Here’s the thing – consistently hiring top performers is a highly disciplined process.
High organizational performance starts with a decision
- Hiring even one or two top performers increases overall employee engagement
- Increased employee engagement eventually begins to attract more top performers
- A group of highly engaged top performers results in high organizational performance
> Organizational goals achieved – 72% versus only 42% of all others
> Employees receiving “Exceed” ratings on reviews – 71% versus 24% of all others
> Key positions with at least one willing & able successor – 70% versus 28% of all others
According to the report, the key difference was how the Best-In-Class organizations hired their people. What it clearly shows is that anything less than hiring top performers equals mediocrity. Based on the actual results, mediocrity looks pretty bleak.
Hire top performers or go home
If success is the goal, processes resulting in mediocrity are the wrong path and must be changed. If unchanged, mediocrity breeds of a lack of engagement, and you can’t win if your employees aren’t highly engaged.
A recent study by the American Health Association shows that presenteeism – the lack of engagement – costs US companies over $500 billion per year. While that number is huge and shows that poor hiring practices exist in many companies, the question is what it costs your company every year? More importantly, what can you do to change it?
The challenge to business leaders and managers everywhere is simply this – will you make a conscious decision to implement a disciplined process for hiring top performers in your organization? If you don’t, it’s time to go home now.