Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden was the former VP of Comms at Workable. He writes about the ideas shaping the world of work. He was formerly with the Economist and Guardian. He tweets @daniel_howden.

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Blog, Recruiting

Time to reboot the gamification of recruitment

It’s safe to assume that Casey Wardynski didn’t foresee the scale of what he was starting back in 1999. As chief economist of the U.S. Army, he was looking for...

Blog, Culture

The limits of euphemism

As individuals it is likely that we have differing degrees of tolerance for being spoken to indirectly. And yet most of us are either approaching, or have already reached, our...

Blog, Culture

Holacracy after the hype: lessons for business

It has often been tough to separate Holacracy from its accompanying hype. The alternative management system, meant to distribute authority and unleash innovation, arrived abruptly in the public discourse when...

Blog, Culture

The dishonest myth of work-life balance

There are some truly bad ideas that are nonetheless born survivors. The notion of “work-life balance,” popularized in the 1980s, has been the source of a deep well of human...

Blog, People

Why parental leave laws aren’t working

If we want to have a workforce in the future we need to have children. The necessity to create tomorrow’s employees means today’s employers must tolerate a degree of disruption....

Blog, People

The world’s most enduring personality test is a meaningless parlor game

If you work for a large organization you’re probably already aware that yours is one of 16 distinct personality types. You may be less familiar with the reasons why you...

Blog, Future of work

Money for nothing: are we ready for universal basic income?

Several years ago I went to visit a radical experiment in the remote west of Kenya near the shores of Lake Victoria. A handful of villages had been chosen as...

Blog, Recruiting

Writing effective job descriptions: a style guide

Given that the purpose of a job description is to attract applications it would make sense for it to be inviting. Yet, all too often this logic seems to escape...

Blog, Recruiting

Understanding interviews per offer and interviews per hire KPIs

Recruiting metrics help you invest your recruiting budget in ways that bring the highest return to your business. Knowing what to measure is the first step to getting the most...

Blog, Recruiting

Qualified job candidates per hire: recruiting metrics that matter

How and what we need to measure in recruiting remains an active discussion. While there is plenty of data on offer from key recruitment metrics, interpreting that data in a...