Many of you may have been faced with above question and some of you may have even have included it as part of your annual staff survey but why is this so important?
An organisation’s ability to attract, recruit and retain the top talent will be unique but at a time where people are considered the most valuable asset what are the key challenges?
- Getting the right skills! There is often a mismatch between the specialist skills that an organisation is looking for and the quality of applicants that apply. Despite this don’t settle for what we often hear as ‘the best out of bad bunch.’ The people with the skills you are after are out there but you have to actively attract them.
- Maintaining trust – We are all aware that no matter what political party comes into power there will be continued cuts to funding which will for most us mean changing the way we deliver our services. In this climate it is difficult to keep employees engaged and the image of the sector has done little to allay concerns. Despite this you can maintain trust and keep employees engaged by ensuring that they are involved and consulted on the best way forward in these difficult financial times.
- The future… retaining current talent is a major challenge for the here and now but what about later down the line? None of us have a crystal ball but do be aware of the priorities for your organisation over the coming years. Will you have the appropriate skill-sets to deliver on these? Many organisations fail to look at workforce planning and perhaps more surprisingly fail to develop talent in house.
There are a variety of factors in play not least the economic and political context but if your employees are answering no to the above question, be sure to ask them why!