Are you kidding me?

I saw a LinkedIn question that asked if anyone had considered paying prospective employees to show up for an interview.  Apparently, applicants were agreeing to an interview time and place and then not showing up, and this had become the norm rather than the exception.

The question was asked by a member of the human resource profession. I guess I would have expected a deeper understanding of human behavior from HR.

This organization has a business problem, but it isn’t going to be solved by paying applicants to show up for an interview.

For sure, it’s a real business problem. Productivity is lost because of lengthy vacancies, training, and recruiting costs are up trying to entice people in the door, and those remaining employees are burning out because they’re carrying the load of the vacancies. Business doesn’t get more problematic than that. Continue reading Are you kidding me?

The Strategic Part of HR Data

Forty years of staff meetings. What kind of emotion does that invoke? Panic attacks?  Intense boredom? Subtle multi-tasking? All of the above?

Perhaps it can be said that staff meetings are a necessary evil. It is important for teams to communicate, and a well-designed staff meeting can foster that communication. In my experience, staff meetings are rarely well-designed, and in fact, consist of going around the table and everyone saying what they’re doing. Maybe there’s a little interaction, but no one wants to prolong the agony, except that one person. The conversation becomes a deep dive between the speaker and the questioner, and everyone else turns to their electronic devices. Continue reading The Strategic Part of HR Data

Have I got a solution for you!

Conferences. Every presenter and exhibitor have THE solution for whatever ails your organization. It might be a technology dashboard that presents all of the KPIs in graphic form, or a customer service training program that has “proven” to increase sales.

Those with products to sell have invested heavily in figuring out what problem you most likely have, and crafting a message that leaves you feeling hopeful that the problem can, indeed, be solved.
You probably do have the problem they are solving. But does that solution address the root cause? That’s the critical question you have to ask before you buy. Continue reading Have I got a solution for you!