From the World Of HR

Who would ever make a movie about onboarding? Well, no one. (Though someone did compile a book about HR sports analogies, which I’ll get to after this.) But LinkedIn has a collection of scenes from five movie first days. All of them showing us just what can happen when the whole process is left up to hiring managers.

You’ll recognize this one as the “throw ’em in the deep end” method of training a newbie. (Plus it’s just fun.)

HR is just like sports (Riiiight)

Ignore the smarmy headline because the evidence is that there’s plenty of opportunities to compare HR to sports. And beyond recruiting. Recruiting’s the easy one: Tim Sackett talking about “burning” a hire the way a pitcher will sometime “burn” a pitch. 8 man rotation

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In The 8 Man Rotation e-book Steve Boese pulled off a strategy metaphor using the NBA’s drift to 3-point shooting. Kris Dunn talked about leadership leaning on world soccer’s FIFA scandal. And Lance Haun referenced the Zen Master (and not how long time Lakers fans might think) in his post on performance management.

Now in its sixth season, the book is compiled by Matt Stollack, a professor of business administration.

Bits & Bytes

  • Hiring managers are becoming more comfortable hiring temps and contractors, says the AddisonGroup, a staffing and search firm HQd in Chicago. A survey the firm did found 46% of managers have hired a contractor in the prior 12 months. There’s something of a generational issue at work: 25% of HMs have never hired a temp; but that goes up to 1 in 3 when only Baby Boomer aged managers are counted.

Product launches, updates and such

  • icims marketplaceiCIMS, a recruiting software vendor, is on its way to enabling 3rd party developers to integrate apps with its TA suite though its “platform as a service,” UNIFi. What does this mean for iCIMS users and those of you shopping? It means a developer can build an application to connect an outside service like a Walton, which identifies potential tax credits for each hire, with your ATS and offer it through an apps marketplace that iCIMS has built.
  • One consequence of having real people working for you is that they have real life problems that have nothing ttorchlight elder logoo do with work, yet they still have an effect; sometimes a big effect. Child care is one of these, which today, many companies are addressing. Now that the Baby Boomers are aging, elder care is becoming a workplace issue, even if you don’t quite know it yet. torchlight does. (Yes, it is a lowercase “t”.) Next week the company unveils a technology platform to help employees with caring for their elder loved ones. torchlight elder complements torchlight child.
  • LaborWiseDeloitte Consulting recently launched LaborWise, a workforce and labor cost analytics tool that can identify and recover sources of labor overspend. Inadequate oversight, undermanaged timekeeping and schedule practices, improperly configured technology, lack of coordinated governance, and gaming of pay policies and schedules can account for .05% to 2.5% of annual payroll and labor expenses.

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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