June 15, 2012

Hired because your fun!!

When I will get hired in the future for a job or if I start my own Business then I think it will because of my skills or knowledge. My knowledge around and ability to generate knowledge is my competitive advantage for getting a job in the future.

Just saw a clip yesterday from google which made me wonder about hiring people according to their skills. Logically I would think that people are hired because of a certain position in the organization needs to be filled. Those positions is functionally and will be considered as giving value to the company in a direct way. But what if you where hired because of your high energy and ability to make people laugh. You are one of those person who has a personality where people just get happy when they are around you. But you are not good a leading, making improvements or anything like that. If you will get hired you will be creating a fun culture who will generate value for the company. Your role is therefore adding value in a indirect way to the company. But what position will that be and for which salary?

Culture is a critical element for a company so the position is important. The salary might therefore be as much as a leader because of the critical aspect. But you will never be able to measure or have targets towards his or hers performance. Except if you can measure how good the culture is?

So if you could hire a person purely because if his way of making people happy how would that work?

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  1. Pinthida Thanatipanont

    thats a really interesting blog which i kind of agree with. We live in a world that quantifies everything. We forgot that being ‘rich’ is not a quality – its merely quantity. To ‘worth’ more, in my opinion, is to grow other values and contribute to society. But then again, we live in a world where the norm is harm, and the unharmed is not ‘norm’.

    Anyways, I would really want find out more about this, and if I do, I’ll definitely get back to you! What fun would it be – to be working with someone like so, or be one like so!

    15 Jun 2012, 17:05

  2. Oghenetega Inoni

    I think when companies set out to recruit people for a certain job position, they also look out for the added skills which the people have to offer to improve the organisation. At least from what i have seen, i don’t think there’s a job position basically for just “entertainer” in a work place without any benefit added to the bottom line of the organisation. I believe one’s personality, skills and capability would form a basis for hiring them.
    Without any impact in terms of making improvements or creating value for money, the question will be: Why would a company invest in the recruitment process?

    My opinion is that i wouldn’t hire someone based on their ability to just make people happy at work rather i would seek ways and strategies to generate and create a fun environment within my organisation using the people within the organisation because in the long run it would become the culture in the company.

    15 Jun 2012, 17:07

  3. Daniella Abena Badu

    Yes just as Tega is saying, most organisations look for other attributes other than just being an entertainer, but I guess it also depends on the nature and type of business. However, I think I would recruit an outgoing and enthuasiatic person and train them to be good at a particular job, then recruit a bunch of “too” serious people and try and create a fun culture for them.

    17 Jun 2012, 11:11

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