Over the past two weeks, there has been a surge of new job creation, postings on job boards, and employee movement between jobs.
As the surveys continually tell us, finding and keeping competent workers is on the front burner of practically every corporate leader in America. Now market conditions are turning up the heat on those front burners, according to workforce trend-tracker Roger Herman, CEO of The Herman Group in Greensboro, NC.
In the recent jobs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 207.000 new jobs were created in the United States. "Economists and employment trend observers believe that growth past 150,000 to 170,000 is not only healthy, it stimulates more growth," says Herman. Now we learn that there were 6,000 fewer new applicants for unemployment this past week.
"The employment market is hot. Employers who are not paying attention to what's happening are placing themselves at high risk," Herman warns. "This is not just a human resources issue. Senior leaders must get involved or risk corporate suicide."
Job boards, especially niche job boards used for targeted hiring, report dramatic increases in posting of existing and new jobs. As employers ratchet up their hiring pace, recruiters have become noticeably more active. People interested in changing jobs have more opportunities than in the recent past. Turnover has picked up significantly. A human resource director in Kansas told Herman this week that she has "not seen turnover this bad since 1998-99."
"If company leaders do not send clear messages to their management, they're missing a critically important opportunity," says Herman. "This is not the time to dump the problem on human resources department. Employee retention strategy—and performance—is a management issue, not a human resources responsibility. Managers don't get that message in many cases, because their senior leaders don't get it…and don't send it."
Herman asserts that a substantial number of employers are not paying attention to the people side of their business. "Companies are not buildings and machines," he says, "they are people. Human capital is most important; without the right people to get the work done, there is no company. Letting good people leave is like losing too much blood—you're literally killing your company." The www.CorporateSuicideWatch.com website has seen an increase in the number of workers nominating their employers.
Roger Herman is lead author of Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People. This business best-seller warned of the shortage of skilled labor now threatening employers. These forecasts are proving to be accurate. Details of the current situation are in the 2005 Red Alert Report (https://www.hermangroup.com/store/white_papers.html#1).
The Herman Group is a firm of consulting futurists concentrating on workforce and workplace trends and their implications. Emphasis is placed on employee selection and retention as critical strategies. Included in the firm are researchers, professional speakers, authors, and consultants. The Herman Group is based in Greensboro, NC, with affiliates in Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Port Louis, Mauritius. Contact Joyce Gioia-Herman at 336-210-3548 or e-mail: email@example.com.
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