“human resource department” vs “personnel department”

This question crossed my path a little while back why is it that years ago we called the group of people who managed people the “personnel department”, and now we call the same people with the same job the “Human resource department”? It could just be a naming convention thing… names for things tend to change for no apparent reason other than fashion – B2B became Enterprise, SaaS became Cloud (actually, a lot of things became “Cloud”), and SME became SMB which is now becoming VSB – so far this is my favorite pointless morphing. I am sure you can […]

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toothless hiring

Today I had to visit my dentist – an old high school buddy of mine. While in the dental chair but with my mouth still not plugged we went through the normal small-talk flow talking about kids, week-ends, movies and stuff. Finally he asked me what am I doing these days. I gave him my normal elevator (well, in this case rather dental chair) pitch about starting a company that will solve the issue of screening employment candidates while utilizing scientifically valid approach… I expected him to agree with me on the importance of this task for mankind, wish me […]

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culture shock

I was speaking with a buddy today about the how cultures in the work place differ from one place to another.  A while back my buddie’s company hired a senior management guy who came from a company best known for making microwaves, washers and driers, but they have a huge money management wing as well… and they are the prominent punch line of one of my favorite TV shows, also, unless I have my timeline wrong there is a popular grape juice brand named after their former CEO … anyway I’m just being coy … no more hints  🙂 So, […]

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