So it seems that 2016 is going to be one of those years in history where the world suddenly pivots and thrusts us in a direction we did not predict and perhaps do not welcome. The election of Donald Trump as President Elect of the United States is a stunning rebuke to what has gone before, the peak to an accelerating trend in the rise of the right wing across the globe.
There are huge implications for everyone working in the field of human work. Is this the beginning of the end of globalisation? What does it mean for offshoring, workforce automation, flexible working? What can it possibly mean for the politics of diversity & inclusion? The only thing we know for sure are values once held infallible will now be vigorously contested by those rising to power.
On Hiring will continue to cover these topics with content that stimulates thinking, challenges perceived wisdom and promotes dialogue. It is clear from the surprise we share that we have failed to hear from all voices in our societies. The first thing to do is make sure we broaden the umbrella of inclusion to make room for all those voices. This may not be easy, but I urge you to join me in trying. True communication only starts when those with whom we want to engage can say ‘Yes, this is how I feel’. If we cannot achieve this first step, then everything we do will just be noise.
I am dependent on you to help me with this cause, so please send me any content you have produced or have come across that will help us all think better about the relationship we have with each other and with the world of work.
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Hung Lee is the founder ofWorkshape.io– the revolutionary hiring platform for software engineers
Matt Charneycommentates on the Facebook’s entry into the Job Ads space and why LinkedIn should be worried. Persuasive analysis from one of the best commentators in the space, on perhaps the biggest non-Trump news of the week. COMMENTARY
Technology driven unemployment is a coming reality. The arguments made today by the demagogues of the right have proven to be effective campaign slogans – what happens when they cannot be delivered? RESEARCH
Are you a lark or an owl? Research on the importance of the time of the day in how you make decisions. Critically important for hiring and totally underestimated when we think about how to do hiring better. MUST READ
Challenging research on scientific collaboration from Northwestern University. If diversity is substantial rather than superficial, how does this / should this impact hiring strategy? THOUGHT PROVOKING
Quick how-to on diversity hiring, the tl:dr version is that you start by undertaking self assessment of your hiring practices to uncover unconscious bias. Company size / scale make a difference on whether this advice is practical I would say. DIVERSITY
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot on diversity this week. Here’s a counterpoint from the engineering side – Why does inclusivity even matter? Simon Penner defends nerd culture against the paradoxically monolithic diversity & inclusion movement. Challenging read. INTERESTING THESIS
A rhetorical question to which we already know the answer. Wall Street Journal provides data to back up the assertion that the gig economy is taking market share from the payroll economy. No surprises here –Kevin Wheeler’s prediction on the future of work already looks prophetic. REPORT
Max Ehnertdescribes his thoughts on his recent job discovery journey, before landing a role with Amazon. We’re all going to recognise the recruiting funnel he describes, though perhaps not the thought process on every stage. In the end, it’s a crap shoot. LONG READ
Complexity of the tools landscape is one of the hidden challenges for HR / Recruiter practitioners. Talent App Store promises the future with their ‘single throat to choke’ solution. It’s the inevitable future of vendor discovery. MUST READ
And here’s one job advert that is going to work. We’re in the age of authenticity folks! REALLY FUNNY
For those of you in London this week, as a previous winner, I an honoured to be presenting an award at 16thNORA’s on Wednesday, drinks afterward. For those of you who are In-House Recruiters, I’ll be at theDBR Winter Party on the 17th. Catch me at one of these if you’re around, or reach out to me onTwitter,Facebookor via email at [email protected] if you want to talk tech hiring or the future of the planet.