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If You Call Him ‘Mr.’ Then Call Me ‘Ms.’

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:42

In the eighties, I worked on a project that required me to travel with a team to a site where we had to sign in and wear badges. We went there about once every month for over a year. It drove me crazy because the security guards (both male and female) would hand me my badge and say, “Here you go, Carol,” and then hand the male team member his badge with, “Here you go, Mr. James.”

Give Them Purpose by Giving Them a Fight Club

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:45

Many of today’s organizations find themselves in a death-spiral, speeding towards mediocrity. Worse, many a

The Demand for Degrees Is Screening Out Too Many Candidates

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:44

A recruiter’s job has never been easy. And it’s getting harder with the economy producing jobs at a furious pace and lots of competition for available talent. But is it getting unnecessarily more difficult to fill jobs because of an increase in degree requirements that doesn’t match a change in the work?

Boomerangs — The No. 1 Solution for Reducing the Need to Hire ‘Stranger Candidates’

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 07:38

Most have never heard of “stranger candidates.” However, most firms hire almost exclusively from a group of candidates who they knew nothing about before they applied to your firm (aka strangers). Because strangers can easily fool you, I have found that this lack of deep knowledge about candidates is the No. 1 underlying reason why firms make so many weak hiring decisions. And, if you don’t believe that most hiring decisions involving strangers are weak, research shows that the average hiring failure rate is 46 percent. Yes, we do talk to candidates for a handful of hours, and we ask their references (who are also strangers to us) to rate them. However, the mere fact that they are strangers to us allows candidates to fool us with their puffed-up resumes and their rehearsed first impressions.

WrkRiot CEO Faces 20 Years in Prison for Fraud, Royally Screwing Over Employees

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:50

Life can be chaotic at a startup. You never know how long the company can milk its investment cash, and being acquired is a luxury most never experience. Employees working for Isaac Choi, CEO of WrkRiot, got more than any startup employee ever bargained for.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Pulse Surveys

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:59

Many organizations and survey software providers use the terms “employee pulse surveys” and “always-on survey” (or variations of always-on, such as “continuous feedback” or “real-time feedback”) interchangeably. While this makes sense on the surface, pulse surveys are technically more similar to annual employee engagement surveys than to true always-on surveys.

How HR Can Save Us from Employee Engagement’s #EpicFail

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:55

Our attempts to improve engagement have been an epic fail.

How Sourcing is Related to South Africa’s Big Five

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:00

One of South Africa’s many tourism drawcards has to be that the “Big Five” reside within our borders. I spend a lot of time in the bush, and we are sometimes even lucky enough to see the Big Five in one day! This is an incredible treat, and as South Africans, we still get a buzz when we are privileged to spend time with these majestic beasts in their natural habitat. While I was in the bush recently, I started to realize that these animals have very similar characteristics to us sourcers and recruiters.

It’s Time to Hire a Different Kind of HR Leader

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:40

Last month, I spoke with a former human resources director who had recently quit her high-paying job at a large company where she felt required to treat people with suspicion, devoid of dignity. She simply couldn’t take it anymore.

Real Reason Beyond.com Changed Its Name to Nexxt Comes to Light

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:29

Why in the hell would a well-established company in the employment space randomly change its name from Beyond to Nexxt? Beyond.com is easy to remember and doesn’t fall victim to spellcheck when writing an email or text. Nexxt, with two X’s, on the other hand isn’t so lucky.

Uncommon.co Launches and Raises $18 Million to Bridge the Divide Between LinkedIn and Job Boards

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:10

People on LinkedIn aren’t looking for a job and too many candidates on job boards aren’t qualified. Therein lies the heart of start-up Uncommon.co and how it hopes to break through the crowded space of recruitment technology.

6 Steps for Making Smart Decisions With Wearables Data

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:04

Several years ago, data gathered from sociometric badges (wearable devices equipped with sensors) revealed something interesting about the Bank of America’s call center employees: Those with the fastest “average call handling time” were also the most social.

What You Need to Do to Prevent Sexual Harassment In the #MeToo Era

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:00

In December, TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was “The Silence Breakers.” These were the “women (who) have had it with bosses and coworkers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist … These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day.”

Are the People In Your Leadership Program Really HIPOs?

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:35

In separate conversations with different clients over the last 6-8 weeks, I’ve heard a couple of themes emerge on challenges the clients face in talent development for their organizations.

Sourcing Different Languages in Europe

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:00

As you might know, the European Union includes, at the moment, 28 countries and speaks more than 36 different languages. How we understand each other is a mystery for many other regions of the world, as the official languages of this economically and politically united area are more than diverse. Even if English is widely used and adopted over the territory, especially in the business and academic environments, some countries might be more reluctant than others to be de facto fluent English speakers. This cultural singularity applies to sourcing as a lot of candidates will keep their social media profiles and CVs in their native language.

3 Steps Any Company Can Take to Kickstart Career Development

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:35

What keeps employees at your company? In every recent year, career or growth opportunities have been ranked in the top three of employee priorities. Even so, I don’t know a company that’s satisfied that they’ve done enough in the career development area.

Offender Recidivism Is HR’s Problem

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:45

Hire an ex-con? Absolutely.

A Recruiter’s Worst Enemy

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:30

The worst enemy of any recruiter or sourcer is not the candidate, hiring manager or competitor. Not even time is our biggest enemy. The worst enemy of every recruiter is a habit. Habits are far worse than any mistakes we make.

Short of Technicians, We’re Trying Virtual Reality

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:37

Over the next four years there will be a shortage of about 15,000 technical professionals in the Netherlands. At our Dutch, 7,000-employee energy company Alliander, we have 700 openings annually. The shortage of technicians and the unfamiliarity of the energy sector have prompted us to explore new ways of recruitment and therefore we developed six special 360-degree virtual-reality films. With the movies, technicians can experience how it is to work for the company and in the energy sector before they start a job.