Because it works, many organisations definitely view recruiting as evil. Recruiting does one very simple thing. It finds a known need for someone in an organisation, and it pairs that known need with a known talent. Simple. Clean. Evil.
Recruiting works because it prays upon the weaknesses in your organisation. You don’t pay well? Recruiting will leverage that fact. Your fringe benefits are weak, or non-existent? Recruiting can offer more. You have rubbish leadership? Recruiting knows the best, most empathetic leaders in the industry. Pure evil.
You believe recruiting is evil because recruiting steals away your best talent. It destroys your teams and wastes all those resources you’ve spent developing a world-class organisation. Recruiting, seemingly, doesn’t care about you and your problems. Destructively evil.
Recruiting is evil because someone has to play that role in this production. If unwilling organisations are the ‘good guy’, recruiting is the evil empire sent to destroy it. Recruiting, as an industry, only survives by feeding off the weak and helpless. Completely evil.
Just because you can take someone from one organisation and put them into another organisation doesn’t mean you should. Recruiting has the power to change this. They don’t have to do this. No one is making them.
The good news is you don’t have to allow this evil into your organisation. You actually have the power to stop it. You actually have all the ability and resources at your disposal to eradicate this evil from ever hurting your organisation again!
But you won’t. Because, Recruiting works.