Most everyone who wants to work is now working and recruiting is tough. Lots of folks are talking about paying more and, yes, that is the easiest way to attract more applicants, but there’s a real downside to this strategy.

While paying more will get you more applicants, will it get you the people you really want to hire and will it get the people you hire to stay? Yes, salary is the price of admission to play the game, but what employees really want are more intangibles like growth, opportunity, challenge, open communications as well as a great team and a great manager to work with.

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