It’s time people… It’s time… I just got back from the Fiji Recruitment Industry (RCSA) conference and I saw something I thought I would never see in my lifetime… a huge generational shift in thinking and action in our industry!
Like most other attendees, I was looking forward to the weather, the networking, the weather, the drinking, the weather, the golf and the weather… but what I got was an overload of new ideas, better ways of recruiting, a gaggle of new contacts, and – funnily enough – some bloody good weather!
Look, if anyone – and I mean anyone – in your direct network (work colleague, Linked In contact, Facebook friend etc.) attended the conference, offer to buy them a coffee and learn what they learned – you will not be disappointed. Terms like collaboration, social media, flexibility, humanisation and bula were on high rotation. Gone were the old themes, of managing by KPI’s, how to run a profitable Temp desk and introduction to successful recruitment consulting.
It is now incumbent on all delegates who attended the conference to go back to their workplace and implement change. Most, of course will be lost, forgotten and mis-remembered, but for those who do share – and implement – the learnings, your businesses will be far better equipped for the present, and the future of recruitment.
For my part, I think for too long we have focussed on recruitment owners and managers. It’s time to look closely at what really makes a top performing consultant. Motivators, actions and experiences – and my commitment to you is that I will gather and present this data within the next 6 months.
My advice is – be part of the recruitment revolution, not a casualty…
Oh, and just an aside… I was lying in a hammock… on the beach… (I did tell you I was in Fiji didn’t I?)… sipping a pina colada… eating fresh tropical fruits… during an amazing sunset… watching a flock of birds, and I thought… If I could fly, who would I shit on?