Finding What Motivates the Staff You Want
30 May 2018
Finding the staff that you both want and need for your business can prove a huge headache for employers. If you're having difficulty attracting the right candidates, or worse, you're able to attract them but are finding retaining them the hard part then it's time to take a closer look.
What motivates your current staff?
Our advice would be to look closely at what motivates your staff, what's important to one person won't always entice another. Examine the reasons your current employees enjoy working with you. Is it that they are well paid? Perhaps there are perks that come with the job such as health insurance, an exceptional number of holiday days, company cars or more unusual perks that are unique to your company.
Look at your industry
Take a look at industry trends and find out if the package you offer is in line with your competitors. There's often the assumption that a higher salary will turn a candidates head, but that's not always the case.
In a recent survey by Stack Overflow, it was found that most Developers are motivated by money over a modern office space or other perks. It might be that it's the wage packet that will motivate your staff, for over 80% of Developers that's the case so the statistics seem fairly conclusive. However this is an individual matter and in the same survey some stated wellness benefits such as gym membership as their top priority, with 0.7% actually stating that salary was their lowest priority. When you bear in mind that over 100,000 people took part in the survey you can appreciate that it's well worth doing your homework rather than risk the perfect potential employee slipping through your fingers.
We're all individuals...
If you're working with a recruitment company such as Understanding Recruitment, part of their job is to find out what motivates the candidates they are presenting to you to see if they will be a good fit. If you're going it alone, then the best advice would be to simply ask the question and find out where their priorities lie.