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Post Understanding Employee Expectations Will Aid Recruitment   Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:44 pm

Modern managers must recognise the expectations of recent university graduates if they want to get the best out of new emerging talent.

Research by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Ashridge Business School revealed that managers are not aware of typical graduate expectations and this may be damaging to business performance in the future.

Almost one third of managers confessed that their biggest challenge when recruiting graduates was effectively dealing with the expectations of their career development and employee status.

Nearly 40 per cent of graduates were dissatisfied with their career advancement and salaries and this was leading them to seek employment elsewhere even in the face of the current uncertain economic climate.

Recruiting and nurturing graduate talent can prove time consuming and costly so it is important that bosses understand the needs of these employees in order to keep staff turnover at a manageable level.

Graduates should be rewarded with higher salaries and promotions when they are able to demonstrate consistent achievements combined with a willingness to go the extra mile for their employers when required.

By setting attainable business performance targets linked to rewards and benefits, employers will be able to harness the best efforts of their graduate workforce and develop successful long-term relationships.

There are a number of graduates with unrealistic expectations such as those who believe they will be appointed to a management position a year into their first job and in these cases employers should explain a pragmatic path of career development.

Effectively communicating a clear and achievable career development process to employees will provide them with motivation and help manage any unrealistic expectations they may have originally harboured.

Recent graduates appear to place more value on finding a greater work-life balance so employers may have to look into offering flexible working in order to help them attract the best talent.

Graduates would also appreciate a workplace mentor to help coach their career development and this role can be fulfilled by their manager who should foster a close working relationship with younger employees that are new to the world of work.

If an organisation is concerned about enhancing the productivity of its graduate workforce then it should employ the services of performance improvement consulting professionals.

Performance improvement consulting experts can help graduate employees achieve their full potential by educating business managers about the most effective leadership methods and techniques.

Management consultants can also apply proven business theory such as systems thinking to show organisations how to improve customer service.

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