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3 November 2014
HR: when the computer does the recruiting
Relying on algorithms to uncover a precious jewel: a secret weapon used by an increasing number of HR departments. At a time when new technology has resulted in an explosion in the number of job applications, new IT applications that can collect and process data quickly may appear to be the easy fix, and sometimes being more reliable than human intuition. Predictive analysis, video games, and Meetic/DirectDating style tests can all contribute to putting the right team together; how do these new types of technology actually work and can we trust them?
17 July 2014
Japan: update of the ‘worst companies’ list
The highly anticipated ‘Worst Company Award’ 2014 is going to be attributed this summer in Tokyo. Don’t be mistaken by the frivolity of the name: this list of nominees is one of the darkest sides of Japanese management. This black list has become famous, so much so that “black Kigyo” has entered people’s everyday language, especially young jobseekers.
23 April 2014
Italy: Cariparma-Crédit Agricole renews banking recruitment, cooperating with Ikea to choose staff
To recruit 100 youngsters, Cariparma-Crédit Agricole joined forces with Ikea in Parma.  The idea of working with the Swedish multinational’s subsidiary to try the most adapted candidates following its own parameters started with the fact that, in the future, banks would more and more operate like Ikea stores, starting with the smart subsidiaries that will open soon, where instead of having traditional counters customers will be able to do their operations alone (possibly with help from the employees).
26 March 2014
When businesses are tempted by Peter Pan’s spirit
Giving employees candy, setting up slides and swings at work or solving a problem through a ‘serious game’ with the Lego construction game: these “fun” management methods, traditionally used by web companies and presented as a relevant answer to the expectations of generation Y, are spreading to traditional businesses, experts say.  What could look like a series of recreational gadgets is actually hiding in-depth changes to the way leadership is addressed.
3 February 2014
Japan: “Japanese-style internships,” or how young graduates spend the first months after hiring being tested and trained to the company’s values
In Japan, March means stress for young graduates who, dressed in a black suite and white shirt, start applying in businesses.  Unlike human resources in the western world, these youngsters are not judged on individual technical criteria but on their persevering spirit.  Thus, for HR management in a Japanese company, what matters is the firm as a whole and as a community, not meeting...
10 September 2013
With Kununu portal, employees in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can rate their employers
Like the web platforms allowing customers to say what they think about hotels or restaurants, Kununu portal gives employees, apprentices and applicants the possibility of reviewing their employers, who can introduce themselves.  Created in 2007 by two young Austrians, the company is now the biggest employer-review platform in Germany-speaking countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), with 430,000 assessments on about 13,000 businesses.  Bought in January 2013 by XING, the German business network, Kununu is...
25 July 2013
How is an employer brand built? EADS, the most attractive employer in Spain in 2013, answers
EADS has received the Randstad Award 2013 for its excellent employer brand. In order to award this prize, Randstad polled about 7,000 people in Spain. Results reveal that participants ranked EADS as the most attractive place to work in the country. But how is an employer brand built? Mariano Alonso, Head of Human Resources of EADS in Spain, talk to Planet Labor. (Ref. 130505)