Employment Trends: eHarmony to Offer New Staffing Service
The notorious match-making web service eHarmony recently announced their intent to enter into the staffing industry. The company announced the projected launch of their newest service, “Elevated Careers by eHarmony,” which is set to be available to consumers by December 2014. The service is designed match employees with potential bosses they enjoy working for and with using similar algorithms to the ones they use to pair potential romantic partners. eHarmony has been responsible for the successful matching of thousands of individuals since its creation in 2000. According to studies, the match making service has helped facilitate roughly 600,000 marriages with a staggeringly low divorce rate of 3.8% since their inception.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average employee will stay with their employer for less than five years, which can lead to high turnover rates and costly financial implications for businesses. Studies show that the majority of employees do not feel valued or appreciated in their current positions, and many report having some level conflict and tension with their superiors. Representative of eHarmony believe that their newly developed worker compatibility assessment will help people find job opportunities where feel comfortable, happy and productive. eHarmony have not yet released details about their latest pairing algorithms, however they did indicate that customers will fill out a new compatibility assessment for their job search which does have some similarities to the famous 200 questions romantic .
Critics remain unconvinced that eHarmony’s data collection and analysis methods will translate from match making into a viable employment recruitment tactic. The staffing industry is no stranger to mathematical help choosing the right candidate. Dozens of staffing resources and software relies on statistics and mathematics to help staffing professionals find the right employees for their clients. Whether or not eHarmony has just the right formula remains to be seen.
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