As the chapter of the "Great Resignation" comes to a close, the corporate world finds itself at an intriguing crossroads. The Great Resignation was marked by a monumental workforce shift, where employees, fuelled by the uncertainty of the pandemic, sought new opportunities, re-evaluated their career priorities, and demanded greater flexibility. Now, as the dust settles, it's essential to redirect our focus towards the challenges and opportunities presented to businesses when it comes to shaping their teams.

After recently speaking on the BBC Wake Up to Money programme about the UK jobs market as well as candidate and vacancy availability, I wanted to share my insights into how businesses can adapt their recruitment strategies to ensure a competitive edge.


Laura Walters - Executive Search Board Director


Retention-Oriented Recruitment

The Great Resignation showed us that recruitment strategies should no longer be solely about bringing new talent on board. Instead, they should encompass retention efforts from the very beginning. Once a candidate is successfully recruited, the focus should shift to creating an environment where they feel valued, challenged, and supported. This approach contributes not only to employee satisfaction but also to reducing turnover. By offering mentorship programs, professional development opportunities, and clear career progression paths, recruiters can demonstrate their organisation's commitment to the long-term success and well-being of their employees.

Balancing Compensation and Benefits

While job satisfaction and a supportive work environment are critical, it's essential not to underestimate the continued significance of competitive compensation and benefits packages. Regularly reviewing and adjusting these offerings ensures that the business remains an attractive destination for top talent. This strategic approach to compensation and benefits demonstrates a commitment to recognising and rewarding employee contributions while remaining competitive in the job market. It also contributes to the company's ability to both attract and retain skilled professionals who can help drive its growth and success.

In conclusion, the end of the Great Resignation brings about a paradigm shift in recruitment strategies. Businesses must now focus on targeting passive candidates, understanding the motivations that drive job seekers, incorporating retention efforts into their recruitment strategies, and balancing competitive compensation and benefits packages. It’s also important to remember that according to the REC Report on Jobs it’s the overall growth of vacancies that has dropped, not the number of vacancies, showing that there is still plenty of opportunity for job seekers and an optimistic labour market despite hiring freezes and redundancies. It’s adapting to these changes ensures that organisations remain agile and capable of attracting, retaining, and nurturing top talent in the evolving employment landscape.

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