Forget perks, be compassionate to recruit high-performing staff

Forget perks, be compassionate to recruit high-performing staff

Some employers use extravagant perks to recruit the best candidates. Others resort to putting up online videos of their employees bragging about the possibilities within the company. Some hope that getting a new ping-pong table will do the trick. 

But a fresh study shows that the way to recruit and retain high-performing candidates is to have a compassionate job culture. 

Catalyst surveyed 148 women and 344 men who all earned their MBA degrees at premier business schools between 1996 and 2007.

44% of the women were likely to move to a new job if the companies work culture didn’t match their preferred culture. 46% of the men said the same.

The results showed that top candidates would rather work at companies where constructive behaviours are favoured over aggressive mannerisms.

They preferred companies that emphasised support, integrity and collaboration as well as encouraging worker to reach their potential. Companies that emphasised aggressive behaviours like perfectionism, power and competition were not as popular.

Deborah Gillis is the President and CEO for Catalyst. She says: “This is important news for company leaders who are increasingly concerned about finding and keeping top talent and driving organizational performance."

Allyson Zimmermann is the Executive Director in Europe for Catalyst. Speaking exclusively to Recruitment Grapevine, she further advised recruiters to challenge themselves to get the best staff.

"Cast a wider net beyond the usual suspects,” she said "Companies need to look beyond the pond in which they are fishing and challenge their thoughts about talent.

“We all have a preference in some way shape or form, but until we’re conscious of it we’ll continue doing the same thing that we’ve always done. Break the pattern, disrupt your own default, and challenge yourself on what talent really looks like. You might be pleasantly surprised."


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