After a candidate has been selected, he should be placed on a suitable job. Placement is the actual posting of an employee to a specific job, it involves assigning a specific rank and responsibility to an employee. The placement decisions are taken by the line manager after matching the requirements of the job with the qualifications of a candidate . Most organizations put new recruits on probation for a given period of time after which their services are confirmed . During this period, the performance of the probation is closely monitored. If the new recruit fails to adjust himself to the job and turns out poor performance the organization may consider his name for placement elsewhere. Such second placement is called differential placement Usually the employees’ supervisor in consultation with the higher levels of line management take decisions regarding the future placement of each employee.

Placement is an important human resource activity. If neglected it may create employees adjustment problems leading to absenteeism, turnover accidents poor performance etc. The employee will also suffer seriously. He may quit the organization in frustration complaining bitterly about everything. Proper placement is therefore important to both the employees and the organization. The benefits of placements may be summarized thus:

The panic mentality that dominated students’ minds last year is over. Though sectors such as retail are still reeling under the lowdown effect, others like FMVG, banking, insurance and KPOs are definitely in better shape. As a result, students are confident of getting worthy jobs this year. Though the demand from European and American markets has not increased Asian markets are showing a rise in demand. Sectors such as consulting, finance, marketing, and technology will definitely witness a demand in recruitment. Others sectors such as healthcare, telecom will be large recruiters. However, Students who have opted for specialized MBAs may still find it harder to get jobs this year as well.

Major benefits of Proper Placement>>>

The employee is able to:

1) Show good results on the job.
2) Get along with people easily.
3) Keep his spirits high, report for duty regularly
4) Avoid mistakes and accidents.

Placement should should be made with as little disruption to the employee and organization as possible. To this end new recruits must be oriented properly so that they become productive contributors . There should be conscious and determined effort to adapt the new recruit to the organization’s culture (the rules, jargon, customs and other traditions that clarify acceptable and unacceptable behavior in an organization) by conveying to the employees how things are done and what matters. When new employees know what is expected of them, they have better organizational performance and less frustration and uncertainty.

Induction/ Orientation:

Orientation or induction is the task of introducing the new employees to the organization and its policies, procedures and rules. A typical formal orientation program may last a day or less in most organizations. During this time, the new employee is provided with information about the company. Its history, current position, the benefits for which he is eligible, leave rules, rest periods etc. Also covered are the more routine things a newcomer must learn, such as the location of the rest rooms, break rooms, parking spaces cafeteria etc. In some organizations all this is done informally by attaching new employees to their seniors who provide guidance on the above matters . Lectures handbook , films, group seminars, are also provided to new employees so that they can settle down quickly and resume the work.

Flowers for attending an Interview:

In the year 2000 Mind Tree Consulting (1045 employees software consulting outfit with nearly $29 million global sales) had about a hundred employees, says a Senior Consultant “I had not made up my mind about the company and had a few others. Soon after the inter interview the company sent a bouquet of lowers, thanking me for attending the interview. That was the clincher – after all how many companies would do that just for attending an interview?”

Source: HRM VSP

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