When it comes to hiring the best people with the right skill-sets, it’s hard for businesses to maintain a long-term view. Hires are often made with an eye toward filling an open slot as fast as possible, not whether the candidate will prove invaluable to the organization over the next decade. How can businesses ensure that they’re thinking ahead when they hire? The majority of tech workforce planning efforts are focused quarter to quarter, with a high dependence on assembly of flash teams, according to a TEKsystems survey of more than 300 tech leaders, including chief information officers, tech vice presidents, tech directors and tech hiring managers. The report found that companies’ failure to attain qualified tech professionals is due in large part to workforce planning gaps; the result has been bandwidth issues (as reported by 58 percent of those surveyed), missed timelines (55 percent) and productivity issues (51 percent). "Effective workforce planning requires tying technology projects to longer-term organizational goals," TEKsystems global analyst relations lead Karsten Scherer told Dice. "Most organizations have always struggled with this." He explained that without a programmatic approach—adhering to a particular method or strategy—to workforce planning, companies end up stuck in a loop of fire drills when it comes to aligning people to projects, and it can cost them big time.