Re: Boston Red Sox VP Of IT: Invest In Your Farm
I love this. Obviously, at a certain point the comparison between professional sports and corporate IT reaches a limit (for one, that there's a lot more money involved "per job" in baseball has a lot to do with the differences), but this speaks volumes about problems in modern corporate culture and hiring practices nonetheless. We hear it a million different ways: 'people are our most important asset'. 'I'm more concered with hiring someone who's flexible than with a certain skill' (that one seems particularly common for IT). Then why not act like it? It seems almost like an area where 'agile' practices could cut in and make a difference. It seems like there are too many cumbersome, entrenched processes, too much hands-off activity, and too much red tape that prevent HR from hiring how HR managers say they want to hire - not that I'm freeing bad culture and bad decisions from responsibility.
Joe is absolutely right; relying on automated systems to screen candidates strips out the human element. It's cliche but true. We hear about the "difficulty" meeting those diversity goals, but think about this; when you already strip away 90% of candidates with an analytics system that simply searches for keywords, and then you weed out half of the rest with just cursory glances at their resumes, how many of those remaining are young, white males with just a handful of degrees? 70%? 80%? You've already skewed the odds. No wonder we have problems with diversity. I never appreciated how much the 'wait till there's a hole' hiring style magnifies these problems, and how short time frames force this way of doing things. I think that's the single most valuable takeaway here.