Gamification

Sourcing Online; My Everquest Java Adventure

Living in San Diego, near the beach, had its perks when I was younger. Being able to swim in the ocean, moderate temperatures, and seemingly endless sunny days. So one would think that when I had free time, I would, of course, spend my time with the plethora of activities that were out…

What Candy Crush Taught Me About Being a Good Manager

Business lessons can sneak up in the oddest of places. Even viral online games can give us insight into important organizational processes. I’m not afraid to admit it; I’ve been playing Candy Crush Saga off and on for a few months. For those unfamiliar, it is a highly addictive game where you work…

We’re Exploring Whether Technology Can Provide a Better Candidate Experience

We revealed how we launched our new EVP in 2016. The message: Bring Everything You Are. Become Everything You Want.  To help us know “everything you are” and ensure you “become everything you want,” we needed a supporting vehicle. One such vehicle is assessments — they help us understand our potential talent and…

How Our Own In-house Talent Acquisition Is Standing Out From the Crowd

In 2016 SAP needed to stand out from the crowd and have its biggest year for employment branding, with actual employees telling their own life stories. Many candidates know little about us, or perceive us as a somewhat safe, bureaucratic German software company. We have to work harder than most companies to get…

What Pokemon Go Taught Me About Talent Management

This past week, I joined the 7.5 million people who downloaded the Pokémon Go mobile game and began my journey to catch all 151 original Pokémon monsters. Pokémon Go has more downloads in its first week of existence than popular dating app Tinder has had in its entire four-year existence, and is expected…

Google’s Rabbit Hole — Innovatively Sourcing Top Talent Based on Their Search Words

Google’s seven-month old “rabbit hole” recruiting program simply has to be classified as innovative. The program has two major components. The first (a “keyword sourcing” approach) identifies employed top talent (some call them passives) based on the advanced terminology that they place in the Google search box while learning and doing their job….

In a ‘League’ of Our Own’ … Introducing ‘Sourcification’

How do you disrupt traditional sourcing? How do you drive higher performance while making work more fun? Can you bring the philosophical principles of gamification to sourcing? Can something be put into play that will help revolutionize sourcing across the recruitment industry? These are some of the questions we asked ourselves at SAP…

What Trends in Film-going Tell Us About Employer Branding

Hollywood’s summer season is in full swing, and a Monday morning review at our company of the weekend’s box office led to an impromptu employee survey about appreciation of movies beyond the multiplex. The interest level in old films is nonexistent among our 20-something graphic designers and account managers. None of them have…

Gaming Can Be More Than Fun

As a child, I never got into it. As a teenager, I tried to forgo the boys who let it consume their whole day. As a spouse, I try to ban it from my living room, and as a mother you want to keep your children away from it as long as you…