Employers urged to treat graduates as individuals


Employers urged to treat graduates as individuals
Concern has been voiced that many employers may be failing to treat graduates as individuals, instead approaching the graduate employment pool as a collection of identical potential workers.

Experts at SHL Group warn that this approach could prove detrimental, urging businesses to remember that graduates are people and not simply a specific type of employment resource.

James Bywater, head psychologist at SHL, argued that efforts need to be made to avoid treating graduates like production line working units and to adopt a more human approach overall.

"Graduate programmes may be large in volume depending on the organisation, but recruiters must bear in mind that they are dealing with individuals, not identikits," he explained to Online Recruitment.

"It is about making the machine personal."

Mr Bywater also stated that a customisation process can have tangible business benefits through a more direct addressing of specific business needs.

The Hay Group recently reported that new graduates can expect higher wages than other workers without a degree, with those in London earning the highest wages on average.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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