Garbology is the study of modern culture through the analysis of what is thrown away as garbage.
Recently, I attended the 2012 HRO Today Forum in Washington DC. While there, I decided to check out my own garbage to see what additional insights I could gain about my event behaviors and Recruitment Process Outsourcing.
It was not very difficult to generate RPO trash during the 2 day conference at the Gaylord Hotel. In fact, on average, each of us produces around 7.1 pounds of garbage a day - and I’m no exception.
Here are 3 things I learned about myself by peaking into my hotel room waste receptacle:
- As an RPO Service Provider needing to maximize event networking, I spent way too much time working on client and prospect stuff during my stay in DC. The proof (rough copy proposals and early contract drafts) lay shredded in my hotel room garbage can.
- There were lots of brochures in my pail too. I always have good intentions when I accept human capital pamphlets and booklets. However, when faced with lugging all that paper back to Milwaukee, I go into purge mode and dispose of all non-essential items. Actually, in the future, I really need to collect electronic collateral only.
- Lastly, I really like quality giveaways (nice pens, cool notebooks, etc…) but not all premium items are created equal. I have to be more selective and stop being so polite about accepting schlocky souvenirs.
I truly enjoyed the HRO Forum… great content (Senator Daschle’s Healthcare Reform talk, the Pinstripe / Allstate transition presentation, and The Goods Jobs tech award were among my favorites) and fabulous networking; however, next year I’m going to be greener and generate significantly less RPO trash.
Post contributed by Barry Diamond. Follow me on Twitter @bddiamond