Big Idea Guy

Monday, May 26, 2008

The adoption of new employees is what they need to call the recruiting process. Yes, adoption. You know buying someone for your family that you do not produce yourself. It is cheaper to get employees than to adopt. (My neighbor just adopted two children and it was much more expensive than the cost of recruiting an employee) It sounds crude when you look at it as a family, yet in business it makes real good sense. To adopt someone and not recruit, is to say you want that person to be part of the corporate family.

When I was a hospital administrator in California I had to find a new Director of Nurses for the hospital. This was going to be the most important person on our team to assure the best care for our patients and the best success for our hospital. I interviewed way too many people, and it was very hard to find the right fit (the supply of good nurses was short and the cost to find a good director was very high.) When I found the right one out of Nevada, I treated her as family. In return, she was a great Director of Nursing and she sent me a magnificent Grandfather clock, which I still have in my home, as a gift for the kindness I showed her in the hiring process. Now, I did nothing extraordinary. I just made sure she was happy in her new home, our hospital. The same you would do for a child if you adopted them.

Later, as Director of Sales for a large corporation, part of my responsibility was to recruit the sales staff for jobs that were commission only, a very hard sell. I always looked at the as to how they would fit in the family, so to speak. Many times my superiors would say just bring in a dozen or so and let the fall-out do the work. That was the way they had done it in the past.

Would you do that to your family if you were thinking about adopting a child?
“Yea, I would like five kids and have them live with me, but I only want one. I want to see which one fits our family best and then I will send the rest back.”

So why don’t corporations look at the same process of recruiting as adoption? Is it the cost? Or the investment if the fit is not just-right, or the time involved in making the right choice? I am sure there are lots of good companies that do view the process as adoption. Many more need to take a look at the process and see if they want to adopt, or just hire?

( The boys in the picture are my twins. If you want to adopt one let me know I have two... and in three more years they will be teenagers and you might get both of them for free)

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Ideas that need to be out there. Some good, some bad, some crazy. I have ideas on business, life, lyrics, story lines, movies and just silly stuff. I have always had ideas. Not all have worked out for my benefit, but many have been more than successful for others.