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People Geekly #08

Issue No. 08, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the eighth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

"Engaged employees create loyal customers."

TRISTAN BISHOP  (@KnowledgeBishop)

Could your bad hires be the fault of your job advertisements? A typical ad focuses on what the employer wants from an applicant, but a new study suggests that ads that focus on what employers can offer job seekers get better employee-company matches, and better qualified candidates. The solution is not to simply put these “needs-supplies” statements on your job ads if they are not true. That just creates an expectation that you can’t live up to, and these hires become more likely quit.  

IBM recently did a study that busted some myths of the millennial employee stereotypes. Turns out the biggest difference between millennials is their digital talent, but that’s due to the fact that they have grown up in a digital world. When it comes to other things like career goals, employee engagement, leadership styles and recognition, millennials  have similar attitudes to Gen X employees and baby boomers. There are some interesting findings across the generations, including 54% of Millennial don’t fully understand their organization’s business strategy (for Baby Boomers, it’s 58%).


Valuing humans (7.5 min)

Last week we got a mention by Christopher Mims in the WSJ. Unfortunately paywalled, but the headline tells a lot "In ‘People Analytics,’ You’re Not a Human, You’re a Data Point". Here, Stela Lupushor and Steven Huang present the counterpoint - how people analytics is creating a new humanising force. How? "The pioneers of the People Analytics industry are best poised to usher Human Resources into the data-driven era with the rigor used by the rest of the business" argue Lupushor and Huang. "However, the onus is on that same group of pioneers to shape the practice so that data is used to humanize the work environment." They point out that People Analytics is not going to replace HR, but rather save it.

Are HR departments seasoned manipulators? (8 min, 15 sec) OUR TOP PICK 

It’s a clickbait headline (ok, we did it too), but this article makes some great points with regard to how HR departments have arguably evolved to work against employee interests, and become “cold wardens of the workplace”. By creating "positive work environments” (without any input as to what that might be), there is a risk that the message to employees is that “you better like the culture HR creates for you, or else,” writes Cliff Weathers. Worse,  says Weathers, they kill off creativity, and can act as “corporate pararsites”. He hopes in the future "more corporations treat their workers as creative, social individuals instead of disposable assets can still be great for their bottom line."

Being able to best engage remote workers is increasingly one of those “magic” part of company toolkits. In this article Belle Cooper talks about practical ways of building rapport remotely. One great idea was “tree time”. This is a code word for needing to focus without being distracted by real-time chat – ironically the lifeline of remote workers, but also the bane of staying focused. You can use the code word with everyone understanding what is needed and not getting offended. Essential reading for your remote workers - or better yet - for the people back at home base.

Today we have our CxD conference and panel on in San Francisco. We'd love you to follow along and join in the conversation with the hashtag #CxD2015

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