The 10 Must-Read Articles for Recruiters This Week

November 13, 2020

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If you’re looking to embrace talent analytics and reduce the chance of bias creeping into your data, a recent article from Harvard Business Review encourages talent professionals to adopt the behavior of an unlikely group: 3-year-olds. 

“Consider using an approach loved by toddlers around the world,” writes people analytics expert Heather Whiteman. “Ask ‘why?’ at least five times.” She argues that we often are too quick to pinpoint the cause of a problem and that we need to take the time to dig deeper. The lesson here? Always ask questions and don’t forget to channel your inner (and most persistent) child.

In addition to learning more about how data doesn’t need to “be a sponge soaking up human biases,” we’ve got plenty more to read in this week’s list of top articles for recruiters. You can find out why missing the office could be an existential crisis; how the pandemic continues to stretch working parents to the breaking point; how Canadian companies are adding drive-through job fairs to their recruiting toolbox; how to “operationalize” empathy in your hiring process; and much more.

Here are the must-read articles for this week:

1. 7 Ways HR Can Build a Fairer, Data-Informed Culture (Harvard Business Review)

2. The Existential Toll of Missing the Office (Quartz at Work)

3. Strategy: Not Your Typical Article About Empathy in Hiring (ERE)

4. Workers Exhaust Time-Off Options as Covid-19, Child-Care Issues Compound (Wall Street Journal)

5. Top Ways Companies Are Measuring Their Diversity and Inclusion Progress (LinkedIn Talent Blog)

6. Back to the Office: Tough Call for Workers, and for the Boss (The New York Times)

7. Should HR Support CEOs Who Take Hard Political Stances? (Fistful of Talent)

8. Employers Test Drive-Through Job Fairs in Lieu of Traditional Meetups (The Globe and Mail)

9. Four Principles to Ensure Hybrid Work Is Productive Work (MIT Sloan Management Review)

10. Washington Football Team Hires Chief People Officer for HR Department (ESPN)

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