Could HR solve...? Harry Potter

24 Jan 2018 By Eleanor Whitehouse

Hogwarts has a ‘Sirius’ staff retention issue in defence against the dark arts

The problem

No defence against the dark arts teacher at Hogwarts has ever lasted more than one year, and rumour has it the job is cursed after one candidate (who must not be named) was turned down for the post. Ill-fated employees include Professor Lockhart, who lost his memory thanks to a backfired charm, and Professor Lupin, who was hiding the fact he was a werewolf.

The solution

It’s time the headmaster of Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore, put a proper recruitment team in place and stopped making all the school’s teaching appointments himself, says Nick Court, director of Cloud9 People. “Of the seven defence against the dark arts teachers that the school has had in seven years, three (more than 40 per cent) have been dismissed for gross misconduct,” he points out. “A recruitment team would be able to look at the role description and Hogwarts’ recruitment processes, and make sure the right candidates were being brought on board in the first place.”

Dumbledore not only needs to address how teachers are recruited, he needs to look into how his staff are supported while they are in post, says Court: “An in-house HR team could set up a mentoring scheme for employees to provide support, as Dumbledore is obviously being distracted by other, more strategic issues. 

“Teachers who feel supported and have someone to talk to may be less likely to commit misconduct – secreting a dark wizard in their turban, or forcing students to write lines in their own blood, for example.”

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