Where’s the Beef? Is Your Company Brand Angus or Frozen Patty?

Christine LeLaucheur Always Be Closing, Christine LeLacheur, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention

Where I come from (Canada, Westside), we’re known for our beef.  We brag about the flavor, texture, and quality.  But guess what…there are still grades.  As much as we brag, not all of it is certifiable prime grade beef.  In fact, only 2% of beef is graded prime.  2%!  That’s it. My question to you, the employer, is what grade …

Candidate Diversity 101 – Simply Placing Ads Is Never Enough…

Jessica Lee Candidate Pool, Culture, Jessica Lee, Sourcing

In light of the presidential election, the topic of diversity is more salient than ever. Elect a black man or, possibly, a woman for president?  Fast Company partially tackled the issue in its cover story on the brand of Obama. This particular passage got me thinking: “… With census data projecting that 40% of Americans will be nonwhite by 2010, …

The Paycheck – A Lousy Management Tool…

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Total Rewards

I was looking for a profound way to discuss the importance of reward and recognition within an organization and bumped up against a post on Fast Company, highlighting a discussion with David Glazer, an engineering Director at Google.  The discussion centered around how Google maintains its creative culture and innovative edge. From the article: "There’s an old Peter Drucker line …

Thanks for Coming In to Interview – We’ll Start With Monotone, Followed by My Phone Ringing…

Jessica Lee Culture, Interviewing, Jessica Lee, Recruiting

All right. So, I’m kind of superficial. I’ll admit it. Appearance, presentation and overall packaging mean a lot to me and I believe they make a pretty big impact. Even when it comes to interviewing, I feel like I represent my company and therefore, I want to make a great impression on candidates. I put on a suit for most …

The Clock’s Ticking – Don’t Let Hiring Managers Delay the Offer…

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Culture, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Making Offers, Recruiting

Pet Peeve time at Fistful of Talent today.  I hate it when I scrub up the employment brand, do phone interviews, get the right candidate in….wait for it…..then the hiring manager doesn’t want to make a call. He might be too busy.  He might be waiting for a purple squirrel to appear from the tree.  Whatever.. If you are slow, …

Should Direct Reports Help You Make Hiring Decisions?

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Leadership

Should you let your direct reports help you make hiring decisions?  I know, sounds obvious for most of you progressive talent managers out there. I’ve always been a part of fairly progressive teams in this area, where consensus-building interviewing was the norm.  My boss would be the one in charge, but all of his/her direct reports would have the ability …

All Stars, No Ditchdiggers – The Ocean’s Eleven/Netflix Staffing Model

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Leadership, Performance, Recruiting, Retention

Remember Danny Ocean from Ocean’s Eleven?  Ocean had all stars because he had referrals (he knew exactly who to hire for each job), he was offering lots of cash and gave each specialist lots of flexibility to run their part of the show. I recently riffed in my Workforce.com column that the world needs ditchdiggers too, meaning all of us …

Recruiting Brand 101 – Candidates Think Your Hiring Managers are L.A.M.E.

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Culture, Recruiting

How’s your recruiting brand?  Got the website, collateral for candidates, maybe even some video? Cool!!!! Do your hiring managers reinforce the brand you are trying to create?  Or are they lame, non-communicators destroying all the brand equity you’re building in your company as an “employer of choice?” Stop and think about this one.  A while back, I riffed that the …