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Can the Marriage of Watson and Amelia Produce the Perfect HR Robot?

By: Jerry Thurber Friday January 29, 2016 comments Tags: AI and HR

Once conceived as a metal humanoid complete with retractable arms, blinking lights and a synthesized voice, a robot made no attempt to hide what it was: a man-made machine programmed to perform a specific set of functions and tasks. It served a purpose, to serve the human. It absorbed, amalgamated and analyzed large amounts of data. It took the danger out of jobs and kept everyone safe. It had no need to compete with humans or harm them -except to eliminate the occasional villain of course. The concept of using artificial intelligence in... Read More


From Space Cadet to HR Data Miner in Two Decades!

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday January 21, 2016 comments

Are we on the verge of Self-Driving HR? Or maybe an HR Uber is in our future. If Id told my wife in 1996 I was going to be an HR data analytics innovator someday she would have called me a space cadet. One of the things my family used to like to do while sitting down at dinner was play a game where we all speculated about how different the world would be in 20 years. Most of it was pretty fantastical, but not all. Back then the evolution of technical skills hadnt changed much from the 1970s. Back then technology was still about automating... Read More


Do Recruiters (or Hiring Managers) Get the New career Path

By: Jerry Thurber Monday November 23, 2015 comments

A fellow named Sir Ken Robinson who is famous for a TED talk about how schools kill creativity said in a recent Fast Company article the following: Its important to note, that there just isnt a straight line between what you do at school and what you go on to do in your career. I argue that it is like being in the ocean. You keep correcting your course according to the things that happen to you. But companies force us to write resumes as though it were a plan. He goes on later to say that companies need people who can think differently... Read More


A Stock Market of Labor Resources?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday November 10, 2015 comments

The way labor moves about from one job to the next and the way companies find, recruit and hire labor is the technological equivalent of buying pork bellies in the slaughter yards 100 years ago. Wingham Rowan, the founder of a British company called Slivers-of-Time recently spoke of A New Kind of Job Market at TED in London. In this talk he asked what would happen if stocks and bonds were traded by a person who got up each morning, outlined the key requirements she needed, posted it on several websites, then waited patiently for someone... Read More


Four Practical Ways Data Science Can Help HR

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday October 22, 2015 comments

Most human resource professionals did not spend their school days geeking out with technology and probably get a knot in the stomach when someone starts to talk about using advanced data science techniques like artificial intelligence in HR or big data solutions for HR or predictive analytics in HR. If you are one of those who dives for the smart-phone when the tech guys come in to give an update at the managers meeting here are some basic simple thoughts about how advanced technologies can help human resources: Smarter Skill Matching:... Read More


The Skeptical HR Leader

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday May 14, 2015 comments

I am doing my job quite well; thank you. I work from dawn to dusk. And if I feel I cant get ahead I am good enough, I trust. I am an HR leader. And I do my job quite well. I hear of new technology. But Ive been burned before. I still feel the pain Of the last big project we bore. So whats all this I hear: Big data, artificial intelligence and social HR? Ive heard it all before. Risk will tarnish my star. Too much magic sauce Promised for HR gain. So what if I dont have time Change isnt worth... Read More


Yoga for the Stressed Out Recruiter

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday January 20, 2015 comments

Recruiting can be stressful. You try so hard to find the perfect candidate and sometimes it seems like all the stars are aligned against you. To help with this problem, I have come up with some yoga poses to be used for some of those more stressful moments. Down Dog : This pose is used when that candidate you had high hopes for totally pisses-off the President of the company by saying something really stupid. The pose is to be executed at the end of the day when you are debriefing the candidate and he says So how did I do? To perform... Read More


Change and the Death of the Chocolate Santa Claus

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday December 16, 2014 comments Tags: HR Humor

Change and the Death of the Chocolate Santa Claus

The chocolate Santa Claus first poked his head out of my stocking in 1965. All you could see was that shiny, silvery red head just above those glinty Santa eyes. Hes appeared in my stocking every year since then. Thats 48 years of Santa heads peering out at me. There wont be one there this year. My family informed me that it is a waste of time, we already have too many sweets around the house during the holidays that are a lot better. (I am willing to concede the second half of this argument but, REALLY, I did not know there was such a thing... Read More


The New Employment Economy

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday November 13, 2014 comments

In several blog posts over the last year we have referred to The New Employment Economy. So what is it? In a nutshell it is the future. Anybody over the age of 35 has grown up in a world where they mostly understand work as a commitment to some organization or company that lasts for 8 to 10 years (maybe more) and you move on one or two more times before you retire. The company takes care of your insurance (increasingly less so) provides you with a career path, some on-the-job training and regular raises that maybe gets you a bit ahead of... Read More


Go Vote HR

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday November 4, 2014 comments

We are all sick and tired of the political advertisements, the robo-calls (thats one technology I wish theyd zap with a ray-gun), the mud-slinging and the unseemly pandering. But at the end of the day none of that matters what matters is that we make democracy work by exercising our personal responsibility to: GO VOTE I saw a great political cartoon in the local paper today (I live in Fort Collins, Colorado so LOCAL really means local. I think the vote for Homecoming King got equal billing this morning) but anyway the... Read More