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Home » Blog » You can lead a horse to water . . . . .

You can lead a horse to water . . . . .

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Gecko Recruitment

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Following on from my previous blog on great expectations, I got thinking a little more about the relationship between employee and employer. We tend to spend more time in a week at work then we do at home, and this is a two-way relationship that is worth working at.

There has to be some give and take and I usually find that the manager is the person that might just be a little more flexible. Management isn’t the easy street, trust me on this one for any would be recruitment managers out there. Why? The same reason that makes our job interesting, we’re managing people, not robots. Just like our finger prints each and everyone of us is unique. Therefore must be managed in a unique way.

When I was managing teams of Recruiters in London, I saw one of my main responsibilities was to motivate the team. What motivated each individual differed from person-to-person and would change over time – sometimes even on a weekly basis! Once I’ve found that button though, it’s game on. I feel this is missed by some companies, team leaders, managers, general managers who shirk the responsibility of what should be their part of the partnership deal. Why? I don’t know. Maybe in turn they are not motivated either and therefore the problem lies higher up. Maybe they are so tired and jaded from continually being let down by previous consultants they stop wanting to work at the next one. I get that, I really do.

In management you often feel like you are the one making the sacrifices. However we have a responsibility as employers to do our best to support and help our consultants to succeed and be the best that they can be. In return, new employees have a huge responsibility to work hard to control what they can control, influence what they can influence, own their inputs and quite frankly just do it!

With all the best intentions, motivational tools and every management sacrifice you can think of, sometimes you simple can not get that consultant to work. After all, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Quite simply, that is not your problem, the buck as they say stops there. But at the very least you’ll know you tried.

By Ali Moores
Gecko Recruitment

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