How to Attract the Best Talent to Your Business
It has always been important for organisations to attract and retain the most skilled employees. But arguably it has never been as important as it is now. Organisations must utilise the talents of this generation to help embrace digitisation to keep up with competition, or even just to survive. Companies that attract employees that are used to digital innovation and constant change will survive and thrive.
By 2020, millennials will make up 50 per cent of the global workforce and begin taking senior positions across all sectors. With a little planning, these workers will be a great addition to existing teams and play an important role in future-proofing business operations.
Gain a competitive advantage
In just two decades, the workforce has gone from hunching over fax machines to wanting to collaborate effortlessly from their smartphones from the location of their choice. By growing up with this technology, millennials aren’t just familiar with digital innovation – they dismiss legacy technologies (such as e-mail) and actively seek to identify where the next wave of disruption will come from. This agile and iterative approach is a great asset in business and is being embraced by forward thinking organisations.
Is Old Outdated Technology Holding You Back?
Despite this opportunity many organisations are still not able to attract the best candidates as outdated technology is holding them back. Old, legacy technology is making it hard not only to keep up, but to portray their company as cutting edge to set it apart to attract new talent, retain and engage employees, and increase productivity. Technology such as Cisco Spark allows companies to interview and vet candidates through group video that is “hosted” in a private room. This then allows different members of a recruiting team to either participate in real time or view a video interview after the fact to provide feedback on the prospective candidate. Such technology is the norm to this generation, if you can’t offer it, your chances of attracting the best is diminished.
Addressing the Challenges of Collaboration and Attracting the Best Talent
“Millennials” are looking for work environments that offer the most freedom and the greatest opportunity for collaboration. The good news is, if you meet the challenge, everybody wins. Taking advantage of collaboration technology such as video conferencing and seamless mobile working can introduce a new age that can address the challenges of hiring and retaining the best talent.
For example, during a job hunt, the interview process is the first interaction the candidate will have with your organisation. This first impression and interview process can affect the overall outlook and determined whether the candidate likes a company. So, the question is: Do you have the right technology in place, for example, easy to use video conferencing, that will give prospective employees a positive impression of your company?
Per a report by Forbes, 78% of new entrants to the employment market say they are “strongly influenced” by how innovative a company is when considering employers. Millennials swap between laptops, smartphones, TVs and other devices an average of 27 times per hour – 10 times more than the previous generation. This group grasps technical innovation intuitively, multitasking therefore comes quite naturally too.
Adapt Your Workplace For Your New Workforce
It’s no secret that keeping good employees means keeping them happy. Sometimes that requires more than just good benefits and a decent salary. A third of millennials value flexibility and freedom over salary when considering a job offer. Companies that offer flexi-hours and a range of office locations can help them meet their responsibilities and their own needs.
Employees and potential applicants want and expect a good work-life balance. No parent wants to miss a child’s first football game. Or when life takes a sudden turn, employees want the accessibility to handle personal needs while still working.
In a recent Fortune survey, 95% of respondents said that work-life balance was important to them. More than a quarter of young workers said they were disappointed by the level of balance they could maintain.
Technology changes the way millennials communicate with their bosses and colleagues. Forty-one per cent say they prefer to communicate digitally rather than face-to-face or over the phone at work. Forward thinking, company leaders are enabling change by shifting towards communication tools like Cisco Spark and Microsoft Teams. These tools can encourage staff to contribute ideas spontaneously and outside of any chain-of-command restrictions too. Tech training and mentorship pairings also ensure that everybody is on the same page and open to collaboration. Less “tech savvy” employees will benefit from practical insights that bring them up to speed with the latest tech.
WebEx and Cisco Spark are great examples of collaboration solutions that can help employees maintain that ever-so-wanted work-life balance. These tools give people the opportunity to work when and where they need to be. If a doctor appointment runs longer than expected, WebEx keeps you on time for that two o’clock meeting without missing a beat.
Collaboration to Enhance the Culture Across Your Organisation
Collaboration platforms like Cisco Spark allow new hires to “meet” other staffers, virtually as well as in person, and shorten some of the time it takes to assimilate into a new environment. Collaboration technology also allows for mentoring and coaching, across the office or with colleagues across the globe as well as playing a big role in corporate culture throughout organizations. Much like we connect easily with others by way of our online social networks, collaboration platforms allow us to connect more quickly and develop deeper bonds within the organizations where we work. The bigger the organization, the harder it is to get to know people. Collaboration platforms change that. Whether conversations and groups are work-related or focused on people interested in fitness, golf, gardening, sports, or anything else, technology makes it easy to find and connect with team members with similar interests.
As millennials shift from being the minority to the majority in their workplaces, much of a business’s success lie in collaboration solutions that allow you to make voice and video calls, have video conferences, video meetings, training, messaging, shared documents in files and create separate rooms where internal and external teams can collaborate. Millennials see the tools they use for work as existing in a perpetual state of flux and have learned to adapt quickly in the face of disruption. Using this high level of adaptability, they are beginning to transform industries and create new market opportunities. Not all digital natives are destined to be Zuckerbergs, but with the right digital infrastructure, businesses can learn a lot from their tech-savvy millennials. But first, they need to ensure they have the right collaboration platforms in place to attract and empower the best talent.
Please contact Unifi Communications, the experts in Cisco Collaboration and Security, to find out how you can use collaboration technology to set your company apart to attract new talent, retain and engage employees. Easy to use tools to increase productivity and get back to communicating face-to-face.