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Google Can Now Help You Recruit Employees

By Caitlin Fairchild // July 19, 2017


On Tuesday, Google introduced a new recruitment service specifically designed to help organizations with their internal recruitment process. 

The service, named Hire, specifically is designed to manage prospective applicants, and collaborate on hiring decisions. Hire will be part of Google's G Suite, which includes Gmail and Google Calendar, and is designed to integrate with both of those programs.

"Hire and G Suite are made to work well together so recruiting team members can focus on their top priorities instead of wasting time copy-pasting across tools,” wrote Google product manager in the company's announcement.

Organizations already using G suite will still have to pay extra to use the Hire app, however, Google hasn't announced the price.

Previously in May, Google announced its Google For Jobs initiative, which added a job search feature to the Google search engine.

The Simple Mistakes That End Up Wrecking Attempts to Collaborate at Work

By Corinne Purtill // Quartz // July 19, 2017

An important pitch to a client, potential business partner, or other outside party can prompt fits of late-night preparation and rehearsals. Internal meetings rarely get the same treatment. After all, you know these people and you’re all on the same team. How much prep work does the discussion really need?

Plenty, as it turns out. Internal negotiations at work are often harder than those with outside parties, and the stakes—be they additional resources for a project, assistance from another team, or a raise—can be just as high. Horacio Falcão, a senior affiliate professor at the international business school INSEAD, identified common mistakes that trip up in-house negotiations in a recent blog post:

Making Assumptions

Previous impressions of (or second-hand rumors about) colleagues can lead to unhelpful assumptions. “Such previous direct or indirect information could be: ‘David always helps me get things done’ or ‘Jessica is always asking others for extra resources, but rarely shares her own,'” Falcão writes. “Such perceptions, grounded or not in facts, can create a rigid image of our colleagues in our minds.” These preconceptions can close us off to possible solutions or cause us to go in to a discussion with...

What You Should Do Instead of Sending Angry Emails to Your Enemies

By Jennifer Brown // Quartz // July 18, 2017


High-stress situations can often cause people’s emotions to get the better of them. And if they’re not careful, the consequences can be dire.

But try telling that to the high-profile individuals who were seen raging left right and center this week. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Mark Kasowitz, for instance, didn’t think twice when a stranger sent him an email asking him to “Resign now.” He just blasted off a series of expletive-driven threats: “I’m on you now. You are fucking with me now. Let’s see who you are.”

Then there was the litany of abusive emails which writer and producer Frank Darabont wrote to his colleagues at AMC during the shooting of the zombie-hit TV series “Walking Dead.” One went so far as to threaten a killing spree with bodies being thrown out the door.

It’s bad enough if you’re a regular joe who lashes out against a friend or family member. That’s not cool. But there’s a good chance they’ll forgive and forget. Getting all heated in the workplace is a little more problematic, though. People there expect you to act professional at all times. Indeed, in...

The Scientific Reason No One Wants To See Your PowerPoint Presentation

By Oliver Staley // Quartz // July 18, 2017


Hating PowerPoint is one of the society’s last acceptable prejudices.

The tedious PowerPoint slide deck has become a well-worn cliché of numbing office life, the communication equivalent of a jammed copy machine, and the program has been blamed for everything from dumbing down university education to crippling the US military.

There are lots of reasons PowerPoint, introduced by Microsoft in 1987, isn’t an ideal application for delivering information, but a big one is that its linear format isn’t designed for an audience raised on moving images.

When compared to Prezi, a cloud-based presentation startup that allows users to zoom in and out of a presentation, PowerPoint is less persuasive and less effective, according to a study from researchers at Harvard University and the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California. (Note that the study was funded by Prezi, though it was published in PLOS One, an online peer-reviewed journal.)

The biggest difference between the two was the animation of a zoomable-user interface (ZUI)—a device similar to the zooming feature in Google Maps— which allows presenters to highlight details, then return to an index screen. While animations can be added to PowerPoint, they tend to be superfluous and...

More Silicon Valley Tech Workers Were Born Outside the U.S. Than In It

By Michael J. Coren // Quartz // July 17, 2017


The U.S. government has sent a clear message to potential immigrants over the past six months: no jobs here.

President Donald Trump’s administration has taken aim at the H-1B visa program, a pathway for many foreign-born workers to join U.S. companies, and recently “delayed” implementation of the so-called start-up visa, an Obama-era rule allowing immigrants with funded startups that employ Americans to secure temporary residence in the the U.S., until 2018 The delay may be indefinite.

Just how important are all these immigrants? The Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project Report analyzed the share of foreign- and U.S.-born professionals in the science, technology, and engineering fields in its 2017 report using 2015 Census Bureau data. It turns out that almost every major tech hub has more foreign-born workers than domestic ones. Silicon Valley leads the way: A greater percentage of its tech workforce is foreign-born than in New York, Boston, Seattle or Austin.

As anyone who spends time in San Francisco knows, the share of new arrivals from out of state or out of the country (82 percent) dwarfs the number of natives. That ratio holds true in each of the six largest U...