State and Local Examples: Recruitment
State and local agencies have explored a number of staff recruitment strategies, as described in the following reports.
BASSC Recruitment and Retention Project: Final Report Bay Area Social Services Consortium (2000) View Abstract Addresses the recruitment and retention issues affecting the human services workforce in the San Francisco Bay area region. Recommendations are provided to address each of the findings on staff recruitment and retention.
Staff Recruitment and Retention Strategies in Alameda County: Executive Summary (PDF - 40 KB) San Mateo County (California) Human Services Agency (2001) Presents the results of a case study that reviewed the staff recruitment and retention strategies used by the Alameda County Social Services Agency, and provides recommendations to the San Mateo County Human Services Agency.
Training Child Welfare Workers in Monterey County: Strategies for Training New Staff, Developing Existing Staff and Identifying Future Staff: Executive Summary (PDF - 93 KB) Santa Clara County (California) Social Services Agency (2002) Describes the new child welfare induction program implemented in Monterey County in 2000 to train and support workers that has resulted in the retention of new staff. It provides recommendations for improving recruitment and retention of child welfare staff in Santa Clara County.
Innovation Out of Crisis II: Solutions to the Human Services Workforce Crisis (PDF - 259 KB) Stergios & Weekes Policy Directions, 12, 2002 Outlines the recommendations of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and the Pioneer Institute for attracting and keeping staff. The organizations suggest that agencies recruit personnel by emphasizing the benefits of the work and by collaborating with high schools and colleges to identify prospective students.