We recently published an article on TED Talks to watch before a job interview, which has been pretty successful. Consequently we decided to use these awesome videos for a new article, this time for recruiters and human resources professionals in general. 

Why work doesn’t happen at work

In this talk, Jason Fried argues that your work environment is no longer a place where you can actually get the work done. Indeed there are too many distractions in the office such as managers, meetings, co-workers interactions, phone calls, lunch break … Thus employees are “forced” to work in-between these moments, leaving no extended period where work can be done properly. He suggests that staff should communicate in a more passive way via email or collaboration tools and managers should give their employees long period of uninterrupted time. Working remotely can also be a good solution to these problems as we explained in this article

The puzzle of motivation

If you want your employees to be more motivated, you increase their salaries right? In this talk Dan Pinks argues that there are other ways to motivate your workforce, and they might actually be much more efficient! According to him cash incentives might have the opposite effect and decrease employee motivation especially for creative tasks. In order for employees to perform well at their jobs, managers should instead offer them three things: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

A new kind of job market

Most employees are working 5 days a week from 9am to 5pm or during evening and weekends . However some employees have unpredictable schedule for various reasons such as medical condition or complex childcare needs. Consequently it can be extremely difficult for these people to find a proper job even though they often desperately need it.  They need jobs with extremely flexible hours but it’s very difficult for these people to connect with employees who can actually give them this flexibility. He explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time.

The surprising workforce crisis of 2030 — and how to start solving it now

Rayner Strack is a Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group. According to a report released by his company, many of the wold largest economies will face a workforce shortage by 2030. It may sound strange considering current economy in developed countries, but this slow economic growth combined with aging population, low birth rate and more restrictive immigration policies will result in having more jobs than people able to do them. Mr Strack presents the business, culture and government changes needed to be able to solve this crisis.

How to make work-life balance work

Even though this talk is from 2011 most of the facts are still true. According to a recent Mental Health Foundation survey, a third of UK-based participants were unhappy about the time they devote to work, and more 40% of employees said they were neglecting other aspects of their life because of work. In this talk Nigel Marsh makes different observations on why you need to reconsider your relationship with your job and how HR department can support this thought.