for the week of Thanksgiving we promise to keep it short.
(1) Cover – Why managers have no idea how to hire low-skilled employees
(2) This week – Parental leave seems to be the next big thing in benefit policies
(3) Leadership – the only 2 things a manager has to do
And most importantly, we wish you a great Thanksgiving!
Managers hiring for low-skilled positions have no idea how to evaluate applicants, and it is a systemic problem.
We looked at the unusual causes and suggest some possible solutions.
This Week’s Finest
Now Is the Time to Have Kids (url) – Parental leave is a trending topic among larger technology companies.
Spotify – among others (e.g. Amazon; Netflix) – announced that it would offer a paid 6-month parental leave to all of its employees.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is also sending a strong signal as he announced to go on a 2-month paternity leave shortly.
Machines Recruit Better Than Humans (url) – researchers ran a test and the result is surprising to say the least.
Sample: 300,000 candidates in low-skill service-sector jobs.
Result: Candidates that have been tested and recommended by an algorithm stayed longer in the jobs than their ‘hand-selected’ peers.
That’s a big deal considering that these positions usually experience high-turnover.
Worth Reading – Leadership Issue
2 Things (url) – Andy Grove’s management book classic ‘High Output Management’ has a new foreword.
Lesson learned: A manager has two jobs: (1) train employees and/or (2) motivate employees.
Freelance Executives (url) – The labor landscape is changing. Even for senior executives.
A new trend is hiring executives and C-levels on a part-time/temp basis.
The advantages are (1) capital efficiency and more so (2) having the talent onlywhen you need it.
Go ahead and use our startup idea:
‘Uber for temp executives.’
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