How do recruitment processes need to change to enable an Agile organisation?
The more volatile and ambiguous the business environment becomes, the more the Agile movement grows. Agile has been spreading outside traditional software development circles to other areas of the business with profound impacts. In a previous blog post we have discussed the importance of creating the right environment in your organisation for people to be Agile. However HR can play a larger role in creating the right environment for people to be Agile by recruiting and retaining the best.
In this post, we look at how recruitment can enable an Agile organisation. This can be achieved in three key ways:
The result being a recruitment function that moves faster, driven by Agile’s speed in delivery. Selecting candidates with strong alignment with the organisation’s values, through the transparency embraced by Agile. Finally, if you’re building an agile organisation, it aligns the selection of candidates with the focus of your organisation; becoming Agile.
Applying an Agile mindset to recruitment is not simple. It spans a range of elements from redefining selection criteria, to re-inventing the hiring process. However embedding Agile within your recruitment practices is crucial in supporting an Agile organisation.
Our challenge to you is to look at how your recruiting currently operates, and determine where you can leverage Agile principles to improve the process. Even if it is as simple as giving new hires feedback forms so they can reflect on their experience of the hiring process, you’ll see the benefits that greater transparency and Agile provides.