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Say My Name...The Science of Recruiting

Before the magic of Vince Gilligan forever bastardized the name "Heisenberg," the actual man was one of the more recognized and respected names…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on March 17, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Why Hire Leftovers?

Even as kids we all realized something... when you ask "what's for dinner?" and the answer is "leftovers," Mom was out of time, patience, or energy. No matter the reason, dinner was going to be, as they say, "sub-par."

Edible? Sure, it's edible, but so is tree bark. Leftovers just aren't the same.

But guess what? [metaphor alert] You just described most corporate recruiting "menus." Recruiters are overwhelmed, out of time, out…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on February 4, 2016 at 8:12 — No Comments

Don't Use a Hand Grenade To Kill a Housefly

“Killing a Housefly with a Hand Grenade” is the fifth in a 10-part series outlining the concepts included in “The Physics of HR; Mastering the Laws of Motion,” the Whitaker joint set to publish in mid-2016.

As discussed in the preceding series of posts, the essence of our job in Human Resources is “movement.” As such, we are subject to the laws of physics, and to a…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on October 19, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Force = Mass x Acceleration (+HR)

"F = M x A (+HR)" is the fourth in a 10-part series outlining the concepts included in "The Physics of HR; Mastering the Laws of Motion," the Whitaker joint set to publish in mid-2016.

"My job is to make people move." That's been the overall theme to this discussion to date, in case I haven't bludgeoned you to death with imagery already. That's my job as an HR…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on August 21, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

HR - A Force To Be Reckoned With

"The Force of Human Resources" is the third in a 10-part series outlining the concepts included in "The Physics of HR; Mastering the Laws of Motion," the Whitaker joint set to publish in mid-2016.

You probably guessed we would arrive here. In the first post of this series, I crystallized the HR function into a four-word statement - "We Make People Move." Is…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on August 6, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

The Feeling Is Mutual

"The Feeling is Mutual" is the second in a 10-part series outlining the concepts included in "The Physics of HR; Mastering the Laws of Motion," the Whitaker joint set to publish in mid-2016. The first installment, "We Make People Move" can also be found on HRHardball.com

"I'd never join a club that would allow someone like me to be a member." - Woody Allen

What kind of…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on July 23, 2015 at 6:00 — No Comments

HR - We Make People MOVE

"We Make People Move" is the first in a 10-part series outlining the concepts included in "The Physics of HR; Mastering the Laws of Motion," the Whitaker joint set to publish in mid-2016.

We make people move.

That’s the answer.

The question? “What does Human Resources really do?"

Our profession is blowing up. In addition to our traditional role(s) within…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on July 9, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Don't Make It a Habit

Had another great life lesson smack me in the face (the best kind) just this week. I need to beware (and be aware) of my habits.

Allow me to illustrate - I don't travel an inordinate amount for business,  maybe 25% of the time. It's not cumbersome, and it's usually planned well in advance. Not only that, but the destination is almost always the same - San Francisco, CA.

So I can plan that trip in my sleep...and…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on June 13, 2015 at 2:56 — No Comments

Top Talent Leaves for Different Reasons

You know what’s difficult? Leaving a good job. When you’re fortunate enough to work for an employer that treats you fairly, offers competitive compensation, and provides job security, that’s usually the trifecta. But not for all.

That’s not to imply that these are negative qualities in a company, but would it surprise you to know that each can create problems in the retention of your most…
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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on May 19, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Employee Engagement...It Just Ain't Working

It may have gone unnoticed in your neck of the woods, but this was a landmark year in the world of employee engagement. It was 25 years ago that the term “engaged employees” was discussed in print when William Kahn‘s article, “Psychological Conditions of Personal Engagement and Disengagement at Work” appeared in an Academy of Management Journal. 

Though the definition of employee engagement has…

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Added by John Reaves Whitaker on May 8, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

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