Most of the companies have finally come to realize that their greatest asset is the brains sitting behind the desks. Human Resources department does not exist for employee benefits or paying salaries - it really takes care of the most important resource of the company.
Usually you notice these things too late. Someone has been waiting for a raise or a promotion for a long time or just otherwise frustrated at work and then gets a job offer from a competitor with huge benefits and smiling clerks. This is nothing new, it’s happening on a regular basis. It happened to me last week.
Recruiting power out of your competitor camp is always smart. You get some business insight - there is one less place where the employee could go if bored at the new work and probably better salary than in the older company.
When I was being recruited last week it all felt very nice and the stories they were telling, really had an effect on me. Working environment and tools are almost the same as my previous job. Here as well the financial management (in Finnish: taloushallinto) is smartly done with ProCountor - which makes my job a whole lot more easier and makes it possible for the business to close to real time monitor their expenses.
When recruiting it is very important to make the new comer feel at home from the day one. If there is an atmosphere of mistrust or competitiveness already from the beginning it might kill ones creativity.
All kinds of groups within a unit might also seem like a bad group of kids for the new comer if they don’t open up.
Recruiting itself might be the toughest job there is.