Sam Richards

County Manager UK & Ireland, Personio


Commercial leader with over 10 years experience in tech, with a passion for developing talent. Experienced in scaling successful teams accross multiple sites and remotely, and designing and delivering effective go to market, customer acquisition and retention strategies.


IHR Live Manchester 2021

Exclusive Insights: Counting the Cost of a Post Pandemic Talent Drain

To explore the cost of poor people strategy during the pandemic, we surveyed 500 HR decision makers and 2,000 employees in the UK and Ireland and conducted economic analysis based on our findings and other publicly available information. We considered productivity losses, staff attrition and the impact of these on business performance – demonstrating the value of a strategic HR function in boosting a business’s bottom line – and, in turn, the economy.

Over the past year, many businesses have been in crisis mode. And, for some, the focus on firefighting has caused other areas, such as their people strategy, to fall to the wayside. But negligence comes at a cost. Businesses that haven’t prioritised their people during the pandemic could be sleepwalking towards a talent exodus, damaged employer brand and a productivity drought. And the detrimental impact this will inevitably have on business performance won’t become apparent until it’s too late.