Why Mid-market CEOs Need HR to Step Up their Recruitment and Retention Game

Mid-market CEOs are significantly affected and frequently struggle to attract and retain top talent

Effective ways to leverage your HR function.

In today’s labor market, organizations of all sizes face tough competition in the talent war. Mid-market CEOs are significantly affected and frequently struggle to attract and retain top talent due to inadequate employee development and training resources.

While larger companies can afford to invest in talent development programs, many mid-sized businesses do not have the budget. As a result, staff growth and training resources may be limited, making recruiting and retaining top personnel challenging.

To overcome this challenge, mid-market companies must prioritize HR development and support, providing employees with the necessary resources to develop their skills and advance their careers.

The following are some of the ways HR can help with recruitment and retention:

Providing support for employee development and training

HR can help mid-market companies overcome the lack of resources for employee development by establishing effective, yet affordable solutions such as mentorship and job rotation programs. 

Mentorship programs can be an excellent way to allow employees to learn from a more experienced leader within their organization. Through one-on-one relationships established with a senior leader, mentees learn institutional knowledge that may have taken years to acquire otherwise. Furthermore, having a confidant as a sounding board can be instrumental when tackling challenges and developing new ideas. These programs provide mutual benefits, allowing the organization to display its commitment to employee development and the transfer of institutional knowledge to junior employees.

Organizations implement job rotation programs to keep their workforce strong and versatile. Such programs facilitate the employee’s horizontal movement across various roles at fixed intervals for a fixed period. By doing so, employees learn various aspects of the business, develop new skills, and avoid feeling stagnant in their roles.

Implementing effective recruitment strategies

To develop effective recruitment strategies, mid-market companies can rely on HR expertise. Utilizing technology, social media, networking events, and educational partnerships can help attract top talent.

Social media platforms such as LinkedIn are valuable for connecting with potential job candidates and creating awareness of job openings. Moreover, networking events present an opportunity to meet and connect with candidates, forging personal connections that can further help in acquiring top talent.

Leveraging online training platforms and resources

Mid-market companies often struggle with limited employee development and training resources. However, HR can leverage online training platforms and resources that provide employees with access to self-paced training and development opportunities, allowing them to learn and grow in their own time while improving overall efficiency.

Employees can learn and grow independently by offering courses, webinars, and other online resources without taking time away from their workday. This can be especially valuable for mid-market companies who find it challenging to function with part of their workforce away from work in training classes.

In mid-market companies, HR plays a vital role in recruitment and retention. Top talent can be attracted and retained through effective recruitment strategies, mentorship and job rotation programs, online training resources, and employee development and training support.

By providing these resources, HR can create a culture of learning and growth to support the company’s long-term success.

Charles Good 
President, Institute for Management Studies
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