The 2017 / 2018 Premier League is well under way and is providing much competition amongst some keen football fans across the Kadence offices. We have a Kadence league and whilst not everyone is as competitive as me, keeping an eye out each week on how my fantasy football team is performing is a guilty pleasure of mine (at the time of writing I am sitting second in our work league – annoyingly the person who is leading sits just opposite me!).

Whilst trying to decide who to make Captain this week, I realized that there are many similarities between getting a strong fantasy football team and developing an HR / recruitment plan. As such I thought I would share some of my fantasy football tips – and how they relate to building our own teams in Singapore!

  •  Pick from a good mix of teams. Diversity is key. You don’t want too many people that play for the same team and so face the same challenges. Having a diverse mix of backgrounds means that you are able to see problems from different perspectives.
  • Mix of skill sets. In FF, I like to spread my focus on both defenders and forwards – and it’s the same for our team. People with different skills allows you to have solid expertise across the team. It does not matter if someone is not yet client facing, if they are good at what they do, they are an asset.
  • Flexibility. I regularly change my formation in FF – and having a flexible team is a great HR policy too. It means you can flex resources up and down and move people to help with different tasks. Needs of clients change weekly, so having a team that is able to change with them is a great asset.
  • Forward planning. One feature of the FF game is ‘boosts’ that allow you to get extra points (e.g. triple points for your captain for 1 week). Forward planning is key in hiring too – knowing when you need an extra resource in the future or when to focus on a certain skill set is vital to stay ahead of client requirements.
  • Getting your spend right. Much like FF, you can only spend so much on your team. You need superstars, but you cant afford a whole team full of perfect experience. A good HR policy gets the right mix of youth and new ideas into a core of superstars.
  • Transfers at the right time. I like to keep an eye on my FF team and make substituions when they are no longer contributing. An HR policy should be the same. Allowing people to leave the company when you (or they) do not feel as though they are contributing effectively any more is an important part of building the best team.
Perhaps most importantly of all I have learned that much like my FF team, the HR policy needs weekly attention. If you ignore it for a few weeks – you realise too late that you have missed opportunities.

Despite a slightly flippant link to FF, getting the right team in place is vital for any company. However, being aware that your teams will need to change over time is key. Planning for what happens next and what ‘games’ we will be playing in the future is a hugely important task, that is always relevant. All I need to do know is hope I captain the right player this weekend so I can claim top spot of our fantasy league!