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Plan for Success With 11 Free Human Resource Planning Checklists

Human Resource Planning

The term planning is imbecilic; everything can change tomorrow

That was a quote made by a French manager, straight after the 1973 oil crisis.

He’s kind of right of course. Everything can, quite easily, change tomorrow. We’re living in a world where we see changes every day. Ground-breaking technology, product innovations, medical breakthroughs, economic globalization. Things change. I can’t argue with that.

But does that mean “planning is imbecilic” though?

Can planning be inflexible and slow to respond to change? Yes. Can it be reliant on poor, over-optimistic forecasting? Probably. Can it lead to bad business decisions? Definitely.

Planning can be ineffective and damaging if it’s done badly.

Good planning, on the other hand, can minimize the uncertainty brought on by change. It can reduce risk, promote reflection and encourage innovation. It forces rational, logical thinking and it helps inform good business decisions.

Don’t believe me?

Take the 1911 race to the South Pole. The race was between two explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott. They each had a similar amount of experience and were the same age. Both faced 1,400 miles of gale-force winds, blizzards, and minus temperatures on their expeditions.

Amundsen meticulously planned his trip for several years. Scott didn’t.

Guess which expedition tragically failed?

Amundsen was already sailing back to Norway when Scott’s team finally gave up hope.

Failing to plan is planning to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

So, now we’ve established that planning is sensible, and not ‘imbecilic’, let’s find out why human resource planning is one of the most valuable processes a company can follow.

To do this, I will cover the following:

Without further ado, let’s get stuck in!

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14 Best Online Team Management Tools for Productive Teams

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This is a guest post by Nandini Sharma, an Assistant Marketing Manager at ProofHub – a leading collaboration software. With years of experience in marketing, she has found some amazing ways to reach a large audience and create a connection.

Boosting team morale and productivity could be considered as the number 1 goal for every project manager.

The term team management isn’t just about allocating tasks to be checked off by your team before the end of the day. Key factors that contribute to the concept of effective team management are teamwork, collaboration, and recognition. Without them, a company’s overall performance is at risk. This is where team management tools come into play.

Unfortunately, no matter how hard a project manager tries or how many expensive tools she/he invests in, something or someone is often left behind. And here in-lies our problem…

…and where there is a business-related problem, there is a Process Street solution.

You see, not all team management tools are meant for you. Without the right approach and the right tool, your chances of keeping each team member productive and satisfied, are next to impossible.

You need to find a tool that works best for you and your team and you need to find it soon.

In this article, we will explain the importance of effective team management. We will then present you with our 14 top team management tools so that you can find the right one for you.

Click on the relevant subheader below to jump to that section. Alternatively, scroll down to find the information you need to evaluate the best team management tool for you.

We’ll start with the basics of team management.
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50 Google Docs Templates for Business Success (With 60+ Process Checklists)

50 Google Docs Templates

It’s 9:00 am.

I grab my morning coffee.

Boot-up my laptop and join the 1 billion others logging into Google Drive today.

Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs; it’s all there.

I go straight to my Google Docs templates folder. As a content writer for Process Street, these templates include planning templates, review templates, and templates designed to record my research.

Suffice to say, as a content writer my Google Docs templates are the veritable pillars of my content creation process.

Oh, thank you, Google Docs templates…

But that’s not all there is to it.

Despite the wealth of convenience my Google Docs templates allow me, I wouldn’t be half the writer I am today if it wasn’t for Process Street.

What I mean to say is, I’ve built up an extremely efficient writing process that combines the convenient templates of Google Docs (via Google Drive) and the clear processes and convenient automation of Process Street.

By integrating Process Street + Google Drive into a simple, repeatable process for content creation, I know I can work productively and consistently meet my content writer duties.

For me…

Process Street + Google Drive = Success

…and in this article, I will show you how you can recreate my process, and build your own streamlined automations.

Click on the subheader below to jump to the relevant section. Alternatively read all and take a well-deserved moment to learn how to improve and refine your business processes.

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Business Process Documentation: 5 Benefits and Why You Should Use It

Business Process Documentation 5 Benefits and Why You Should Use It

96% of companies had a form of process documentation in 2015.

Were you one of them?

What about today? Do you document your processes?

Is business process documentation still a popular approach?

These were the questions we at Process Street wanted to find the answers to. We asked top business experts from around the globe: How important is business process documentation for running a business?

In this article, we present to you our never-before-seen findings.

We successfully deciphered trends of the business process documentation market and determined the reasons for these trends. I recommend that you take the time to read all we have to say about business process documentation, but if you’re pushed for time, you can access the relevant section from the links provided below:

Shall we get started?

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10 Templates to Optimize Creative Workflow Management

10 Templates to Optimize Creative Workflow Management

It’s a common misconception among marketing creatives that structure and planning impede creativity.

But of course, this isn’t true.

Not having a creative process in place can actually make your work more strenuous and ineffective. When there isn’t any project planning or set goals, it allows more room for inconsistencies, not meeting deadlines, miscommunication between your team and the clients, and overall chaos.

Good creative workflow management should encourage creativity, not hinder it. The key is developing a process that’s regulated enough that it boosts efficiency, but is also adaptable enough to be applied to the variety of projects your company will work on.

So, how can you achieve creative workflow management that provides a framework for your team without holding them back? That’s what we’ll be focusing on in this article.

In this article, we’ll be looking at:

First things first; if you just want the free process templates for creative workflow management, then you can find them right here:

If you’re unsure what a Process Street checklist looks like, check it out (pun intended):

If you want these templates, just sign up for a free trial (it takes about 2 minutes).

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The Different Types of Checklist Teams Should Use (& How They’ll Help)

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Picture this: You’re on vacation.

(Sounds good already, huh?)

It’s summer. The sun’s shining. You’re on a beach with white sands and an ocean so clear you can see the coral.

You think, “Hey, I wouldn’t mind an ice cream right about now.” So you go to the ice cream kiosk before it closes for the day, choose your flavor of choice, go back to your towel, and eat it.

It’s the best ice cream you’ve ever had.

You want more.

But it’s gone. (And the kiosk is shut, too.)

Your vacation is ruined. R U I N E D.

Sometimes, one of something isn’t enough. Not just when it comes to delicious food, but also concerning more practical things like iPhone charging cables (why are they so flimsy, Apple?!), and of course, checklists.

Having multiple checklists holds you and your team in incredibly good stead when it comes to all kinds of business-related activity, no matter if the team works in marketing, engineering, sales, or customer support.

But don’t take my word for it.

Take the word of the 30+ businesses who’ve offered their insights to the Process Street community regarding the types of checklist they use (and why). Read through the following sections to get the complete lowdown:

Now, forget about that ice cream – there’s work to do!

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Operational Audit: Best Practices Used by the Experts

Operational Audit, Best Practices Used by the Experts

70% of all businesses fail within the first 10 years.

Business owners reading this: for every ten of you, 7 will fold.

Despite that morbid start, I begin this Process Street article looking at the operational audit. I will demonstrate how using an operational audit can refine, improve, and evolve your business operations, setting you up for business prosperity. Wouldn’t it be nice to alter the above stat to 100% business success?

A tall order but, as the Westlife song goes, Nothing is impossible – apologies if you are not a Westlife fan. I believe that optimized operational audits play a significant role in driving business success. In this article, I will explain why. You will also find out:

  1. What an operational audit is
  2. The benefits operational audits bring to Business
  3. Operational audit best practices
  4. How you can implement internal operational audits with Process Street. These will be recurring processes within your business

To jump to the relevant section, click on the links below. Alternatively, scroll down and read all to become an expert in the auditing world.

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Writing Checklists: Tips & Tricks From 15 Thriving Businesses

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In 1836, Edward Bulwer-Lytton came up with the adage “the pen is mightier than the sword“.

Bulwer-Lytton was referring to good writing and effective communication being the most powerful tool of all. So powerful that it could win wars.

In business’ modern-day war against tough deadlines, seemingly never-ending workloads, and stiff business competition, Bulwer-Lytton’s adage still rings true.

Particularly when it comes to penning checklists.

Here at Process Street, we’d go far as to say that checklists are something of a secret weapon hidden in plain sight. They maximize productivity, minimize stress and anxiety, and can keep perilous human error at bay.

But the rewards can only be reaped if checklists are well-written.

Not sure how to write checklists properly? Confused whether you’re penning checklists the right way or not?

I’ve got you covered in the following sections where you’ll learn what checklists are used for, why they’re so useful, on top of being given tips and tricks for writing checklists from 15 thriving companies:

Now, it’s time to march onwards! 🥁

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How to Do VRIO Properly (With Our Free VRIO Analysis Checklist!)

VRIO Analysis

Cutthroat. Ruthless. Dog-eat-dog.

No, I’m not introducing this year’s hottest action movie – I’m talking about the world of business.

Nowadays, it’s quicker and easier than ever to get a business up and running. Hell, with the emergence of low code and no-code platforms, it’s not just quick and easy but downright simple.

But only 3 out of 4 companies featured in the S&P 500 list will still be relevant – and even exist – in 2027.

With this stark realization, how do startup hopefuls and the Fortune 500 alike know if they’ve got the resources and capabilities to not only stay in the game for the long-haul, but have an overall competitive advantage?

VRIO.

I last discussed VRIO in my post What is VRIO? The 4-Step Framework for Continuous Business Success, where I laid the foundation for understanding what VRIO is, where it came from, and how to navigate the framework.

However, in this post, I’ll be taking things one step further.

I’ll recap what VRIO is (handy for those who don’t already know!), discuss the specific benefits of VRIO analysis, and even provide you with a free VRIO analysis checklist – made by us here at Process Street!

Just read through the following sections to get started:

The clock’s ticking, so let’s jump in! ⏱

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How to Build a Knowledge Management System (KMS): The Basics

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Knowledge is power, but you need a system in place to harness that power effectively.

Everything that happens in your business depends on some kind of specialized knowledge, whether it’s new employee onboarding, dealing with customer requests, compliance issues, or marketing a new feature launch.

Your knowledge management system is the firm foundation upon which you build your business.

Despite this, statistics show that as many as 40% of employees do not utilize proper knowledge management solutions, and between 7-20% of their time is spent figuring out a problem from scratch when the solution already exists somewhere in the company.

These bad business practices cost Fortune 500 companies $31.5 billion each year.

How much money are you losing, and how much time are you wasting without a proper knowledge management system in place?

Knowledge management shares many fundamental principles with the idea of business process management (BPM), and as such it’s possible to use BPM software like Process Street to implement a powerful knowledge management system.

In this article, we’ll be looking at:

Let’s start by understanding some basic principles of a knowledge management system.
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