SMB Execs More Likely to Make Bold Moves When Hiring
C-level leaders see their organizations as more diverse and more objective and bias-free in hiring decisions than their colleagues, a study finds.Nearly 70 percent of small business executives trust their gut and are willing to stake their reputation on making a hire who may not look the part, but whom they believe is the right candidate, according to a Jazz survey of 267 small business professionals. Just over half (54 percent) of executives would pass on a safe hire to take a risk on a potentially transcendent performer. C-level leaders also tend to give candidates the benefit of the doubt, and are far more likely than business function leaders to take a chance on an unconventional hire, with 42 percent willing to compromise on hiring standards and settle for less -- a stark contrast to the 15 percent of functional leaders who would do the same. "There were a few surprises in this study, but one of the biggest trends we saw was a disconnect between the C-suite and other leaders or recruiting managers when it comes to hiring," Don Charlton, CEO of Jazz, told eWEEK. "The data clearly shows that C-level leaders have a rosy tint on reality compared to those closest to hiring decisions—when we asked whether their company is ready to hire top performers, we saw a 20 percent delta between the C-suite and mid-level leadership. That’s huge."
The study also indicated C-level leaders see their organizations as more diverse and more objective and bias-free in hiring decisions than their colleagues. They’re also significantly more willing to take risks on unconventional hires.