A Teachable Fit.

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Is there a talent shortage?  If you’re looking for work, you may not believe it, but according to ManpowerGroup’s latest research, there is.  Nearly half of the employers we surveyed early this year say they’re struggling to fill key positions.

With unemployment still hovering around 8%, why is this happening?  The ManpowerGroup research tells us:

  • There simply aren’t enough people applying for the jobs.
  • Those who are applying don’t have the technical competencies necessary.
  • Many lack the soft skills and the work ethic.
  • And, most lack experience.

I will add a reason that employers are not listing — those who are hiring are getting too picky.  Because of the lengthy economic downturn, hiring managers got used to having (or at least thinking they had) many candidates from which to choose.  We keep waiting for that perfect person to come through the door.  But no one is perfect!

So think about hiring someone with a teachable fit:

  • What capabilities are essential to performing the job?
  • Which of these are teachable in an efficient way?
  • Is there adequate time and money to develop those capabilities in the candidate?
  • And do candidates have the capacity (both motivation and capability) to develop them?

I understand that training is expensive and training budgets have been cut.  I understand that we’ve been tightening belts for quite some time and we need workers to be productive immediately.  And you may be taking a risk by hiring the teachable fit.  But I firmly believe we need to make investments in our workforce to give them the skills they need to succeed — and so our companies can succeed as well.

By the way, individuals have to take responsibility, too.  We have to constantly keep our skills up-to-date to stay current with the rapidly changing technology and work practices. This is what is called “life-long learning” or continuing education, opportunities to enhance your workplace IQ. We have to foster a capacity and willingness to learn new things.  And we have to make the time-and-energy investment in order to get the return — that all-important job!

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Using Flexibility to Attract the Best Talent.

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Melanie Holmes, vice president of World of Work Solutions at ManpowerGroup, believes that employers trusting employees is the key to achieve the maximum benefits of telecommuting.

Moreover, the use of virtual work teams enables companies to attract and retain talent unavailable in their own country. She thinks that the future of work can be summarized in one word: “flexibility.”

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Global Trends Affecting the Workplace.

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We recently talked with Melanie Holmes, the vice president of World of Work Solutions at Manpower, about her views on global workforce trends and how work is going to be performed in the future.

In this video, Melanie discusses generational workforce issues and the impending talent shortage as two of many changes forcing organizations to think differently about workplace planning and talent engagement. Her views are supported by Manpower’s 2010 Talent Shortage Survey.

Related Resources:
Manpower Research and Insights
Millennials: Your Next Generation Workforce
Get Ready for the Next Generation of Workers: Linksters

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