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End of a Year – Christoph Athanas

Christoph is Founder and Managing Director of meta HR, Blogger, Speaker and organizer (together with Jannis) of the (in)famous HR BarCamps in Berlin and Vienna.

What movie title best describes 2017 for you?

Transformers. It makes sense in various ways: On the one hand it stands for the allover mega-trend transformation we see in HR as in nearly all other functions. On the other hand we at meta HR mastered a lot of changes, e.g. new projects, customers and people…

Your person of the year?

Donald Trump, because he´s the perfect contrary indicator for behavior, leadership and anything else 😉

Your favorite album from 2017?

Concerning music I´m a rather nostalgic person. Therefore, Duke Ellingtons “Life at Newport” made its comeback in 2017 into my earphones.

What are you most proud of this year?

How well my four years old daughter developed. And my company meta HR got a new record this year for turnover and revenue.

What HR tool or trend disappointed you the most in 2017?

Stepstones Good&Co-Tool. It pretends to be an easy-going app for matching based on a high-end level of psychological know how, but in reality, there is nothing scientific and proven and a briefer view brings a kind of voodoo to the surface.

And what tool or trend really did live up to the hype?

One trend that shows a consistent development is an around mobile recruitment. Of cause, we haven´t seen the final stage of this so far. But more and more mobile career-websites are showing up, as well as more mobile-ready job ads were published and more mobile recruitment apps are available.

Your favorite HR blog in 2017?

Of cause the meta HR Blog – what should I say 😉

And the best HR event this year?

HR BarCamp in Berlin and HR BarCamp in Vienna.

Which GIF best describes your vision of HR 20 years from now?

No GIF can describe that. Probably we can´t imagine how HR will look like in 20 years from now. We can´t be sure if it is even going to exist…

What should HR professionals do differently next year?

Go more for Analytics and put their candidate really into the center of attention.

What will be the “next big thing” in Recruiting?

Going for the quality of hire with different methods and tools in combination with performance measurement and analytics.

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