As the economy improves, more and more workers are finding it easier to find employment. In 2017, employers in manufacturing reported having difficulty finding employees with the soft skills they need to fill the position. 2017 is showing signs to become the year of the worker, and employers will have to adjust their strategy to attract and retain accordingly. If you have been having difficulty finding the right type of workers, here are some hiring trends you may have to get used to this year.
Establishing Contact With Job Applicants Early
Job seekers often apply at several different jobs, and in the vast majority of cases, they will accept the first job that makes contact. This means that as an employer, you will need to make contact with your potential workers quickly. To many, the hiring process seems immensely impersonal, so any direct contact is appreciated and establishes a connection that can be built into a relationship. If you don’t want to lose the best workers to your professional rivals, be sure to reach out as soon as you find a suitable applicant.
Offering Competitive Wages
As an employer, adjusting salaries may seem like an unattractive prospect, but in reality, posting a competitive wage will allow you to attract the most talented applicants. Employees know companies that offer market based equitable salaries tend to value their workers more, and in a competitive job market, you will need every edge you can get. The reality is, a strategic compensation plan in a tight labor market will be paid for by higher retention, improved quality and sustained production results.
Facilitating More Interactive Interviews
Traditionally, employers could expect to hold interviews in their offices, usually having spoken with prospective employees several times over the phone. Today, interactive interviews are becoming considerably more popular, especially with companies that prefer their workers to have hands-on experience. Interactive interviews frequently include the following activities:
- Having job seekers interview with multiple team members utilizing technology to enhance the experience.
- Giving prospects the opportunity to observe and participate in sessions that provide a window into the job opportunity and their cultural fit.
- Focus on the applicant experience through follow-up and feedback to assist you in closing gaps in process and establish a known brand in the blue collar community.
These interview tactics are more personal, and they allow employers to understand whether a potential work team member will fit into the company culture, and achieve the goals desired by both employer and employee.
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