Nature of Staffing:
Staffing is a broad activity: People are the most important assets for nature of staffing that convert inputs into outputs. People are appointed at all levels (top, middle, bottom levels of management) in all functional areas (production, finance, marketing, personnel). Staffing ensures that the right person is appointed to the right job so that the organization can efficiently achieve its objectives.
Staffing is an important management function: Staffing is a management function that employs people in various positions to run the organization. When creating organizing departments and positions, staffing ensures that people with desired skills and abilities occupy these positions to contribute to organizational goals.
Staffing is a continuous activity: Staffing is a continuous managerial function. This is because the staffing function continues throughout the life of an organization due to transfers and promotions. People leave and join organizations. Departments and organizations grow and therefore, the need of the people continues to arise. Therefore, hiring, training and staffing are replenished continuously by managers.
Staffing helps to keep the right men at the right job: This can be done effectively through proper recruitment processes and then finally selecting the most appropriate candidates as per job requirements.
Staffing is done by all managers: Top management in small companies performs this task, depending on nature of business, company size, qualifications and skills of managers, etc. In medium and small scale industries, this is particularly done by the personnel department of that concern.
Staffing is a part of Human Resource Management: Staffing is an important part of human resource management in an organization or company. Human resource management ensures that competent people carry out organizational activities. It deals with the set of organizational activities that attract, develop and sustain an effective workforce. The requirements of human resource management are filled through staffing as staff employ people in desired jobs.
Staffing deal with active processing: Staffing relates to the most important resource (people) that converts passive resources (raw materials) into productive output. It relates to live resources (people) without which resources will remain as resources only. They will not convert to output.
Staffing attached with personnel department: Recruitment, selection, training and evaluation of subordinates (production, marketing etc.) of all departments is done by managers at all levels as all departments require people to function. In performing these tasks, the manager seeks the assistance of the personnel department. The Personnel Department is a service department that assists line managers in performing staff tasks.