How to retain and develop talent

How to design an up-to-date offer

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Time is money

A real-world scenario: an applicant sits together with HR and the leaders of the organisation. The applicant asks about the average working hours in the organisation. “45 hours and more is common here” was the organisation’s answer. The applicant ended the interview on the spot and refused to accept any offer from this organisation. Some details in which you may be interested: the applicant had a Master’s degree with distinction, lived and worked in multiple countries, is fluent in three languages and specialises in engineering regarding renewable energy. This person is a talent you would like to hire (by the way: he accepted an offer one day later out of the many offers he had).

The end of the family myth

For a long time, the phrase “our company is like a family” seemed very attractive. Today, people are more careful when they hear such terms. The myth of a family often comes with high expectations of commitment from the applicant’s side, while from the employer’s standpoint, a lot less attractive offer is usually made.

Learn Leadership

Leadership is a skill that you learn. There is no “born leader”, although some people like to claim that there is. Science, proof and evidence clearly show that a trial-and-error approach may harm your organisation significantly and also may lead to a loss of talented workforce.



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Niels Brabandt

Niels Brabandt is in business since 1998. Helping managers to become better leaders by mastering the concept of Sustainable Leadership. Based in Spain & London.