How to Develop Your Employer Value Proposition

By Richard Mosley

Part of Employer Branding For Dummies Cheat Sheet

An employer value proposition (EVP) defines the key qualities you want to be associated with as an employer. The EVP consists of a core positioning statement supported by three to five pillars, which provide a consistent focal point for all your brand-building activities:

  • Core positioning: The one key quality you most want to be associated with you as an employer
  • Pillars: The three to five qualities that further define the key components of your employment offer

Here are a few suggestions for developing an effective EVP, including the support you need to make it stick:

  • Establish your employer brand objectives. Decide what you’re trying to achieve and your relative priorities (for example, external attraction versus internal engagement and retention).
  • Do your homework. Find out what current employees and potential candidates think about your company as an employer, to what degree this matches their needs and aspirations, and how you measure up against your leading talent competitors.
  • Gather the right people. Invite representatives from key stakeholder groups to participate in the development process, including representatives from HR, talent management and resourcing, marketing and communications, and where possible, line management.
  • Conduct an EVP workshop. Run a brainstorming session to explore research findings, gather further insights, and generate a potential list of ingredients for your core positioning statement and pillars.
  • Clarify the give and get of the employment deal. What does the company need from employees and what is it willing to offer employees in return? Think beyond financial compensation.
  • Balance strength and stretch. An effective EVP reflects current strengths but also incorporates realistic future aspirations.
  • Differentiate your company from its competition. Far too many companies take a “me too” approach to employer branding, ending up looking and sounding the same as many other employers. Be distinctive by offering your employees a unique experience and then marketing that experience in a creative way.

Delivering a reliably good employer brand is seldom sufficient to win the war for talent. To become an employer brand leader, you need to progress from being reliably good in most areas to distinctively great in those areas you choose to focus on to distinguish your brand from all others.