Think No One Wants to Work? Think Again

As the struggle to fill positions in nearly every industry continues, we’re hearing a common refrain from hiring managers. When asked about the biggest challenge they face in finding employees, the answer often boils down to some version of, “No one wants to work anymore.” With apologies for being the bearer of bad news, that’s simply not true.

In reality, the people you want to hire are already working for someone else. Perhaps it’s another employer that moved faster to conduct an interview and extend an offer. Maybe they came up with a better package of compensation, benefits and perks. Or, they may have provided flexibility, understanding, or compassion that appealed to the candidate.

Whatever the case, a hiring manager that accepts responsibility for their recruiting challenges is demonstrating accountability. More than that, they’re setting the tone for building a positive culture that will benefit an organization’s recruiting efforts over the long term. 

Hiring managers, accountability and culture 

Hiring managers play a leadership role in creating and nurturing a strong and supportive culture. When they avoid assigning blame to other people or circumstances, and instead take responsibility themselves, they’re leading by example. The hiring manager that feels comfortable enough in their role, and at their company, to say, “Yes, we’re falling short, and we need to find a solution,” is sending a strong message that employees can feel supported by the organization. 

It’s important, though, to follow that statement with action. That means taking a good look at their recruiting process, and asking pertinent questions. Is the hiring process taking too long? Are there too many hurdles for candidates to jump through? Are there breakdowns along the way – for instance, in job descriptions, career board placements, or application portals – that need to be addressed? Or, is there simply too much on the HR professional’s plate? Should they have asked for help or more time to fill a role?

A positive culture supports recruiting

A strong corporate culture goes hand-in-hand with effective recruiting, and it’s up to hiring managers to get the ball rolling. When they show they’re human – in this case, owning their hiring challenges without passing the buck or blame to others – it sets a positive tone. It helps employees understand how they can contribute to building a welcoming and supportive culture. In the end, this will improve an organization’s chances to hire the top professionals they need to be successful.

The expert team at Alaant works with organizations day in and day out, from large to small, across multiple industries. We’ve seen it all, and we’re well-versed on the best ways to assess and enhance an organization’s culture. Interested in learning more? Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started!

About the Author

Tom Schin Director, Talent Acquisition Partnerships & Recruiting Consulting Services for Alaant Workforce Solutions

Tom Schin, Director, Talent Acquisition Partnerships & Recruiting Consulting Services

When he’s not working, Tom is an avid board game enthusiast, from Catan to Canasta, who makes sure game night is fun for everyone (even though they’ll probably lose). He’s also fond of celebrating his status as a child of the ‘80s by watching Star Wars, listening to U2, and reminiscing about his (gone-but-not-forgotten) Andre Agassi haircut.