Adult social care as a sector is facing a number of challenges, including recruiting and retaining staff. Values-based recruitment has been identified as a potentially promising approach to try to address these issues.
Values-based recruitment is an approach which encourages the selection of people who align with the organisation’s or employer’s values, rather than focusing purely on skills, qualification or prior experience. At the centre of values-based recruitment is the idea that while skills can be learned, values are an individual trait that cannot be easily taught but are essential.
“Values-based recruitment is a way of getting to know people, their motivations, passions, interests and whether they’ll be a good fit for your organisation and for the roles you’re recruiting to, so you can make the best possible recruitment choices for those who you provide care and support for.”
The aim of the Network was to explore how values-based recruitment is being developed in social care and what activities appear to work best. The following co-ordinators managed the networks in each locality:
Values-Based Recruitment Evidence Review
Values-based model is a recruitment approach which encourages the selection of people who align with the organisation’s values. It was firstly introduced in England in children’s services to reduce the risk of abuse and then, in the NHS with the aim to improve health care provision standards. The social care sector is following this direction across the four UK nations.
- It considers values as better criteria for workforce selection, compared to skills and work experience alone
- It uses a holistic approach that has broader implications for the way the whole organisation operates
- It involves all individuals involved in the organisation
- It requires leaders and managers to support staff to understand why values matter and how they fit into their day-to-day work
Recruiting from a values-based perspective
Within the local network co-ordinator meetings, it became clear that the term ‘values-based recruitment’ wasn’t clearly defined or understood. Many organisations discovered they had used this method of recruitment unknowingly within their HR practices. As a response to this feedback, we have put together the following practical tips for Values-Based Recruitment implementation.
How to use values-based recruitment in practice?
For values-based recruitment to work well, a holistic approach helps. Though the name implies it’s all about ‘recruitment’, it has broader implications for the way the whole organisation or employer operates (including its overall ethos, the nature of the care delivered, induction, supervision, appraisal and staff development).