Ethics

Is Your Culture the One You Want?

What’s the condition of your organization’s culture? Every organization has one. From a small business to a multi-national, it’s got a culture. From a team to a department to a division to a region to a country, it’s got a culture. Usually the culture of a business happens by default, not by design….

When Does Your Company’s Recruiting Cross the Line?

The University of Louisville’s basketball program is under fire because of allegations by former recruits and players who claim that Louisville paid for strippers to entertain them on recruiting visits that included paid sex. From ESPN.com: Five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits told Outside the Lines that they attended parties at…

Ethical Sourcing: If It’s Good For Coffee, It’s Good For Talent, Too

I read in the newspaper yesterday morning that Starbucks has achieved an incredible milestone for the ethical sourcing of virtually all its coffee – 99 percent! This means that more than 400 million pounds of coffee served globally meets really tough economic, environmental and social standards for growers from whom they buy their…

America’s Top Corporate Citizens

Two pharmaceutical firms top the “100 Best Corporate Citizen” list in the most recent issue of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, joining such other top firms as Microsoft, Disney, and Coca-Cola in the top 10. The magazine in conjunction with the Corporate…

The Price of Principles: What Do They Say About a Company’s Culture?

The New York Times published an article about yet another successful, high profile sports coach who has been caught lying about his credentials. Times writer Juliet Macur interviewed Manhattan College men’s basketball Coach Steve Masiello a few days prior to the revelation that he had lied about having a college degree. He got…

A Recruiter’s Values

What do we stand for? What is it we do as recruiters? Fill jobs? Source candidates? Use ATS, social networks, job boards, etc? An excellent recruiter and friend of mine — John Amodeo — has a great answer. John says we’re in the life-changing business. Think about it. When we fill a job…

Hiring Wisdom: Asking For Some Honest Interview Answers

According to the most recent report card on American Youth issued by The Josephson Institute of Ethics, the Institute found the number of students who said they had cheated on an exam in the past year dropped from 59 percent in 2010 to 51 percent in 2012. The number of students who said they had…

Horrified by Something in Your Culture? Better Look in the Mirror

We see media coverage nearly every day about horrific behavior, a rogue employee or deeper criticisms about the culture of an organization. This week is no different as we prepare for college basketball’s Final Four. Rutgers University fired their basketball coach Wednesday after a video of his incredible behavior shoving players, throwing basketballs at…

Don’t Blame The Headhunters — Get Better at Keeping Your Employees

While working in-house as a headhunter (the real market-mapping and cold-call headhunting “headhunter”) I often got asked the question about the ethics of direct headhunting from competitors. When I was giving a talk on the value of in-house headhunting at the 2012 Fall ERE conference in Miami, someone in the audience actually asked…