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Four steps to reducing hiring bias, improved financial outcomes, and a $5 trillion U.S. economic stimulus

While championing diversity initiatives over the past 20 years, I have always emphasized how these actions will improve financial outcomes for companies. Now there is mounting evidence that by overcoming the racial wealth gap, which includes hiring biases, the U.S.…

Over 50 percent of job postings drive away applicants, especially women

Your job postings may be your worst nightmare, scaring off job applicants with jargon and needless clutter and driving away female applicants. If your job posting is more than 250 words and uses gender bias tones, it is time for…

5 compensation trends to manage for 2021

Most U.S. companies are planning to give employees pay raises and annual bonuses next year despite the economic fallout from the pandemic. However, the pandemic and the growing demand for pay equity and transparency and remote work are all changing…

Job aggregators are sabotaging online recruiting. Tips on how to stop them.

Online recruiting is under attack. The system is breaking down and becoming rife with tech-savvy scammers. Job aggregators are ruining the job candidate experience and in many cases preventing job applications from reaching recruiters’ applicant tracking systems. Job aggregators have…

Five Performance Management Imperatives for 2021

To alleviate stress for new remote workers, many companies stopped their performance management systems during the pandemic’s peak. But rather than stopping performance management, they should have focused on accelerating their organization’s ability to be agile. The best performance management…

Five steps to retool your employer brand for 2021

Has your employer brand held up during the pandemic? Even companies with stand-up employer brands in February need to retool them in the pandemic age. For example, how has your brand changed regarding remote work, innovation, and your new role…

Structured interviews significantly improve your hiring success

Many companies are ramping up their recruiting efforts as the pandemic abates in many areas of the country. At a time when face-to-face meetings in an office are still considered risky, virtual recruiting and interviewing techniques such as the pre-recorded…

Increase your business revenue with better recruiting data literacy

I am always struck by how many companies fail to track their readily available data. This data offers cost-saving, productivity-enhancing, and revenue-generating information for the picking. If only someone would look. While today’s applicant tracking systems and AI powered chatbots…

Aug. 27 Recruiting Roundtable on data literacy for HR professionals

Join me on August 27th for a recruiting roundtable discussion on data literacy for HR professionals. Piyanka Jain ⭐️and I will discuss how with excel and some simple data sets, along the candidate funnel, HR practitioners can gain valuable insight into…

Why innovation is the least risky strategy

With the pandemic and significant decline in revenues, executives know that they must innovate to survive these unprecedented times. But how? Many executives, however, have chosen to play it safe and secure,  hunker down, and hoard cash. The problem with…

9 characteristics of highly innovative managers

Our most recent research with The Conference Board reveals the importance of managers in encouraging innovation. In our infographic below, the "Innovation Priorities" chart on the right shows that highly innovative companies have managers who score higher in encouraging innovation…

Join my August 27 virtual session to learn how to hack your recruiting.

While the Pandemic has cooled recruiting in most industries, many HR organizations have upgraded their technologies to conduct online interviews and onboarding. But there is much more to do. Now is the time to hack recruiting processes before the hot…

ReINVENTHR webcast: 3 robust strategies to crush today’s crises

In this Orange County ReINVENTHR webcast, I present 3 robust strategies to crush today's crises. I remind HR leaders that HR has the empirical research, predictive models, and digital technology to crush it!   The full REINVENT HR webinar, "HR…

Bad management practices killed employee surveys. 7 ways to get reliable employee feedback

In the wild pandemic world of constant fear and change, management needs feedback from employees to keep them aligned, motivated, safe, and innovative. Are employee surveys still useful — given how they have been carelessly overused and in the face…

Innovation Minds and InnovationOne Join Forces to Pair the Science of Successful Innovation with the Tactics of Getting it Done

I am delighted to announce that my company InnovationOne, LLC, has joined forces with Innovation Minds. Together, we provide our clients the best researched-based cultural assessment for measuring, benchmarking, and improving your culture and capability to innovate with the best…

Six tips for rekindling remote work success and creating the now office

Companies that enjoyed progress with their remote work strategies in March, are now stalling in the dog days of mid-summer — and in the face of a pandemic that just won’t quit. After the resurgence of COVID-19 across most of…

COVID19 surges, confusing leaders, and stalling remote work progress

When the pandemic started, employers reacted to the first surge and warning by health officials. They sent employees home to work remotely and to be safe. But as the stay at home orders were canceled, and the public ventured out.…

Top six factors of highly innovative companies in the digital era!

Highly innovative companies treat innovation as a strategic imperative. These companies involve their external partners, nurture transparent, inclusive, and collaborative cultures, and align their operations to quickly adjust and commercialize innovation. These findings are based on InnovationOne's  research of over…

9-to-5 is on a COVID19 ventilator. Rethink your work schedule!

While the rush to remote work provided a welcome relief from daily commutes and the fear of catching COVID19, many employees struggled with being on-the-job 24/7 now that the commute does not define the workday. Besides, when school resumes, the…

Why some companies innovate during crises and others don’t

Today's hottest conversation among many executives is on the best strategies to nimbly pivot among our multiple crises. When they decide upon winning strategies, the question then becomes how do we implement strategies successfully. Our research at InnovationOne has found…

What recruiters can learn from #blacklivesmatter

Video evidence of police brutality, the Black Lives Matter protests, and recent discussions on social media have raised the nation’s consciousness. These events have also challenged recruiters and hiring managers to rethink their hiring practices. The bad news is that…

We changed our paradigm about remote work, before COVID19. Three imperatives you should know.

Long before the world knew there was a coronavirus, I, and a team of executives, implemented a flexible work environment enabling 45% of a medical device company workforce to work from home three to four days a week. The result…

7 steps to renewing your commitment to diversity.

Over five years of writing blogs, I have noticed that posts on diversity and inclusion are often the least read. Today, are you ready to reflect on the nation’s crisis with civil rights and social unrest and the failure of…

7 Steps to Seize Upon a Crisis and Innovative Successfully

Executives have often confided to me that employees’ jobs are difficult enough without having to think of new products and services or better ways of doing their jobs. Besides, they cannot afford to have people lose their focus on this…

4 strategies that will transform your office into an industry leader—post-COVID19

Many business leaders told me they planned to reopen their offices in May. Then in mid-May, after their state’s restrictions were lifted, they told me that they had delayed until June. Now, the date they have in mind is July.…

Work from home has become the new normal. Boldly adapt now!

Eighty-one percent of US office workers have been working at home four or five days a week since COVID-19, and 71 percent would like to continue working from home. Further, some 70 percent of managers report that their workers’ performance…

6 Steps to instill a discovery culture and thrive through adversity.

More than 50 percent of small US businesses and 90 percent of high tech start ups fail. But not all failures are equal. Some are catastrophic, while others smaller. More vitally, the catastrophic failures are often proceeded by smaller ones.…

9 Steps to Implement a New Post-COVID19 Office Environment

Your guidebook to restart your business with the new normal, safely, productively, with high morale for employees, and reduced costs.   Your company sent office workers home in March in a mad scramble to protect them from COVID19 and to…

Highly innovative companies are designed to pivot quickly

Our new research shows that highly innovative companies can pivot quickly in a crisis because of their collaborative cultures, agile organizations, and the well understood processes they have to suggest, build upon, and prototype new ideas. Download our free report…

Watch the Rebroadcast of Reinventing Innovation During Crisis Webcast.

Watch the rebroadcast of our highly attended and successful webcast, "Reinventing Innovation During Times of Crisis: Lessons from Leading Companies." From this post, you can also download our valuable report and PowerPoint slides. John Metselaar of The Conference Board, Peter…

Learn the key features and how to pick video-interviewing software

Companies have been switching to video interviewing over the last decade because they could screen job candidates faster and save costs. Today, with COVID19, it is a no brainer. Video interviewing technology allows recruiters to conduct pre-recorded interviews quickly with…

Leadership During the Coronavirus Crisis Podcast: Alternatives to RIFs

How a company pivots during a crisis significantly impacts its customer engagement, employer brand, and long-term profitability. In the latest podcast in my series, "Leadership During the Coronavirus Crisis, I cover alternatives to RIFs and the legal issues. I review…

Must Know Overview for The Family First Coronavirus Employer Paid Leave Requirements

US companies with fewer than 500 employees will be covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act beginning April 1. The Act requires employers to pay for 80 hours of sick leave and extended family and medical leave for up…

Brand building strategies for handling the coronavirus recession

Many businesses are now scrambling to implement working-from-home procedures, cutting worker hours, and reducing their workforces, whether temporarily or permanently. Economists are now predicting a short but deep recession, with a drop in US economic output of $1.5 trillion, 7%…

Ten insights on improving innovation from the decade of innovation

After the decade of innovation, the pursuit of successful innovation execution is still not easy. As reported by McKinsey (2018), 84 percent of executives feel innovation is critical for growth, yet only six percent are satisfied with their innovation efforts.…

Webinar TODAY: Eight Practices to Fire Up Your Innovation Culture!

Join me for an informative webinar today on how to continually win with innovation in today's competitive and fast changing business environment. Arthur Liberian, Senior Innovation Advisor at Planbox and I will uncover how highly innovative organizations disrupt the market…

9 tips for buying game-changing applicant tracking systems

Today's applicant-tracking systems (ATS) not only help you lure and build relationships with job candidates and hire high performers — they can also help you build employer brand. Applicant tracking systems have become job candidate management systems. Wouldn't it be…

Coronavirus: Advice for your remote work plan

The Coronavirus is now growing faster outside of China than in China  — including in the US. More than 90 Americans have the virus from coast-to-coast, and six have died. Health officials expect the virus to infect hundreds if not…

Back by Popular Demand! Managing a Flexible and Remote Workforce. 

Over 4.7 million people now work remotely. 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 accountability.…

Successful companies focus on building a better culture

Since Gallup began measuring employee engagement at the turn of the century, it hasn’t improved employee engagement much.  It has helped companies realize the importance of empathetic and empowering leaders and collaborative team environments. But Gallup this month published a…

Webinar: Eight Practices to Fire Up Your Innovation Culture

The secret of successful innovation is not simply innovating, it’s embracing innovation. In today’s era, innovation should be shared and promoted internally, just like your brand is across the globe. Victor Assad and Arthur Liberian will uncover how highly innovative…

Today’ Talent Shortage Is Long Term. Are You Prepared?

The US now has had 22 months where there are more job openings than unemployed people. According to Manpower’s last study, 69% of US companies struggle to find workers. This trend will continue in the US for a long time due…

Forget SMART goals. Use OKRs instead!

Executives who want to dramatically increase their success should implement Objectives with Key Results (OKRs). Research shows that executives who set such goals can significantly improve the performance of their organizations over telling employees to “just do their best.”[i] Moreover,…

Work Rebooted conference examines everything from AI to cultures and the gig economy!

The issues of automation and digital transformation and how to create inclusive, transparent, and innovative cultures were some of the many topics discussed by CEOs, technologists, and human resources leaders last week in San Francisco at the Work Rebooted conference. Julie Douthart, biochemist…

How to champion your organization’s top 7 priorities

CEOs and other executives are finalizing their business strategies and financial plans at this time of year. With great enthusiasm, their thoughts turn from strategy to implementation. My frequent advice to CEOs is to have no more than seven top…

Drive innovation and diversity— at the same time. Learn how!

On Martin Luther King Day 2020, almost 52 years after his assassination, the issues of equal treatment and diversity and inclusion for all still trouble many companies. But here’s another way to look at the issue: The cultures that empower…

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,…

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…

Oct 28 – Driving bias out of recruiting, performance management, and promotions

Join me and the @SHRM NorCal community for a fresh look at how to take bias out of recruiting, performance management, pay and promotions. Enroll here. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the divisions in our national politics…

How to cultivate innovation in the workforce

What does it really mean to be innovative as a workforce? Victor Assad sheds light on how organizations can foster innovation and the maximizing technologies that can help them do so. The empirical evidence shows that companies seldom become innovative…

Insightful podcast on HR strategy, technology and data literacy

It was a pleasure speaking with Ira Wolfe and Keith Campagna about important topics for HR today: strategy, technology and data literacy!  It is easier than you think. Watch the podcast of our September 9th discussion at this link. https://lnkd.in/dFbhtrE

Watch me and Piyanka Jain on JobSync’s podcast: Data Literacy for HR Professionals. Successful examples discussed on how data improved recruiting, diversity, and business success.

There is a misconception today that you need to be a data scientist and be working with AI or some other analytics tool to create HR measurements that connect to better HR practices and overall better business outcomes.  It’s simply…