Future-Ready? What does the future hold for your Business?

Future Ready Employer Branding

Just how future-ready is your business? 

Trouble finding those highly skilled, experienced people?  

War for talent continues to bite, roles (jobs themselves) are changing faster than businesses, economies even, can adjust to.

Distinct lack of technical resources to fuel real growth is already upon us – most organisations struggle, in some form or another to cope with tilting talent supply-demand curve.   And failure to heed the signs is going to hurt company performance, culture, ultimately the brand – pure and simple. 

Essential to find creative ways to overcome pressures of increased competition, shrinking talent pools, cost-cutting – not to mention transforming into becoming more customer-centric organisations.   

Business practices, operations, process and people need to change ……and fast.


Countless organisations won’t survive through this, what the economists call ‘creative destruction’. 

Brutal reality is, quality talent (with all their valuable technological skills) end up going to those organisations with their act together.  With differentiated/ appealing compelling offers supported by an empowered, encouraging company culture. 

Employer Brand Event The Higher Mix

Company focus is on human capital and technology (productivity, skills, management, capabilities etc).  We all realise the old, traditional (silo) approach to managing attraction, engagement and retention of talent is dead (outdated, out-of-step with today’s talent and candidate expectations and needs.) 

Attracting skills and capabilities into your company, keeping our existing teams happy…. nothing new there.   

What’s also changed however is just how much more we expect from our talent (… and they from us.) 

Skill-sets and knowledge are competitive enablers.   

Talent Management   The Higher Mix


We want our talent to be able to identify with situations quickly, pivot, adapt and apply totally different skill-sets across entirely new realms.   

And for this, organisation must truly support and develop its people.  

Sure, smaller companies lack the resources to buffer change – we get that,  no deep pockets and its tough to try and stand out and/or remunerate in line with the market.  So what can be done?

Enter the era of strategic employer branding

Finally getting its rightful place in the sun, at forefront of any company brand / reputational efforts.    

Why Employee Experience is so important?

Companies have great responsibility to clearly define the role their internal teams play in delivering that signature employee experience.    In a nutshell, Employer branding sets strategy; culture, conditions, practices, as well as messaging. 

Smart organisations use employer brands to impact on the internal brand too; leaders, culture, practices and systems.

Employer branding helps businesses to assume a much narrower focus – are you acquiring the right talent and leaders (with cultural fit), what about customised, highly creative retention/ engagement strategies to support these people? 

Culture-Employee Experience Model The Higher Mix


As Employer branding specialists, when we help clients along their effort to craft and execute EVP  firstly we assess the reality (just how the brand plays out inside an organisation, how ‘joined up’ the organisation is in its approach?    Those business linkages make action happen.


People dynamics (Leaders specifically) are equally as important; they anchor EVP behaviours; and remain a key element to delivering a stronger brand.   [People join Brands, but leave Managers.]  Leaders deliver “the deal” to your staff and potential talent,  so they must be able to demonstrate flexibility of style, coach teams, delegate well, set clear goals and celebrate team wins.

Employer Branding is an adaptive framework, it plots key points along the entire employee journey – it is evidence-based, showing businesses how to identify critical moments | touch-points in the brand experience;   ultimately employer brands are pressure-tested for credibility and resonance too before any communication happens…. 

Why no organisation should leave employer brand development, management for that matter, to functions of recruitment/ resourcing alone.   It’s a complete organisational responsibility | opportunity.   

Greater Visibility to Talent Communities - Expanded Market Reach

Having a grip on employer branding outcomes, and the strong business case  is one thing, keeping it real is another.   

We caution companies not to expect results overnight.     

Success only comes once you’ve applied the glue – what does that look like?  Required sponsorship from the top, highly capable steering team in place, dedicated budget and your people with clear understanding of best practice, and an appreciation for the rigour required to tackle the entire employer brand process. 

In closing, we defy anyone to show us a more important investment when it comes to future-proofing a business over employer branding. 

Approach it as Agile process, and you’ll quickly produce direct (and often indirect) positive outcomes and impact – not only for the company’s profile and reputation but to employee experience too.   Enhanced brand position and the holy grail:  differentiation– no longer ‘nice to have’,  absolute necessity if an organisation wants to stand-out in crowded markets.   

Those far reaching benefits go on and on – recognizable ability to source deeper, identify/recruit quality talent with right skills and cultural fit,  leverage more value from the recruitment, marketing or advertising spend/s.  Deeper, continuous organic growth, diverse networks, vast array of talent from different backgrounds, diversity, inclusiveness and more engagement inside your business.  So who wouldn’t want these things?   


Employer Branding Outcomes

Grasping the employer branding outcomes, and the strong business case is one thing – keeping it real is another.   

We caution companies not to expect results overnight.   

Success only comes once you’ve applied the glue – which looks like required sponsorship from the top, highly capable steering team in place, budget and your people with a clear understanding of best practice, and appreciation for the rigour that is required when tackling the entire employer branding process. 






About the Author Jo Woodfield

Jo is the founder and owner of The Higher Mix. As respected Organisational branding, Employer branding expert, she has consulted on national and international brand programs, for vast array of mining, engineering, retail and government clients. Jo leads The Higher Mix team of strategic management consultants, agile digital practitioners and research analysts as they assist client companies to improve their brands, marketing (strategic & digital offers), employer brands, transformational change programs, culture and leaders. Acclaimed keynote speaker on the topics of Brands (Company, Employer, Personal, Product Branding) along with Culture; invited guest panellist and/or speaker at over 150 domestic national events and conferences across Australia.

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