Vital to Follow Strictly Ethical Recruitment Rules

By: Jacob Gan

Human is the most important resource to an organization. Recruitment or hiring process, is the first step in selecting this important human resource into an organization, and will significantly influence the success of the organization.

Ethics plays a very important role issues during the recruitment of this precious resource. Here, I shall discuss what the ethical issues we should be mindful of in the hiring process.

Law and regulations dictate that we have to be ethical in hiring process. However, ethical hiring practice goes beyond them as well. It has been widely reported that ethical hiring practices actually result in better employees being recruited.

It is therefore important that sound ethical rules are followed when hiring a new employee. We shall discuss six such rules:

1. Selection Based on Merits of Candidates

Candidates are to be selected based purely on merits such as knowledge, skills, and ability. When a company provides any special considerations, for example due to affirmative action where certain groups are given special considerations, these considerations should be well stated in the company's policy statement. ?In any case, any preferential treatment should be one that is legally allowed.

There should be no discrimination based on gender, marital status, race and religion.

2. Consistent Criteria

In addition to be objective, it is very important that one should also be consistent when evaluating a potential employee. ?Objective evaluation results in the best employees being recruited while consistency ensures high morale among employees.

3. Disclosure of Information

When we recruit new employees, we should disclose as much information about the job as possible. At no time should we hide from them any relevant information that may affect their job prospect with us. For example, the candidate should be informed of any relevant information, including those not publicly known, that may materially affect the new employee?s future employment with the organization. The case of Phil McConkey highlights the danger of failing to do so. Phil was recruited without being told that the company was being taken over by a new owner. He lost his job one year after joining the new company. He sued and was awarded $10 million.

4. No Misleading Recruitment Advertisement

We should not place misleading job advertisement just to get applications while we actually want to offer a different type of job contracts. For example, imagine the situation where what we really want to engage are independent contractors but not full-time salaried employees. We may choose to engage independent contractors because we do not have to burden ourselves with high wage bills for employees who do not perform well, but we will reward employees according to their performance. In this case we should be upfront with our terms and conditions. We should never get involved in any job scam.

5. Do not Hire Former Employees of Another Organization to Reward or Lobby

This rule applies especially when employing former senior government employees or their relatives. If the senior government employee has an influence on the awards of contracts to an organization like yours, do not return employment favor to win contracts. The case of Ms. Darleen Druyun at the Department of Defense and Mr. Michael Sears at Boeing is a good illustration of the importance of such a rule. In this case, employment favor was apparently granted by Boeing in exchange for favourable consideration for the awards of contracts by Department of Defense.

Also, be careful not to employ former government employees for the purpose of lobbying for contracts from their previous government departments. At least, do not do so within the first two years of the employee leaving the government service.

6. Courtesy

Even though it may not be considered as unethical by some employers, as a matter of courtesy and good public relationship we should inform an unsuccessful applicant. In this case, if situations change and the unsuccessful applicants are now suitable, they may be more inclined to respond positively when approached to offer jobs to them.

These six rules, while simple and logically, are not normally followed by many organizations in their recruitment process, leading to poor employee morale and productivity, as well as damaging law suits.

References:
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