• Unit 2: Strategic Human Resource Planning and Staffing

    Now that you understand the core components of strategy as applied to managing human capital, learn how to identify the right human capital by properly assessing and defining all of the jobs within an organization. Identifying the right people for a firm can be very difficult. To make things more challenging, job descriptions often do a poor job of detailing the employment environment. By conducting a proper job analysis of all roles within a firm, hiring managers can better identify the traits they need a future employee to possess for a specific job.

    Employers seek employees with traits that fall into one of four categories: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics. Collectively, these traits are referred to as KSAs. The keys to success lay not in an individual's experience with Microsoft Office or his or her ability to work in a high stress environment, but rather in his or her capacity to learn on the job, humility in admitting fault, and temperament in a stressful situation. In this unit, you will learn how to identify the true demands of a job and translate them into an accurate job description.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 10 hours.