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Articles by Jessica Miller-Merrell
We are less than 12 days away from the start of the HR event of the year which is the SHRM Annual Conference held in the Big Easy. I find it appropriate that the conference’s slogan is ‘All in’ which implies that you are truly committed and devoted to the HR profession . ‘All in’ is a slang term often used in poker meaning to be totally committed to something which in our case is the profession of human resources.
The field of neuroscience for leadership and the workplace is a growing one. Research is connecting past behaviors and experiences to employee engagement, learning and also your ability to adapt to workplace change. That’s a skill we need, because it seems we are moving at a faster pace at ever before.
Episode 117: How Neuroscience Changes Learning at Work with Britt Andreatta (@brittandreatta)
One thing is for certain is that building your personal brand is a long game. It takes time. It's also in my opinion a professional necessity especially in this day and age. With the age of the internet. The opportunity and ability to really establish yourself as a professional in human resources and recruiting exists whether you are looking for global branding or building a presence in the local community.
I’m all about engagement, sharing and oversharing when it comes to social media. I also absolutely love technology. My life is surrounded by it. Not only is it part of my job, but I use apps like Yelp to select places to eat when I’m traveling. I also rent clothing for special events using apps like Rent the Runway. I’m leveraging technology for productivity and life efficiency. My goal is to not go to the store. I absolutely hate it. It’s a complete waste of my time which is why I use websites like Soap.com for online and automated ordering.
- 92% of recruiters plan on using social media in their recruiting efforts over the next 12 months
- 49% of recruiters said social media increased candidate quality
- Recruiters saved $370,000,000 in recruitment expenses with social media in 2012. (See the inforgraphic from iMomentous to more insights about this stat below.)
Sometimes the one word can mean different things to different people. In the HR space, gamification is one of those words. Gather a group of HR pros and casually throw out the word to see what I’m talking about first hand. This newest HR technology either brings to mind fond thoughts of leaderboards and interactive play or elicits eye rolls and skeptical glares.
My Work Sabbatical & Digital Detox
I recently did something that only the bravest men and women dare to do in our day and age. It was wild and unprecedented and took a great deal of self-control to see it through. I put down my smart phone, shut my laptop when I was finished working and passed along my iPad to my daughter to play Angry Birds for a little while. I, the sometimes queen of social media, took a social media sabbatical. What’s even crazier than the fact that I underwent a digital detox is the fact that I actually enjoyed it.
Mobile is the next frontier when it comes to recruitment technologies. Our industries innovations follow in the footsteps of consumer and business industry trends. First, with data storage systems like the applicant tracking systems, and then cloud and SaaS based systems, and the use of social media as part of recruiting. Yes, mobile is the next frontier in the recruiting world, and slow yet steady progress is being made.
The Importance of Workplace Technology and Internal Collaboration