July 20, 2021 – America’s workforce is changing rapidly thanks to job mobility, an ever-tight labor market and technological advancements. This metamorphosis has been underway for years, according to a new report from Accur Recruiting Services, and the COVID-19 pandemic has simply accelerated the shift to self-employment from location and remote work. “But the changes aren’t just logistical; they reveal profound changes in the way American workers approach their career paths, ”said CEO Edouard Thoumyre.
A recent Microsoft poll found that 41% of employees were considering leaving their current employer this year and 46% said they were likely to move because they can now work remotely. Additionally, 53% of Americans said they would transition to a whole new industry if they could retrain.
Whether you are an employer or a worker, these massive changes will impact us all. Mr. Thoumyre provided a roundup of tips for navigating these changes:
Desire for mobility: Recent surveys have amply demonstrated that American workers crave novelty and mobility. “The pandemic has just accelerated these forces to the point where companies wishing to acquire the best talent must adapt,” said Mr. Thoumyre.
Technological innovation: Years ago, bringing teams together across the world was tedious and awkward. Nowadays, a multitude of platforms and services make asynchronous communication, online meetings and interviews much smoother. With email, Slack, Zoom and instant messaging, Thoumyre said, it’s no wonder workers want more flexibility in organizing their workdays.
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Tense labor market: “While the job market has been a wild race over the past year and changes, what has not changed is that the competition to acquire and retain top talent remains difficult,” said Mr. Thoumyre.
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Offer 100% remote work: “An easy way for employers to harness top talent is to develop a strategy that is 100 percent location independent,” said Thoumyre. “WordPress is a great example of this, not only in terms of remote work policies, but also in terms of creating an environment where freelance employees can do their best. “
Edouard Thoumyre is the founder and managing partner of ACCUR Recruiting Services and has become a key player in the executive search and recruitment industry for consumer and luxury goods brands in the United States, export and in travel retail. With previous experiences in management consulting (Oliver Wyman, Ernst & Young) and entrepreneurship (co-founder of Assisteo, a B-to-C service provider for education and healthcare), Mr. Thoumyre offers a comprehensive understanding of recruiting needs focused on sales, marketing, finance, or operations.
Consider non-monetary incentives: “We have found in our surveys that while pay is king, other factors influence workers’ desire to stay,” said Thoumyre. “Make sure you are considering policies like sustainability, diversity and inclusion as well as strong remote working policies. “
Invest in career development: Another area that is important for employees, especially those focused on growth, is career development, according to Thoumyre. “Make sure your employees know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and how they can access career development resources,” he said.
Keep your skills sharp: “Know the skills that are in demand and how they fit into your career planning,” said Thoumyre. “As we recover from closures related to the pandemic, companies will reward flexible and proactive employees. It’s always a good time to plan for ways to boost your skills. “
ACCUR Recruiting Services is an executive search company specializing in the consumer sectors (beauty, wines and spirits, watches and jewelry, food and beverages, tobacco, cannabis, hospitality). It was established in 2006 and now has offices in New York, New Jersey and Miami, with additional consultants in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Bogotá. ACCUR focuses on recruiting for mid to senior level positions primarily for sales and business development, marketing, exporting, retail, finance and operations.
ACCUR’s research process is the combined effort of a comprehensive direct approach strategy geared towards passive candidates working in target companies and engaging the vast network of consumer industry professionals that the company has. built over the years.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media