A Smashing Idea for Your Next Company Event

No long introductions here. No thought leadership. Just a collection of the more interesting odds and ends we get in the mail or stumble upon ourselves.

On to the first item.

A  team building(?) idea

Looking for a team building (or should that be team destroying?) activity this summer?

For the former, look elsewhere.

For the latter, now you’ve come to the right place. Book a date in your local rage room. These places go by different names, but the product is the same: You get to smash stuff to bits. The most famous of these is the Anger Room in Dallas. For $25 (and up) you get to let loose. Corporate events are welcome.

Closer to the other end of the emotional spectrum for team activities is bowling. That once ubiquitous activity is looking to roll up participation by encouraging you to “Plan a Striking Summer Outing.” It might be just the thing to help you hang on to those millennials you so desperately courted.

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Bits & Bytes from the Vendors

Ratedly

ratedlyThere are plenty of tools and services out there for businesses to monitor and manage their online reputation. Most — maybe all — are focused on customer reviews. Ratedly monitors employee review sites. It’s a new app for Apple products that tracks what your employees and former employees — most of them anonymous — are saying about the company on sites like Glassdoor, Twitter and more. The app is free, but the service is $150 a month. Not chump change, but oh, so much better than finding out about a negative review from the great, hot candidate sitting across from you in a final interview round.

ReLinkLabs

ReLink LabsJust what this startup out of Denmark does is hard to figure out from its website. Its PR impressively describes it as a “recruitment data store.” That means, we are told, ReLink “leverages data science, machine learning and recommendation algorithms in order to aggregate and make sense of publicly available data about candidates and employees.” After a bit of Googling and puzzling through the ReLink website, it turns out that the new product is an API that works with TA systems, aggregating data on job candidates to create detailed profiles and match them to jobs and vice versa. Another entrant joining Entelo, DHI’s Open Web, Monster’s TalentBin, Gild, and others in this increasingly crowded field.

Waggl

San Diego began Waggl-ing last year and liked it enough that it’s expanding use of the platform. What, you ask, is a Waggl? IfWaggl we  described Waggl as an employee engagement and feedback platform, it would be true enough, but it wouldn’t be enough. Waggl combines feedback — anonymous or not — with crowdsourcing suggestions and a wisdom of the masses approach to choosing the best ones. San Diego used it last year to collect ideas from small businesses on how to improve the environment for start-ups. Now, the expanded Wagglin-ing will give the city’s 10,000+ employees a way to share ideas, feedback and opinions in a comprehensive way. Who else uses Waggl? Stanford University, McKesson, and — can I say ironically? — Glassdoor.

Short takes

  • Monster acquired Jobr, the mobile job and candidate communication app. Jobr has that popular Tinder interface, swiping right or left to collect or discard job postings.
  • JobFindah is the new job board du jour, with a particular emphasis on disabilities, veterans, and women.
  • There’s also FairyGodBoss, a career site entirely for women that besides job postings, has reviews and ratings of companies covering pay comparisons, women-focused benefits, and the like.
  • And on the topic du jour, employment branding, a new software company called FirmPlay says it’ll help companies build branding content, spread the word via social media, and use current employees as advocates in the process.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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