ICYMI Monday: For Whom the Bell Tolls
This is a regular weekly feature here on the Jibe Blog, in which we uncover some of the best recruitment and technology stories from the previous week you may have missed. But first, we take a little trip in the wayback machine.
For the second time in the brief history of Jibe’s ICYMI Mondays, we’re featuring the father of the phone, Alexander Graham Bell, in our weekly look back at history. Given Jibe’s pedigree in mobile recruitment, that surely makes some sense. So, on this day in 1922, two days after Bell’s passing, AT&T and Bell Systems recognized his contributions by shutting down all of their switchboards and switching stations, affecting 13 million phones across the country. Could you imagine if something like that was attempted today??
I mean, Facebook went down for less than 15 minutes last Friday and everyone nearly lost their minds. And boy, imagine if all mobile service was suspended for any amount of time today… not only would employers potentially miss out on a huge number of viable applicants, the world itself may stop spinning. So we’ll have to recognize the passing of today’s tech pioneers with something a bit less disruptive. Let’s get to the news, yeah?
- What it Will Take to Fix HR
The Harvard Business Review has been a hotbed of discussion in recent weeks based on this piece from Ram Charan published in the July/August issue of the magazine. In this most recent post, Cathy Benko and Erica Volini from Deloitte provide constructive counterpoint to some of Charan’s assertions from the original story. It’s an important and illuminating topic that deserves attention, so kudos to all for keeping the conversation going.
- HR Is A Lot of Things, But it’s Not Exactly Rocket Science
And we go from arguing about a major shift in how HR should be constructed, to Tim Sackett’s reality check on TLNT that we should basically stop overthinking HR so much. Nice segue. Valid points here for sure, and worthy counterpoints in the comments. Have a look.
- If You Think Wearing Google Glass to an Interview is Weird, See Al
Alright, let’s lighten things up with this piece from John Zappe at ERE.net looking at the future of wearables in HR which includes a rather hilariously salacious satire video and references to Weird Al Yankovic. I can’t even try to break that down any further, but I will reference a bonus article from Wired, also about wearables and HR, from Take the Interview’s Danielle Weinblatt. Sorry though, limited salaciousness and not a single Weird Al reference in that one.
- How Mobile Delivers Talent for UPS
Finally, here’s a nice feature piece on UPS’ mobile recruiting journey from Rita Pyrillis at Talent Management. The journey started quite some time ago and has yielded some great results, so give it a read if you have the chance.
That wraps things up for this week. Be sure to keep those switchboards humming!
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