Don’t Be a Stepping Stone Employer!

December 23rd, 2011

Ever decide on a candidate, confident that he or she was going to make a long-term impact on your business, only for that candidate to move on a few months later? That is a prime example of a dreaded business affliction – stepping stone disorder!

Although not technically a disorder, being labeled or seen as a stepping stone to potential candidates can have a dramatic impact on your organization. Lost productivity, decreased morale, dour company culture…the effects can lead to long-term losses for your business.

Be more than a stepping stone – be a great choice for job seekers!

Hiring new employees is costly and time-consuming, and no one wants to be used as stepping stone to bigger and better things. Here are three ways to avoid being a stepping stone and instead be the long-term employer for your team:

  1. Ask candidates about their long-term goals. From the very beginning, ask prospective employees where they see themselves in 5 or 10 years. Find out why they applied to your company, and what they hope to achieve in their careers. If they hesitate, or if their responses seem a little too rehearsed, you might have to probe a bit more to see if you are the goal for candidates, or a mere stepping stone. But, better to ask during the interview, than get burned down the line!
  2. Give candidates an idea where they’re going. When you’re hiring new employees, make it very clear where they can take their careers within your company. Provide a clear path of ascension, with attainable goals. If your employees know that they have a long-term plan of action within your company, they are far less likely to see their jobs as stepping stones.
  3. Give them opportunities to learn and grow. If you’re employees are eager to learn more and grow as professionals, be the one to give them those opportunities! Providing opportunities for growth and learning shows an investment in them, and if your employees know you see them as a long-term investment, they’re much more likely to invest in your organization.

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