You can't fix what you don't understand. Yet, one thing every employer of every size and industry can relate to, is the fact that it is getting harder to recruit strong candidates and keep their top employees. The landscape has been turned upside down in the past 18 months, and the rules of the game have changed in favor of employees and candidates alike. Employers no longer have the predictable "upper hand" they once took for granted, and most are scrambling to keep up with growing operational demand and tougher vaccine mandates which are putting the squeeze on continuing employment for the unvaccinated. The uncertainty that exists is at an alarming high (and growing). This article by McKinsey & Company explores the most current data related to the current state and what you can do about it. One thing is clear: the controllable that remains for employers, is their organizational culture. Step one is understanding your current culture in a quantifiable way, and then you can take it from there to focus on differentiating yourself to job seekers and existing employees to protect your biggest asset: your people.
Elizabeth P. Cipolla, SHRM-SCP, SPHR is the Human Capital Practice Leader and an executive consultant specializing in the areas of organizational culture, regulatory compliance; organizational development; strategy; executive coaching; leadership development; executive search, and organizational communication for over 20 years. She brings leadership experience from various industries including aerospace, apparel, e-Commerce, education, government, human services, insurance, manufacturing, media, and non-profit. To contact Elizabeth, email her at ElizabethCipolla@DecisionAssociates.net.