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Who Are You Connected To? It Might Get You Hired

By: Jerry Thurber Wednesday October 29, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, social HR

In the not too distant future, will people hire you based on the strength of your connections in Linked In and other social and professional networks? Is it happening today? Should it ever happen? Hire me I know HR Margo! (With all apologies to Margo for admitting that we are connected on Twitter) There is a constant struggle to find high-performers in any organization. Companies have tried all sorts of things to figure out how to beat dumb luck as the best way to find that special person who is able to contribute more than any of... Read More


What Trashy Data Means for HR

By: Jerry Thurber Wednesday August 6, 2014 comments Tags: Big Data Recruiting, hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, recruiting trends

What Trashy Data Means for HR

You want to know how the economy is doing, track trashy facts.  I flipped on the radio to  Marketplace  from American Public Media and heard an archived story about tracking trash. This guy was explaining that when he was a graduate student he was studying anthropology. One thing he learned was that you can find out a lot about societies by studying their trash.  What he didn't know at the time was that he would later in life discover a correlation between the volume of trash and the strength of the economy. When the economy is going strong... Read More


Can Twitter Predict The Next Great Hire?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday July 29, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, Referral Link

Can Twitter Predict The Next Great Hire?

Way back i n the 2012 elections (yes, that long ago), there was an article posted on the  ReadWriteWeb  entitled " How Twitter Predicted Romney's VP Choice" . The author, Dave Copeland says "Even as some of the men Mitt Romney considered as a running mate waited for a call from the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Twitter had already predicted that Paul Ryan would be tapped for the ticket." How so? According to the article: " TweetReach ", a unit of Internet analytics firm Union Metrics, released data over the weekend... Read More


Can HR Be Innovation Revolutionaries?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday July 15, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, recruiting trends

Can HR Be Innovation Revolutionaries?

Human Resources is not traditionally thought of as a hot bed of innovation. Most HR people are steady, thoughtful and deliberate. Good thing too - who would want HR to be a "risk taking" group. But in my opinion this is exactly where the next decade of innovation has to come from. The way people (employees if you must) interact with the company they work for is rapidly changing. Traditional concepts around career growth, employee engagement, recruiting, screening and retention are all changing rapidly. The relationship that kids in high... Read More


The Death of The Employee

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday July 1, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas

My son graduated from college last year. As with so many young people just out of school, there were not a lot of job opportunities that awaited him. Rather than move back home (whew, we avoided that bullet), he and a group of friends piled into his car and took off to Boston to find their fortunes (or at least hang out for a while someplace other than back at home). My son is extremely energetic and is a bull dog when he sets his sights on something, so I knew he would find some sort of job to tide him over. I figured he would call me to say... Read More


Task Rabbit – What About Task Recruit!

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday June 17, 2014 comments Tags: Employee Referrals, hr trends and ideas, Referral Link

Have you heard about the company Task Rabbit? Basically it is a site ( https://www.taskrabbit.com/ ) where you can post a task you want done: Walk the dog, pick up laundry, or wash your windows. You name it, you can post it. But there are no employees sitting behind the scenes waiting to be tasked to do your chore. Instead it is an open market exchange where people post a task and other people (just everyday people) bid on doing the job for you. I read that the # 1 task requested in TaskRabbit is building your Ikea furniture. (I think my wife... Read More


I Tweet Therefore I am Hired

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday June 3, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, Referral Link

In a world where seemingly everyone has gotten involved in Social Media (still hate that term), is it odd when you run across someone who is not? I am not talking about someone in their 80s, but someone in today's work-a-day world. Certainly there are many people who do not feel they have time, or who may feel that their personal involvement in social or professional networks adds little value to either their professional standing or their company's performance. But isn't this a dying breed? Don't many execs' still make sure their profiles are... Read More


Can HR Be Innovation Revolutionaries?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday February 25, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, social HR

Human Resources is not traditionally thought of as a hot bed of innovation. Most HR people are steady, thoughtful and deliberate. Good thing too - who would want HR to be a "risk taking" group. But in my opinion this is exactly where the next decade of innovation has to come from. The way people (employees if you must) interact with the company they work for is rapidly changing. Traditional concepts around career growth, employee engagement, recruiting, screening and retention are all changing rapidly. The relationship that kids in high... Read More


Build Something That Matters: 8 Things that Drive Our Business

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday February 4, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas

When you listen to venture capitalists, investors and budding investment hopefuls they use the term Lifestyle Business as though it was a 17 th  century plague to be avoided at all costs. Well - maybe it is, (from the investor's point of view) but that discussion feels like bell-bottom pants and a tie-dye shirt at a Republican Convention: Out of place and dated. People run businesses for all kinds of reasons these days. In my experience most are motivated to do something that matters and to do it in a way that creates value for... Read More


What Starling Murmuration Teaches us About HR

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday January 14, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas

Starlings are small birds that occasionally fly in huge flocks that shift and undulate through the sky. If you've never seen a video of Starling Murmuration take a quick look at this link:  Starling Murmuration . These birds move about in perfect unison acting as several independent minds moving in concert to create a collective mind that serves the larger purpose. Corporations have a similar goal - at least on paper. They want everyone to work together to achieve a common direction. They create strategic plans, mission statements,... Read More