International headhunting is returning to pre-recession levels. International search firms are reporting a shift in the calls they are receiving from job seekers. “No longer are calls just coming from the unemployed and underemployed,” states Jeff Kortes, a recruiter and employee retention consultant. Kortes owns Human Asset Management in Franklin, Wisconsin and his firm is working closely with employers to develop retention strategies as the international headhunting community revives it efforts to attract and move the best talent to new employers.
“As the economic recovery progresses, it gives employees more comfort in cutting the ties to long-term employers,” according to Kortes. Human resource experts are recognizing that highly skilled workers are increasingly willing to consider new employment opportunities.
What is known as “voluntary turnover” is expected to accelerate in 2013 as the recovery continues and is more evident across a great number of industries. This trend is adding urgency to a situation that some employers have already identified as serious. The best talent is critical to business success, yet top performers are the most likely and able to leave their employers. Many employers struggle to retain their most talented workers as higher paying competitors come headhunting their best.
Top talent is in season! What is the best way to keep top talent? Do you or your clients have a retention program in place?