I would like to offer a shout-out to the folks at Recruiting Blogs for hosting a great conference in Toronto. Recruitfest was a success because Jason Davis, Maren Hogan, and Geoff Webb created a neutral space for recruiters & HR professionals to test out ideas and think about our industry in a practical & philosophical way.
I am a bit of a dork, and I can’t think about work without thinking about societal issues.
- Is all work temporary? If that’s correct, is that fair? Is it humane? Is that the way we want to define work in the 21st century?
- If corporations are global, are workers properly organized and represented in a global marketplace? Do recruiters perpetuate a cycle of economic violence in the workforce?
- Can we tell employees to follow their passions when most people in the global marketplace don’t have access to education, technology, and capital?
Those were some of the questions on my mind at Recruitfest, but I really appreciate the track leaders who worked hard to make sure that other voices were included in the conversation. I listened and learned about the future of social media, recruiting, and technology. I’m smarter for having attended the conference.
Not bad, eh?