12 January 2015

Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - January 2015

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Bogan Rant - Morals, Ethics and Incompetence

The December Bogan Rant sure ruffled the feathers and caused me to grin like a shot fox at the influx of creative responses, words of encouragement, constructive criticism and the occasional abuse! One caller persisted 9 times throughout the day. His message on his private line was clear - he gave me an ear bashing, called me all manner of names and hung up. Whilst the Bogan loves a good debate, this one was relatively one sided as no time was provided to retort and being over the phone, a head butt was not possible. Pretty gutless, disrespectful and obviously lacking any morals! Whilst the Bogan doesn't condone fighting, if this person could meet me at school next week behind the shelter shed at recess time, we can "discuss" his distaste towards my vernacular. We move on.........

The over-riding intention of me doing my block every 6 weeks is to raise awareness, say what we're all thinking but no-one will say, pass on your collective feedback and ideally edge towards positive change - making the industry better for us all. I can't do it alone, but I can sure try - right? I don't want the rants to be cannon fodder and as useless as the ashtray on my motorbike! It makes me think of that saying by the Dalai Lama, "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow." So, I'll have a crack today! 

Quite a few HR related "Unsubscribes" from the last newsletter - obviously took offense to the article as the truth rang true? Apologies if I did offend you as that is not the intention, but surely you can't blame me for your inefficiencies?

Interestingly, I had many phone calls from HR professionals defending/justifying/discussing themselves and their departments. Some solid discussions! If you read my previous rant again, you'll realise that I am not tarring all HR professionals with the same brush! Yes, there are many good eggs out there along with very well structured and highly functional HR/recruitment departments. As a percentage, I'd be supremely confident that there are a lot more ethical HR professionals out there than bottom feeding algal scum recruitment "agents" (as I can't bring myself to use the term "professionals"). Agreed?

The retort rant from Sheila was greatly appreciated and a good read - she is a respected HR professional (and part time bogan) and wanted to remain anonymous. Her final line really struck a chord with me, "treat us with the respect and courtesy we do not show you." How true is this! This can be applied to most service providing companies as a generalisation, but in particular recruitment agencies. Like used car salespeople, insurance brokers and Lawyers, recruiters have a terrible reputation (that has been duly earned) and unlike the norm, it's the majority that ruin it for the minority! It appears as though (again a generalisation) the majority of HR/Recruitment Departments are wired to be offended or defensive when agencies call. I get it - you get hammered, your time is precious so you need to be abrupt, forceful and definitive. Like one of my favourite movies "The Castle", you "tell 'em to go and get stuffed!". But, please note, not all recruiters are the same either.............some genuinely want to and can add value. Bizarre concept 'eh!  

Incompetence, morals and ethics! How hard is it to answer more than one query in an email? How difficult can it be to make a query before making a hasty and final decision on the outcome of a prospective candidate? You know how those team building corporate days break down the word "ass-u-me". 

If you make an appointment or commitment, stick to it. Too often in the past few months I have seen clients waste my time and the time of candidates. Yes, it is a buyers market and yes, you are often spoilt for choice, but is that a directive to be inconsiderate, unthoughtful, rude and disrespectful? If you need help, ask - brilliant. If you don't need any assistance, say so - no worries. If you've already got a candidate in mind for a role, why engage a recruiter for more options? If you interview someone, how about letting us know how it went - this year? If you need to cancel or the role has been filled - let us know immediately. We all have better things to do - fair dinkum, if the shoe were on the other foot you'd be p*ssed off! 

Some people seem to permanently have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock! They'll never get it and dead set couldn't organise a fart in a chilli eating contest! Is it that, or do they simply not care? I often sit on the back deck with my kelpie and a frothie in hand, admiring the Torana and wondering how some people manage to stumble through life.

Rather than jumpin' around like a flea on a dog, let's just look forward to and hope for an improved 2015 for us all. When it comes to HR/Recruitment departments and the relationship with agencies, let's make it a year of brutal honesty! Be up front and have the guts to eliminate the people you don't want to associate or deal with and treat the rest with the respect they deserve. Let's get ridgy-didge and give it a burl. It's a two way street and markets will turn.............. 

As always, I'm keen on your thoughts! Am I on the mark or way off? I recall I was wrong once - think it was 1994. Let me know. 


As we head towards another fully sick Australia Day, be sure to get your lamb organised and fire up the barbie! Barbie at Richie Benauds I hear!! How good is this new lamb ad! Happy Australia Day for the 26th! 


Bogans Pet Hate- A*se crack fashion! After spending a week on the Goldie recently and observing the "younger" generations! Seriously, how hard it is to pull up your pants? OMG, WTF - Like, you know, um, whatev's, totes epic fail!