I have to congratulate Bill Boorman on his neverending HR Carnival. It was a fantastic accomplishment. A lot of work.
99% of the entries seemed to be reading off the same cue cards but it was good. I learned a lot. Apparently, according to the experts, social media is going to be very big this year. Who would have thunk that? Not me.
Anyway, I'm going to give an award to the best video. And I liked so many it's hard to figure out which one to pick. But the English people seemed to capture my heart this time around.
One that I found particularly touching was Merv Dinnen. Merv sat there the whole time looking at something we couldn't see, holding something vertical on his crotch. And then he wished us God Bless and he blew us a kiss for the new year. It was very sweet. Thank you Merv. You are The Fine English Gentleman of the Year. (Doesn't he remind you of this guy?)
Then, there's Andy Headworth. Best Audition for a Children's Show.
And, finally, my fave and the winner of the Recruiting Animal Award for best Bill Boorman Video - my old friend, Wendy Jacob. Content-wise she didn't say much. She didn't say much at all. But she was so bubbly, she made me feel more alive.
THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST AWARD
Staying with the Bill Boorman videos, one really bothered me. And that was the very first one by PunkRockHR.
With her cool, silky voice and patronizing attitude, Laurie reminds me of no one so much as Hal the computer in Space Odyssey.
Here's what she says to people who abandon social media.
"You'll have a lot of reasons to leave. It's totally understandable. But, you know - other people are going to replace you."
Inotherwords, you want to leave?. Get out!
"But I want you to know," she says, "It's okay that you're leaving."
It's okay that I'm leaving? What does that mean? She's giving me permission?
And as a closer, she says,"But I want you to keep up the spirit that brought you to recruiting blogs and HR blogs to begin with."
Now what spirit is that? The spirit of goofing off until your boss bans social media from the office?
Maybe this is a masterwork of subtlety and I missed the irony but I thought this was a nasty, arrogant video. If you remember correctly, punk rock had fascist tendencies and maybe we're seeing a few of them in their grown up version right here.