Close ties bring fairness to recruiting

The closer HR practitioners get to managers and employees during internal job recruitment, the fairer the appointment process will be.

Research carried out by the Institute of Employment Studies highlights personnel managers’ concerns about the transparency and fairness of open job markets in companies.

Evidence collected from 20 employing organisations looked at whether internal job markets – where vacancies are openly advertised – were working fairly.

The report says that if HR practitioners act as close advisers it avoids the over-reliance on “excessively rigid rules to govern the quality of the selection process”. HR can then influence the process on jobs that are hard to fill or people who need a move or proactive development.

A full report of the research called, Free, fair and efficient? The open internal advertising of job vacancies, will be revealed exclusively in Personnel Today next week.

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