Why The Open-Plan Office is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

Open-plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and collaboration among workers. But an innovative new study has found that employees in open-plan offices spend 73% less time in face-to-face interactions. Email and messaging use shot up by over 67%. The study is the first to track the impacts of open-plan offices using objective measures of communication. It used …

5 Ways to Start the Mental Health Conversation

Greg Boyed’s recent death raises issues of mental health in the workplace.  For many of us, his death sent the sobering message that no matter the professional heights people have reached, it’s impossible to fully know what they are dealing with in private. Most people don’t realize that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It’s the leading cause of …

Should You Hire An Overqualified Candidate?

A changing workforce has left many highly qualified professionals out of the job market. But are these candidates too qualified, or could they be the right people for the job? Hiring Managers have traditionally hesitated to employ overqualified candidates because of several presumed risks –  the assumption is that the person will be bored and not motivated, so they will …

5 Key Benefits of Real-Time Performance Feedback

Most employees look forward to the annual performance review the way they look forward to a root canal. Feelings range from anxiety and angst to annoyance and anger. Not that performance reviews are a thrill for managers, either. Typically, they involve hours of preparation, and the outcome is often an employee who is less engaged than before. If you add …

Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths

Experts have long encouraged people to “play to their strengths.” And why wouldn’t we want to flex our strongest muscle? But based on my observations, this is easier said than done. Not because it’s hard to identify what we’re good at. But because we often undervalue what we inherently do well. Often our “superpowers” are things we do effortlessly, almost reflexively, …

Why Do Some Job Adverts Put Women Off Applying?

Words matter. And the way we use them in job adverts can dictate whether or not people bother to apply. This is a big problem if you’re a business trying to recruit more women and ethnic minorities into your workforce. So can tech help remove these unconscious biases? A job description that uses the phrase “We’re looking for someone to …

It’s All In The Details: Testing Candidates Clerical Aptitude

How should an employer go about assessing a candidate’s likelihood of succeeding in a clerical/administration role, where the bulk of work is carried out over the phone or on a computer? Clerical aptitude is important for performing a wide variety of administration skills and tasks such as proofreading, filling out paperwork or online forms like spreadsheets, reading, inspecting, filing, and …

5 tips on finding candidates for hard-to-fill roles

When candidates are hard to find, employers need to think creatively to find hidden talent. Experts share five top tips for filling hard-to-fill roles. Reach out to universities and graduates Universities are often the source of future-skilled candidates, says Matthew Munson, General Manager at Talent International, a global technology and digital recruitment agency. Organisations can advise universities on course content to ensure …

Leaders From LinkedIn, Amazon, and Tesla Say These Are the 5 Trends Shaping Talent Development

Michael Schneider, Human Capital Specialist at Welltower recently published an article that flips conventional learning & development methods on their head.  An interview with leaders in the learning & development space reveals how technology will shape the future of corporate training. “While it’s relatively easy for competitors to implement technology similar to yours, duplicate your strategy, and even mimic your culture, they …

Data Collection, Storage and Privacy Policy for People Central

If you were following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent day on Capitol Hill answering questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal, you may wonder what happens to our users biodata when they complete one of our tests. If you’re unfamiliar with the details of the scandal and Facebook’s involvement in it, basically Facebook users’ personal data …