In this issue of HR News Roundup, we feature news on ChatGPT and bias, what new graduates want from employers, how to polish your LinkedIn profile, the wisdom of allowing or disallowing political talk at work, and more news of note. Don’t miss our quick links and items “from the lighter side.”

What do new grads want from an employer? To start, a salary range
Tom Starner, Human Resource Executive

In the past year, layoffs and hiring yo-yoed across industries, creating a sense of whiplash and anxiety for graduates of the Class of 2023. After witnessing the class before them enter a job market of inflated salaries and extraordinary perks, 2023 graduates are resetting their expectations, and focusing on some particular priorities, according to a recent report.
In its eighth annual “Class of” report designed to uncover how college graduates’ career expectations meld with HR professionals’ hiring plans, iCIMS, a recruitment software company, surveyed 1,000 college seniors and 500 HR/recruiting professionals.

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant explains why we should normalize failure

As mass layoffs and sky-high inflation continue to shake the economy, it seems the fear of a potential recession is on everyone’s mind these days.
Fast Company sat down with organizational psychologist and Wharton professor Adam Grant at BetterUp’s Uplift conference in San Francisco to discuss how employers can keep morale up during a down market, and why it’s never a bad time to experiment.

ChatGPT gender bias: how it affects HR & tips to avoid pitfalls
Suzanne Lucas, Workable

See real-life examples of how AIs like ChatGPT carry inherent gender biases that can affect HR-related tasks, such as job descriptions or performance reviews. Learn strategies to spot these biases and ensure an equitable approach in your workplace.

Related: EEOC Warns Employers to Check AI Workplace Monitoring Tools for Bias

How to Polish Your LinkedIn Profile
David Nield, Wired

While other networks sputter, LinkedIn is growing. Here’s how to use the professional social network to highlight your accomplishments and skills.

Talking politics at work: How HR can manage as presidential candidates make bids
Caroline Colvin, HR Dive

Amid the ever-changing work landscape, an age-old question endures: Is it OK to talk about politics at work?
The short answer is “yes.” The long answer: Political discussions probably need to be mediated, if not curbed completely. TL;DR: Attorneys have told HR Dive that employers can underscore that the workplace is not the best place to hold a philosophical salon. But if HR is going to crack down, per Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it needs to do so evenly.

HR News Roundup: Quick Takes

HR News Roundup: From the Lighter Side  …

  • Having trouble staying focused on your work? Are distractions a problem for you? Perhaps you need The Isolator, a helmet designed in 1925 by sci-fi pioneer Hugo Gernsback to increase productivity. This item is posted at OpenCulture, which features a wide variety of interesting and educational content. Click the link to see pictures and illustrations of this device. Of the invention, the post says:  “Gernsback’s solution involves a large helmet, lined with cork and covered in felt, with a baffle for breathing and glass eyeholes to see through. Painted black but for two thin bands, the eyeholes make it “almost impossible to see anything except a sheet of paper in front of the wearer. There is, therefore, no optical distraction here.”
  • How are the robots coming along? One twitter user posts a clip here: “I see our replacements are coming along nicely.”
  • If you need a little stress relief or a moment of Zen, Sunflower Farm Creamery has you covered with an 8-minute clip of cavorting baby goats filmed in slow motion.

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