The following is cross-posted on the Winning Workplaces blog. I thought it was appropriate for Today’s Workplace’s focus on taking back Labor Day. After all, this holiday should offer pause not just for workers, but for company leaders to reflect on how they can do more with less in this difficult economic environment. Enjoy, and feel free to drop a comment below.
According to two new, independent employer studies â€“ this one and this one â€“ while more than half of employers are planning to hire full-time employees over the next year, over half also don’t offer paid maternity leave (and those that do provide only around 50% pay, on average).
This recruiting/retention picture doesn’t add up for me. Companies that believe they’re seeing light at the end of the economic tunnel should focus on pleasing their current workforce and getting employees engaged â€“ especially if they’ve had to make some wage or other concessions since the beginning of the recession. This is all part of sharing the recovery as well as the pain with workers.
This is not to say that companies that see more demand shouldn’t hire more talent to meet it. But while they make plans to do so, they should use this time as an opportunity to ramp up their benefit packages and other methods for improving productivity and commitment so their existing knowledge base is fully on board for the increased workload â€“ and so they can serve as better ambassadors to acclimate new hires to the organizational culture.
Do you agree or disagree with my assessment that the above-mentioned studies represent conflicting human capital strategies?
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