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Why Interviews Should No Longer Make the Shortlist for Recruitment Methods

The recruitment process went like this. Shortlisted candidates were required to attend over 2 days including an overnight stay and should be accompanied by their wives (because all of the shortlisted candidates were married men, obviously). During 2 days of interviews, the candidates would be asked how their wives were at entertaining executives from other businesses, as although they were not employed or compensated by the company in any way, the wife of the successful…

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My Autism Does Not Have an Off Switch (And I Am Not Sorry About It)

If there is one thing that we all know about modern technology, it is that a huge number of problems can be fixed by turning something off and back on again. A film I watched recently involved avoiding disaster by turning an entire building off and on again, and I have lost count of the number of times that I have seen the concept of rebooting people in science fiction. It can be easy to…

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Why Treat People Properly When You Can Just Give Them Meaningless Corporate Awards?

Many years ago, when the ninja turtles were a big deal the first time around, I visited a fairground. One of the first booths I saw advertised a free ninja turtle if you lost. My money was out of my pocket in seconds, and the darts were in my hand. Seconds later, I had “won”, and the trick became clear. Almost everyone would “win” and receive only a very small prize for doing so. The…

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What are the Best Jobs for Neurodivergent People?

It can be too cold to snow, water is wet, and all neurodivergent people are good at maths and should work in tech. Three truths you can bank on while the rest of this crazy world falls apart around us, right? Well, no, actually. Scientifically, water is not wet, and it can and does snow at very low temperatures, so neither of the first two statements are true. As for all neurodivergent people working in…

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Why Work Environments Matter, and What is Going Wrong

In a world where the truth seems to be an entirely optional extra, contradictions and paradoxes are all around us. I will never forget reading a sign that set out the daily closing times for a business that claimed to be open 24 hours a day. We constantly see world leaders and celebrities travel around the globe in jets to discuss the climate crisis. Managers claim to listen when their actions show that they are…

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Look At Me When I’m Talking to You!

Why is eye contact such a big deal?   I am a very difficult customer for barbers. Not because of anything to do with my hair, of which there is increasingly less to cut these days. Nor because I struggle if they want to chat while I am in their chair. But because around every thirty seconds they have to gently lift my head, so I am facing forwards rather than staring at my feet.…

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The Great Productivity Myth

Did you leap out of bed at 4am this morning, eager to start your routine of an hour at the gym, followed by meditation, reading a self-improvement book, and setting your 23 goals for the day? No, me neither. I struggled out of bed at about 6.30, long after my alarm went off, and wearily trudged around the house trying to remember my name and what day of the week it was. But you know…

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How Percentages Are Used to Trick Us Every Day

I am 110% sure that you will enjoy this article. The last statement is a lie, but not entirely for the reasons you think. Obviously, I cannot be sure that you will enjoy reading this – I am not you, not everybody will like or be remotely interested in my writing, and indeed some of you will have stopped reading already. But more significantly for what I want to talk about today, you cannot be…

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The Problem With Senior Management Visibility

Every so often, rumours circulate that someone famous has been dead for some time, and all we are seeing is a lookalike hired as part of a cover up. Experts give their view on tiny mannerisms and details of the appearance to try and determine if it was the real person that was seen. Of course, there is generally no smoke without fire, and it is quite well known that some world leaders have used…

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