Juha Huttunen

Juha Huttunen
Juha is a Co-founder and the CEO of VibeCatch. A serial entrepreneur, technology enthusiast and geek with 15+ years of experience in startups, sales, leadership and growing business. To Juha, measuring improvements in performance and putting them in quantifiable and monetary terms is VibeCatch’s greatest strength.

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Jun 20, 2022 8:15:00 AM
How to Effectively Recruit and Retain Employees in a Post-Pandemic Era

COVID-19 has changed the way our world works.

People saw the need to prioritise their health and adjust various aspects of their daily lives, while businesses evolved to adopt new technology and manage the uncertainties of the volatile global economy. 

Now that we have gained a more solid footing and learned to deal with everything left in COVID’s wake, it’s time to shift your focus away from “survival mode” and refocus on enhancing internal efficiencies, accelerating productivity levels and growing your overall business.

However, to achieve these things, you must first employ the right team and keep them highly engaged in contributing to your business’ success.

Read on to discover some effective ways of acquiring great talent and retaining employees.

Current recruitment and employee retention challenges

Here are some challenges employers are facing today as we continue to move forward:

For more, read: Protecting against the great resignation.

  • When it comes to recruitment, companies have to compete with other local and global organisations that offer “work-from-anywhere” options and higher pay rates.
  • Unemployment benefits from governments have prevented some people from seeking work.
  • Employers must manage the growing expectations of employees who are demanding safer, more engaging and technology-driven workplaces.

Amidst these trying times, it’s apparent that employees have the upper hand over whom they work for. 

So, if recruitment and employee retention aren’t effectively managed, you can expect your business may suffer from: 

  • high hiring costs
  • a poor working experience for remaining employees, and 
  • a loss of valuable company knowledge and low productivity 

These are all factors that you don’t want to happen especially if you want to bounce back successfully from the last few years.

5 ways to effectively recruit and retain employees in a post-pandemic era

The process of hiring and retaining employees is crucial for business success. 

As you now navigate through the pandemic aftermath, it is then essential to address the increasing competition and threats in the job market. 

To help you do recruitment and employee retention right, we’ve compiled 5 approaches that can guide you.

  • Foster a good company culture.

Your company culture can help you attract and maintain talent, so it’s important to nurture a working environment where employees are highly appreciated and well taken care of. You can also emphasise your values and what you stand for as a business, allowing you to retain employees who share the same goals and mindset.

  • Establish an effective recruitment strategy.

The evolving business landscape has put your business in a position where you must compete for talent not just against local companies but also with other organisations around the world. To address this concern, you must try tapping into new labour markets, enhancing your screening process and offering better compensation packages.

  • Invest in providing employees with more opportunities for learning and development.

Employees of this generation value career advancement and growth. By equipping them with the support they need to learn more skills and forward their careers, you’ll also give them more reasons to stay in the business and work towards progress. 

  • Give employees the benefits they deserve.

To earn the loyalty of your employees, you must also show that you advocate for their best interests. Benefits such as flexible working hours, hybrid work setup, healthcare coverage, paid leaves, mental health breaks and childcare support can help you become more appealing to new employees and keep more staff on board. 

  • Facilitate continuous listening and open communication.

Understanding your employees’ satisfaction and sentiments level is one of your responsibilities as a manager. If you give them more avenues to speak up and share feedback, you’ll also gain more valuable information on how to better engage the workforce.

You can check in with them by conducting regular surveys using VibeCatch’s QWL Polls, Pulse Polls and 360 Feedback Polls. At VibeCatch, we believe that recruitment and employee retention can be drastically improved by proactively listening to what your team has to say and then acting on this information.

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How does VibeCatch help in recruitment and employee retention? 

In the digital age, data is king, and regularly measuring your employee engagement and wellbeing levels equips you with valuable insights that can enhance your recruitment and employee retention efforts. 

At VibeCatch, we’ve built a powerful platform that enables you to take advantage of scientific-based listening to assist you in learning more about the ever-changing workforce.   

We harness the power of open communication and employee feedback, so you can empower your people to stay committed to working together with you.  

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May 16, 2022 10:45:00 AM
4 Simple Tips To Help Manage Remote Work Stress and Improve Work-Life Balance

Despite the many benefits of working from home, this work setup has impacted people's lives in several different ways, for both the better and the worse.

While people do enjoy working from home due to the added comfort and convenience, you also get the ‘work time creep’ as employees are always on, accessible and finding it harder to disconnect. 

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Apr 12, 2022 9:15:00 AM
7 Common Mistakes Top Management Should Avoid Doing From Now On

Mistakes are part of every manager’s journey towards growth and success.

However, this doesn’t mean that you need to commit them all firsthand to become a good organisational leader! As a manager, you simply don’t have the luxury to keep making errors that are detrimental to your company’s employees, resources, customers and overall profitability.

Fortunately, you can always learn and improve through other people’s
experiences.

In this article, we will explore some common mistakes by top
management, including the ways you can prevent committing these common pitfalls yourself.

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Mar 17, 2022 9:30:00 AM
5 Simple Strategies to Develop More Engaging and Productive Employees

If your employees are the engine that drives your organisation to reach its goals, then engagement is the fuel they need to stay productive and committed to their purpose.

When your employees are fully engaged, they’re a great asset to your business. Their deep connection to their responsibilities means you can rely on them to perform at their best and add value to your team.

Unfortunately, research suggests that only 15% of employees are actively engaged. This reality poses quite a threat to your organisation’s productivity, growth, and long-term success. It’s also a potential indication that many staff may simply be doing the bare minimum and there are still several untapped opportunities to maximise their capabilities.

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Feb 15, 2022 8:45:00 AM
7 Ways to Show Employees You’re Thankful

While the business landscape is constantly evolving, one thing that will always remain the same is the power of showing appreciation to your employees.

Recognising their hard work and demonstrating gratitude goes a long way towards helping to retain your staff and reinforcing their loyalty to your company. As such, this should be one of your top priorities as a business leader.

So, what’s the best way to show your appreciation for their efforts and ensure your employees feel valued?

Let’s find out.

Why is it important to show gratitude to your employees?

Most companies will typically show appreciation to their employees at the end-of-year party, or to a particular staff member when they retire or leave the company. However, this is no longer enough.

Recognising your employees needs to be part of your organisation’s culture. Not only does this help foster a healthy working environment and better relationships within your team, but it also increases engagement and motivation amongst your staff as well. 

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Feeling appreciated also improves staff wellbeing and promotes confidence, encouraging more effective collaboration within your organisation.

Finally, fostering staff loyalty and retaining talent will save your company time, money and precious resources – both now and into the future.

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Jan 17, 2022 8:45:00 AM
Protecting Against The Great Resignation

The rise of the pandemic over the last few years has allowed everyone to reconsider their priorities and re-evaluate certain aspects of lifestyle. This includes their occupation and employer.

This is why 2021 saw an alarming increase in resignation rates all over the world.

Even before COVID-19 hit, remote work was a rising trend and now, flexibility at work is almost a non-negotiable among employees. 

As we begin 2022, this looming threat of the Great Resignation is still upon us. So, how can we protect our organisations from people leaving? 

How can you keep up with your employees?

First things first, what is this ‘Great Resignation’?

Last year, nearly 35 million workers quit their jobs in the United States. The phenomenon was dubbed as the ‘Great Resignation’. 

Adobe’s 2021 survey among 5,500 workers from countries including Australia found now that 56% of Gen Z workers consider changing jobs this year. A similar survey by Microsoft revealed that 41% of the global workforce consider leaving their current employers.

The Great Resignation has taken the global stage and understanding how this can affect your employees is more crucial than ever.

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Dec 15, 2021 8:15:00 AM
Measuring Employee Experience: How the pulse survey is an indicator of company health

Behind every great business, there are employees working hard to accomplish its goals and achieve excellent results.

This is why so many smart organisations assign a significant portion of their budget to improve their workplace. They want to ensure that they can attract the top talent, maintain high productivity levels, and hold on to their best employees for as long as they can.

In order to achieve these goals, they conduct annual surveys to measure, understand and improve the employee experience. These surveys help each organisation make well-informed decisions about their staff.

However, in today’s ever-evolving working environment, annual surveys are no longer a true indication of what’s going on below the surface. Nowadays, the best approach is to utilise frequent pulse surveys that help to monitor the overall health of your organisation year-round.

What is a pulse survey?

Just as your pulse rate can be used to measure your health, a pulse survey works to determine the health and employee experience of your organisation.

Pulse surveys are quick, short questionnaires distributed by HR and Management teams to all employees on a regular basis. They are designed to anonymously collect employee feedback and opinions on important workplace issues.

They can be used to track the progress of company plans, align business outcomes and equip you with valuable statistics to help measure and keep up with employee trends.

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Nov 26, 2021 8:00:00 AM
7 Simple Employee Survey Questions To Help Boost Team Engagement

As a manager or HR professional, you understand that passionate and engaged employees are paramount to the success of your organisation.

Not only does this attitude help to ensure your business goals and objectives are their priority, but it also promotes your organisation’s positive working environment and contributes to your brand’s public image.

One way to help build an enthusiastic team is by implementing initiatives that are designed to boost employee engagement levels. This helps your employees feel they are a valuable part of your organisation.

What is employee engagement?

Employee engagement is the measure of the level of motivation, passion and connection that each employee has with your company.

Their level of engagement indicates your team’s commitment to your organisation, as well as their relationships with the people they work with. It can also demonstrate their alignment with your company’s culture, values and goals.

While employee engagement is often associated with job satisfaction, it’s predominantly influenced by a variety of factors, including location, company culture and the characteristics of other employees.

As these aspects are likely to change over time, it’s important to measure employee engagement regularly to ensure that your organisation continues to address the needs of your team members.

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Oct 25, 2021 9:45:00 AM
How To Achieve Higher Glassdoor Scores with VibeCatch

To achieve your business goals, it’s important to employ the right people with the right skills and expertise. Attracting the best talent, however, is easier said than done.

Nowadays, job seekers are much more particular when it comes to choosing a suitable place to work – they want an environment where they feel valued, and their ideas are heard. They also look for an organisation with a culture that fits in with their own values and beliefs.

As such, your company needs to make a great first impression on potential employees.

One way to do this is through the receiving of positive reviews and ratings on employer insight websites like Glassdoor.

So, how can you use Glassdoor to form a positive perception of your business and ensure that you’ll attract the right people for each role?

Let’s find out.

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Sep 21, 2021 2:59:28 PM
5 Ways Employee Feedback Promotes a Positive Company Culture

The success of an organisation does not solely depend on the decisions and actions of management – it also relies on the internal culture fostered by the collective efforts, attitudes and values of everyone within the business, too.

A positive company culture is necessary to ensure workers have a supportive environment that will keep them engaged, productive and aligned with the company’s values. 

But in perpetuating a strong company culture, how can you keep your employees involved and engaged?

Employee feedback might be one of the solutions you’re looking for.

Here’s why.

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