Magazine article Workforce

HR and Hollywood Hunks

Magazine article Workforce

HR and Hollywood Hunks

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This issue of Workforce features a 360-degree view of HR. And that got the editors thinking about another set of degrees: What is HR's degree of separation from, say, a handsome, hardworking movie star?

As you might know, Harvard social psychologist Stanley Milgram did an experiment in 1967 to demonstrate what he called the "small world" theory. The theory (still unproven, but some sociologists at Columbia University are working on it) states that there are only six degrees of separation between any two people in the world. As the Columbia sociologists put it, there's "a short chain of social acquaintances" at work. The idea inspired John Guare's play and movie Six Degrees of Separation.

Get ready for startling news: Workforce has found that there are only three degrees of separation between human resources and movie star Kevin Bacon. You may know that Bacon, by virtue of being in so many films whose very large casts featured actors who vary widely in age and nationality, is closely linked with performers ranging from the silent era to obscure foreign films. But can HR and Kevin be close? …

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