Reconsidering hiring, skills practices may help keep workers

Improving skills development, making the hiring process smoother and simplifying job descriptions are all ways in which organizations can help retain new workers, reported MIT Sloan News June 23. 

Here are four ways in which revamping recruiting and development practices can help organizations keep workers:

  1. Increase the scope of job descriptions. Many descriptions of roles are too narrow and inadvertently fend off potential candidates. Many skills can be learned on the job so by hiring for passion, new recruits may be more likely to stay on.

  2. Use design thinking and apply it to the recruitment process to ensure that the candidate has a positive experience, regardless of the end result. 

  3. Ensure that new hires have access to support, skill building opportunities and peer mentoring so they can keep developing in the role.

  4. Leaders should model upskilling and training for others so they have a clear view of how their path can go.

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