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Is There a Better Way Than Resume Review?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 01/27/2017 in Recruiting articles |

I recently watched “Why hiring is broken” by Kate Glazebrook from TEDxGoodenoughCollege.  Yet another person saying resumes are broken (which is true), but this time with research to back it up.  They don’t really do a good job predicting performance and they allow biases to creep in. What good is a resume really?  As a […]

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Screening Out the Takers from the Candidate Pool

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 01/10/2017 in Recruiting articles |

I recently saw a great TED Talk by Adam Grant that was just posted this month via the TED Talk app on my AppleTV.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a YouTube link for the TED Talk yet, but I found a link to a similar talk he gave on the same topic at ZeitgeistMinds called “Givers, Takers, […]

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Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid – David Burkus

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/12/2016 in Personal / About Me |

David Burkus makes a case for salary transparency to ensure fairness and help remedy the gender wage gap.  Also, if everyone knows what everyone makes there are other benefits.  Interesting TED Talk.  

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When Pay Is Different for the Same Task

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 05/02/2016 in Personal / About Me |

I saw this on Facebook today and it clearly shows what happens when you pay differently for apparently the same task.  The monkey in this experiment is just more honest and open about the reaction to realizing he or she is being cheated and treated unfairly. Most of us have a deep feeling for keeping […]

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The key to success? Grit – by Angela Lee Duckworth

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/26/2015 in Personal / About Me |

An interesting Ted Talk about what one psychologist says is a strong predictor of success. Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. […]

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How to make work-life balance work by Nigel Marsh

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/18/2015 in Personal / About Me |

Interesting TED Talk by Nigel Marsh about work-life balance.  Some of the things he spoke about are as follows: We need an honest debate if we are going to make any progress on this issue.  Government and corporations will not solve this issue for us.  It is up to us to take control and responsibility […]

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How to make stress your friend – by Kelly McGonigal

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/09/2015 in Personal / About Me |

Don’t make stress an enemy…stress is not bad. A survey over 8 years showed that there was a 43% increase risk in dying for those who experience a lot of stress in the previous year – but only for those who also believe stress is harmful to your health.  For those who said they do […]

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Why work doesn’t happen at work – by Jason Fried

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/02/2015 in Personal / About Me |

People go to work and have work moments…the day is shredded to bits with interruptions, meetings, etc.  The day ends and you feel you got nothing done. How can we expect people to work well (do great work), if they are interrupted all day. People need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get stuff done […]

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Putting the human back into human resources by Mary Schaefer

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 09/25/2015 in Personal / About Me |

I found another TED Talk that was very interesting for human resource professionals and recruiters.  This also covers some aspects of employee engagement. “Infusing more humanity back into the work place for those human beings who happen to be employees.” She suggests we need to treat employees humanly – which means to address very human […]

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The way we think about work is broken by Barry Schwartz

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 09/19/2015 in Personal / About Me |

I was watching this TED Talk by Barry Schwartz today. What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It’s time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel. Barry said “it is not true that you just […]

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