3 talent challenges for the latter half of 2015

Across many sectors, business leaders face a number of challenges with regards to recruitment. While they may not actually hire candidates directly, they need to ensure that the right staff are brought onboard. In turn, the business can continue to grow without running into any significant operational issues.

With this in mind, leaders should take the time to consider some of the biggest challenges for the latter half of this year, and the most effective ways to avoid any problems. In many cases, offering framework training can prove to be a great tool to attract top talent and retain valuable staff members.

Here are three talent challenges to keep an eye on as the year progresses.

Talent going mobile

Smartphones have consumed business culture, and in many cases the devices are now a problem for many organisations. Technological issues aside, however, companies need to consider them for another reason: mobility.

Offering framework training can prove to be a great tool to attract top talent.

Thanks to the mobile capabilities afforded by new smartphones and tablets, workers are wanting to take their jobs out of the office and either home or even while travelling on a business trip.

This was explored in a recent Robert Half release, which explained that businesses are concerned about essential staff departing (such as CEOs and CFOs), as they seek an improved work-life balance.

"Top talent is extremely mobile, which creates issues for employers. Salaries obviously remain an important factor in employee satisfaction, but by no means the only consideration for top performers who may be looking to further their career elsewhere," said Robert Half Director Andrew Brushfield.

Taking leadership online

In a similar leadership issue, Weber Shandwick has come forward with a consideration for businesses. New research has found that 80 per cent of CEOs from a number of leading companies across the globe are now using social media to engage with customers and the public.

"CEOs can enhance and strengthen the reputation of their companies by taking an active and visible role in creating and sharing branded content through their company sites and social media," Chris Perry, global president of digital at Weber Shandwick explained.

The organisation found that so-called "CEO sociability" has grown substantially since 2010, with 80 per cent of CEOs now using social as opposed to 36 per cent in 2010. Many organisations are likely to be following the example of companies such as Google, as CEO Larry Page has a 97 per cent approval rating according to Glassdoor.

Having a social CEO is now critical.Having a social CEO is now critical.

Matching talent to growth

To grow, a business needs to bring in top talent at all levels to drive the organisation forward. Without the right team, it's likely that the company will remain largely static. This is a real challenge when companies are in high-growth mode and looking to launch new projects, according to new research from Hudson.

"The consequences of these pressures can be significant. If scurrying to fill employment ranks, poor hiring decisions may be made. By slowing down to carefully consider job candidates, the launch deadline may be missed," the Hudson report noted.

Hudson explained that outsourcing recruitment can often be a suitable approach, as it allows a capable third party to handle the issue of bringing the right workers on board. As we noted at the beginning of this article, training is also a great way to both attract and retain top talent, not to mention actually upskilling staff.

With PRINCE2 training, for example, staff will be able to effectively conduct projects, whether these are large trade shows or even just departmental projects. IT security training, on the other hand, can attune staff to one of the major issues that businesses are currently dealing with; the risk of sensitive information leaking.

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