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The new hot targets
The article 'The new hot targets' in your February/March issue raised a number of pertinent issues.
I couldn't agree more with the closing statement that employers who keep an eye on the market will be the ones with the fewest recruitment problems. As it mentions, there is a current skills shortage in the IT sector with a projected future shortage. Now Microsoft has plans to acquire PWA - a Great Plains Company, this potential shortfall has never been more of a concern. In times of change, these passive seekers could become attractive targets for competitors. As a result, a primary acquisition objective is 100% retention of staff, which, in tune with the article, illustrates how important it is to retain valued employees.
In an extreme way, the article highlights the importance of sourcing passive job seekers internally too. Enormous talent can be discovered and redeployed by knowing your teams better and understanding what makes an individual tick. The benefits of internal headhunting are exponential. It creates a sense of satisfaction and respect from individuals who've been headhunted not by external agents, but from perhaps a more surprising internal source.
People will be hired - and retained - for their ability to contribute to the organisation, rather than to 'do the job'. Job descriptions will gradually disappear, to be replaced by aptitudes, abilities and cultural compatibilities.
e-HR is currently a much-used phrase, but it's important that HR people do not banish it as an IT project. e-HR should manifest itself throughout the organisation, enabling it to rise above the competition. It's something that, if done correctly and completely in tune with company strategy and culture, can truly make a difference to results.
Organisations must do their utmost to look after their own employees, develop their skills and empower them to empower the company.
Chief Operating Officer, PWA - A Great Plains Company
Diversity in europe?
It is widely acknowledged