Why make it harder to recruit? (Editor’s Notes)

Forget the gimmicks like cash incentives for firms hiring older workers or screening out applicants using body mass index
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/22/2012

Finding talent is tough. That axiom holds true regardless of the industry or geographic location. That’s not to say employers won’t get flooded with resumés for every job opening — they will — but recruiters have to kiss plenty of frogs before (and if) they find royalty.

The cover of this issue contains an interesting contrast in hiring practices. On the one hand, we detail an initiative by the Australian government to pay employers to hire older workers. On the other, we examine a Texas hospital’s decision not to hire people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35.

One of those initiatives has a decent chance at success — and here’s a hint at which one: While you shouldn’t mess with Texas, don’t bet on it either.