Ep 116: Workplace By Facebook

We continue to live in interesting times when it comes to HR Tech, with some of the world’s largest technology companies entering the space in the last couple of years. The strategies of Google and Microsoft have tended to dominate HR Tech conversations but, for me, Facebook’s moves into enterprise software are perhaps even more significant.

My guest this week is Monica Adractas, Global Director of Workplace by Facebook. Workplace now has a client base of 30,000 employers using Facebook technology to help their employees be more connected with each other.

In the interview we discuss:

• The philosophy behind Workplace and the reasons Facebook launched it

• How Facebook used Facebook the product to build Facebook the company

• How speed of change, disruption and complexity are changing employee engagement and communication.

• How technology helps top talent to have impact

• The use of visual technologies at work

• The role of automation and AI in creating seamless daily workflows

Monica also share some use cases from employers using Workplace and gives us her thoughts on the future of work

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Ep 115: My Career Life Story

So, this is the last episode of 2017 and I wanted to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone for making it such a brilliant year for the podcast. I’ve had some amazing guests, some very supportive sponsors and the audience has doubled in size. Thanks to everyone for the likes, shares, comments, reviews and other feedback you’ve sent me. I really appreciate the support and I’m looking forward to an even more ambitious year for the podcast in 2018.

As this is the last show of the year I thought I’d bring you something a bit different. Back in February I recorded an interview for the Career Life Stories series produced by Nick Price and Working films. My Career Life Story was a launched a few weeks back and I thought it might be good to present it to you in audio format via the podcast.

Here are the intro notes on the interview from the Career Life Stories web site:

“Matt Alder is a speaker, author and talent acquisition consultant and has been at the forefront of digital recruitment marketing since the late nineties.

Matt was there at the beginning of the online revolution in recruitment working with TMP and Monster.com in the late nineties. He went on to lead Digital Teams at a time when the industry was transforming from placing jobs in newspapers to embracing – albeit slowly – utilizing the internet for jobs. As Matt says, “We used to do presentations saying that the internet would change the way people looked for jobs and everyone used to laugh at us.”
He was part of a digital generation and new-wave of talented people whose formative careers were at a time when the world was changing as the internet took hold.

As  well as being one of the leading podcasters in the recruiting industry with over 14,000 global listeners to his Recruiting Futures podcast, he has also recently written a book called Exceptional Talent which he has co-authored with Mervyn Dinnen.

In this episode we cover:

• Matt’s early introduction to the internet and his passion for technology
• How his drama and acting experience shaped his early years
• Leading the first digital recruitment teams in the UK
• Starting his own business – including the tough lessons learnt as a founder with an HR Tech startup
• The development of his podcast and why its his passion
• What it was like writing his first book”

Thanks again for all your support and I’ll be back with Episode 116 of The Recruiting Future Podcast in January

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Ep 114: Developing Resourcing Strategically

There is often a lot of confusion between tactics and strategy in discussions about talent acquisition. However, with so many employers facing challenges in hiring the talent they need, having a genuinely strategic approach to resourcing has never been more important.

My guest this week is John Wallace. John has driven resourcing strategies for a number of employers including RBS, Tesco Bank and Barclays. He has recently published a book on strategic resourcing which is full of highly valuable insights and case studies.

In the interview we discuss:

▪ What is resourcing strategy?

▪ The four key challenges for employers which mean getting resourcing right is vital

▪ Why building capability is much more important than cutting costs

▪ The three conditions needed for strategic resourcing

▪ How to make the business case for strategic resourcing

John also shares his thoughts on the role of technology and his predictions for the next 12-18 months in talent acquisition

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Ep 113: Culture, Passion and Advocacy

Rapidly scaling a company while protecting the culture and values that makes it unique is a significant challenge. But what should the recruiting team be doing to help solve this problem?

My guest this week is Nicolle Sinclair, Global Head of Talent at craft beer producer Brewdog. Brewdog is famous for its unconventional approach to business and, as well as being one of the fastest growing companies in the UK; it is also scaling up internationally with breweries in the USA and Australia. Retaining their unique culture as they do this is no easy task, and I was delighted to get to talk to Nicolle about Brewdog’s approach to recruiting.

In the interview we discuss:

• Brewdog’s recruiting challenges

• Recruiters as “cultural guardians.”

• The history of the Brewdog Charter

• The importance of developing specialist knowledge within an in-house recruiting team

• The role of technology and choosing the right platform

• How to communicate with candidates and give people a world-class experience even if they have been unsuccessful

Nicolle talks about the role of employee and customer advocacy and give us a taster of what’s next for Brewdog

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Ep 112: People Centric Employer Branding

Employer Branding is always a topic that provokes a lot of debate. So much debate in fact that sometimes it is difficult to get a clear view of what strategies are working. It’s fair to say that many employers are now putting their employees at the centre of their employer brand strategy but have do you have a people centric approach in a large complex organisation?

My guest this week is Julie Griggs, Head of Talent and Resourcing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Julie leads a team that has been doing some interesting, innovative and effective work in employer branding.

In the interview we discuss:

• The challenges of recruiting for a large university with diverse needs.

• Technology as the foundation of a smooth candidate journey

• Putting people at the heart of employer branding

• Innovative approaches to photography and video

• Their unique approach to attracting senior hires

• The importance of candidate and hiring manager feedback

Julie also talks about the results her team has seen from using this approach and shares some valuable advice for employers who are just getting starting with employer branding.

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