In ‘the war for Talent’ durven werkgevers misschien wel eens de minpunten van een job overslaan of voorbijgaan aan de ‘fit’ van de kandidaat met de organisatie. In het boek HRM back to basics van Filip Lievens las ik een leuke passage, die ik jullie niet wou onthouden :
“One day while walking down the street a highly successful HR Director was hit by a bus and she died. Her soul was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself. “Welcome to Heaven”, said St. Peter. “Before you get settled in, it seems we have a problem. You see, we’ve never had a HR Manager make it this far and we’re not really sure what to do”. “No problem, just let me in” said the woman. “Well I’d like to, but I have higher orders. What we are going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in”. The HR Manager said : “I think I’ve made up my mind, I prefer to stay in Heaven”. “Sorry, we have rules”. And St. Peter put the HR executive in an elevator and down it went to Hell. The doors opened and she found herself stepping onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was an country club and standing in front of her were all friends and fellow executives she had worked with and they were all cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner. She met the Devil who was actually a nice guy. She had a great time telling jokes and dancing. Everybody shook her hand and waved goodbye as she got in the elevator. The elevator opened at the Pearly Gates and she found St. Peter waiting for her. She spent the next 24 hours lounging around on the clouds and playing the harp and singing. She had a great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came. ‘So you spent a day in Hell and a day in Heaven. Now choose your eternity’, he said. The manager replied :” Well, I never thought I would say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell”. So St. Peter escorted her to the elevator and again she went back to Hell. When the doors opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her. “I don’t understand’, stammered the HR-Director, “yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate steak and lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is are wastelands and garbage and all my friends look miserable’. The Devil smiled. “Yesterday we were recruiting you, today you’re staff. “
Bron : HRM Back to basics van Filip Lievens.
Om talenten op lange termijn aan boord te houden is het dus heel belangrijk om open te communiceren over de jobinhoud, het team, de organisatie en goed na te gaan of er van beide kanten wel een klik is. Bedenk dat vaardigheden altijd kunnen aangeleerd worden, maar persoonlijkheid zelden wijzigt. Beperk je niet alleen tot de huidige gevraagde competenties, maar kijk ook eens verder welk potentieel de kandidaat heeft voor een verdere groei binnen het bedrijf.