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4 out of 3 people struggle with math - how does it affect recruiting?

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 10:18
4 out of 3 people struggle with math - how does it affect recruiting?

“93% of Americans agree that developing good math skills
are essential to being successful in life."

"The majority of Americans admit having difficulty when faced
with applying math in everyday situations."


- Change the Equation

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People Profits Principle #82

4 out of 3 people struggle with math

How does poor math skills affect recruiting and retaining?

  1. Candidates struggle with comparing job offers beyond rate of pay
  2. Candidates will leave a job for a higher rate and
    1. Lose it all in higher cost of benefits
  3. Changes in cost of commuting is seldom considered
  4. Candidates will not review financial results - even when available
  5. Future opportunity is always discussed in the abstract

Why are numbers important?
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What can we do to help candidates and employees with math issues? 

Note the two way street:

  1. Candidates you are recruiting AND
  2. YOUR employees as candidates at OTHER companies

Here are five math issues to consider:

  1. What can be done to IDENTIFY all of the possible MATH ISSUES
    1. affecting your organizations' recruiting and retaining functions?
  2. What math issue can be used by another organization AGAINST you?
  3. Are there any MATH PARADIGM issues that need to be overcome?
    1. What do they THINK THEY KNOW is true that isn't true? 
  4. What HIDDEN costs or income do they not APPRECIATE?
    1. What can you show them in hard copy to get their attention?
  5. What math issues are preventing candidates from applying or accepting?

Each organization will be affected differently.

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People Profits case study: A service company was located in a relatively small town that was close to a very large metropolitan area. Many of these people commuted into the city for “better jobs”. Few, if any, had ever sat down and calculated how much it cost in hard dollars to commute both directions, five days a week, 50 weeks a year. We spearheaded an effort to educate the citizens of the smaller town how much money they were actually spending. When this information was released we had many applicants tell us they had “no idea” how much it really was. We then also helped them with the cost of their time while commuting and the lifestyle difference when they no longer commuted an hour to an hour and a half each way. 

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