One of the biggest challenges of running a business in America today is finding good help. The workforce is largely comprised of millennials today and most of the so-called baby-boomers are approaching retirement. The millennial workers prefer to work in a much different environment than their parents and grandparents. They embrace technology such as instant messaging, emails and working from remote sites.
Here are 4-Tips for attracting new talent:
#1 – The Traditional Workplace
Today’s workers don’t care as much about high salaries as much as they do workplace flexibility. They care about working from home using new technological tools. They loathe the 8 to 5 schedule and appreciate a casual work environment free from traditional business attire. At the very least, they want “casual days” where they can dress down. They want the ability to perform their job from home or the beach using a laptop or tablet. Their feeling is, as long as they get the work done, why does it matter where they are sitting?
#2 – Internal Communications
Tech savvy workers want to utilize efficient internal communications such as text messaging, live chat, video conferencing and other similar tools that allow immediate connection to fellow employees by a simple text or a face-to-face meeting conducted by video from wherever the two workers happen to be at the time. They want infrastructure that allows work in progress to be shared through shared files and the ability for others to be able to contribute to their own work using technology such as Google Drive.
#3 – Employee vs. Contractor
The use of blended workforces is way up. An estimated 40% of workforces will be comprised of contractors over the next few years. This reduces the cost of providing benefits such as vacation and sick leave as well as health care costs. It also reduces the need for large offices for desk space as well as telephone sets and lines. The contractors will have more flexibility in the projects they choose to work on which is something they like. The traditional Monday through Friday grind is on the way out too as contractors can work on projects anytime they like as long as the job gets done.
#4 – Reference Checks
There is a current trend to call a prospective employee or contractor’s previous supervisor rather than call a Human Resources department who might be more inclined to give you a canned statement about the employee. Supervisor are more likely to openly share information about past performance and issues experienced. More employers are also turning to social media to learn more about the moral character of applicants. Personal references provided by an applicant are playing a wide roll in hiring decisions. It is important that hiring managers take the time to call upon the provided references and obtain a statement.