Today’s post is courtesy of Joshua Ro with People Consulting Group in Seoul, Korea. People Consulting Group places senior executives in manufacturing, information technology, consumer products, banking and finance, telecommunications, logistics and distribution, professional services, entertainment, and fashion. Joshua serves as a member of the NPA Board of Directors.
I recently read an interesting article about increasing productivity where different qualities are needed in the workplace. The same traits can help build a high-performing recruitment team.
According to the article, it is human nature to hire someone who has abilities and skill sets similar to your own; however, it is believed that hiring someone totally opposite could increase the productivity. It described three different (and diversified) elements and areas that a productive team should possess such as different gender, different thinking styles and personalities (intro and extroversion).
The first point was that the best teams have both men and women. A survey done by Credit Suisse over 2,400 global companies recalls that any company with more than one female board of director has performed better than those without. Companies with diversified gender roles in leadership positions resulted in better performance and were well balanced.
Another survey in 2011 showed venture corporations with 5:5 gender ratio resulted in the highest performance compared to others, possibly through monitoring and checking upon each other’s performance. What does the gender balance look like on your recruitment team?
Secondly, you need introverts and extroverts in your team to create better performance. Those with the loudest voices aren’t necessarily the ones with the brilliant ideas. UCLA researchers came up with similar results. For 10 weeks, they put together a team of staffs containing a mixture of introverts and extroverts. As many anticipated in the beginning, extroverts, who voiced their ideas louder and more aggressively, seemed to gain respect by constantly inputting ideas. However, toward the 10th week of the project, introverts earned higher respect and eventually the status of both was well balanced. How can you help the introverts on your recruitment team be heard?
Finally, you need one analytical thinker (maybe more) on your recruitment team. Many of us are familiar with open-minded business approaches like ‘brainstorming;’ however, some scientists suggested there should be at least one analytic thinker on the team. The Tepper School of Business researched that a team with at least one analytical thinker performed better in executing a given task than those without. Focusing more on small details in a process aroused creative conflict amongst teams with both ‘big picture’ and analytical thinkers.
If you are running a search firm and want to put a recruitment team together for a given task or even running your own firm with a small number of consultants and researchers, it isn’t necessarily a good idea to select only those who seem to have the same qualities as your own in terms of skill sets, experience, attitude or characteristics, etc. Diversify your choices to bring a broad spectrum of different thinkers to create better performance and provide opportunities for everyone to participate. Have them get involved to make contributions with well-deserved benefits. This will build a better performing recruitment team or firm of your own.