Latest Posts in Culture and Values
Experiencing a stressful day or week at the office is no picnic. If you’re like me, you wish there were better coping mechanisms during those inevitably busy times at work. Ironically, I had been coming across the word “mindful” on many occasions, so I took it as a sign to do some research on the topic to find out if it could possibly be used as a stress-reducing tool. What I found was very conclusive evidence that mindfulness is a powerful technique to use for stress reduction and overall wellness.
There are many companies who stand out when it comes to employer branding. Those who deliver a dynamic, consistent experience to employees are more likely to develop and benefit from a strong employer brand. Organizations with a well-established and respected employer brand will find it easier to both attract and retain top talent. Representatives from EDSI had the pleasure of meeting an employer branding standout – Barton Malow – at the Metro Detroit 101 Best & Brightest awards ceremony.
You’re standing in an art gallery filled with paintings. What draws your eye toward a particular canvas? It might be the vibrant colors or the naturistic scene … but something makes it stand out, right? Believe it or not, it’s similar for talent acquisition – you must find your own unique way to stand out if you want to be noticed by the best job candidates.
Corporate culture. It’s like a magnetic force that pulls talent toward your organization. Is your pull strong or weak? In all seriousness, though, it’s a hot topic in the war for talent. Economists note that when the economy is thriving, employees have more bargaining power, which leads to more competition in the job market. Because of this, many companies must take a closer look at their culture as a primary way to attract and retain employees.
In today’s competitive talent marketplace, your employer brand is crucial in helping to attract the right people to your company. When making a decision on where to apply for a job, 84% of jobseekers say the reputation of a company as an employer is important.
The best thing you can do to keep your top talent happy is to engage in a bit of reverse psychology. The topic of talent retention is mired in language about having, keeping, holding, and preserving. To retain something means to hold onto it. But after you’ve “captured” a person, so to speak, the goal is to set people free to do what they do best and watch your business thrive.
This past summer, my wife and I went white water rafting on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, North Carolina (which I would strongly recommend, by the way). As the guide explained the safety instructions, the group was told that if you have an “out-of-raft-experience,” it is important to “Be an Active Participant in Your Own Rescue.” In other words, if you fall out of the raft, don’t just give up and hope for the best. The guide then proceeded to walk us through step-by-step directions about what we could do to “Be an Active Participant in Our Own Rescue.”
Would you choose to take steps to strengthen your business and enhance its reputation if it meant improving your organization’s ultimate performance? The goal (no pun intended!) of this blog is to lay out the process you’ll need to do just that. Goal setting is important because it helps outline the specific path that an organization must take to achieve desirable outcomes. It helps provide direction and assess organizational progress.
In our last post, we recounted a discussion with Educational Data Systems, Inc., and their observations of a company they were providing consulting services too. We received great feedback from the story, so we decided to expand on the issues of attracting and retaining talent. EDSI has refined the key issues every employer must address to move the needle in the areas of talent attraction, development and retention.