Threatened project deadlines often trigger a last
minute recruitment phase. This generally happens in large
projects where there are several layers of management.
Over recruitment is done in answer to the
question posed at management meetings "...so what are we doing
about this crisis?" to which the answer is often "...well, we've
just taken on a whole bunch of people to make it right!"
Extra manpower brought in like this can help but
certainly not in proportion to the cost. Extra manpower has
to be trained, fed, supplied with coffee, transported
motivated. And on that 'motivation' aspect, with a mass of
'under-utilised' manpower, there is always that ever-present
potential for idle gossip; and disillusionment, that can be
infectious, and that can spread like wildfire.
And you can bet, that your 'new people' will
imbed themselves very cleverly into the work structure. So that the
decision to hire will have seemed much easier that the decision you
will have to make eventually (and after a lot of salary payments)
to reduce the numbers.
There is only so much room around a console, and
only two hands at a time can hover effectively above a
keyboard. Only so many pairs of eyes that can review a
So if that crisis really does demand an increase
in workforce, better let the men on the ground contribute almost
wholly to the decision on how many, in what disciplines, and in
what capacity to recruit. Involving the workforce in that
kind of decision will very likely bring some good independent ideas
to deal with the cricis as well.