Simple and transparent wins the race
I smiled when I spotted the launch of Honest Work
yesterday. This London-based firm is taking a refreshingly simple and transparent approach to technology job ads – and ‘refreshingly simple and transparent’ is something many of us could learn from.
Unlike most tech job ad sites, Honest Work requires companies listing vacancies to include a salary range and details of exactly how the selection process works. Given fierce competition for the best talent, many tech companies keep their recruitment processes as opaque as possible, which can be frustrating at best for potential employees. At worst, it can put them off applying entirely.
Founder, Stevie Buckley says: “The long-term goal is to elevate Honest Work into a platform that demystifies the entire process of applying for work and dramatically improves the experience of companies looking to hire great people.”
Amen. And it’s not just recruitment where this approach could be useful. I am in no doubt that the hidden processes and secrets of the employment world have disadvantaged me at various points in my career. I once found out (after I’d left) that someone equal to me at a company was on significantly more than me. I don’t blame that person, but I’ve always wondered how I could have navigated that situation better, given I didn’t even know he was on more at the time.
Sure, you could say that in a 'survival of the fittest’ world, people who can navigate the complexities of 'things nobody trains you for,’ like negotiating a great salary, deserve to come out on top. But that’s no excuse for employers exploiting people who are good at their jobs.
Not everyone’s ladder-climbing skill are equal, and demystifying the mechanics of getting ahead would help companies find more promotable talent within their ranks.