Are you worried about The Great Resignation? Across April, May and June 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total of 838,000 resignations in the manufacturing sector — meaning that, if you haven't seen employees quitting yet, your company could be next. To keep your teams strong and your workers' morale from slipping, it's important to find ways to continue hiring through the uncertainty. Here are a few tips for attracting new hires even during The Great Resignation.
1) Get in your target audience's heads.
To attract the attention of job seekers, you need to know why they left their previous job — and how your manufacturing company can do better. Getting this information requires a little background research, so roll up your sleeves and prepare to do some homework.
2) Make your culture stand out.
Workers looking for jobs during The Great Resignation may sometimes have high standards. To convince them to apply, you'll need to show them why your company is a fun, inspiring or comfortable place to work — so make your values shine through in your culture.
3) Create strong job descriptions.
Job descriptions are a job seeker's first impression of your manufacturing company. Make sure you use this opportunity to your advantage, telling them exactly what you need as well as what you offer in return.
4) Make remote work an option whenever possible.
According to National Public Radio (NPR), many employees quitting during The Great Resignation are leaving because they want more control over where and how they work. Although this isn't always possible in manufacturing, try to make remote work or hybrid schedules an option whenever possible. Even if the change is minimal, potential employees will appreciate your dedication to their comfort.
5) Offer to develop employees as people.
Employees don't want to feel like numbers on a page. To attract job seekers, tell them you'll treat them like human beings — which means offering training or personal and professional development opportunities.
6) Ask for input from your teams.
Your current employees know what works and what doesn't. Get their input throughout the hiring process, and even consider letting them have a say regarding the employees with whom they'd like to work.
7) Get feedback during interviews.
If you manage to get a job seeker through the door, don't waste the opportunity. Ask what they're looking for in a new role, why they left their previous company and what they like best about your open position. Even if you don't close the deal, you'll have useful information to apply next time.
8) Search in fresh candidate pools.
If The Great Resignation has you scrambling for new employees, consider finding them in fresh places. Retirees searching for part-time jobs, parents hoping to return to the workforce or high school and college graduates looking to start a new career could round out your teams.
9) Get families involved.
If you've noticed that your target audience wants to spend more time with their family, use that to your advantage. For example, you might host company events every Friday where employees can invite loved ones to tour your facility or watch them at work.