Just a quick one this time folks. It’s another absolute gem ofÂ target-related nonsense, sent into me by a sharp-eyed blog reader. The following table was spotted being proudly displayed on the wall of an establishment whose identity I have obscured behind the ‘censored’ banner, so as to prevent embarrassment.
Aside from theseÂ points, you might want toÂ useÂ myÂ versatileÂ targets checklist from a previous post to tick off why they’reÂ about asÂ useful as a chocolate fireguard, even if there might be a good idea in there somewhere about helping under-represented groups.
These targets are dreamt up using the traditional ‘finger in the air’ method, aren’t immune from causing dysfunctional behaviour (e.g. potentially deselecting a more able white male applicant in favour of a borderline applicant from one of the groups subject to targets), plus they don’t help anyone understand orÂ improve the system.Â Incorporating numerical targets into the equation ensures that this recruitment processÂ totally misses the point (i.e. itsÂ purpose), which I’d assume is thatÂ of selecting the best person forÂ available positions.
If you recognise this table as being in your place of work and want me to explain more about how it actually works against the very aims it professes to espouse, please feel free to contact me and I’d be very happy to help.
Lastly, if you can identify the two systems thinking legends reflected in the photo, I’ll buy you a beer.*
*Subject to the following conditions: 1. Maximum one winner per country. 2. Succesful contestants must be available to collect their beer from a location specified by me using the Enigma code machine andÂ withinÂ a maximum ofÂ 30 minutes following notification. 3. Prizewinners’ beer will be dispensed in very small thimbles. 4. Closing date for this competition was yesterday.