Hannah Gartrell's Blog (5)

Recruitment panel "leakage" at centre of corruption investigation

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has just finished poring over allegations that would turn the hardiest HR professional's blood cold.

Recent ICAC hearings focused on the University of Sydney's former ICT projects head, Jason Meeth, who allegedly used his position to engage ICT contractors from one particular provider on inflated rates.

Both Meeth and the provider, Canberra…


Added by Hannah Gartrell on November 19, 2015 at 15:46 — No Comments

On-hire safety in the spotlight

Two recent cases illustrate the disastrous consequences of unsafe work practices in an on-hire environment.

One case centres around a 2009 incident, where an on-hire worker's leg was crushed by a 1.7-tonne steel frame while he was dismantling a sinter cooler at BlueScope's Port Kembla steelworks.

Surgical attempts to save his leg were unsuccessful and it was amputated below the knee, leaving the worker with phantom pains, recurrent infections, and an "arthritic, painful and…


Added by Hannah Gartrell on May 1, 2015 at 15:28 — No Comments

How do in-house recruiters view their agency counterparts?

Two interesting case studies have crossed my desk in the last few weeks: one involves an employer that has drastically cut its reliance on third-party recruiters, while another has actually adopted parts of the recruitment agency model to improve its hiring team.

The latter, NZ retail giant The Warehouse Group, has 20 brands and uses an agency approach to help maintain the individual identify of each business.

If candidates aren't suited to a particular brand – either because…


Added by Hannah Gartrell on December 8, 2014 at 10:13 — No Comments

Should you exclude line managers from recruitment?

A few weeks ago I wrote about what hiring managers really think about recruiters, but how would those views change if they were removed from the recruitment process entirely?

One company trialling such a scheme is Flight Centre, which recently slashed its time-to-fill metric after removing hiring managers from volume recruitment.

Our recruitment news publication…


Added by Hannah Gartrell on October 27, 2014 at 11:02 — No Comments

What hiring managers really think of HR

HR professionals and in-house recruitment specialists spend a lot of time with hiring managers when recruiting for new roles, but what do those managers really think of their peers in recruitment?

Through my job writing for recruitment news publication Shortlist, I recently got to hear talent expert and futurist Kevin Wheeler share the feedback he receives from hiring managers – and it's not good news for in-house…


Added by Hannah Gartrell on September 16, 2014 at 13:07 — No Comments

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