Throwing Bodies at Problems

February 13, 2008 — Leave a comment

Many organizations face the problem of being understaffed and needing additional people to help fulfill their mission.  People think the easiest way to fix this is to hire someone to help lighten the work load.

When you have staffing problems the worst thing you can do is throw bodies at the problem and hope it’s solved.  Throwing bodies at a problem isn’t going to fix it.  When you are understaffed and needing additional help, the worst thing you can do is hire the first warm body you can find, give him a desk, and tell him to help your organization catch up on work.  You need to take time to invest in possible candidates by checking references, performing at least one interview, and always Google possible candidates.  Once he is hired, spend some time talking and mentoring that person about your organization.  Don’t just throw him in a desk and hope he figures out what to do.

This person has got no clue what your organization’s mission is, what has happened in the past, or what it will take to get work caught up.

I will say from experience that it’s terrible to be given a desk, computer, job description and have no one give you the time of day.  You quickly become unmotivated and start looking for another job.

Our obligation as leaders is to spend time to make sure we hire the correct person, mentor him once he is hired, and let him know exactly what we expect from him.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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