The Staff Shortage Crisis

Photo by Tim Mossholder from Pexels

So what can businesses do to recruit and retain staff?

  • Train more junior staff where it is difficult to recruit more experienced staff members. This takes time however, hard work pays off in the end as that individual becomes an expert in the business and is more likely to stay if they feel there is career progression. People have not lost motivation in the career ladder but want to work in a role that feels more meaningful.
  • Give as much freedom as you can — implement flexible working policies because it’s not just mothers that need flexibility, we all do. Having to come up with a reason as to why you need flexibility is restricting for staff. They should feel able to manage their workload in a way that fits around their other commitments provided this does not impact business. It makes staff feel valued.
  • Broadening your recruitment to a more diverse range of candidates with different skillsets. If job specifications are too restrictive it can be off-putting and being open minded to candidates with different skillsets can bring out more ideas and cultivate a culture of openness.
  • When it comes to staff benefits, making sure that you can offer the right perks will be central to attracting talent. It’s not just about providing cookies on a Friday or having pizza lunches where staff are required to mingle on their lunchbreak with colleagues that they spend the entire day with. Businesses have to be more imaginative when it comes to perks and focusing on wellness and safety will be key.




Insights and commentary on law and business @the_legal_digest

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Staying true to your voice in a skill-based market

The Fork in the Road: Learning to Lead in a Male-Driven Industry

Karissa Seiersen — Year Two Review

A year of growth  — Ash Alwis, Talent Acquisition Partner

The Habits of Successful Small Business Owners

Spotlight on Success: Learner Stories

Embarrassed by your work from not-so-long ago? That’s a good thing.

If You Want to Keep Your Employees, Kill Your Job Descriptions

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
The Legal Digest

The Legal Digest

Insights and commentary on law and business @the_legal_digest

More from Medium

Nicholas Mitsakos’s New Book Is Not a “How to Pick Stocks” Book

Why are gas prices so high right now?

SFUSD Finally Makes Changes in it’s Unfair AP Funding Model

Credit Card Blues, Student Debt, Turo IPO, and More!