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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Posted on in Talent Strategy

I have the flu. I haven’t been this sick in years and needless to say, it’s cramping my style. When a friend declared “that’s why I get the flu shot” it was like rubbing salt in a wound. However, it seems kind of silly that I’ve set myself up for an unnecessary struggle this week for no reason other than I’m a giant weenie about needles. And it got me thinking.

Why do we avoid taking proactive measures that we know will help us eliminate or minimize future ailments? Is it because we don’t believe the short-term pain is worth the long-term gain? Do we say we are “too busy” and can’t afford to invest the time to evaluate our current state and implement a change or two that could strengthen our position? Is it that we just don’t know what we don’t know?

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ve probably lost count of how many times I’ve said, “control what you can control.” This is what I’m getting at here. If you want to have a remarkably different talent acquisition experience in your company next year, ensure your business has access to the right skills at the right time, has a team that is engaged in growing the business, and improve your talent retention then it’s time to get serious about conducting a talent engagement assessment to reveal and diagnose the challenges that are holding your organization back.

Think of it like an annual checkup. By conducting a current state analysis that evaluates each stage of the talent continuum in your organization, you can identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that exist and take preventative actions that will cure any recruiting and retention ailments that could impact your results in 2018. The health of your organization depends on it. Give yourself a fighting chance and make this short-term investment that is guaranteed to reap long-term results.

Knowledge is power. Don’t be a weenie. Get your flu shot.

Want to learn more about conducting a talent engagement assessment for your company? Drop me a note here and let’s talk!

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