The volume of job openings in the U.S. is high, about 6.2 million. The unemployment rate is low, 4.4% in August. These statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that it’s hard to find unfindable employees.
Some companies like McDonald’s are getting creative. They’re tapping their own customers to help them. Tom Johnson of AO Consultants believes that to find unfindable employees and to retain them, the best employers look at themselves before trying to reach out to others.
Listen to see if you agree.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN FROM TOM JOHNSON, PRESIDENT OF AO CONSULTANTS
IS ONE OF THE BARRIERS TO FINDING EMPLOYEES WRAPPED UP IN THE POLICIES, ATTITUDES, OR PRACTICES OF THE EMPLOYER? (1:40 in)
In Tom’s words – Sometime the reason people have difficulty in finding people for positions is not so much a lack of talent out there, it could be a perception of the business itself.
Tip – Make sure you are positioned correctly to attract people and be open to consider candidates that don’t fit the perceived perfect profile.
WHERE SHOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR NEW EMPLOYEES? (3:11 in)
In Tom’s words – I’m a real believer in networking. The stronger your network, the better off you will be in finding people to come work for you.
Tip – Cast a wide net by using social media, your website, job boards, etc. in addition to your network.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE A RECRUITING AGENCY? (5:34 in)
In Tom’s words – If you have limited resources, they can provide you with a stream of people for you to decide on. Staff up quickly is another good use. Highly technical type positions or a leadership position.
Tip – Determine how much time not working on the business may be lost by recruiting. Hiring temporary people for a full time tryout may also be useful in select circumstances.
WHAT ARE THE KEY BENEFITS WORKERS ARE LOOKING FOR? (9:15 in)
In Tom’s words – It kind of depends on the generational group. They’re offering almost a cafeteria based upon different people’s needs.
Tip – See if your benefit package is appealing to all people at different stages of their career. Consider offering volunteer benefits, benefits that don’t cost the employer, as well as a choice of benefits.
IF THERE IS ONE BEST PRACTICE FOR HIRING AND RETAINING EMPLOYEES WHAT WOULD IT BE? (15:29 in)
In Tom’s words – Have the strength to let those people go that aren’t going to move you forward.
Tip – Take time to fully understand the skills and qualities of people that make your company go and how you can equip them to be successful.