In a perfect world, all of your company’s employees would share the same values. Unfortunately, this isn’t always how the real-world works. Employees don’t always share the same values as their employers; some are self-serving, careless, or only in it for the paycheck.
Unfortunately, recruiting employees whose values don’t align with that of the company is a recipe for disaster–especially in the long term. Here are some steps that all business owners and HR professionals should take when it comes to recruiting new employees with strong values.
Make sure company values are clear
First and foremost, you can’t expect your new hires to conform to your company’s values if those values aren’t clear. Therefore, the entire process may start with taking a step back to reflect on the company as a whole. What are its collective values? Do current employees understand what they are and manifest them in their everyday work? If not, then you probably don’t have a clear set of values to promote.
To remedy this, consider collaborating with your best employees to write an official mission statement where you can outline your company’s shared values, such as:
If your values haven’t been clear in the past, make sure they are clear now. Teach current as well as new employees about your values.
Hire employees with professional memberships
Another option to consider when looking to recruit new employees is to look for those who are actively involved in industry memberships. For example, if you run a travel agency and are looking to hire some new agents, then you may want to specifically look at potential applicants who list membership in professional organizations, such as the United States Travel Association and the National Tour Association.
Why does involvement in these organizations matter? Because these associations tend to have strong values that their members need to share in order to remain part of the organization. By hiring people who are voluntarily involved in these organizations, you can bet that they share at least some of the company’s core values.
Consider hiring from within the company
Finally, understand that you might not need to look outside of your company to find the right people for the job. After all, those who are already a part of your company are more likely to understand its values along with the day-to-day operations. Therefore, you may be able to save yourself some acquisition costs (not to mention time) by hiring from within.
There’s no overstating the importance of hiring employees with shared values. Be sure to keep these tips in mind the next time you decide to hold a hiring process.
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