Published August 1, 2014

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, employers have added over 200,000 jobs for six months in a row. Employers are ramping up investment in their businesses again. I’m seeing my clients realize that they need to fill skills gaps especially with today’s complex supply chains. My recent skills gap research agrees. The question is whether they can find top talent.

Those who want to attract top talent need to think about what employees are looking for.

One tip to implement this week: Take a step back and think about what you want as an employee. Do you want control over what you do? Do you want to be able to make decisions? Do you want to have to support people who don’t want to carry their weight? I find the vast majority of managers know about the problem people but don’t want to address the issue. Of course it is uncomfortable; however, what signal does that send to the high performers in your organization? To become attractive, you don’t have to spend bunches of money; instead, think about what you’d want and start making choices to make your organization desirable.