Reap what we sow in recruiting is a principle and is most often a tail of sorrow. Many companies look down on recruiting meaning they think accounting is a specialty and auditors are necessary, but recruiting can use HR people in case of need. No specialty needed.
If you think you can do this without professional help, then you get what you paid for. If you read good recruiting blogs, that can help, but you paid nothing and likely will suffer with a bad hire or an overall weak culture. This includes unwanted turnover, politics, low productivity. and unpleasant surprises which you blame on China.
Reap What We Sow in Recruiting Means Reaping Losses and Disappointment
If you hire 6 contingency recruiters to compete against each other and expect to have any of them be honest, then you are playing dice and hoping to get a lucky roll even if you think you can do it yourself.
These are people, and they are crucial to your earning money. They are also key to your sanity and sleep at night. I met an owner who developed a person to be the leader for 6 years, and about the time he wanted to make a move, the person left with the competition.
This person had often been to his house, and they ate innumerable meals together. The owner definitely never knew what was in this worker’s heart.
The monetary and personal cost of this loss is immeasurable. The guy was actually never on the same page with the owner. The owner was being used, and the guy left when he wanted. The owner was the last to know and too late. I guess he saved money on severence.
Good recruiting cuts many risks and gets you an enviable upside Return on Investment. See also Do You Need Better Recruiting? 8 Questions to Know.
I also see the bigger question is that Westerners can work with a Chinese person for 6 years and never know them, yet they hire people on a fifteen or possibly 30 minute interview. Actually any amount of interviewing cannot match 6 years. Still they do not know. In China you really need to know before you hire due to severance and contract laws.
Looking down on recruiting makes the principle of reaping what we sow a sad tail for innumerable Western Companies active in China.