Monthly Archives: October 2009

Study: Managers’ Hiring Practices Vary by Race, Ethnicity

A study using personnel data from a large U.S. organization examined whether the race or ethnicity of the hiring manager affects the racial composition of new hires. The study found that all non-black managers—that is, whites, Hispanics, and Asians—hired more whites and fewer blacks than did black managers. This was especially true in the South. In locations with large Hispanic populations, Hispanic managers hired more Hispanics and fewer whites than did white managers. The study also examined possible explanations for these differential hiring patterns. The findings provide evidence that the race or ethnicity of those who make hiring decision can have a strong impact in the racial makeup of a company’s workforce. 

If you’re interested in finding the article here is the citation:

Laura Giuliano, David I. Levin and Jonathan Leonard, “Manager Race and the Race of News Hires.” Journal of Labor Economics 27:4 (October 2009).

Talent Wars: Keeping the "Lucky" Ones

For many years, the war for talent was a challenge for many organizations. Given the current economic conditions, the talent war has been more subdued; however, it promises to heat up once again. The war for talent not only includes recruiting best talent but also keeping your most valued leaders. With many organizations opting to reduce headcount in order to manage the bottom line, those “lucky” employees that survived organizational purgings may now have less loyalty to their company. Michael Watkins from the Leading Edge blog provides advice (and a warning) to those organizations that might have managed their restructuring and/or cost cutting strategies haphazardly.

The Lost Generation

Business Week has a great article on the on-going challenges college graduates are having finding jobs in this current economic environment.  This paragraph captures the stunning reality:

Only 46% of people aged 16-24 had jobs in September, the lowest since the government began counting in 1948. The crisis is even hitting recent college graduates. “I’ve applied for a whole lot of restaurant jobs, but even those, nobody calls me back,” says Dan Schmitz, 25, a University of Wisconsin graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. “Every morning I wake up thinking today’s going to be the day I get a job. I’ve not had a job for months, and it’s getting really frustrating.”