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HR Roundup: Week of August 14

In More Posts... — by Erin Engstrom

You’d Better Ask Somebody: Why Employee Referrals (Still) Matter in Hiring
“Crowdsourcing” was just added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. With reviews sites like Yelp, Glassdoor and TripAdvisor, it seems like the practice is ubiquitous today. But recruiters and hiring managers have been crowdsourcing forever, in the form of referrals. In fact, crowdsourcing is more important in hiring than anywhere else. Not only is it a heck of a lot more expensive to hire someone than to go out to eat, the reviewer (aka the referrer) has a lot more on the line than the arm-chair restaurant critic: their professional reputation.
Source: Katrina Kibben ( @KatrinaKibben )/RecruitingDaily

Top Recruiter (Not Recruiting) Fails
Everybody falls into bad habits sometimes. Do you troll Facebook while interviewing candidates on the phone? Try to squeeze a 30-minute interview into 10 minutes? Give up on pursuing a candidate because you can’t reach them? Your answer to more effective recruitment might just be an adjustment or two away.
Source: Dawn Burke ( @DawnHBurke )/Fistful of Talent

HR is Broken. Here’s How to Fix it
At too many organizations, HR pros are simply policy enforcers and benefits administrators. If you’re working at one such company, consider managing up and educating senior leadership about how else HR can positively impact the workplace. Data analytics is a great way to do this. Countless tools are available to help you measure and predict everything from staffing needs to training opportunities to employee performance.
Source: Marcus Mossberger ( @MMossberger )/Fast Company

How GoDaddy Changed its Image and Nearly Tripled the Amount of Women Engineers it Hires
Does your company have an image problem? Thanks to its commercials featuring women in tight tank tops, it wasn’t too long ago that GoDaddy conveyed to outsiders the perception of a sexist boys’ club. In fact, that image didn’t at all reflect corporate culture. Last year, only 14 percent of its engineering interns and new hire grads were women; today it’s 39 percent. How’d they make the jump? Revamping their marketing, presence at women’s tech conferences and training for hiring bias have all helped. Today, GoDaddy’s percentage of female engineers far exceeds that of even Google or Apple.
Source: Paul Petrone/LinkedIn

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