Why Bosses Should be Included in the Hiring Process
Most companies leave the hiring and firing to their H.R. departments. While human resources are valuable in these procedures, bringing in supervisors, department heads, and/or bosses could be the start of a much better strategy for your company. Involving your boss in the hiring and interviewing of potential employees can help your company cut down on training costs, turnover rates, and general dissatisfaction within departments.
Here are just a few reasons why you should consider including the boss in the interviewing and hiring process.
- A Boss Will Have a Vision– In the same way that H.R. departments cannot know the specifications of each job, they also can’t know the design or vision the boss has for each field. A boss will know which work styles and talents will best help contribute to the goals he has in mind.
- Supervisors or Bosses Know the Team– A supervisor will have a personal relationship with their team. They will have a great understanding of what personalities and work styles will mesh with their department. This could actually help lower turnover rates. An applicant may have all the skills and be highly qualified, but if they don’t fit with the team, it will be difficult to help them transition and much less likely that they will stay with your company.
- Bosses Know the Job! Better than any H.R. manager, bosses of departments know the department jobs inside and out. This means they will have better insight into which candidates will be able to fulfill job requirements. Bosses will also be able to pick through interviewees to find the best qualified applicants.
- A Department Head or Boss Can Answer Questions About the Job– H.R. staff members are incredibly knowledgeable and talented people. However, it is clearly impossible for any H.R. hiring director to know the ins and outs of every position. Your hiring procedure should include the supervisor or department head of the position you are trying to fill. They can be there to answer any technical or procedural questions for the applicants. These questions will also help management weed out applicants who aren’t serious or knowledgeable about the position.
- Meeting the Boss Will Encourage and Calm New Hires– Coming in on the first day not being familiar with your boss or other employees can be intimidating. Companies really shouldn’t continue with a “sink or swim” mentality for new employees. This often leads to conflict, lower productivity, and higher turnover rates. If you include the boss in the hiring process, new employees will already have a significant comfort level when they first join your ranks. Once you know the applicant is a serious candidate, include a tour and introductions to the team. Also, the hiring process doesn’t end with hiring. Make sure managers and bosses regularly speak with new hires, especially during the first few months of employment. Join them for coffee or take them to lunch. These extra steps will help the new hires feel valued while giving them a reason to stay invested in their work.
Throw Away Traditional Hiring Practices! Include the Boss!
Traditional hiring practices are becoming a thing of the past. This also includes leaving the hiring to H.R. When you let the boss be a part of the hiring process, you will start to notice a whole new attitude and direction in your staff, from the top to the bottom.