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The CEO Pulse: Hiring Resource Center

What’s top of mind for CEOs? Hiring

Introducing our latest edition of The CEO Pulse, a collection of insights led by the Vistage Research team that brings together both expert and peer perspectives to help you navigate decisions around some of the most pressing, complex issues facing small and midsize businesses right now. This CEO Pulse is focused on hiring.

Finding qualified people has long been a challenge, but the post-pandemic labor market has served up new challenges as employers use new criteria to differentiate themselves, including the type of work, compensation, development opportunities and workplace environment. Our latest research shows that nearly two-thirds of small and midsize businesses are having challenges operating at full capacity due to talent scarcity, and 52% are planning to expand their workforce in the next 12 months. Here’s the latest from Vistage Research on the big-picture implications for hiring [updated November 23, 2022].

To help with decision-making, we have curated:

  1. Insights on hiring from trusted experts
  2. Real-life approaches to hiring from CEO peers
  3. Join discussions about hiring in Vistage networks
  4. Third-party resources on hiring

Insights on hiring from trusted resources


Managing Workforce Velocity: Improving Employee Retention

To help CEOs address #retention, our new report from Vistage Research focuses on four recommendations for keeping top talent, the foundation for sustainable, long-term growth. [updated June 5, 2023]

The Hybrid Gap: How to Create the Ideal Work Environment

Is a hybrid workplace the right solution for your business? In this report, Vistage speakers Marc Emmer and Kathleen Quinn Votaw explore how companies can create the ideal work environment for their employees. [updated June 5, 2023]


Future-proof talent: What matters to tomorrow’s workforce matters today [on-demand] 

Learn what future employees want out of companies and how to position your organization to stand out in the war for talent. [Updated Sept. 22, 2023]

Attracting and retaining talent: Remaining competitive in a new era [on-demand]

Attracting and retaining top talent has become more challenging than ever. Insperity’s Sheryl LaPlace looks at the key insights your business needs to win the race for talent.  [Updated Jan. 20, 2023]

Wage and Compensation: Member Roundtable [Member Exclusive webinar on-demand]

Learn best practices from three Vistage members to guide your approach to wages and compensation so you can keep your employees satisfied while retaining top talent. [Updated Jan. 20, 2023

Recruiting and retention in the workforce revolution [on-demand]

Dealing with recruiting and #retention issues? HireBetter Managing Director Amy Ancira shares new best practices for attracting, hiring and retaining game-changing talent. [Updated Nov. 4, 2022]  

Member roundtable on leveraging assessments [on-demand]

In this roundtable discussion, three Vistage members share how they’ve utilized assessments to support their employee lifecycle — starting with hiring — and the benefits they’ve uncovered. [Updated Oct. 28, 2022]

Member roundtable on hiring best practices [on-demand]

Hiring challenges still hamper CEOs’ ability to operate at full capacity. A trio of Vistage CEO members share new hiring strategies they have found successful. [Updated Aug. 15, 2022]

The CEO’s Journey: People & Culture [Requires My Vistage password; on-demand]

Learn from targeted breakout sessions on how to leverage heart-based hiring, how culture is a big part of talent strategy, and using culture to drive results. You can also watch insights from keynote speakers Erica Dhawan and Liz Wiseman

David Friedman: How to leverage your culture as a strategic competitive advantage [on-demand]

Top-performing organizations don’t leave culture up to chance. 2021 Vistage Speaker of the Year David Friedman examines what it takes to build and sustain a high-performing culture.

Chair roundtable: Hiring practices for small and midsize businesses [on-demand]

A roundtable of Vistage Chairs examines how some member companies are solving their hiring and retention challenges. 

Expert roundtable: Best practices for hiring and retaining hourly workers [on-demand]

A roundtable of Vistage speakers shares their insights on hiring and retaining from this highly volatile portion of the workforce.

Why hiring is personal for CEOs and founders [on-demand]

If you’re struggling with hiring, your purpose and culture might be the issue. Learn how to become the kind of CEO people want to follow.

Establish a learning culture as a competitive advantage [on-demand]

In this latest webinar from Insperity, find out how to implement a learning culture and employee development planning to drive successful hiring and retention.

The impact of implicit bias in the hiring process [on-demand]

Insperity presenter Aisha Thompkins discusses implicit bias, how it occurs, and strategies for reducing it in the hiring process.

Articles from the Vistage Research Center

6 steps to an ideal employee experience
Engaging employees is not enough in today’s work environment. Talent specialist Kathleen Quinn Votaw shares 6 tips that can help CEOs create the ideal experience for employees.

How 3 CEOs use wages and compensation to drive retention 
Recapping our most recent member roundtable (password required), a trio of CEOs shares their unique strategies for adjusting wages, benefits and other forms of compensation to hire and retain top talent. 

The State of Employment and Wages
Vistage speaker and strategy expert Marc Emmer explores the key force driving today’s workforce, from hybrid and remote working to employee satisfaction to spiraling wage pressures. 

Framework for hiring: What’s a dealbreaker when hiring ‘The Ideal Team Player’? 
Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni breaks down the three traits needed in an “Ideal Team Player” and why missing one is a dealbreaker.

Indra Nooyi on “The great re-enrollment” [Requires My Vistage password] 
In this member-exclusive clip, former PepsiCo CEO and Chairman Indra Nooyi explains why it’s time to stop focusing on”The Great Resignation” and look toward re-enrolling workers with an emphasis on humanity.  

How CEOs can beat the great resignation
Despite the “Great Resignation,” several high-performing companies continue to thrive. How? HireBetter Managing Partner Amy Ancira identifies 3 successful leadership strategies.

Wage compensation in the wake of inflation
Everyone is hiring, and CEOs are increasing wages and bonuses to compensate. Vistage speaker and Compensation Consulting Services Managing Partner Rena Somersan explains why wages are rising.

5 fundamentals CEOs need to succeed in today’s workforce revolution
Today, workers determine when, how and where they will work. Joe Galvin explores 5 factors CEOs must consider as they develop their future workforce.

Employee development tops list of how CEOs compete in talent wars [Requires My Vistage password]Securing the right talent is a necessity if CEOs want to grow their revenue expectations. This report delves into the need for employee development to drive retention as well as efforts to compete for new employees. 

Real-life approaches to hiring from trusted peers

As we move through the aftermath economy and the likelihood of a recession looms, CEOs brace for an economic downturn. Vistage Chief Research Officer Joe Galvin explains how leaders can use this time to ramp up for the next growth cycle. [Updated Aug. 28, 2023]

The competition for talent continues to intensify. But traditional hiring strategies are no longer effective. To get and keep top talent, you need competitive recruitment and retention plans. And the key to both? Employee development. Learn how two Vistage members leveraged employee development as a competitive advantage.  

In survey after survey, members report that finding talent is a top challenge. Discover how two Vistage members took different approaches to hiring that helped their companies and communities.

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Third-party resources for hiring

3 Steps to Onboard A Hire More Efficiently [Inc.] 

The ‘Big Stay’: More Workers Are Hunkering Down And Staying in Their Current Jobs [Forbes]

What New Grads Entering the Workforce Really Want From Their Employers [Inc.]

Five Steps Toward Improving Gen-Z Employee Performance: A Primer For Managers [Forbes]

15 Leadership Tips To Boost Both Work-Life Balance And Accountability For Teams [Forbes]

Labor quality crunch hits small biz [LinkedIn] 

3 Steps to Onboard a Hire More Efficiently [Inc.]

The Key to Retaining Young Workers? Better Onboarding. [HBR] 

3 Ways CEOs Can Improve Employee Experience [Inc.]

Gone for now, or gone for good? How to play the new talent game and win back workers [McKinsey & Company]

These People Who Quit Jobs During the Pandemic Say They Have Regrets [The Wall Street Journal]

Introducing My+, How PwC is Changing The Way We Work [LinkedIn]

Why Inflation Can Be an Opportunity [Inc.]

Six People You Meet in the Pandemic Workplace [The Wall Street Journal]

The Great Resignation calls for a Glorious Re-Engagement [Fortune]

Stop Hiring for “Cultural Fit” [Kellogg Insight]

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About the Author: Joe Galvin

Joe Galvin is the Chief Research Officer for Vistage Worldwide. Vistage members receive the most credible, data-driven and actionable thought leadership on the strategic issues facing CEOs. Through collaboration with the Vistage community of…

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