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Leadership hiring and retaining can be tricky for recruiters due to the seniority of the position. The talent is highly experienced, which means recruiters need to pay more attention to each and every factor. There may be various skills that the recruiters have to find that they may still overlook for junior positions. Emotional intelligence has to be taken into consideration and they will have to manage teams and deal with different kinds of people. Not only this, their delegation skills should also be excellent, which should contribute directly to the growth of the company.
Having Difficulty in Filling Senior Positions? Try These Hacks
We have compiled a list of hiring hacks that you can use to your advantage for leadership hiring.
Role-Specific Simulations for the Win
Creating role-specific simulations during the interview process is an excellent technique to assess a candidate’s leadership potential. These simulations replicate the tasks and responsibilities of a senior job. According to Harvard Business Review, ‘76 percent of organizations with more than 100 employees use tests for external hiring.’ Candidates are given real-world challenges to solve or decisions to make in a controlled environment.
Use Leadership Development Programs as a Catalyst
According to a study by Research Gate, ‘Participants undergoing leadership training improved their learning capacity by 25% and their performance by 20%. Many of these programs not only teach leadership theory and practices but also how these can be applied to the office setting.’ These initiatives are intended to discover and nurture employees who have leadership potential.
Avail the Benefits of Internal Promotions
Don’t underestimate the prospect of promoting high-performing people from within the company. According to Forbes, ‘71% of employees believed hiring from within is better for scaling a business.’ Existing employees familiar with your company’s culture, beliefs, and operations may work better if promoted to leadership positions. Internal promotions convey a positive message to other employees by emphasizing prospects for advancement and growth.
How to Retain Senior Employees?
Hiring for senior roles is just one part. The more important question is, how to retain them? Don’t worry, we have a solution for that as well.
Yes, leadership training is significant here too
Invest in constant leadership development and training for your senior team members. This improves their talents and exhibits your dedication to their professional development. The Global Leadership Forecast 2018, prepared by The Conference Board and Development Dimensions International, found that organizations that embrace a more inclusive approach to leadership training are 4.2 times more likely to outperform those that restrict development to management.
Like it? Reward it.
Recognition is an effective retention technique. Acknowledge and appreciate your senior leaders’ contributions. This reward can take many forms, including promotions, salary increases, bonuses, and public acknowledgment inside the organization. Recognizing their accomplishments enhances morale and pushes senior staff to keep performing at their peak.
There’s Nothing Like Providing Work-Life Balance
According to a survey, ‘Among employees and business leaders, three out of five (59%) say their organizations take some steps to guard against burnout, even though nearly a third (29%) wish businesses would display more empathy.’ Senior positions come with significant duties and demands, making it critical to prioritize senior employees’ well-being.
These actionable hacks are not only going to help you hire but also retain senior employees with ease. The basic rule is to pay attention to their needs which will ultimately result in the prosperity of the company. You can download the free copy of our ebook to get many more insights and hire better, faster!
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