During the recession, many of the best talent available in various industries smartly decided to play it safe by remaining with their employers. Conversely, many hard workers with great skills were let go due to no fault of their own. Since the recovery has been underway, more and more of these top workers are finally starting to feel the time is right to reach upwards for new and better employment. Finding and recruiting these individuals is not as impossible as many people would think. Follow the following tips to help you find top talent for your team without losing your hair or breaking your bank.
Get Rid of Unproductive Workers
If you are going to go through the time and effort of recruitment, you might as well look at your house and see what cleaning needs to be done first. If you have procrastinators, whiners, and other team members that consistently drag down the rest of the team, they are not worth keeping on. It makes no sense to try to bring in the top talent available when the workers you already have are not up to par with your expectations. Be brutally honest and ask whether you would hire each of your employees again with the information you have now about their work ethic and abilities. Those who don’t make the cut should be given notice.
Utilize Remote Workers
One of the keys to successfully recruiting the best talent available in an industry is thinking outside the box and doing things a little differently. Remote technology is something that many of the top workers in various industries desire, and it can work well for companies as well. Moving great workers to your location is costly and ultimately unnecessary when they can simply log on from home. However, you need to ensure that they are actually capable of responsibly working remotely. The best emplyees will be self-starters, have the proper tools for top performance on the job, and will not avoid business communication. That’s just a part of the job, and if they are unwilling to put forth the effort, they should not get the benefit of remote work.
Compete with the Big Guys
Facing the realities of life will only help your business. One of the biggest realities is that big corporations often have more at their disposal to attract some of the top talent available. Understanding this will help give you an advantage in the arena. The first step smaller businesses can take is emphasizing what is so attractive about working for the small guys. This includes the potential for a warmer, less chemical work atmosphere, as well as the opportunity for increased responsibilities and experience in a wider array of areas in a shorter amount of time. While a benefits package that matches those offered in the corporate world might be out of reach, many top candidates are looking just as much at their work environment as pay, so make sure and highlight your successes in that arena.
Don’t Skimp on Salary
While this one should be fairly obvious, it is so key that it is worth mentioning. You are never going to be able to recruit the best talent available if you are not willing to pay people what they are worth. Although pay and benefits are not everything, and some workers may overlook pay for a good environment, there is still a base level of pay and benefits that you should maintain to ensure you recruit and maintain workers worth keeping. The reality is that good workers are expensive, and they usually know what they are worth and should be treated accordingly.
However, this does not mean you need to go crazy and pay above what someone is worth just to remain attractive, as this will attract a workforce that you really don’t want. The right workers will see the entire opportunity ï the projects, people and company ï and grab at the chance to be a part of it.
Today, some of the best talent available are flocking in droves away from traditional corporate environments and toward anything else that might give them the challenge they desire in the right company culture. Do what you can to make your company culture compelling, energizing and unique. You could move to a results-only work environment, focus on improving the environment of the office, and build trust between workers to help increase productivity and build sales, all of which would be highly attractive to new employees.
There are many different steps you can take to help attract the best talent available in your industry. Take the time to review the additional resources available here at Mighty Recruiter to help increase your chances of recruiting a superior team and to find valuable information on building your business.