There is no question that rebuilding your talent pool post-pandemic will be a challenge. But these 5 steps can help:
- Listen to your talent’s needs. You may think you know what’s important to them, but you could be surprised. Base benefits and offerings based on what they want and not what you think they want or need .
- Prioritize skills assessment and training. To start, determine how employees’ jobs may have changed during the pandemic. Then invest in training to help people boost their knowledge and skills to support these changes and take them to the next level.
- Keep pace with wage growth. Average annual salaries are growing, as are minimum wage and benefit offerings. Prepare to keep up with the competition, and don’t assume that things like workplace culture will make up for lower salaries.
- Support employees’ financial wellness. Only about half of employees say they feel financially well, down from 61% two years ago. Staff need and want help and support to give them some financial security.
- Champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Employees want meaningful programs, not just lip service. Have specific programs, plans, and activities to increase diversity and inclusion, and let existing employees and job candidates know about them.