ENCOURAGE MORE FUN AT WORK
Your workplace should cultivate an environment of fun! There’s no rule against it and who doesn’t like to have fun?
So what does fun look like in a work environment? It can be friendly competitions, team camaraderie, and celebrations. It can be a joke of the day or free candy bars. Ask your employees what they’d like to do for fun! No one leaves the party when they’re having fun.
Here’s tip #49 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Don’t dismiss the idea of hiring people with criminal records. This is one of the most underutilized sources of potential employees and accounts for almost 15 percent of the U.S. labor force. Yes, it depends on the job you’re hiring for and the reason for the conviction, but, before you rule it out, look at www.bonds4jobs.com, the Federal bonding program which provides fidelity bonds that guarantee honesty for at-risk, hard to place jobseekers. Also check out the Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) available for hiring these individuals.
Here’s technique #51 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Give your frontline employees their own business cards. For a very small investment you:
I was having a follow up chat with one of my recent clients the other day and was delighted to hear employee turnover is now 20 percent lower. I was even more delighted to learn about the innovative programs they’ve devised to improve store manager retention. In this particular region of this nationwide franchise, all store managers can choose one of the following:
Here’s tip #24 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Every New Hire Can Lead to at Least Three New Applicants: Your new employees have a real interest in making a good impression and being helpful, so, after they’ve had a few days on the job, ask them if there are any great people at their former place of employment they would like to have working with them at your company.
Here’s tip #65 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Look for Employee of the Month plaques. Whether you’re shopping for office supplies or making a bank deposit, these plaques tell you exactly who the organization’s best performers are.
Here’s tip #30 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
The Person You Did Not Hire Could Be Your Next Great Employee. When was the last time you actually went back and looked at the applicants who almost got the last job or the one before that? These are prescreened, well-qualified people and you already have their contact info!
Here’s tip #42 from my book: 100 + 1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Partner with Your Competition – Two competing organizations, only two blocks apart, had a need for the same type of person, but each of them had only a part-time opening. They got together and hired a better person than either of them could have hired on their own because they were able to give the new hire 45 hours of work between them. (This could work with any neighboring employer as well, of course.)
Quit making the consultants rich and look at the real research! When it comes to workplace behaviors and work ethic, there are no major differences between Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials. (While we do market to different generations, we need to remember to manage our employees as individuals — no matter what their generation.)
As you know, employee referrals are one of the least expensive, most efficient ways to recruit job applicants. Better than that, referrals who are hired are more likely to be above-average performers and stay on board longer because they already have a friend or acquaintance on your staff.
Here’s a few tips to make referrals from your employees even more effective:
The competition for employees is frenzied, so how can you make your recruitment ads stand out from the crowd and attract the types of people you want? Here are some suggestions: