Maybe it’s more like little skirmishes in individual situations, but it’s happening. Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator, was said to have accepted the head coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts and then changed his mind and turned it down.
Did McDaniels get a counter offer? Sounds like it. He’s not the only one. Any time you get unemployment down to pretty low levels you are going to have some degree of a war for talent. Companies are growing and they need talent. They all want the best talent they can get and the candidate pool is too small to satisfy everyone.
In this scenario, you have to compete. Money is part of the equation. It’s not everything, but it’s part of it and you have to decide what salaries make sense for your business and consider increasing those numbers if you are losing candidates based on money. Your story is a big part of it too. There is significant value in a better work environment and better long term career opportunity. And one other thing. If you snooze you lose. Dragging your feet in conditions like we currently have is a sure way to lose out on the candidates you want.