And, she added, “Once we have them apply to us, are we creating an environment that’s moving them efficiently through the process. People are used to immediate feedback.”
Partnering With Schools Helps Retention
For BorgWagner, recruiting on campus goes beyond job fairs. Tania Wingfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, said the company collaborates with selected universities to create training programs for needed skills. With the automotive industry rapidly shifting to electrification, such programs can help employees get ready to work and to upskill current workers. “That’s helping us from a retention standpoint,” Wingfield said.
Retraining and upskilling helps in another way. Ecclestone notes that baby boomer workers, now in their 60s through mid70s, are retiring in large numbers.
“There’s a huge amount of brain power that’s going with them that hasn’t been transferred down. So we’re trying to upskill our employees,” she said. That means devoting more effort and resources to training and retraining.
Work Schedule Flexibility Remains Key
And when recruiting mid-career candidates from other firms, flexibility is key.
“If it’s a position where they only have to be in the office occasionally, we’ll entertain remote working,” Wingfield said. “Otherwise we try to offer a hybrid working environment. We’re trying to figure out what’s the right balance of office time and work from home. We know post-pandemic that flexibility and offering both work-from-home and coming into the office is critical when hiring people.”
While online recruiting is important, it’s not enough by itself.
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