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Jul 27
2015

Tough at the Top

"With great power comes great responsibility." Recent history provides many examples of great commercial leaders doing great things for their resp...
Jul 20
2015

Don't Talk to Strangers (Just let them drive you, do your laundry or watch your kid)

Since 2009 I have been a neo-sharer, defined by Vision Critical as a person who uses emergent sharing services like Etsy, TaskRabbit, and Airbnb. This space has been called a few terms such as the sharing economy, collaborative economy or emergent sharing services. And to sum it up, the sharing economy is simply based on direct connections between individuals (without the need for a corporate go between) for goods or services. Some services help individuals share or rent things that would otherwise go unused, such as spare bedrooms, their home Wi-Fi network, the bicycle in the garage or the open seat in the car. Other services are focused on matching people who want to sell their professional skills directly to another in need of that expertise, including graphic design work, writing, babysitting or handyman services.

Jul 13
2015

The Need for Speed

It's an age-old balancing act we all encounter in our everyday lives, whether it's cooking a meal, cleaning the car or brushing our teeth – there are certain things that are very difficult to do quickly and to a high standard, with good reason. Recruitment is no exception. As Seven Step RPO rightly observe, "speed without quality will only cost you more in the long run" and "a bad hire can have a huge [financial] cost… not to mention strategic, cultural, or even legal damage."

Jul 06
2015

Is That Degree Bogus?

Online education has emerged as a rapidly growing industry and a viable alternative to traditional 'bricks and mortar' institutions. Bringing education within reach for many, the benefits are lower costs, greater convenience and flexible scheduling for today's busy lifestyles. The Internet has also spawned a worldwide problem – the so-called 'diploma mills' issuing fake or worthless degrees. The Today Show reported in June about candidates buying fake diplomas and even transcripts on the Internet from 'prestigious institutions' to pad their resumes. Those scams can usually be detected through academic credential screening. 

Jun 29
2015

To Test or Not To Test

Drugs – let's face it, we all have our vices. Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol – whether it is a little bit of energy to kick start the day or a real addiction, many people find it difficult to resist the chemical-altering allure of psychoactive substances. And whilst staff having a coffee or cigarette habit is unlikely to cause problems in the workplace, the same is unfortunately not always true for alcohol and other drugs. In one particularly stark example, a teacher in Nottinghamshire, UK has recently been banned from teaching after bringing alcohol into the primary school she was working in and consuming it on the premises, as reported by the Nottingham Post.

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