Is it Time for a Digital Detox?

I read this quote somewhere recently “the internet used to be an escape from real life – now real life is an escape from the internet.”

It’s quite a powerful quote and it inspired me to write this blog. It might seem strange for someone like myself, who specialises in digital marketing and content writing, to tell you to take a digital break, but I do believe it is important. Probably even more important, if you have a job where you are constantly on the computer.

We spend so much of our time looking at our phones. I’ve seen people walking dogs while scrolling through their phones, and you’d be hard pushed to find anyone sitting on a train who doesn’t have their head in their phones – and it can be quite damaging, as you’re missing out on the world around you. Of course, the internet is a hugely beneficial thing, social media is incredible and there is a wealth of information out there. The internet has allowed me to work flexibly, so I’m not dissing it, but taking a digital break is vital for physical and mental well-being. This is not about preaching, as it’s something I’ve had to force myself to do, but rather, I hope it gives you some useful advice.

These are some ways you can take a digital break.

Skip Mornings

If you are anything like me, the first thing you do when you wake up is to look at your phone, and it’s probably not the best way to wake up. Instead of reaching for your phone, take your time to get up and get ready for work, before you start engaging again with social media and emails. Scrolling mindlessly just holds you up and it’s not the healthiest start to the day.

Be Mindful

Mindfulnesses is such an important part of life, and something most of us don’t do. If you are constantly thinking about what you might be missing on Facebook, or whether you’ve had a reply to an email, you will never truly enjoy ‘real life’ moments. If possible, leave your phone at home when you’re enjoying activities with friends or family, switch your phone off or keep it on silent, so you are not tempted to look at it. There is nothing worse than being in someone’s company and they’re constantly looking at their phone. I’ve experienced it with friends and in meetings, and it makes you feel like you would be better off being at home. If people have taken the effort to spend time with you, make sure you give them your full attention.

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Short Breaks

Take breaks from your computer and phone, whether at home or in work. There is nothing that can’t wait for a few hours. Switch your phone off if you are too tempted to look at it. Taking a few hours off each day, will do you the world of good.

Get Outside

I am a strong believer in the importance of being in nature for your health and well-being. Get outside at least once a day, even if it’s a walk at lunch time or an evening stroll. We are not meant to be locked up for entire days without seeing any daylight!

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Turn it Off

What about an entire day off technology? Is there any real reason you can’t do this? We lived for many years without technology, or at least, the kind of handheld technology which is always by our sides. Spending a full day off will recharge you and make you feel more connected with your loved ones.

Read

Is it really more fulfilling to spend a commute scrolling through stories about Brexit and looking at people’s holiday drinks or to read a good book? I know what I prefer, but then I am a bit of a book geek! Why not try reading instead of scrolling on your commute, you might get a lot more from it.

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Don’t Mistake Digital Friendships for Real Ones

Your true friendships are those people who take the time to spend ‘real’ time with you, not those who you spend time talking to via text or Facebook Messenger. It can be easy to get the two confused. Spend more time with real friendships and less time on digital ones.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article. I’d love to hear your comments or any other tips you might have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pros and Cons of HR Software

Technology such as HR software has made huge advances in recent years, with the potential to add efficiency and productivity to the HR department. Recruitment software, or candidate management systems, in particular have improved, and mean that the whole recruitment process can be management online. The candidate journey can be tracked from start to finish.

However, as with all new technology, it’s worth considering the pros and cons before deciding to make the change to a new system or process. Here are the top benefits and drawbacks of CMS.

Pros and cons of CMS suites

Benefits

Faster pipelines

CMS can speed up the shortlisting process by almost 50%. As everything is streamlined and actioned from one central point, processes become easier, and with most CMS today you can move from advertising the job to booking the shortlisted candidates for interview. This can all be done online, with the ability to send emails, appointment dates and application forms online.

Better tracking of performance

CMS allows you to carry out A/B testing on recruitment ads as well as easy tracking of which ads perform better in different locations. With continued use, this means you can streamline your recruitment process even further. Customisable templates mean that you can upload new ads without copywriting each time.

Shortlisting improved

It can be easier to shortlist with HR software. Keyword matching, scoring and minimum requirements mean that the software can effectively weed out unqualified candidates before you ever see their CV, saving time that you can use to concentrate on creating a better shortlist and talking to candidates.

Reduces cost-per-hire

In today’s economy, businesses are watching every penny. Many of you will know from harsh experience that HR and recruitment often isn’t considered a profit-making part of the business (even though we all know this isn’t the case). If you’re feeling the squeeze in your department, CMS can reduce the overall cost-per-hire, saving money by increasing productivity and reducing manpower required for each hire.

Reduces HR workload

In many industries, recruitment is an everyday process. Turnover and lack of retention can mean that you never get to the end of that constant recruitment pipeline, and that eats into time you’d prefer to spend on other things. Reducing the time per hire means you can focus on employee engagement and training.

Drawbacks

Impersonal

CMS can be an impersonal mode of recruitment. Since most of the sorting work is done by the software and most appointment booking is done by email, it can be tempting to bring candidates to interview without ever speaking directly to them. This can affect the quality of your shortlist, and also the recruitment experience for the candidate.

Diversity

CMS can cause issues in terms of diversity of recruitment. As the software sorts by keyword or score, there is no personal touch that can ensure a balance of gender, race, ability, sexual orientation and the like. You might find that the original candidate pool was diverse, but the software has unwittingly sorted a shortlist that lacks proper diversity.

Human skills

Nothing beats experience when it comes to recruitment. Years of training and experience, coupled with an instinct for quality, mean that when you look over applications you can probably make good, snap decisions about your shortlist. If the software is doing this on your behalf, the impersonal nature might mean that you’re losing out on quality candidates for interview.

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Possibility for manipulation

Candidates are increasingly shrewd in a competitive marketplace. CMS systems can be “gamed” by candidates who have experience of them, or who have done their homework. Using predictable, high-ranking keywords can get them through the door and into that interview slot regardless of their actual suitability.

All of which means you could be missing out on some of the best candidates out there – they’ll never hear from you, because you’ll never see them.

Making the most of HR software

As with most things in the world of recruitment and HR, balance is key. If you decide to use HR software, we’d recommend doing so carefully. Streamline your processes by all means, and follow the candidate journey online – it will increase productivity, and the ability to track is key to shaping recruitment plans and forward planning, particularly for operational departments that rely on you for this.

However, we would advise a human element at every step of the process. Check random samples of unselected CVs, gauge the effectiveness of scoring, and compare the output of the software to your own decision-making to ensure that you know it is working as you need it to.

In the end, HR software is like all technology – when used as a tool to supplement existing processes it can be extremely beneficial in saving time and reducing cost, but don’t depend on it to do your work for you.

If you’d like more information on how we can help you to work with your CMS system to headhunt or shortlist candidates, contact us at Lyndsey@recruitwrite.com.