It’s no secret that many companies nationwide are experiencing a staffing shortage due to the remnants of the pandemic. Many employees are not ready to go back to work or are unable to do so based on personal needs. This makes things a bit more challenging for the already overworked hiring manager and other staff. So what are you to do to get more people to join your team? We’ve come up with a few tips to get your company staffed as we enter into the summer season.
Tip 1: Avoid “Bad Hire” Costs: A good way to save time in your hiring process is to try to avoid the costs of a hire that doesn’t work out. While sometimes this can be unavoidable, hiring someone that doesn’t end up staying with your company can be costly. Take some time to really find the right fit by reviewing all applicants and you’ll end up saving in the long run.
Tip 2: Clearly Define Job Duties: Employees want to know exactly what they are getting into when searching for a job. It’s often that an employee accepts a position and then ends up doing something entirely different. While this is sometimes unavoidable with staffing changes and company growth, being as up front and honest with an employee as possible will really let them know that they are getting into, will develop trust in the company, and will lead to increased employee retention.
Tip 3: Improve Employee Retention: Hiring new employees can often cost your company much more than keeping your existing employee base. But, you also want to implement practices that keep your current employees satisfied in working for you and your company. Some ideas to implement this include holiday parties or bonuses, recognition of a job well done, annual salary increases, etc. Your employees want to know that they mean something to you and your company. A little employee recognition can go a long way.
Tip 4: Know Your Brand: An important key is getting good employees and increasing employee retention is to understand who you as a company and really sell that. Try focusing on why an employee should work for you and why your company stands out from the rest. Additionally, highlighting your brand and marketing your hiring process will make a potential employee more likely to apply as they feel they recognize who your company is and may feel a higher trust.
Tip 5: Get Creative: Especially in today’s staffing climate, companies are coming up with new and creative ways to fill their staffing shortages. Some companies are adding signage, offering incentives and sign-on bonuses, offering increased wages, and so much more to get employees in the door and ready to work. This is important and a good way to keep up with the competition of other companies who are also seeking good employees and staff.
Overall, the current state of staffing is making big shifts in how employees value their work and their job duties, so being clear and honest can go a long way. Most employees want to get back to work but are starting to understand that their value goes beyond what they do, and many companies are going to have to shift to new strategies of employee retention and employee interest.