How to hire like Game of Thrones
Are you overhearing the most bizarre conversations across the office floor lately? Have your colleagues been discussing Cersei and Jaime Lannister’s incestuous relationship, dragon eggs, a dwarf, a Khaleesi and a nice guy from the North called Jon Snow?
Although it may sound like your co-workers have been spending their weekends immersed in a medieval live action role-playing game, they've actually been spending them in front of the TV catching up with fantasy drama Game of Thrones – and it’s got the whole office talking.
Whether you love it or loath it, here at Michael Bailey Associates we say if you can’t beat them, join them! You may not have realised it yet but HR Departments and Game of Thrones have a thing or two in common when it comes to hiring strategies.
We've put together our top 5 Game of Thrones inspired hiring tips which reflect these similarities and explain how to build a strong and successful team.
***WARNING SPOILER ALERTS***
Tip 1: Building a loyal team
Throughout the first series, Daenerys Targaryen aka Khaleesi undergoes an immense transformation. Once a timid and frightened young girl who obeyed her abusive brother’s every word, she has now grown into a fearless, tactful and powerful leader.
In series three, Daenerys buys the army of the Unsullied who've been bred and trained in one of three major cities of Slaver’s Bay. Under her ruling, their first command is to kill all slave masters, free all slaves and bring no harm to children. When the Unsullied have successfully carried out their task, Daenerys sets them free and asks if any members of the army will willingly fight for her honour – they all put themselves forward.
No matter what level of seniority you are, mutual respect between colleagues is crucial when building a loyal team. Open and honest communication creates trusting relationships and strengthens bonds between colleagues so that they feel comfortable and confident enough to voice their opinions.
You never know when you will need support from your colleagues, that’s why we ensure that our strong team spirit transcends international boundaries.
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Tip 2: Taking the time to find the right candidate
In a time of great stress, Daenerys acts on impulse and appoints a witch to save the life of her husband Drogo. Daenerys is in fact betrayed by the witch who leaves Drogo in a catatonic state and he later dies.
Everyone makes mistakes, even a Khaleesi. It’s important to think carefully during the hiring process. Do background checks and to do not rush into hiring the first “good candidate” you come across. Taking the time find out a little more about your candidates could save you time and money.
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Tip 3: Building a good reputation
It’s no secret that young King Joffrey is widely despised by fellow characters and fans of the show. During his reign as a tyrant ruler, his arrogance and sadistic nature meant that he inflicted torment and cruelty on his kingdom. His stupidity and tendency for rash outburst of violence meant that many people lost their lives at the hands of their leader.
Our business was built on strong set of principles. We work hard and play hard, and strive create a friendly and supportive environment. No one wants to work for a company that will de-motivate their employees and crush their career aspirations. Start to build a good internal reputation so that your colleagues will spread the word and bring in some great referrals!
Tip 4: Training and rewards
Grey Worm, leader of the army of the Unsullied, was originally taken as a boy into slavery by the Good Masters of the Astapor, an authoritarian group of slave-traders dedicated to the training and commerce of the army. The warrior-eunuch slaves were trained into complete obedience since childhood.
At Michael Bailey Associates we understand that different things motivate different people. We also realise that not everyone is a natural born sales person. That’s why we invest in our employees, by providing a bespoke training and development programme for all.
We offer a transparent rewards scheme for all consultants. As well as individual targets, we encourage a team’s working ethos through team and company-wide incentives which is a great way to keep our people motivated.
Tip 5: Sourcing the best candidates in difficult times
As a result of the civil war among the several noble houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, some have lost children and lovers. Despite this, characters such as Khaleesi and Cersei Lannister have been able to survive due to possessing the skill to source the best possible people in the most difficult situations.
It’s a challenging time for HR Departments as the demand for mixed skilled candidates’ increases and the skills gap widens. It’s fundamental that HR professionals have the capability to source the best talent available in the toughest times.
How has Michael Bailey Associates overcome this issue? We always have our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in different markets and closely track industry trends. This means that we’re ready to move into new markets with a talent of candidates who match those hard-to-fill positions.
Remember that you don’t have to let the excitement of the fifth series of Game of Thrones affect your colleagues’ productivity. Next time you hear the office gossip turn to dungeons and dragons, be sure to tell the HR Department how to hire Game of Thrones style!