Attracting people to hard-to-recruit locations for work is just half the battle; companies and communities have to work even harder to get their good people to stay. Offering employees more money is not the answer. Skyrocketing labour costs are severely impacting every company’s bottom line and are simply not sustainable in the long term. There is a need for a more innovative approach to attraction, retention and workforce development – especially for hard-to-recruit locations.
The Petroleum HR Council developed an “Increasing the Talent” toolkit with a focus on the challenges faced by hard-to-recruit locations. This innovative resource is designed to help the oil and gas industry and its stakeholders understand the decision making process employees use when investigating new employment opportunities.
Obviously, the same attraction, retention and workforce development issues faced by the oil and gas industry are experienced by other industry sectors as well and the solutions proposed in the "Increasing the Talent" processes transfer to all sectors. In hard-to-recruit locations, collaboration between the industries represented in the area are neccessary in order to effectively impact attraction, retention and workforce development issues. Sci-Tech North initiates the development of partnerships that more efficiently use the resources and talents available, and increase the cost efficiency of implementing strategies.