𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗝𝗼𝗯 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗗𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 🤔
Did you know that nearly half of New Zealand employers are facing a talent shortage? Based on the ManpowerGroup 2018 Talent Shortage Survey, 44% of employers have reported that they can't find the skills they need to fill vacant roles. This isn't surprising considering that many job listings sound like this:
"𝘐𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘠𝘦𝘢𝘳’𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦? 𝘓𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘺𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 2 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨 4 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘮𝘴. 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴, 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘳𝘥, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭."
Certainly, this has been dramatised, but not by much. As much as we like to point the finger at someone, it's hardly the employer's fault. During the great recession, many companies had to downsize. This altered the job market in a few ways:
1. Remaining employees had to fill the vacant roles, obtaining 2-3 more skills outside their specialities. These 'purple squirrels' don't exist naturally, yet employers continue to look for them today.
2. Many unemployed individuals returned to study shortly after the recession. This created more competition for professional jobs and employers got picky.
Skill shortages may have resulted from a combination of reasons, such as the changes in the economy, the aging population, or the migration of skilled workers. Another reason may lay with the employer's unrealistic expectations for candidates. Whatever the reason is, it's time to close this widening skills gap. Over-demanding job listings are no longer working.
We recognize that it is the recruitment agent's job to inform employers of hiring trends and to downsize their job requirements to something reasonable.
𝟰 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗯𝗮𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀 😟 (𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮)
𝟭. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗺𝗲
Some people become 1 with their own ideas. So when you challenge their ideas, they feel like you’re challenging them as a person.
𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢 1𝘴𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦.
𝟮. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲
You’ve finished everything, but there’s no one to approve you to move on. So you feel like you’re unsure on what to do next.
𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘜𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 ‘𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦’ 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘳.
𝟯. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲
i.e. the micromanager 😮
𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘈𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘤𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳. 𝘖𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘮𝘪𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶.
𝟰. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂
Sometimes if you're ‘too good’, then your manager may not be willing to let you go 😞
𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘐’𝘮 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳.
𝗧𝗼𝗽 𝟯 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗷𝗼𝗯𝘀 🤔
𝟭. 𝗟𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀
Just like in video games where characters do tasks to gain levels, people need that in real life too. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦. If managers don’t give people an increase in their level, employees can feel stagnation and are then unmotivated to do their best work when there are no higher opportunities ahead.
𝟮. 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗳-𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀
Not every manager is a good manager. Good managers care about its people just as equally as they care about their corporate goals. Why? Because employees are the ones doing the ‘actual’ work that customers are paying for. Managers need to remember their employees are also people with their own ambitions and should aim to give them tasks to help them achieve their employees’ goals.
𝟯. 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
There are many different types of personalities in this working world. Some care about climbing the ladder as fast as possible, where others care about a healthy work-life balance. Many corporations give everyone at a certain experience level the ‘same’ salary. This merges the different personality types together in 1 salary band, which demotivates the ambitious workers.
There’s 1 very simple solution to all 3 problems. Managers just need to talk to their team members. Sit each member down one-by-one for 10 minutes and just ask, “what do they want from working here”? And from their answer, delegate tasks that would suit their working style and help them achieve their goals in life :)
If your manager does not have any interest in your personal situation or ambitions, it may be time to look for a new opportunity.