Starting this summer, if the Body Shop needs a new employee at one of their stores, the first person who applies for the job will get it. They won’t have to go through any of the steps many employers now require to hire even entry level positions.
They won’t have to have an interview (besides answering three simple questions about whether they can perform the duties of the job), which means that any bias of the hiring manager won’t be a factor. They won’t have to submit to a background check, which means formerly incarcerated people can as easily get a job as anyone else. And they won’t be drug tested.
The company is radically simplifying its hiring process as part of a new movement called “open hiring.” After testing the philosophy in its distribution warehouse over the holidays, the Body Shop found it drastically reduced turnover and saved money by streamlining the hiring process. Now, in just a year after hearing about the idea, it’s rolling it out to its stores. Read more