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Talent Tidbits



  • Friendship at work: A fascinating look at Zappos’ work culture. Here’s an excerpt:

“ we’ve begun tracking employee relationships. When employees log in to their computers, we ask them to look at a picture of a random employee and then ask them how well they know that person — the options include “say hi in the halls,” “hang out outside of work,” and “we’re going to be long time friends.” We’re starting to keep track of the number and strength of cross-departmental relationships — and we’re planning a class on the topic. My hope is that we can have more employees who plan to be close friends”.

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Thought for the week
“Recession or no recession, corporate and IT leaders continue to see a key role for IT, especially in regard to capturing efficiencies across the enterprise. Many expect IT investments to grow soon.”  – McKinsey Global Survey

Labour Market Data
Effective recruitment planning is hard without data. Here’s the latest labour data from the ABS.

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Go Home
Today is ‘Go Home On Time Day’, a brainchild of Australia Institute which recently conducted a comprehensive study on overtime work in Australia. Are you leaving office early today?.

Academia Blues
Melissa Gregg thinks that academia is no longer a smart choice.

JobDash
Jobdash, a career management tool for IT professionals, is already capitalising on Linkedin’s new API announcement.  Jobdash can be used to  ‘track and Filter real-time Employment Offers from Twitter and LinkedIn status updates’. Our world is rapidly changing.

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Consultant Tsunami
The rise in the number of consultants can be traced to redundancies and businesses preferring to engage experts without hiring new staff.

Career Poison
Australian women are putting off pregnancy believing it hinders promotion at work.

Source of Hire
Atlassian released data on their top sources of talent.  Craigslist is the #1 source

New Monster
High praise for Monster new resume search product. Will it be introduced in Australia?

New ways to work
Top 5 trends to watch in 2010.

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Thought for the week.

“ Social networks will spread further in the workplace, taking collaboration to a new level. As the lines between professional and personal communications become increasingly blurred, IT leaders will need to incorporate enterprise social networking into their overall unified communications and collaboration strategy. Enterprise-grade versions of Facebook, Twitter and Wikis in the workplace will begin to be as common as e-mail and will change the way business is conducted. As a result, the decision-making process will be accelerated, customers will receive immediate answers and workers will be more empowered” – Verizon, Top 10 Technology Trend for 2010

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Thought for the week

It is time for tougher monitoring and enforcement of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act, including naming of employers who fail to comply and an enhanced role for the Fair Work Ombudsman to investigate breaches of the Act. – ACTU

Gender Gap
The Global Gender Pay report placed Australia below Sri Lanka and Trinidad in the Gender gap Index (pay inequality). Australia ranked 20th.

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The new Untouchables
Thomas Friedman thinks it’s the age of the untouchables“those who have the ability to imagine new services, new opportunities and new ways to recruit work were being retained. They are the new untouchables” 

Revenge of the non-specialist
Via Dan Pink  – “A study of the top fifty game-changing innovations over a hundred-year period showed that nearly 80 percent of those innovations were sparked by someone whose primary expertise was outside the field in which the innovation breakthrough took place.”  

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Thoughts for the week (via John Sumser)



When John Sumser speaks, it’s wise to listen (I have been listening since 2001). In this brief Q&A, John examines some of the changes heading our way. Below are three confronting thoughts to ponder: 

It’s important to underline that finding people is no longer the problem. Almost the only people left who will say finding people is difficult are the people who find people – every body else uses Google. The hardest thing is having the right relationships so when it’s time to hire someone you have a chance of hiring them.

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How best to handle termination
Termination is sometimes necessary. How do you go about doing it well? Here’s how not to do it. Harvard looked at why the wrong people get laid off.

Adapt the service not the user
If people are more comfortable using social network, should we try to change their behaviour? Craig at eGov ponders on how best to react to changing behaviour.

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Thought for the week – "Online social networks are most useful when they address real failures in the operation of offline networks," – Mikolaj Jan Piskorski

Understanding users of social networks 
A fascinating look at what work on social networks. Hint – users do not click on advertising.  But, 70% of users view photographs.

What about newspapers?
Can print media be saved? Booz Allen offers four strategies  to reinvent print and make it profitable.

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Talent Tidbits – Indigenous job board, Web 2.0 usage & Fair Work Act



Thought for this week: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage

Web 2.0 at work
McKinsey second annual look at how companies are using web 2.0 technologies (e.g. blogs, RSS etc).  Firms who embraced web.20 applications are “enjoying benefits such as increased knowledge sharing and more effective marketing”.

First indigenous job board
Why it took this long is a mystery. That it took a private sector player to launch the first job board for indigenous Australians is another mystery. Regardless, it’s a welcome arrival. Kudos to everyone involved.

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Talent Tidbits – Unemployment rate, Mature talent, Culture and transparency



The real unemployment story
Unemployment rate currently stands at 5.8%. Ross Gittins explains the real reason why the rate continues to be low in Australia – under employment.  The increase in part-time employment , as full-time jobs are shed, is keeping unemployment numbers down.

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Talent Tidbits – unemployment rate, Twitter, Chris Anderson’s FREE and Cisco’s John Chambers



Economy
National Unemployment rate hits 5.8%. An additional 21,400 jobs were lost, most of it in permanent roles. It’s interesting that part-time roles continue to increase (400 jobs added in June).  While regional differences remains, the pain is likely to continue.

CEO speak
John Chambers, CEO and chairman of Cisco Systems, talks to McKinsey on a range of issues, including leadership and management. “Instead of 10 people running the company, with a very heavy leaning toward the command, we have moved to a structure with the top 500 people running it today

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Talent Tidbits – Minimum Wage, Mobile recruitment, Source of talent & Social media policy



Minimum Wage
Employers are happy, unions are not. The Pay Commission has decided to leave Australia’s minimum wage unchanged at $543.78 per week. A minimum wage of $14.31 per hour sounds harsh, but compared to other countries we are not doing too bad. In fact Australia is doing much better than its counterparts in other developed countries. The minimum wage in the US is $6.5 (AU$8.15), in the UK the rate hold firm at £5.73 (AU$11.62) and in Canada it varies from C$8.00 to C$10.00 across different regions. Here’s a comparison of minimum wages across the world.  What do you think? Is Australia’s minimum wage too low, or just enough? Tell us

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Talent Tidbits – social media links



Monitoring social media
What are job seekers saying about your employment brand? What are your customers or suppliers talking about? Monitoring the social media landscape is becoming an essential activity. Here’s a useful primer on how to make sense of the ever growing social media landscape.

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