Why I wanted to hire my mother

17. april 2018
af Simon Schmidt
It has been awkward. It has been embarrassing. And maybe I shouldn’t have. But, it’s been imperative to me to try to convince management of the places I have worked to hire my mother. I am sure you could imagine managers’ reactions ranging from a lifted eyebrow to a look that said, “the man is a total nutcase”. But, I thought this through, and I think you would agree that the idea is brilliant. Imagine yourself going to the coffee machine and being met with the well-intended sign or remark from that one colleague with a touch of OCD; “Tidy up after yourself – your mother doesn’t work here!”. In this instance, you could simply reply: “Actually, she does. And she’s baked a cake! Bon Appetit!”. Another obvious benefit to your daily operations, would be to have her feed the stuff you don’t notice yourself, but all mothers do. Back in the days when I was a manager (a terrible one), I, and especially my employees, would have appreciated some motherly advice or indications that something was mismanaged, or someone needed special attention. If she had been there at the desk, knitting, and poking me at the right times, the sky would have been the limit. Nowadays managers are privileged if they use SuccessFactors, because it has “a mother” built in. The capabilities of machine learning are starting to make a solid appearance in the solution. Take for instance “Business beyond Bias” that will start influencing Succession Planning in 2018; where the application process will highlight potential biased decisions regarding for instance gender. Maybe there is an unconscious, unbalanced trend in the way the company manage and appoint successors? The digitalized, knitting mother will poke you. Same goes for recruiting. Mother will help you make diverse job requisitions, predict leavers or tailor learning to your trainee’s preferences. Implement and utilize SuccessFactors and avoid the embarrassment of trying to get your “Mama” on the payroll. And you know, it is quite easy to customize your own messages in SuccessFactors. It is part of the standard implementation from 2BM, that you occasionally get the message “Did you clean up around the coffee machine? Your mother doesn’t work here.”

Simon Schmidt

Simon Schmidt

is a Senior Consultant at 2BM. He is highly experienced in SuccessFactors, HCM, and User Interfaces including Fiori.
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