As one year ends and another begins, it’s the ideal time to start preparing for the challenges ahead. There are some standard things to put in any preparedness checklist, such as reviewing your staffing plan, ensuring open enrolment is working, and talking to department leaders about their resource and training needs. But after the extraordinary events of the past year, you may need to include some additional items to your checklist.
The last couple of years has profoundly affected the way you work. Your team has had to adapt and adapt again as circumstances shifted and changed. You probably have more remote team members, more people on flexible work arrangements, or you might have a hybrid team that combines different working patterns.
When you’re competing for talent in the recruitment market, it doesn’t always come down to salary. Around one in four candidates say that they’ll choose the employer with the best organizational culture, even if it means turning down more lucrative offers. That’s why it’s so celebrate your culture and share it with the outside world.
We’re experiencing a hot recruitment market right now, and leaders in all industries are finding it difficult to fill vacant positions. Even if you’re not actively recruiting right now, these conditions pose real challenges. A competitive market means that rival employers will go to extreme measures to headhunt the best people on your team.
On an average working day in America, only one in three employees are fully engaged with their job. That's according to the latest data from Gallup, which shows that average engagement spiked during the pandemic, but is now back at normal levels. And, in most offices, normal is bad.
Keeping hold of your best staff has always been a challenge. Experienced managers have a whole toolkit of techniques they use to identify retention risks and minimize staff turnover rates. But those techniques often involve face-to-face contact with the team. What happens when you’re trying to manage a group of remote workers?