ICYMI Monday: The Great Communicator?

ICYMI Monday: The Great Communicator?

Mike Roberts

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.

What happens when you send the wrong message? In terms of talent acquisition, sending the wrong message about your company’s culture or a specific job description can have a sincerely negative impact on your ability to attract and retain top talent. In terms of geopolitics, it could lead to a war footing from your most dangerous enemy, as President Ronald Reagan found out on this day back in 1984. At the height of the Cold War, Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio address on August 11, 1984 when he joked that he’d signed legislation that would “outlaw Russia forever” and “we begin bombing in 5 minutes.” The Soviet Army was immediately placed on alert and tensions were high until the miscommunication was cleared up.

Now, obviously edging to the brink of global thermonuclear war and missing out on good candidates aren’t quite on the same level, but the comparison does fairly underscore the importance of clear messaging and communication, whether in politics or recruiting.

Alright, let’s stop playing War Games and get to this week’s stories.

  • Big Themes in Tech
    As we draw nearer to the ever-anticipated, annual bacchanal that is the HR Technology show, conference co-chair and HR tech enthusiast Steve Boese keeps us up to date over at HR Executive Online about what to anticipate at the show and into 2015. The themes are familiar, but Steve’s take is always fresh.
  • HRMS Vendors Say, ‘Hey You, Get Onto My Cloud’
    Speaking of hot technology, Sarah Fister Gale from Workforce gives us a very thorough read on why investments in HR technology are higher than they’ve been in years. Drawing on a bevy of research and including comment from many of the industry’s top thought leaders, she reports that analytics, mobile and user-friendly interfaces are a key driver of this increased spend, and much of the investment focus is on the recruiting side of the HR ecosystem. So I guess we’re onto something here at Jibe… phew.
  • Big, Bad Data: How Talent Analytics Will Make it Work in HR
    Along similar lines, Meghan M. Biro uses a recent study from the Information Services Group as the basis of het latest Forbes piece. In it, she explores what companies expect to get out of their investments in HR technology, landing most importantly on the expectation of more robust analytics to keep ahead of trends in the workforce.

That does it for this week, thanks for reading. And if your computer suddenly suggests, “shall we play a game?,” I implore you to just shut it down. Shut it down now. Or call Matthew Broderick.

If you come across something you think deserves some extra attention during the week, leave a note in the comments or hunt us down on Twitter @JibePR.

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