5 Things To Do At The Office On Black Friday

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Communication, Culture, Holidays, HR (& Life!) Advice, Performance, PTO, Tim Sackett, Vacation 0 Comments

A few years back I wrote a post over at The Project called the 5 Things To Do at Work the Day after Thanksgiving.  It’s solid, a bit boring for my taste. Probably when I wrote it, like writing this post, I believed it wouldn’t be read by anyone, so let’s not put too much time into it! But, it’s …

Utilize Your Network as Free Consultants

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Ed Baldwin, Learning, Networking 0 Comments

Think about the best professional advice you’ve ever received. Where did it come from? A how-to YouTube video?  A TED talk?  Your spouse?  An executive coach?  Maybe a lawyer?  A book?  A keynote speech at an HR/talent conference?  Likely not. Or… from a fellow HR/talent colleague?  Yep, that’s what I thought. Networking is all the rage.  So are conferences, podcasts, …

Can a White Guy Lead Your Diversity & Inclusion Efforts?

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Corporate America, Diversity, Leadership, Seat at the Table, Uncategorized 9 Comments

It’s not lost on me that I’m uber-lucky to be a white male born in and living in the greatest country in the world.  The land of opportunity, especially for me. Privilege and opportunity that others who work here or in other countries around the world will spend their entire lives in hopes of getting.  And which some, regardless of …

3 Things You Never Want To Hear At The End Of An Interview

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Negotiation, Tim Sackett

Don’t ask me how this idea came up. You know there is that awkward time right at the end of an interview when you know the interview is done, you’ve asked all of your questions, but one more thing still needs to be said from each party. It could be as easy as a “Thank you for interviewing,” but many times …

Is Texting Candidate Screener Questions Better Than a Real Conversation?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Canvas, Communication, Digital Interviewing, Interviewing, Mobile, Talent Acquisition, Tim Sackett

I think it’s common belief that it’s always best to screen a candidate “live”, either in person or over the phone. We believe that the ‘immediate’ response is always best because it doesn’t give a candidate time to make up the ‘right’ answer, and you get a more true answer of what they really believe. That’s what we all think, …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

Can HR Ever Be Antifragile? Should It?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Change Management, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of “antifragile” ever since I read about it in Nicholas Taleb’s book by the same name. His book is about how systems react to stress, attack, or change. Fragile systems are easily damaged when exposed to negative change. They operate best when things just stay as they are. A robust system is one that …

What do your candidates Google?

Ben Martinez Audacious Ideas, Ben Martinez, Google for Jobs, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition

Seriously. Find out. Ask your next prospective hire if you can see what they Google… Relax if you are the one who has something to hide on Google. Even with Google’s hiring product Google Hire, they will not release this information to an employer. If you really want to dig deep into someone, ask a sales rep for his/her last …

A Real Talent Strategy, Terminate Employment At-Will

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Ed Baldwin, Employment Law

How much of your current time and energy as an HR pro these days is being put into creating a talent strategy for your company?  A strategy that differentiates your company from others by attracting and retaining the very best to come to work for our company, rather than the competition? Yeah, that’s pretty much what we are all working …

Is Employer Branding Killing Corporate Culture and Employee Engagement?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert

In the context of the real world “employer branding” is fairly new. According to Wikipedia it was first defined in the Journal of Brand Management in 1996 as an attempt to connect consumer brand management techniques to human resources. The first book on employer branding was published in 2005 (The Employer Brand, Bringing the Best of Brand Management to People …