By Muthoni Ndegwa
What is the best investment a company has?
Some will argue the infrastructure laid out, others will talk of the company’s organization structure.
While correct, one often understated investment is the workforce.
When you have a competent workforce, duties are executed correctly, work continues, and the company grows.
However, getting a workforce that fits your organizational structure, ethics and culture is often a challenge.
While the job market is crowded with professionals, getting the right fit is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Mercy, a HRM at an advertising company has, over the year, experienced the pain of recruiting professionals who don’t fit with the organization. Most of them have either left or had to be let go, due to one reason or another.
“I’m tired of restarting the recruitment process after every few months. I wish to get professionals who can stick with the organization and excel their careers while advancing the company.
I work in a fast-paced and rather demanding industry, as a result, we’re always looking for professionals who can work and deliver quality within a relatively short time.” comments Mercy during our one on one consultation.
Mercy is not alone. You too may be in a similar situation; continuously sourcing professionals who match your organization’s standard, speed, and execution.
Recruiting right is crucial to the success of the organization. Employees are like the wheels that keep the organization moving.
Why should you invest in an effective recruitment process?
1. Improved productivity
At the end of the day, the management is concerned with the results.
What is the profit margin? How many customers? How many products and services were sold?
To deliver these results, you need to have the right employees. This means finding professionals who are self-motivated, top-performers, and willing to go the extra mile. It is therefore important to assess their previous experience and work history to ensure they are the right fit.
It is, however, important to note that recruiting isn’t always that straightforward. For instance, how do you measure the motivation level or dedication of a professional through their CV or during the interview? Truth is, no one answer fits all situations. Every sector and field has a different way to measure these qualities and desirable traits.
2. Reduced cost
Getting the right candidate can be expensive. However, it’s better to incur the cost once as opposed to having a recurring cost.
In a survey carried out by the Federation of Kenyan Employers, it was discovered that companies use between Kshs. 20,000 to 100,000 and between one to three months training new professionals.
If you have professionals who leave after a few months like Mercy, your onboarding budget will only keep going up, yet there will be no results.
When recruiting, it’s important to look at factors such as how long the candidate has stayed in previous employment as this will indicate if they will last or leave after a few months. However, it’s important to note this is not the only factor to consider.
With effective recruitment, however, you’re not only assured of a suitable fit for your organization, but your costs will be significantly lower and you’ll have more time to focus on your core business.
Hiring right saves staff cost and lowers employee turnover.
3. Legal compliance
The employment act states that “no employer shall discriminate directly or indirectly, against an employee or prospective employee or harass an employee or prospective employee, on grounds of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion… in respect to recruitment, training, promotion.”
When recruiting, you have to follow both the legal guidelines and what is best for the company. Finding this balance can be difficult, however, with professional guidance, you can be compliant with the law and satisfy the organization’s demands.
Are you looking to recruit right? Talk to us today for a one on one session. We have consulted for over 700 companies across various sectors in the job market.
Muthoni Ndegwa is the Chief Operations Officer at Corporate Staffing Services. You can reach her on email@example.com