Blogs

Your company’s innovation needs more mavericks

During annual workforce planning, Scott Ward, the President of Medtronic Vascular, used to say, “Hire some more mavericks. They don’t always fit in, but we need them for innovation.” He defined mavericks as the technical people who were dedicated to…

How Companies Become a ‘Best Place to Work’ is Changing…

The Glassdoor Best-Place-to-Work list saw a fall of High-Tech companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Apple, while Amazon didn’t even make the list! The ranking of these High-Tech firms fell for different reasons but data privacy scandals and and falling…

Newly promoted to manager? Your learning has just begun…

I remember being promoted to my first leadership position early in my career and thinking about how I was going to set the world on fire. Slowly, I began to realize that the role of the manager, being the leader…

Check out my podcast on Workology about how to create a strategic recruiting process and plan

Check out my podcast episode with @workology discussing How to Create a Strategic Recruiting Process and Plan. Listen now. Podcast Description by Jessica Miller-Merrell of Workology Victor shares why it’s a critical point for HR and recruitment. He says that…

Lies on resumes are at an all-time high. Learn how to get to the truth.

Background checks are essential for employers to uncover resume lies or misrepresentations and to avoid the cost of a bad hire. Companies have other dependable options to ensure they are hiring qualified, high performing job candidates. Over the next five…

“Hack Recruiting” makes a perfect gift for recruiters and hiring managers!

“Hack Recruiting” makes a perfect gift for recruiters and hiring managers. It has received outstanding reviews and 5-star ratings on Amazon. Order it online on Cyber Monday from Amazon, Archway Publishing, or Barnes and Noble. and now The SHRMStore. Email me for discounts…

Gratitude will do yourself, workforce and productivity a lot of good.

Charles Schwab said, "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement." Oprah Winfrey said, "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't…

If you depend on gut feel while interviewing, you are relying on dumb luck.

Luck is never enough. Instead, double your hiring success by using effective interviewing techniques, validated assessments, and reference and background checks. If you believe that it sounds like a lot of work and money, it is cheaper than the cost…

The Future of HR Tech and Advice for Buying It

When buying HR technology, know what you want, have great questions, and follow the 80/20 rule. Learn more and the future of HR technology by watching my "Hack Recruiting and HR" podcast with serial entrepreneur and CEO of Place Technology,…

Get great talent and a tax credit: Hire vets!

With 240,000 US veterans leaving the military and entering the civilian job market every year, and with more job openings than unemployed people, a smart recruiting strategy includes finding and attracting veterans for your roles. In addition, companies can earn…

Watch my new video podcast series!

You will find valuable insights from my new video podcast series, "Hack Recruiting and HR." My video podcast series picks up where my book Hack Recruiting left off, keeping you up-to-date with today's ongoing HR technology innovations. It provides insightful…

How to crack the code of sustained collaboration

Many business leaders want more collaboration and innovation from their workers, but they often struggle with how to get it. Too often, they believe that a crisis, an open office environment, or a set of values will spur collaboration. They…

Another 5-star review of “Hack Recruiting” on Amazon

Another 5-star review on Amazon: "One of the most comprehensive views into full cycle recruiting, especially around the macroforces and innovations impacting how organizations attract, hire and retain talent. Plus advising the profession of what one needs to stay competitive."…

Are your recruiting costs too high? Insource it and save. Here’s how…

I was speaking recently with a recruiting executive for a Fortune 200 company. She was struggling with the costs of domestic recruiting, poor results, and managers who didn’t interview well. The head of HR, her boss, wanted to cut hiring…

AI won’t replace recruiters!

AI won't replace recruiters. We need to embrace AI to find job candidates faster, for unbiased job matching, instantaneous communications and analytics, and to automate processes. We will always need the human interface. Step into the sunshine with Hack Recruiting:…

Leading multigenerational workforces with success.

People often ask me the best way to lead a multigenerational workforce. The question frequently comes from frustrated Gen X or baby boomer leaders who enthusiastically tell me stories about millennials who always want fast promotions, who spend too much…

Girlfriend’s desire to stroll on the beach led to the creation of TerrainHopper

The inspiration for TerrainHopper’s off-road mobility vehicles was founder Todd Lemay’s desire to stroll on the beach with his girlfriend. “I remember 20 years ago being so excited that I just bought a van enabling me to drive, and now…

Burnout is pervasive across the workforce reducing productivity. Six steps to relieve burnout.

Burnout is becoming pervasive across the US workforce, costing employers productivity and innovation, and leading to employee turnover. It disproportionately impacts our younger workers and women. However, companies can reverse this trend. A recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found…

HR Tech: the year of chatbots and improved employee experiences.

My most significant learning from last week’s HR Tech Conference in Las Vegas relates to how chatbots and online discussions are being used to improve the employee experience. Not only are there chatbots that can automate and provide instantaneous communications…

LAST DAY to purchase “Hack Recruiting” and have access to my new video podcast series!

My book Hack Recruiting has received excellent reviews, such as this one: “Hack Recruiting is an essential read for anyone hiring employees or gig workers today—from employer branding to technology to recruiting processes, it offers fresh thinking based on research and years…

Digital technology is a candy store, but most implementation fails. Turn the odds.

Today, I am at HR Tech in Las Vegas, the largest HR technology conference in the US with over 10,000 attendees. The place is abuzz with the latest extraordinary technology platforms for human resources: chatbots, blockchain, on-demand video interviewing, artificial…

University recruiting: 8 tips for success and how to recruit Gen Z

During a time of full employment, Universities offer a valued and increasingly rare asset: new entrants to the labor market who are trained in their disciplines and the latest technologies. The long-standing advice for University recruiting today is similar to…

Join Me and ThisWay Global at HR Tech in Las Vegas, Oct 1-4.

Please look for me at HR Tech in Las Vegas Oct. 1-4, with the ThisWay Global team at Booth 1953. At 2:00 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 2, ThisWay Global Founder and CEO Angela Hood will sponsor an excellent panel discussion…

Meet Sahil Sahni, Co-founder of AllyO, in My New Video Podcast Series

Before launching recruiting chatbot AllyO, co-founder Sahil Sahni walked around shopping malls in Silicon Valley recruiting workers for the mall’s stores. The manual processes he and co-founder Ankit Somani put in place became the blueprint for AllyO’s award winning algorithms…

Gig economy disrupted. How to keep your company out of legal pitfalls.

When the California legislature passed its bill last week that most likely will require Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash to convert contract workers to employees, the legislation upended the business models of these companies and the gig economy itself. The upending,…

Meet Beth White, CEO of MeBeBot

Beth White is the Founder and CEO of MeBeBot, and you can meet Beth in my upcoming video podcast series, Hack Recruiting and HR. After working in HR for 20 years, Beth founded MeBeBot, a 24/7 virtual HR assistant leveraging…

12 Questions Job Candidates Will Ask You

In today’s fierce recruiting environment, expect to be asked penetrating questions about your company, its culture, and the career development employees may expect. If you are not asked questions by a candidate, it’s a red flag as to their interest…

Meet Sandeep Purwar, CEO and Founder of Bevov

I was delighted to interview Sandeep Purwar, Founder and CEO of Bevov in Sausalito, CA, for my upcoming video podcast series. After consulting and recruiting for pharmaceutical companies, Sandeep founded Bevov to help companies overhaul their manual and fragmented recruiting methods that…

Experience does not predict the success of new hires. Here are better methods…

Empirical researchers have long pointed out that more than five years of previous experience did not predict great job performance for new hires.[i] A new review of 81 studies looking at the correlation between prior job experience and performance in…

Meet Angela Hood, CEO and Founder of ThisWay Global

I was delighted to interview Angela Hood, Founder and CEO of ThisWay Global in Austin,  TX, for my upcoming video podcast series. Angela leads an award-winning artificial intelligence platform for recruiting. Look for Angela and her team at HR Tech…

The pros and cons of personality assessments.

A colleague of mine emailed me after reading a New York Times article about a black woman who had shared that she was an introvert, troubled by the way her leadership team had taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)…

Do you trust your gut too much when hiring?

Highly regarded CEOs such as Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Jack Welch have said the most critical decisions made by leaders is whom they hire. Should you leave such important decisions to your gut? Unfortunately, too many leaders do, and…

Going short and long to attract job candidates

In an economy of full employment, you must lure workers away from their existing jobs with something new or substantially more. A survey released on July 25, 2018, by Harris Poll (in collaboration with Glassdoor), identifies the priorities job seekers…

HR can match marketing at building brand

Human resources today has access to the same digital technology that have been available for years to marketing leaders to build brand, find and land new customers. These tools include chatbots, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and soon blockchain. These technologies…

Hack Recruiting On Sale Today!

Are you wondering if artificial intelligence and chatbots work for recruiting? Curious about the best ways to minimize unconscious bias? How to establish great interviewing techniques in your company? Which screening assessments to use? The best applicant tracking systems for…

‘Hack Recruiting’ goes on sale August 1

HR and recruiting leaders now have a reliable source where they can get clarity on what job candidates want from an employer, the best interviewing and assessment methods, and which digital technologies truly drive value. The source is my book,…

“Hack Recruiting” to be released August 1

I am thrilled to announce that my book will be released on August 1! "Hack Recruiting: The Best of Empirical Research, Process and Method, and Digital Technology" The early reviews are coming in. Bill Schiemann, an author, public speaker, and Principal…

Fun interview on HR, thinking like an economist, and change

I was honored to be interviewed by my alma mater, The University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. The interview allowed me to reflect over the successes and adventures of my career, why I love working in human resources, and…

Evaluating HR Artificial Intelligence (AI) Readiness Survey and Webinar

In early 2019, Workology (sponsored by This Way Global and MeBeBot) distributed an "HR Artificial Intelligence (AI) Readiness" survey to its global subscriber list of over 100,000 HR practitioners with various job titles and industries. They are still gathering feedback…

Practice pay equity to attract the best talent

This weekend Proctor and Gamble stepped in on the pay equity dispute in US soccer. It’s female deodorant brand, Secret, offered to help reduce the pay gap between the US women’s world championship soccer team and men’s team by paying…

Career development provides a better return than recruiting

Executives are spending more time investing in the career development of employees. Why? They want to retain their talent. This is smart thinking as the cost of retention is less expensive than recruiting in today’s tight talent economy. Now is…

Every recruiting department needs a job candidate net promoter score

Every business process needs metrics and measures. These are used to track progress, to warn the process owners about obstacles and concerns, and to assure the organization’s success. Recruiting is no different. The top-level metrics should be displayed on a…

Lunch & Learn: Managing a Flexible and Remote Workforce

The ability to work from home or in a flexible environment is the #1 desired non pay benefit among employees. An effectively managed remote workforce leads to increased productivity from highly engaged employees, improved retention and a cost savings for…

Happy New Year! My Most Popular Blogs of 2019

Wishing you a happy and joyous New Year. Below are my most popular blogs in 2019! Newly Promoted to VP? Your Learning has Just Begun! A new vice president reached out to me recently to discuss how to prepare for…

Lunch & Learn: Managing a Flexible and Remote Workforce. Save up to $11k/employee

Over 4.7 million people now work remotely while employers reap the rewards of a cost savings of $11k/person. Learn up to date best practices for managing a remote workforce to ramp up productivity, save costs, recruit top talent & maintain…