The fact that 95% of the 600 employers polled in the
Recruitment and Employment Federation's (REC) latest JobsOutlook survey were
operating with either no spare capacity or only 'a little' capacity to take on
extra work with their existing employee base indicates that there will be
no shortage of organisations looking to recruit their way to growth in 2016.
Indeed, 81% of those businesses signalled an intention to
hire more permanent staff in the coming three months - but why else should
staff recruitment be such a key focus for your organisation this year?
It doesn't matter whether your firm specialises in biochemistry,
molecular biology or pharmacology - or indeed, doesn't recruit for science jobs
at all. The principles are much the same - the recruitment of the most suitable
people has been shown to power forward business growth, with the latter having
the opposite effect.
The right employees
build the right company reputation
As the cliche goes, your business is its people, and they
certainly play a key role in the reputation of your firm. The interactions and
experiences that internal and stakeholders alike have with your staff in such sensitive
areas as R&D and quality assurance exerts great influence on how your wider
organisation is regarded.
According to another oft-repeated mantra, good reputations
are built up over many years and destroyed in seconds, and if your employees
stand for anything less than the very highest standards of service and
professionalism, you can be sure that your organisation's ability to attract
lucrative new contracts and business will be compromised.
Good recruitment now
is a long-term investment
Whoever joins your organisation as a consequence of your
latest science recruitment campaign, they will exert some kind of influence on
your business's culture and how it does its work.
Recruit someone who shares your organisation's mission and
values, and your internal culture will be strengthened, making it easier to
attract other candidates with similar qualities in the future. This will
naturally further your organisation's growth ambitions.
Remember that recruiting the best people now will save you
all manner of costs in the long run - for example, those associated with
launching a new hiring campaign after a key employee leaves. 78%
of employers have difficulties with staff retention, according to the CIPD,
and it's a fair bet that such a percentage would be lower if organisations took
greater care over exactly who they recruited.
the cost of a bad hire
The financial expense of a poor recruitment decision is bad
enough, the CIPD having estimated the average cost of recruiting the wrong
person to be £8,200, rising to £12,000 for senior managers or directors.
However, a badly-chosen new hire also incurs many less
tangible costs, such as lost productivity, damaged workplace morale and harm to
your organisation's reputation.
With the hiring of the right person bringing such
potentially great benefits for growing companies, and taking on the wrong
person having such serious adverse consequences, it couldn't be more important
for your organisation to invest not only in recruitment, but the right recruitment approach.
Recruitment Solutions to be your organisation's science recruitment partner,
providing such invaluable services as candidate screening, assessment day
management and salary benchmarking, and you can invest in a hiring campaign in
2016 that really does maximise your chances of achieving the greatest possible