Hiring & Balancing Teams with Ayurveda
So much of Ayurveda is about energy and balance, and understanding these concepts is beneficial to just about any area of life. At Socialike, we go as far as applying them to who we hire and how we place them within the company. Just like the Myers-Briggs personality test is an indicator of whether a candidate is a good fit for a job or company, Ayurveda details certain qualities of each personality type, providing us with an outline for who to hire and how to get the most value out of their inherent strengths.
This naturalistic approach to interviewing job candidates is not so different from the traditional methods of acquiring talent, despite being rooted in an ancient Indian tradition that dates back thousands of years. First, you create a description of what you are looking for in a qualified candidate, then go through a standard interview process with questions designed to vet the candidate for the specific role, and finally evaluate their answers to see how well they match your intentions for the person you hire. Some of your interview questions will align with the questions you’d hear in a typical interview, like “Do you think you work better individually or as part of a team?” or “What are your career aspirations?” But when taking the Ayurvedic approach to hiring, other questions are designed to uncover what Ayurveda would call your energetic pattern. Some examples of Ayurvedic questions might be:
- Would you say your ideal workday is…
- Flexible & Spontaneous
- Goal Oriented & Challenging
- Predictable & Steady
- How do you go about making choices for yourself, both at work and in your personal life?
- Spontaneously and spur of the moment
- Precisely and confidently, after doing proper research
- Slowly, or I’m fine letting others make the choice for me
Pointed questions with multiple choice answers will quickly expose a candidate’s intrinsic qualities and reflect their natural energy pattern. How they answer will indicate their tendency towards creativity, productivity, steadfastness, longevity, etc. Their answers speak volumes about how they think, what their strengths truly are, and where they will be most useful to your company or team. When using this technique, it is important to remember that, as stated by the Myers & Briggs Foundation, “…all types are equal and that every type has value.” Meaning that different energetic patterns will have different strengths and weaknesses, but when creating marketing teams, all types must be represented to achieve the balance needed for success.
Using this Ayurvedic wisdom for hiring and balancing our teams gives Socialike an upper hand in assembling the right people to market your products and grow your brand. Accounts are assigned to those whose energetic patterns match the brand persona, and then teams are rounded out with others whose strengths will drive your brand’s strategy and accomplish goals. And this is just one example of how Socialike uses Ayurveda to outperform other social media marketing agencies. Learn more about how we integrate Ayurveda into our corporate culture to surpass the competition and deliver the greatest results for our clients in these recent blog posts:
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