Hiring and Retaining Employees a Growing Issue in 2012
A recent survey by Federal News Radio shows that retaining good employees—in
spite of pay freezes and cuts to employee benefits—will be the biggest
challenge facing federal agency HR officials next year. It will be more
of a concern to chief human capital officers than either hiring new
workers or upgrading technology. Forty percent of survey respondents
said the biggest HR challenges are the pay freezes and cuts to employee
benefits that make it hard to recruit and retain talent. Network World’s Layer 8 blog
also noted that recruiting and retaining important IT staff,
particularly in the burgeoning security arena, is a challenge for every
organization, one that is only going to get tougher.
The UK-based technical news publication The Register
adds to the chorus by noting that the real tech talent wars are being
waged beyond the spiritual home of high-tech, and everyone is losing.
“In fact, the greatest threat to the adoption of industry-changing
technologies…may well be the dearth of talent capable of deploying them
effectively,” says Register contributor Matt Asay, who also points out
that non-technical companies are struggling to hire and retain qualified
personnel as well.
What’s an HR manager to do?
Software is available to help increase the efficiency of every part of the recruitment process. Using a best-of-breed HR software such as Epicor HCM
even goes beyond the recruitment process. Epicor HCM not only helps you
find the perfect candidate, it also makes it easy to track an
employee’s data after he or she is hired—an important tool for
Technology is increasingly pervasive in today’s culture. Use
technology to make it easy for candidates (including current employees)
to find open positions available in your organization and apply for
those jobs online. The easier you make it for candidates to find you,
the more likely you are to attract quality ones. The more that
candidates and employees see your organization as technologically
sophisticated, the more likely they’ll develop an affinity that will be
hard to break or leave.
Posted by Malcolm Fox, Director, Product Marketing, Epicor HCM