How can you attract top talent?   

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Since we heard about the great resignation, we have seen a large number of employee layoffs and resignations, which has led to a chaotic environment in organizations. It becomes extremely difficult to attract top talent.

There has been a major shift, and it has led to more employee burnout and contemplation of their career decisions. New-gen employees now contemplate hundreds of things before making their decision to stay in an organization. 4.5 million employees have left their jobs since last year, and the process still continues. 

The employees now have a different approach to jobs and also want an environment where they can continuously learn and upskill. Hence, it has become difficult for employers to retain employees and hire top talent.  

How is learning important for new employees? 

Giving learning opportunities to new employees will act as a magnet for pulling out the best talent. Ambitious employees who want to learn and improve themselves are always attracted to the companies that give them these opportunities.    

Young professionals now think of learning as one of the perks of any organization and they want to climb the corporate ladder fast. This requires a promising training structure to help the employees learn.    

If they are learning within the organization, it will help them upskill themselves and achieve their goals internally without looking elsewhere for the opportunity.    

Reviews do matter!  

The research of new employees begins before they are onboarded. They will be looking at all the reviews that are available online and see what they can figure out from them. So, if you have provided your employees with adequate training and opportunities to grow, they are likely to promote your company in those reviews. Moreover, it will help you attract top talent.   

Hence, to give your employees a holistic experience, you must consider how much value you are adding to their careers with your training programs.    

Managers for attracting top talent!

Word of mouth  

When you’re looking for a new employee, the last thing you want is existing employee complaining about the lack of learning opportunities for the new hire.  

Mostly, managers are the ones taking interviews for new hires. Imagine someone telling the new candidate how bad the management is or about the minimal opportunities offered. But, if the same person is constantly praising the management and the opportunities you get in the organization; it can be a game changer for you.  

Best decision-makers for training  

You must also decide what type of training you will provide to attract the top talent. Leadership training has been in the spotlight throughout 2022, and many organizations have deployed it for the betterment of their staff.    

No one knows the team better than the manager; he or she knows all the shortcomings of the team, their problems, and the scope for growth. Hence, the best proposal for employee learning can come from there. Your manager must understand the role to best train your employees and provide them with the most refined opportunities.  

Fill in that skill gap!     

Job requirements are changing rapidly, and your employees must keep up with those requirements. Hence, if you are providing training programs to your employees, make sure you help them fill in these skills gaps.    

According to LinkedIn’s report, the skills for the same designations have changed by up to 25% from 2015 to 2022, and they can change by about 45% more by 2025. This is a matter of concern for the employees as well, not just the organizations. They must constantly upskill themselves to meet market standards, and thus seek out organizations that can assist them in this endeavor.  

35% of Americans think the skill gaps affect them personally, and they want to get better at it. 30% of them want to improve in leadership and management skills, 26% in productivity skills, 24% in interpersonal work relationships, and soft skills, 22%.  –  

Therefore, creating a strong and meaningful training program has become more important than ever!    

What are the major skills required for training?   

Hard skills    

Hard skills require you to get into the domain you aspire to and make a career out of it.    

1. Nursing

Nursing still sits in the top ten of the skills required by people. This means there is a requirement for training in the domain. Jobs in the sector were plentiful both during and after the lockdown.  

2. Mental health

The requirement for mental health resources and skills has drastically increased over the last decade. After the pandemic, it has seen a major surge in the number of required skills and the adoption of those skills.    

Along with it there are other sectors as well demanding the workforce:   

3. Finance    

4. Auditing    

5. Accounting    

6. Agile methodology    

7. KPIs   

8. Warehousing    

9. SQL   

10. Business development    

Soft skills    

Soft skills are helpful to determine what and how you should work after getting into the domain. So, let us see what soft skills you require to succeed now.    

1. Communications    

2. Management    

3. Customer service   

4. Enthusiasm   

5. Sales    

6. Planning    

7. Leadership    

8. Detail oriented    

9. Innovation    

10. Self-motivation    

The skills change from time to time and as per the requirements of organizations. But the more skills, the more you excel.    

Select your niche in hard skills and develop soft skills around it. This is the formula for success.    

How to build an excellent training program?   

As we have talked about earlier, the employees are now too eager to learn and upskill themselves throughout their tenure. But it can only happen if the organization allows them to.    

The responsibility now shifts to the organization to fulfill the requirements of the employees and help them upskill to climb the corporate ladder. 

Training begins when an employee is hired and takes the form of introductory training, product training, or onboarding training to familiarize them with the company and environment. Let us look at some specific ways you can train your employees, partners, or customers:   

Before onboarding  

Training not only happens when an employee is onboarded, it also happens before the onboarding process.    

1. Review and update your training document    

2. Create agendas for the first day    

3. Send training manuals    

4. Send employee handbook  or employee training courses   

5. Identify tasks and procedures a new employee has to do.    

6. Choose the best mode for training    

7. Select who will be giving the training.    

After onboarding

1. Give the employees the required tools and credentials to start the work.    

2. Ensure sign-ins are all done    

3. Start with a company overview training    

4. Go to company policy training    

5. Have role-specific training    

6. Ask a co-worker to coordinate with the new employee   

7. Conduct introductory one-on-one between the employee and the team.   

8. Connect with other team members in connection with new employee responsibilities.    

After 30 days   

1. Check-in to know if they are adjusting well    

2. Have an employee onboarding survey to know if you have done everything correctly.    

3. Provide ongoing support    

4. Measure training effectiveness with the help of an LMS   

From interviews to training, everything is crucial to attracting top talents. So, make sure you have everything in place.

Hope this was an insightful read!    

Yashika from Acadle

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