- In the midst of the Great Resignation, companies are expected to conduct “entry talks,” Arianna Huffington said.
- She told Bloomberg, “What’s important to you outside of work? should be the first question.
- It will help people feel that they can devote themselves entirely to work, she said.
Arianna Huffington, influential founder of The Huffington Post, has a suggestion for companies struggling to retain their workers: Find out what matters to them before you join them, by conducting an “entry interview.”
Unlike an exit interview, an entry interview asks new employees about their career goals and broader interests. It can allow companies to find out what will keep people in a role and design perks or ways of working that will make them happier and more motivated.
Huffington, who also founded organizational culture company Thrive Global in 2017, discussed the entry interviews during a conversation with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.
Americans continue to quit by the millions – a trend that has been dubbed The Great Resignation – and Huffington has explained why it could be happening.
But even amid massive resignations, employers in many industries say they are struggling to hire staff.
Huffington said that through her work with multinational clients like Accenture and Walmart, she noticed that the Great Resignation was not just about burnout, but two other factors.
One is that working mothers have a much harder time trying to manage children, home education and work during the pandemic, Huffington said. The other is a bigger revolution around what matters to people, which is no longer just about career ladder or making money, she said.
“In the presence of an existential threat like the pandemic and so many deaths,” Huffington told Bloomberg. “People choose other things. We have a lot of people leaving more lucrative jobs to become teachers or to do things that are more meaningful to them.”
This change is said to be underway, she said, and suggested that companies start conducting entry interviews accordingly.
A desire for better pay, vaccination mandates and a reluctance to return to the office full time have all been presented as reasons for people to quit. But surveys suggest that many employees simply don’t feel valued by their managers.
Huffington said the first question in an entry interview should be, “What’s important to you outside of work?” ”
Asking this question would allow employees to feel they can fully dedicate themselves to the job and better express what matters to them, she said.
Huffington isn’t the only person suggesting that employers need to change the way they recruit in today’s job market.
Peter Capelli, a professor of management at Wharton, told the Knowledge @ Wharton podcast that companies should do more to make employees feel safe from COVID-19 and provide more flexibility in child care.