“Career pathing is extremely important to Millennials,” Cordova-Jack, vice president of the Misura Group, said. “They have lofty career goals but sometimes need guidance on their career path.”
Then there’s Generation Z, which will ask hundreds of questions about their job and career path, she said.
When looking to attract talent and build the right team, executives and owners need to be ready to meet the expectations and traits of different employee generations.
Misura asked a room full of dealer members if they were facing the problem of having “truck drivers coming out of their seams.” They said they weren’t. Attracting and retaining drivers remains a challenge for some.
Misura likened the current hiring climate to a grizzly bear attack.
“The grizzly bear is the micro-dynamics of hiring in today’s market,” said Misura, the founder of the Misura Group, which specializes in recruiting top-tier talent for companies.
“There are two open jobs and one available worker for the rest of your life and it’s not changing,” Misura told the audience. Since no human can outrun a grizzly bear, the current market must be embraced for what it is, and it must be managed.
Misura also told the audience that the Federal Trade Commission is preparing to do away with non-compete clauses. (A topic that is also this week’s poll question at HBSDealer.)
“How many LBM people will just walk?” Misura asked while likening the proposed change to NFL free agency.
Additionally, as companies put together a team of “gems,” Misura reminded dealers that they can polish their existing talent “into a diamond.”
In other cases, companies might have to be more flexible when hiring. This includes placing more females in management positions or perhaps hiring ex-convicts and recovering substance abuse users who want and need work.
“Be kind to people that others are not being kind to,” Misura said. “Create a safe place for people within your industry space who don’t feel safe.”