We all want solutions, whether it’s at the doctor’s office, the IT desk or in our hiring systems. But in our zeal to find an answer, we sometimes misdiagnose the problem.
Say you have a nagging cold. One doctor may tell you to drink more fluids and rest. But maybe they dive deeper and ask a few more questions, leading them to decide to take a blood test to see if you have diabetes. Both conditions are manageable — but if you treat diabetes like a cold, it will only get worse.
The same is true in the talent space. In our desire to show our bosses that we’ve “got it covered,” we can focus on patching up micro-problems instead of asking deeper questions that get to the root cause. What looks like a talent problem could be something deeper, exacerbated by treating the wrong condition.
Let’s take a look at some common misdiagnoses in the talent world — and how to treat the real problems.