Respect that candidates require a work-life balance Most executives are interested in potential change, an interesting opportunity. However, they reflect more on their work/life balance post Covid: the home office, less travel, no need to relocate. “It’s not perfect, but I am mostly happy with my situation and I won’t compromise a more balanced life.” If a candidate has established a ‘modus vivendi’ with their employer they need to be woo-ed by a hiring manager who is Engaged, Available, Responsive. The hiring manager needs to give them their EAR. It’s a candidate market, high performers have high expectations and opportunities abound. Make sure that yours is the opportunity that stands out because you stand out.