Hiring Wisdom: The Most Important Decision? Who You Decide to Hire

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If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. That’s why most businesses devote so much of the fourth quarter to planning for the New Year.

‘Tis the season for frantic number crunching as well as setting lofty goals and objectives

If, like us, you believe the most important decision any organization ever makes is who gets hired, we offer the following additional planning tool.

If you’ll make yourself accountable for the answers to these questions, you’ll attract more high caliber job applicants and find it easier to keep your best people engaged and on-board.

  1. What are we going to do to make sure we have only the best people working for us?
  2. Why should great people want to join our organization?
  3. Are we doing the things we need to do to have an engaged, productive workforce?
  4. What can we do to ensure we don’t put up with employees whose performance is merely mediocre?
  5. Are we taking a proactive approach to finding and retaining great employees?  (and, How many people are we going to hire next year?)
  6. Have we identified our most important people and done what needs to be done to keep them onboard? What are we going to do to make sure they get the recognition they deserve?
  7. Because people join companies, but leave managers, what can we do to help our managers better retain our best people?
  8. Are we doing “retention interviews” so we don’t have to do exit interviews?
  9. Are we looking at very single job and asking:Why are we doing this job this way, can we do this job differently, or should we be doing this job at all?”
  10. What are we going to do in 2013 to make work more fun?

Here’s hoping you find yourself on the road to even greater success in 2013.

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This was originally published in the November 2012 Humetrics Hiring Hints newsletter.

  • kevin kobett

    The optimal way to identify great employees is a kaizen forum. Post a problem and allow all employees to respond. It won’t take long for the cream to float to the top.