#HRevolution Returns in November!

by Matthew Stollak on Monday, March 24, 2014

Are you ready for HRevolution 2014?

Since 2009, HRevolution has been creating unique opportunities for HR professionals, recruiters, consultants, and vendors to come together to discuss and debate the future of HR.

This year we are celebrating our fifth anniversary by taking the event back to its roots. We have been gathering your feedback regarding location (you can still share your feedback regarding topics here) and are excited to announce where HRevolution 2014 will take place!

HRevolution 2014
Symbolist Headquarters in Grapevine, TX
November 7th-8th, 2014

As you may be aware, HRevolution is a ground-breaking event in both content, format, and delivery of ideas that are key to the practice of human resources.  HRevolution is not your typical conference either.  Our main purpose is to grow your professional and personal network. You will network with 100 of the brightest and most innovative leaders in the industry. Other benefits include:

*Fully participatory sessions
*Opportunity for participants to bring work issues to debate and discuss
*Workable solutions you can take home to your organization
*Increased reach - since HRevolution is fully integrated with social platforms, you will be reaching hundreds of thousands of professionals

Session highlights from previous years: 
  • HR Improv - an entertaining way to ensure you have your presentation skills up to par
  • Live action case study and problem solving with an actual organization's recruiting leader
  • Sessions on the latest trends in HR technology and how we do HR on a daily basis
  • And more!
We are also seeking sponsors. If you are interested in helping us keep HRevolution affordable for attendees and sharing your message with senior leaders in the HR and recruiting space, please reach out and we can discuss. Previous sponsors include SumTotal Systems, Ceridian, Monster, and other industry leaders. 

Look for ticket sales to open in a few weeks.  Space is limited to 100 people, so be sure to grab your ticket early!

Snappy Answers to Stupid HR Questions

by Matthew Stollak on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Like most 8-12 year old boys growing up in the 1970s, I was an avid reader of Mad Magazine.  From Alfred E. Newman to Spy vs. Spy, Don Martin, and the Fold-In Back Cover, I looked forward to every issue.

One of my favorite regular features was Al Jaffee's "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions."  For a shy boy, I always wished I had the audacity to have the snarky comeback that Al Jaffee provided.

Like most professions, HR is not immune to receiving some ridiculous queries.  In that vein, here is the first edition of "Snappy Answers to Stupid HR Questions:"

Q: (after the company had a poor year)  Will I be getting a raise this year?

A1:  Yes, when you get back to your desk, your chair will be raised two inches higher

A2: Yes, we raise our glasses to you to celebrate your departure.  You've been laid-off.

A3: Raise?  We prefer to call it a zero adjustment approach.

A4.  The whole company is...we're razing the building next week.

A5. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Given my weak responses, what would be your answer? 

If you have other ridiculous questions, send them to me at mstollak@gmail.com.   I'll try to provide some snappy answers in the future.

On the Billion Dollar Bracket

by Matthew Stollak on Monday, March 17, 2014

Its my favorite week of the year....spring break combined with what should be national days off - the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday and Friday.

I'm sure many of you are researching heavily trying to put together your winning bracket.  Others are going to adopt a "Go By The Gut" approach.

Every year many sites sponsor a prize for the top bracket.  This year is different.  Quicken Loans, in conjunction with Warren Buffet, are offering a $1 billion prize (If you win, you can take $25 million a year for 40 years or a $500 million check right away) if you are able to put together a perfect bracket.  That means one has to pick all 32 opening round games correct, all Sweet 16 games, the Elite 8, the Final Four, and the championship game - 63 games in all.

Is Buffett taking a risk?

The odds of putting together a perfect bracket are 1:9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (9 quintillion to 1).  To win the $400 MegaMillions jackpot is just a mere 1 in about 258.9 million.

Most (if not all) brackets will be finished by 6 p.m. on Friday.

But, let's say the truly unlikely happens and one gets to the National Championship game with his/her perfect bracket intact?

Buffett says he isn't worried about individuals fixing the games. 

However, if $500 million was on the line:
  1. How do you not hedge (i.e. if you pick MSU to win it all against Michigan) by placing a bet on Michigan just in case?  Would your mortgage your house?   What kind of loan could you possibly get to bet against your pick (just to be safe)?  1 million? 5 million? 10 million? More?
  2. Would you offer every player on Michigan several million dollars to throw the game?
I'd like to see someone get to that point just to see what kind of scrutiny and pressure would be put on that result.