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Around the World in 14 days: Part 1

Scaffolding – What type of Recruiting Technology do you have?

While traveling with a client in Hong Kong this week, I found myself fascinated not only with the culture, the architecture, and the rich history, but with the scaffolding of all things.As newer buildings were being erected and other buildings being modified or maintained, the one thing that was consistent was the scaffolding, to which the workers are entrusting their lives . The material uses for the scaffolding wasn’t steel, bricks, or even concrete. It was bamboo.

As I researched this common practice, I came across the following description:

Bamboo has long been used as an assembly material in china, particularly Hong Kong, because of its versatility. One of the most interesting applications of the wood is its structural function for scaffolding. Extremely eco-friendly and cost-effective resource, it continues to be used for this purpose because it is durable enough to support the weight of builders, their equipment and materials, but is lightweight itself. Unlike typical metal scaffolding, bamboo can also be cut and tailor-made to suit any contour of construction – it can be configured into a variety of shapes and follow irregular architectural features of a building, and takes very little time to build-up. It is light and easily transportable to other sites and no machinery is required to assemble the scaffold and put it in place. When one job draws to a close, bamboo can easily be recycled and used for another project.

It struck me that this description is similar to what I hear from clients related to their recruiting technology goals and challenges. After all, what organization doesn’t want these as the core attributes?

  • Cost-Effective
  • Durable enough to support the weight of the users, business, and volume
  • Lightweight (easy to use)
  • Tailor-made, configurable (Customized) to the irregular features of the business
  • Easy to implement
  • Recyclable for different business needs

Like scaffolding, recruiting technology is the framework to building the business – it is what we stand on as recruiting professionals as we identify and recruit the right talent for our organizations. We sometimes think we have to have steel supports, or even go about building our framework in concrete. I wonder how much more agile and effective we could be if we took a serious look at our core material and realized that our scaffolding might be better designed and leveraged in bamboo.