Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Innovative Hiring

In this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup, we're featuring a mix of insight on innovative hiring. Enjoy!

1) A Data-Driven Approach to Group Creativity from Harvard Business Review

“How can you ensure that your company has innovative teams? Though many organizations already use assessment for hiring, leadership development, team-building, and executive coaching, it has not been extended much to hiring and building better innovation teams. Why does this even matter? It matters because innovation requires specific personality types, characteristics, and an environment that engenders psychological safety, to be unleashed. In select studies, innovation teams that leveraged personality types generated 95 times more profit and increased the speed as well as effectiveness of new business development by over 900% compared to their counterparts.”

2) Is Better Employee Engagement the Solution to Hiring Woes? from Fox News - Entrepreneur

“Engaged employees who become natural brand ambassadors are essential for hiring a successful workforce. When employees are engaged, they’re more committed to their employer and more likely to tell their friends about what’s going on at the company, according to a March survey by Sprout Social of 1,000 people.”

3) Checklist: Employer Branding Tools and Tactics Every Modern Recruiter Should Know from LinkedIn Talent Blog

Our founder, Susan LaMotte, weighs in along with her peers in the spirit of HR Open Source (HROS.co / #HROS).

“The field of Employer Branding has evolved into the fastest growing area of recruiting. 62% of global talent leaders say Employer Brand is their biggest priority for 2016. Many companies are building dedicated employer brand teams to help them shape and steer their employer brand narratives. Employer Brand has matured into a key component to a modern corporate recruiting function.The following checklist can be used as a guide to help steer considerations on things you may want to include in your Employer Brand strategy and roadmap.”

4) Effective Hiring: Our Three-Step Journey To A Better Process from Forbes

“Ask any entrepreneur how he or she feels about hiring and you are likely to be on the receiving end of an eye roll, a sigh and a war story. It’s common for business owners to struggle with the hiring portion of their jobs because, after all, we started our businesses with a specific product or service in mind. Hiring is usually something we learn as we go. Recruiters often compare looking for the right candidates to dating—not only because of the many games we end up generating with the wrong processes, but also because even with a perfect process, any person’s potential is hard to grasp fully, because potential is truly contextual. But if you create a great framework for an assessment program, you can let the right decisions unfold.”

5) 3 hiring strategies for small-business owners from The Business Journals

“Each year, Google receives more than 2 million job applications. That’s an average of more than 38,000 per week. Needless to say, they aren’t exactly struggling to find candidates. There’s a lot the Googles and Facebooks of the world have going for them to attract job seekers: Size, brand recognition, growth and a culture that consistently earns best place to work awards. Google offers extensive perks for employees (some more “out there” than others) that appeal to job seekers, from on-site doctors to toilets with seat warmers. Facebook has a barber shop on site, multiple restaurants and an arcade, and offers “baby cash” to employees with newborns. Small businesses and startups can’t exactly match these perks, and they don’t have the brand recognition to have applicants lined up out the door. But that doesn’t mean they can’t compete for talent…they just have to change how they do it.”

Kathleen O'Brien (@kathleen_eliz) is a Lead Consultant & Project Manager for exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps organizations build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about our employer brand innovation, workforce research, and recruiting strategy offerings.

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