I’ve seen it time/time again….especially with Human Resources’ professionals…an individual is placed in a position that they have no expertise in but their resume looks good, the interview went well (the very WORSE method to identify a new member of an organization) or they have seen the individual in one aspect of a profession and they think that the individual is ‘omnipotent’ and can do all….that is almost NEVER the case….I’ve seen too many failures occur for both the individual and the organization….
Vetting is a simple process that occurs with the ordering of background checks (credit check/criminal records check/work history check) that will, basically, give an organization the ‘history’ of the individual that is being considered for a particular position…either in a profit or non-profit environment.
There is some argument that ‘history’ is not the sole criteria for hiring a particular individual or assigning an individual a position, however, a combination of the three (3) background checks will give an organization some idea as to whether the individual that is being considered is going to perform well in a particular position.
An organization has an OBLIGATION to itself as well as the customers/members and the employee or designee to hire or place properly. The employee has as much to lose by being placed in a position that they are not qualified to hold as the company or organization that has placed the individual in that particular position. By placing someone in a position for which they are not qualified is irresponsible and the organizational decision maker should be evaluated in the same manner as the individual that was unfairly expected to perform at a level or in a manner in which they are not qualified.
As I’ve said in the past, it is not only the individual that is being considered for a position that should be vetted. The employer or organization in and of itself should be looked at….what is the purpose of the organization/company? What do other individuals have to say about the organization? What do they have to say about the management or hierarchy of the organization? What is the direction? If the organization is a service organization….what kind of service do they perform? Are they diversity oriented or is the hierarchy of the organization concerned about winning awards on a yearly basis rather than looking at the good they could do in the community in which they are located? What is the reputation of the community in which this organization is located?
I am presently in State College, Pennsylvania….the epitome of a community that has a Vetting issue….on both sides….too much at Penn State for the University does not want another scandal to ‘occur’….or to learn that another member of the ‘staff’ had done something so egregious that they could not understand why no one knew about it….however, I have said since I arrived here that the ‘scandal’ that shocked the nation occurred due to the fact that both the University and the community allowed it to happen and no amount of ‘Vetting’ would have caught the perpetrator doing his nasty deeds...and, I believe that the core of this community is so very ‘sports-centric’ that many members (please note, not all by a long shot) would allow the same to happen again for the sake of their precious sports’ programs and the money/income that is derived from it….
With full vetting processes in place, the protection and help is there for the organization and the individual….the organization can make a decision that will enhance it’s performance going forward in the community and it’s global position….the individual will be helped by being able to find a position or perform a service that is in line with their accomplishments, strengths and gifts while being able to avoid being put in a position that only exacerbates the individual’s weaknesses and possible failings.
I truly believe that an organization has an OBLIGATION to those that are hired or appointed to insure that the individual has the expertise and skills necessary to complete the project or task at hand….anything the organization does that is less would be considered both egregious and criminal, in my estimation.
There is a marvelous book out entitled Boards that Make a Difference….a great read for both companies and organizations alike that need to make decisions about the direction that the company/organization is heading and the people that they hire to help get them where they want to go….
If you have any questions regarding any type of Vetting process, please contact Rosanne Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 484-947-7063. Let’s insure that loving what we do does not come with a price for ourselves, our co-workers or our employees.