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Employee Engagement Should Begin at the Talent Acquisition Phase: Kim Shepherd and Darren Findley to HRO Today

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Decision Toolbox Chairwoman Kim Shepherd and Darren Findley, President of Recruitment Solutions for Engage2Excel (Decision Toolbox’s parent company) teamed up to share their thoughts on why employee engagement should begin at the talent acquisition phase in a recent Q&A with HRO Today.

Excerpt from the article:

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on employee engagement—and for good reason. Recent research from PwC shows that organizations with engaged employees have 2.5 times performance and business-related outcomes; 33 percent higher profit; and 27 lower absenteeism. It has become critical for an organization to think about how they engage candidates, says Kim Shepard, Chairwoman of Decision Toolbox and Darren Findley, President, Recruitment Solutions for Engage2Excel. In fact, they protest engagement should be begin during the hiring process. Here they share ways to engage with talent and the benefits hiring teams will achieve.

Q.  What are some approaches to engage with talent during the hiring process?

A: The onboarding process starts in the recruitment process because it is the first image a candidate will get of a company. When candidates are looking for a new job, they typically interview with three companies and you want to position yourself as number one. There is a great opportunity to be the employer of choice during the pre-boarding process. Court candidates immediately and get them excited about your organization even before the interview takes place. Show candidates what it’s like to be part of the team before day one. What makes your organizational culture stand out? Can you wear jeans every day? Do you have virtual movie nights? Ice cream socials? A wellness program? By engaging candidates during the pre-boarding process, you will drive their desire to be a part of your organization.

For more tips on incorporating employee engagement in talent acquisition phase, view the full article here.

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