The so-called ‘great resignation’ is causing major headaches for organisations and the HR community alike. A major focus is around how to attract high-quality people to fill the numerous vacant roles that many organisations are carrying.
We seem to keep applying the same old traditional approaches hoping that they will work and make a difference. We often look at things superficially thinking that better salaries and benefits will make the difference.
‘The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting there to be a different result’
Time for a reality check – this is not a challenge that can be solved through finances alone. It doesn’t matter what your remuneration package is like if people don’t get an exceptional, personalised, and supportive experience in your organisation. The way people are treated day-to-day is what matters most.
What do people look for more than anything else when deciding who to join next?
I believe it’s all about culture – how does it feel to work here and be part of this organisation? How will I be treated, in the good times and the bad? What opportunities for growth and development will be provided, will you inspire me to do the best work of my life? Does the organisation I chose to work for stand for something important and meaningful in the world, or are they superficially and shallowly pursuing profit to the detriment of people and the planet?
These are significant questions, and they’re being asked by most of the people who are deliberating over their next career steps. Honestly and authentically addressing these questions is a great starting point to move things forward positively. Having an authentic purpose and values-centred culture means you act like a magnet to draw other values-driven, ethical people to you.
If we’re brave enough to open up conversations about what is and isn’t working, and the reasons for this we can create better, more effective, and healthier solutions that help our people and our organisations to thrive, not just survive. It requires a different mindset, and a more holistic view of values and culture to make a difference.