Recruitment and retention: Strategies to navigate a changing landscape

September 15, 2023 By    
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In today’s rapidly evolving business environment, recruiting and retaining top talent have become more intricate and challenging than ever before.

As organizations compete to attract workers and maintain a loyal workforce, it is crucial to explore innovative strategies that address the shifting dynamics of the job market. This article delves into approaches and insights that can help companies effectively navigate the complex landscape of recruiting and retention.

⦁ Build a strong employee value proposition (EVP). An employee value proposition is part of an employer’s branding strategy that represents everything of value the employer offers its employees. A compelling EVP can significantly improve a company’s ability to attract and retain talent. Companies should emphasize their mission, values, benefits, pay and career opportunities and highlight unique offerings that set them apart. Employee testimonials and success stories can provide authentic insights into the company’s culture.

⦁ Engage candidates quickly. Streamline your hiring process to reduce the time between application, interview and job offer. Respond promptly to applications, and keep candidates informed about the hiring process. Delays can lead to a loss of interest and potential candidates.

⦁ Create a strong online presence. Develop a user-friendly website highlighting your company’s culture, benefits and job opportunities. Maintain active social media profiles to engage with the community and potential candidates. Use job boards, such as Indeed, ZipRecruiter and other specialized websites.

⦁ Encourage employee referrals. Develop a program to reward employees for referrals. Incentivizing happy employees can be your best recruiting tactic. According to a 2022 survey by Jobvite, the average employee has 150 contacts on social media networks; 100 employees mean 15,000 contacts and potential candidates. Jobvite also reports that employee referrals have the highest applicant-to-hire conversion rate, resulting in 40 percent of hires.

⦁ Post and advertise job openings. Job postings should be engaging and informative to create excitement about the company and the job. Postings should highlight the benefits of working for your company and emphasize the employee value proposition. Use clear language and bullet points, and provide a mechanism for applying for the job. Many states have pay transparency laws that require all job advertisements to have a “realistic” salary range. Check your state laws for more information.

⦁ Engage with local community groups. Partner with local community organizations, schools and colleges to tap into potential hourly workers. Attend job fairs, career expos and networking events in your area. Provide value to community members beyond job openings. Share relevant industry news and educational content, or volunteer at a local event. This will showcase your commitment to the community’s well-being.

⦁ Establish an onboarding process. Proper onboarding can make a significant difference in an employee’s integration and long-term commitment. Through personalized training, mentorship and growth opportunities, companies can demonstrate their investment in their employees. This not only boosts retention but also fosters a sense of loyalty and belonging among employees.

Kathy Johnson

⦁ Implement recognition and rewards programs. Acknowledging and celebrating employees’ achievements can significantly enhance retention rates. Companies can establish recognition programs highlighting outstanding performance and celebrating anniversaries and milestones to create a culture of appreciation.

⦁ Establish an inclusive culture. Diversity and inclusion are important for winning the war on recruiting and retaining employees. Companies should proactively create an inclusive environment where all employees feel valued and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives.

⦁ Insist on exit interviews. The best retention tool is prevention. By analyzing feedback from multiple exit interviews, organizations can identify patterns and trends related to employee turnover, job satisfaction, workplace culture and other factors that might influence retention.

In an era of rapid change and intense competition for talent, organizations must be agile and innovative in recruiting and retaining employees. By embracing technology, building a strong employer brand, promoting diversity, fostering open communication and prioritizing the employee experience, companies can create a workplace that attracts, engages and retains top-tier talent for the long haul.

Kathy Johnson is executive vice president and chief human resource officer for EDP. She leads an HR team that serves the company’s 700-plus employees. With more than 20 years of HR experience, Johnson has an undergraduate degree from DePaul University and is completing her Master’s of Jurisprudence in Employment and Labor Law from Tulane University. She can be reached at or 312-254-5977.

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