Want A 4-Day Workweek? Here’s ONE Thing You Must Do First

Dawn Burke Driving Productivity, Innovation 0 Comments

I have always loved the idea of a shortened workweek. Not the – let’s cram 40 hours into 4 days – but the true 32 (8-hour days, Monday-Thursday). I so badly want this to be a new US norm.  Why not? The not-so-modern 40-hour workweek was created in 1908 in factories. Since then, technology has ostensibly made administrative tasks less …

Video Interviews: The Next Generation of Bias?

Dawn Burke Digital Interviewing, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Selection, Video Interviewing 0 Comments

I’m a fan of the “work video” era. I like the flexibility. I like how, as Apple Facetime ushered in a new way to “personally” stay connected with distant family and friends, Zoom et al. have done the same in the workplace. And I like that I can put a cool light on and make my skin silky smooth. Don’t …

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Watch Your Body Language in an Interview & Save the Head Bobbing for Bonnaroo.

Dawn Burke Communication, Dawn Burke, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing

I’ve noticed a recent, frightening phenomenon. And I think I may be a perpetrator (heaven help me). In an attempt to stage a preemptive intervention, I thought there could be no better time than the present to address this odd and interesting tick–one that HR professionals, interviewers, and interviewees abuse unabashedly. The head nod. Or as some others call it, …

How Resilience At Work Will Save You And Your Team

Dawn Burke Change Management, COVID-19, Good HR, Managing People

We all need a little “saving” right now. But what if we changed our mindsets from being saved to being the person who saves? I’m not implying that we must be the “Saviors” of all around us, instead turn the script in our head from being a victim to victor. That mindset likely gives us a better chance of positively …

Video Interviewing Isn’t A Magic Recruiting Cure All – Things To Think About Before You Invest

Dawn Burke Digital Interviewing, Mobile Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

I decided to go to a #BLM protest last week, the first protest I’ve ever attended in my 48 years on this planet, to listen and learn. Today, I wanted to write about what I learned, but it’s not the time. I need a lot more time to process what I witnessed and learned. On this topic, I need to …

Cutting Your Recruiting Capabilities Now May Be A Big Mistake Later

Dawn Burke COVID-19, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

Recessions, just like a great Stephen King novel or an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, give us the shivers. Recessions give us the exact opposite of “all the feels.” Recessions are spine tinglers because, frankly, we have no consequential control on the immediate situation. My perception is that nothing I do right now will impact a direct outcome, especially a positive one. …

The Workplace Mental Health Files: COVID Edition

Dawn Burke Change Management, COVID-19, Mental Health, Performance, Talent Management, wellness

COVID has turned us into working headcases. Mental health awareness has been a trending workplace topic for several years. Still, now that many of our lives have taken a dramatic change, literally overnight, the Covid19 pandemic has cranked this focal point up to 11. As a long time therapy patient (you mean, you’re not???), and workplace leader who advocates greatly …

WORKING FROM HOME CAN BE AWFUL! Unless You Do These Things

Dawn Burke Change, Change Management, COVID-19, employee experience, Work Life Balance

OK – let’s put a few things in perspective before we dive into this topic. Awful is getting sick. Awful is spreading illness unintentionally to others. During this time, there are many more awful things than working from home. Now onto my story… A few years back, I got a divorce from the corporate world and began my full time …

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 …

Efficiency Recruiting Is Like An Impossible Burger; It’s Got No Meat

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Bad HR, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke

Here is the scene:  This week, my hubs and I were on a travel jaunt and after 3 hours in the car I was desperate for a latte’ (unsweetened almond milk with lots of cinnamon and Splenda on top). Since we were somewhere in the middle of “where the hell?” and “did we almost run over a possum carrying a …