Are you struggling right now to recruit and retain staff?
Why are companies finding it hard to recruit? There are a number of reasons why
The main reasons are as follows :
- After the worst of the pandemic, many people have got used to flexible working, working from home and not prepared to work full-time in an office. They know they are just as productive, if not more productive, working at home with fewer distractions.
- Employees want more flexible working, and those companies offering a hybrid option are more likely to retain top talent.
- Employees are not prepared to travel when they know their job can be done without it. This puts more pressure on employers to re-evaluate working conditions.
- There is still a skills gap and this needs to be addressed at an earlier stage from school, university, apprenticeships and career advice. There are a lot of jobs that people can create themselves that are never taught at school and people just fall into them. One of these would be online content creation from blogging to online selling via Instagram and social media.
- Some companies are not reviewing wages and people who have been loyal to companies through the pandemic have reassessed this and moved on. I know it’s tough for employers; however, I am addressing why companies can’t attract good talent. Money talks at the end of the day and this needs to be addressed.
- Companies need to listen to employees’ changing needs and consider offering improved pay, benefits and flexibility. They need to tune in to what their staff need and want and try to retain them. What drove people before the pandemic may not be what drives them now.
- Candidates are now prioritising their mental health and wellbeing. Employees believe that work-life balance is important to them, and they now prioritise self-care, health and wellbeing. Companies who can relate to this have a better chance retaining candidates. While good salaries will always attract top talent, demonstrating care for their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will play a key part in guaranteeing their commitment long term.
- Some employers are now finding people accept jobs and then just don’t turn up with no explanation. They then have new candidates who start and leave early with no explanation. They just leave and send an email and don’t face their employer to let them know why they are leaving. Respect and common courtesy has gone!
- From my own experience from interviewing numerous candidates and asking them why they want to leave their current employment, feeling valued and flexible working are their main reasons.
- If employers want to retain good staff and attract new talent they need to reassess their current working hours, explore hybrid working and listen to what makes candidates want to show up daily.
- Remember that over the pandemic things have changed and we need to move with the times if employers want to retain good staff.
If you are struggling to recruit and need advice contact Cathy by emailing cm@cathymoranrecruitment,com or call 07751 856436