Destination success: RPO blueprinting and planning a vacation
When preparing for a vacation, the more I operationalize my trip as I would a project, the better the outcome. I know it might seem far from relaxing, but leaving my house for an hour takes careful planning, let alone an entire week away.
So for me, preparing for a vacation is a lot like blueprinting a new Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) delivery model: Careful and thoughtful planning will lead to successful implementation.
When putting together a vacation or an RPO model, the first step is background research. For my vacation, it’s all about landscape, amenities, entertainment, accessibility, and of course, how close the nearest store is to my hotel.
Likewise, at Yoh our RPO implementation is based on discovery. (It’s the step right before integration.) We want to gather as much information as possible about a new client’s current requirements by working directly with our identified partners. We gather information such as their current recruitment strategies, operations, policies, time collection and approvals, communication, technology, and more. That way, we know where our partner is coming from, and we can better understand where they want to go.
Then, the next steps are about how we’ll get there. In other words, logistics. Before I leave for vacation I must know my departure and arrival times, have an outline of travel activities, and ensure that my passport and necessary arrival documents are in place.
For RPO blueprinting, this step is about aligning the discovery with internal operations. Aligning operational and technology-based staffing solutions allows for a more effective program implementation. At this stage, the scope of the project is finalized and agreed upon and might include the following activities.
- Workshops with company stakeholders to understand current recruitment challenges.
- Discussions about potential solutions in order to reach a mutual agreement on the best approach.
- Determination of the model that will support the approach. This includes consideration of the required resources, workforce model, and technology integration.
Just like my vacation is not only about leaving town (after all, I want a fun and memorable experience!), RPO blueprinting is not just about client sign-off. Rather, vigilant planning also ensures that all details have been covered before the program is implemented. At Yoh we carefully plan RPO implementations to decrease transition time and get things up and running as quickly as possible. We aim to optimize our performance and our people from day one, and it comes with tailoring our approach to clients’ unique needs, but doing so with compliant methodology.