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The war for talent is now a reality, however many organisations are failing to formulate strategies to recruit and retain the best performers. This is mainly due to a lack of awareness of key issues and these issues are by definition, very simple:
Consider that there are likely to be up to four generations working in your organisation at this moment.
Each group has its own distinct set of values, view of authority, orientation to the world, sense of loyalty, as well as expectations of their leadership and work environment. One of the key strategies to reduce the spend on attraction and increase retention is to find a way to manage the diversity within the workplace. Having talented employees who are willing to stay and remain motivated is the challenge facing today's HR professional and senior management.
Everyone wants a workplace and culture that allows and encourages them to be productive and influential members of a company. The challenge is to make a work environment a place that can meet the needs of all people, regardless of the generation they belong. If you are involved in graduate recruitment you'll need to understand the mindsets of Generation Y.
Those individuals born between 1980 and 2000 will have grown up in a multicultural globalised world. The dramatic growth of the internet and television has had a part to play in this development.
What qualities define Generation Y?
Generation Y will remain in education longer, travel further, have access to more information than any other generation, be more aware of technology and more likely to 'think outside the box'. Graduates want to constantly learn new skills, be challenged intellectually and both professionally and continually achieve. Channelling this creativity and energy as well gaining an understanding of what graduates can bring to any organisation is critical in today's marketplace.
Attracting graduates has become an expensive, highly organised and competitive practice, particularly in some of the blue chip firms. These expect to attract the very best, are willing to pay large salaries and more importantly are hoping to find the sort of candidate that will at least stay long enough to show some return on the investment made. Much of what is offered to attract graduates is compensation, reward or benefits based:
Research has demonstrated that while these may have some early and immediate attraction, they are not sufficient to ultimately affect retention.
Graduates are becoming increasingly more sophisticated when searching for relevant work. They are more likely to make comparsions between different vacancies and employers and regularly search for other relevant employment possibilities. From surveys we have conducted we've have discovered it is not uncommon for a graduate to have their CV or other details registered with a number of online recruitment sites even though they are happy with their current job. Salary related benefits are often insignificant when compared to effective leadership, learning prospects and a work environment that lives up to their expectations; one which offers constant challenge and the opportunity to work on various projects.
When questioned, most graduates we deal with are looking for a work environment that allows their creativity and entrepreneurship to be respected and exercised. They also want to be able to test their own ideas in way that is respected and supported by their employer.
Effective leadership is also important. While many graduates on the surface seem confident and progressive, many rarely know exactly where they are heading in their career. Graduates look for managers who are:
Graduates are seen as the future leaders of organisations so the attraction, management and retention of this group is extremely important. Strategies that work include:
The next step
If you want to win the war for graduate talent your organisation needs to set strategic priorities that demonstrate to a graduate employee, or potential new recruits that you are willing to invest time in them. By understanding the characteristics and needs of graduates, and giving them space to develop by listening to and including all staff in the development of strategy and decision making processes, this will create effective organisational change.