Employee Recruiting and Retention: Making It Count in 2016

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on December 28, 2015

2015 is wrapping up and 2016 is fast approaching. With the holidays and sleepy winter days ahead, hiring may sluggish. Many hiring managers are waiting for a spring rebound to work on hiring strategies – when, in fact, just a few hours spent looking at recruiting and retention now can mean a better 2016 for your company.

To get the best results, take some time now to reconnect with your staffing partner and review your strategic staffing plan. Here’s how:

Summarize the successes and failures of 2015.

Take a look at your company’s staffing plan for the previous year and compare it to your actual results. How many of the people you expected to need in 2015 did your organization actually require? Did you find the right candidates, and if not, where did the candidates you had fall short? How well are the newest hires doing on the job?

By taking the time to compare your planned recruiting and retention efforts to your actual results, you’ll pinpoint exactly where your staffing plan was strongest and where it needs the most work. With this knowledge in hand, you can move forward more confidently to plan a stronger 2016.

Remember that recruitment and retention are connected.

A company that expends all its resources to find the best people, but then fails to expend any resources keeping them, will find itself trapped in the high-cost cycle of hiring again and again. But, a company that focuses solely on keeping current employees happy will have trouble finding the new talent it needs to ensure stable, sustainable growth.

Recruitment and retention are connected. Finding the right “fit” between candidates and the company will help ensure those new employees stick around longer, developing their skills for the benefit of the organization instead of its competitors. And dedicated attention to what makes the company’s culture “work” for its employees will help hiring managers find candidates who will fit in just right as the organization grows.

Reconnect with your staffing partner.

Now is a great time to touch base with everyone in your professional network – and your recruiter should be at the top of your list. Find time to talk about what worked and what didn’t in 2015, the organization’s strategic staffing goals for 2016, and how to improve both recruiting and retention for maximum benefit. Your staffing firm is waiting to help your company start the year off right – so contact them today!

At TERRA Staffing, our experienced recruiters will help you find and keep the right people, positioning your company to meet its 2016 goals with flying colors. Contact us today to learn more about our recruiting services in Seattle, Portland, and Phoenix!


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