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8 Ways to Bring Innovation Into Your Organisation

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Catherine Park. Her opinions are her own.

Innovation is essential for the growth of any company. But that’s a very generic way of describing innovation. To successfully implement innovation, you need to know exactly what makes an innovative organization as well as how it contributes to its growth.

For the majority of us, innovation is about seeking an approach to blue-sky thinking. But that’s a far too clichéd definition to go by.  What business people don’t know is that creativity is challenging to achieve. It requires investment of resources to fulfill the needs of innovative management in an organization. Read More…

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Managing Remote Teams

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Managing Remote Teams

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Rachel Bartee. Her opinions are her own.

Some of the most prominent and successful companies in the world, such as Zapier, Buffer, and Groove, have built a culture out of remote working. Their managers are effective in maintaining the team spirit and the community vibe, although every individual covers the work from home.

However, other companies are having second thoughts about introducing remote teams in their culture. In 2013, Best Buy followed the practice of Reddit and Yahoo by announcing the end of their flexible work program. Read More…


Are You a Good Boss? [Infographic]

People don’t leave companies. They leave leaders.

I’ll never forget when one of my former bosses looked me in the eye and told me that when I let him know that one of my team members had handed in her resignation.

It hurt.

Dissatisfaction with a manager’s leadership style (or lack thereof) is one of the primary motivators for switching jobs. Read More…

5 Reasons Why You Should Eliminate Chairs From Team Meetings

5 Reasons Why You Should Eliminate Chairs From Team Meetings

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Lexie Lu. Her opinions are her own.

Take a quick walk around a corporate office and you’ll likely see some people standing at their desks working where a chair used to be. But it doesn’t stop there. You may also see groups of people standing around having a meeting. No need for a conference room with a large table.

What’s with all the standing? Are there truly benefits to it? Do standing meetings, also known as standups, check-ins or huddles, help teams accomplish more, or are they a corporate fad to accompany the latest set of fashionable buzzwords? Read More…


10 Ways to Successfully Manage a Team Whilst Working Remotely

Managing a group of people isn’t always easy even if your entire team is sitting right in front of you. But the challenges faced by anyone building a team are only exacerbated when that team is spread across different offices – whether the offices are at different locations within the same city, or whether the offices are spread across multiple time zones.

A distributed team is a distributed team. Read More…


The Non-Recruiters Guide To Hiring Terms

Has a recruiter ever excitedly told you that after rejecting all the job hoppers they’ve found a ‘purple squirrel’ on gardening leave?

Maybe they’ve suggested a Stay interview or Job Shadowing your current CXO level employees before attempting to poach from your competitors?

Before you think they’ve joined Alice and the Mad Hatter in Wonderland, or that they may need a referral to a good therapist, check out these typical recruitment terms and their meanings below: Read More…


How to Get Away With Managing Millennials

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Chloe Taylor. Her opinions are her own.

Did you know that 75% of millennials have a profile on at least one social media network? That’s quite a lot, especially when you consider there are almost 80 million millennials residing within the US alone.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that as many as 55% of them will post at least one selfie every week. And on average – millennials spend at least an hour per week to get that perfect selfie. That’s a full hour of some high quality self-admiration. Read More…


Will Your Employer Brand be Ruined by Social Media? [Infographic]

I can’t even begin to think how many organisations I have dealt with over the years in either my capacity as a recruiter or as a manager of recruiters. But sitting across the table from a business owner, hiring manager or HR manager, the questions “what kind of reputation do we have out there in the market?” and “what do we need to do in order to improve our employer brand?” would come up time and time again.

What kind of reputation does your organisation have out there in the market today? Read More…


Why A Poor Candidate Experience Can Destroy Your Business

I’ve trained literally thousands of ‘rookie’ recruiters in my time, and at some point in their induction I would usually ask them the following question:

Who do you think is more important? The client or the candidate?

After an awkward silence, unfortunately there was usually a clear majority voting for the client.

Why?Read More…

7 Simple Ways Internal Recruiters And Hiring Managers Can Get Along

7 Ways Internal Recruiters And Hiring Managers Can Get Along

Last week I was in Kuala Lumpur running a workshop for a group of predominantly internal recruiters.

Although the workshop was specifically focused on ‘recruitment metrics’, I noticed that even early on during some of the breakout sessions and group activities, questions and discussions were taking place off the topic of ‘metrics’ and more around the general frustrations they were all feeling in their jobs.

I promised the group that as long as they let me cover everything I wanted (and needed!) to cover on the topic of metrics, I would be comfortable and happy to facilitate some group discussions around the challenges that internal recruiters typically face. Read More…