BEAR, Del., October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Employers have an uphill battle, says workforce development consultant Darrell “Coach D” Andrews, author of “Reinvention-The Pathway To Job Search Success” and “How To Find Your Passion And Make A Living At that. “Coach D is a longtime respected workforce consultant, motivator and strategist.” COVID19 has changed the way the employment game is played, and now employers are scrambling to find qualified people to work. Plus, 3 million baby boomers retired last year, took their packages and retired, “says Andrews.” COVID19 has also redefined the way people view work, family and life. . Being at home with their kids, working virtually, coupled with government unemployment assistance, has given people plenty of time to analyze their lives, their jobs and their futures, ”says Andrews. “People no longer want to work for less than a living standard, watch the top earners make tons of money while they break even, or be treated like a number.” We have a new normal in the United States, and it is “To be valued”.
A national workforce researcher who recently presented at the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Symposium, an event I also presented, shared a lot of research on why people don’t return to work. He concluded his analysis by stating, “More than ever, employee recognition is a necessary recruitment and retention strategy.” Post-pandemic employee assessment includes:
- Flex-Time-Parents realized that they were not spending quality time with their children and needed to increase this time.
- Better pay-People will no longer work for the bare minimum. They want a livable and respectful salary.
- Be open to sideways agitation-Many employers worry about people doing side things to earn extra money. People want to make money without worrying about losing their jobs.
- Treated with respect-Fear management will not work with this generation. Job seekers want to be respected and valued. Future employees have too many options.
- Appreciation shown-Many of my clients’ staff tell me that a little appreciation for their work will go a long way. This paradigm is especially true for the post-pandemic job seeker.
So, if you want to recruit and retain effectively after the pandemic, value your employees. Put systems in place, coach leaders, train managers, change culture. Otherwise, finding and keeping the right people will be extremely difficult.
Darrell “Coach D” Andrews is the President and Passion Leader of a globally recognized workforce consulting, coaching and training firm, Darrell andrews, LLC and associates.
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