ConnectedHR in the Media
Mark D’Agostino is president and founder of ConnectedHR, which helps companies build organizational alignment through human resources. He founded ConnectedHR in 2014 based on a search for scalable human resources support that small businesses need to grow. He is a contributor to local business publications and some of his articles and insights are shared here.
Reports from the human resources front lines of companies across Cleveland shine a spotlight on today’s most prevalent HR challenge — recruiting. Across all industries, companies are struggling with identifying, attracting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and onboarding the employees they need.
The workplace is still dealing with the ramifications of COVID, and there are many unknowns. And so many companies are wrapped up in navigating the now that they’re not thinking about the future. Yes, there’s uncertainty.
The business environment in Northeast Ohio has certainly had to shift over the last year. As a provider of human resources services to local companies across the business spectrum, we’ve had a front-row seat to how companies are adjusting to survive and even thrive. What do the companies making it have in common?
Recently I had a conversation with a Northeast Ohio business owner who was having trouble filling an open position. It was a great opportunity with a fantastic organization, and they were offering a more than a competitive salary. The stumbling block in filling it? The position required at least three days in the office, and only two working remotely.
When tensions flow into the workplace, there’s only one fix. Society today is fraught with tensions born of the pandemic, politics, inequality, and more as people struggle to protect themselves and their families. That strain is flowing into the workplace, where we are seeing new and numerous behavioral issues. People who had been stable, strong workers are now frazzled.
Cleveland Innovation District will lift city’s jobs profile, benefiting local businesses: Mark D’Agostino
One of the most exciting announcements I’ve heard in a long time is about the Cleveland Innovation District project and the 20,000 jobs it is expected to bring to Ohio within the next decade. I can’t help but think back to the Gateway and Euclid Corridor projects. Gateway gave us sports venues, a casino, and restaurants. The Euclid Corridor gave us the much-needed link between downtown and University Circle.
Typically, during the holidays, business owners do special things for their employees – parties, bonuses, what have you. COVID-19 has dramatically changed the status quo. As we continue to deal with the ramifications of COVID, especially during the holiday surge, there are three essential things business owners must do. I’ve seen this time and again.
The study cited raised some interesting points. But it’s important to also think about what companies can do now to “rethink their talent acquisition strategies.”
The study stated that “More than 60% of those surveyed reported that their top priority is filling open positions quickly.”