There’s a “Red Wedding” at Uber – But Not Just With Their Marketing Layoffs

John Hollon Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Corporate America, John Hollon, Layoffs, Offboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Like so many people, I loved Game of Thrones. And that’s why ANY big company layoff that’s referred to as a “Marketing Red Wedding” gets my full and undivided attention. The fact that the company is Uber, and the “Red Wedding” description comes from Uber employees about a big layoff that took place there in late July, well, that’s just …

A New Recruiting Wrinkle: Paying Everybody as if They Worked in San Francisco

John Hollon Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Here’s the latest recruiting wrinkle in job listings: Posting an ad where the company is completely up front about what the position pays — even if it is $181,000 a year. Jeff Hyman, a long-time executive recruiter and author of the bestselling book Recruit Rockstars, recently flagged me to the fact that project management software company Basecamp was looking for …

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The One Thing It Takes to Be a Real Manager

John Hollon Employee Relations, John Hollon, Leadership

Although it pains me to say it, I’m somewhat of an expert on passive-aggressive behavior. The good people at Wikipedia describe passive-aggressive behavior as follows: The indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness, sullen behavior, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible. That’s a good definition, but Urban Dictionary gets …

Too Good To Be True? Here’s An HR Conference Storyline That’s Worth Checking Out

John Hollon HR, John Hollon

May is here and the spring conference season is getting into full swing. It’s also getting a little more crowded — and maybe a little more interesting too. No, I don’t mean WorkHuman interesting. I’m not sure any other HR or talent management event is ready to challenge them for what my friend and Fistful of Talent Grand Poobah Kris Dunn …

Another Bad Idea From Silicon Valley – Employees Pushing to Retire in Their 30s

John Hollon John Hollon

Think you have challenges finding skilled candidates today? What if a number of the best and the brightest decide they just want to stop being the best and brightest and retire while still in their 30s? This is the latest big idea coming out of California’s Silicon Valley, a place that most of the world adores although a number Californians consider …

Is Your Candidate Experience Also Driving Great Candidates Away?

John Hollon candidate experience, John Hollon

We all know that job candidates are getting fed up with how they’re treated when they apply for jobs. That’s why the “candidate experience” — how job seekers perceive and react to employers’ sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding — gets so much attention. The complaints about the terrible state of the candidate experience in many companies seem to come, …

It Took a Terrible Airline to Bring Back the Stupidus Maximus Award Honoring Bad Management

John Hollon Bad HR, John Hollon

Back when I was Editor of a talent management magazine, I gave out an annual Stupidus Maximus Award to honor the “most ignorant, shortsighted and dumb workforce management practice of the year.” This was a VERY popular feature, and it ended when I left the magazine back in 2010. But after all the colossal management stupidity over the last year coming out of …

I Love Amazon, But It’s Scary Thinking They’re The Most Effectively Managed U.S. Company

John Hollon in the news, John Hollon

If you read a lot of business coverage, you know this to be true: The last thing we need is yet another list touting the “best” companies. As my PR friend Robin Hardman points out, “Each year you see them — shouting from business journals, websites, magazine covers… “Best Companies to Work For” lists are everywhere: there are local and regional …

Here’s The One Big Takeaway From LinkedIn’s Most Popular Job Posts

John Hollon Employment Branding and Culture, John Hollon

Here’s the one big thing I learned from LinkedIn’s latest list of their most popular (they call it most viewed) job posts: When it comes to job seekers, it’s all about the brand. You should remember this when you hear somebody pooh-pooh the notion that a company’s brand really isn’t all that important to job candidates. They’ll tell you that …

Bad Things Happen When Companies Take Too Long To Hire

John Hollon John Hollon, Metrics, Recruiting

I have recruited and hired a lot of people over the years, more than I can count, but the one constant throughout the process is a simple question: Are we taking too long to hire? Yes, I’ve been accused of that before, especially when I was recruiting journalists from the U.S. Mainland for a newspaper in Hawaii, a place that people …