Helena Roeber (@helenaroeber) and Rachel Garb (@rachelgarb), who have both contributed to the design principles of google’s android, share the thought process behind their design success.
A week after my media blackout and I was still having trouble sleeping and waking up with vivid dreams. The stimuli my brain was lacking was forcing it to create its own noise.
After a week, I allowed myself to read a fiction book. That allowed me to sleep.
After 2 weeks I allowed myself to watch crime dramas on Netflix.
I did make it to 30 days without news media. It was a welcome break, especially in the midst of the election. However, I did realize that I couldn’t avoid news altogether. My friends,co-workers and strangers were more than willing to expose me to random pieces of news. Fact or fiction, I had no way of knowing since I wouldn’t allow myself to verify sources. The inaccuracies through word of mouth were just as bad as the most biased news media. I realized I had lept out of the frying pan into the fire. 30 days after the blackout I was eager and ready to read an online paper again.
The experience caused me to appreciate the media in my life. In measured doses, it adds depth, a stimuli and entertainment. I may choose to fast again, but more as I would a planned food fast than an escape. I’ve accepted media as the enrichment to life that it is.
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I’m on day 4 of my media & Hollywood blackout. So far, the hardest habits to break have been navigating to a news web site during the day (I’ve stopped myself mid-type quite a few times), and sitting down to read a book with a cup of tea. Instead, I wander around the house looking for something to do.
Good things as a result are that I’m ahead of myself on laundry (never happens), and I’ve cleaned out the closet in the office. Worst thing is that I have to over hear re-runs of Full House because the kids have free reign of the TV during prime time.
My husband promised to tell me about some really important world or local event. Otherwise, I’m enjoying not knowing what’s happening.
The cobwebs of public opinion still haven’t cleared so I’ll keep you posted on that.
If only I could tune out some of the software/tech analyst blogs who have little grip on reality. But alas, those are required reading for work.
For 30 days, I am going to cut off my access to media. No TV or Netflix. No trips to the library or novel reading. No jumping on a variety of news sites throughout the day to catch up on the latest. No movies or DVDs. No blog reading except what is necessary for work. I want to see what life feels like without a constant barrage of external agendas.
I’m going to try this for 30 days and just see what happens. I told my husband and kids this morning and they laughed at me. My husband told me he thinks it will last for 5 days at the most. I’m not even sure why I’m doing this, except that I woke up at 5 am this morning thinking of my to-do list for the day, and the thought came to me. Those early morning epiphanies can be killers, but I think I’ll give it a try.
I’ll post a blog every Tuesday and Friday with a short update of how it’s going and how it makes me feel.
If you want to get real about your candidate experience, ask yourself these questions about your hiring process:
- Do my job postings contain complete information about the duties of the job, the requirements, and the conditions of the job in easy to read language?
- Do I communicate the length of time and the information required to fill out an application?
- Am I only asking only relevant information from the applicant via the online application?
- Do I give information to the applicant about the next steps in the hiring process?
- Do I provide timely status updates to my applicants? And ideally, a way for the applicant to check their status online?
- Am I offering ways for my applicants to connect with my organization via social media or other communication methods?
- Do I disposition the candidates during the hiring process, and especially once the requisition is filled?
Then, apply to one of your own jobs and validate that everything works the way you think it should.
After you’ve done that, enter the Candidate Experience Awards and get even more insight on how to create a positive experience for your candidates. You might even win some nice recognition.