Learning is a lifelong activity.  New positions, even new projects, require a certain amount of education.  Unfortunately, professional development (in many organizations) is stuck in the classroom.  While traditional classroom learning is an efficient means of delivering information, it is not always the most effective.  Many times, the concepts learned at a conference or training event are not implemented or can even be forgotten back at the office.  Focusing on education without hands-on experience is a HUGE missed opportunity.

Recruiting top talent that is a perfect fit for an organization is not an exact science.  If it were, everyone would be working the perfect position at their dream companies.  There would be no errors or difficulties in the process.  However, we all live in this place called reality.  In reality, companies encounter issues finding and retaining great employees.  Employees fall out of love with their employers and move on.  Over the next three articles, we will take a look at how to identify and correct some common recruiting problems.

As Baby Boomers leave for retirement and Gen X moves into middle management, the Millennial generation (born early 1980's through early 2000's) is filling entry-level positions en masse! By 2020, Millennials, a generation larger in size than the Baby Boomer Generation, will make up half of the workforce. These fresh-faced individuals have a completely different concept of work than their elders. It makes sense that they approach job searches in their own, unique fashion.

Demographics in the workplace are rapidly changing. The older generation of Baby Boomers is retiring. Generation X is moving out of middle management into upper level positions, leaving Millennials to fill their shoes. The youngest members of the workplace have a very different approach to work than any other generation before them.

Attracting, procuring, and retaining top talent is difficult right now.  Really hard, even in tough economies.  When employees leave for another position, to go off on their own, personal reasons or retirement, the process to fill that vacancy can be daunting.  The added stress and workload of the void doesn't help matters.

"Hold my calls" was a term used when someone needed to focus on an important task or when meeting with a client or coworker. Today, there are too many forms of communication to "hold".  Emails, texts, instant messages, social media platforms, and the phone are all sources of distraction. 

Jerry Stiltner, general manager of Personnel Source, a temporary employment agency, said employers are having to pay higher wages to attract workers.

“We are seeing a bit of an uptick in the wage offerings, especially for entry level positions,” he said. Businesses are “competing for workers.”

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