We are facing new challenges to provide for Talent sustainability.
HR professionals put in every possible effort to attract, recruit & and retain talent by enriching the work environment with rewards and recognition programs that recognize high performance. They invest in developing leadership across the organization that supports taking high performers to the next level. Also, HR professionals put in place feedback mechanisms and processes that support employees’ continuous improvement to help them outperform.
In addition to their technical skills and expertise, we tend to hire professionals who produce outstanding results and successfully lead sophisticated projects. Yet, very seldom do we consider their professional values and personal qualities that the organization shares, throughout the hiring process.
We don’t commonly hear about hiring employees for who they really are, and how their identity and values match the organization.
Hiring someone for their values that match the organization’s, in addition to their knowledge and skills, of course, carries greater potential for employee retention. Not only does that contribute to reducing unhealthy attrition, but actually supports their continuous growth and productivity.
I’m not necessarily suggesting running a full personality assessment for each potential candidate, that being said, it might actually be beneficial to have such a report for shortlisted candidates as it may serve to take a better-informed hiring decision on who best fits the organization and carries greater chances of serving in the organization for longer period. One might at least consider the idea of integrating this aspect in the interview process, where candidates can be asked to share their values and personal qualities, and how has that contributed to their professional success so far.
Hiring the values
Alignment of personal, professional and organizational values can greatly contribute to supporting both individual and organizational performance. More importantly, it also contributes to talent retention and performance sustainability.