He doesn’t go to church.
Bob Knight and Brent Bozell
Photo Credit: Michelle S. Humphrey
from the Media Research Center It seemed that many of the clients of Your Business Blogger were having challenges finding integrity in job candidates. Even business schools are forced to teach ethics. Goodness.
Smart Human Resource gurus have always used an unspoken, intuitive cultural profiling to test job candidates.
Bob Knight’s Survey quantifies with hard numbers what managers have all been feeling over the last few years.
And it turns out the HR professionals may have been right. People these days have a …flexible compass on truth.
The Culture and Media Institute released this report at The National Press Club on Wednesday in Washington, DC. I ask Bob, “What should hiring managers use to determine a good job candidate from one that would break the law, lie, or use drugs?”
“This is a problem for business and for us all,” Bob said later. The variable on honesty can be measured by the professed attendance at a house of worship. “The determining line would be going to church at least twice a month.” However, Bob was quick to remind me, “You can’t ask that in a job interview.”
Questions based on Faith Based Hiring practices would be, well, discriminating.
In favor of the crooks and liars and liberals.
In The National Cultural Values Survey: America: A Nation in Moral and Spiritual Confusion, Bob finds that,
The survey reveals that 74 percent of Americans believe the nation is in moral decline, and that a culture war is indeed occurring in America.
Indeed. First-line supervisors see this daily and battle with the challenge of finding ways of selecting good employees.
Managers would often gauge an aspect of culture and class of a job candidate by observing the prospective employee’s behavior at a restaurant. Table manners were important, but the astute manager watched how the candidate would treat the wait staff.
Bob Knight’s Survey takes this test to a higher level and gives a vignette on measuring honesty in a table called, Cheating on a Restaurant Bill,
You are out to dinner with a group of friends. When the check arrives you notice that several
items are missing from the bill. Your friends say you should just pay the bill, and that it’s the
restaurant’s own fault for making the mistake. What would you do?
85% of church-going conservatives would Tell the waiter and pay the right amount. Only 52% of the Godless liberals would be forthright.
The 18th-century atheist and culturally-correct philosphe, Voltaire, recognized this problem. Even though he believed Christianity was an “infamy,” he wrote that “I want my attorney, my tailor, my servants, even my wife to believe in God.”
Voltaire wanted this accountability to God not for his employee’s eternal salvation, but as a Total Quality Management System. “…Then I shall be robbed and cuckolded less often,” he concluded.
The Frenchman and the Jesus-loving Christians. Voltaire hated them. But he hired them.
And so should you.
Thank you (foot)notes:
If you are a manager, please comment on your favorite (legal) tactics to find honest employees.
What’s the One Best Question to Ask a Job Candidate?
Also see MRC’s Business and Media site.
And mark your calendars for Media Research Center’s 20th Anniversary Gala on 29 March. Your Business Blogger and Charmaine will be there with some of the smartest people in DC. You be there too.
Business Pundit has more data that supports one of Bob’s findings — children make us more honest and better people. See Do Parents Make Better Managers?
See Mike Paul’s Reputation Doctor.
All links are unpaid.
Read Major Findings of the Survey at the jump.