June 25 , 2017

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HR Ranks at the Bottom — Reasons to Adopt Metrics and Predictive Analytics

When you survey the most frequent users of analytics and metrics in the corporate world, not surprisingly you find that HR ranks at the very bottom. Compared to finance, which is ranked No. 1, HR compares poorly with only half of its functions being classified as advanced users and three times more HR functions are classified as non-users. HR shouldn’t be ... Read More »

What’s Wrong With Retention Bonuses? Pretty Much Everything

In 30 years, I have yet to see a retention bonus retain, let alone motivate, anyone. – Kate D’ Camp, former VP of HR at Cisco Let’s face it: only a few people voluntarily spend any time thinking about the use of employee retention bonuses (ERBs). I wouldn’t either, except for the fact that a majority of major firms use them instead ... Read More »

Workforce Speed — the Most Impactful Talent Factor That No One Is Managing

I work in the Silicon Valley, where we have a long-established mantra of “faster, cheaper and better.” But now no matter where you work in the world, almost everyone can sense the fact that every aspect of global business now seems to move significantly faster than it did even 10 years ago. You could even label the 21st century as “the ... Read More »

Experience Is Overrated — Arguments for Hiring Talented Individuals Without Perfect Credentials

by Dr. John Sullivan and Trena Luong Orville Wright did not have a pilot’s license –slogan used at Facebook to warn hiring managers not to overly focus on credentials I, the lead author, have 40 years of experience working in the talent space. But given that experience, I still don’t understand why recruiters and hiring managers place such an unwavering emphasis ... Read More »

Refusing to Hire Overqualified Candidates – a Myth That Can Hurt Your Firm

Imagine being assigned a physician and then purposely rejecting them solely because they were “overqualified” for your medical situation. Well that’s exactly what happens when hiring managers reject candidates who have “too many” qualifications. There is simply no excuse in this new era of data-based recruiting to adhere to this old wives’ tales” in hiring. I have written in the ... Read More »

Revealing the Factors That Restrict the Recruiting of STEM Women (Part 2 of 2)

by Trena Luong and Dr. John Sullivan This is the final part of a two-part research-based series that is designed to reveal and describe the four categories of factors that restrict the recruiting of STEM women (i.e. women with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) into high-tech firms. In part one we highlighted Category 1, the lack of a short-term impact associated with ... Read More »

Revealing the Factors That Restrict the Recruiting of STEM Women (Part 1 of 2)

by  Trena Luong and Dr. John Sullivan We are deeply disturbed at the “there’s little we can do” attitude of the leadership at most major tech firms towards increasing the number of STEM (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) women recruited into their firms. The leaders of these firms seem to think that their posting of shallow diversity metrics was sufficient. Because males dominate ... Read More »

Metrics for STEM Women – a Critical Examination of the High-tech Approach

by Trena Luong and Dr John Sullivan There has been a great deal of publicity lately surrounding the lack of STEM women at high-tech firms. Unfortunately, we have to give two thumbs down to the diversity data from each of the top high-tech firms that have publicly released their numbers. Although the firms’ intentions were good, the limited scope of ... Read More »

Retention — The Top 10 Ways a Manager Can Identify Who Is About to Quit

There are few things that are more shocking to a manager then to have one of their top-performing employees suddenly quit on them. Some managers have described it as the equivalent to a “kick in the gut.” It is a shock not only because losing a key employee will damage your business results, but also because managers hate surprises, and ... Read More »

The Last Strategic Recruiting Frontier — Sourcing Using Consumer Data

Recruiting leaders are constantly looking for strategic opportunities, which admittedly are rare in this progressive field. There is only one big missed opportunity in strategic recruiting and that is … harnessing consumer data to direct source passive prospects. Unless you have adapted a big data approach to recruiting, you will undoubtedly be shocked to learn that the most accurate and useful ... Read More »

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Why Candidates Are Dropping Out of Your Hiring Process

As seen on Yello (March 31, 2017) by Tracy Kelly. HR industry thought leader and professor of management at San Francisco State University, Dr. John Sullivan, says the cost to candidate withdrawal is real; the lost investment is a drain on team resources. Your online application is too complicated Sullivan reports that at Fortune 500 firms, 9 out of ten ... Read More »