A couple weeks back the Guidepost reflected on the talent challenges in the marketplace. The focus of that post was on not dismissing or hiding behind the issue and get out and be creative to attract and retain best talent. With the ever-changing marketplace of people, places and opportunities, leaders must be able to flex to get the talent they need to be productive.
One of the broader dynamics that might not be talked about in some business circles is the change in our society about having “PRIDE” and “Self-worth” from being engaged in some type of work.
I recognize that this observation might ruffle a few feathers and is not based on some scientific survey the taxpayers paid for but in talking to real business owners there is a definite tone of a shift in attitude of what work is and how some view it through a very different lens than what it was in the past. This shift in attitude just did not happen since the pandemic impacted businesses and the people who had careers and jobs. This has been a shifting pattern for some years. Two things that need to be pointed out before jumping forward. This shift in attitudes is not applicable to all people. It covers a wide range of ages and generations. Not all the people across an age or generation group have lost their pride and self-worth in the workplace. Additionally, it is not specific to any of the other aspects of the marketplace such as race, creed, gender etc. From the conversations with business leaders, the distribution of people in the shift ebbs and flows based on the organization, the location in the country and other factors.
The key here is that we as leaders cannot be blind to the fact that it exists and is causing challenges to recruit, hire and maintain staff. JKL Associates is a firm believer that having a great Purpose, Core Values and Culture are critical to attracting talent to your organization verses alternate companies. It is also very important that your culture is designed and allows for each individual to gain self-worth and pride for their contribution. They must be nurtured to understand how discipline leads to achieving the role expectations and the result is more than just a paycheck. It is developing them as a person who outside the walls of the business can be a larger contributor to society in general.
The fabric of our society is not providing this critical service to people in general and so it becomes the demands of the success of your business to recognize this gap and provide mentoring, coaching and talent development around self-worth and pride in ownership of their ability to contribute to something bigger than just themselves.
As you interact with your people this week, ask them if they get self-worth and have a sense of pride from their contribution in your organization. Be authentic and transparent with them so they can see your self-worth and pride in them.
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