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Blog PostsAvoiding The Pitfalls of Recruiting Retail Executives: Part II

Avoiding The Pitfalls of Recruiting Retail Executives: Part II

By Gail E. Amsterdam, Founder, CEO, and Chief Talent Curator, Amsterdam Associates

Over 5 weeks, we’ve prepared a 5-Part series exploring how Retailers are Avoiding the Pitfalls of Recruiting Retail Executives.  Join us each week with a new article that builds on the prior one to detail how to maximize your talent stream.

What are executives seeking in their careers?

Executives considering changes in their careers want to join retailers where they seriously feel connected to their businesses, C-Suite executives, and fellow workers.  They want to align themselves with their retailer’s value systems, not just on the mission statement; but with action from ‘boots on the ground’ by the way their retailer walks the walk, not just talks the talk.

Never has culture fit been such a hot topic in recruiting for retailers as it is now. Retailers ignoring people’s critical need for this in their EQ DNA matched with the culture, will continue to be a huge mistake. As a result, companies will experience extended placement times, increased turnover, and poor cultural connections.

People want to know that their company deeply cares about them, their families, and the global landscape. Altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain and boosts happiness for the people helped.  When people feel given to, it activates the areas of the brain associated with business and social connection, as well as trust.  This fortifies a commitment to a stronger value system that will directly lead to performance metric success, profit margins, and a complete allegiance to a new type of accomplishment by your people within your retailers.

Next Wednesday, November 8th, tune in for Part III: What’s the ‘Secret Sauce’ that retailers keep overlooking? It’s the special ingredient you won’t want to miss. If you have questions, please reach out to me directly.

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