Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden is 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.

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 th...

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 e...

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...

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,...

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’...

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 b...

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 o...

writing effective job descriptions

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 o...

The 8 employer essentials on employment background checks

The United States has one of the most mobile workforces in the world. While Germans stay in the same job for a decade on average...

Ending the phony war for talent

Like most truly bad ideas the “war for talent” has heritage, devotees and currency. It’s nearly 20 years since management consul...

The future of work has been foretold

If you work at a technology company you could be forgiven for thinking that all offices are slowly transforming into one big fut...

Separating cult from culture

You know what to expect from a headline like this. You’ll be introduced to some brainwashed characters displaying cultish behavi...

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