Archive for September, 2009

If Recruitment is part of the HR department, why don’t the leading employers integrate it into the same database as the rest of HR systems?

10/09/2009

A Reader asks RecruitAdvisory…

If Recruitment is part of the HR department, why don’t the leading employers integrate it into the same database as the rest of HR systems?

Recruitment is an external, market-facing activity, whereas the rest of HR is a purely internal affair. Your Board of Directors would be very worried if the database housing their own personal and highly sensitive Compensation & Benefits was also being populated with 100,000 CVs applying for jobs in your new Chinese operation, wouldn’t they?

Recruitment processes a  high volume of low value data, HR maintains a low volume of high value data. Large employers will have over 1 million CVs on their database to which they might add 40,000 every week, but Learning & Development will be concerned with the skills, aptitudes & training gaps of only the top 10,000 current staff.

Recruitment has flexible workflows that change regularly, while HR has fixed workflows that last for years. When you are recruiting different roles in different countries, you often have to change or tweak the various attraction & selection processes to suit the changing times and markets. There’s only one workflow managing your Annual Performance Review, and it won’t change for a decade, if at all.

Recruitment has highly localised processes, whereas HR has global standard processes. If you are advertising your mainstream jobs in the UK, you would place them on Monster or other leading job-boards, but not in Spain where you’d be better advised to use InfoJobs.es. In France you have to consider anonymised resumes equally with named ones, and produce reports demonstrating that compliance, whereas this is not the case elsewhere. South Africans are proud that employers there can prove they are recruiting a high quota of Blacks into senior positions, whereas positive discrimination for the hiring decision is against the law in the EU. You must archive CVs in Germany after six months according to the German interpretation of the EU Data Protection Act, whereas the same law in the UK is interpreted much more liberally, shall we say. Recruitment therefore requires flexible & local processes (even if centrally run), whereas you would be soon & often invited to a Tribunal if the career paths of Senior Managers in Brazil were assessed differently to those in the Gulf.

Recruitment has high security exposure, though HR has almost none. If a hacker is going to target your employer, your Careers website and associated recruitment technologies, like job posting for example, are more highly visible than possibly even your payments systems, while none of your HR piece can be seen at all. In summary, Recruitment and HR are connected but should be kept separate. All departments in an organisation should collaborate, but it does not follow that they should all be the same department. When it comes to technology, therefore, a simple connection allowing hired candidates to be exported to the HR system and employee profiles to be uploaded for internal recruiting is enough. Integrating Recruitment into other parts of HR systems, and making it subservient, only adds complexity and risk but not value.

Direct Resourcing Think Tank Calendar

01/09/2009
DRTT Events  
     
Date & Time Venue Topic
5th February 2010 Experian Employer Branding, and General Discussion
9.00 – 12.30 80 Victoria Street, 6th Floor Cardinal Place Hosted By Francesca Haines
  London SW1E 5JL Everyone knows that the best brands attract the best talent for the least money. So how do they get so jammy, and how do HR leverage Marketing to deliver a great Employer Brand?
     
11th December Eversheds  The importance of a robust and comprehensive resourcing strategy.
9.00 – 12.30 1 Wood Street Hosted by Nicky Bizzell, Head of Resourcing   
  London  Always a hot topic of conversation at the Direct Resource Think Tank this event promises to offer an interesting insight into the key areas and challenges involved in developing a resourcing strategy that gets buy in from the hiring community.
  EC2V 7WS followed by the DRTT Christmas Drinks
 
1st December 2009 BBC Employer Branding and General Discussion
9.00 – 12.30 Big Talk Room (MC5B2M1), BBC Media Centre Building, The Media Village, 201 Wood Lane  Hosted by David Roberts, OD, Change & Employer Brand Manager
  London  Creating an employment “Deal” and employer brand identity which aims to join up external attraction and internal engagement activity. This DRTT will also be a general issues discussion.
  W12 7TQ  
 
 Tools Recruitment Directors and senior HR staff need for winning the War for Best Talent
     
    Smart talent attraction strategies, resourcing in decentralised multi-national corporations, controlling RPOs and agencies of all sorts, making recruitment a Profit Centre
     
     
13th November 2009 Legal & General  Temps and Contractors – The key issues
9.00 – 12.30    Hosted by Corrina Tilbury, Recruitment Manager
   The Club, One Alfred Place, London WC1E 7EB  This Direct Resource Think Tank is an open discussion offering members the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges resulting from engaging temporary workers. The new agency workers directive concerning parity of pay and benefits, contract for services v contract for employment and how to effectively manage a temp / contractor without being seen as the employer are amongst the issues tabled for discussion.
     
     
6th November Alvarez & Marsal  Building an internal talent team for executive level search, how you position it internally and externally, how you price it and other challenges.
9.00 – 12.30    Hosted by Jane Harley, Head of Talent Acquisition
   One Canada Square
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5AA
 Undoubtedly one of the hottest topics of conversation at The Direct Resource Think Tank over the past year has been the unique challenges involved with establishing a credible internal search function.  This Direct Resource Think Tank offers members the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with their peers on how this sector can be harnessed to deliver tangible results and value to a business
     
October 30th Reed Business Information
1 Proctor Street
London
WC1Z 6EU
Multiposting, CV aggregation, and making sense of intelligent search.
Hosted by David Hipkin, Recruitment and Resourcing Manager, Reed Business Information.What are the implications on the future of recruitment as we see CV aggregation and intelligence search technologies evolve and how can these be harnessed? This Direct Resource Think Tank should give an insight into members experiences and successes in this fast growing consistently evolving area.
16th October BT  Employer branding – how do you ensure your brand is the envy of the market?
9.00 – 12.30    Hosted by Steve Gard, Recruitment Channel Manager
   81 Newgate Street
London
EC1A 7AJ
With the market turning, and a forecasted shift towards a candidate driven market now, more than ever, your Employer Brand is key for keeping and finding the top talent.  This Direct Resource Think Tank offers the opportunity to share and discuss your experiences with peers from across the resourcing market.
     
 
     
     
2nd October Financial Times  
9.00 – 12.30 One Southwark Bridge Hosted by Sarah Hopkins, International HR Director
  London  
  SE1 9HL  
     
     
     
     
 
September 17th 2009 The Club, 1 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7EB General discussion for first-timers. All the issues voiced by participants are discussed, war stories shared, successes illuminated & analysed. Exclusive White Papers are then put together for the partcipants.
1.30 – 5.00 pm
     
     
September 4th Yahoo Social Networking Talent Spotting
9.00 – 12.30 125 Shaftesbury Avenue By leveraging industry leading expertise at Yahoo this Direct Resource Think Tank will look at what is Open Social Recruitment and how can internal resourcers and their companies use the tools effectively to build their brand and attract the right people to their organisations.
  London  
  WC2H 8AD  
     
 
     
 
September 3rd 2009 The Club, 1 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7EB General discussion for first-timers. All the issues voiced by participants are discussed, war stories shared, successes illuminated & analysed. Exclusive White Papers are then put together for the partcipants.
1.30 – 5.00 pm
 
     
July 15th 2009 Bloomberg Employee Referral Schemes unravelled. 
9.00 – 12.30 City Gate House US companies are filling up to 40% of their vacancies through internal employee referral schemes. Tackling issues such as diversity and cultural barriers this Direct Resourcing Think Tank promises to be an informative and valuable session for talent professionals in these challenging economic times.
  39-45 Finsbury Square  
  London  
  EC2A1PQ  
     
     
10th July 2009 Transport for London Integrating centralised attraction, management and selection resourcing methodologies into decentralized businesses.
9.00 – 12.30 Empress State Building Always a hot topic of conversation at the Direct Resource Think Tank this event promises to be a lively discussion aimed at the Retail, FMCG and Services industry crossing the private and public sector.
  26th Floor  
  Empress Approach  
  London  
  SW6 1TR  
 
3rd July 2009 British Sky Broadcasting LimitedShield Drive Talent Attraction, a Multi Dimensional Approach.
9.00 – 12.30 Isleworth, Using examples from the journey BskyB has taken to transform a reactive candidate sourcing strategy into to proactive model, this Direct Resource Think Tank will discuss and evaluate the successes of a variety of sourcing channels and other innovative approaches to Talent Attraction.
  Middlesex  
  TW8 9EX