Can I approach internal talent directly to 'sell' them on positions in my department?
I'm an IT manager in a large company that spans dozens of sites in a single state in the U.S.. We have a few dozen directors, and approx. 50 IT managers accross our company. I know many of the managers personally, but certainly not all. I do, however, pay a lot of attention to the work done by staff from various teams.
Our internal communications processes are limited, and job postings are not actively distributed to every team. Job boards are available to anyone who actively goes out to review, however.
My question is: Is it ethical for me to directly approach employees to let them know about open positions on my team? This is not a promise to hire or even interview them, just a touch base to let them know that I've noticed their work, have an opening on my team, and think that they might be a potential fit.
I've gotten negative responses from the managers of these people when I do this.
I want to maintain great working relationships with these managers, but I do see that few are doing any sort of career development or re-recruiting of their own staff.
I value your feedback on this! Thanks,