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Dr. John Sullivan is a well-known thought leader in HR. He is a frequent speaker and advisor to Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley firms. Formerly the chief talent officer for Agilent Technologies (the 43,000-employee HP spin-off), he is now a professor of management at San Francisco State University. He was called the "Michael Jordan of Hiring" by Fast Company magazine. More recruiting articles by Dr. Sullivan can be found in the ER Daily archives.

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The era of employers avoiding public consequences for disparate treatment of women and minorities in the workplace is over. Employers that neglect internal issues on gender face severe legal and reputational risk in the age of #MeToo and Time’s Up....
What a way to kick off the first day of SourceCon Atlanta. Holly Mallowes enters the stage and is ready to share how everyone can become their own sourcing machine. Eager to listen and prepared to take copious notes; I...
As the competition for talent intensifies, companies are desperate to discover what they can do to attract the best employees. As a result, many employers are revamping their benefits offerings to better support current employees to improve retention, as well...
When your company is doing well, employment branding is a breeze. But what happens when your organization is at the center of a negative press storm? Below, you’ll hear from the embodiment of grace under pressure: Carly Sanchez, of Wells Fargo, a...
Hiring the right people at the right time can make or break a business. Unfortunately, most businesses wait to hire until it’s almost too late. This makes it essential to bring new hires on quickly and efficiently. You don’t want...
Have you heard about this group yet? Respectful Exits calls itself the “organized voice of aging workers,” and it aims to give voice to a group that is often forgotten (except in the most legalistic way) in the whole question of...

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Employers slowed their hiring in April, adding a seasonally adjusted 160,000 new non-farm jobs, the smallest increase since September. Economists had been expecting a much larger gain of about 200,000 jobs. The monthly Labor Department report released this morning also put the unemployment rate at 5%, unchanged from March, and not much different...
Many organizations have a sound strategy, but fail to execute their full potential. Why is that? Because culture eats strategy for breakfast. Easily! Culture is the way ‘we’ do things. The behavior of a network of people (a workforce) is continuously shaping its own culture. This culture is driving performance, or it does...
Studies show there are essentially two types of managers (and companies) — those that are accounting-focused and those that are marketing-focused. Accounting-minded managers focus primarily on reducing costs and overhead. This approach appears to make/save money in the short run, but actually has the potential to lose customers over the long
Whether employees are located just down the hall or across the country, training is a critical part of the overall development process, not just for new hires but at every point in the career lifecycle. As more companies embrace the idea of fully remote workforces, training becomes especially important as a way to...
Many companies — from multinational mega-corporations to neighborhood markets — are still using outdated hiring techniques. Clinging to the ways of the past when constructing a workforce leads to high turnover, stagnant engagement from staff, and quarterly reports in the red. In some cases, it is as if they are staffed by a...
The Future of HR Is Already Here — Dominate Your Industry by Adopting These Silicon Valley Principles If your CEO expects your firm to lead your industry, he/she will eventually realize that this can only happen if the firm adopts a “continuous innovation” model. That means that CEOs in all major industries will...

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The HR literature is full of studies and research and examples of how empowering employees is good business. None of these are as compelling as the three stories Stacey Rodgers tells of a costume, a turtle and pizza at midnight....
A 2016 FINRA Foundation study found a full two-thirds of Americans would fail a financial literacy test. Does that stat surprise you? It probably shouldn’t, given the deck that’s stacked against most Americans. Think about what most people are facing: Busy...
I wrote about WorkHere back in February. At the time, I had heard rumors that the startup was in trouble and wanted to investigate. After sitting with the company’s executives, I became convinced the company was at a crossroads and...
Have you seen this startling current job market statistic? For the first time in this century, there are more job openings than unemployed people. And this shortage of unemployed applicants means that you must shift your recruiting strategy from an...
Innovation isn’t easy. It requires dedicated time, support from company leaders and often a cost investment, but it can lead to big payoffs. In fact, companies that use collaborative innovation models like design thinking are twice as likely as their peers to...
Commuting is changing rapidly. New U.S. Census data tells us that the number of “super commuters”– those who travel 90 minutes or more to their workplace  —  increased by 23 percent between 2010 and 2015. On the other hand, over 2.7...

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