A weekly collection of interesting links that are worth your time!


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Stacey Broadwell

Quick note from The Editor

Welcome all to the inaugural edition of this weekly newsletter. As busy HR professionals, your plate is too full to scour the web for important and interesting articles and resources that will keep you at the top of your game. No worries! We do it for you each week, starting now. Each link has a quote from the article (or resource) being linked to, along with a short comment from me. If you would, please share this newsletter with those concerned. Bonus points for you if you refer an interesting read my way that can be shared with the group. [Email me: ] Okay, enough of that. 10 links worth your time are below just after a shout out to our sponsor.

10 Links Worth Your time…

  • LinkedIn Integrates Diversity Insights Into All of Its Talent Solutions | “LinkedIn’s new tool helps you plan realistic and inclusive diversity recruiting goals, identify diverse talent pools of qualified candidates and understand areas where your team can be more inclusive.” { Editor: A tool whose time has come. Does it deliver? Jury is still out. }

  • U.S. Is World’s Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade | “The U.S. is back on top as the most competitive country in the world, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in an index produced by the World Economic Forum….” { Editor: Say it with me: USA! USA! USA! }

  • Never Punish Loyal Employees for being Honest | “Listening is crucial to gaining a complete understanding of situations. Without this full understanding, one can easily waste everyone’s time by solving the wrong problem or merely addressing a symptom, rather than the root cause.” { Editor: An ego can cost a company clients. Humility will retain them. }

  • This Company Just Gave Non-Smokers 6 Extra Days Off To Compensate For Cigarette Breaks | “A company in Japan has taken a creative approach to motivating its employees to quit smoking. Piala Inc., a Tokyo-based organization, is giving its non-smoking staff six extra days of vacation per year. Introduced in September, this new policy is meant to compensate for puffing-related breaks, which are said to consume about 15 minutes each.” { Editor: How could we use this strategy to fight the obesity epidemic in America? Maybe, free donuts in the basement for offices on the 10th floor or higher? Of course, no elevator access. }

  • Army blames strong economy for missing recruiting goal | For the first time in thirteen years the Army has failed to meet its annual recruiting goal and Army officials believe the strong U.S. economy is partially to blame. The Army failed to meet its recruiting goal of 76,500 new recruits for fiscal year 2018, bringing in 70,000 recruits — an 8.5 percent shortfall from this year’s goal. { Editor: Be on the lookout for more video games in their recruitment strategy. }


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  • From musician to physician: Why medical schools are recruiting for musical ability | “As an undergraduate, Doug Angel studied music performance at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music. He majored in piano. Today, though, you’re more likely to find the 35-year-old in an operating theatre, not a conventional one. His instruments are not keyboards, but the tools are ones he uses for reconstructive surgeries of the head and neck. Most of his patients have cancer and require tumours to be removed. The manual dexterity he developed playing piano is the most obvious skill he brought to his surgical practice. { Editor: Hmm… If music students prove too difficult to recruit, does the same logic apply to DJs? }

  • This Chart Reveals Where AI Will Impact Recruiting (and What Skills Make Recruiters Irreplaceable) |

  • AI Replacing Recruiting

  • “To help you and your recruiting organization prepare for the upcoming changes, we have created an easy-to-use reference chart that maps Automation Potential (from High to Low) in the X-axis against the Value added with Human Touch in the Y-axis.” { Editor: You can’t automate humanity; no matter how hard you try. } 

  • Immigrant Gets Rejected From A Job Application In The Most Rude Way, So His Daughter Made The HR Pay For It | “You would think a HR Manager, of all people, would know how to treat humans with respect and courtesy. Not this guy. Responding to a job application by Minh Huynh, a Vietnamese immigrant with relevant job experience, HR Manager Bruce Peterson sent back a rude and aggressive email that has ignited a Twitter storm, and got people talking about the difficulties that many immigrants face.” { Editor: Anyone dumb enough to do this in the age of social media is not smart enough to work for me. }

  • Immigrant Rejected

  • Sweden Muslim woman who refused handshake at job interview wins case | “Farah Alhajeh, 24, was applying for a job as an interpreter when she declined to shake the hand of a male interviewer for religious reasons. She placed her hand over her heart in greeting instead. The Swedish labour court ruled the company had discriminated against her and ordered it to pay 40,000 kronor ($4,350; £3,420) in compensation.” { Editor: A little cultural sensitivity can go a long way. }

  • Harvard trial opens with challenge to recruitment practices | “In the first day of a trial focused on Harvard’s admissions process, lawyers challenging the Ivy League campus laid out multiple ways that they allege it discriminates against Asian Americans, beginning with its recruitment practices.” { Editor: Is this the unintended consequence of affirmative action? Or, is it simply racial discrimination as described by the lawyer defending the Asian students? What do you think? }


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