#SHRM14: If The Dude Were an HR Professional…

first_imgWell first of all, he’d be employed, which is very un-dude like. If The Dude were to harness his passion for bowling (and lay off the white Russians), he could potentially be a very compassionate and innovative leader in HR…maybe.This Aggression Will Not StandIf The Dude could offer his candidates anything, it would be a great experience. He’s not big on stats, because let’s face it, everyone has an agenda, but a Qualigence infographic revealed that 52% of candidates complained that they didn’t feel like they were being treated as individuals in the hiring process. Unless you’re a nihilist, that’s a statistic that should mean something to recruiters.With all we know now about how the candidate experience can affect the overall brand, and transversely the success of the organization, this is an area in which all recruiters could focus on improving.Donny, You’re Out of Your ElementHe’d know his strengths and he’d know his weaknesses. A bowler he is, a social media or marketing expert he ain’t. With changing trends, best practices and technologies, recruiters need to realize when their out of their element and seek help. That help can come from teaming up with the marketing department, hiring a social media expert, or getting the recruiting technology that works for their unique needs. One of The Dudes favorite ERE contributors, Jaque Vilet said:“By placing Recruiting under Marketing, it would strengthen its ability to become truly strategic. There is also an opportunity for synergy between the two in a way that would not occur if Recruiting continued to report to HR.”Smokey My Friend, You’re Entering a World of PainAfter Smokey tried to mark it an eight, he also announced that he didn’t have a mobile recruiting strategy. Huge mistake. As Josh Bersin said, “Mobile is the platform, not a platform”. He also said, “…HR buyers want software their employees will use. Mobile is becoming a critical buying criteria, so vendors with weak mobile strategies are going to fall behind.” It’s best to just mark it an eight and get a mobile strategy before Sobchack has a pull a gun during league play.The Rug Really Tied the Room TogetherThe Dude knows when a rug ties the room together and he knows when a candidate can do the same for a team. We’re talking about cultural fit here. The Dude always seems to be a bit low on fundage, so he knows that the cost of a bad hire can really make an impact on the organization. 43% of companies end up making a bad hire because they needed to fill the job quickly.You can’t really rush The Dude, it just doesn’t happen. He knows that taking the time to find the right fit, will almost always result in a better investment, long term, even when you factor in the costs associated with an empty desk.I know it’s a bit of a stretch –HR and The Big Lebowski, but somebody had to do it! Besides that, who knows what he would have been capable if his briefcase hadn’t been stolen. In closing, I hope I see you all at SHRM National 2014. I know I’ll be there with a beverage man. If you see me, come say hi and we’ll share a white Russian.- The Dude AbidesGoing to SHRM National in Orlando?Help a great cause by attending the Big Lebowski “Bowl for a Cause” fundraiser Sunday Night.Not going to be there? Contribute here!To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

Humble Bundle Launches Its Third Pay-What-You-Want Video Game Offer

first_imgA package deal on 5 great indie games is always good news for gamers, but it’s the way that deal works that continues to make Humble Bundle both interesting and unique. The Humble Bundle lets buyers choose what they want to pay for the games. Not only do you get to set the price you’d like to pay for all 5 games, you can also determine how that money gets allocated: dividing it between the game developers, the Humble Bundle team, and charitable organizations. As with past bundles, the two charities involved are the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play.Since the launch of the first Humble Bundle last year, the effort has raised over $1 million for charity. The generosity of gamers is noteworthy, as is exactly what that generosity looks like in terms of the different platforms for which the games are downloaded. In the past, Linux and Mac users have proven to be far more generous than Windows users, with Linux users contributing twice as much as Windows users.The Humble Bundle offer only lasts two weeks, but as the games are available DRM-free, once you purchase them, they’re yours to re-download and re-install as you deem fit. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The Humble Bundle is set to launch its latest package deal today, continuing its successful “pay-what-you-want” business model with the release of a new bundle containing 5 indie games.This bundle includes: Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. As with the previous Humble Bundles, these games are all available cross platform (several of which are making their Mac and Linux debuts with this offer) and are DRM-free. Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#gaming#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… audrey watterslast_img read more

European Net Usage Growth Opens Doors for International Business

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… guest author 1 Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img Internet usage in the European Union is rising and it’s no accident – the EU and United Kingdom governments are investing in policies to boost their digital economies. Their carefully considered Digital Agenda aims to improve Internet business opportunities by boosting broadspeed and getting more people online.What’s more, each country is vying to outdo the others. For example, Britain is aiming to win the race online by becoming the first nation in the world where everyone is able to access and use the Web.Robert Nicholson is the Marketing Manager at Interxion, a UK-based data services provider. You can follow him on Twitter at @robbothan.Good for Europe, you may be saying – but what has it got to do with businesses in the US? Well, the answer is a heck of a lot. Interxion has put together a visualization of the data surrounding this digital race and unearthed some startling figures that represent fantastic opportunities for businesses worldwide.Here is what we discovered:Perhaps the most relevant piece of information is that while 45% of British businesses are purchasing goods and services online, only 15% of British businesses are providing them. This means that UK-based companies are not meeting the demand, and this is where international businesses can swoop in and cater to this need.However, the Digital Agenda’s main purpose was to stimulate domestic business opportunities in order to decrease the EU’s reliance on the financial industry. In an effort to boost local economies, the Agenda could potentially force proprietary systems (think Apple’s iPhone) to open up to competitors.Nevertheless, recent events are making the EU attractive for international business owners – particularly in e-commerce. With more and more European users online looking to purchase goods, international companies have a historic chance to grab some of that business.– Robert Nicholson IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Guest last_img read more

Secure your SMX West pass now & save big. Rates increase next week!

first_imgSecure your SMX West pass now & save big. Rates increase next week!You are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingSecure your SMX West pass now & save big. Rates increase next week! Posted on 5th December 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Don’t miss out: Your chance to lock in the lowest rate on a seat at SMX West expires next week! The West Coast’s largest search marketing conference is coming to San Jose, California, March 13-15, and we want you to join us for three days of actionable, cutting-edge search marketing tactics presented by the SEO and SEM experts you trust.The search marketing profession is defined by change. We don’t need to tell you that. You live it every day. Tactics that work today are outdated next quarter. Platforms launch while others sunset. You’re bombarded by new products, technologies, algorithms and buzzwords. Pillars of the industry crumble in the blink of an eye.Search marketers worth their salt embrace the chaos. They thrive on it. They know that in order to be the best versions of themselves, the smartest and most capable, they need to train. Regularly.That’s why they attend SMX West. You should, too.
Act now to lock in our lowest rates on an All Access pass. You’ll save $400 off on-site rates, something you and your boss will appreciate.Here’s a taste of what you will enjoy at SMX West:Actionable content: 60+ expert-led sessions. The latest in SEO and SEM. You will walk away absolutely stocked with tips and tactics you can implement immediately. See the complete agenda here.Programmed by our sister site, Search Engine Land: At SMX, you’ll get all of the Search Engine Land content you love — live — straight from our editors and hand-picked industry experts.In-depth training: Extend your SMX experience with a pre-conference, full-day workshop, including in-depth training and invaluable industry networking.Something for everyone: Single-track conferences can be a snooze. We offer multiple tracks that run simultaneously to keep you constantly interested.100 percent white hat: We maintain the highest standards when it comes to the quality of speaker presentations. You’ll only learn tactics that are safe for your brand or clients.The SMX experience goes beyond tactics. You’ll benefit from:powerful connections: Dynamic networking events let you dive into intense conversations, share insights and ideas and establish friendships with your peers.respected brands: Esteemed boutique agencies and household names alike return to our Expo Hall and session rooms year after year because they know it’s worth it.safe environment: We proudly deliver a safe place for marketers to learn and share. And we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone.diverse training: Session formats are carefully constructed to match each topic. At SMX, you’ll experience solo sessions, panels, roundtables, keynotes and Q&A clinics.exceptional amenities: Full breakfasts and hot lunches, built-in recharge and refreshment breaks and complimentary WiFi are all included in your All Access pass.100 percent unbiased content: Our unbiased, vendor-agnostic content is designed to do one thing: help you succeed. That’s our only agenda.Coming to a conference is an investment. You put a lot in and deserve to get a lot out. Join us at SMX and walk away armed with fresh tactics, tips and techniques that can be immediately implemented to drive traffic, convert visitors and grow your business. We guarantee it.P.S. Need to get the green light from management to attend? Check out our super-handy “Get Your Boss Onboard” guide to make the case with ease.From our sponsors: Secure your SMX West pass now & save big. Rates increase next week!last_img read more

Maybe Apple’s Next Watch Should Do Less, Not More

first_imgThe Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables Tags:#Android Wear#Apple#Apple Watch#Google#smartwatches How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Apple supposedly wants to put a FaceTime camera in its next smartwatch, along with more wireless support, 9to5Mac sources say. Although its original Apple Watch has only been on the market for a couple of months, the company may have plenty of reason to focus on the next generation device already. Estimates figure sales levels are only approaching 3 million units. (Perhaps tellingly, Apple hasn’t announced official numbers.) See also: 11 Things About The Apple Watch That May Surprise YouApple also supposedly wants to fill the gap between the $1,000 stainless steel model and the $10,000 gold edition. The report claims another premium price tier will fall somewhere above the $1,000 level. There’s a lot of wiggle room between those two points for the company to experiment with different materials. If the story pans out, then it would appear that Apple’s push for more features and options could be its way of drumming up more enthusiasm for its watch. However, if that’s the goal, then stuffing potentially battery-draining features into a gadget that already suffers from mediocre battery life may not be the way to go. Feature Creep When does a watch need to stand alone? (Pictured: Sony Smartwatch 3)The site’s marquee writer, Mark Gurman, has a track record for delivering solid leaks, so his reports could warrant more attention than most rumors. (Most recently, he leaked several iOS 9 features ahead of their announcement at the last Worldwide Developers Conference.) If his sources are correct this time too, then the second-generation Apple Watch will get a camera on its front bezel, as well as more wireless features that could allow for more independence. See also: What Developers Have Learned Building Apps For The Apple WatchAlthough the watch can do some limited things on its own—like Apple Pay and activity tracking—it requires an iPhone for most functions. Now, the 9to5Mac story explains that “Apple intends to integrate a new and more dynamic wireless chipset into the wearable,” for even more functionality apart from an iPhone. Think checking emails, iMessages, weather forecasts and so on over Wi-Fi. Less need for an iPhone may also set the stage for Android support someday, whether officially or through jailbreaking. Smartwatch independence matters most when you don’t want to take your phone with you, while running, cycling and exploring the great outdoors. You could make a case that GPS tracking (recently added to Android Wear) would be much more useful in those scenarios than beefing up Wi-Fi support. In any case, increased Wi-Fi usage shouldn’t necessarily hammer the Apple Watch’s power cell too badly—unless it’s often hunting for a network. The signal search can bring even larger devices to their knees. The possibility of a FaceTime camera is even more surprising. Samsung already tried putting a camera on a smartwatch with its early Galaxy Gear, and it didn’t go down too well. But the hardware may be less interesting than the premise that Apple would want us video calling from our wrists. The first Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung had a goofy, and underwhelming, band-situated camera. Consider this: On a color touchscreen device, what really slams the battery is the display. (It’s the reason Pebble chose e-paper screens for its smartwatches.) Holding up your arm long enough for a video chat may be uncomfortable and annoying, but it’s nothing compared to FaceTime drilling holes in your watch’s already meager power bucket. (According to Gurman’s report, watches can end the day with roughly 30% to 40% battery, though with moderate use.)   Gurman’s source says the new device won’t improve on the first watch’s battery life, despite the changes. But it’s hard to see how that will be possible, given the practical and physical realities of a small device. One thing seems clear: If the second Apple Watch can’t improve longevity, then at the very least, it can’t make it worse. Otherwise, version 2 runs a serious risk of flopping when it comes out. By The NumbersNo doubt, some people might take advantage of FaceTime on the watch. But in general, the space for that camera component would surely be better used for a larger battery. Had the original watch offered longer life, perhaps we wouldn’t see so many unwanted units popping up on Craigslist—though gripes seem to cover more than just battery. Even more could be on the way soon, now that Apple finally carries the wearable on its own store shelves. See also: The Apple Watch Looks Great—But It’s Going To Disappoint Lots Of UsersApple hasn’t released official sales figures, but consumer market analyst Slice Intelligence puts the total at 2.79 million as of mid-June. That seems low, particularly for a company accustomed to high volume launch sales. (Its iPhone 6 phones pulled in 10 million over their first weekend.) Of course, no one, including Apple, expects the watch to come anywhere near iPhone 6 sales. Superficially, the estimate puts the smartwatch roughly on par with the first iPad’s sales back in 2010. That may not be a sign of great things to come. iPad sales have been slumping lately, and for Apple’s long game, a lot more may be riding on the watch. As the company’s “most personal” device amid initiatives that seem all-too-personal—from our phones, computers, homes, cars, TVs, health and fitness—Apple needs its watch to become a huge success, as a crucial access point for the whole system. Apple may know what its watch is good for, but that doesn’t mean customers do. One of the overarching themes from the past year—for both the Apple Watch and Android wearables—has been that we’re still not sure exactly what to do with this new breed of device. Against that backdrop, it’s no surprise to see Apple and others pile on the features. But getting the basics right first would be a better approach in the long run. Lead photo and “flower” photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; Apple Watch display photo by Shinya Suzuki; Sony Smartwatch 3 photo courtesy of Sony; Galaxy Gear image courtesy of Samsung david nieldcenter_img You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…last_img read more

When will robots finally take farmers’ jobs?

first_imgHow IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Tags:#Agriculture#Autonomous#Lux Research#robotics The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Francesco Gatti Robots could scoop up the remainder of jobs in agriculture over the next two decades, as machines become smarter, cheaper, and more efficient.That’s according to a new report by Lux Research that reveals how robots and autonomous systems could take over and change the agriculture industry.See Also: Crownstone takes home automation beyond AlexaRobots have not been economically viable for a lot of farmers, and tests have shown most robots are less efficient than their human counterparts. On top of that, robots typically have one or two functions, compared to the large variety of tasks that humans are able to complete.Lux argues that in the near future, we are going to see farming robots that are not only much cheaper than human labor, but capable of executing tasks with much more efficiency and accuracy. That could lead to higher crop yields for farmers and a workforce that doesn’t need to rest every few hours.In the graphic (above), Lux shows the cost per acre of a lettuce thinner and lettuce weeder, compared to the human labor cost. As we enter into the next decade, the lettuce weeder is already $50 lower per acre, and the lettuce thinner reaches the human labor cost at 2027.Other crops, like corn, are already seeing autonomous systems enter the workforce. An Autosteer system for tractors and harvesters has already reached 10 percent market penetration, and Lux predicts the cost factor will be negligible by 2020.Lux also mentions that in Japan the average age of a strawberry picker is 70, and once the current generation of farm workers leave the workforce, farmers may be forced to move to an autonomous system.Don’t worry — people are still neededWhat the report doesn’t suggest is that all human labor will be removed from agriculture. Instead, Lux suggests that humans will be used for other tasks, like maintenance and sorting, tasks that are not fit for robots currently.Agriculture has become a much less important sector in most developed countries, contributing to less than five percent of the U.S. GDP. Employment in agriculture over the past fifty years has dropped from 30 to 4.2 percent, according to Momagri.That said, it is still a major source of revenue and employment in Africa and Oceania, at 52 and 59 percent, respectively. Across all developing countries, agriculture accounts for 48 percent of all employment.The invasion of robots in the agriculture market may force countries in Africa to quickly urbanize, similar to China’s urbanization period in the 1980s. While some may respond well to this, others countries may struggle to find new jobs for the millions entering the workforce due to a lack of rural employment.last_img read more

2012 Cobras Cup

first_imgClose to 50 teams will take to the fields at Whites Hill Reserve, Brisbane from tonight to compete in the 2012 Cobras Cup competition. Teams from six divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Division Two, Women’s Division Two, Men’s Division Three and Women’s Division Three – will take part in round one of the competition tonight. Round games will run throughout the months of August, September and October, with finals to take place in November, including the Grand Finals on Saturday, 19 November. To keep up-to-date with the 2012 Cobras Cup, please visit the following website – www.brisbanecitycobras.com.au. For anyone on Twitter who wishes to tweet about the Cobras Cup, be sure to include the following hashtag #cobrascup2012. Tonight’s round one games will see the following teams battle it out:Round One – Friday, 3 AugustMen’s OpenCountry Club Colts v First ContactCoastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubCrushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubBye – Dodgers L & TWomen’s Open Crushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubCountry Club Colts v First ContactCoastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubBye – Dodgers L & T Men’s Division TwoCountry Club Colts v First Contact Coastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubCrushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubBye – Dodgers L&TWomen’s Division TwoCrushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubCoastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubCountry Club Colts v First ContactBye – Dodgers L & TMen’s Division ThreeUni-Rebels Touch Club 1 v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 2Brisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Country Club ColtsEagles Touch Football Club v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 2Crushers Redlands v Southern Storm Touch ClubWomen’s Division ThreeBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch 1 v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 2Brisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch Cubs v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 1Eagles Touch Football Club v Southern Storm Touch ClubBye – First Contact2011 Cobras Cup Final Results Men’s Open: Uni-Rebels 10 defeated Labrador Dodgers 3 Women’s Open: Southern Storm 8 defeated Caboolture Colts 5Men’s Division 2A: Labrador Dodgers 10 defeated Uni-Rebels Gold 6Men’s Division 2B: First Contact 5 defeated Country Club United 4 Women’s Division 2A: University Rebels 3 defeated Southern Storm 2 Women’s Division 2B: First Contact 4 defeated Caboolture Colts 1Men’s Division 3A: Eagles Men’s 30’s 5 defeated Crazy Horses 4 Men’s Division 2B: Uni-Rebels Gold 15 defeated Eagles 1 Women’s Division 3:  Eagles 5 defeated Uni-Rebels 3 2011 BCTA Cobras Cup Club Champions: Uni Rebels Related Links2012 Cobras Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde: Murillo needed due to emergency situation

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde: Murillo needed due to emergency situationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says a deal for Jeisson Murillo was due to an “emergency situation”.The defender has arrived on-loan from Valencia.For the coach he was a must because the team was in an emergency situation and needed “a centre back with experience”. “It was an emergency situation. We were looking for a player with experience, who knew La Liga. A priority,” explained Valverde.Valverde said he is also pleased with the summer signings. Of Arthur and Lenglet he said “they fit in very well and have moulded absolutely with our style.” On Malcom he said: “He has not played as much as the others but we hope that he will help us. He’s a winger, a different player, with a big future ahead of him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoBarcelona legend Puyol: Fun seeing Liverpool defender Van Dijk up for Ballon d’Or

first_imgBarcelona legend Puyol: Fun seeing Liverpool defender Van Dijk up for Ballon d’Orby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Carles Puyol is a fan of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.Puyol is happy seeing a fellow centre-half nominated for the Ballon d’Or – something he says is well deserved.He said, “Van Dijk is one of the best in the world. “He is a complete defender, always calm, a great player.”The limelight usually goes to strikers, so it’s fun to see a defender get recognition.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more