Is NO the right answer to increasing business demands? – By Rachel Harris, Head of Marketing EMEA & APAC

I recently read a blog from Ken Brotherston, its a strong and passionate argument concerning the pressure and level of strain that HR and TA leaders are currently facing titled ‘The art of saying no’. The pandemic resulted in many business challenges and yet across the board we know that the need for solutions appear in the HR inbox –  creating effective flexible working models; expanding the function to look at re-skilling, upskilling and internal mobility; creating remote-first EVPs and onboarding strategies; assessing and deploying an ever-growing array of technology solutions and driving better DE&I results, all whilst hiring against the most acute talent shortages any of us have ever seen. 

It is an exceptional time, but I’d argue that saying no or ‘not right now’ isn’t feasible. When competitors are storming ahead with changes, when they are hiring the best talent, saying no to what must be done is a slippery slope. The answer must be ‘yes, of course – with this much extra resource’.  Making a profound business case for investment is an art in persuasion, a skill in marketing and those with this skill are likely to find the current environment much easier to navigate.

We’ll be looking at ‘Hiring investment and the power of persuasion’ over the coming months. Follow us on PeopleScout UK to find out more.