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Retaining Supply Chain Talent

Supply chain talent isn’t something that’s easy to come by. Recruiting, interviewing, selecting and securing the right candidate with the right skill set is an involved process that only those within the supply chain, logistics, and distribution disciplines can understand, and working with the right recruitment agency can be the best way to fill your positions.

The best candidates in the profession need to have the knowledge, skills, personality traits and expertise to understand their position. When you find fantastic individuals to fill your most important positions, you won’t want to lose them. To ensure that you retain talented employees you need to provide an environment and perform tasks to make sure you retain your supply chain talent.

Here are some tips on how to keep your supply chain talent by focusing on and developing specific aspects of workplace culture:

  1. Create a Multifaceted Environment by Promoting Diversity

Any good company needs a diverse team of individuals with different backgrounds, viewpoints, skillsets, experiences and expertise. Encouraging diversity in the workplace will help expand the company’s knowledge, broaden its horizons and create new opportunities. In addition, individuals new to the environment will feel welcomed and driven by its healthy variety, because they’ll feel they have something unique to contribute to a dynamic team. Diversity is a key way of keeping supply chain talent.

  1. Provide a Basis for Mentorship

Even the most talented and experienced individuals won’t always be in their element in a new workplace, and walking into a company that’s uninvolved or uninterested in dedicating time to its employees can stymie retention rates and hurt the overall functionality of the organization. Instead, foster an atmosphere that’s nurturing, individually focused and intent on support. Incorporate a mentorship program to encourage new employees, keep them invested in the company and keep you invested in each other.

  1. Encourage Professional Development and Advancement

Retaining supply chain talent and keeping your employees motivated means giving them a reason to keep learning and improving. Encouraging employees to develop professionally, providing resources for them to learn or offering advice on opportunities like seminars is a fantastic way to reinforce their interest in the industry and the company. In addition, filling some positions from within and offering advancement opportunities will help make employees loyal to your organization.

Top Talent With OptimumSCR

Looking for the right candidates to fill your positions before you can focus on retaining talent? Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with exactly what you need. Contact us for more options today.

Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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