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Did Google Fake its AI Demo? A Lesson for Employer Communications

If you’re a nerd or just a casual technology news consumer, you might have heard about the recent live Google Duplex demo with the company’s CEO. In essence, the technology will assist you with those mundane or annoying times when you need to schedule an appointment. Simply tell your device to schedule an appointment for

Networking news for #SHRM18 attendees

It turns out it is all about who you know. I have participated in several #NextChat sessions for #SHRM18. One of the frequent topics of discussions is networking. People are provided with all kinds of advice. Some of this includes: Bring business cards to help break the ice Don’t bring business cards, that will make

What are the happiest professions?

A study by Robert Half evaluated the levels of happiness of 24,000 working professionals across eight countries who agreed to talk about their on-the-job satisfaction. The results revealed that the field of marketing and creative dominated the top rank, for both level of happiness and level of interest in work. While the field of technology

LuLu Group announces RM34.6 million special bonus for staff

Hypermarket chain and retail company, LuLu Group, Sunday announced a Dh32 million (RM34.6 million) special bonus for staff across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt and Far East, including Malaysia and Vietnam, Gulf News reported. The bonus will benefit 41,893 LuLu Group’s staff in Ramadan, and comes in line with the Year of Zayed, the 100th

Tun Mahathir to hold his first official meeting with civil servants

New Straits Times has reported that Malaysia’s prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is holding a meeting with the staff of the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) at Dataran Perdana, Perdana Putra Building today (21 May). The prime minister is scheduled to arrive at Dataran Perdana at about 8.30am and deliver a mandate to the JPM

香港僱主如何趕走人才

READ IN ENGLISH 證據明確顯示,企業不容易吸引和留住頂尖人才,而長時間及複雜的招聘流程會流失這批精英。 招聘公司Robert Half委託進行的獨立研究分析500名香港求職者的回應,發現超過十分之七(72%)的應徵者因為首選僱主遲遲未有回覆,因而會退而求其次。 儘管72%的求職者表示如果招聘流程花太長時間,他們將對職位失去興趣,但該研究卻發現招聘經理往往需時很久才回覆求職者。逾半(54%)的應徵者面試後要等一個月以上才收到回覆,而27%更要等超過六星期,21%甚至等超過兩個月,只有6%當天便獲得回覆。 這與應徵者對招聘流程的期望截然相反。大多數(88%)應徵者認為,由最初遞交申請到收到最後回覆,等一個月是合理時間,只有12%認為等一個月以上可以接受。 Robert Half香港區董事總經理Adam Johnston於一份新聞稿中表示:「香港公司正在激烈爭奪擁有合適技能和才華的精英。為推動業務發展,若因招聘流程過長而錯失有潛力的員工,這個代價對僱主實在太大。」 「優秀求職者知道他們有價有市,因此很多香港求職者由於等太久而放棄夢寐以求的職位,情況令人關注。」 Johnston續指:「在招聘流程中篩選應徵者可能非常耗時。但如果招聘經理無法使招聘流程迎合現今應徵者的期望,在市場上失去最優秀人才的風險將會增加。」 「若要根據今天應徵者的期望取得適當平衡,企業需要從最初刊登招聘廣告,到最終落實聘用,深入檢討並簡化整個面試流程。」 延伸閱讀:3大招聘必勝法

Anitha Ramakrishnan appointed as regional HR director at Kantar

Kantar has recently appointed Anitha Ramakrishnan as regional HR director for the Insights Division, comprising of Kantar Millward Brown and Kantar TNS. Her role covers North Asia, Southeast Asia and Pacific – including Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Anitha, who has a strong background in talent and organisational development, joins from

How Hong Kong bosses are driving candidates away

閱讀中文版本 The evidence is clear companies are struggling to attract and retain top talent and yet long and complex recruitment processes have them losing out. According to independent research commissioned by recruitment firm by Robert Half, the study that analysed responses from 500 Hong Kong jobseekers found that more than seven in 10 (72%) of candidates

過半數年輕一代質疑企業商業道德

READ IN ENGLISH 正當千禧一代和Z世代開始更積極推動社會轉變,他們較認同積極為社會帶來正面影響的公司。至於只著眼於賺錢的公司,則不再是後生一輩的首要考慮。 德勤的一項調查訪問了來自36個國家的10,455名千禧一代,以及六個國家1,850名剛踏入職場的Z世代。調查發現,僅48%的受訪者認為企業有商業道德,較去年下跌了65%。更多人開始懷疑企業動機是否如此「大公無私」,當中只有47%認為企業領袖致力為社會出一分力,比上年下跌62%。 年輕一代現時更相信重視創造職位、創新、改善員工生活和事業、為社會和環保帶來正面影響的公司。 結果,忠誠度跌至兩年前的水平。43%的千禧一代認為自己會在兩年內離職,只有28%期望在同一公司工作五年以上。這是因為有62%的人視零工經濟為全職以外的可行選擇。如果企業想抓緊千禧一代人才,便要多做一點,考慮其他工作元素,例如多元化、包容性及工作彈性,以迎合千禧一代及Z世代的需求。 德勤全球行政總裁Punit Renjen道:「今年的調查結果反映出,過去一年的急速社會、科技及地理政治變革,影響了千禧一代和Z世代對企業的看法,亦向全球領袖發出警號。」

Confused by All the Software? So Is Everyone

If you strive to keep up to date with HR technology, you’ll continually run into new categories. For example, there are a whole host of vendors who offer tools to enable video interviewing hence “Video Interviewing Software” has become a category. That’s pretty clear and useful to know.

HRExaminer v9.20

      How Job Seekers Discover Jobsis Actually Changing HRExaminer Weekly Edition v9.20 May 18, 2018     Jeff Dickey-Chasins highlights how Google and Facebook’s new offerings have made dramatic changes in job discoverability. Read, How Job Seekers Discover Jobs is Actually Changing. Heather Bussing explains how technology Product Managers are designing how you

HR Tech Weekly: Episode #172: Stacey Harris and John Sumser

Hosts Stacey Harris and John Sumser discuss important news and topics in recruiting and HR technology. Listen live every Thursday at 7AM Pacific – 10AM Eastern, or catch up on full episodes with transcriptions here. HR Tech Weekly Episode: 172 Air Date: May 17, 2018   This Week   John and Stacy discuss Stacey’s presentation

如何處理職場不當行為

READ IN ENGLISH 2017年10月初,荷里活金牌監製韋恩斯坦(Harvey Weinstein)遭多名女星指控性騷擾。事件在過去幾個月不斷發酵,越來越多女性挺身指證韋恩斯坦的荒唐事。 多份關於這些性騷擾事件的保密協議和掩口費紀錄近日亦浮面,大眾同時開始意識到賦權和默許文化如何使韋恩斯坦可以多年來為非作歹而不受檢控。其實,韋恩斯坦和那些女星之間的事,在荷里活已經是個公開的秘密,只是因為韋恩斯坦恃著自己名氣夠大,才會以為可以為所欲為而不需承擔後果。總而言之,韋恩斯坦所屬公司的人力資源部監管不力,最終導致現在破產收場。 這單醜聞哄動全世界,喚起大眾關注女性在職場、以至在整個社會中所遭到的待遇。正當世界各地的女性相繼為#metoo發聲,多位高級行政總裁、演員、政治家等都正因牽涉不當行為而接受審查。另一方面,多個企業亦已重新審視其內部處理不當行為和歧視情況的政策和程序。 就著這個情況,其禮律師行(Clyde & Co)於星期四主辦了一場研討會,探討何謂健全的人力資源政策,以應對職場不當行為。 其禮律師行合夥人Mun Yeow在會上表示:「僱主有責任為僱員提供一個安全的工作場所。鑑於反歧視條例的實施,各公司要制定相關政策,清楚表明公司對歧視行為零容忍。」 平等機會委員會(EOC)亦就反歧視條例訂下實務守則,僱主在制定相關政策時需要包括以下資料和訊息︰ 表明僱主絕不容忍性騷擾行為 管理層對消除及防止性騷擾的決心 「性騷擾」的法律定義和例子 受害者的權利和可以採取的行動 處理投訴的原則和機制 採取行動的時間表 可能的紀律處分 不過,單單訂立政策並未足夠。Yeow補充:「僱主執行政策時必須保持清晰、透明,例如舉行相關培訓、派發單張等。」 有關推廣政策的建議: 向員工派發印有政策的單張 將政策上載到公司網站或內聯網 要求員工簽署確認聲明,確保員工理解政策內容 在公司當眼位置張貼政策 提供持續的員工培訓 設立並管理正式和非正式的投訴機制 定期審查政策

未來職業是怎樣?

READ IN ENGLISH 據RS Components的數據,現今一代正朝著嶄新而令人振奮的潛在職業邁進,一些職業目前甚至還不存在。 隨著科技持續以驚人速度發展,就業前景將日趨轉變,以支持社會出現的新突破。RS就這方面列出一些在未來科技世界應該著眼的職業,其中包括: 社交媒體律師 由於每年網絡罪案數量達到驚人的580萬,Facebook和Twitter每45分鐘就接到一宗報告,因此網絡訴訟案件將大幅增加,相關律師數目亦會隨之上升。 虛擬教師 用黑板教學的年代早已遠去,學校早已裝置了互動式白板、手提電腦和iPad供學生使用,往後這種數碼趨勢將更多聚焦於網上課堂和課程。 太空導遊 隨著Virgin Galactic這類企業崛起,太空將很快成為下一個度假勝地。對於旅遊業來說,角色將會走入全新的世界。 RS還在報告中列出其他潛在職位: 太空農業專家 無人汽車技工 太空礦工 反氣候變化專家 太空垃圾回收員 自動運輸系統專家 無人機主管 增強大腦學家 時間銀行顧問 電競運動員 人工智能個性創作家 私人航空管制專家 主圖片來源/RS Components 圖片來源/RS Components

國際學校學費最貴的十大城市

READ IN ENGLISH 為外派員工及其家屬提供外派福利時,一定要考慮國際學校的學費,特別是如果他們有一個孩子以上,並且是派駐往大城市,因為學費可能相當昂貴。 據International Schools Database的最新研究,上海仍然是學費最昂貴的城市,每名子女每月學費為2,744美元。 有趣的是,雖然新加坡的排名下跌一級至第七位,但國際學校的平均學費卻不跌反升,從2017年的每月1,637美元增至每月1,856美元。 類似情況也出現於香港和吉隆坡(馬來西亞)。儘管香港排名今年跌至第12位,但派駐香港的人員須預期每月學費增加,從去年每月1,226美元升至2018年每月1,282美元。雖然吉隆坡下跌至第36位,但學費由2017年的每月492美元增至2018年的每月583美元。 同樣地,儘管排名下降,但派駐馬尼拉(菲律賓)的人員也看到學費上漲。今年,馬尼拉(菲律賓)的排名從2017年的第14位下跌至第26位,但學費則從2017年的783美元上漲至2018年的863美元。 2018年國際學校學費最昂貴的10個城市是: #1 上海(中國) 每月學費:2,744美元 平均租金:2,363美元 學費佔租金比例:116% #2 北京(中國) 每月學費:2,519美元 平均租金:2,091美元 學費佔租金比例:120% #3 洛桑 – 沃州(瑞士) 每月學費:2,227美元 平均租金:2,443美元 學費佔租金比例:91% #4 蘇黎世(瑞士) 每月學費:2,075美元 平均租金:3,067美元 學費佔租金比例:68% #5 多倫多(加拿大) 每月學費:1,977美元 平均租金:1,841美元 學費佔租金比例:107% #6 日內瓦(瑞士) 每月學費:1,910美元 平均租金:3,551美元 學費佔租金比例:54% #7 新加坡(新加坡) 每月學費:1,856美元 平均租金:2,661美元 學費佔租金比例:70% #8 首爾(韓國) 每月學費:1,799美元 平均租金:1,512美元 學費佔租金比例:119% #9 布魯塞爾(比利時) 每月學費:1,777美元 平均租金:1,335美元 學費佔租金比例:133% #10 維也納(奧地利) 每月學費:1,597美元 平均租金:1,638美元 學費佔租金比例:98% 完整結果如下:

Using Your Profile to Attract Candidates

There has been quite the conversation about company branding in our industry and how this is helping drive candidates into the process. Why Coca-Cola or IBM need a branding team is beyond me, I am pretty sure they are well known around the world, but that is not what I am getting at here. Smaller

“In Transition” Isn’t Helping You Find a New Job!

I know you’ve seen this on resumes and profiles over the past few years! Someone is looking for work and they title their profile “In Transition”. Quick – without taking five seconds to think about, be honest, what do you think when someone says, “In Transition” on their resume, cover letter, LI profile, etc.? Put

Where People and Tech Collide

Mind the Product is a conference for “product managers,” the people who design, build, and manage the creation of new software and tech products. I went as the photographer. I came away with hope for people and tech. Why should you care? Because these are the people designing how you work. I expected to listen

Age discrimination in today’s world

Grey hair does not mean that someone wants to retire. In the scheme of things in the working world, I am an old man. As I approach my 67th birthday (July 7th for those of wishing to send gifts) I am continually frustrated by reading stories and listening to friends talk about incidents of age

Does Your HR Career Leave an Impact? [Podcast]

If you know anyone who is considering an HR career transition or has recently moved to a new HR or recruiting role, this is the episode for them! In my 10+ years in the workplace, I still screw things up. Do you? It’s usually driven by urgency rather than slowing down to take a strategic look

How to deal with workplace misconduct

It was early October 2017 when news broke that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been accused of sexual harassment by a multitude of women. The weeks and months that followed saw countless women come forward with similar experiences at the hands of the famed producer. Reports of numerous cash settlements coupled to non-disclosure agreements aimed at silencing victims surface and how a culture of enablement and complicity had protected Weinstein

Avaloq launches regional HQ and service facilities in Singapore

Avaloq has recently launched its new Asia Pacifiq regional headquarters in Singapore. According to the release, the new state-of-the-art premises in Bugis Junction Towers will be the first Avaloq office globally to combine Avaloq’s software and services expertise in one centralised hub. Since establishing a base in Asia Pacific in 2007, Avaloq has grown into

Exclusive ranking: Singapore’s 10 most attractive employers

Changi Airport Group, Singapore Airlines, and Procter & Gamble, have been crowned the top three employers Singaporean job seekers want to work for, Randstad found. Responding to queries by Human Resources, Randstad exclusively revealed the 10 most attractive employers in Singapore. 1. Changi Airport Group 2. Singapore Airlines 3. Procter & Gamble 4. Marina Bay Sands 5.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysia to cut some 17,000 civil servants

Free Malaysia Today has reported that Malaysia’s new prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad cited the government will axe some 17,000 civil servants who are political appointees in a bid to reduce government spending. According to the report, he said that there is too much wastage in the public sector. On that note, Dr Mahathir told

Community Business announces 2018 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards winners

閱讀中文版本 Community Business, a leading not-for-profit organisation advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia, revealed the winners of its 2018 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards in commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Established in 2014, the Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards are the first annual awards honouring and celebrating

社商賢匯公佈2018香港同志共融大獎得獎者

READ IN ENGLISH 致力推廣社會企業責任及多元共融的的非牟利機構社商賢匯揭曉2018 年香港同志共融大獎得獎名單,以慶祝國際不再恐同日。 「香港同志共融大獎」自2014年創立,為本港首個嘉許及慶祝同志共融的年度獎項,今年更特意增設多個新獎項至12個,並就各提名項目的策略性、前瞻性、影響力及持續性四個範疇進行考核,旨在表揚具影響力並致力推廣同志共融的公眾人士。 香港同志共融大獎得獎名單如下: No. 獎項 得獎者 1 最佳同志網絡(由摩根大通贊助) HSBC Pride ASP滙豐 2 同志共融優秀新晉機構(由滙豐贊助) 湯森路透 3 跨性別共融大獎 謝浩霖 4 女同志共融大獎 陳詩琳滙豐 5 同志共融啟迪同行大奬(由畢馬威贊助) 高盛 6 最佳同志共融活動市場推廣(由花旗銀行贊助) 彩虹獅子滙豐 7 傑出同志共融大使(由摩根士丹利贊助) 李亦豪安睿順德倫國際律師事務所 8 傑出同志盟友(由高盛贊助) 溫淑玲摩根士丹利 9 卓越公司發起人(由澳大利亞電信贊助)   齊平德年利達律師事務所 童張婉華野村國際(香港)有限公司 10 最具影響力同志共融社區項目(由高盛贊助) G點電視 粉紅天 11 最具影響力同志共融倡議(由宏利贊助) Peter Reading平等機會委員會 12 最具影響力同志共融推廣大使(由唯港薈贊助) Dr. Brenda R. Alegre

The 10 most expensive cities for international schools

When relocating employees and their families on an expat package, be sure to consider the price of international schools – especially if they have more than one child and are relocating to big cities – since tuition fees can be quite costly. According to latest research by the International Schools Database, Shanghai remained the most expensive

What do the roles of the future look like?

According to RS Components, the generation today is working towards a new and exciting landscape of potential jobs – some of which don’t even exist yet. As technology continues to advance at a staggering rate, the outlook on the jobs sector will adapt to support new breakthroughs in society. On that note, RS has identified

Up the ranks: Bhuvanes Krishnasamy is group director HR for Sunway Hotels

Kuala Lumpur-based Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, has appointed Bhuvanes Krishnasamy as group director of human resources. She will be responsible for the strategic framework within HR, with a particular focus on talent management, driving performance through people strategy and leadership development, and to embed the corporate culture to the

性格如何影響薪酬?

READ IN ENGLISH 影響薪酬的因素有很多,包括學歷、技能及文化資本。根據一份刊登在Labour Economics的研究,哥本哈根大學經濟學助理教授Miriam Gensowski解釋某些性格特徵如何影響一個人的年度收入及如何隨時間改變。 運用Terman研究經過70年從小到老(1920年代到1990年代)追蹤約1,500名高智商人士,Gensowski得以分析性格、學歷和終身收入的關係。由於該研究在1920年代展開,並沒有太多關於女士的數據,因此她主要集中於男士身上。 Gensowski在一篇刊登在哈佛商業評論的文章中指出,根據該研究報告,男士的薪酬在年輕時不太會受性格影響,但會隨著時間改變。 「他們在40至60歲時,會因盡責、外向和不易話為的性格而獲益。事實亦指出,這些人比大學畢業的男生雙倍獲益。」 舉個例子,頭20%最隨和的男士會比一般打工仔一生中少賺27萬元。提到外向、做事有條理和勤力,同時擁有以上性格的男士亦會賺得比較多。Gensowski指出,一名普通外向的男士會比20%最不外向的男士一生中多賺60萬元。 然而,得出此結論的並非只有Gensowski一人。一項在2012年進行的《好心有好報?性別和性格對薪酬的影響》(Do Nice Guys—and Gals—Really Finish Last? The Joint Effects of Sex and Agreeableness on Income)研究發現,隨和的男士通常比其他人賺得少,但女士卻不存在這個問題。其他研究指出,外向和不易話為是全球最成功領袖常見的兩大性格。另外,Truity Psychometrics於2015年基於Briggs Myers十六型人格進行的研究發現,特別易話為的男士通常較少機會晉升至領導層。

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閱讀中文版本 There are plenty variables that affect your earnings over time; education, skills and cultural capital. Now, in a study published in the Journal of Labour Economics, assistant professor of economics at the University of Copenhagen Miriam Gensowski explains how certain personality traits can affect one’s annual income and how they change over time. Using seven decades

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READ IN ENGLISH 說真的,要請對人一點都不容易。有時候無論整個招聘程序多麼完善,招聘人員總會有做錯決定的時候。 而Robert Half的最新研究顯示,請錯人的代價可能比您想像中還要大。 研究發現,91%的財務總監認為請錯人對團隊士氣有「極大程度(greatly)」或「些微程度(somewhat)」的影響。 與此同時,跟不上工作要求的員工對公司所造成的影響可能比想像中嚴重。 平均而言,財務總監要花26%的工作時間來指導這些表現不達標的員工,以一星期工作40小時來說,單單花在這些員工身上的時間就超過10個小時。 Robert Half高級執行董事Paul McDonald表示:「請錯人會令公司付上極其昂貴的代價,因為這不但浪費投放在招聘和培訓的時間和金錢,上司們更不得不處理這些表現不達標的員工所犯的過失,亦要處理團隊士氣和生產力下滑等問題。」 「新入職的員工表現不達標,意味著公司的招聘程序可能存在缺陷,原因可能是您未有看重軟技能,又或者太看重對職位不太重要的技能。」 Robert Half亦分享了四項有關招聘的做法建議,招聘人員只要遵循這些做法,請錯人的機率就可以大大減低。 1. 多管齊下 如果公司需要增聘人手,不要單靠公開招聘,然後把自己淹沒在一堆申請信中。您可以同時利用不同策略主動尋找人選,這樣,找到心儀員工的機會固然會增加。例如: 員工推薦 善用人脈 委託招聘公司 2. 考慮公司文化 新員工固然要具備良好的工作技能,但不要忘記評估他們是否能夠適應公司和團隊的文化。 3. 出高於公價的薪金 能力卓越的求職者明白自己的身價,所以您出手不應該吝嗇。多參考各種薪酬指南,了解有關起薪、招聘趨勢、福利和津貼的資訊。 4. 不要跳過背景審查 履歷誇大失實的情況越趨普遍,因此背景審查仍然是確保求職者沒有誇大其辭的最佳方式。 圖片來源/123RF

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HRx Radio – Executive Conversations: On Friday mornings, John Sumser interviews key executives from around the industry. The conversation covers what makes the executive tick and what makes their company great. HRx Radio – Executive Conversations Guest: Matt Hendrickson, Founder & CEO Ascendify Episode: 276 Air Date: May 11, 2018   Sponsor: Ceridian: HCM Software,

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