Finding the right candidate for your open position can seem like a daunting task, especially if your organization experiences high turnover. When an organization’s culture is known and values are seen daily in how employees treat one another and your customers, the task is easier. This helps job candidates understand what an organization stands for, finds important and supports in the workplace so they can determine if their personal values are a good match. However, if your organization is suffering high turnover there are things you can do to turn it around.
The following leadership team building tips and tools can help you find the right team member for your organization.
Invest in training and supporting your employees.
Happy employees are the best ambassadors when there is a job opening. If they like working for you, they tell their friends. One way to ensure that your employees feel supported is to train and support them and this requires resources. When you invest the time to properly train your employees in the beginning, your employees will be more productive and have a better respect for and understanding of the organization and their positions. This tactic is also invaluable in reducing employee turnover, as employees who feel valued and receive continued support are more likely to stay with your organization.
One way to invest in your employees is to deploy leadership team building activities within your organization. Workshops and seminars such as the 6 Principles That Build High Performance Teams Problem Solving Clinic is designed for leaders who find themselves engaged in facilitating and planning initiatives designed to encourage employees to support and champion those initiatives.
Offer feedback and praise.
Employees expect regular feedback and acknowledgment of their performance. All to often employees only hear negatives. Employees who receive recognition and feedback are better engaged and appreciate the on-the-job development you offer. They also tell their friends. So when your superior employees fit your culture like a glove, there is a high probability that their professional recommendations for the position will also. Make it easy for your employees to support you by offering timely feedback and recognition.
Utilize your employees as a recruiting tool.
As noted in your two previous tips, your employees are valuable recruiting tools. This is often over-looked. If your employees are happy in the organization, they will be more likely to refer candidates to open positions. You can increase referrals by also offering an incentive for employees to refer candidates, such as monetary compensation or another perk that employees value. When you take it a step further and offer the recruiting employee an opportunity to mentor their friend and participate in their onboarding, you are also supporting their leadership development. This is a win for everyone.
Use social media for openings.
Encourage your employees to share information about your organization online, especially on business sites such as LinkedIn. Your employees are connected to countless individuals, who can turn into potential candidates when you are hiring.
Depending on the size of your organization, you may hire new employees regularly or sporadically, but no matter how many employees you need, the above leadership team-building tips offer invaluable strategies and insights to find the right candidates for your organization.
Because your employees are your most valuable asset, here are some additional resources we have found to add value to this conversation:
- 5 Ways to Attract and Retain Talent in Your Business
- Your Employees Are Your Most Valuable Recruiting Tools
- The Case for Hiring “Outlier” Employees
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