investment, will you stay status quo, or will you make a bold change?  The first step is challenging, confrontational, and necessary. Improvement cannot occur without pushing the current boundaries.

  2. Evaluate and optimize your internal recruiting team Is their process effective and efficient?  Are they spending enough time on the phone speaking with candidates, or are they screening out potentially good candidates without a conversation?  As the Talent Acquisition leader, you must set up checks and balances to ensure that all the time, money and effort used to attract candidates is not lending itself to rejecting qualified candidates.  Sure, there are always going to be unqualified candidates applying to roles they will never be considered for.  We’re not talking about that animal.  We’re referring to those marginal candidates who, meet the educational and certification requirements of the job, but may meet less of the hiring manager’s qualifications.  Are your internal recruiters having quality conversations with the hiring managers? In order for your internal recruiters to provide the hiring manager with an acceptable level of confidence, recruiters must first, be interviewing more marginal candidates.  Second, the recruiter must be willing to think about what’s best for the company, and present the hiring manager with those candidates who can be molded to be the right fit.  Your recruiters need to put all candidates into one of three baskets:  Basket one is the candidate who matches all or most requirements.  Basket two is the candidate who meets the education and certification requirements, meets some of the experience requirements, but has exceptional communication skills and is moldable to the position.  Basket three are the candidates who will be rejected.  Your internal team should be trained specifically on identifying the candidates for Basket two, and the right way to present these candidates to their hiring managers.    

  3. Implement a policy for working with external recruiting firms.  Whether you utilize external staffing firms for contractors or as needed for tough to fill, permanent roles, every organization should be leveraging agencies. How much is it costing your company to run without a quality employee filling an important job?  Multiply that number by the number of key openings across your business, and the fee associated with a search firm is nominal.  Where many companies fail in using outsourced recruiters is they lose control of the relationship.  In a qualitative talent acquisition strategy, you are empowered to control the terms of the contract, risk is mitigated, and you meet all compliance standards as required by law.  You are no longer spending hours conducting job scopes with multiple search partners.  Communication is conducted through a simple, cloud-based solution that allows you to manage and track every aspect of your relationship with external recruiters.  A quality Recruiter Management Tool provides you with useful data and analytics, so you can regularly evaluate your relationships with specific recruiters, and see who is delivering the talent you need.  This allows you to maximize your results, on-demand.  

  4. Optimize your career page, job descriptions, and job sharing ability. While it is typically out of the scope of a Talent Acquisition Leader’s job to optimize a company website, your input on the career page is crucial. Is your company’s career page attractive to candidates?  Is it easy to navigate, and find job openings?  Does your career page provide background about your company, why it’s a great place to work, and what’s in it for the candidate?  If you aren’t satisfied with the general look and feel of your career webpage, get with your Director and discuss next steps to optimize it.  What about the job descriptions you post for candidates to read? Is it a boring, out-dated list of tasks and duties that was written in the 1990’s?  You know it’s a candidate market out there, and there’s a war for top talent.  Stop trying to attract the brightest and most qualified candidates with something that clearly isn’t working. Every job description on your webpage should articulate the culture of your organization, provide a potential applicant with the features and benefits of working for your awesome company, and differentiate why they will love hanging their hat at your office or facility, versus with your competitors.  If you and your internal team aren’t completely sold on why your company is the best in the business, candidates will detect it.  As the talent acquisition leader, are you jazzed about your job, and are you excited to tackle the challenges most days?  The unspoken messages in recruitment are sometimes the loudest--your job descriptions must speak to the candidate, and stop listing a bunch of duties that are just going to change as business needs change, anyways.  Talent acquisition is in the business of selling jobs to the most highly qualified people.  Can the candidates you attract to your website easily share the opportunity with their colleagues?  Simple sharing buttons solve the problem.

  5. Streamline your recruiting process.  In talent acquisition, we focus on service delivery levels.  You assign benchmarks to your internal recruiting team, and meet with them on a regular basis to discuss whether they met the goal, how far they are from meeting the objective, and how they can improve in the future.  These are very important components of the process. If we shorten the recruiting process, and focus on simple, strategic measures to move candidates quickly through the process, your company will win.  What is an acceptable amount of time for a new application to sit without receiving a rejection notice or a phone call?  Are your recruiters following through on each candidate that applies to their requisition?  If they are not, why?  Can you identify the time wasters in their process, and eliminate those tasks?  Do you need to hire a departmental assistant to help with administrative tasks, or perhaps contract an outside sourcing company to provide a steady flow of applicants?  Is your internal team’s weekly reporting requirements taking away from their ability to adequately service candidates and hiring managers?  Look at each element of your talent acquisition process, and adjust accordingly.

  6. Review the Talent Acquisition - Compensation connection.  When you consider what it costs to attract and retain the highest quality candidates, it can be overwhelming.  You research and invest in new tools that promise to deliver the talent you need.  With few exceptions, they typically do not deliver the ROI you expected.  One progressive way to become the employer of choice, and ensure your employee referral program explodes is to offer compensation that is slightly above your competition.  Word of mouth is powerful. You will always be investing in recruitment marketing, but it may be beneficial to explore increasing starting wages for new employees.  As candidates become more savvy about their value in the market, evaluating the talent acquisition - compensation connection is a tool to instantly increase the value of working for your company.  If you’re already offering compensation that exceeds your competition, you should evaluate the ROI in making that investment.  Are you getting the word of mouth referrals?  Are candidates trying to get into your organization?  The talent acquisition - compensation connection can offer companies struggling for talent with an alternative to budgeting more money for recruitment marketing, and can set your business on a path to attracting a better talent community.
Focusing on qualitative talent acquisition in any organization is a simple plan, but never an easy fix.  It requires the fortitude to manage relationships with internal and external customers--all with different personality types.  HR and Recruitment Leadership must focus on working smarter and stop maintaining status quo policies that do not produce results.  Are you ready to take the steps to begin an era of qualitative talent acquisition in your organization?

RecruitAlliance is a Vendor Management System with an employer referred network of staffing agencies and recruiting firms, waiting to fill your most urgent hiring needs. Employers may sign up for their free* account and immediately begin posting jobs to the recruiting vendor network. Employers choose the fee they're willing to pay, the terms of the contract, and drive the hiring process. Recruiter members agree to all terms before a candidate is ever submitted through the platform. To learn more or get started today, go to
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