Monthly Archives: November 2013

Human Resources Rules Turning Job Hunting Into Hell For Millions

Guest Post From Paul Harrington-Shipwright

Before I start I should fill you in on something that will be entirely clear by the time you’ve finished reading – I’m somewhat of a contrarian when it comes to what I would consider ideal recruitment strategy. As a result of this I’d consider a ten minute chat and five minutes to see some samples of previous work eminently more suitable as a recruitment process than anything an HR department has spewed out over the years. Of course it’s important to remember than HR departments are often massive, expensive exercises in self-justification. Writing unnecessary processes during downtime is certainly preferable to laying someone off in the HR department. With that out of the way let’s take a look at how some HR policies, and indeed accepted ‘rules of society’ are making job hunting hell for millions of people. Continue reading

Heartless Machines Will Ignore Our Children As They Beg For More

We can safely look to the benefit state and past ‘poor laws’ to see the level of provision the State, and society generally, considers acceptable for those who cannot work and do not support themselves. Oliver Twist famously begged his masters at the orphanage for more gruel. The very suggestion that he should have more than barely required to subsist was met by outrage. Unfortunately as machines become smart and eventually enable more production than humanity can consume, most likely by several multiples, much of humanity will drift (we already see 1/10th of humanity in this state in developed economies and much worse in developing economies) into unemployment and our children will beg the heartless machines and the even more heartless wealthy for more. Continue reading