Go Long and Get Open with Candidate Experience

“Moving without motion Screaming without sound Across an open ocean Flying there on temporary ground…” —Jack White, Temporary Ground   We huddled together while Brad barked out our last names and the next play. “Grossman, you do a five-yard buttonhook. I’m hitting you, so be ready. Smith, you block, and if I have to dump to… more Go Long and Get Open with Candidate Experience

Such a Sweet Tooth for Candidate Experience

“Who can take a sunrise Sprinkle it in dew Cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two?”  —Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, The Candy Man Unfortunately, I can still taste his sour words. We’d been talking recruiting shop, him a talent acquisition director at a large technology company and me an HR industry analyst, when… more Such a Sweet Tooth for Candidate Experience

How Work Loyalty Could Drive Winning Output

“The No. 1 thing we want to do is create competition, create opportunities for guys to show what they’re capable of.” —Jack Del Rio, Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders Only one starter started for the Oakland Raiders in the last preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. This isn’t unusual in preseason since the point is… more How Work Loyalty Could Drive Winning Output

Emotional Workplace Raincoats As New Hire Tchotchkes

“C’mon you little fighter No need to get uptighter C’mon you little fighter And get back up again…” —Supertramp, It’s Raining Again Facebook messenger popped up: Did you hear the news? The person messaging me was a new co-worker. I just stared at the words, a sick feeling of knowing something I didn’t want to know roiled… more Emotional Workplace Raincoats As New Hire Tchotchkes

About That Waiting for Godot Workplace Standard

“Hold your fire — Keep it burning bright Hold the flame ’til the dream ignites — A spirit with a vision Is a dream with a mission…” —Neil Peart, Mission It’s like every company meeting you’ve ever been in is a contemporary retelling of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Repetitive 20th century tragicomedies in continuous incremental acts. Painfully existential… more About That Waiting for Godot Workplace Standard

Financial Wellbeing Keeps The Workplace Pumping

“Big money got a heavy hand Big money take control Big money got a mean streak Big money got no soul…” —Rush, Big Money Throughout commencement on that warm May morning over two decades ago I thought, I did it.Not the traditional seamless timeline of 4ish years, but I did it nonetheless. The first one in my… more Financial Wellbeing Keeps The Workplace Pumping

Recruiting Legitimacy With Perpetual Balance

“Apollo was astonished Dionysus thought me mad But they heard my story further And they wondered, and were sad Looking down from Olympus On a world of doubt and fear Its surface splintered Into sorry Hemispheres…” —Rush, Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres It’s like getting hit on via an online dating site, professionally speaking, of course.… more Recruiting Legitimacy With Perpetual Balance

Knock Three Times For Positive Workforce Impact

“Oh, my darling, knock three times On the ceiling if you want me Twice on the pipe If the answer is no…” —Tony Orlando & Dawn It started with an e-mail. The latest OnStar diagnostic report from our Saturn VUE chock full of data analysis on nearly every single facet of the car: engine and… more Knock Three Times For Positive Workforce Impact

The Employer Brand Verdict Is In

“You can twist perceptions Reality won’t budge You can raise objections I will be the judge And the jury…” —Rush, Show Don’t Tell   He held his right hand out toward prosecutor, defense attorney and the defendant first. “They are evidence.” Then he put his hand on his chest. “I represent the law.” And then… more The Employer Brand Verdict Is In

To The Guys (And Gals) That Work

Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb Maybe get a blister on your little finger Maybe get a blister on your thumb…” —Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing” For nearly 40 years we’ve been the guys that work. Childhood friends who in adulthood continue making an… more To The Guys (And Gals) That Work

When You Wink And Smile And Think Opportunity Cost Be Damned

Two middle-aged men walk into an elevator. The taller and heavier of the two points to the other’s t-shirt. It’s an Saturday Night Live t-shirt with a silkscreen silhouette of Will Ferrell in the “More Cowbell” sketch. “Very nice,” he says. “Classic.” The other guy, the one with a mostly white goatee beard wearing the… more When You Wink And Smile And Think Opportunity Cost Be Damned