Why businesses need to win the war for talent
Today’s Colosseum is the capitalist arena, where only the fit survive. Having the best idea no longer guarantees the success of your business — the big idea must be matched with a smart marketing strategy that includes converting staff into brand ambassadors through the sheer pleasure of the staff experience. The new challenge is to fight strategic battles against competition that win the attention and loyalty of top talent. Key to this is ensuring you identify and onboard the talented (perhaps even before they have flowered into their fullest potential).
Within the Southern African context especially, the cost of attracting and retaining top talent might appear high. Mostly, the success of this hinges on inspiring a culture that stimulates and celebrates self-development (which includes continuous learning), and skill-sharing. But, the returns on developing this type of work environment far outweigh the investment. Loyal, well-trained and motivated people simplify the matters of succession planning. Furthermore, these people are automatically driven to maximise their input for the benefit of their own development and that of the business.
Finding, nurturing, signing and retaining top talent can place a heavy strain on HR, especially if the most efficient long-term solution relies on developing a strong organisational learning culture that nurtures skills in-house. Partnering with an accredited, learning solutions business can be a smart solution to setting up and maintaining a strong talent pipeline.
Couple this with an accredited, Blended Learning model and your graduates will be awarded with an NQF-rated qualification at the end of a programme that’s delivered flexibly — through a combination of instructor-led and digital learning.
Winning the war for talent ensures your business remains primely positioned to continue meeting client expectations to the highest standard with a highly-skilled team, while leaving you free to do what you do best — innovate, manage and strategise.