‘Jibe’ Turkeys & Slack Smackdowns

If you missed the news breakdown from last week, you’re in for a treat this week. The boys breakdown a bevy of news, including iCIMS buying Jibe, another chatbot domino falling, rumors out of CareerBuilder, Entelo and Salesforce, and new headwinds for Slack. Enjoy the tsunami of news and opinion from HR’s most dangerous podcast. […]

Firing Squad:

An old URL with a lot of new ideas – including blockchain, paying job seekers and a credit card (yes, credit card) – but we’ll see how the company does against 40 years of industry experience. Chad & Cheese run CEO Arran Stewart through the firing squad … gotta listen to see how he […]

Gerry Tales w/ Gerry Crispin

Gerry Crispin is an industry treasure and a virtual encyclopedia for anyone who wants to take a look back at how things used to be, as well as getting an historical perspective on the present and the future. Chad & Cheese chatted with Gerry and it turned into a conversation that lasted well over an […]

Live from Smashfly’s Transform Conference

The boys cover just about everything with Smashfly’s Josh Zywien, Delta Airlines’ Holland McCue and Fiserv’s Julia Levy. Enjoy this live show from Boston and throw our sponsors – Sovren, JobAdx and Canvas – lots of love.

THE SHRED – Returnships

THE SHRED – Don’t Call It a Comeback! They’ve been here for years.
Here’s a bit of news from the political blog – Roll Call.
“A pair of Democratic senators introduced legislation Thursday that would offer subsidies to employers who hire longtime unemployed workers. The draft bill, sponsored by Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and backed by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, aims to assist an estimated 1.3 million people who have been out of work for at least six months. The government would offer one-year subsidies to cover two-thirds of the cost of a new hire’s wages and benefits, although the subsidy could be increased in times of high unemployment.”
I think this is a well-intentioned effort to get people who have been out of the labor force for a while, back in the game. However, its not a new idea. There already is a trend of companies reaching back to experienced workers, its called – Returnships. Returnships are like internships for experienced workers looking to re-enter the workforce. Jason Wingard on Forbes explains how they work:
“Modeled after traditional student internships, organizations hire individuals for a few months to a year during which they pair employment with mentoring and training. The benefits are twofold: returners gain skills, confidence, and connections, and employers evaluate prospective candidates risk-free. Returnships can provide an excellent segue back into the working world.”
Here are three examples of companies with returnship programs.
• Example 1 – “The Goldman Sachs Returnship program helps to develop talented professionals who are looking to restart their careers after an extended absence from the workforce. This paid program offers opportunities in a variety of divisions and the chance to experience the vast network of resources at Goldman Sachs.”
• Example 2 – “Increasing numbers of physicians are confronted with the problem of obtaining hospital staff privileges after extended absences from the practice of clinical medicine. The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Physician Reentry Program provides hospital credentialing committees with a convenient pathway to help reinstate physicians who have been denied privileges. The Reentry Program designs a course of participatory study that is intended to fulfill the specific needs of the reentering physician’s planned practice.”
• Example 3 – “The Real Returns program at Credit Suisse is paid and runs for approximately 12 weeks. You’ll have the opportunity to work on projects that match your skills and expertise, and tap into a support network of like-minded professionals. You will participate in a variety of orientation events and training sessions throughout the program that are designed to help you transition back into the work environment. You will also receive information about changes in the financial services industry, improve your technology skills and participate in workshops.”
With a national unemployment rate of 3.6%, expect companies to do more creative strategies like this in the ongoing war for talent.

THE SHRED — Facebook That’s Just Nasty

The Absolutely Horrible, Disgusting and Inexcusable Working Conditions at Facebook
Facebook moderators are the cops of the social network. They patrol its cyberspace for things like hate speech, murders in livestream, child pornography and anything else that can be generated by the worst examples of its global society. One such Facebook moderator was Keith Utley. He worked the overnight shift at a Facebook content moderation site in Tampa, FL, operated by a professional services vendor named Cognizant. He did not serve in this capacity alone; 800 or so contract co-workers helped him sift through internet depravity and they had the notable distinction of being among the worst performing of the FB moderation sites – according to “The Verge.”
To work as a Facebook moderator, you are required to sign a 14-page nondisclosure agreement. Keith Utley and others broke that agreement because the working conditions demanded it. Here are just a few of their complaints and apologies in advance, if you have a weak stomach.
• A Facebook content moderator had a heart attack at his desk and died last year. Senior management initially discouraged employees from discussing the incident, for fear it would hurt productivity.
• Facilities at the Tampa site are often filthy, with workers reporting that the office’s only bathroom has repeatedly been found smeared with feces and menstrual blood.
• Workers have also found pubic hair and fingernails at their desks, along with other bodily waste.
• Verbal and physical fights at the office are common. So are reports of theft.
The complaints go downhill, from there.
So, what do the workers get for the trouble of deplorable working conditions? A whopping $28,800 dollar a year salary, two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch break. They also get 9 minutes of wellness time because if you are monitoring graphic violence and child exploitation for a living, most likely you will soon be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or something related to it. In fact, “The Verge” reported on the secret lives of Facebook moderators before and cited how commonplace it was to be “haunted by visions of the images and videos they saw during their time on the job.”
So, what has been Facebook’s response? Here is a direct quote from Casey Newton, reporter for The Verge and the source for all the information I’ve been sharing. Quote…
In May, Facebook announced that it will raise contractor wages by $3 an hour, make on-site counselors available during all hours of operation, and develop further programs for its contractor workforce. But the pay raises are not due to take effect until the middle of 2020, by which time many, if not most, of the current Tampa workforce will no longer work there. Turnover statistics could not be obtained. But few moderators I have spoken with make it to two years on the job — they either are fired for low accuracy scores, or quit over the working conditions. And so while the raises will be a boon to a future workforce, the contractors I spoke to are unlikely to benefit.
The moral of the story here, I think is this, do not become a Facebook moderator. At least, not today.
Related links
• Three Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose a company in crisis
• Inside the traumatic life of a Facebook moderator
• The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America
• Facebook moderators: a quick guide to their job and its challenges
• Facebook is Hiring Thousands — But the Jobs are Not for the Faint of Heart

Tag-Teaming ‘Recruiting Future’ Podcaster Matt Alder

Three podcasters – one British, two American – get together and talk recruitment. Lock the doors, hide ya’ kids and serve-up the tea and crumpets. Enjoy this cross-Atlantic crossover.

Talkin’ ‘Bad Touch’ with Nexxt’s Andy Katz

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iCIMS Latest Acquisition Keeps Recruitment Platform Wars Smokin’ Hot

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… And You Will Know CareerBuilder By The Trail of Dead

Another week of breaking news highlights this week’s show. More bleeding at CareerBuilder as the C-suite loses another one, readies for an IPO and a new partnership, and the boys go rapid fire with more alerts. Enjoy and show Sovren, JobAdx and Canvas lots of love, because they make hearts skip beats.

Live from RECex in Europe

If you thought you’d heard everything from the Chad & Cheese European Tour in Lisbon for TAtech, well, think again. Here’s their session on A.I. from RECex. Enjoy this Uncommon exclusive.

#AI Interview Regulations PASSED!

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$100m + Social Media = Jobcase CEO, Fred Goff

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Big News @ ZipRecruiter, Indeed, AllyO, LinkedIn & Dice

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