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Feeling aches and pains?  Headaches when you walk into the office?  Are you a little fuzzy or hazy some days when looking through a blur of candidates?  It could be the flu season taking hold of your office, or perhaps your recruitment process has been under the weather too long.

Sometimes when sickness takes hold around the workplace, it’s time to take another good look at what other areas may need an energy boost or an infusion of medication to jump start results; and when it comes to attracting new talent into your organization, you want to make sure you’re bringing in the cure for your needs, and not infecting your employee base with the wrong dose of new employees.

If you want to make sure your talent strategy isn’t out sick, treat it the same way you treat yourself.

Take preventative measures.  While taking a flu shot doesn’t necessarily prevent the flu, it does give some peace of mind and decrease your chances of being out or down too long.  In the same way, you have to consistently review your process for attracting talent before a problem arises in order to prevent an epic failure in the process when it comes time for a big push.

Interview new employees for hiccups in the interviewing and on-boarding process in order to implement changes based on feedback.  Stay on top of market trends and research and build a repertoire of ideas to try should you hit a roadblock in your process.  And, talk to your teams to make sure your recruiting for the needs of today and tomorrow.

Invest in proven remedies.  Everyone has their own home remedy when they’re sick or concoction of medicine that works for them.  If you’ve tried it and it works, then by all means put it into action.  But, be careful throwing time, energy, and money into too good to be true promises to immediately fix your recruitment woes.

Don’t be swayed by quack doctors touting a cure-all elixir to your problems.  Invest your time where it counts in researching what you’re going to infuse into your organization.  You wouldn’t give pizza and candy to someone home sick with a cold, so make sure you’re feeding your strategy with some warm chicken soup and ginger ale and save the treats and surprises when you’re experimenting on a healthy recruitment process.

Expose your illness.  If no one knows you’re sick, they don’t know to help you, or how to help.  Sure it can feel weak to let people know there’s a problem, but you’re only dragging it out.   (And yes, it can be hard to do, and sometimes, things have to get worse before they can get better.)

Being a ‘trooper’ and struggling through it without letting people know you’re ailing, can mean exposing everyone to your condition and spreading the virus throughout the company.  Step up, be strong, let others around you in the company know the issues, and ask for help.  A little team work to get through a tough situation can actually strengthen the whole organization.

Rest.  It’s hard to take a break when things are failing, but sometimes you have to clear you head and re-coup to be able to come back to the problem with a fresh mind and a new approach.

When you’re too close to it, you can continue to fester in the bad condition.  Step away and allow everything time to heal.  Sometimes the problem isn’t as big as we thought, and sometimes we exacerbate and issue by holding onto it longer than we should, the same way we can stay sick longer by not taking the time out we should have initially.

It can be natural to want to ignore a problem in your talent strategy or pretend we can push through it, but too often we’re then left helpless in the emergency room, begging for relief and someone to prescribe the right medicine to save us.

Your talent is the lifeblood of your organization.  If you keep it healthy, you will continue to attract more great talent.  Every now and then, though, your recruitment process may get an infection of sorts or a bad case of hires.  If it does, treat it right and get it on the mend.  Here’s to a healthy season of recruitment!

What ailments have plagued your talent acquisition process in the past? (And what remedies do you suggest?)

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