As long as there are pre-employment tests there will be people who do not like taking them. That is fair—most people would like to get the job of their choosing without jumping through hoops or by going through some process which perfectly recognizes their unique (and superior) skills compared to other applicants. But, that is […]

Events of 2020 accelerated companies’ interest in all things around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).  This has brought out a lot of “experts” in the field and a multitude of unconscious bias training (UBT) programs to address the problem of discrimination in the workplace. The idea behind UBT is that a change in an attitude […]

One of my favorite quotes from Peter Drucker is “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  It speaks to the idea that we can come up with all of the great ideas we want to, but if there is not an alignment between the effort and the organization’s DNA, it is just not going to happen.  Likewise, […]

In general, our personalities are pretty stable over our adulthood. Yes, we mature and big life events can alter us, but the building blocks of who we are as people are closer in stability to our eye color than our hair color. This stability has been important to the science of employee selection. The underlying idea of […]

OK, let’s all take a deep breath and say it out loud, “Work from home is not going to be temporary.”  There, we did it.  Now let’s talk about it. We need to acknowledge that WFM is not going to be one size fits all from an organization’s standpoint.  Some companies will look for as […]

Using artificial intelligence (AI) in hiring has grabbed the attention of law makers in California, New York, and other states.  The gist of the proposed California law is that any AI used in hiring would have to show no adverse impact before implementation, adverse impact would have to be reviewed annually, and they could not […]

The pendulum normally swings back when we see paradigms shift.  As many companies made the move to work from home (WFH) with the onset of COVID-19, this article (which lacks data, by the way) there may be some rumblings from some companies to bring people back to the office (safely, of course).  Is this really […]

I have written previously about blind auditions and interviews.  These are ideas that are now gaining a bit more traction as companies look to reduce potential racial discrimination in their hiring practices.  Others look at these measures as misguided and that taking race into account is the only way to diversify hiring.  I understand that […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) play integral roles in our lives.  In fact, many of you probably came across this blog post due to a type of one of these systems.  AI is the idea that machines should be taught to do tasks (everything from search engines to driving cars).  ML is an […]

The aftermath of George Floyd’s murder has many of us asking, “What can I do better?” when it comes to ending racism.  This is critical in that racial bias in hiring have changed little in 30 years.  HR and I/O psychology play a unique role in that we create the processes that allow for equal […]

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