Read It And CHEER: BEST Candidate Response Ever

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke, HR, Online Applications, Recruiting, Web/Tech

Yesterday my recruiter received the GREATEST candidate response to a rejection notice I’ve seen as an HR pro. For context: this candidate’s experience/salary requirements weren’t as great a match for this role as others, so we sent our standard reject email. CANDIDATE’S RESPONSE (all identifying information has been removed) Dear Beth, Thank you for your letter on December 1, 2015. …

The Science Behind Taking a Vacation

Tim Sackett HR (& Life!) Advice, HR Tech, HR Technology, Tim Sackett, Video, Video Interviewing, Web/Tech

I’ve had a feeling for about 18 years that I wasn’t doing vacation right. Not coincidentally, 18 years ago was the birth of my first child, on our way to three boys. Vacations didn’t seem like vacations. Once you have kids vacations become just trips away from home, where you get less sleep, you pay to get less sleep, and …

RIP CLASSROOM TRAINING: Average YouTube Session Now 40+ Minutes Long

Kris Dunn Cara Lucas, Driving Productivity, Learning, Learning and Development, The HR Profession, Training and Development, Video Interviewing, Web/Tech

So you’ve resisted the trend to move some of your training to video. Well played, my friend. After all, you know how to deliver this stuff—live and in person. Whether it’s the boring items in your new-hire orientation, skill training or notes on how to not harass your teammates, there’s nothing wrong with your focus on classroom style training. Wait—there …

Knowledge Is No Longer Power

Tim Sackett HR Tech, HR Technology, Tim Sackett, Web/Tech

For  centuries we have all known that knowledge is power.  The basic management hierarchy of almost all organizations is based on this premise.  The top person in any company knows the vision, they share that down, and so forth. Along these lines knowledge becomes very powerful. Your boss knows about something, a big change that will take place next month, …

We’ll Call You When We Want Pleated Khakis: Workplace Humor from HBO’s Silicon Valley

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, Organizational Development, Web/Tech

I absolutely love this time of year. The days are warmer, longer, and my work attire is once again accented with wedges instead of tights. This time of the year also marks the return of some of my favorite HBO programming, including Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley,—a comedy partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences in engineering in the late 1980s. Much …

The Soft, Sloppy State of HR Technology

Laurie Ruettimann Bad HR, Don't Feed the Vendors, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Laurie Ruettimann, Learning, Web/Tech

My good friend William Tincup recently asked if I was excited about any HR software on the market. Yeah, uh, not so much. I’m on record saying that company culture is a myth, which means it’s tough to be excited about statistically invalid survey models and sketchy employer branding software. But one of my goals for 2015 is to be less …

HR Software > A Pretty Hate Machine

Dawn Burke HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Web/Tech

Yes. HR software can be a Pretty Hate Machine. It’s soft on the eyes but heartless on the inside. Vetting HR software can make you feel like you are starting to “bow down before the one you serve” (including software sales reps, never ending future roadmaps, etc.). Trent Reznor just rolled his eyes at me. The annual HR Technology Conference, …

Recruit Like a Marketer: Retarget Your Recruiting Budget Into Retargeting

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, HR & Marketing, Recruiting, Talent Strategy, Web/Tech

On a scale of zero to very limited, I fall about dead center when it comes to possessing any traditional recruiting experience.  As a result, pulling from a background in B2B marketing, coupled with taking a hat tip from my consumer marketing group, has become a common theme in my approach to helping the team I support. One of the …

Buyer’s Remorse: The FOT 1st Timer’s Guide to Buying HR Technology [WEBINAR]

Tim Sackett HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors, Steve Boese, Tim Sackett, Web/Tech, Webinar

Buying HR Technology (System of Record/HRMS, Applicant Tracking Systems, Performance Management Systems, etc.) should be as easy as buying a high-priced handbag or the latest pair of Jordans!  You see it. You like it. You know it’s going to fit and work for your needs. GO! Make the purchase. But it’s not that simple. Buying HR Technology is hard, confusing …

HR Moneyball: The FOT Bootstrapper Guide To Getting Started With Big Data [WEBINAR]

Kris Dunn HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Kris Dunn, Metrics, The HR Profession, Web/Tech

You’ve heard the hype: Big Data is taking over the business world, and HR’s going to be expected to make decisions—not through feelings, relationships or gut instinct—but via numbers.  The problem is… your HRIS, ATS and Performance Solutions are all different systems and weren’t built with the big-data revolution in mind. In short, you feel less than ready for workforce …