Internal vs. External

When filling a vacancy one of the biggest decisions managers have to make is whether to hire internally or externally. There are positives and negatives to both. More times than not employees are going to say hire internally. Management sees the big picture and has to make their decision based on what they see.

One of the dangers of hiring internally is a lack of the desired skillset. Just because someone is in line to fill a position doesn’t mean they are qualified. If you are going to ensure that person is trained so they obtain the desired skillset then by all means promote them.

If you promote someone in order to keep the peace you may want to think again. Sometimes keeping the peace is not worth the headache. Emotional hires are not always good hires. Your job as a manager is to do what’s best for the company.

A big positive to hiring internally is consistency. An internal hire knows the culture of the company. A seem-less transition is a godsend for management. Another positive to an internal hire is it boasts morale. Employees appreciate when management shows confidence in them. Next week I’ll discuss the positives and negatives of hiring externally.

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