Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

Coping with Fluctuating Demand for Professional Staff: A Prescription and Examples

H. W. Lorber
Interfaces
Vol. 9, No. 5 (Nov., 1979), pp. 81-89
Published by: INFORMS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25059815
Page Count: 9
  • Download ($30.00)
  • Cite this Item
Coping with Fluctuating Demand for Professional Staff: A Prescription and Examples
Preview not available

Abstract

Since professionals tend to be highly paid and slow to recruit and train, the professional staffing problem is nontrivial, vexatious, and persistent. Predictions help little when changes in demand are unforeseeable, but two practical planning policies tend to make serious miscalculations unlikely. Dynamic-simulation experiments on an actual technical-service company show that the solution is simply to (1) be generous with overtime in response to backlog, and (2) hire or fire in a timely manner, but sparingly. A simple verbal analysis, comparison with actual data, and an application to a manufacturing firm support the above results.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
81
    81
  • Thumbnail: Page 
82
    82
  • Thumbnail: Page 
83
    83
  • Thumbnail: Page 
84
    84
  • Thumbnail: Page 
85
    85
  • Thumbnail: Page 
86
    86
  • Thumbnail: Page 
87
    87
  • Thumbnail: Page 
88
    88
  • Thumbnail: Page 
89
    89