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SMEs urged to ‘think outside the box’ in talent search

Our Licensee Sara Abbott, from the HR Dept North Birmingham, commented to Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce on attracting talent for an SME:

SMEs must think outside the box when it comes to attracting the right talent, according to a HR expert.

Sara Abbott (pictured), from the HR Dept North Birmingham, says many smaller companies can offer greater flexibility and career progression than corporate juggernauts.

And she believes these benefits can be of huge benefit when it comes to recruiting.

It comes after an SME confidence-tracking survey from Bibby Financial Services (BFS) revealed that the nation’s small and medium-sized businesses face a struggle to find workers with the right skills.

Sara said: “It’s daunting for SME businesses when they see the fabulous campus offices of Silicon Valley firms, the luxurious free breakfasts laid-on by flourishing digital agencies and the bonuses that financial services companies can offer.

“These eye-catching benefits may seem hard to beat. But all is not lost. There are strings to the SME bow that can help them compete for great employees.”

“Many SMEs are able to offer more flexibility than large corporates. In a small firm you often get the opportunity to turn your hand to the wider aspects of a role.

“This could be an attractive point to emphasise, as it shows a clear route to progression. It’s doubly good for the business because if you can get a person with the desire and capability to grow themselves, then the business will probably grow around them.

“A winning formula all round would see the business communicating well, so that the person knows they are making a difference and feels encouraged to continue.”

Sara says more and more SMES are starting to realise the benefit of investment in training to plug skills gaps and retain staff.

She added: “Training is another attractive benefit to offer – not just for recruitment, but for retention too.

“Got a skills gap? Instead of trying to hire the ready-made solution, train someone in your team to develop into the role.

“As well as plugging your skills gap, this fosters staff loyalty and goodwill.”

To read the original article go to https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/