Jobs in Japan: How to recruit the best peoples in Japan (and retain them)
How to recruit the best peoples in Japan is often one of the key questions management is facing:
- If your company is too small, you will have difficulties to attract peoples at the beginning.
- If you have a company of a consequent size and need to recruit many peoples, you might have a wide gap in the levels of your employees. Either because you cannot find the best for all positions, or simply because you do not have enough time to dedicate to your screening process.
Before to go on the featured image is the Blue impulse aerobatic demonstration team (Blue Impulse in Wikipedia), the aerobatic demonstration team of the Japan Air Self-Defense force, illustration striving for the best and all together working as a team.
Expanding your company step by step
At the beginning you will need to have the core members in your organization.
For this you will need to find the best peoples on the market.
You might have to propose attractive salaries to attract them.
In order to facilitate this process work with good headhunters. They know how to recruit the best peoples in Japan, but you will need to develop good relationship with them. More about this in another post.
When you have found your core team and want to expand your organization you can rely on lower salarie.
At this stage you can recruit maybe younger peoples that you are willing to develop and grow them up in your organization.
What are the key points in recruiting core members?
You will need peoples that are willing to stay on the long term in your organization.
You might want to recruit peoples in their mid 40s, early 50s.
They will not easily leave your company and will consider basically this move to your company as one of their major last step in their career.
If you are a company manufacturing products (even not in Japan but importing manufacturer products), you might prefer peoples who have worked at a manufacturer and not at a trading company.
Someone who has experience of a foreign company or gaishikei (if you want to know more about gaishikei) would be better.
How to retain your core members?
I am lucky to have recruited in the past 7 years for my current company some very good members.
Nobody has left the company since.
You find some foreign companies where the turnover is extremely high.
So, to retain your core members, it is all about motivation and emulation.
If you found the right peoples, they will help expand your business.
If you grow up your business, you will be recruit more peoples. Your core members will see this and it will be an occasion to increase their responsibilities.
Involve them in decisions.
I had the luck to be in a company where we have several business units.
Each core member is basically in charge of one of them.
I ask them to consider themselves like entrepreneur, they should run their business unit as their own company.
Summary and hints:
To sum-up this post on How to recruit the best peoples in Japan, what I wanted to share with you is:
Plan your company expansion step by step
Recruit first core members, find the best by using appropriately headhunters
Develop then your organization with younger members that you are willing to develop
Keep your core members involved closely in the development of your organization in order to retain them