"The best thing you can do for employees—a perk better than foosball or free sushi—is hire only ‘A’ players to work alongside them. Excellent colleagues trump everything else."
--Patti McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix
Admit it - when you think of HR and Netflix, you think about this 124-slide culture code, which Sheryl Sandberg famously described as “one of Silicon Valley’s defining documents.”
It's full of s### like unlimited vacation and grown up accountability. It's fun to look at.
But your most important job in HR? Find better talent and get it in the door.
Don't fool yourself that other things are as important. Go get talent in the door, HR leaders. While you're longing for a more progressive CEO, people just like you are doing a better job selling candidates on the opportunities they have - and their companies are just as broken as yours. You need to sell - that's the only way to get better talent in the door.
Worried about overselling? That's an excuse or rationalization about why you don't recruit better.
Go get them to sign on the line that is dotted.