Mark Zuckerberg admits that managing human and material resources could be a mountainous task, and it is unarguably so when there are over 30,000 employees, 1.47 billion active users, and investments worth billions of U.S. dollars to control.
However, Zuckerberg says there is a simple trick to Human Resource management: Hire people you would be glad to work for if the table is turned.
Despite huge setbacks from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, resignations from top management positions, and loss of active Facebook subscribers, the California-based firm remains one of the best companies to work for. But hiring new employees in such a highly competitive online social media and social networking service company would ordinary prove cumbersome. Yet, Zuckerberg insists on the easy and straightforward approach: Hire people you would be glad to work for if the table is turned.
Speaking to Kara Swisher, a Recode correspondent, Zuckerberg said it would be an honor to work for any of the top executives at Facebook, making reference to Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer) and Chris Cox (Chief Product Officer), among others.
‘In the next world, I’d be honored to have these people as my employers,’ the CEO noted.
‘My advice to managers is this: they should hire people to join their team only if you would work for them.’
In Zuckerberg’s opinion, some invaluable attributes of good and successful managers are humility, selflessness, dedication, foresightedness and “the ability to conduct an unbiased analysis of a potential employee’s capabilities.” These qualities, he said, can distinguish companies as “achievers” and “failures”.
The 34-year-old billionaire continued on Reid Hoffman’s podcast titled Masters of Scale, ‘One big difference I see in any company’s possibility of achieving greatness, or being simply amazing, depends on whether they’re comfortable and really self-confident enough to have people who are stronger than them in the fold.’
Zuckerberg insists that companies cannot achieve progress where managers feel like gods who should always command reverence from employees, adding that employers who do not envisage themselves on the other side of the divide are like a cog in the wheel of progress.
‘If the tables were turned and you were looking for a job, would you be comfortable working for this person?’ the famous CEO asked. ‘I basically think that if the answer to that is “no,” then you’re doing something expedient by hiring them, but you’re not doing as well as you can on that.’
Zuckerberg revealed that Sheryl is a “box of talents” but advised managers to learn from the “manager of managers”.
‘Her enormous strength and talents makes me feel better and makes Facebook better,’ he added. ‘I am not afraid or threatened by that. On the contrary, I value it as a blessing.’