Last week I received an update from LinkedIn. Of my connections, 22% had changed jobs or changed companies in 2010. In our January newsletter, we asked our readers if their company would increase their spending in hiring, new programs, or equipment in 2011 and 47% said that they would be hiring. So hold onto your hats (and your employees if you can)! This is a great indicator that the economy is heating up. Movement has started, job and pay freezes are lifting, and your best employees are seeing employment options opening up everywhere.
If you have a company where employees are engaged, managers are connected with their teams at a deep level, and leadership training and development focuses on communication that is transparent, authentic and clear, you are in the catbird seat. If this doesn’t describe your culture, your best and brightest will soon be looking for one that does. The great news is that cultures can transform, these skills can be learned. So as you are opening your doors to new clients walking in, make sure that your best employees aren’t walking out.