We are hard-wired to follow a routine. This is why we perform certain tasks better throughout various times of the day. So designing your hiring routine to follow a person's optimal performance is crucial making the right hiring decision.

Understanding and evolving your personal and company routines are vital for attracting talent!

Today’s Quote:

"Celebrate life in all its glory - challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance." - Maximillian Degenerez

Guest Bio:

Conventional wisdom suggests the best way to navigate our noisy new world is to accept change: Open up to novelty. Go with the flow. Embrace the relentless pelting of content minute by minute. Dr. I. is here to say this is not the best way to journey through our lives — and in fact, may go against our very nature.

Dr. Angel Iscovich is the President of Inflexion, LLC and the Author of his new book: Routineology: the Art and Science of Routine. Find out more on his web page www.angeliscovich.com and Routineology for Instagram and Doctor I on Twitter.

The crux of Dr. I’s book is that humans not only require structure, they thrive in it. From the womb to the tomb, we create and recreate numerous dynamic “Time Bubbles,” offering us meaning, fulfillment, and purpose. He is excited to show how implementing routine in one's life can lead to better, health, joy, and fulfillment.

Show highlights:

  • The science of a routine
  • Benefits and negatives of a routine
  • Build a strong routine into your hiring practice

Problem:

What is a routine and why does this matter?

The science of a routine

  • We are wired for regularity
  • Change is not necessarily good for us.
  • Routine is boring because you are doing the wrong things, wrong habits

Leadership

  • Importance to develop regularity, routine & structure
  • Routines become rituals and rituals drive the culture of the company
  • Doing things regularly enhances performance

Solutions:

Personal Routine

  • Make a routine of spending 45 minutes alone - reflecting

    • Turn off the data, social media
    • Especially if you are being creative or making a big decision
  • Wired to regularity: being smart about what we do and when we do it
  • Knowing your Circadian rhythm
  • Technology is not able to replace Humanity, “Techmanity”, or how we are wired, is important in hiring talented people.
  • Company rituals need to be re-engineered to meet the needs of the people

Interview & work productivity routine

  • Task-related activity 8-10 am
  • People Engagement 10-12pm (people are most social)
  • Postprandial dip after lunch recovery time (task-related)
  • Cortisol levels drop by 3 pm (Starbucks coffee, tea time) - Innovation time
    • Least productive time - the body needs an energy boost
    • Good time to meditate
    • NOT a good time to interview!
    • Great time for Innovation though... brainstorming
  • Another hour of productivity 4-6pm
  • Send people home at 3 pm and log on for another hour of work at 7 pm
  • *Optimal interview time between 10-3

Rick’s Input

  • Hiring routine with the purpose of being impressive
  • Interview people when they are most

Key Takeaways:

  • We are wired for Regularity and our unique Routines in themselves give us meaning and purpose.
  • Our Circadian Rhythm provides us with when we are at our best and when we can be most productive.
  • We need leaders to make for stable environments for our team members that create Routines, Rituals, and our Company Culture.  
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