Geeks Geezers and Googlization Show

Geeks Geezers and Googlization Show

Has the SHIFT hit your plans? Hosted by Ira S Wolfe, The Geeks, Geezers and Googlization Podcast interviews global thought leaders to help make sense of this new world of unknown unknowns and adapt effectively to the new waves of normal. We talk about the convergence of the wired, tired, and technology and its impact on the future of work, jobs, careers, business, and HR.

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July 28, 2021 44 min

In March 2020, the physical workplace went dark for millions of businesses including a company called Puzzle Break. The multi-million dollar business went to $0 in one day. His entire business depended on teams of people going to his physical locations. So he asked “how can we create a similar experience when people can’t leave their house?” Millions of workers and employers were scrambling to figure out the same thing: how to make...

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Where have all the workers gone? That is the question nearly every employer is asking. So I invited Futurist David Houle to tell us! Houle believes the 2020s will be the most disruptive and transformative decade in history. Never-normal will be the norm and our perception of reality will be challenged. Making sense of life’s unpredictable, fast-changing, and often incompatible events will make keeping up with the “shift” difficult....

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July 14, 2021 45 min

When it comes to filling open jobs these days, almost nothing should be off the table...and it's about time. The current labor shortage has finally forced companies to reimagine recruitment and think about HR in new and innovative ways. Elisa Garn, who calls herself a Human Experience Evangelist, came up with what she calls a crazy idea - Monetize HR. She says "the craziest thing, it worked" and she has the proof.  Elis...

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For years, virtual reality (VR) has been synonymous with gaming. Matt Burns, founder of Bento HR and Global HR Summit, is betting VR will be the technology that helps HR transform the way businesses recruit, train, and develop their workforce. Confronted with historic HR challenges from recruitment and retention to reskilling and upskilling, conventional and traditional HR approaches just aren’t working. The problem is that many HR...

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June 30, 2021 46 min

Microaggressions are a workplace reality. Nearly 50 percent of Americans have experienced some type of microaggression at work. Over time, microaggressions, even unintentional, can accumulate and build into out-and-out discrimination. What can leaders do to recognize microaggressions? How can leaders make sure their employees feel safe, included, and comfortable? Heather R Younger, founder of employee engagement and leadership deve...

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Rishon Blumberg isn't just any other game-changer in the world of talent acquisition and talent management. Rishon sources "rockstar" quality talent on demand, or what he calls 10X. His recent book is appropriately titled Game Changer: How To Be 10x in the Talent Economy which reveals the strategies companies and individuals can take to become 10X. What’s 10X and what does it take to acquire 10X talent? (You’ll have to ...

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Before February 2020, recruiting college students and recent graduates was a recurring annual tradition. Employers camped out on campus to secure the best and brightest for internships and jobs. Then COVID-19 hit and college campus activity came to a screeching halt. Now that the pandemic is basically behind us, how will college recruiting change? How did the pandemic impact internships? What is Amazon’s impact on recruitment and t...

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Struggling to attract great candidates fast? Open positions suffocating your company’s growth plans? What trends are shaping the future of recruitment and talent acquisition? There is definitely no one size fits all and making the best choices can be confusing. From job postings to virtual career fairs, video is part of any effective solution. Why video? Because according to this week’s guest Lindsay Stanton, President of Digi-Me, ...

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Nine out of 10 companies will be embracing the hybrid workplace model according to a new McKinsey report. But 68 percent of them have no detailed plan. A recent Wall Street Journal described the emerging era of hybrid work “might be even more messy” than the work from home transition millions of workers experienced in 2020. What does the future of hybrid work mean for employees, talent acquisition, employee engagement, diversity &a...

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With job openings at an all-time high, it’s crunch time for companies to get diversity hiring right. Women dropped out of the workforce in droves during the pandemic (almost twice the rate of men) but many won’t be coming back unless companies start treating them fairly, equitably, and as equals. The change goes beyond policies. According to the FairyGodBoss survey on diversity recruiting, 98 percent of organizations say it's ...

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Can you imagine leading an organization where employees from all generations respond to “What’s it like to work here?” with “I love it here!”  Instead of making Millennials and Gen Z scapegoats and labeling 100 Million people as lazy, disloyal, and work-ethic deficient, treat them as people. That's what Clint Pulver, as the Undercover Millennial, discovered after interviewing 10,000+ employees - that loyalty and engagement ...

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Companies have promoted very proudly that “people are their most important asset.” But behind closed doors, they managed human capital as an expense. Recent changes, however, at The Securities and Exchange Commission now say “put up or be shut up!”  Public companies are now required to disclose information about “human capital resources.” The lines between old-school workforce management and bottom-line growth are merging. While th...

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If you’re hearing recruitment crickets, this could be why: your hiring process sucks! The economy is showing signs of a boom. The job market is heating up. The labor market is tight. Wages are rising and time-to-fill rates are rising. And yet, the top talent that companies seek, simply walk away and head straight to the competition. Why? HR and managers aren’t always on the same page. The values and expectations of hiring managers ...

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Working women have made impressive progress. Just 20 years ago, S&P 500 companies claimed only 2 women among the elite CEO club. Today, 41 women are CEOs of companies such as General Motors, Best Buy, Walgreens, The Hershey Company, Oracle, Citigroup, and Clorox. But still, that's only 8 percent of CEOs, while women make up more than half the U.S. population. Women made gains in the C-Suite too but are still outnumbered 17...

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Have you experienced VirtualReality yet?

Are you wondering what the big deal is?

Are VR and AR just for gamers?

How much different would our jobs and education have been if VR and AR were as common as Zoom?

Did the pandemic come too soon for virtual reality?

How much better could remote work and education have been if AR and VR had become as popular as Zoom?

Video conferencing platforms like Zoom literally saved millions of jobs an...

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Did you know the average W-2 employee is working 13 hours per week from a side hustle? From the extraordinary growth of workers pursuing side hustles to how people think about their homes and employee activism, the pandemic has altered and accelerated consumer trends … and they will have a long-lasting effect on HR. For example, one of the major findings from Clicksuasion's 2021 Marketing Survey was that 49% of the US populatio...

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On the brink of normalcy, many organizations are wrestling with what a return to work looks like. Conversations about the future of remote work and the evolution of hybrid workforces populate our news feeds daily. So what happened to the 4-Day work week? Did it die with the pandemic or is it still a viable option?  Who benefits the most - workers or employers?  Is now a good time to implement it? What are the best practices to foll...

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You're probably familiar with the glass ceiling? But have you ever heard about the glass cliff, glass escalator, and sticky floor? Dr. Kate Richmond doesn't believe that all men want to oppress women but masculine norms certainly present a strong argument that it's still a man's world. From birth, boys and men are socialized into a strict code that is difficult to break. The result is a workplace where gender inequ...

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Tomorrow said NO to today sometime in the year 2020. It refused the handoff to carry business-as-usual into the Future, according to our guest Bill Jensen, author of the new book “The Day Tomorrow Said No.” Jensen’s research suggests that only one in ten of today’s employees can achieve their dreams in their current jobs. Worse, dreams are fading fast for millions of people as up to ½ of all jobs will be gone. 375 million people ar...

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Recruiting top talent is one thing. Getting your best employees to stay is another. But it’s not just about keeping people on your payroll. Employees want—and now expect—meaningful work, supportive bosses, regular recognition, and a chance to learn and grow. What can your organization do to create a culture that helps employees feel valued and heard? It could be as simple as the “Stay Interview.” Our first guest today is “sage on t...

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