In 1981 Tracy Kidder published “The Soul of a New Machine” and chronicled the feats and foibles of a design team tasked with developing a market-shifting supercomputer. The book was a bestseller, Pulitzer Prize winner and has absolutely nothing to do with Talent Acquisition or Talent Management.
But when I found it on my bookshelf its title raised a question in my mind.
“In 2016, does your employer brand radiate the warm glow of a Soul or the cold countenance of a Machine?” ...Read More
For younger generations who have grown up on Twitter, hashtag usage comes as second nature. But for the rest of us, hashtags can seem perplexing and annoying, and even serve as fodder for comedy, as Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake demonstrated on Saturday Night Live. What are these cryptic hyperlinked things created by mashing together a number sign and string of words, and why is everyone using them?
Humor and misconceptions aside, hashtags are actually a good tool for gaining...
Healthy, well-functioning organizations communicate across departmental walls and do it often, and the story that’s invariably communicated centers around the customer and its requirements. Let’s say that again: the customer.
Let’s assume your company’s engineering department is in close and continuous contact with test-user organizations and your customers and prospects confirm that what you’re offering is what they want. Let’s assume your organization has already evolved beyond...
When a snowstorm prevented two-year-old Brooklyn Faris from getting from Memphis to Chicago for a critical liver transplant, FedEx, a leading international delivery services company, stepped up and “delivered.” On Feb. 25, 2016, despite weather conditions that prevented commercial flights from making the journey, FedEx, with headquarters in Memphis, flew the Faris family to their important destination in a FedEx corporate jet.
In the hours and days that followed, observers on...
When faced with an open requisition, recruiters typically write up a job description, get management approvals, post the ad to the company’s career website and push the ad out to appropriate job boards and social media outlets. The problem with this process is that it’s heavily manually intensive because the posting of the job ads requires not only registration but the ongoing population of job description details on the sites you want to use. The process can also be inefficient and...Read More
Vinyl is back in the shops, hipsters are opening high street porridge stores, tekkies are opening bookstores, what’s going on!?
In an age where your car will apply the brakes for you, where Google searches algorithms think they know you better than you know yourself, it’s increasingly hard to fully and freely take your own decisions. You might always feel there’s an unknown bias to your data that is pushed by the algorithms of technology, by fashion and by culture.
It’s another hotly debated election year… which seems to be the case every year due to the ubiquity of cable TV news shows and social media networks on which tireless pundits beat intractable issues into the ground like equine rigor mortis. As we discussed in our first blog in this series, the carryover of these political discussions into the workplace can pose a delicate balancing act for the HR department, employers and the employees themselves. People are… well, human… and corporations...Read More
5 Tips to Help You Answer That Million Dollar Question “How should I manage my Millennial Workforce?”
Millennials have been bruised with a harsh reputation of being entitled, demanding individuals with low attention spans, but they are not only quickly becoming the largest generation in the workforce, but are also a generation of extremely innovative, creative and tech savvy people. These 5 tips will hopefully help you motivate these mythical millennial creatures...Read More
Almost every workforce is made up of multiple generations. Managing a multi-gen workforce can be challenging, as each generation will likely have its own different sentiments.
These generational distinctions will often mean that managers find it hard to determine and track the performance development of each employee. This will demand more specialised performance management software or a...
With the winter holidays now behind us, many of us have survived one of life’s most awkward settings: the family supper table with its unappetizing main course of divisive political argument. But with a U.S. presidential election still to come later in 2016, and folks already so polarized on a range of issues, the inevitable informal political debate could heat up at another, even more uncomfortable venue: the office!
And you don’t have to be a citizen of the United States to...