Tradition Won’t Work in the Future
At many businesses, HR looks to fill open positions in the way the department knows best: “how we’ve always done it.” What worked before, though, will soon be a ticket to the bottom of the talent heap.
Suppose you’ve always required a certain number of years’ experience in the same field—let’s say that’s five years of handling billing issues in a doctor’s office. Maybe you add a specific computer program to the job description. Now consider how this limits your applicant pool.
Recent Bureau of Labor stats put average employee tenure at 4.4 years, with evidence that that is shrinking. Lots of candidates won’t make your five-year cut. Those who do might bill for dentists or other comparable employers but won’t have doctor’s office experience. And specific computer programs? Those change with the seasons these days.
Okay: suppose you trash those requirements. Given increasing automation in billing, your new hire might be obsolete soon anyway. You need to be thinking about what else that person can bring to your organization.