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The great resignation hangover

~ by Therese O


The Great Resignation. It dominated headlines, baffled HR departments, and left many organizations scrambling to fill vacant positions. While the initial surge may have subsided, the aftereffects are still very much a reality. We’re facing a talent shortage unlike anything we’ve seen before, and employers need to adapt to this new landscape.


What’s Driving the Talent Shortage?


A confluence of factors is at play. Remote work opportunities have opened up a wider talent pool, but competition for these skilled professionals is fierce. Employee expectations have shifted dramatically. Workers are prioritizing work-life balance, career development, and meaningful work. The traditional value proposition of a paycheck and benefits just doesn’t cut it anymore.


Retention Strategies for the New Era


So, how do we navigate this hangover? Here are some actionable steps:


  • Revisit Your Employee Value Proposition (EVP): What makes your company a truly great place to work? Focus on offering flexibility, growth opportunities, and a culture of well-being. Walk the walk, not just talk the talk.


  • Invest in Your People: Provide ongoing learning and development opportunities to help employees stay engaged and build their skillsets.


  • Prioritize Employee Well-being: Offer competitive benefits packages that go beyond the basics. Consider mental health resources, flexible work arrangements, and programs that promote work-life balance.


  • Become an Employer of Choice: Build a strong employer brand that showcases your company culture and values. Authenticity is key here, so let your employees be your brand ambassadors.


The Changing Employee Value Proposition


The equation has fundamentally changed. It’s no longer just about what employers can offer employees; it’s also about what employees bring to the table. Focus on building a two-way relationship where talent feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique skills and perspectives.


Call to Action


The Great Resignation hangover is a wake-up call for organizations to transform their approach to talent.


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