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Ascentis recently hosted a free HR webinar titled 2017 Talent Trends: Empowerment in a Disrupted World. This free HR webinar recording is approved for 1.0 free SHRM credit and 1.0 free HRCI credit and available to watch here. One of our expert speakers from this webinar–Dr. Katherine Jones from Mercer presented on this topic on talent trends and wrote the below reflection on this topic.
The Energized Employee: The Hire You Want
by Dr. Katherine Jones
In a recent free HR webinar, I discuss talent strategy and ways to find talent. It’s not just finding talent—it’s finding the right talent! In Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends research, executives globally see an increase in competition for talent in the coming year as the factor that will be most impactful on business performance over the next several years. Mercer’s research shows that executives predict a higher rate of competition for talent in the coming year than their HR colleagues, as the C-Suite sees external hiring as its best source of bench strength for the future. Who do they want? The Energized Employee.
How an employee faces his or her workday is an intangible factor—is she “engaged” with the task at hand? Is he “happy at work”? In a recent Mercer study of 5,446 employees around the globe, we chose the word “energized” to describe the employee who is engaged at work. The good news for 2017: most of the global workforce into this category.
The vast majority of employees in the 15 countries surveyed consider themselves to be energized in their roles at work. On a scale of one to ten, the largest group of respondents (45%) rate themselves as seven to eight out of 10. Of those 45%, a majority reported that they feel energized on a “normal” day at work.
Energized employees prove to be very different than those that are not: 83% of them feel they can bring their authentic selves to work “always” or “most of the time” ― in other words, they can “be themselves in their jobs.” The ability to reveal one’s true self at work is an important development as it’s linked to better relationships with others; while hiding one’s true self is linked with lower levels of job satisfaction.
Energized employees appear to be a creation of their work environment: they thrive in organizations that promote collaborative working and actively support innovation.
The Hiring Conundrum
How are you going to find these energized employees? Our research shows that even though they are satisfied with their currents jobs (much more so that the de-energized), they are on the move: they are looking for new opportunities. How will you source and engage these passive—but willing candidates?
The number of software solutions in the market to help source, engage, recruit, assess, and hire applicants has exploded—driven by the hot competitive market. (William Tincup says there are over 20,000 talent acquisition products available). Where can today’s recruiters and hiring managers get assistance?
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