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Skills – Are you getting the best from your team?

Skills – Are you getting the best from your team?

Whether you are looking to recruit new staff, or if maybe your business needs are changing, finding out the skill sets, strengths, and weaknesses of every employee could be critical to your success.

You need to ensure that they each have the best possible impact on the business in their particular role.

Business Aspects Magazine spoke with Charlotte Gallagher, founder and managing director of Cheshire-based HR Consultants P3 People Management. We asked her how this can be done, quickly and cost-effectively.

Charlotte commented: “According to a recent survey of UK businesses, one in five employees in small businesses are ‘under-utilised’. Whilst some companies do retain workers that may have become surplus to requirements, there are also many employees who boast skill sets of which their employers are totally unaware.”

“Too many businesses are not aware of the level of skill employees have and failure to make the most of the skills they have employed could put them at a competitive disadvantage to others that use skills more effectively.”

Skills utilisation is about using the workforce you have in a more effective manner.

“First and foremost you need to find out what those skills are and then match them up to your requirements. This can be done through a thorough recruitment process and through team building exercises” added Charlotte.

She concluded: “Always recruit staff for a specific job, but make sure you learn as much as you can about your candidate, as they may have other skills unknown to you that could provide you with additional benefit”.

P3’s team of HR consultants boast a collective experience of over 55 years. HR Aspects appreciates the contribution of their Founder and Managing Director Charlotte Gallagher.

For more on skills utilisation, call 0161 941 2426 or email charlotte@p3pm.co.uk