Recruiting the right people is one of the toughest jobs a manager has to accomplish. Somehow, based on a CV, a letter and a couple of interviews you're meant to ascertain whether a complete stranger has the skills, temperament and personality to not only complete the work you need but fit in with an existing team and complement their skills. It's little wonder we can, unconsciously or consciously, apply some bias in the process. Hays Recruitment has released some research finding ageism is a real issue - but not just against older employees.
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If you need money, the natural inclination for most of us is to figure out how to earn more money. Writing for Scientific American, behavioural economist Dan Ariely, Kristen Berman and Wendy De La Rosa take a look at why that is and how that's not always a good option.
We all use silly logic to help us rationalise a confusing world. Take full moons, for example. For centuries people have been blaming full moons for inexplicable behaviours that coincided with them. But it's an illusory correlation -- we fool ourselves into believing something based on what stands out most in our memories.