I guess it’s just plain human nature to not take action until it’s absolutely required.
I say that because few business owners or hiring managers look for new employees until there’s a pressing need. Then they end up hiring the first warm body that even remotely fits the job description, but that’s no way to build a winning team.
What if we thought of human capital as raw materials?
Industries that depend on raw materials (like coal, wood, or oil) know they have to proactively secure them. That takes research, exploration, time, and energy.
Employee recruiting is the same and the best time to recruit new people is long before you need them.
This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.