Staying clear of politics in this newsletter is proving to be impossible. Lately, I’ve come to realise that if we’re to do a honest job of representing important trends in recruitment and HR, then we cannot ignore the seismic political changes currently underway in the world today.
It’s clear that the Trump administration – and associated vassals in Europe – are moving aggressively to unpick the global order which the US themselves set up and managed. It’s anti-globalisation, anti-immigration, anti-diversity, anti-equality, perhaps even anti-technology.
On Hiring will contain articles which touch upon each of these areas. What do the planned changes for the H-1B visa mean for the Silicon Valley? What does the open discrimination of people based on their religious affiliation mean for D&I? What does it mean when the President of the United States instructs his female staff to ‘dress like women’?
As individuals who work with human capital, its long been our duty to guide our employers to better standards of behaviour. These standards emerged from values which now are under direct attack. Likely, some of us will have to make a decision. To continue to uphold those values …or change tack and administrate the will of the new regime. I can only hope that we will have the courage to make the right choices when the time comes.
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Hung Lee is the founder of Workshape.io – the revolutionary hiring platform for Software engineers
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So the founder of Ruby on Rails doesn’t like interviewing in coffee shops. And tells us in no uncertain terms in this great mini rant on Medium. Does he have a point? I think so, though the problem is surely the concept of using interviews as an assessment tool…. ASSESSMENT
What do we think of this? Intuitively, I feel this is true. Men seem to flee from previously male dominated professions when women enter in large numbers. Why? Perhaps this bit of anthropology can give us a clue. DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Silicon Valley – Peter Thiel aside – voted with near consensus against Donald Trump. Some might say this is pay back. Hiring for tech is about to get a lot harder. Relocate to Vancouver? It’s happening already. POLITICS
Response for big tech firms is encouraging, though the portents, worrying in the extreme. There seems to be a looming conflict between government and corporation – few might have expected to be on the side of the corporates POLITICS
Some professionals earn £6,800 a year less than those from affluent families, a study suggests. As sociologists have long known, where you were born still has a disproportionate impact on how well you will do. DIVERSITY & INCLUSION