08 - Building trust and communication during change
20 May, 2020
Where the jobs are, and other useful things to know and do for all the employers, contractors and job seekers in the Spinifex community
Update No 8, 20 May 2020
Can we build and sustain trusting relationships in a socially distanced world? This is one of the questions we’ve been hearing people talk about over the past week, along with:
- Where the jobs are
- Communication during periods of change
Where the jobs are
Over the past week, we’ve listed a number of job opportunities in the following sectors and locations across NSW. Around 34% of those jobs are in the Transport, Postal & Warehousing and Construction sectors.
|Kempsey||Northern Rivers region||Sydney – CBD, Leichhardt|
Ben is seeing higher levels of risk aversion in the market: “Recruitment is driven by confidence as much as necessity. Right now, we all know we’re in for a few more peaks and troughs ahead and that staying safe gazumps everything else.
“So trust is more critical than ever.
“The question then is: How do we build trust in a socially-distanced world? A world in which less people are prepared to take risks including the basics of human interaction like shaking hands?”
Part of the answer lies in understanding consumer and business trust in Australia. Here are a few insights:
So, who and what do people trust? Less than 20% trust advertising, websites, news features and social media; instead:
Ben believes another part of the answer lies in being prepared to go the extra mile to get to know people, their needs and offer solutions that work in their real world.
“We cover most of NSW, so we understand the ‘tyranny of distance’ at Spinifex. Many people lump regional and rural locations together and treat them all the same. But recruiting in Wagga Wagga is different to recruiting in Dubbo, Warren
is different to Coleambally, Deniliquin is different to Parkes, Gilgandra is different to Narrandera and so on.
“You have to understand the things that aren’t in the job description. The cultural nuances. See how the business operates in its local community, whether you’re recruiting for executive or technical roles.
“Right now, some employers are very specific about what they want and don’t have the time to explore new options. Others are seeing the opportunity to rethink their operations and want candidates with different skill sets.
“Everyone knows they’ll be left behind if they don’t keep moving.
“There’s no easy and quick fix to building trust in this environment. A good start is to meet market expectations, rather than try to sell something no one wants. Make the effort to get to know what really matters to your clients.”
Communication during times of change
Some organisations have been struggling to engage customers and other stakeholders in the COVID environment.
We’re seeing that the ones doing well are putting emphasis on staff first and clarity of communications.
How a business treats its employees matters to customers
Businesses that get it right:
- View the employee experience as the DNA for great customer experiences
- Empower staff to help customers by reducing bureaucratic barriers and keeping staff well informed
- Emphasise education and training to help staff learn develop their skills and learn new ones
- Create forums for staff to raise issues and exchange ideas
- Know employees’ expectations and show how they are working to meet them
Now is not the time for ambiguity, weasel words or covering one’s own a%$e
(In fact, there is never a good time for any of that :) )
Businesses that get it right:
- Know their customers and talk to them as real people
- Talk to customers about what matters to them
- Have a clear answer to ‘Why should anyone care about this?’
- Talk about value for customers in specifics not motherhood statements
- Admit to mistakes and show how they have learned from them
- Are open and honest about challenges
- Don’t avoid customers – are visible and accessible at all levels
- Provide a consistent experience across all channels, whether it’s in person or online
- Don’t speculate
Remember, there is no profit without people.
Next week, we’re diving into the agribusiness sector
Until then, stay safe.
|Scott C Small|| ||Victoria Bila|
|Managing Director|| || Group Manager – Operations|
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|Andrew Egan|| ||Damien O’Donnell|
|Group Manager – Regional Operations|| ||Group Manager – Regional & Executive|
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