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Five Signs Your Company Is Clueless About Talent

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

How can you tell if a company cares about talent? Easy! They put people ahead of policies and rules. That’s exactly what most employers don’t do. They are quick to say “We can’t approve that” or “You’re not allowed to do that” or “I wish I could help you” the minute a person needs the tiniest accommodation or flexibility in order to, well, be human.

 

Maybe a family emergency requires an employee to miss a few days of work. The first question somebody is likely to ask the employee is “Does your requested leave of absence qualify for FMLA?” If the answer is “No,” good luck getting the time off, paid or unpaid! That’s a clear indication that the company you work for really doesn’t give a dang about talent.

When you’re applying for a job, you can tell in a flash whether the organization is all talk and no action or whether they really care about the people they’re interviewing and potentially hiring. You can tell they don’t care about talent if they leave you waiting for weeks to hear back after a job interview.

Talk is cheap! Anybody can say, “Our company is powered by our talent,” but if the leaders don’t show in their actions that living, breathing people matter more to them than yardsticks pasted on the walls or policies in a dusty manual, then they don’t really know what the term “valuing talent” means. You deserve better!

Here are five signs your company is clueless about talent.

In Recruiting

A company’s recruiting process gives you clear signals about the importance of people to the firm’s success. If the process is fast, warm and human, that’s a huge sign that you’re going to like the job. If the recruiting process is slow, bureaucratic and cold, it doesn’t matter how much they can pay you. If you take the job anyway, start planning for your next move quickly. These are not people who can help you grow your flame.

People who talk about valuing talent but don’t really mean it are likely to be clueless about a lot of other aspects of their business, too!

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