In The Know v1.42 SaaS

On November 12, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
In The Know v1.42 SaaS Tutorial If you are involved with HR Technology in any way, you need to understand the Software as a Service (SaaS) story. These five links will help you get a clearer picture and sort out some of the mumbo jumbo. Microsoft’s Definition According to the folks in Redmond, SaaS is […]

Top 100 v1.72 Laurie Ruettimann

On November 11, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, Movers/Shakers, by John Sumser
Top 100 v1.72 Laurie Reuttimann It would be very easy to dismiss Laurie Reuttimann as a lightweight or vacuous. (I was going to use the word flaky but that means undependable and Laurie is never that.) The personality behind Punk Rock HR and the current author of Cynical Girl, Reutttiman takes a very 21st Century social […]

Going To HRDemo

On November 10, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
By now, you’ve heard my notion that software is really that thing that operates between you and the people at the vendor. Thick or thin, software is a kind of membrane that is supposed to be the place where all of the action takes place. Since it’s 80% the same, what matters? Company culture. What you really need to know when you buy technology is what is the vendor’s culture? Do they blame each other when something breaks? Do they get creative when there’s a problem? Do they quickly jump to tell you whether or not the problem is a scope issue? Are they more interested in your success or their own? Are promptness and accuracy the way they role? Or, are they quick to obfuscate and slither with spin?

Calling BS on Social Recruiting

On November 9, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
While social recruiting operates as Jason describes it, the problem is really different if you are a 10 person shop, a 500 person company or a 100,000 person enterprise. For a lucky few (say the top 1500 companies), the existing brand is good enough to drive employment branding activities. For the other 97% of us, employment branding is a challenging battle rife with opportunities to throw good money after bad. The trick is that ‘defining your target audience’ isn’t so easy. There are no good templates and no proven methods for adequately identifying, sizing and attracting the people you want to reach. Whenever you hear someone tell you about the ‘viral power of the internets’, hold on to your wallet. For the vast majority of us, the internet is anything but viral.

The HRExaminer v1.40

On November 5, 2010, in Editorial Advisory Board, From The Vault, Hank Stringer, HRExaminer, John Sumser, Weekly, by John Sumser
Read The Weekly HRExaminer v1.40 Now Feature | Alice Snell Top 100 Influencer v1.71 Widely seen as a voice of reason in a sea of hype, Alice Snell effectively navigates the line that separates corporate advocacy and best practices documentation as Vice President of Taleo Research. There are not many people who have been researching […]

In The Know v1.39: Influence

On November 4, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
You’re going to hear more and more about influence. At some point, there might actually be useful stuff about how to get specific things done using it. Until then, we’re all going to think and stew. In the new world of work, no one has any authority. We all represent a team. In most cases, more than one of our team mantes can over rule us. So, we’re learning to manage using influence. It means that we make decisions without firm backing and try to make sure that the holes are filled in as we go along.

Top 100 v1.71 Alice Snell

On November 4, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, Movers/Shakers, by John Sumser
Top 100 Influencers in HR v1.71 Alice Snell There are not very many people who have been researching Human Capital issues as long as Alice Snell. The Vice President of Taleo Research has been covering the space for 15 years. Widely seen as a voice of reason in a sea of hype, Alice effectively navigates the […]

Influence Project Status Report

On November 3, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
We find greatness by tackling the imperfect. Waiting around to get it right always produces ‘analysis paralysis’. It’s better to put a stake in the ground and get started than it is to sit around waiting for perfect inspiration, the right timing and an unassailable position of strength. It’s easier to navigate when you’re moving. […]

From The Vaults: Cost Per Hire

On November 2, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
The HRExaminer archives are a dangerous place to visit. Here’s a decade old piece on the nonesense of using ‘cost per hire’ as a recruiting metric. Still, today, this is the prime measurement in many places. Ouch. The idea of adequately planned replacements (non-reactive recruiting) is still taking root but the progress has been slow. […]

From The Vaults: Tools Wear Out

On November 1, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
Here’s a smart piece from exactly 10 years ago. At the time, we were facing serious labor shortages as the dot com thing exploded. While the thinking about labor supplies has certainly changed, the fundamental point of the article continues to be valid. Tools wear out. The competitive advantage accorded to early adopters (when they aren’t busy being fooled by their own enthusiasm) is not a permanent improvement. The people who are making hay today with social media are not generating repeatable results. Rather, they are benefiting from the fact that they are ahead of their time.