Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do. — Malcolm Forbes
Maybe you’re a successful small company – maybe it’s just you! – and you need more hands on deck to keep up with demand; maybe you’ve grown to the point where you need expertise in a set of skills your current crew just doesn’t have.
Do you add a new employee (or whole team of employees) to your in-house workforce, or do you outsource to an external agency, specialist or consultant? There’s no simple answer, and what worked for another organization might not work for yours.
Hiring is time-consuming and can be expensive. Hiring the wrong candidates can be one of the most damaging mistakes for your business, not only in financial terms but also for your reputation, not to mention your wasted time.
But hiring the right candidates – people who are not only up to the tasks you give them but who truly get your vision and are with you for the long haul – is one of the most important single things you can do for the productivity, morale, and working environment of your business. Read on for how to do it.
“Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.” — Steve Wynn
Put simply, workplace diversity is about how different the people in your workforce are from one another in terms of race, gender, ethnic group, sexuality, disability, education level, socio-economic background and more.
While most forward-thinking business minds recognize that it is both sensible and right for a company to reflect the full spectrum of the society in which it operates, many organizations have been held back by a ‘comfort zone’ approach to recruitment. It can be tempting to hire someone because ‘their face fits’ – because you know you’ll get along. But if it ends up in a workplace where everyone’s face is basically the same, the results are bad for your business as well as bad for society.
Hire Character. Train Skill. — Schultz
The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world. — Marc Benioff
Listen to any conversation between disgruntled coworkers and one of them will threaten to take the matter to human resources. Sometimes that’s the appropriate route; sometimes it isn’t: but such is the culture of misunderstanding about the role of HR. In many workplaces employees – and even business owners – can find themselves confused. We decided to take a look at 5 of the more common misunderstandings about HR.