People really do think that computers are people too

One of my favorite books in the past couple of years is “The Man Who Lied to His Laptop” by Clifford Nass.  He’s a Stanford researcher who has been fascinated with human-computer interaction, but not in the the usual user interface sense – as social interactions. 

While this is not a talent management book, the work has profound implications for how we think about the work done in HR circles. For example, Nass has proven that the most common method of doing performance reviews by managers (he calls it the “compliment sandwich” – compliment, criticism, compliment) actually leaves the reviewed employee with the wrong message. They remember the last compliment, not the thing to change. 

There’s a nice piece on Nass’ work (and others) from the radio today here

 

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Jeremy Shapiro is an executive in HR at a leading financial services firm, working on talent analytics. Formerly a Senior Vice President of the Hodes iQ Talent Management Suite at Bernard Hodes Group and is a co-author of the HR metrics book Ultimate Performance. Jeremy has coached hundreds of companies in recruiting and HR technology solutions across industries and sizes. Jeremy is a frequent speaker and author on HR technology topics and HR Business Intelligence topics, such as SHRM, IHRIM, the Human Capital Institute, HR.com and more. He is a frequent contributor to articles and whitepapers on HR Business Intelligence. Jeremy holds a Masters of Science in Information Systems from NYU and a B.A in Economics from Rutgers University. Specific topics of research include HR metrics, talent management technology, and next generation recruiting technologies.

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