Striking a Balance of Youth and Wisdom + Weekly Must-Reads
August 6, 2019
Balance sages and rookies
While gender and race diversity are hot topics in recruiting, Kayak cofounder Paul English believes that an age-diverse workforce is also key to a company’s success. His newest venture, Blade, explicitly recruits a 50/50 mix of twenty- and forty-something employees.
Eliminating unhappiness, one question at a time
Employee unhappiness is an expensive problem, costing U.S. businesses billions of dollars in lost productivity. A company called TINYpulse uses companies’ employee data to find the source of workplace doldrums. It sends workers weekly, one-question surveys to gauge their vibe about everything from compensation to office bathrooms.
How a Google innovator hires for personality traits
Mike Cassidy heads up Google’s Project Loon, which uses balloons in the stratosphere to deliver high-speed Internet to remote parts of the world. The work is intense, and so is his hiring practice. Cassidy shares how he finds people who are focused and take ownership.
A plea for politeness toward new hires
Hiring managers are snubbing candidates like never before, says Anne Kreamer, a former Nickelodeon executive. She attributes their rude behavior to bureaucratic inefficiencies, adding that companies can’t afford to be cavalier about how they treat people outside the organization.