ICYMI Monday: We Call It Soccer Here

ICYMI Monday: We Call It Soccer Here

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.

We’re going to cheat the time machine just a little bit in this week’s ICYMI. After last night’s elation-to-deflation draw vs. Portugal, we here in the States can use a little pick-me-up. So, we travel back 20 years and one day to June 22, 1994. The US is hosting its first-ever World Cup and the sun is shining brightly in Pasadena, California where the US team is preparing for its 2nd group stage match against heavily favored Colombia. The inexperienced US team was given little chance of even winning a game in the group stage, and Colombia was one of the favorites to win the title that year. And yet, at match’s end, the Yanks had prevailed 2-1 for their first Cup win since 1950 and went soaring into the 2nd round.

What does this have to do with recruiting and HR technology? Very little, but as I said, we need a little pick-me-up over here. Now we can get to the stories.

  • If You Think Big Data is All Numbers, Think Again
    We start this week’s edition with a story from Susan Lamotte over on HR Examiner, looking at how Big Data and analytics has changed the game in HR and recruiting, as it has in so many other elements of business. Susan contends that in some cases, we may have shifted too far toward the quantitative side of things, sacrificing the qualitative, human element so crucial to HR.
  • Employers Investing in HR Technology, Streamlining Structures, Survey Reveals
    A new report from Towers Watson, the “2014 HR Service Delivery and Technology Survey,” received a lot of attention last week, including this piece from Bloomberg BNA’s Caryn Freeman. The report reveals that a vast majority of HR organizations plan to increase their spend on technology in the coming year, with a major shift to embrace mobile and implementing consumer-grade technology into their HR operations.
  • Why Simplicity Is the Next Big Thing In HR and Business
    One of the reasons for this increase is a groundswell movement building toward simplicity, a trend Josh Bersin explored over on Forbes last week. While it may seem counter-intuitive to spend more on technology when many believe that technology itself is a major culprit in making our lives and jobs more complex, the new breed of enterprise solutions now coming to market has put user experience and ease-of-use at the top of the priority stack. Simplifying through better, more intuitive design and development is a trend we can certainly get behind here at Jibe.
  • You’re Candidates Are Also Your Customers
    We finish up this week with a post from Madeline Laurano, VP and Principal Analyst, Talent Acquisition at Brandon Hall Group. In it, she recaps a panel she participated in at the recent HCI Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference in Boston. The panel, all about using technology to improve the candidate experience, was moderated by Jibe CEO Joe Essenfeld, and featured TA thought leaders from Microsoft (Heather Tinguely) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (Semi Trotto). Madeline does a nice job of summing up some of the key takeaways here.

And with that, we close out this week’s round-up. We’ll continue to scour the landscape this week to bring some of the best pieces forward for next week’s post… but we may take a few hours off on Thursday to watch a little soccer. Go USA.

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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