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  • On Women of HR

    The Employment Opportunities List
    Bonni Titgemeyer
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bonni is blogging over at Women of HR this week with this post on the state of customer service. The post On Women of HR appeared first on The Employment Opportunities List - The Ultimate Source for HR Jobs and HR Blogs. Friends Helping Friends of Friends. Related posts: On Women of HR Over At Women of HR On Women of HR
  • Optimism as Professional Development

    The Employment Opportunities List
    Bonni Titgemeyer
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Over the holidays I read several articles about resolutions. There seems to be no shortage of materials written on this subject given the time of year. Some who write positively about setting resolutions suggest that achieving them requires optimism. Having just completed a year with fully-achieving a resolution (to do something new every day), I am energized and want to be able to say definitely that fulfilling resolutions are possible, even if they are hard to do. So, one of my resolutions for 2015 is to cultivate an optimistic mindset in a way that doing new things might not have. I am…
  • 6 Common Time Management Mistakes that Impact Productivity

    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The feeling that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day is common. The good news is that time management is a skill that can be learned. It all starts with recognizing your patterns and identifying areas where you need to improve.
  • Ways HR Can Develop Positive Workplace Culture

    HR C-Suite
    Eric Philips
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hiring employees that fit in with the workplace culture, is one topic for discussion, and making sure that the culture is well-maintained and positive, is another. You won’t get lucky every time you hire someone new to contribute to the workplace environment. What about that menace of a worker an organization hires every now and […]
  • Why to Hire New College Graduates: Think Young in 2015

    The Recruiters Lounge
    Sean Little
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    As we wave goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015, now is the perfect time to look back on what we’ve learned and think about where we want to take our recruiting in the new year. A common theme in 2014 was millennial recruitment. Millennial recruitment was a hot button issue, and one that seemed to […] The post Why to Hire New College Graduates: Think Young in 2015 appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
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  • Ep 21- What is Employee Motivation with Susan Fowler
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Episode 21 – The Science of Employee Motivation with Susan Fowler (@fowlersusann) In October of last year while flying home from the HR Technology Conference, I had the luck to be sitting next to workplace motivation expert, Susan Fowler. I recognized her name after looking over her shoulder and saw she was writing an article on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The article she was writing turned out to be for the Harvard Business Review and for much of the plane ride we discussed workplace motivation and engagement topics. It was a treat. What is Motivation? Susan just released a book…
  • The Talent Whisperer: How to Attract And Retain New Employees
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Every employee (new as well as old) dreams of the days when long term employment meant more than a 5 year endeavor.  They long to tell others that their current employer is handing out raises instead of pink slips.  Millions of employees would like to walk in on Monday mornings with a fearless heart of knowing they have a secure position within the organization.  The changes that have taken place over the past several years with businesses closing, corporate employment changes, downsizing, global business relations, and many other shifting parts have reached a tipping point that now has…
  • The Power of Perspective
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    POV Here’s the thing, my point of view is just that, mine. And yours is yours. There is power in what each of us sees, feels, understands, or gains from any circumstance or situation. It is perspective which drives cynicism or belief, joy or pain, worth or lack of value. It is perspective which drives decisions and creates opinions. The ultimate power of perspective is that it can be changed, it can be altered. Power The individual who listens, learns, and implements what he learns is the one who has the power. Stephen Covey said, “To change ourselves effectively, we first have to…
  • In 2015, Should Facebook Access Be Banned at Work?
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Your employer bans Facebook access at Work? Wow! With the release of Facebook At Work into the app store and subsequent conversations around Facebook access being banned in the office (that ironically took place on FB & Twitter!), I was shocked by the breadth of “2005 thinking” that some companies still have towards social media. According to recent research by eMarketer, 75% of Facebook access is on a mobile anyway… so wouldn’t it make sense to permit its use in the office and monitor employee usage? Or would you rather ban mobiles in the office too? (Which…
  • Giving Positive Feedback in the Workplace
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    It seems that a lot of what we talk about in HR and management involves rules and policies. We make sure policies are updated as laws change and discipline employees who can’t seem to follow the rules. When we are so caught up in such things, it can be hard to think of giving positive feedback when things actually go well. Giving positive feedback should be a big part of what HR and managers do in a company. Here are some easy tips to make it a part of your approach to taking care of your employees. Positive Feedback – Timing & Frequency Just as with feedback that is part of…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • Recruiting Innovation is About Calculated Risks

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell  We all want to be the best at what we do, to be on the cutting edge and always in the know. However, many things in our day-to-day work can hold us back from being able to do so. For a lot of recruiters, it’s the organizations they call home that are actually keeping them from being the best they can be. Sure, no company wants to hold its employees back from bringing innovation and gaining expertise, but it happens all too often and the majority of the time it comes from a place of fear. Often times that fear is masked as being too busy with conference calls,…
  • How to Engage Your Target Candidate During The Work Day

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell  One of the first obstacles we come across when we’re ready to reach out to a candidate is simply contacting them at a time and place where they’ll respond. It’s easy to forget that a recruiter’s callemail or InMail may not be their first priority during the workday. After all, the types of candidates you aim to reach likely have very full days, so it’s essential to know how they’re spending this time and most importantly, how they want to be reached.  Last year, Pew Research Center conducted an online survey about workers’ use of technology…
  • How to Recruit in the Era of Personalization

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell We live in a time where one-size-fits-all marketing is no longer the standard. All around us, companies are aggregating data with nearly every purchase we make, website we visit and even the apps we use, and then using that data to customize ads, emails and more. We’re in a time when every person receives their own unique ad campaign targeted specifically at what marketers believe will sway us. If this sounds like personalization you wouldn’t be a fan of, keep in mind that it also goes far beyond marketing, and we welcome it with open arms. My home thermostat…
  • How to Engage Your Best Job Seeker Candidates in Four Easy Steps

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell In the world of job searching, it’s a buyer’s market. Job seekers are enjoying this period of time in which unemployment is the lowest it has been in years and while it’s still a competitive environment, the landscape has shifted for this crowd in the last few years. This is great news for job seekers and our economy, but it also means that recruiters and hiring managers are being challenged in ways they hadn’t been for several years. To meet this challenge, recruiters are going to have to focus first and foremost on candidate engagement. You may find that…
  • Amazing Grace: An Infographic to Inspire Young Women!

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Ramya Gogineniis Marketing Manager at Udemy, a marketplace for online learning. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA Anthropology & MPH in 2008 and is on a mission: helping more women find their place in computer programming! By Ramya Gogineni @Ramicube The stats around women in computing are dire. Only 12% of computing jobs in the US are held by women. The number of computer science graduates who are women today has decreased to 18%, compared to 37% in 1984. Yet demand for software developers is expected to grow between 28%-34% by 2020. We need more…
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    Career Hub

  • 35 Questions If You Are In the Midst of a Career Transition

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”...
  • Four of the Most Powerful Words in a Job Search

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Here is a question for you: can you guess four of the most powerful words in a job search? From the following choices, A, B, C, or D, which answer would you choose as the correct one? A. Will you...
  • Five Résumé Questions That Need “Yes” Answers Before You Hit Send

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Getting ready to blast your résumé into the black hole of cyberspace? Wonder if your résumé will get noticed? Wonder if anyone, anyone will pay any attention to your story? Here are five very specific questions to ask yourself before...
  • Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Transitions. I am “supposed” to know a lot about them. Transitions. I am a professional who teaches others about them. Transitions. I am certified in William Bridges’ transition model. Transitions…mind benders for sure, though I have not seen mind+bender associated...
  • Then Life Got in the Way

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    Last week I attended a celebration of life service for a very special man. It was a sad, sad occasion. Even though it was stated by a family member that the service was to be a celebration of life, I...
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    Human Resource News

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    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
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    28 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
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  • Fire Inspector

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
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    Human Resources News - Human Resources News Headlines |

  • Buffalo law firm names partner, changes name

    Michael Petro
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    An associate being promoted to partner has prompted a name change for a small Buffalo-area law firm. Burden, Gulisano & Hansen LLC announced that it has named Sarah Hansen as a partner and changed the name of the firm from Burden, Gulisano & Hickey LLC. Hansen, a 2007 graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School, primarily practices in the areas of transportation, municipal liability, product liability, premises liability and labor law. Burden, Gulisano & Hansen, LLC calls itself an innovative firm providing…
  • Tableau wins bidding war against Zulily to cuddle with Uber puppies

    Rachel Lerman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    It was a heated Twitter bidding war Wednesday afternoon between Seattle tech companies Tableau, Zulily and QuoteWizard. The amount kept going up and up as the businesses hurriedly pooled money from employees to stay in the running. The stakes were high — the winner would get puppies delivered to its office for a full 45 minutes of cuddling. It was part of an Uber Seattle promotion that brings puppies to workplaces in Uber cars to raise money for local animal shelters. Tableau ended up winning…
  • FedBid barred from new government contracts

    Drew Hansen
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    The U.S. Air Force is proposing debarment for Vienna-based FedBid after a September 2014 inspector general's report alleged contract fraud and cited intimidation tactics from company officials against a Veterans Affairs procurement officer who ruled against the company. FedBid, which helps agencies buy goods and services through a bidding process from contractors, is ineligible for all new government contracts until the debarment issue is resolved. The company brought in Arnold & Porter LLP to…
  • Leidos CFO Mark Sopp stepping down

    Jeff Clabaugh
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Reston-based Leidos Holdings Inc. says Chief Financial Officer Mark Sopp will step down later this year, the company's third top executive departure in less than a year. Sopp, who has been with the company since 2005, will stay on until a successor is named, serving as an adviser during the transition. Sopp, whose age was listed as 48 as of March 27, 2014, is leaving to pursue more time with family and other personal goals, a company statement said. He earned $3.2 million in total compensation…
  • A killed bill demonstrates why Colorado regulatory reform won't be easy

    Ed Sealover
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Regulatory reform was supposed to be a subject around which all Colorado business groups would rally this year, and about which legislators would find some consensus. But a bill that died in a state Senate committee Wednesday showed how difficult achieving that nebulous goal could be. Senate Bill 31 offered an opportunity to remove what its sponsor, Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, called a regulatory hurdle to the ability of people to move to Colorado for work and to companies' abilities to…
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    HR Vendor News

  • DK Cole Enhances Staffing Services with BrightMove Deliver

    HR Vendor News
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    St. Augustine Beach, FL. (January 28, 2015) – BrightMove, a leading provider of on-demand [recruiting software ]for staffing firms, outsourcing providers and corporate HR departments, today announced that DK Cole, a leading provider of Executive Search services and interim staffing projects, has selected BrightMove’s 100% SaaS staffing platform, BrightMove Deliver, to power their end-to-end recruiting processes. A recent Manpower report found that 52% of all U.S. employers…
  • Profiles International to Attend at Elite Hearing Network 2015 Annual Business Summit

    HR Vendor News
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Waco, TX. January 26, 2015 -Talent management solutions provider, Profiles International, will be presenting at the 2015 San Juan Annual Business Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Elite Hearing Network’s 2015 Annual Business Summit, which will be held January 28 -February 1, is the industry’s largest gathering of hearing health providers. Those in attendance will be treated to a wide range of business and health care presentations from leaders and experts specializing in these areas. Among those leaders will be representatives from Profiles International, who will share information…
  • Behavioral Norms for Continuing Care Industry Now Available in HealthcareSource Staff Assessment

    HR Vendor News
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Woburn, MA – January 27, 2015 – HealthcareSource(R), the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today that continuing care norms are now available within the HealthcareSource Staff AssessmentSM behavioral assessment solution. Continuing care encompasses non-acute care organizations such as long-term care communities, home health agencies, and hospice providers, and excludes acute care organizations such as hospitals and urgent care centers. Although hiring and employee retention is a challenge across the healthcare industry,…
  • HRsmart Named to National’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

    HR Vendor News
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Richardson, TX – January 13, 2015 – HRsmart, a leading provider of global unified talent management, has been honored as one of National’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For(TM), a prestigious award that identifies and honors organizations who display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. This award evaluates companies across the nation, and awards only those who are exemplary in areas including communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, and retention. Since its founding in 1996, HRsmart…
  • HRsmart Named to National’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

    HR Vendor News
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Richardson, TX – January 13, 2015 – HRsmart, a leading provider of global unified talent management, has been honored as one of National’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For(TM), a prestigious award that identifies and honors organizations who display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. This award evaluates companies across the nation, and awards only those who are exemplary in areas including communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, and retention. Since its founding in 1996, HRsmart…
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    Laurie Ruettimann » Laurie Ruettimann -

  • Why HR Exists: Some People Lie About Being Injured at Work

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m not especially strong or athletic. It doesn’t take much for me to take a knee and ask for a break. But I’ve been walking around with a sore groin and a strained pectineus muscle for the past year because I just didn’t know what to do with the pain. I think that most adults are in some physical or emotional pain. If you are not hurt, you are not alive. That sounds pretty unhealthy, I know, so I started seeing a physical therapist who is teaching me to stabilize my pelvic girdle. Sexy, right? (Not so much. I do a bunch of unflattering exercises and grunt like a…
  • Non-Traditional HR Jobs: The Learning and Development Landscape

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    I don’t hang out with many HR people, these days. When I tell them about the time and money spent on training and developing the modern workforce, they don’t believe me. Billions of dollars are spent on software, learning management systems and modules to help people all over the world get the job done. And there are thousands of non-traditional HR jobs out there for people who are interested in this segment of the economy. Beyond the compliance-driven world of sexual harassment and facilities management — and even beyond leadership training — HR leaders have to think…
  • HR Business Partners and User Conferences

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    It’s the time of year when human resources technology vendors begin to market their user conferences. What’s a user conference? At its best, it is an event where you learn more about HR and how a company can help you do your job better. They bring in speakers to help you think about your job differently. And they limit the advertisements for their products and services. At its worst, these conferences are commercials. Not even good commercials. These events happen all over America — Las Vegas, Orlando, New York — and I’ve been looking at the calendar and trying…
  • Marathon Monday: The Next Battle

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    I had breakfast with Jason Lauritsen, last week. He is a super human being with a big heart. You should know him. (Side note — his wife knows my cousin. It’s a small world.) Anyway, it’s breakfast and I’m eating everything at the hotel buffet. Jason is trying to have an adult conversation with me about life. What am I doing in 2015? What’s my plan? What am I passionate about? Apparently, we’re just getting to know one another. I’m like — Here’s the deal, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, and I have no plans. I’ve got…
  • Let’s Honor Victorio Milian #timsackettday

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Several years ago, my friends and I started a meme called #timsackettday to honor unsung heroes in the field of human resources who hustle but don’t receive any press. We’ve honored good folks like Tim Sackett, Paul Hebert and Kelly Dingee. When I asked for nominees for this year’s Tim Sackett Day, someone sent me this note: I have to nominate Victorio Milian. He has grown SO MUCH from consulting, and from being exposed to the real worlds of running small businesses, be they nonprofits or for-profits. He understands the financial impact of HR decisions, and he appears…
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  • 48% of workers are distracted by workplace fatigue - Human Resources Online

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Human Resources Online48% of workers are distracted by workplace fatigueHuman Resources OnlineIn a fast-paced workplace where people are putting in longer hours than ever before, tiredness and fatigue is causing staff to make mistakes, miss meetings and get distracted by non-work related tasks. According to a workplace survey commissioned by
  • Demand for niche skills to drive pay rises in Malaysia - Human Resources Online

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Human Resources OnlineDemand for niche skills to drive pay rises in MalaysiaHuman Resources OnlineWithin the human resources function, recruitment remained constant through 2014. The report found ongoing demand for strategic HR business partners and talent acquisition candidates in both multinational and local entities. “A number of regional HR ...and more »
  • Loveland human resources manager retiring -

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Cincinnati.comLoveland human resources manager retiringCincinnati.comDuckett said he came to Loveland in 2010 after leaving a position in county government, with the intention of retiring from public service. He said former city manager Tom Carroll took a chance on him and allowed him to hold the human resources manager ...
  • MGIC Promotes Head of Human Resources and Vice President Managing ... - MarketWatch

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    MGIC Promotes Head of Human Resources and Vice President Managing MarketWatch28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), the principal subsidiary of MGIC Investment Corporation MTG, -2.71% is promoting Kurt Thomas to Senior Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer and Dean Dardzinski to ...and more »
  • Human resources website ranks Auburn top Northeast city for small businesses - Auburn Citizen

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Human resources website ranks Auburn top Northeast city for small businessesAuburn CitizenTalent Tribune is a webpage that covers "all things HR," according to its website, including job growth, talent management and recruiting. "It's not Forbes magazine, which recognized Auburn as one of the best places to raise a family," Selby said
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  • How wacky can discrimination suits get? 4 unbelievable examples

    Christian Schappel
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Four recent bias cases should be pretty vexing to HR pros. In two, the alleged victims were given some pretty unusual (and, in at least one case, very large) awards. In the others, the claims against employers will have you banging your head against a wall.  Award: $7M (oh, and a building named after her) Let’s start with Dr. Carol Warfield and her gender discrimination case against Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she was once the chief of anesthesia. Her claims aren’t out of the ordinary: Warfield asserts that two supervisors discriminated against her because she…
  • Are workers getting bolder about looking for greener pastures?

    Tim Gould
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    There’s new evidence that HR pros will be wrestling with an increasingly assertive workforce in 2015.   According to a recent poll from Saba, provider of cloud-based talent management services, 36% of employees nationally are looking for a new job. Their biggest motivation for jumping ship?  Finding career growth opportunities. Some other results of the survey: 32% of U.S. adults (employed and unemployed) are currently looking for a new job; on average, those employed and looking for a new job would like to leave their jobs within seven months (from December,  when the survey was…
  • Supreme Court cuts employers slack in health benefits case

    Christian Schappel
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    When retirees at M&G Polymers USA were asked to start contributing to the health benefits they were receiving, they sued. But the Supreme Court’s backing the employer — and, in a way, possibly other employers as well. In 2000, the Point Pleasant Polyester Plant in Apple Grove, WV, was purchased by M&G. And at that time retirees were receiving health insurance at no cost to them. But when M&G took over, it began asking retirees to contribute to their health benefits. As a result, the retirees sued, claiming the collective bargaining agreement their union had with…
  • Heads up: Key changes in Form 5500 for 2014

    Jared Bilski
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Even though you still have plenty of time before filing 2014’s Form 5500, you’ll probably want to take a look at what this year’s form actually includes. Reason: The DOL included a number of notable changes in the 2014 edition of Form 5500 (for which the agency provided informational copies, schedules and instructions). The changes are at least in part influenced by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Early on in 2014, that agency asked the DOL and IRS to change the way certain items are reported on Form 5500 by plan sponsors. The Form 5500 filings are the feds’ main…
  • 2015 Human Resources Kit – FREE Now for a Limited Time!

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Kit includes the eBook “Evaluating Human Resources Programs” (valued at $36.99) plus 3 bonus HR resources. Learn a 6 phase approach for optimizing performance and how to maximize the likelihood of a successful HR program evaluation, including real-world techniques, strategies, and examples to illustrate their recommended steps and actions. This exclusive kit offers a wide range of HR resources and research for HR professionals. Click here to learn more!  
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    Ask a Manager

  • I can’t fire my awful assistant, people keep asking how old I am, and more

    Ask a Manager
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I have an awful assistant who I can’t fire I’m a nurse and I work with several nursing assistants. I have no authority to hire them, fire them, or implement any kind of substantive rewards or consequences, but I am responsible for their work. Most of them are great. One, however, is extremely unpleasant to deal with. If I ask her to do something, she will scowl and mutter darkly about how busy she is and how unreasonable I am. Sometimes she yells at me and sometimes she outright refuses simple requests. I do a lot of work…
  • employers want workers who they don’t have to train

    Ask a Manager
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Washington Post has a great piece from Peter Cappelli about how the “skills shortage” that people like to blame on schools (and on college students’ choice of focus in their studies) is BS … and that the real issue is that employer just don’t want to train people anymore. He right points out that the argument that there’s a skills shortage because schools aren’t properly preparing students for work life falls apart when you realize that the reported “skills gap” is about all levels of hiring, not just for entry-level roles. And if…
  • do you feel tele-pressure when you work from home?

    Ask a Manager
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    The flexibility of working from home is usually a boon for workers … but regular work-from-home’ers know that this flexibility comes with a dark side too: “tele-pressure,” or the urge to respond to emails, texts, and voicemails as fast as you can, so that you appear connected and responsive. That leads to people doing things like interrupting evenings and weekends to respond to emails that aren’t actually urgent, or even neglecting their biggest priorities during the workday itself in order to remain continuously responsive to a never-ending stream of emails and other…
  • is there a best time of day to fire someone?

    Ask a Manager
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    A reader writes: I know there have been a lot of discussions on your blog about the kindest ways to fire someone. I was wondering what your opinion is on the time of day it’s done. Recently one of my coworkers was let go. At the end of the workday, another manager ushered everyone else who was around (we’re a small office) into a fake meeting so that the employee would be able to pack up his desk in peace. This is how I have seen several other firings happen, and I thought that it seemed fair. However, several of my coworkers were upset about the way it was handled, and said that…
  • asking sick employees to stay home, I don’t want to do the intern hiring, and more

    Ask a Manager
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Can I ask employees to stay home if they’re sick? I’m the head of a team of 15-20 part-time employees who are paid hourly and do not get benefits or paid leave. It’s flu season, and some of them have been coming to work clearly sick–some to the point that they look like they can barely stay awake. Is there any reason I would not be able to instate a “if you’re sick, you can’t come in” rule to keep the germs from spreading around? I understand these guys want their pay, but when someone…
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    Evil HR Lady

  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Your Micromanaging Boss

    Evil HR Lady
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ideally, your boss would give you general guidance when you needed it, answer questions when you have them, and give you a nice year end bonus. But, unfortunately, that’s not how many managers operate. Sometimes you can end up with a micromanaging boss who is constantly looking over your shoulder, driving you nuts. Most micromanaging bosses aren’t bad people, just misguided managers. You can use these five tips to improve your relationship with your boss. To keep reading, click here: 5 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Your Micromanaging Boss
  • Do evil HR people ever get busted?

    Evil HR Lady
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Hi! Love your blog. On the heels of being figuratively kicked down the stairs by another great employer and potential supervisor via another truly evil HR lady, do they EVER get in trouble for the way they treat recruits? This one was so bad it’s practically a cartoon. She was wearing a see through shirt that revealed both her undergarments and her tattoos (BEYOND awkward), was completely negative in her line of questioning (then seemed irritated when my answers were also negative), and I was bait and switched. I was promised two interviews for positions I expressed interest in and…
  • 20 Ways to Cheer Up an Office on Blue Monday

    Evil HR Lady
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Winter is depressing in general, but a lot of people think the most depressing* day is the third Monday of January–so much that it’s been called “Blue Monday.” While the scientific evidence that this particular day is more depressing than others is slim, we could all use some cheering up at the office. Here are 20 ideas to make your Blue Monday a lot better. 1. Bring in a breakfast treat for your co-workers. 2. Go for a walk at lunch. 3. Ask three co-workers about their weekends. Really listen. To read the rest, click here: 20 Ways to Cheer Up an Office on Blue Monday
  • What is a “family friendly” workplace?

    Evil HR Lady
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:37 am
    I have a small CPA office with only 3 employees and 6 during tax time. One staff also a CPA is a Mom with husband and 3 kids ages 4 – 10 and now 4 kids as she took in an exchange student age 12 for more money. I have given her what she wants part time from 9 – 2 to drop off and pickup kids from school. School and home is only a 10 minute drive. A year ago she only worked 3 days a week but last fall needed another 10 hours only to support a rental property they bought. She gets laid off for the summer so she can be with the kids. Last September I called her back to work and said that she…
  • If You Run Credit Checks on Your Job Candidates, Now Would Be A Good Time To Panic

    Evil HR Lady
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Is running a credit check part of your hiring procedures? Are you doing these credit checks legally? Lots of big named companies are getting sued for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), including a new lawsuit at craft giant Michaels. What’s the problem? Well, the law stipulates that you have to give candidates specific notice that you are going to run a credit check on them, and give them proper notice before taking any adverse action (usually, not hiring) them. The notice has to be clear and obvious–it can’t be buried on page 3 of some terms and conditions…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • New Requirement for HR Managers… Be Over 40

    Kelly Dingee
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    What?!? Oh yeah, I’m serious!  I want HR Managers to be over 40. But I have a method to that madness as millenials start to curse me out.  It’s the experience factor… both of life and work. I look at HR, and I see an industry encumbered by policies, rules and regulations.  Get your Bachelor’s, your Master’s and a PHR.  You’ll be fine.  If you’re lucky, you’ll accomplish all of that by 25.  But, so often when you read a job description for an HR Manager, the “human” component is assumed and not required.  The years of…
  • Tim Sackett talks HR and Snow Days

    Tim Sackett
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    Based upon the “historic” snow storm on the east coast this past week, I pulled one from the archives on my feelings about how HR should handle snow days. Enjoy. Look I get it.  I have 3 sons and Snow Days are a big deal…if you’re 10!   So, if you’re an HR Pro, right about this time tomorrow, you’re going to feel like you have an entire organization full of 10 year olds,  as we begin to see the first signs of Snowmagedon! I understand people freaking out, that is, if you live in some place south of the Mason-Dixon line, and you’ve never seen snow before. But, I live…
  • Remove It Or Use It – Achieving Your HR Goals In 2015

    Paul Hebert
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    We’re only a few weeks into the new year and most of us have been through the process of reviewing last year’s work, checking the boxes of things completed, pulling forward or hiding those that were left unaccomplished and setting your goals for 2015. If you’re like me, you try to keep your list of goals short. I try to keep mine to three big things. In my mind, everything else is simply window dressing, and I’ll check them off if I have time and energy. I am convinced one of the biggest obstacles to achieving goals is having too many. It’s tough to focus if you’re jumping all…
  • The CYA Report E71: Welcome To SHRM Certification

    Cara Lucas
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    SHRM. SCP. SHRM-SCP. SPHR. PHR. CYA. WTF? We know you’re dying to know more about the SHRM-SCP certification path—especially if you listened to this podcast we did on SHRM announcing that it’s going to start offering its own certification program to rival the SPHR/PHR. Well, we’re here to give the people what they want. Tim Sackett, President at HRU Technical Resources, joins CYA host, Kris Dunn, to give you an update on SHRM’s process for actually achieving that certification. In this edition, you’ll learn: 1. How Tim found out how he could get…
  • Laurie Ruettimann talks Non-Traditional HR Jobs: The Learning and Development Landscape

    Laurie Ruettimann
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    I don’t hang out with many HR people, these days. When I tell them about the time and money spent on training and developing the modern workforce, they don’t believe me. Billions of dollars are spent on software, learning management systems and modules to help people all over the world get the job done. And there are thousands of non-traditional HR jobs out there for people who are interested in this segment of the economy. Beyond the compliance-driven world of sexual harassment and facilities management — and even beyond leadership training — HR leaders have to think about myriad…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • 12 billion flying pigs

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    A couple of reports on welfare social security spending came out either side of Christmas. The Institute for Fiscal Studies noted that, while spending is forecast to fall as a percentage of GDP, it is still set to rise in real terms during the next parliament. Even with a growing economy, benefits will still be a larger proportion of GDP at the end of the decade than they were before the recession. More than half of the benefit spending goes to pensioners: Total spending on benefits, tax credits and state pension in 2015–16 is forecast to be £220 billion, equivalent to 29.5% of overall…
  • The future of work: Tech Yeah! vs Tech Meh!

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    There are, broadly, two views about future technological advances doing the rounds at the moment. I’ve nicknamed them Tech Yeah! and Tech Meh! Tech Yeah! is the more mainstream of the two. You hear it from the futurologists at management conferences and in the technology sections of the major newspapers. My Twitter stream is full of it. Tech Yeah! says we are on the brink of leap in technology as far-reaching as the industrial revolution only much faster. It will transform the way we live and work. In the process, it will make us more productive and lead to an era of abundance. Tech…
  • We don’t need to change the law on strikes

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Increasing the threshold for strike ballots is back on the Conservatives’ agenda again.  Trade unions are arguing against it based on the fact that a lot of MPs and most recent governments have been elected by a minority of voters. It’s a silly argument though. In elections with large numbers of candidates, people will inevitably be elected with minority support, especially in a time of fragmented political allegiances. Strike ballots are more like referendums where there is a straight yes or no choice. That’s why turnout thresholds are often used in referendums. But…
  • Lies, damned lies and percentages of GDP

    10 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    A bit of a row blew up over Christmas and New Year about the government’s claim to have halved the deficit. Frazer Nelson called them out over it, saying that they hadn’t halved it at all. A government spokesman replied to the Spectator that they meant “as a percentage of GDP”. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have been getting annoyed by claims that their proposed cuts would take public spending back to the 1930s. That figure comes from data in the OBR’s report and is also based on a percentage of GDP. So if the Conservatives have halved the deficit….
  • Are the Chancellor’s spending cuts feasible?

    4 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Adam Memon and the Centre for Policy Studies reckons I’m an Economic Defeatist and that the cuts proposed by George Osborne for the next parliament are “both necessary and feasible“. The cuts are necessary, says Adam, because debt interest payments are rising to unacceptably high levels. It’s true that debt repayments are increasing and they are taking up an ever larger percentage of public spending. But are they yet at unacceptably high levels? Not unless they were also unacceptably high under the Thatcher and Major governments. This chart from the parliamentary…
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  • What the Meta?

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    In the world of HR, the ability of HR practitioners to grapple with data and glean insights has been suspect by business leaders for a long time.  There are a variety of reasons for this from the lack of sufficiently high data quality, to insufficient HR practitioner skills to analyze data, to the lack of funding to implement analytical technologies and capabilities.  Whatever the reasons, HR has not proven to the business that it can deliver insights that have high impact for business leaders and the things they think about on a daily basis. In HR’s pursuit to get better at catering…
  • Applying the Cheat Code

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    I’m pretty hopeless in most games.  There are always levels, other people to compete against, and too many tasks to get done.  Inevitably, I run out of patience before I reach the top state, or I realize I’m not very good at the game and I just give up due to incompetence.  The wonderful thing about many games is the “cheat code.”  The cheat code often gives a specified commodity that might be useful in helping a player reach that top state.  The cheat code might come in the form of unlimited gold to but things, extra power for killing things, or even the ability to jump levels.
  • HR Technology Conference 2014: HCM Roundtable

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Every year we’re trying to figure out what’s next.  7 years ago, I started hearing about social HR everywhere, but the market really wasn’t ready.  Every HR organization thought that social was a bad idea, with personal privacy challenges looming to kill any social enterprise initiatives.  2 years ago, we all took for granted that social was going to be a part of our businesses, and this year it really seemed like social finally became its own and is permeating many of our HR processes and technologies.  It lonely took 7 years after the vendors and advisor market predicted it for it…
  • Get Over the Cloud

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    I think it was back in 2004 that I was writing about “”  PeopleSoft had just gotten acquired by Oracle, and Dave Duffield was sitting around with $1B but no job.  At the same time, SuccessFactors was building up some pretty good steam, about to start having bad implementations because their stuff was so much cooler than everyone else’s that their deployments could not keep up with the sales.  RecruitMax had made their conversion to Vurv which was then bought by Taleo (if memory serves me correct).  It was also around 2003 or 2004 that I got my first work issued…
  • HR Technology Conference 2014: Global Payroll

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    If you read this blog, you know I like order and simplicity.  I want everything in one place.  My scale at home weighs me and integrates to my calorie tracker.  my calorie tracker integrates with my fitness tracker.  I know how many calories I’ve eaten, how many I’ve expended, and if my weight trend is on target or not.  It’s all in one app even though all the data gets entered in separate places.  This is the world I want for global payrolls, but… Seriously, global payroll is such a PITA.  It’s just too hard to figure out how to get all of your payroll…
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    Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources

  • Why FB@Work will not work #socbiz #ensw #facebookatwork

    Gautam Ghosh
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    So the announcement is finally out, Facebook is out with its product for enterprises called FB@Work. According to techCrunch:Facebook At Work features a News Feed of “what’s new and relevant at your company,” individual and group chat, Groups, and the ability to invite your whole company to events. Within Facebook At Work, you’ll be able to see content shared publicly on classic Facebook, but not anything shared more privately, like just with friends.Privacy is not Facebook At Work’s strong suit. Anything you post to the feed can be seen by the whole company, meaning the…
  • Three great sites to discover Learning and #HRBlogs

    Gautam Ghosh
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    The year started with the 6th annual list of elearning movers and shakers and some Indian friends  Sahana Chattopadhyay, Sunder Ramachandran, Abhijit BhaduriKavi Arasu Manish Gupta, Manish MohanSumeet Moghe, made the list! You can check out the list hereThen I chanced to discover - HR Blogger - an aggregator of HR blogs from all over. You get to know what the latest blog posts are being posted - specially if you don't use a feed reader like Feedly. Bookmark this site :)Today I discovered some very interesting global HR blogs from countries I don't follow blogs from - you can…
  • Quoted in the India Education Daily on my talk at #XLHR15 @Sapphire_XLRI

    Gautam Ghosh
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    There's a report about the 7th National HR Conference at XLRI on this site and they have this to say about my talk :) Mr. Gautam Ghosh (Talent Branding Director, Flipkart) talked about how one can overestimate technology’s impact in the short run and underestimate it in the long run and how social, mobile and cloud are the major drivers of change today in the technology and business sphere. He also mentioned the consumerisation of technology and the move from systems of record to systems of engagement.If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on…
  • My presentation on #SocialHR at #XLHR15 today @Sapphire_XLRI

    Gautam Ghosh
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    So this is the presentation I make at the 7th National HR Conference at XLRI Jamshedpur :)Feedback welcome :) If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • Speaking at National HR Conference on Social #HR organized by @Sapphire_XLRI at @XLRIOnline

    Gautam Ghosh
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    It's always a pleasure to go back to one's alma mater - and this weekend I would be looking forward to speaking at the 7th National HR Conference organized by SAPPHIRE - the HR Club of XLRI, Jamshedpur.I would be speaking on the topic “Relevance of Technology in Driving Cultural Change” on 11th of January, 2015 at 09:30 am. As the agenda says: "The models for Change Management in organizations are continuously evolving and improving. The HR function is considered the custodian and bringer of change. With the evolution of technology, the way change is executed and communicated in an…
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    Profitability Through Human Capital

  • 15 Ideas for HR Leadership in 2015

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Never has the need for HR Leadership been stronger.  The HR profession has definitely seen its fair share of negative press over the last few decades.  What is needed today is STRONG HR BUSINESS LEADERS.  We need business leaders that know and understand business and by the way, get HR.  In other words, we need business people first and HR specialization second.  Not the other way around. The call for business acumen by organizational leaders has almost reached the broken record level.  The problem is that HR as a profession has not stepped up and answered the…
  • Why HR Needs to be Influential and Why Now?

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    At the end of last year, I wrote a blog on HR and Influence.  Since that time, I have been doing a lot more thinking and researching on the topic and why it matters to HR.  I really became interested in influence and why it matters to HR when I spoke to HR professionals in Shanghai, China.  Its a concept that seems to be universal amongst our profession. I have had the pleasure of working with Angela Alperon our new workshop, "HR Business Leader: Elevating Your Strategic Influence and Impact" this year.  We have learned some very interesting concepts as it relates to…
  • An HR Surprise in Shanghai

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    I have just returned from Shanghai, China a trip of a lifetime.  Ed Nangle sand I had the honor of delivering our workshop,  "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader" to approximately 16 top HR leaders from multi-nationals companies with operations in Shanghai and Beijing.  I didn't know what to expect when I arrived for our first day of class.  I was definitely nervous.  "How was the language barrier going to play out?"  "Will our HR best practices translate well?"  "Does their political…
  • Changing a Profession Takes Courage

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Taking the bull by the hornsMaking decisions quick and asking for forgiveness laterSpeaking up, demanding to be heardThe three statements above have one thing in common.  It takes courage to do all three.  I have been thinking about some of the common themes I have heard from over 600+ HR professionals that have come to our workshop, "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader."  One of the themes I have been giving some thought to is the idea of courage in HR. I think it's time to rustle up all the courage we have as a profession.
  • HR Metrics Can be as Simple as Asking the Right Questions

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    I bet many of you thought I had fallen off a cliff or got hit by a bus.  I took quite a lengthy writing hiatus.  I just got to the point where I felt I was repeating myself.  I was not looking forward to Monday mornings when, "I had to get my blog out."  So, I took a break. So let me catch you up on the last two months:We finished our spring workshop series, "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader" with a bang.  We interacted with approximately 200 really smart, savvy HR professionals in our workshops all over this country.
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    hr bartender

  • Corporate Culture Must Enable Organizational Success

    Sharlyn Lauby
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    I think we all understand the importance of corporate culture. But do we understand the purpose? That was another big takeaway during the 2014 Great Place to Work conference. Culture must serve a purpose. And that purpose must translate into organizational success. For example, if the organizational culture is fun…that’s great…but how does a fun culture translate into success for the business? Now, it’s possible the answer is: A fun culture allows the company to hire fun employees who will deliver a fun and engaging experience for our customers. Just because I used fun as the example…
  • Understanding Conflict of Interest – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    There are times when a situation just doesn’t seem right, but we really don’t know the appropriate next step. Today’s reader note is an example. I’m the office manager and human resources representative at our company. I have business and accounting training but no formal HR training. I’m hoping you can help me with this situation. The CEO of our company has hired his daughter in the marketing department as a part-time employee. He doesn’t recognize or want to recognize exempt versus non-exempt status for anyone. The daughter was given a salary in the mid $30’s. However…
  • In Your Career, Knowledge is Power [infographic] – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain professionals for the restaurant industry. Enjoy today’s post!) In the human resources profession, we’ve been talking a lot lately about competency models. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) introduced a new competency model a couple years ago. Dr. Jeff Pon, SHRM’s chief human resources officer, spoke with us about it…
  • Your 5-Day Plan to Learning Pinterest

    Sharlyn Lauby
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    I still remember a keynote presentation by Daniel Pink at SHRM’s Annual Conference. He told attendees that we should regularly read creative magazines/books to understand design. Because design is important. Design can inspire us. That suggestion has always stuck with me. Which is why I want to talk about Pinterest. When Pinterest first emerged on the technology scene, I think it was confusing. People described it as a social network like Twitter or Facebook. But as I used Pinterest, I found it to be more of a utility program – a place to store information that I wanted to keep. Instead…
  • Telecommuting Discrimination – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    We’ve talked before about telecommuting and about discriminating against parents, but never together. That’s the subject of today’s reader question. I work for a company that sometimes allows employees to work from home. However, several of my co-workers have been told that they cannot work from home if they have children that are home with them. Some of my co-workers are very upset by this and feel they are being singled out because they have young children. Is this considered discrimination in the workplace? By definition, telecommuting is when an employee works from home. The idea…
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    Symbolist Intelligence

  • How Many Hours of Employee Engagement Training Do Your Managers Get?

    paul hebert
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
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  • Recognition When Recognition is Due! Victorio Milian

    paul hebert
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
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  • 3 Things That Are Important to Me

    paul hebert
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
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  • Do You Need To Have a ROI to #Humanize Your Workplace?

    paul hebert
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
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  • The Dark Side of Good Company Culture

    paul hebert
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • Notes from the road #12 - On helping each other

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    On the road this morning on the way down to the Brandon Hall Group's Excellence 2015 Conference where I am pleased and honored to be a participant tomorrow in a panel discussion on HR, data, and analytics. Hopefully, I will also talk about basketball, craps, and Lucha Libre, (which are all relevant to the HR and analytics discussions, trust me on that). Today's Notes from the Road dispatch involves one of the most simple, yet increasingly infuriating elements of modern business travel - the airplane boarding process. As most regular or even occasional travelers know, boarding planes these…
  • An incomplete list of things I don't understand

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    There is snow everywhere, I am still trying to find most of my stuff after a recent move, I have 879 HR Tech Conference speaking proposals to review (only a slight exaggeration), and I am heading out tomorrow for my first work trip of 2015. In short, I have no time/energy/good ideas for the blog today. But carry on we must. Actually, we don't 'must', it just feels better to post something than not to post, so here goes something nothing. The first installment of what might become a semi-regular series titled 'An Incomplete List of Things I Don't Understand'. These things can be anything…
  • Sprinkles are for winners

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Over the weekend during an extended period of extensive reading and research that keeps this blog full of interesting and provocative content, (I was mostly watching basketball on TV), I ran into this little beauty (video embedded below, email and RSS subscribers will need to click though), one of the latest in the long-running series of 'Flo' spots from Progressive Insurance. Watch the quick 30-second spot then some FREE comments from your humble correspondent. I, like you too probably, was just about done with Flo, she has been seemingly telling us about how fantastic discount auto…
  • Manager Tracking

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    In case you missed it, we had a really fun, interesting, and dare I say engaging conversation last night on the very special 200th Episode of the HR Happy Hour Show and Podcast. You can catch the replay of the show here, or download to iTunes or your favorite podcast app - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'. The show, titled 'The Final Conversation on Employee Engagement?', had many highlights, (and was lots of fun too), but for me probably the one nugget that resonated the most was when Mike VanDervort shared how at a former employer, a large retail organization, HR and leadership realized…
  • LIVE Tonight - #HRHappyHour Show 200 - The Final Conversation on Employee Engagement?

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    HR Happy Hour #200 - Celebrating the Final Conversation on Employee Engagement Broadcast LIVE - Thursday January 22, 2015 - 8:00PM EST Listen LIVE (and after the show to the replay) on the show page here, or using the widget player embedded below Hosts : Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guest: Paul Hebert Call in 646-378-1086 to be a part of the show Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Steve Boese Trish McFarlane on BlogTalkRadio For the celebratory 200th Episode of the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish will broadcast LIVE just like in the old school HR Happy Hour Show days,…
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    Capital Jobs

  • Jobs in National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC) - Deputy Manager & Chief Manager Vacancy

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The National Small Industries Corporation Limited invites Online Applications for the posts of Chief Manager and Deputy Manager. There are total 31 nos. of vacancies.  Interested candidates should apply On-line on or before  07th February, 2015. For more information read the description below. Job Description: Organization : National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC) Vacancies : 31
  • Bangalore Metro Recruitment 2015 - Jobs in Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL)

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Advertisement No : No. BMRCL/  002/ ADM / 2015/ PRJ Date : 24-01-2015 Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited invites application in the prescribed format for the below given posts  . There are total 69 vacancies. Interested candidates may apply via Offline mode on or before 21st February, 2015. For more details read the description below. Job Description: Organization : Bangalore Metro
  • TCS Bhubaneswar Recruitment 2015 for Freshers

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    TCS Bhubaneswar Recruitment 2015 - Freshers & Experienced Vacancy Tata Consultancy Service ( TCS) an Indian Software company having its presense all over the world is going to recruit freshers and experienced candidates for its various posts in Bhubaneswar and all over India. Candidates should read the job details carefully then submit their application. Read below for full Details. Job
  • Odisha Police Requirement 2015 Application Format - 1370 Constable Vacancy

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Odisha Police, State Selection Board, Cuttack invites application from young and dynamic candidates for the post of  Constable  in the Dist/ Estts/ police Commissionerate . There are total 1370 vacancies.  Willing candidates  should send their application form on or before 31st January, 2015. For full job details read the description below. Job Description: Post Name : Police Constable
  • Jobs in National Institute of Securities Markets - Junior Executive Vacancy

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    National Institute of Securities Markets invites On-Line Applications for the post of Junior Executive -Knowledge Management on a contract of one year period. Willing candidates should apply via  prescribed format on or before 28th January, 2015 . For more details, read the description below. Job Description: Organisation : National Institute of Securities Markets Post Name : Junior Executive
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  • أسباب تدفعك لتجنب ارفاق معلومات حول الراتب في إعلاناتك الوظيفية

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    1. لن تتمكن من التفاوض على الراتب 2. تتسبب الشفافية الزائدة بمشاكل عدة دراسة بيت.كوم للرواتب في الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا 2014 الى أن 3 من أصل 7 مهنيين غير راضون عن رواتبهم، وبالتالي فإن الكشف عن معلومات حول الراتب يعزّز مشاعر الغيرة والحسد بين الموظفين. 3. يتعين عليك توظيف المرشحين المؤهلين 4. التركيز على الكلمات الرئيسية أصبح…
  • Why You Should Never Disclose Salary Information in a Job Posting

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    Q. Hi! I’m a recruiter in a medium-sized company and have a pressing question regarding job postings. As you know, it’s a new year and many recruiters have already started sourcing candidates for their company. My question is whether it’s advisable to reveal salary information in a job posting? I want to attract the best talents out there, so would disclosing salary information in my job postings help? Thanks! – Yara P. A. Your question is very valid and recruiters like yourself constantly debate whether or not they should disclose salary information in their job postings. There’s…
  • الرسم البياني من بيت.كوم: المهارات وتوجهات التوظيف في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

    Bayt HR Guru
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    - 73% من المهنيين في الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا يعتقدون أن الاستثمار في التدريب سيرتفع في العام 2015. - 84% من أصحاب العمل يتحققون من المراجع قبل القيام بعملية التوظيف. - 61% من المهنيين يعانون من نقص في المهارات في شركاتهم. - 48% من أصحاب العمل يعتقدون أن عملية ايجاد مرشحين للوظائف الشاغرة في شركاتهم تتطلب من شهر الى 3 أشهر. تم جمع بيانات…
  • Infographic: Skills and Hiring Trends in the MENA

    Bayt HR Guru
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:48 am
    The skills required to get hired are constantly changing. At one point, technical knowledge was the most important facet of a jobseeker’s skill set, but now online, soft and analytical skills are slowly taking over. At the same time, the hiring process is becoming increasingly digital. This infographic provides insights into the current skills and hiring trends in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Key highlights: -73% of professionals in the MENA say that investment in training will increase in 2015. [Tweet This ] -84% of employers conduct candidate reference checks before…
  • 6 Sentences That May Be Getting in the Way of Your Success

    Lama Ataya
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:09 am
    One of the most dangerous mistakes you can make at work is unknowingly getting in the way of your own success through self-defeating thought patterns. These can manifest themselves through detrimental work attitudes, inappropriate expectations, poor self esteem or misplaced preconceptions that lead to chronically misjudging people and situations.  The reality is that many of us simply fail to see or refuse to acknowledge simple errors in judgement we may sometimes make that may be hindering our growth. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but once you accept that you may be…
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  • 7 Strategies for Being a Better Manager

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Learn simple things you can do as a manager to increase performance from both individuals and teams.Simple strategies like: Talk less, listen more Play to your (and your team's) strengths Manage teams, not individuals Accentuate the positiveRequest Free!
  • 2015 Human Resources Kit - FREE Now for a Limited Time!

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Learn a 6 phase approach for optimizing performance and how to maximize the likelihood of a successful HR program evaluation, including real-world techniques, strategies, and examples to illustrate their recommended steps and actions. This exclusive kit offers a wide range of HR resources and research for HR professionals. In this exclusive 2015 kit you will receive the following HR resources:Evaluating Human Resources Programs, eBookE-signatures and HR: How IT Can Help the Business Hire Talent Faster10 Ways to Wow Your New HireBackground Checks PrimerRequest Free!
  • Tips to Help Avoid a Court Date with the EEOC

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This guide addresses the recent EEOC guidance, avoiding bright line rules, FAQs on criminal history, three factors to consider, questions to consider about background checks, and Ban the Box.This quick guide addresses:Overview of EEOC guidanceA definition of Bright Line Rules and what to avoidFAQs and factors to consider on criminal background checks Ban the Box legislation, including FAQsStraight from the courtroom, you won't want to miss this valuable information!Request Free!
  • A Quickstart Guide: eSignatures for Insurance

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Insurance industry will be transformed by technology over the next few years and those who adapt will capture the lion's share of business. Don't get left behind. This guide will show you how to use eSignatures to significantly improve your business. Download eSignatures for Insurance: A Quickstart Guide today and learn:What key features you need to be successful as you adopt eSignatures.The 7 reasons to adopt eSignatures now.How to add professional touches like branding, a logo, taglineThe difference between an Electronic Signature and a Digital Signature.What makes an eSignature…
  • Smarter, leaner way to human capital recruitment, productivity for H.R. depts, senior managers at organizations $23M to Over $1B

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Key takeaways:reliance on ERP / technology tools for talent acquisition disadvantageous to hiring organizationsa smarter, leaner way exists - without spending more money on the issueHear from top recruiter for General Electric, Northrop Grumman, Citigroup on what smartest hiring organizations do.Hear from U.S. Marine Colonel and Department of Homeland Security deputy about employee / team development.All in under four pages. ABOUTCorey Weiner has worked on lead gen programs for advertisers including Merck and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth-Aerst, Novartis, NY Life Advanced Markets, AXA…
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    Interesting Bits From Brad Herbert (

  • Hiring Quality and Organizational Culture: Amazon Case Study

    Brad Herbert
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    First Round Review has a case study on Amazon's efforts to raise the proverbial quality bar of each of its employees. It's a good read because it offers a reasonable process and gives a great example of hiring for cultural fit. Here's my favourite part:"Don't Go Easy on CultureOf all the dimensions of a hiring process, determining culture fit seems like the hardest to standardize. And, if you’re doing a rigorous job bar-raising and running your interviews, a lack of culture fit may represent half of the folks who wash out after a year. "Half your onsite interview time should focus on…
  • The McMindfulness Craze: The Shadow Side of the Mindfulness Revolution

    Brad Herbert
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    Growing as a person means growing your self-awareness; it's a critical element of emotional intelligence or the ability to read others' feelings and adjust accordingly. In addition to working with a coach to help you gain clarity on who you are and what you want in your life, you can also practice mindfulness, of which meditation is one option. In this article, Jeffrey Rubin details an important point about meditation: it's not a magic pill that suddenly wipes away all suffering. You still need to work on your "stuff" whether via a coaching relationship, therapy, support from family and…
  • How Google Works: Culture, Values, and Leadership

    Brad Herbert
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    How Google Works from Eric Schmidt Check out the SlideShare from Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg about how Google works, especially the piece on planning your culture early and actually structuring the way your company works around those values in very specific, observable ways. Most companies have a few words on a poster but rarely explicitly identify how they'll operate to bring those values to life, and for me, and my work with clients, this has made a huge difference. We call those tangible expressions of values across key relationship categories operating principles. I encourage…
  • The Art And Science Of ‘Brain Friendly’ Facilitation and Presentations

    Brad Herbert
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Linda Ray at Brainwaves For Leaders just wrote a great post on brain friendly tips for facilitation, with a link to tips on presentations.  These are very easy and leverage the latest in brain research showing how you can minimize threat responses and work with attention spans (hint: max 20 minutes). The SCARF Model is something super relevant to all kinds of relationships, including facilitating a discussion or sharing information via a talk.  The model was designed by David Rock and has these elements (descriptions are from David himself with a bit of help from me):Status is…
  • How To Start A Start-Up, Hiring and Culture Part II

    Brad Herbert
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I am really enjoying Sam Altman's Stanford course "How to Start A Start-Up" and thought this session was relevant to any entrepreneur who needs to think about (a) building the product / service while (b) also building her/his company while (c) also growing as a leader her/himself.  Often people can only focus on building the product and then realize they're now running a company that just doesn't feel right, or they're not scaling at the same rate - or faster - as the business requires. I've been experimenting with a model that uses the Golden Circle as the foundation or backbone…
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    Staffing Advisors

  • Nonprofit VP of Communications: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Who is your competition for that Nonprofit Vice President of Communications job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data…
  • Nonprofit Director of Communications: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Who is your competition for that nonprofit Director of Communications job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we've…
  • How to Manage Off-Site Employees

    Bob Corlett
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Last month, my company held its first in-person, all-staff meeting in two years. We’re a virtual company — all 15 of us work from our own homes. There was no real reason for us to have a meeting. All our important work is handled on short conference calls, but we thought it might be nice for everyone to meet each other, in many cases for the first time. Because we don’t have an office, we don’t have a mix of off-site employees and office-dwellers. During the interview process, we make it clear that day-to-day supervision is not something we offer. If you need to be…
  • Nonprofit Mid-Level: Development: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Who is your competition for that Major Gifts Officer or Development Manager/Officer job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we’ve collected from our searches for Development professionals.   How much…
  • Nonprofit Senior Level: Development: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Who is your competition for that Director of Development job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we’ve…
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    Employment Intelligence

  • Wage Theft Podcast Examines Troubling US Trend

    David Weisenfeld
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Is wage theft on the rise among employers? Some reports estimate that wage theft is costing US employees billions of dollars per year. The Department of Labor certainly has taken note and stepped up investigations into this issue. XpertHR Legal… continue
  • New OSHA Recordkeeping/Reporting Requirements Go Into Effect

    Ashley Shaw
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    January 1 was not only the first day of the New Year, it was also implementation day for many new and updated employment laws. In the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arena, January 1 marked the beginning of the… continue
  • New Leave Laws Impact Employee Handbooks: Five Key Facts

    Beth Zoller
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    As we say hello to 2015, a number of new leave laws may have a significant impact on employee handbooks. If you have not updated your handbook in the past year or two, chances are it is not compliant with… continue
  • New Labor and Employment Laws Ring in 2015

    David Weisenfeld
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
      As the Times Square ball dropped in New York City to ring in the new year, a host of new employment laws across the US took effect. Some of the key developments include a multitude of state minimum wage… continue
  • Three Wage and Hour Trends to Watch in 2015

    Michael Cardman
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Wage and hour issues have presented significant compliance challenges for HR during the past several years, and 2015 promises to be no different. Here are three trends that should be on everyone’s radar screen for the upcoming year. 1. State… continue
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • The Affordable Care Act and the 40 Hour Week Bill: What Employers Need To Know

    Dianne Shaddock
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Recently, the House of Representatives voted handily in favor of increasing the number of hours required to be categorized as a “full time worker” under the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) from 30 to 40 hours per week. The distinction is important, because the ACA requires employees classified as working full time hours to be provided […]
  • Minimum Wage and Overtime Lawsuits Increase – What Is An Employer To Do?

    Dianne Shaddock
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:46 pm
      Overtime and minimum wage lawsuits continue to increase as more employees claim violations against the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to ADP Research Institute, 90% of employment related lawsuits involve disputes involve wage and hour related issues. The report highlighted the top employee claims against employers: Employees […]
  • Several States are Increasing Minimum Wage Thresholds in 2015

    Dianne Shaddock
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Recent employee protests focused on increasing the minimum wage has sparked a growing trend in several states centered on increasing the minimum wage over the last several months. The minimum wage in a number of states in the U.S. has risen by as much as ninety cents, while the Federal minimum wage for federal workers […]
  • Should You Trust A Written Letter of Reference?

    Dianne Shaddock
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    You just interviewed the perfect job candidate and now the only step left is to check their references. Your job candidate presents you with a list of references which includes a letter of recommendation.  Great! With letter in hand, there is no need to call this particular employer.  The letter is written on business stationary […]
  • Do I Need to Run Background Checks on My Seasonal Workers?

    Michael Klazema
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
      The holiday season is here, which means a busy time of the year for many businesses. Between the retail craze of Black Friday and the celebratory rush of the end of the year, every industry from retail to freight delivery to travel gets hit by an army of customers and an overtime workload. The […]
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for A Rapidly Changing World

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    This year our Predictions for 2015 has some hard-hitting new ideas to consider - in this article I will give you some highlights, and you can download the report here. Top Line: Enormous Changes are Ahead 2015 is going to be a big year in the world of corporate talent. The economy has improved (near full employment in the US), the job market for technical and professional skills is hot, and technology is radically changing the whole nature of work. Thinking back over my 35 years as a working professional, I barely recognize what work is like today. I was joking with my children about how…
  • What Will 2015 Bring? Find out soon.

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    We are a research organization, and one of the most important thing we do is share information, data, and perspectives. Over the coming weeks there will be a lot of new insights coming, and I want to highlight some important things you can do to help. First, we are in the final stages of producing the Bersin Talent, HR and Learning Predictions for 2015, which will be out soon. I have personally spent countless hours on this research, and it brings together our combined perspectives on the ten biggest imperatives we believe HR and talent professionals should consider in the coming year. I…
  • Executive Confidence Hurt by Lack of Leadership Development

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    We just released new research which shows an astounding gap between what business executives say and what they do, and one of the biggest issues highlighted is a lack of focus on leadership development. Here is the data: A majority of America's business leaders (66 percent of CXOs and 63 percent of CXOs in waiting, among the 300 surveyed) say they are very confident that their organizations will outperform the competition over the next 12 months. But when asked about their confidence in their ability to address specific obstacles to growth, nearly half had some doubts (43…
  • Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market.  One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). In some ways this is like the makers of peanut butter and jelly buying the bakers of bread. The whole "sandwich" now comes from the same company.  (One could call it "SkillTotal.") While much of this deal was about growth, this acquisition represents the beginning of deeper integration between corporate learning and the LMS or learning…
  • Why Employee Engagement is Your Employment Brand

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This week I had the opportunity to present at the Glassdoor Employment Brand Summit. The meeting was like the “twitteratti” (like Glitteratti) of recruiting.  Lars Schmidt, Stacy Donovan Zapar (Zappos and Restoration Hardware), Jen Powell (Deloitte), Bryan Chaney (IBM), Will Staney(Glassdoor), Jennifer Tharp (AT&T) , Shannon Smedstad (CEB), Arie Ball (Sodexo),Anthony Scarpino (Sodexo) were all presenters and I walked away even more convinced of the tremendous importance of employment branding.  (I recommend you listen to the replays.) Why has…
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    The Workforce Institute

  • HR Bartender on How Gamification Can Improve Productivity and Create Engagement

    Joyce Maroney
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Today’s post is courtesy of our board member, Sharlyn Lauby – also known as the HR Bartender. One of the top issues that my colleagues on the Workforce Institute board said will impact workforce management this year has to do with the cycle between human resources, engaged employees and satisfied customers. Research is showing that […] The post HR Bartender on How Gamification Can Improve Productivity and Create Engagement appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Want the Job? Leave Them Wanting More

    Joyce Maroney
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I’ve had a few mentoring conversations with people in recent weeks about finding a first job, finding a better job, or advancing within the company they currently work for.  One thing that all of these objectives have in common is the need to connect with the right people in organizations and leave them with a […] The post Want the Job? Leave Them Wanting More appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Celebrate Better Business Communication Day with your Hourly Workers

    Joyce Maroney
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    Today’s guest post is courtesy of Workforce Institute board member Bob Clements.  Bob is Senior Principal at Axsium Group, a leading workforce management consulting firm. In the post below, he shares ideas about how workforce management technology capabilities can enhance the effectiveness of communications with your frontline workers – especially those who aren’t at a computer […] The post Celebrate Better Business Communication Day with your Hourly Workers appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Workforce Trends Advice Videos for SMB Organizations

    Joyce Maroney
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    SaaShr (a Kronos company) is launching an educational series of videos to help small and medium sized organizations navigate a wide range of business issues they face in managing their employees.  I wrote about some of the trends facing SMB organizations in a recent article I did for the Huffington Post.  Having been in the […] The post Workforce Trends Advice Videos for SMB Organizations appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Millennials Rise Up To Management In 2015

    Joyce Maroney
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Today’s guest post is from our newest board member, Dan Schawbel.  Dan is the Founder of, a research and insights membership service for forward-thinking HR professionals, and the New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself and Me 2.0.  Below, Dan explores a trend on the minds of lots of HR pros, what happens in […] The post Millennials Rise Up To Management In 2015 appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • 4 Team Building Activities That Give Back to the Community

    Michael Haberman
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Volunteering can boost employees. Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at For a company’s morale, it is important to periodically host team building exercises. To build an engaging rapport and trust between employees, leaders should consider connecting team building with an emphasis on charitable organizations. Here are four ways to team build and give back to community: Build a Home A great way to build team spirit and give back to the community is to complete a project that focuses on the outdoors. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity allow…
  • Two reviews of HR solutions for small businesses (continued)

    Michael Haberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Yesterday I reviewed a solution for doing reference checks easily and inexpensively. Today I review a solution for conducting performance reviews easily and inexpensively. JuvodHR JuvodHR was created by Peter Spevacek and Susan Mravca because tools to help hire, manage and review employees were not available to small companies. Most solutions were geared toward much larger organizations. So Spevacek and Mravca created a solution that provides an evaluation system that is easy to use and very affordable. In this software, in the cloud, you can find pre-written job descriptions based on the…
  • Two reviews of HR solutions for small businesses

    Michael Haberman
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    In my HR experience I have found there are two activities that small businesses don’t do particularly well. These are reference checking and performance evaluation. I was recently introduced to two solutions that I feel work very well for small and midsized businesses. I will review them in order of how they would occur in the workplace. Making sure you candidate is who they say they are Background and reference checks are important parts of your hiring process. They are critical to ensuring you are getting the quality employee you desire. There are two parts to this process. The first is…
  • Future Friday: The future of retirement is in danger!

    Michael Haberman
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A large number of employees don’t plan for retirement. What should companies do? A just released report indicates that the retirement life for a large part of the population, around the world, is going to be dire in ten to thirty years. The report indicates that people are not saving for a number of different reasons. The future of our employees lives are in danger. Should HR do something about it? Planning The HSBC report indicates that in the US 25% or more of the population does no planning for retirement, but internationally 38% do no planning. Despite the planning that is done…
  • Three pieces of environmental scanning for HR professionals

    Michael Haberman
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Environmental scanning is a key HR skill. One of the important aspects of being an HR professional is that you are aware of the world around you. Having been in that role I know that in reality it is tough to do the ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING that is necessary to fulfill this obligation. We get so caught up in the day-to-day work of HR that we just don’t pay attention to the bigger world around us. This is unfortunate as those things that go on in the world have an impact on our employees and our businesses and we should be mindful of that impact and how it might change what we are doing. You…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Cutting off the Ends of the Ham

    Breanne Harris
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    A young girl was watching her mother bake a ham for a family gathering and noticed her mom cutting off the ends before placing it in the oven. “Mom, why do you cut the ends off before baking the ham?” she asked. “Hmmm…I think it helps soak up the juices while it’s baking.  I’m actually not sure, though. That’s just the way your grandma always did it, so I’ve just always cut them off. Why don’t you call grandma and ask her?” So, the little girl phoned her grandma and asked “Grandma, mom is making a ham and cut off the ends…
  • The Critical Thinking Buddy System

    Breanne Harris
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Do you remember the Buddy System in grade school?  When you went  on field trips, you were likely assigned someone to be your “buddy” for the duration of the trip.  You were accountable to one another to ensure you both arrived safely to your destination.  The buddy system is also frequently used in combat scenarios and risky adventures for hikers or climbers.  The two buddies act as one in order to protect and complement one another for a successful outcome.  One key benefit of having a buddy in these kinds of scenarios is you have two people with unique perspectives…
  • Critical Thinking University- Special Discount Through Dec 19th

    Breanne Harris
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    How do you make good managers great?  How do you innovate as an organization? Through improved critical thinking — the #1 skill for 21st century employee development and raw material for problem solving, good judgment, and creativity! Critical Thinking University (CTU) is a powerful online portal that gives everyone from individual contributors to mid-career managers the ability to solve difficult on-the-job problems. Participants advance through 18 interactive courses and expert-led exercises in a “journey to better decisions” that requires them to:  Recognize assumptions…
  • Critical Thinking: If You Can’t Define It, How Can You Hire For It?

    Breanne Harris
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Last week, The Wall Street Journal published a concerning article on the topic of critical thinking. The author states that even though managers are demanding critical thinking skills in potential employees, few can actually define the term. Common definitions of critical thinking really boil down to complementary or more narrow skills like problem solving, decision making, or creativity. However, the concept is much more complex than those over-simplified terms. Today on, there are 61,328 job postings that mention critical thinking. While it is encouraging that mentions of…
  • Can You Afford to Put Up with Substandard Thinkers?

    Breanne Harris
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m really intrigued with the concept that “A-players hire A-players, while B-players hire C-players.”  In other words, top talent actively seeks to surround themselves with other top talent. They are energized and challenged by others who are at, or above, their skill level. However B-players don’t want to have their middle-of-the-pack position challenged, so they hire people who will not surpass them in the organization. I read a really great article by Mel Kleiman on this week on this concept. He took the discussion a step further and asked why managers…
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    BlogNotions - HR

  • Size of Your Workspace? Depends on the Time of Day

    Steve Bruce
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Connecticut facility, executives of Deloitte touted their innovative workspace concept that will have junior and senior executives “rubbing elbows” in collaboration—literally! The company’s space in the building is much below the usual allotment for the number of employees. How will the 1,300 workers all fit? According to an article in the Stamford Advocate, the square footage (120,000 square feet) is much below the usual commercial real estate allotment of 250 square feet per employee and is deemed appropriate for about 500…
  • Deep Smarts, Deep Thinking and Metacognition

    Dan Erwin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Whenever I write a blog about a subject like thinking, I inevitably face up to the fact that blogging about thinking doesn’t easily grab readers. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are a lot more exciting, even though they’re not nearly as needful or valuable. Deep thought is the kind of stuff that more mature clients are after, especially when they face serious decisionmaking or strategic needs. Deep smarts is the engine of every organization. You can’t really progress without them. And you’ll manage a lot more effectively if you understand what they are, how they are…
  • Deep Smarts, Deep Thinking, and Metacognition

    Dan Erwin
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Whenever I write a blog about a subject like thinking, I inevitably face up to the fact that blogging about thinking doesn’t easily grab readers. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are a lot more exciting, even though they’re not nearly as needful or valuable. Deep thought is the kind of stuff that more mature clients are after, especially when they face serious decisionmaking or strategic needs. Deep smarts is the engine of every organization. You can’t really progress without them. And you’ll manage a lot more effectively if you understand what they are, how they are built and…
  • Skip Work for over 20 Years and Still Get Paid for It, as Long as You Live in India

    Steve Bruce
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all played hooky every now and then, but most of us have actually made an attempt to tell our boss we’re not coming in. In India, two completely different people played hooky and have finally been caught—after missing work for over 20 years! A government worker was recently fired for not showing up to work for 24 years. In 1990, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department went on leave for undisclosed reasons. He continued to file extensions for leave, but the extensions were not sanctioned and they were ultimately denied. In 1992, an inquiry found him…
  • Can an Electronic System Replace Paper Employee Files?

    Steve Bruce
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    As we move closer and closer toward the goal of becoming paperless in the digital age, many HR managers wonder if this is even an attainable goal. Aren’t there just some employee files that must (or ought) to be kept as original paper documents? There are a few facets to this question: convenience and efficiency, legality, and practical applications. Let’s take a look at each of these considerations and how they might affect your organization’s transition to electronic files. Convenience and Efficiency Considerations of Electronic Employee Files There’s little question…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • Call to Action

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    As a follow-up to #HRPA2015, Bonni has a new post called Call to Action. Conferences are great, but what’s next? You can read it at: The post Call to Action appeared first on The Employment Opportunities List - The Ultimate Source for HR Jobs and HR Blogs. Friends Helping Friends of Friends. Related posts: Networking at #HRPA2015 The #HRPA2015 Live HR Blogs Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
  • The #HRPA2015 Live HR Blogs

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Bonni is blogging on the Live HR blog at the HRPA 2015 Annual Conference and Tradeshow. Read her posts at: The post The #HRPA2015 Live HR Blogs appeared first on The Employment Opportunities List - The Ultimate Source for HR Jobs and HR Blogs. Friends Helping Friends of Friends. Related posts: Networking at #HRPA2015 HRPA 2014 Call to Action
  • Networking at #HRPA2015

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bonni is over at the HRPA Conference and is blogging over the next week on the Live HR blog.  This first post is all about networking. Read her post at: The post Networking at #HRPA2015 appeared first on The Employment Opportunities List - The Ultimate Source for HR Jobs and HR Blogs. Friends Helping Friends of Friends. Related posts: The #HRPA2015 Live HR Blogs Call to Action HRPA 2014
  • Optimism as Professional Development

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Over the holidays I read several articles about resolutions. There seems to be no shortage of materials written on this subject given the time of year. Some who write positively about setting resolutions suggest that achieving them requires optimism. Having just completed a year with fully-achieving a resolution (to do something new every day), I am energized and want to be able to say definitely that fulfilling resolutions are possible, even if they are hard to do. So, one of my resolutions for 2015 is to cultivate an optimistic mindset in a way that doing new things might not have. I am…
  • On Women of HR

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bonni is blogging over at Women of HR this week with this post on the state of customer service. The post On Women of HR appeared first on The Employment Opportunities List - The Ultimate Source for HR Jobs and HR Blogs. Friends Helping Friends of Friends. Related posts: On Women of HR Over At Women of HR On Women of HR
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    Pivotal HR Blog

  • Creative Ways Your Company Could be Using Temp Staff

    David McCormick
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Temp staff have long been used as a way to fill work gaps in offices. They are often used for everything from filing paperwork to other minor tasks that need to be done around the office. However, there are countless different ways that temp staff can be used in an office environment. If you have […]
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    HR Ringleader

  • Celebrating HR Pros: Victorio Milian

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Frank Roche, Trish McFarlane, Victorio Milian & Steve Boese NYC~ December 2009 It’s not often that I remember the exact moment I meet someone. Even if I do for awhile, the memory fades or becomes fuzzy over time.  One clear exception was the day I met Victorio Milian. Maybe it was because he had been a man of mystery most of the time I had known OF him.  Back in the day, he was an anonymous HR blogger… one of the few…and his writing made him stand out to me.  His blog was one I read religiously.  When he finally revealed his real persona, I was floored.  He was even…
  • HR Happy Hour #199: Employer Branding from the Inside Out

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    Recorded Tuesday January 20, 2015 Hosts: Trish McFarlane, Steve Boese Guest: Jason Seiden, CEO Brand Amper Jason co-founded Brand Amper, an employer branding platform that builds brand equity quickly and sustainably by putting employees—the most trusted source of information about a company—at the center of brand creation. For 20 years, Jason has been making professional communication more genuine and productive.  You can find him on Twitter, he’s @seiden. Listen to the show HERE In the latest HR Happy Hour Show, we welcomed back our friend Jason Seiden, CEO of Brand…
  • In Doubt? Just Coach

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    *Sharing from the dusty archives… Tired of spending 80% of your time on 20 % of your staff?  Tired of walking around the office or shop floor on eggshells due to the actions of one or two employees?  Do you want to demonstrate to the powers-that-be that you are a competent leader, capable of taking on more responsibility?  Well, do I have the thing for you! It slices, it dices, it can cut a tomato paper thin…. Oh, sorry. Wrong approach.  This is NOT an infomercial .  But if it was, I WOULD have a simple idea for you.  JUST COACH. I know, it’s not the newest,…
  • HR and the Emerging Elephant

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Today, I am thrilled to share a guest post by Graham Salisbury.  Graham and I “met” on social media years ago and finally met in person in 2014.  He is the Head of HR for ActionAid, one of the UK’s major relief and development organizations.  He is also one of my favorite bloggers (and people!).  Please add his blog, HR Case Studies, to your regular reading list and connect with him on LinkedIn. Two stories. One point Story One (Completely True) A few years ago I was speaking with the Engineering Director of a very large aerospace and defense organisation (one that…
  • Corrective Actions and Compassionate Communication

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Photo via I recently talked with my mom about getting some very rude service from a cashier at a local grocery store.  Apparently, as she began putting her items on the belt, the cashier told her, “Get back! Get back!”.  My mom is very hard of hearing, so this confused her.  By this time, the cashier was saying it in a very loud voice and other customers were looking. My mom asked what she had done wrong and the cashier began to berrate her saying that the customer who had been before her was running to another part of the store to pick another item.
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Millennials Revealed
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Figure 1: Generations Comparison on Risk As the workforce demographics change, millennials continue to grow in importance not only as team members, but as leaders. While considerable emphasis has been placed on recruiting and retaining millennials, most organizations still struggle to attract the best and brightest of this dynamic generation. A recent meeting with executives at a client summed up the situation well: “we just want to know what we need to do to make them interested in us.” One of the struggles underlying our efforts pertains to the fact that millennials are the most studied…
  • The Danger of Excuses
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Excuses make us human. They incorporate our imagination, higher level rationalization skills, desire for acceptance, and propensity for avoiding negative feelings or feedback. All of us have provided an excuse to cover our failure to meet expectations, when circumstances inhibited our best efforts, or the best of plans ends up derailed. In the simplest terms, an excuse is an attempt to lessen the blame attached to our words, actions, or behavior through seeking to defend or justify the resulting outcome. We all fear disapproval from ourselves and others. Excuses arise from our fear of…
  • Naughty and Nice
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    We have all dealt with a “naughty” or problem employee. Most of us can close our eyes and remember at least one person we worked with that contributed little, yet stirred up controversy and consumed a disproportionate amount of time of the human resources and management staff. They tend to be disgruntled, suspicious, and apathetic employees that have chronic attendance, performance, and disciplinary issues. Put simply, they really just want to be anywhere, but at work. Although the naughty come in a variety of types and combinations, two key characteristics provide the most simplistic…
  • Who is Missing?
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    As we near the holiday season, the temptation to have a “recovery day” or just an extra prep day for holiday festivities becomes greater. Based on a recent CareerBuilder survey, December is the most likely month for employees to be absent. Although one might assume that a few extra days of unscheduled leave matter little to the overall health and productivity of an organization, the reality provides a very different picture. When the average employee fails to come to work, the organization accrues direct and indirect costs. The direct costs include: • Wages paid to the absent employee;…
  • History and Value: Causation
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Causation provides the foundation for action. If we know what event results in another, we can increase the chance of realizing the outcome that we desire. Put simply, causation demonstrates that one event is the result of another event or that a cause and effect relationship is present. When we use analytics for this purpose, the value of the data and its utilization become considerably more valuable. Through analytics, we can test: • if event a causes event b • when event a causes event b • how much event a causes event b In order to demonstrate causality, we have to meet certain…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • Learning to read your brain’s ‘gas gauge’

    Dave Clemens
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “I’m so tired I can’t think.” Most of us have said something like this at one time or another. But there are other consequences of “tired brain,” and they can be devastating.You may have heard that the brain’s prefrontal cortex — the portion that covers the front part of the frontal lobe — carries out what scientists call the “executive function” of the brain, meaning such things as planning, decision-making, and emotional regulation. If this part of the brain is damaged, these functions go awry.But the prefrontal cortex…
  • Communications skills: A top priority for employee development

    Dave Clemens
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Above leadership, above decision-making and creativity, above even job-related skills, employers believe in training their people to communicate effectively.That’s the learning insight that emerges from the American Management Association’s latest survey of the training and development priorities of executives and managers at some 700 organizations.Two thirds of the respondents said they included communications skills in their employee development programs, ahead of every other kind of training. Some 60% said they sponsored training in skills specific to employees’…
  • Survey: Two thirds of organizations interested in eBook learning

    Dave Clemens
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Pretty much everyone knows about the rise of eBooks. According to the Pew Research Center’s most recent survey, 28% of adult Americans read at least one eBook in the previous year. And for Millennials and Gen-Xers, the figures were even higher — 37% for those aged 18-29 and 32% for those between 30 and 49.So how are HR and others tasked with organizational learning approaching eBooks (defined as PDFs or as material designed for readers like iPads and Kindles) as a way of helping employees learn?Another survey, this one from the Masie Center, a think tank specializing in learning…
  • Leadership training: HR wants to provide more, but top brass won’t commit

    Dave Clemens
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Nine out of 10 HR professionals are dissatisfied with the amount of training and development their organization’s managers and supervisors receive. And while they want to provide more opportunities to develop their company’s leaders, a recent survey of over 240 HR professionals conducted by the Rapid Learning Institute suggests that the biggest barrier they face is lack of organizational commitment to employee development.When asked why more managerial training isn’t offered, a third of HR pros said it was because their organization didn’t provide enough resources. Twenty-eight…
  • Anti-discrimination training: How to harm when you’re trying to help

    Dave Clemens
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    We don’t know what you consider the Prime Directive of Training, but “First, do no harm” might be a good one. Above all, you don’t want training to make things worse!But, according to new research, some well-meaning HR people and managers might be doing just that when they talk to employees about negative stereotypes and discrimination.This research was conducted by professors at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School. The authors noted that behavioral studies have found stereotyping to be built-in behavior in…
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    SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Technology Blog

  • The New Candidate Experience Journey [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Christopher Brablc
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    It’s no secret that talent acquisition is evolving faster than it ever has and much of it has been due to candidate expectations of employers what we like to call the “consumerization of the candidate experience.” Candidates expect an experience on par with the consumer experience and when they make purchase decisions (and what is a career choice other than “our most important purchase decision”), they want an experience that is transparent, relationship-based, personalized and flexible. So what does that mean for talent acquisition organizations? The New…
  • 5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 1.17.15 to 1.23.15

    Christopher Brablc
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Editor’s Note: Since we took off last week, I’ve included a bonus article. Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. This week we’ll be covering employer branding, bleeding edge recruiting trends, HR wishes and inbound recruitment. Before we begin, I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog: Should We be trying to Reinvent the ATS? Blog: Questions Answered: Trilogy of Modern Talent Acquisition with Glassdoor and SmashFly…
  • Should we be trying to reinvent the ATS? – Part 1 of 2

    Christopher Brablc
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    I’ve been reading and speaking with many in the industry as of late around where technology is taking us for Talent Acquisition. There’s a lot of opinions, many conflicting on the route that technology will take us in terms of innovation in how we find, attract, engage and nurture candidates in the recruiting process. One idea that I hear a lot is that we need to reinvent the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Make it more about relationships and less about process flows while improving all the candidate facing elements such as the Job Search and Apply Process. Let’s build a…
  • Questions Answered: Trilogy of Modern Talent Acquisition with @GDforEmployers and @SmashFly

    Christopher Brablc
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    On Wednesday, I had the pleasure to co-present on a webinar with Glassdoor Talent Acquisition Manager Dina Rulli on the “Trilogy of Modern Talent Acquisition.” It turned out to be a tremendous discussion on the relationship between Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing, as well as key trends occurring today in the candidate experience and with recruiting analytics. We received a lot of great questions that we’d like to answer here as well as share the Q&A for others. (I put together similar questions where appropriate below). Enjoy! Q: Will you have slides and audio from this…
  • The Trilogy of Modern Talent Acquisition: Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing and Unified Analytics [WEBINAR]

    Christopher Brablc
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Today, SmashFly will be co-presenting a webinar with partner Glassdoor on the “Trilogy of Modern Talent Acquisition”. The webinar will be co-presented by SmashFly Director of Marketing Chris Brablc (me!) and Glassdoor Talent Acquisition Manager Dina Rulli.  It should be a tremendous discussion on the key trends affecting the candidate experience and talent acquisition as a whole in 2015 and beyond. Below is the full description of the webinar (you can register below): The Modern Talent Acquisition Trilogy: Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing and Unified Analytics Wednesday,…
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    Corn on the Job

  • 11 Careers for Die-Hard Perfectionists

    Rich DeMatteo
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Helen Evans, Marketing Manager of JobTonic, has been in the career development field for 5 years. She likes to share interesting tips to help people find their dream job. Her goal is to share what she has learned about searching job. Dream job is closer than you imagine. You can find her on Google+Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.   Do you strive for perfection in everything you do? Perfectionism may drive your friends and family crazy, but this trait can work to your advantage in certain careers. When a job requires meticulous work, you call in a perfectionist. Here are 11 careers for…
  • Tips for Handling Video Conferencing Interviews

    Rich DeMatteo
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    One of the greatest benefits to come from video conferencing is the ability to connect with anyone in the world so long as that person has a compatible device and Internet. Polycom states that video conferencing can significantly reduce a business’s travel costs for business conferences and interviews. Through services like Blue Jeans, you can simply schedule a time when you and the job applicant are both available, even if you are on opposite sides of the world. However, handling an interview through a video conference is not quite the same. You’ll want to bear a few things in…
  • Can you have a dream career without college?

    Rich DeMatteo
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    If you go to College, you’ll strike it rich – or so schools like to imply. But with an increasing number of the population emerging from university with first class degrees, what chances have you got to make your mark in the graduate job market? Instead of fretting about future education, why not try a career that takes more than a nifty degree? A job path requiring dedication, industriousness and an entrepreneurial spirit is what you need – and we’ve rustled up a few options for you. Are friends electric? Or are they green? As mop-top rockers The View once sang, “Get a trade, son,…
  • Job Hunting Got You Down?

    Rich DeMatteo
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    Are you a suited, booted, Don Draper-alike with the chiseled jawline of Superman and the business acumen of Donald Trump? Or do you sit in your pants regularly, emailing thousands of resumes and barely receiving even a polite rejection? Chances are you’re the latter, and you’re in the same boat as thousands of others. The boat in question is called the HMS Jobseeker and, for many unfortunate people, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find safe port and disembark. In December 2014, the US contained 8.7 million jobless. That’s 8.7 million people consigned to a lifetime of dreary…
  • Technology Opens Employment Doors to Aspiring Artists

    Rich DeMatteo
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The starving artist” is a cliche component of virtually every argument against pursuing an education in the liberal arts. “There’s no employment”, “when you do find work it’ll be for peanuts”, “will that $75k education make you a better bartender?” Anyone with any dreams aimed towards a creativity-based career is undoubtedly told these points over and over. But what these naysayers aren’t taking into account is how much creative thought goes into much of what we see today online and in software – where the big money can be found. Artist 2.0 It’s true…
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  • BYOD vs. 1:1 Debate Creates Opportunities for the Device-Agnostic Designer

    Gauri Reyes
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Here’s where the opportunity comes in for learning professionals: Forget the BYOD versus 1:1 versus hybrid model versus anything else. Design and deploy learning content that is device-agnostic. The Debate: New for Schools, Not So New for Corporations Technology is increasingly being integrated in schools, and a hotly debated technical decision is to follow a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or a 1:1 (schools provide access to standardized devices to each student) strategy. But this same debate has been playing out in the workplace for decades. Corporate mobile devices of twenty plus years ago…
  • Uncovering the Full Advantages of Cloud-Based Learning Solutions

    Gauri Reyes
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    When the words “cloud” and “learning” are mentioned together, I can’t help thinking of “daydreaming”. Not a desirable word association. But, when it comes to learning, having your head in the clouds—cloud-based learning solutions, of course—is just fine. The appeal of shifting to the cloud becomes clearer when considering IT needs. IT departments need to find ways to increase existing capabilities and/or capacity, and unlimited spending is typically not an option. IT costs include, among other items, infrastructure, software licensing, and training. IT decisions involve…
  • The New Hire’s First 100 Days: Driving Accountability to Ensure Success

    Gauri Reyes
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Everyone, not just the President, could use a 100 Day Plan when taking on a new job or position. A thoughtfully created 100 Day Plan, supported by effective online training, can drive organizational accountability for ensuring new hire success. Terms like the “100 Day Plan” or the “First 100 Days” conjures up accountability measures for new C-suite executives or newly-elected political leaders. By would should only people like a Fortune 100 CEO or the President of the United States have a “100 Day Plan”? It’s important for every new employee to have a new hire success plan, or a…
  • 5 Videos that Will Inspire Your Online Training Designs

    Gauri Reyes
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    I recently viewed the classic videos in 6 TED Talks That Anyone Designing Online Training Should Watch. The Talks inspired me to think of videos that are not directly related to training that nevertheless inspire me when I’m designing learning experiences. Perhaps you’ll find these videos to be inspirational for creating effective online training, too? If not, perhaps you’ll simply find them to be inspirational? Gaming for Understanding (9’20”) There’s a lot of hype surrounding gamification. Is it the silver bullet for learning engagement? Or is it a short-lived gimmick? Here’s…
  • The Corporate Learner’s Holiday Wish List: 3 Things People Want from Training Programs

    Gauri Reyes
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Employer spending on training is up. Employees want training. But when employees get training, they often complain about it. What’s the disconnect? The full answer has many complex, moving parts. But part of the answer is that employees are not always getting what they want and need from the training they are being provided. They ask for training and have high hopes and expectations for the training. But the training they get doesn’t always deliver to expectations. If you know what your learners really want from the training, you stand a much better chance of delivering on expectations.
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • The 2015 Talent Strategy Playbook: Your Ultimate Guide to Organizational Success

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    To achieve winning business results, you need a solid organizational strategy and the right talent to execute on it. For this to happen, you must ensure that your talent management and business strategies are aligned. A great place to start is with our 2015 Talent Strategy Playbook — a set of four resources to help you get the job done.
  • Pay It Forward: The Importance of Building a Corporate Culture of Givers

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Can creating a workplace culture of givers who follow a pay-it-forward philosophy impact organizational success? If so, what’s the payoff and how do you get there from here? In this post, learn why it’s important to create a culture of givers in the workplace.
  • 7 Things to Give Away at Career Fairs in 2015

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Career fairs for the most part should have gone the way of the dinosaur. For all of the shortcomings, you still can’t kill career fairs! It’s like job boards and resume databases. As long as someone is going to set them up, you’re going to pack up your career fair display and head on down to the Holiday Inn. So, if you’re going to go to career fairs, here’s what you need to be giving away in 2015.
  • 6 Common Time Management Mistakes that Impact Productivity

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The feeling that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day is common. The good news is that time management is a skill that can be learned. It all starts with recognizing your patterns and identifying areas where you need to improve.
  • The Power of Job Families

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    If your life is in compensation you are probably at ease with the intricacies of job evaluation. But to a manager at your organization, job evaluation points don’t mean much. You can involve managers in job evaluation by focusing on job families. David Creelman shares the power of job families in engaging those outside of HR in the rewards process.
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    Payroll Tips, Training, and News

  • An Overview of State Income Tax

    Michele Bossart
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Employee wages are often subject to two different types of income tax withholding: federal income tax and state income tax. State income tax funds a variety of different state projects and programs, including K-12 and higher education, Medicaid and health care, corrections, public assistance, and other needs, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.  Most states impose individual income taxes, except for seven states that do not. Two states have limited state income taxes. Individual Income Tax There are 41 different states with individual income taxes. These state…
  • What Are Gross Wages?

    Michele Bossart
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Gross pay, also known as gross wages, is what attracts many people to a job. They see the advertised salary or hourly pay and think of everything they could do with that income. However, when they receive a paycheck, they realize that they didn’t take into account the gross wages versus the net wages. Gross wages are the total amount an employee is paid before any taxes, deductions, insurance premiums, and other withholdings. In fact, a person’s take-home pay may be significantly less than their gross wages. Determining gross wages An employee can figure gross wages in several ways. If…
  • What is Supplemental Pay?

    Mike Kappel
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Supplemental pay can include a number of different payments from an employer to an employee. Also known as supplemental wages, supplemental pay can include the following: bonuses, commission, overtime, retroactive pay increases, cashed-in sick leave, prizes, back pay, and more. These different payments are made in addition to the employee’s standard wage, and when it comes to taxes, they are considered completely different. Supplemental pay is taxed like wages in some ways (Medicare and Social Security are normally deducted), but they are sometimes taxed in additional ways, too. For that…
  • What Is a Reporting Agent?

    Mike Kappel
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some businesses take on all payroll tasks themselves: the accounting, writing and distributing checks, figuring and submitting all necessary taxes, and handling other withholdings. Some companies, however, may not have the time to devote to payroll and will outsource payroll tasks to a company that specializing in this area. To the IRS, this company is known as a reporting agent. The business will need to file a Form 8655, a Reporting Agent Authorization Form, with the Internal Revenue Service. This form establishes the relationship between the company and the reporting agent and authorizes…
  • What is COBRA?

    Michele Bossart
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act is better known as COBRA — a way for workers to keep their group health insurance coverage after they have lost their job. The law was passed in 1985 to give employees and their families the chance to temporarily continue health coverage. COBRA coverage is limited, and the timeframe that COBRA is offered depends on the circumstances that resulted in the loss of benefits. Workers who have lost their jobs, are changing jobs, or voluntarily left their jobs may be eligible for COBRA. Families may be eligible if they will lose their…
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • Why to Hire New College Graduates: Think Young in 2015

    Sean Little
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    As we wave goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015, now is the perfect time to look back on what we’ve learned and think about where we want to take our recruiting in the new year. A common theme in 2014 was millennial recruitment. Millennial recruitment was a hot button issue, and one that seemed to […] The post Why to Hire New College Graduates: Think Young in 2015 appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • 3 Ways to Maximize Employee Relations & Post-Hire Value

    Eyal Steiner
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Employee Relations’ Role in New Hire Onboarding. The recruitment process is among some of the most complex processes any organization has. It requires deep integration of recruiters with talent management functions, hiring managers, brand marketing functions, candidates, and in some cases with external recruiting agencies. Failure to maintain these relationships across the board often results […] The post 3 Ways to Maximize Employee Relations & Post-Hire Value appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • 2015 Global Mobile Recruiting Awards Accepting Entries

    Greg Merrell
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    LONDON, Jan. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Web Based Recruitment, experts in the areas of Mobile Recruitment and Recruiting Videos, confirmed that there had been strong interest in the recently announced 2015 Global Mobile Recruitment Awards. Now in their second year the awards will acknowledge those companies leading the way in the use of Mobile Recruitment and at the same […] The post 2015 Global Mobile Recruiting Awards Accepting Entries appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • How to Hook (Source) the Best in Class Candidates

    Greg Merrell
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    As a recruiter in today’s market, you have to always be looking towards tomorrow. If you are looking for the candidate who is a perfect fit, it’s safe to say that the talent pool is small. And all economic indicators and industries are pointing that this fact is not going to change. It is best […] The post How to Hook (Source) the Best in Class Candidates appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Social Media Use in Recruiting Reaches Unprecedented Levels

    Greg Merrell
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    Does your company use Social Media to recruit potential hires?  If so, what form of Social Media does your company use for recruiting candidates. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are the top 3 Social Media platforms being used for recruitment. Currently over 92% of all companies use some form of Social Media for their recruiting.  In […] The post Social Media Use in Recruiting Reaches Unprecedented Levels appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
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    Join a Union

  • How to Start a Union – The Five Steps

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Even though every job is different, there are basic steps that every group of workers needs to complete. You should quietly talk to some of your co-workers that might be interested in joining a union. If there is interest from your co-workers you should contact our union office and find out more information. We can meet with you and your co-workers in confidence and discuss how to start a union at your workplace.  How to Start a Union: 5 Basic Steps Step One: You can’t do it all alone. You need to find other co-workers in other departments that can help you. Everyone needs to ensure they…
  • One Union Member’s Story about Joining a Union

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    The decision whether or not to help form a union at your workplace is an important one. I faced this decision when I was working in a department store a few years ago. The staff organizer told me that to win we needed a committee of employees, but I wasn’t sure I would be a good committee member. I was pretty shy, had just a small group of friends and didn’t know very much about unions. I was very scared. It just seemed to me that it might be better if I just signed a union card and left the work of organizing a union to others. In the end, though, I decided that if I really wanted to…
  • How to Start a Union at Work

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    When most people think of unions, the first image that comes to mind is of the familiar trade unions: carpenters, plumbers, steelworkers, electricians, etc. Many don’t realize that almost any type of work can be unionized – and that unions have a lot to offer. HOW TO START A UNION AT WORK IN BC: The first thing you need to do is find a union that represents workers like yourself: UFCW 1518 has members who are care aides, retail workers (cashiers, clerks, stock people, deli counter, grocery, produce, etc!), industrial workers, and other types of working people. Secondly, call the union and…
  • How to Get a Union in BC

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Unions in BC exist to represent employees in a particular sector and to improve the living standards and rights of members. When you get a union you can negotiate your working conditions, rates of pay, break, vacations, and schedules. In British Columbia you get a union through a vote conducted by the BC Labour Relations Board. There are specific steps on how to get a union in BC and UFCW 1518 can guide you through the process to get a union. Instructions to Get a Union Contact a union organizer at UFCW 1518. It’s easy and confidential to find out how to get a union at your job site. The…
  • Retail Workers Deserve Unions

    1 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    British Columbia’s biggest source of jobs is in the retail sector, which contributes over $70b to Canada’s GDP. Retail accommodates over 12% of the province’s total labour force, and chances are we all know at least one person who works in retail, or have at one point spent some time behind the till at a local store ourselves. Without a collective voice in the workplace, retail workers face exploitation on a daily basis, whether it is unpaid overtime, disrespect from the management, hours cut, or low wages that just don’t pay the bills. The need to organize in the retail sector is…
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • #GamificationMOOC

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    One of the biggest changes in my life over the last couple of years has been the incorporate of MOOC learning.  Coursera is getting close to being the most commonly used app on my phone and I'm probably always doing about 30 different MOOCs at any one time.  That's not necessarily a good thing as I don't always get to finish and therefore get all the learning I might like.  But I do get lots of learning!I remember of the things Dave Ulrich noted at Artof.HR was that MOOCs don't work because most people only audit them (vs getting a certificate) and auditing doesn't give…
  • Stephen Dubner - HR Freakonomics at #HRPA2015

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    This morning at the HRPA conference we're hearing from Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics telling some stories about using data for decision making.  Stephen suggests there are some great parallels between these stories and what we have to do in HR - eg how much we can know about people etc.We're really good at using data which confirms what we want to be true rather than what is really true.  We need to ignore declared and focus on revealed preferences.  Eg declared and actual hand hygiene rates after visiting the washroom are different - 30% of men don't wash (Stephen knows…
  • Empathy at #HRPA2015

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    I'm in Toronto at the HRPA's Annual Conference - no arctic storms this year.And we're starting at a jet lag tolerant 7.00am, though since it's dark outside it still feels a lot earlier than the 2.00pm it shoul feel like.Anyway, here's Roman Krznaric on the six habits of highly empathetic people. Empathy is the ability to step into shoes of someone else and see things through their eyes.  A topical issue with eg Obama talking about an empathy deficit in the US.We all have it, we can learn it, and it's the basis of social relationships.  It creates the emotional bonds…
  • Blogging from the Economist Talent Management 2015

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    And on 16th June, I'll be blogging (and also facilitating) from the Economist's Talent Management 2015 event - the fourth year in a row that Strategic HCM has been the Economist's social media supporter.If you've been to this even before, you'll know this is THE key HR event in the UK - the best speakers, top level attendees, a great agenda - and this year I'm back on the platform again.  What more could you desire?Mark your calendars now - I'll have a discount code for you a bit later on, and the opportunity to grab a ticket to come and sit with me at the front, though you will have to…
  • Blogging from Tucana People Analytics

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    I'm taking a short break from training and speaking to attend Tucana's People Analytics conference (22-23 April) as a blogger.We all know analytics is increasingly important to HR, so even if, like me, you struggle with expressions such as 'data-driven HR' and suggestions that 'analytics is the future of the HR function' then you'll still know you can learn heaps from quality speakers such as:Placid Jover VP HR Organisation, Performance & Analytics UnileverOliver Britnell Global Head of Workforce Analytics ExperianRandy Knaflic VP of HR & Internal Operations JawboneNeil Parkinson…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • Federal Judge Vacates DOL’s New Companionship Exemption Regulations

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    We previously wrote a Client Alert about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new regulations that were poised to eliminate the exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime provisions for certain home-health care workers.. As expected, the new regulations were met with significant pushback from certain home care employers and industry associations, including a federal lawsuit led by the Home Care Association of America challenging the legality of the regulations [Home Care Association of America v. Weil, Case No. 14-cv-0967 (D.D.C.)]. That lawsuit was…
  • OSHA Updates Recording and Reporting Requirements for Injuries and Illnesses

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Written by Michael G. Murphy, P.E. Esq. Two changes to the OSHA Standard for Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses went into effect Jan. 1, 2015. First, businesses that were previously exempt from the recording requirements now must record occupational injuries and illnesses shortly after they happen. Second, OSHA has added to the type of incidents that must be reported to OSHA within eight hours to include the hospitalization of one or more employees (it was three employees) and a new requirement to report any amputation or loss of an eye. This GT Alert provides further…
  • California Supreme Court: Employees Entitled to On-Call Pay

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Written by James M. Nelson In the Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc. decision last week, the California Supreme Court held that employees are entitled to pay not only for on-call time, but also for time spent sleeping during on-call shifts. The author of this GT Alert summarizes the case and notes that unaddressed items, like the impact of the ruling on rest and meal period requirements and daily overtime, will be issues to watch for in the new year. Continue Reading    
  • NLRB Adopts New Election Rules

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Written by Howard L. Mocerf This week the National Labor Relations Board adopted new union election rules by a 3-2 vote. Characterized by dissenting Board members as “The Mount Everest of Regulations,” the new rules will result in quicker elections and trap unwary employers. The author of this GT Alert outlines the new rules, which will take effect April 14, 2015, and suggests that employers take proactive measures, including contacting experienced management labor counsel as soon as possible if they are served with a petition for an NLRB election. Continue Reading
  • NLRB Decision Allows Non-Work Related Use of a Company Email System

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed the Register Guard decision and declared that employees who have access to a company email system now have the right to use that system, on non-working time, to voice their disagreement with their working conditions to co-workers and outsiders. The majority explained that email communications have become the primary means for discussion in the workplace and that a physically disconnected workforce depends on emails for interaction with co-workers, as well as with third parties. As a result of the NLRB’s opinion in Purple…
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    HR C-Suite

  • Latest Trends HR Need To Look Forward To in 2015

    Alice Scarlet
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Advancements in technology have set off new and emerging trends in every field of business. The marketers and accountants aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of hi-tech solutions. Human Resource agents have their fair share as well in balancing business and employee needs using the new gizmos and gadgets of today. If you’re in […]
  • 3 Ways to Improve Productivity by Reducing Sick Leave

    Seb Atkinson
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How much does sick leave cost your business each year? Or, how much does it cost to have unwell employees coming in and spreading their illness to other members of staff? According to the IBI, illness costs the US economy $576 billion per year - $227 billion comes from lost productivity due to absenteeism, while […]
  • Ways HR Can Develop Positive Workplace Culture

    Eric Philips
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hiring employees that fit in with the workplace culture, is one topic for discussion, and making sure that the culture is well-maintained and positive, is another. You won’t get lucky every time you hire someone new to contribute to the workplace environment. What about that menace of a worker an organization hires every now and […]
  • Predictive Analytics

    Sharen Stuart
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Predictive Analytics: “To Know Our Employees as well as We Know Our Customers.” If you own or manage a business, one thing occupying your mind must be to find and add great employees to your team. Hiring good employees is not a major problem but retaining them is most certainly one of the things that […]
  • Software training and ROI: How does your company benefit?

    Angela Nino
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Return on investment (ROI) is the bottom line that many groups use to make strategic decisions. In most industries, it is important to justify and account for everything that we do as a solid investment for our company. In a 2013 article by the ROI institute, author Gary M. Stern notes that "92 out of […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • My Way Or The Highway

    Chuck Csizmar
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    "Loud and angry doesn't make you right.  It just means that you are loud and angry"  (author unknown) Have you ever worked for or with someone like that – a shouter?  Someone who felt that just by force of will – or decibel level - they would get their way?  That they would get you to do what they want, simply because they said so?  Some managers are like that.  It’s not so much what they say, but how they say it – usually with a scowling facial expression that coordinates well with a loud, blustery voice. I am who am, so do what I say. Those who rely on their…
  • King Tut’s Beard

    Dan Walter-Performensation
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Recently, it was reported that employees at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo accidentally broke the braided beard off of the iconic burial mask of King Tutankhamen. Even more disturbing is that the beard was quickly glued back on using common epoxy. To make matters even worse, the epoxy got on the face of the mask, leaving marks where it was hastily scraped off. Curators at the museum said they were told to make the repairs quickly since the mask is one of the main attractions (revenue generators) for the museum. I have seen many broken incentive plans similarly repaired. Incentive plans are…
  • The Cost of Living Varies by Income Level

    E. James (Jim) Brennan
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Living costs differentials are frequenly cited to justify relocation expenses, but such relationships between cities usually don't come down to only one number.  The typical family’s living costs vary by different percentages depending on how much money they make.  For example, when Seattle pay is $50K and Spokane pay is 87.3% of that, the cost of living (COL) differential between the two cities is 59.1%.  Someone earning $100K in Seattle typically finds the same job paying 88.3% of that ($88,300) in Spokane where the cost of living is 66.1% of the cost of living in Seattle.  Local…
  • (Better) Networking for Pay Nerds

    Ann Bares
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Many of us in the compensation profession are hungry for opportunities to connect with colleagues, to exchange ideas and learn from the experiences of our peers.  This is one of the big lessons I took from my time helping lead one of our profession's greatest local networks -- and from my time toiling in the blogosphere.  While this may not be a unique yearning among HR professionals in general, I believe it is a particular challenge for the pay nerd contingent -- dominated as we are by those on the introvert side of the personality scale. I was reflecting on that while reading a…
  • Where's Your Sense of Purpose?

    Margaret O'Hanlon
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    "It used to be like a family around here." Whenever I do organizational research, I can count on employees to ask me to send that message to their leaders. The words seem so candid, I never realized there was anything else lurking there than the obvious message. Until I ran into the article that I want to share with you today. Factory Workers Don't Care About Their Company's Mission is a provocative title and so are the Gallup research findings that are being reported. Gallup's researchers have found that, ". . . only slightly more than one-third of U.S.
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    TriNet Blog

  • ACA: What’s Behind and What’s Ahead

    Wendy Hoskinson
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    No question about it. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the most comprehensive and complex pieces of benefits legislation ever passed. To help you stay on track for 2015,... Visit site for full story...
  • Developing an Expense Policy

    Natalie Fix
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There are numerous expenses inherent to running a business.  Rent, inventory, salaries, supplies, insurance…the list of bills goes on and on.  No doubt you’ve tried several ways to keep costs low so... Visit site for full story...
  • Lay the Foundation for a Successful Performance Review

    Natalie Fix
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:48 am
    Do you cringe when it’s time to conduct performance reviews? Few people look forward to performance reviews regardless of whether they are doing the reviewing or being reviewed. Reviews (evaluations,... Visit site for full story...
  • Onboarding Affects Retention

    Natalie Fix
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    First impressions are key—that is why the process of hiring the right people and effectively onboarding new employees is vital to an organization. The process of selecting the best candidates and... Visit site for full story...
  • Resolve to Keep Employees Engaged this Year

    Natalie Fix
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Setting business goals regarding revenue and profitability are common practice, but sometimes making a few resolutions to do small things differently can move you toward larger changes that will... Visit site for full story...
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    Fresh Tracks » Blog

  • Overcoming the Networking Nightmare

    varn media
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    Your boss passes you an invitation to an industry event and suggests you go along as it could be a good networking opportunity. Andy Bound’s Networking Made Easy in 4 minutes! But the idea of entering a room of strangers conjures up one or more of the following fears: • You could get stuck with the most boring man in your industry • You will be subjected to a hard sell • You’ll be left standing alone On the upside you might: • Get a really useful industry insight • Win a new client • Begin a new business partnership • Discover what your competitors are working on •…
  • Fresh Tracks’ 2014 in Pictures

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    We ran a lot of memorable events last year, with great feedback. Look and see if you made our highlights of 2014: Lights, Camera Action – Publicis “You exceeded our expectations, everyone got thoroughly involved and the films were of a very high standard” Adrenalin Activities – Balfour Beatty “Really innovative team sessions, great fun, ticked all the objectives” The Black Cab Challenge - NHHG “A really fun and different way to engage the whole team” Body Percussion – Talarius “Superb support and communication beforehand, great team vibe on the day!” Conference…
  • 3 Office Resolutions

    varn media
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    As personal New Year Resolutions fade here are three revolutionary ideas to improve life in the office: Most of us make personal New Year Resolutions, so why not try thinking of some for the workplace too? 1. Less meetings, better conversations Ban formal meetings on Mondays and Fridays, instead encourage lunches and informal chats over coffee at either end of the week. This idea is based on research by Oxford think tank Career Innovations who identified that by closing the Conversation Gap organisations could build trust, increase employee engagement and retain talent more effectively. 2.
  • 4 Reasons Most Meetings Fail

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:27 am
    Ever been to a meeting and not really known what it has achieved – or have you ever been to a meeting to talk about going to another meeting? These incidents are common and so what is it that makes a meeting a ‘fail’? Grumbling about meetings for the sake of meetings is something of an art-form in business. Meetings are necessary though. As any manager will know – without a meeting all hell can break loose with miscommunications, undefined goals and missed deadlines. So why is it that so many meetings are seen as a complete waste of time by those who begrudgingly attend them? Unclear…
  • How team building exercises can help relieve stress

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    Work related stress is a common complaint. The latest figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that the total number of cases of stress in 2011/12 was 428, 000 (40%) out of a total of 1, 073, 000 for all work-related illnesses. Team building exercises can help combat some of the reasons and symptoms of stress in the workplace. A picture of stress in today’s workplace Whilst a little stress can push people to achieve – too much stress can have damaging and far reaching effects not only on the individual suffering but for the company and other team members. For instance, here are…
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  • What a Company’s Interview Process Can Tell You About It

    Catherine Palmiere
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There is no doubt that an interview tells a company a lot about you. In turn, there is a lot you can learn about a company based on its interview process. Here is what you should look for when being interviewed by a company and what these things tell you about the organization in question. Does The Interviewer Talk More Or Listen More? An interviewer who takes over the conversation raises a red flag about the company, particularly if most of the chatter is “sales speak” to persuade you of the company’s merits or to explain its background. A poised … The post What a Company’s…
  • Why Flex Staffing Will be One of the Biggest Trends in 2015

    Catherine Palmiere
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Companies are hungry for quality talent, which is to a job seeker’s advantage. Flex staffing is one way companies will choose to distinguish themselves in 2015. What Exactly Is Flex Staffing? Flex staffing can be one thing or a combination of many factors. In general, here are examples of flex staffing: Telecommuting options, either part time or full time Flexible hours for arrivals, breaks and departures Vacation time at employees’ discretion Using temps for deadline projects and usually for less than a year Using contract workers Changing Work Force American workers are more mobile and…
  • Looking to Attract More Millennials to Your Business? Offer Them More Opportunities for Growth

    Catherine Palmiere
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Millennials are dynamic, tech-savvy and eager to develop, making them valuable assets for employers. Just as valuable: Millennials care about making their mark and are willing to work hard and put in the necessary hours. Since they are 18 to 30 years old as of 2015, they could very well be the future of your company, which means that attracting and retaining millennials should be a priority for your business. To do so, offer millennials more opportunities for growth. Here’s how. Engage in Dialogue Talk with Millennials, either current employees or prospective employees, about where they see…
  • The Most Cost Effective Ways of Attracting Top Talent to Your Organization

    Catherine Palmiere
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It can be a lot harder for small to medium sized businesses to attract top talent, especially when it comes down to a recruiting budget. This can often leave them at a disadvantage when compared to larger companies. In order to find and bring in talented applicants without breaking the bank, there are a number of things that you can do. Review your internal processes. Does your business have an exciting vision you can “sell”? Are you open to retired people coming out of retirement? Other ways to attract top-tier candidates include offering flexible schedules, telecommuting, working from…
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    free-range communication

  • health, the healthy bottom line, and rose-colored glasses

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    this post reviews the connection between increased wages and better business and employee health. for more on the topic, listen to february’s cohealth checkup, for which we’re joined by economist jan zilinsky and restauranteur bobby fry. this show will be available here beginning february 4th at noon EST.   in 2014, the movement to increase wages for low-paid jobs continued, with companies such as ikea, gap, and starbucks moving on their own to raise their employees’ pay. they joined other businesses—costco being an oft-cited example—that have made this move already,…
  • top 3 cohealth checkup shows of 2014

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
      last year was an abbreviated year for cohealth checkup, a monthly internet radio show on workplace wellness trends i cohost with carol harnett. still, there was a wealth of content, with our top three shows clocking in 2,000 to 7,000 listens. 3. health at every size: is there room in today’s wellness approach? our guest was dr. jonathan robinson from michigan state university. dr. robinson joined us to talk about what he calls a “war” on obesity and to explore what limits existing weight-management approaches.   2. mindfulness comes to work: from science to…
  • jumping back in

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    wow, i’m rusty. i actually started writing the headline for this post in title case! some of you are aware that my mother was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in august 2013. my sister-in-law was diagnosed at the same time with stage II breast cancer. in september 2013 i decided to curtail any discretionary writing to free myself to help them. frankly, i also wanted the space to process the emotional reaction that comes after one learns of a terminal diagnosis. happily, my sister-in-law is finished with therapy and surgery and my mother is facing her ongoing treatments with…
  • taking a leave of absence from blogging

    11 Sep 2013 | 3:10 am
    i’ve been AWOL for a spell and i need to make this leave more official. without being too cagey, let me share that a member of my family is experiencing serious health problems right now and my focus is on that person and my family. i’m lucky. i’m one of the few who has great control over work and time off. i’ll be using this advantage to limit my stress and my distractions.  wellness, right? i’ll continue consulting, skating in and out of twitter and linkedin, and co-hosting cohealth checkup. but i’ll be severely cutting back on—if not eliminating—my…
  • how did things go so wrong with penn state’s wellness initiative?

    22 Aug 2013 | 11:31 am
      incentives and penalties are two sides of the same coin. how you perceive and experience them comes down to how they’re implemented and communicated. just ask penn state, and CVS before that. right now penn state (PSU) is splashed across every newspaper, blog, and social channel. what’s brought the media to their doorstep is their “take care of your health initiative,” which, as explained on PSU’s benefits website is designed to help employees and their partners “understand your health risks and to provide you with the resources you need in order to…
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  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip. My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression. Photo by Alexis Pazoumian Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude…
  • New Themes: Boardwalk and Sela

    Thomas Guillot
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re celebrating the New Year with two free themes: Boardwalk and Sela. Boardwalk Designed by yours truly, Boardwalk is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. Powered with horizontal scrolling and built around large featured images, Boardwalk is the perfect choice for photobloggers and those of you looking for an unconventional — yet elegant and creative — theme. Learn more about Boardwalk at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sela Sela isn’t your typical business theme. It’s a vibrant, bold, clean theme with lots of space for large…
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  • Revelian launches Australia’s first gamified assessment for HR and recruitment industry

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Introducing Theme Park Hero New tools for the HR industry such as our game assessments, which combines psychometric developments with emerging technologies, enables more effective recruiting and greater efficiencies for business. This is a new and exciting space, whereby HR is able to harness new...
  • Webinar: HR Hero Series: How to engage millennials with gamified recruiting

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Everything you need to know now about game-based assessments for recruitment, including: Which candidate characteristics they measure How they work and what new insights they offer What advantages game-based assessments offer for recruiters and candidates – particularly millennials Why they improve engagement with millennials Plus:...
  • Is gamification the special sauce for graduate recruitment?

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    It defines some companies as a physical element in their brand; others package components of their offering in different ways to create it. It is the special sauce – the thing that differentiates one brand in a sea of contenders. Marketers have long pursued differentiation,...
  • Making HR fun and games for everyone – gamification in action!

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Recent research shows1 that a computer can predict your personality and character traits based solely on your Facebook ‘likes’ is interesting but logical. With over 1.35 billion active users interacting on Facebook and 4.5 billion likes registered everyday2 – those huge data streams (or big data)...
  • Why 2015 will be the year CEOs adopt People Analytics to increase business performance

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Already most CEOs have seen how data analytics improves efficiencies for marketing, sales, risk management and service delivery. Their Chief Marketing Officers, for example have adopted data analytics technologies to analyse customer data and make personalised offerings to help increase market share and retain customers....
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    ACT Bridge

  • Fixing Performance Management: Why performance management programs fail to deliver

    Kurt Ballard
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    Avoiding common mistakes can help companies develop stronger more capable teams, save time and money, and boost morale. It’s that time of year again. Right about now, the annual performance evaluation season has begun. Can you hear the groans from the multitude of managers and employees facing their annual performance management cycle? Between self-appraisals and team appraisals, thousands of hours are being spent in corporate America filling out appraisals in various forms. For years, organizations have spent countless hours and money on measuring the performance of their employees. Yet,…
  • Prepare for 2015: The Year of the Job Seeker

    Kurt Ballard
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that 20% of the current workforce is at or near to retirement age. Recruitment and retention of top performers will be a high visibility priority for businesses of all sizes. Traditional hiring and development practices will not be competitive in 2015 and beyond. Adjustments in recruitment tactics should include social networking, technology-enablement, strong referral incentives, and open internship programs. The much talked about Millennial will be filling gaps left by retiring Boomers which means the workforce of 2015 will have a new set of…
  • Succession Planning: Manage Your Skills Inventory, Avoid Facing a Talent Crisis

    Kurt Ballard
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Each year, more firms are implementing inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and to have more time to focus on their customers. Yet many of these same organizations lack a systematic approach to managing their talent supply chain and inventory. Systematic succession planning is vital for organizational sustainability. Succession planning can be defined as the advancement of skills into roles that are needed. Every job can be analyzed to determine the mix of competencies, work activities, and skill levels required. Competencies represent the skills inventory of…
  • Identify Future Leadership and Successors

    Kurt Ballard
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Succession planning is often thought of exclusively at the CEO level. The Wall Street Journal and other publications frequently present stories of leadership succession, or the need for it, in well-known companies. Recent survey research reveals that only 27% of organizations believe they have competent successors ready to fill executive-level roles. What about the other roles? It’s a safe bet that most organizations are not prepared to handle succession throughout their ranks. To manage strategic talent gaps, organizations must develop deeper levels of understanding of their bench…
  • Real-Time Analytics and Data-Driven Talent Management

    Kurt Ballard
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    If talent is the fuel that powers your organization, real-time analytics is the performance accelerant. HR metrics and how they are used have been changing rapidly over the last several years. Historically, HR executives have relied heavily upon qualitative metrics using systems developed in house or relying on manual processes. HR as a function became very transactional in nature and as a result remained a bit isolated from key business outcomes. Things have changed and Talent, Organizational Development and HR leaders should upgrade to cloud-based systems with powerful functionality and…
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    Online Flat Fee Recruitment

  • 37% of Workers will be Looking for a New Role in 2015

    Ian Greensmith
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    First things first, a Happy New Year from us all at Hunt4Staff Towers.  We kick off the 2015 blog with a press release from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), which has found that more than a third of the … Continue reading →
  • How To Interview Like a Rock Star

    Nick Williams
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Guest Post By: Nick Williams Interviews can be quite a nerve-wracking experience, what with all that pressure. Given that you don’t get a second chance at making a first impression, you have to cast your nerves and general anxiousness aside and … Continue reading →
  • Is The Customer Always Right?

    Ian Greensmith
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Well, perhaps in a retail environment the old adage that ‘the customer is always right’ still holds water. Perhaps less so when one is buying a service, particularly from a highly qualified and experienced expert; be it plumber, architect, mechanic, … Continue reading →
  • Set Your Own Standards – Don’t Follow The Crowd!

    Ian Greensmith
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    My first job was as a clerk with a now-defunct leading High Street Bank. The hours were 9pm-5pm. However, not only did the books have to balance at the end of the day (so that on one particular occasion it … Continue reading →
  • Negotiating The Salary You Deserve – 6 Key Steps

    Nick Williams
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Guest Post By: Nick Williams Asking for a pay rise from an existing or new manager is never easy. Partly because it’s hard finding the right words and partly because knowing what the right amount to ask for, without under or … Continue reading →
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • Engaging Independent Contractors Around the World

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    In the DCR blog, we have repeatedly discussed the various aspects of the strictness with which America penalizes the misclassification of independent contractors. Let us now look at the laws in other countries across the world, where the laws are – if anything – stricter! By employing an independent contractor to provide ‘consulting’ services, organizationsRead full story...
  • More Paid Leave for Healthier American Families

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Paid leave has always been an anathema to the corporate world, but the President’s State of the Union speech for 2015 wants that to change. As the economy shows definite signs of recovery, the President stressed the need to pass legislation which could guarantee workers the ability to accrue paid sick days. The President statedRead full story...
  • Avoiding Independent Contractor Misclassification in the IT Sector

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    In a recent class action suit, an ex-Google worker sued the company and the online staffing firm Elance-oDesk for misclassifying him and many others as independent contractors. He sought unpaid wages, overtime (saying they worked for 45 hours but were paid for only 30) and other damages along with attorney fees. The merits of thisRead full story...
  • Absorbing the Costs of Health Coverage for Contingent Workers

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Almost all staffing agencies which come under the purview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA) will find their direct costs increasing, either because they take on the additional costs of providing insurance coverage or because they decide to pay the penalties in lieu of providing the coverage.  TheyRead full story...
  • The independent Contractor Hired by Your Hotel is Now Your Employee.How did that Happen?

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Despite the many articles that have been published on the issue of independent contractor (IC) classification, and the increased efforts of the Federal and State governments to enforce Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classification regulations (and recover lost tax revenues), frequent violations and related civil lawsuits continue to occur. But, notRead full story...
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    Your HR Buddy !!

  • Layoffs and Avoiding Lawsuits

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Listen to my interview with Micheal Jacobson, @HRterminator, Attorney and a Legal Editor for XpertHR on Layoffs,  Legal Compliance, Unemployment Insurance, Avoiding Lawsuits and keeping your remaining employees after layoffs. Click the below link to listen to the show and learn more about: Layoffs and Avoiding Lawsuits How to make a layoff list and whoThe post Layoffs and Avoiding Lawsuits appeared first on Your HR Buddy !!.
  • Hire Ambitious Employees

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Photocredit : Instagram I hate the feeling of complacency or maybe I am not ready to be complacent yet. It drives away the motivation of doing something constructive. It just freezes your brain. Complacent employees are disengaged, less productive, have no passion or growth. No matter how well you train them they just play safe, don’tThe post Hire Ambitious Employees appeared first on Your HR Buddy !!.
  • Quit resolutions and set goals

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Photocredit : Instagram Last week I took the ‘Your Turn Challenge‘ and committed to write 7 days straight. Here I am, it makes me feel like a winner by having this post live on web. Well, I wanted to get back to my writing schedule so badly after a long break. And having me backThe post Quit resolutions and set goals appeared first on Your HR Buddy !!.
  • It’s almost Monday

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    It’s almost Monday!! For me weekends are for my family. We kick off our day with a morning walk around the lake, hangout and do cooking together, go to gym, do some carpentry or painting and occasionally we will have our friends come over. Simple!!! Most of all the best part of weekend is it’sThe post It’s almost Monday appeared first on Your HR Buddy !!.
  • Top 5 HR / Recruiting blogs of the week

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Well, I don’t normally publish posts on Saturdays. But since I took the ‘Yourturnchallenge’, you know that I am committed to post every day until this coming Monday. And  I love this challenge. I’d like to continue that momentum even after this Monday. So stay tuned! What I do normally on a weekend is- read, catchThe post Top 5 HR / Recruiting blogs of the week appeared first on Your HR Buddy !!.
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • G&A Partners Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    G&A Partners
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    HOUSTON – January 26, 2015 –G&A Partners, a national professional employer organization and HR services provider, announced that it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary later this month. Founded in 1995 by Tony Grijalva and John W. Allen, G&A Partners has become a leader in the PEO and HR outsourcing industry, providing its clients with proven solutions and technology that alleviate the burden of administrative HR. Grijalva and Allen met in 1983 while they were working together at a national accounting firm. When the opportunity presented itself years later, they decided to go…
  • HR Compliance In 2015

    G&A Partners
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Human resource compliance can be a tricky business. There are dozens upon dozens of laws and regulations affecting employers on both the state and federal levels, and the way these are interpreted is heavily influenced by the current political climate. The safest way to predict upcoming compliance trends is to carefully monitor how ongoing legislation and regulations impacting the work environment are interpreted and applied. It’s enough to send even the most seasoned HR professional’s head spinning. To help employers avoid these HR compliance headaches, we’ve outlined what we think are…
  • The HR Audit: The Importance Of Conducting A Periodic Review Of Your HR Practices

    G&A Partners
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Finances aren’t the only things that should be audited each year. Just as important is an audit of a business’ human resources policies and procedures. An HR audit gives organizations the opportunity to identify potentially problematic policies that may not be in compliance with federal or state regulations in an effort to reduce the risk of costly lawsuits or fines. To prove just how costly HR compliance lawsuits can be, take a look at the penalties assessed in these recent investigations conducted by the US Department of Labor (DOL): The Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Tampa, Florida,…
  • Choosing The Right Nonprofit Partner For Your Business

    G&A Partners
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    As G&A launches its “Like to Give” campaign benefiting the Girls & Boys Clubs of San Antonio, we’d like to take a minute to think about how and why businesses choose to partner with certain nonprofits. Much has been said about the business benefits of encouraging volunteerism and giving back to the community. Not only does your business receive some great (and often free) good press, but creating a corporate culture that promotes community involvement has been proven to increase employee engagement, bolster recruitment and retention efforts, and even improve your business’…
  • House Passes Bill Exempting Veterans From ACA Employer Mandate Employee Count

    G&A Partners
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The first House bill on the floor of the newly sworn in Congress passed with overwhelming support on Tuesday. The bill, which would exempt veterans with health insurance through the federal government from the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, was passed with a vote of 412-0. As it stands, the Affordable Care Act requires applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees) to offer health coverage that meets minimum essential coverage and value requirements. If this bill passes, veterans who have health care coverage through the…
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    The Resumator

  • Customer Spotlight: INetU

    Rachel Cook
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Administrative tasks can be a huge time suck for recruiters and hiring managers alike, but that’s not always the case. Find out how Lorraine Summerfelt, Director of Talent Acquisition at INetU, doubled productivity and got hiring managers involved in the recruiting process. What challenge were you facing before The Resumator? Two jobs ago I was working at Sepaton, and using Excel spreadsheets to track candidates. I finally said, “This is ridiculous! We can’t work like this. I can’t do real recruiting because I’m just doing paperwork.” What was your solution? We couldn’t…
  • Get Your Hiring Managers Involved: 5 Tips & Tricks

    Rachel Cook
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    It’s no wonder that hiring managers resist diving into the hiring process—juggling packed schedules and understaffed teams is an uncomfortable squeeze as-is. But to make great hires, you need their input: You need hiring managers to build candidate profiles, to interact with applicants and to share opinions. What’s a recruiter to do? We talked to recruiters and hiring managers at hundreds of companies and came up with this list of five best practices for getting your hiring managers interested in and excited about the hiring process. 1. Job descriptions: out with the old, in with the…
  • 15 Hiring Tips for 2015

    Rachel Cook
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Okay everybody, let’s get excited about 2015. With a thawed economy bolstering wage acceleration after years of stagnancy, we’re entering a jungle of talent and recruiting challenges for growing businesses. Many of these challenges will be unprecedented. Historically saturated markets will be drawing from more competitive talent pools. Inability to hire – or not hire fast enough– will put excess strain on existing employees. The competition for talent will be stiffer than ever, and the pressure of placing the right people in the right roles has never been so great.>br? Who’s not…
  • 2014 By the Numbers

    Dana Hall
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    What a year it’s been for The Resumator. Let’s take a look back and see why 2014 was the best year yet for us and our 3,000+ companies! The post 2014 By the Numbers appeared first on The Resumator.
  • 4 Keys to a Scalable Hiring Process

    Rachel Cook
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Sprout Social, a social media management platform for business, is certainly sprouting (and quickly). Since the Chicago-based firm launched in 2010, their staff has grown from four people to a team of more than 140. To manage and maintain that growth, Sprout brought in Jim Conti as their first talent acquisition hire and tasked him with streamlining the recruiting and hiring process.  After assessing that the company’s email inbox recruiting method was not scalable for their projected growth, Conti knew he had to find a smart solution that could power the entire hiring process. 1. Banish…
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: What’s It Going to Be This Year? Doing or Being?

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    One of the unexpected pleasures of completing a yoga teacher training course a couple of years ago, was that I had to learn a little bit of Sanskrit – the language of the people who first came up with yoga thousands of years ago. And when I say I learned a little bit of Sanskrit, I mean like a thimbleful. Most of my very limited repertoire is focused on the names of different poses and a few words that represent some of the key concepts from the tradition. The fun part has been making a connection between some of the ancient words I’ve learned and very modern day situations.
  • How to Uncover Happiness When You’re a Leader

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Being a leader can be and often is a high stress job. The demands on your time, the tough calls, the conflict resolution - it can all add up. If you’re not paying attention, it can leave you feeling stressed out, burned out and even depressed. In this episode of The Next Level Podcast, I’m sharing a conversation with an expert who can help teach you how to avoid that. (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: Why You Should Take Time to Not Think

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Ah, the third week of the new year. The holiday break is an increasingly distant speck in the rearview mirror and we’re all back up to our eyeballs in work. And, of course, our brains are working overtime trying to churn through and process everything we have to do. Gotta’ stay focused, right? There’s too much to do to just let your mind wander. That’s the wrong call.
  • Seven Ways to Play a Bigger Game This Year

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    In fifteen years of coaching high potential and senior leaders, I’ve conducted thousands of hours of colleague feedback interviews. One of the themes that I hear a lot from senior executives talking about high potential leaders is that the client needs to play a bigger game. What the executives mean by that is that the high potential needs to start making an impact beyond their immediate function and start acting as a leader of the entire organization and not just their function. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve asked around three dozen high potential leaders to answer the question,…
  • Mindful Mondays: What Do We Agree On?

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Yesterday, millions of people in Paris and around the world marched in solidarity against hate and for human rights. In Paris, the march was led by 40 heads of government from around the world. On the front line, spaced four people away from each other, were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. By marching together, these two leaders along with the 38 others and millions of citizens in Paris and around the world showed a lot of mindfulness.
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Brent Cotton Joins Winston Benefits with a Mission to Help Employers Explain Benefits and Engage Employees

    Colin Bradley
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    We’re excited to introduce Brent Cotton as Winston Benefits's new Midwest regional vice president and are looking forward to having him share his experience and expertise with our customers. He says the Affordable Care Act -- also known as the ACA or Obamacare -- has been a major challenge for employers, and dealing with the different requirements and regulations can make benefits administration difficult. “I see a lot of use of voluntary benefits to fill the gaps.” In addition, he says, voluntary benefits are a plus for employers who have been dealing with other challenges such as…
  • The Risks and Benefits of Bringing Wearable Technology Into the Workplace

    Colin Bradley
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re about three weeks into the new year and some people are already giving up on their resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight or stop smoking. Others are sticking with it and probably sporting some new device to track their sleep, their steps and their calorie burn. You may, as an organization, even be considering incorporating a wearable tech purchase into your wellness plan. Many employers provide FitBits, Jawbones or old-fashioned pedometers to their employees as a benefit these days. Fitness devices of this sort, and other wearable technologies like smart watches and glasses, can…
  • Daniel Cobb Takes Lead of Winston Benefits Southeastern Practice

    Colin Bradley
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    We’re excited to announce that Daniel Cobb recently joined Winston Benefits as our vice president of employer solutions. Prior to leading sales and strategy in the Midwest at Hodges-Mace Benefits Group, he led Aetna Voluntary in the Southeast in 2012 and served and director of sales with Impact Benefit Services from 2010 to 2012. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Cobb was raised in Marietta, Georgia, and played quarterback at Auburn from 2000 to 2002. Daniel’s background is in working with middle- to large-market employers implementing long-term benefits delivery solutions, including benefits…
  • Employers Recognize the Value of Offering Voluntary Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    A recent study by LIMRA highlights what we’ve known for awhile now -- employers are seeing real value in adding voluntary benefits to their employee compensation packages. So many employers are offering voluntary benefits that many high-level employees consider them standard. To compete in the 2015 job market as it continues to rebound from the Great Recession and turn into a seekers’ market, employers need to be able to offer candidates and current employees every possible reason to be part of their organizations. Voluntary benefits can help with that. This week I’ve been reading…
  • How Telemedicine Can Save Employers Money on Employee Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As employers look for new ways to reduce health care costs and provide value to employees through the benefits packages they offer, telemedicine is an increasingly attractive addition to those packages. Telemedicine is the use of electronic communications to diagnose and treat a patient. It may involve phone calls, texting photos, specialized apps and other tools to communicate between a patient and a doctor. According to the American Telemedicine Association, there are about 200 networks and about 3,500 service sites that offer telemedicine. And in 22 states and the District of Columbia,…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • What’s Your Global Mobile Talent Acquisition Strategy?

    Greg Moran
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    According to an article by Roy Mauer for the Society for Human Resource Management, Global Mobility Increasingly Tied to Strategic Talent Management, companies today should be ready to go global. Why? Because organizations report that their global mobility programs are critical to supporting new business growth, improving financial performance and enhancing employee engagement, succession planning and talent management.In fact, 65 percent of top-performing companies with global mobility strategies reported a positive impact on financial performance, new business growth and talent retention,…
  • Are You a Talent Trendsetter?

    Greg Moran
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
     A recent survey by Jobvite reported that 69 percent of recruiters are expecting to see the race for talent rise. So, what can recruiters do to make sure they don’t fall behind? Ron Stewart, a recruitment industry veteran, who has owned companies in the IT, construction and medical sectors, says there are five key trends that recruiters should embrace. They are:Focus on quality. The 4th Annual Report 2015 Global Recruiting Trends by LinkedIn reveals that recruiters are focused on quality hires as their top priority for 2015. It is also the most valuable metric for measuring a recruiting…
  • Today’s Candidate Driven Employment Market

    Greg Moran
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Pick Up the PaceThe tables have turned. What was once an employer-driven market, is now a candidate driven market. And, according to a recent survey by MRINetwork, a global search firm, the candidate-driven market is here to stay and the pace at which candidates are rejecting offers is quickening.MRINetwork’s most recent Recruiter Sentiment Study reports that 83 percent of the 333 responding recruiters describe the current employment market as candidate-driven. In fact, in the past three years, the percentage of recruiters who say the tables are turning has risen 29 points.“It is…
  • Put On Your Hard Hat – It’s Time to Go Data Mining

    Greg Moran
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Are you operating as efficiently as you could be when it comes to recruitment?If you answered, yes, you can stop reading. But the truth is – there’s always room for improvement. And tapping into big data may be a good place to begin. Big data is everywhere. But what do we do with it? Data alone does nothing. It’s what you do with that data that brings about positive change and long-term value.So how do we learn to be more efficient at recruiting? Analyze big data.A recent Forbes article, “Hiring with Science: Big Data Brings Better Recruits”, reports that what may seem like a…
  • What Are Your New Year’s Hiring Resolutions?

    Greg Moran
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    This is the year. This is the year you hire smartly – once and for all, right? Here are six ideas to inspire you and ensure that this year – you finally do it.1.)  I will develop a strong talent pipeline. Don’t wait till your employee is out the door to fill his or her shoes. If you’re frantic, you’ll risk rushing and make a bad hire. One way to beef up your pipeline is to embrace the reference checkReferences from previous hires can be a great place to start your search. So, if you can get a reference to “opt in” you’ve doubled your efforts in one fell…
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • Social Capital: What It Is & Why Your Employees Need It

    Darcy Jacobsen
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Would it surprise you if I told you your company will fail without social networking? It’s absolutely true though. It will. Of course, when I am talking about social networking I’m not referring to Facebook or LinkedIn. I’m talking about interpersonal connections and relationships. Social networks are as old as human society. Even older, really. They are what create community and culture and what enable us to function in groups and companies. The measure of your success in building productive social networks comes down to your level of social capital. According to social psychologist…
  • Top 10 Favorite Blog Posts from 2014

    Darcy Jacobsen
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    It’s been an incredible year for recognition. Or maybe I should say for the recognition of recognition! Employee appreciation seems to have finally come into its own as a way of driving results in a company—but more than that, as a way of make the experience of work more fulfilling, happy and human. It was an exciting year for us at the Globoforce blog, too. This was the year that marked the introduction of our groundbreaking Service Timelines years of service offering. We published some eye-opening new research on work friendships. We introduced a new and exciting Influencer Series at…
  • The ROI of Recognizing Service Anniversaries

    Sharlyn Lauby, Guest Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    A few weeks back, I wrote a post about service anniversaries and why they’re important. You can check out the full post here. What’s noteworthy about service anniversaries isn’t just their “feel good” importance. Yes, having someone recognize how long I’ve been with the organization is nice and it makes me feel special. But recognizing service anniversaries has a direct impact on the company. Employee engagement impacts the bottom-line. One of the reasons that companies are focused on employee engagement is because engagement is directly linked to bottom-line profits. According to…
  • Educating the Organization on Recognition – Recognition Radio #5

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
      In this week’s Recognition Radio broadcast, we will talk about Educating the Organization on Recognition. We will offer advice on driving adoption and enthusiasm for recognition throughout your organization. We’ll talk about encouraging your employees to use and value adoption, and discuss how to enlist support from every area of the business. We’ll also cover how recognition fits into and helps you attain your business goals, and for HR pros, we’ll offer advice on constructing a bullet-proof HR dashboard that will wow your leadership. Join us for this short, 20 minute…
  • Guest Blog: The Reason Work Anniversaries are Important

    Sharlyn Lauby, Guest Blogger
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    One of the most important events in an employee’s career is their first day of work. There’s a constant conversation about making sure an employee is welcomed and made to feel a part of the company on Day One. Every year, employees remember their work anniversary. Anniversaries are special and important events in a person’s life. Whether they are personal anniversaries or professional ones. For just a second, think about what it would feel like if a special someone forgot your wedding anniversary or the anniversary of your first date. It might hurt. It would definitely be disappointing.
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    Human Resources Software

  • 7 Obstacles to Successful Delegation

    Stephanie Reyes
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    Image by Uwe Kils and Wiska Bodo, Wikimedia Commons In an earlier article we looked at When and How to Delegate. Delegation is an essential skill for all managers and leaders and seems fairly straight forward once it’s put in place. But planning to delegate and familiarizing yourself with the delegation process may not be enough to overcome some of the most common obstacles to successful delegation.  It doesn’t help that most of these obstacles are like icebergs – largely hidden below the surface. Be prepared. In order to master the fine art of delegation, you will…
  • When and How to Delegate

    Stephanie Reyes
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Photo by kosmolaut, Flickr Theodore Roosevelt said: “The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” In one sentence he described the essence of delegation. A leader or manager is responsible for making sure certain things get done; not for doing everything personally. The most effective leaders don’t strive to be super-heroes. Rather they are exceptional at picking good people to do what they want and need done, and then letting them get on with it. When…
  • Crisis Management

    Stephanie Reyes
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    The best leaders operate from a basis of planning and prevention bolstered by the agility and responsiveness that allows them to capitalize on unforeseen events and effectively manage crises. This combination of vision, preparedness and resilience fosters confidence in followers, in customers and (if applicable) among shareholders. Photo by János Pálinkás, Flickr According to Pearson and Clair, in their paper on Reframing Crisis Management, “An organizational crisis is a low-probability, high-impact event that threatens the viability of the organization and is…
  • How Not to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

    Stephanie Reyes
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Most people enjoy lists. From Letterman’s top 10 to websites like listverse and that have turned the creation of lists into a business model—lists are everywhere.  The ubiquity of lists, especially numbered lists, has even resulted in parodies of list-making. Consider, XKCD’s stab at rewriting major 20th century headlines to get more clicks, by turning many of them into lists (e.g. 1920 - 17 Things That Will Be Outlawed Now That Women Can Vote!) Our apparent fondness for lists has also led researchers to investigate this phenomenon, with some interesting…
  • Recognizing Engagement

    Stephanie Reyes
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    The topic of employee engagement continues to make frequent appearances across the breadth of Human Resources communications channels. Everyone involved in the management of people (or involved in educating and informing those who manage people), has been dissecting employee engagement for the past couple of years. Even Dale Carnegie’s iconic book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," has been recast as a tool for building engagement. Throughout this extensive exploration of employee engagement, many questions (like these), continue to generate debate: What is employee engagement?
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • The Global Workplace of 2030

    China Gorman
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    CBRE and Genesis recently released a report “Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace,” which provides meaningful insight on the behaviors, ideas, and trends, that will shape work and the workplace in 2030. Their report analyzes responses from 220 experts, business leaders and young people from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America who shared their views on how the current workplace is evolving.
  • Which Comes First, Economic Performance or Best in Class HR?

    China Gorman
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Boston Consulting Group recently released the eighth report in their Creating People Advantage series. This year’s survey report, “Creating People Advantage 2014-2015: How To Set Up Great HR Functions: Connect, Prioritize, Impact” included responses from 3,507 people in 101 countries across industries such as industrial goods, consumer goods, and the public sector.
  • Why Aren’t We Developing More Global Leaders?

    China Gorman
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) recently released its 5th iteration of their GLD (Global Leadership Development) study. The report, “Global Leadership Development: Preparing Leaders for a Globalized Market”, examines opportunities and challenges for organizations working to develop “global leaders,” or leaders who have global expertise and can perform in an international environment.
  • Use of Technology at Work: Counter-intuitive Findings

    China Gorman
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A recent Pew Research Center report examines the impact that technology has on workers and provides some counter-intuitive data. “Digital Life in 2025: Technology’s Impact on Workers” looks at a representative sample of adult Internet users and the role or impact of digital technology on their work lives.
  • Social Recruiting: It’s All About the Mobile

    China Gorman
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    69% of recruiters expect competition to increase in 2015. The demand for highly skilled workers is on the rise, with no indication of plateauing anytime soon. With the fiercely competitive nature of talent acquisition, what can organizations do to make sure their recruiting and organizational talent management functions are up to speed?
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    Human Resources Blog

  • Recruit Like Dave [VIDEO]

    Sheena Christensen
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you work in the staffing and recruiting industry, you know how competitive the culture can be. Fierce. In Spark Hire’s new video “Recruit Like Dave,” we illustrate how Spark Hire’s video interviewing platform can help staffing and recruiting professionals beat the competition to achieve greatness. “Recruit Like Dave” is a character-driven David and Goliath comedy about a high-powered boss, his know-it-all assistant, and a neglected recruiter, Dave Johnson. Soon after he was let go for being just a tad late to work one day, Dave rises above the competition and starts his own…
  • Must-Read Tips For Every First-Time Manager

    Lauren Levine
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Taking on a management role for the first time can feel exciting at best and, at times, completely overwhelming. In order to have success as a new manager it’s important to understand the ways in which you can be most effective. If you’ve just accepted a management position and are looking for guidance, keep these ideas in mind: Be transparent with your team whenever possible Your employees don’t need to know every detail about your worries or thoughts pertaining to your job, but it’s important to clue them in about big things going on within the company. Giving them insight about…
  • Employee Recognition: How it’s Done and Why it’s Vital

    Guest Post
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    One of the biggest mistakes an employer can make in dealing with employees is to expect that a paycheck is a sufficient form of employee recognition. A paycheck is expected—required, actually—from an employer. But when a person has invested their time and their passion into what your company is trying to achieve—your goals, your mission, your vision—he/she wants to know that it’s appreciated, not assumed. Drawing attention, loudly and clearly, to the hard work and dedication of staff members can work wonders for your business, specifically by emphasizing that you are all part of a…
  • How to Deal with Difficult Employees

    Lauren Levine
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    A difficult employee can change the whole tone within an office, causing morale to drop and tense relationships to form. As a manager, it’s your duty to come up with a way to work around these problems, ensuring that everyone is at their most productive. Here are a few common types of problematic employees that you may encounter in your office, with solutions on how to cope: The issue: An employee who complains constantly The solution: Let them know that you’re here for real, pressing issues, but that you can’t become the complaint department. If there is a serious problem that’s…
  • The Better Way to Make a Job Offer

    Julia Weeks
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    After going through the sometimes grueling process of candidate interviewing and selection, it can seem like the worst is over once you have decided which candidate you want to move forward with.  After all, the candidate was interested in your position and company.  Surely the candidate will accept your job offer! No matter what position you are hiring for, it is important to look at your job offer process and ensure that you are making the best offer that will work out for your company and the candidate. Making a job offer the candidate will accept Just because a candidate has expressed…
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    Staff Motivation Matters

  • Why staff retention is paramount

    Kassia Gardner
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    The leading job site and global hiring resource, Indeed, has released research revealing the scale and economic impact of unfilled vacancies on the UK economy. According to the research unfilled vacancies are costing the UK economy a staggering £18 billon per year. As the UK economy and labour market grows we are seeing falling unemployment […]
  • How to improve employee engagement

    John Sylvester
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Engaging employees in your organisation is about developing a business culture that ensures that your employees are committed to your organisation’s values and goals, dedicated to the success of the organisation, and at the same time are happy and have a sense of well-being. Engaged staff offer your organisation a number of benefits such as: Higher […]
  • P&MM launches Engagement Calculator to help organisations assess the financial impact of employee engagement and calculate ROI

    Darren Tracey
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    P&MM is pleased to launch an ‘Employee Engagement Calculator’ to help organisations assess the financial impact when engagement levels change. Our free calculator will benefit anyone responsible for engagement initiatives including HR professionals, internal communicators, Finance Directors, and line managers. The Engagement Calculator will help build the business case for engagement activities, helping to identify, “How […]
  • Guest Blog: What makes the modern workforce tick?

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:27 am
    Motivation is not only vital in ensuring that companies maintain a healthy workforce but also a healthy business. Times are changing however, and the traditional motivational methods we’ve become accustomed to may well be on the way out. The following infographic, researched and put together by Towergate, takes a look at some of the things […]
  • Guest Blog: The Importance of Happiness in the Workplace

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    When it comes to motivation in the workplace, employers make use of quite a varying number of methods. Some companies use fear as a motivator, such as the fear of losing a job or the fear of being reprimanded by the boss. More often though, companies use positive incentives to motivate, such as bonuses and […]
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    Safari Solutions

  • 5 Reasons to Hire Recent Graduates

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Business owners and hiring managers are often reluctant to hire inexperienced graduates as it takes a lot of time to train and mentor them. However, bringing young talent on board is advantageous in five ways. Culture – Easier to mold into your company’s culture. Affordable – Keeps salary budget low. Attitude – Eager to try new things. Perspective – New ideas are exchanged. Technology – Embrace and introduce new technology. Click here to read Safari’s recent newsletter for more information on the benefits of hiring college graduates.
  • Company Brand: What’s Yours?

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    All companies have an employment brand.  It’s their earned reputation for how they treat their employees. A corporate brand is shaped primarily by three things: 1.  How a company actually treats its employees. 2.  What those employees say to other people about how they are being treated. 3.  What the company’s ex-workers say about how they were treated while they were employees. Assuming a candidate has no knowledge of your company, the employment branding experience begins at a candidate’s first point of contact with your company.   This is often an online job ad or your…
  • Rejected Offer – 3 Employer Responses

    29 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Your perfect candidate has been found! Interviews have been successful and your top candidate appears highly interested. A job offer is extended, but is rejected. What should you do now? Encourage: Find the reason why. Make sure the candidate fully understands your opportunity. Sometimes they just need to be reassured they are making a good move. Counter back: Sweeten the pot with higher salary and benefits, more vacation time, better job title, or more advanced responsibilities. Walk away:  Sometimes the candidate knows best. Trust their decision and move on to other candidates.
  • 5 Reasons Why Candidates Reject Offers

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    Many employers have long hiring cycles taking up to two months or longer to make a hiring decision after candidates have been identified. Top candidates may be long gone by the time hiring managers are ready to extend offers. And with fierce competition for talent, job offers are now often rejected.  According to the Global Talent Recruitment Survey, candidates reject offers for the following reasons. Total compensation is not high enough. (39%) Accepted an offer from another company. (29%) Accepted a counteroffer from current employer. (11%) Job responsibilities not in alignment with career…
  • Offer Letters as a Marketing Tool!

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Small businesses often choose verbal offers over written offers.  Understandable as most owners are running fast, so verbal offers consume less time.  Yet, are you missing out on an opportunity to solidify your employment relationship with your new hire?  Not only does an offer letter give candidates assurance that you are serious about your decision, it can also be used to remind the candidate why they chose to accept the job. Create a sense of loyalty and appreciation by expressing how they will contribute to the company and how the company will benefit them. Here are links to…
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    Async Interview

  • 3 Ways to Become the Popular Company on Campus – Without Spending a Dime

    Christopher Young
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to recruiting, having a visible presence on your target campuses is essential for attracting the outstanding students you’re excited about hiring. However, spreading awareness in your target schools can be an expensive endeavor. Strategies like creating a brand for your business and sending recruiters and interviewers for visits can come at a huge budget cost. Check out some great ideas below that will allow you to double the number of target schools you can reach without having to spend an extra dime, but there are a number of other – less expensive – ways to…
  • STEM Hiring and Digital Interviews: A Natural Fit

    Christopher Young
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    Video is rapidly being integrated into a broad range of new interactions. Educational, commercial and personal interactions are all moving toward live video conversation. As human resources and talent recruiting professionals implement digital interviewing, an inevitable adjustment period will continue. There is one group of job candidates, however, who are likely to feel completely at home with digital interviewing: those seeking positions in the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and math). Here’s why digital interviewing is a uniquely great fit for these candidates:…
  • How Video Interviewing Helps Interviewers Understand Candidate Characteristics

    Christopher Young
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Video interviewing doesn’t just save employers time and money—it makes the entire hiring process more efficient. Have you ever wondered what specific characteristics set one successful employee apart from another, less successful candidate? The clues are often right there in the hiring data. While an interviewer’s notes can be helpful, an archived video interview provides insights that can’t be captured in written notes or even personal recollections. Search for Positive Characteristics During Interviews Online video interviewing, whether conducted live or via…
  • Identifying Rudolph to Lead the Team

    Christopher Young
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Identifying Rudolph to Lead the Team Imagine a world where Rudolph’s bright red nose didn’t lead Santa and the other reindeer through the dark night to deliver toys for all the good little boys and girls. Imagine if Santa had to choose the best candidate for the job from a stack of resumes instead, without ever seeing Rudolph’s potential for himself. Imagine if he’d used the impression of the other reindeer to make his decision. Rudolph might be sitting in a stable, underutilized, shunned from the reindeer games – or worse, he might be working for the competition…
  • A 21st Century Recruiting Tool for HR Managers: Are You In?

    Christopher Young
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Human resources managers are under a lot of pressure to effectively juggle multiple tasks, from workforce development to managing payroll and employment legalities. It’s no wonder that improving an existing recruiting process is a low priority for some. What these professionals don’t realize is that one resource can greatly improve the process—video interviewing technology. Research conducted by Redshift Marketing, revealed that video conferencing is poised to be the number one preferred recruiting tool by the year 2016. Of course, some HR managers will think they don’t…
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • What Drives Engagement and Motivates Employees?

    Sean Glaze
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    As a team leader, it is important to be aware of what drives engagement and motivates your employees and teammates. Most leaders are familiar with the 2013 Gallup poll that suggested “70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” Employee engagement has a tremendous impact on productivity, and there are a number of factors that contribute to your people feeling connected to a compelling common goal and to other people in your organization.    Below is an image,…
  • Top 20 Fun Conference Theme Ideas to Inspire Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Are you looking for fun conference theme ideas to inspire teamwork in your organization? If you are planning an annual meeting or event, one of the things you want to decide on early in your planning is a theme that will tie all of your speakers and breakout sessions and activities together under one main message.   Your speakers will appreciate having some direction when planning their comments, and your people will leave with a more clear and consistent message. So, as you begin to plan for your next gathering – whether it is for 20 people or 2,000 – consider using one of these…
  • Team Trust is Like a Three Legged Stool

    Sean Glaze
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    In virtually every aspect of your life, you can find examples of the importance of teamwork. But teamwork is built on team trust, and that trust is supported and established like the seat of a three legged stool – by three important supporting elements. The absence or weakness of any of the legs on a stool would cause the stool to fall – or at the least provide a much less comfortable and solid foundation for the seat. The three legged stool metaphor is similar to team trust resting on separate but equally important “legs.” And whether you acknowledge it or not, most every interaction…
  • Why Maps are Cheap and Great Tour Guides are Invaluable

    Sean Glaze
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    I went to Philadelphia last year when my daughter’s volleyball team had a tournament there. Obviously, it was an impressive and exciting opportunity to see many of our nation’s historic landmarks and personally experience and learn about those locations. When we arrived at the hotel and checked in, the concierge had maps of the city and all of the most popular tourist locations available for free. As I picked one up and looked over it, though, he mentioned that our group would probably want to take one of the bus tours and have someone guide us and share a lot of information that the map…
  • How to Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Virtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer a common problem and challenge to solve. A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues. Managing Editor Noel Radley wrote an article discussing the results and the three main take-aways from the study.   Key Takeaways:   – Thirty-eight percent of team members said communication was difficult on virtual projects, making it the top-cited challenge.
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  • The Case For A Cook Off

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Running a fun event such as a cook-off within the company has many benefits both for the business and employees. For little to no expense, business leaders can reap the rewards of such an initiative. I’ve recently arranged a chilli competition here at CIPHR, here’s why: It’s ‘National Chili Day’ in the US on 26th Feb It’s great for the several business reasons I’ve detailed in the following article Everyone likes chilli Collaboration Invitations to enter the competition were open to individuals, but also teams. This encouraged collaboration between…
  • What Top Talent Wants And Why Your Brand Needs To Provide It

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Offering an ‘competitive’ salary is no longer enough to attracting top talent. Here’s what top talent wants and why your brand needs to provide it. Brands must prove that they can provide the environment and have the values that applicants are looking for. If business leaders wish to employ and retain the best people then they’ll need to add value to their employment proposition. To be treated as a person, not a resource Employers need to stop seeing their employees as a resource. Each person that’s on the payroll has their own contacts, skills and potential to be a…
  • Which Animal Style Are You In The Office?

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    In the Chinese martial arts, imagery of the Five Animals: Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake and Dragon appears prominently. Each has its own characteristics and strategy, but which animal style are you in the office? Tiger Characteristics: Strength, agility; considered one of the two most powerful animals in Chinese astrology Strategy: Tends to charge and attack directly with brute force, overwhelming the enemy At work, these characteristics could be translated into a confident employee who likes to lead from the front, rather than follow. Quick to take charge and delegate, they will be the…
  • Attract Passive Candidates Or Lose The War On Talent

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Finding talent has become an increasing challenge for brands. Your brand needs to attract passive candidates or lose the war on talent. With so many companies trying to hire the best talent, the competition is high and some say it’s become a ‘buyers market’, with candidates in a position of power. According to HRReview, “the best candidates are now receiving multiple offers and counter-offers, as businesses recognise that the talent pool is shrinking.” Passive candidates (those who are not actively looking for a new job, but are open to talking to recruiters) are…
  • What Your Home Office Needs In 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Planning to work from home more this year? Here’s what your home office needs in 2015. Wireless phone charger You’re going to be using your phone a lot in 2015. With an app for everything your mobile device really will become your personal assistant, but just with a poor battery. It’s not just productivity apps, most tech savvy brands now use mobile heavily in their marketing and recruiting efforts. Remember when you used your mobile phone to actually call people? Nowadays its all about communication tools that empower teams or groups of people to communicate at once. Apps…
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  • Tying Up Loose Ends

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    A new year means a new beginning, and with this comes many new questions. It’s common to look back at the past to plan for the future, assuring ourselves that we will finish all our responsibilities on time and efficiently. Feel as though there are… The post Tying Up Loose Ends appeared first on MMChr.
  • 2015 Payroll Changes

    2 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    As 2014 comes to an end and 2015 beginning, there are a few changes in store for employers and employees. The base earnings for Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) are going up. You can see the changes on the chart… The post 2015 Payroll Changes appeared first on MMChr.
  • Labor & Employment Law Update 2015

    Crystal O'Brien
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Well, the good news is that labor numbers look very good for US businesses, which means there are more employees in the workplace and the economy is showing good signs for recovery. However, with more employees comes responsibility as the frost from a slowed economy… The post Labor & Employment Law Update 2015 appeared first on MMChr.
  • Stop Multitasking and Start Prioritizing!

    2 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We all do it: Texting while walking, sending emails during meetings, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner. In today’s society, doing just one thing at a time seems downright luxurious, even wasteful. But chances are, you’re not doing yourself any favors by multitasking your way… The post Stop Multitasking and Start Prioritizing! appeared first on MMChr.
  • Don’t Lose Focus

    Charles Chatelain
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    “If you would please cover your right eye, and using only your left eye, recite the smallest line of letters you’re able to read from the chart.” We have all had an eye test at some point in our lives.  And most of us could… The post Don’t Lose Focus appeared first on MMChr.
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    HiringThing Blog

  • New Job Board Partner: Pure Jobs

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Hiringthing is serious about jobs and recruiting. We are committed to helping our clients get the word out about their job openings, so we are pleased to announce our recent partnership with Pure Jobs, a premier job board for job seekers and employers in multiple industry and job categories, launched in 2010.
  • Identifying Seasonal Hires You’ll Want to Keep Full Time

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Now that you put away the tinsel and trees, you might start thinking about the fate of your seasonal hires. While there was an established timeline on their employment, there might be a few people you want to keep around for the rest of the year. So how can you tell the difference between a temporary employee and a future full-time employee? Now is the time to look back on the different ways they stood out during the rush. The following are sure signs you should take note of when deciding to keep a seasonal hire on your team.
  • The Fine Art of Following up

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    So you just finished interviewing a candidate for your open position. Whether you've discovered your dream hire or immediately knew the candidate wasn't a right fit for the job, the next step is to follow up. Following up is an essential part of the hiring process and establishing great habits can make it easier for you to do. Check the following off your list next time you’re making contact after an interview
  • Organic Indeed

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Get the Scoop on Indeed’s Organic Visibility (Free) Option. At select plan levels, HiringThing offers you the option to post your active jobs to to reach out to Indeed’s 140 million unique visitors each month through organic visibility. We get asked a lot of questions about how this works by employers so we thought to ourselves, there’s no time like the present to share as much info as we can with our employers about how the organic visibility option for Indeed works.
  • Revolutionizing Candidate Experience

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    An overwhelming majority of candidates deem communication and responsiveness to be the most important indicators of their overall experience during the hiring process, according to a recent report published by CareerBuilder. Sixty-one percent of candidates place the most emphasis on both the importance of receiving timely responses from employers throughout the process and being notified if the candidate is not the correct fit for the job. The majority of candidates also feel strongly that employers should update them on where the candidate is in the application process. What this means is…
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    HR Payroll Systems

  • What is the Role of an HR Analyst within an Organization?

    Dave Rietsema
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    For smaller companies that have an HR department of one or a few, the term “HR analyst” probably isn’t familiar. However, as the company grows, it can be helpful for the few existing HR professionals to have a general understanding of how to delegate the many responsibilities of the HR department-this is where the HR analyst position comes in. When HR departments begin to grow and expand, the HR analyst position is one position that is paramount to the operation. This is often one of the first positions that is added to the team when the HR department gets to a point where some of the…
  • Can Technology Help with Knowledge Transfer?

    Dave Rietsema
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Knowledge transfer refers to the systems used by a company to spread knowledge from one part of an organization to another. Knowledge transfer is most critical when new employees have been hired or when internal aspects of an organization have changed. Having an effective system for knowledge transfer in place can help organizations to continue to survive and thrive after older employees retire and systems are updated. This is especially crucial as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, as many organizations are beginning to see scores of employees retire. Using technology may…
  • Keeping Employee Turnover Low

    Dave Rietsema
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    With the economy and labor market conditions improving dramatically all around the world, companies are now seeing a significant increase in employee turnover rates-and the trend is only suspected to continue through 2015 and beyond. Employees that have stayed put for years because of the lack of opportunities out there are now feeling confident enough to spread their wings. With a little insight and foresight, companies may be able staunch the flow and hold onto their best and brightest. Why Is Employee Turnover Bad for Business? It is estimated that it costs about twice an employee’s…
  • Tips for Implementing a Successful Wellness Program

    Dave Rietsema
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:33 pm
    At this time of year, employees all across the globe are focused on improving their own health and wellness. This makes it a perfect time to start thinking about implementing a wellness program in the workplace. Implementing a wellness program while New Year’s resolutions are still on the brain can improve the rate of participation and make employees feel like the company’s goals are in line with their own. This is a good thing for both employees and the company. After all, employees that are healthy are less likely to miss work due to illness and are more likely to be productive! Why…
  • Increase Employee Morale with Web-Based HR Systems

    Dave Rietsema
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Implementing a web-based human resources management system (HRMS) can help just about any company to function more efficiently. While the benefits to employers are extensive, there are also many ways in which a web-based HRMS can make employees’ lives easier. Having a simple, web-based solution for different aspects of human resources can increase employee morale and sometimes even help reduce turnover. Industries across a broad spectrum are bringing their companies into the future with web-based HR systems. Reduces Waiting for Information While all HRMS are not exactly the same, most…
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    Social Recruiting Blog

  • New niche aggregator for tech jobs has launched

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    New niche aggregator for tech jobs has launched: I’ve been waiting for more niche aggregators to emerge and Jobfusion appears to be one of them.  Get your tech jobs on.
  • The Key to Finding Your Dream Job

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The Key to Finding Your Dream Job: I’ve been given the opportunity to speak to high school and college graduating seniors. The one common question to both groups, I get frequently, is “how can I get my dream job?”  It’s a simple que… Great advice for your dream job.
  • betalist: Let’s Do Lunch is the new and exciting way to...

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    betalist: Let’s Do Lunch is the new and exciting way to invigorate your boring lunch routine. Tired of going to lunch with the same co-workers day after day? Don’t want to sit alone, headphones in, tuned out to the world? Log in and in sixty seconds flat you could be on your way to your best lunch yet! Sign up here A new way to network?
  • Gonna get some applicants today!

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    Gonna get some applicants today!
  • "One thing I stress to job seekers, if you put your resume on your own website or blog a recruiter..."

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    “One thing I stress to job seekers, if you put your resume on your own website or blog a recruiter could do a search on google in a certain way and find your resume…” - Jim Stroud, Recruiter/Sourcer via this episode of CareerCloud Radio - How to get found by Recruiters
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    HRE Daily

  • Men Need Not Apply?

    Mark McGraw
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    That’s the message Ruby Tuesday Inc. is sending some of its workers, according to a lawsuit recently filed by the EEOC, which accuses the restaurant chain of excluding male employees from consideration for coveted temporary assignments at a Utah resort. Brought on behalf of male Ruby Tuesday employees Andrew Herrera and Joshua Bell, the suit claims an internal Ruby Tuesday job posting violated equal opportunity employment laws from the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991. More specifically, the EEOC claim alleges that, in the spring of 2013, Ruby Tuesday posted an internal announcement…
  • Facing ‘Double Jeopardy’ in STEM

    Michael J. O'Brien
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    One hundred percent is normally associated with a perfect score in something, but a new academic study on race and gender in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is now casting that figure in a very imperfect light. University of California Hastings School of Law Professor Joan C. Williams and the Center for WorkLife Law just released the report titled Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science, which demonstrates how subtle—and not-so-subtle—bias shapes the daily work lives of women in STEM, and how women’s experience of gender bias is shaped by…
  • Top Five Top Executive Career Mistakes

    Kristen Frasch
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    We all receive hordes of lists at the end of one year and the start of the next. Top 10 this of 2014. Top 5 that. So on first take, I was prone to ignore a release from JMJ Phillip Executive Search on the top five career mistakes executives made in 2014 when pursuing a career move. Mind you, these “mistakes” aren’t even confined to HR executives. All the more reason to disregard. But on second read, I decided to share it because every executive, HR or otherwise, could use pointers on what not to do to get where he or she wants to go. And these were put together by an…
  • Bullish on Wellness

    David Shadovitz
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Good news out of the Society for Human Resource Management yesterday for those looking to move the needle on greater employee buy-in for wellness. According to the association’s Strategic Benefits survey, more than one-half (53 percent) of the 380 responding employers said employee participation in wellness programs climbed last year. This follows similar findings in 2013 and 2012, when 56 percent and 54 percent of the respondents, respectively, reported a jump. What’s more, more than two-thirds of the employers that offered wellness indicated that their initiatives were either…
  • The 15 ‘Scariest’ Issues for HR This Year

    Andrew McIlvaine
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times: Society seems to be changing at breakneck speed as acceptance of LGBT rights, evolving immigration patterns and technological and scientific breakthroughs continue to remake society into something that alarms traditionalists while giving comfort to those who’ve historically been relegated to its margins. Yet, celebrate them or condemn them, someone has to translate these changes into workplace policies — and that someone is, of course, HR. Our friends at online compliance firm XpertHR have just released their list…
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  • The Case For A Cook Off

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Running a fun event such as a cook-off within the company has many benefits both for the business and employees. For little to no expense, business leaders can reap the rewards of such an initiative. I’ve recently arranged a chilli competition here at CIPHR, here’s why: It’s ‘National Chili Day’ in the US on 26th Feb It’s great for the several business reasons I’ve detailed in the following article Everyone likes chilli Collaboration Invitations to enter the competition were open to individuals, but also teams. This encouraged collaboration between…
  • What Top Talent Wants And Why Your Brand Needs To Provide It

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Offering an ‘competitive’ salary is no longer enough to attracting top talent. Here’s what top talent wants and why your brand needs to provide it. Brands must prove that they can provide the environment and have the values that applicants are looking for. If business leaders wish to employ and retain the best people then they’ll need to add value to their employment proposition. To be treated as a person, not a resource Employers need to stop seeing their employees as a resource. Each person that’s on the payroll has their own contacts, skills and potential to be a…
  • Which Animal Style Are You In The Office?

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    In the Chinese martial arts, imagery of the Five Animals: Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake and Dragon appears prominently. Each has its own characteristics and strategy, but which animal style are you in the office? Tiger Characteristics: Strength, agility; considered one of the two most powerful animals in Chinese astrology Strategy: Tends to charge and attack directly with brute force, overwhelming the enemy At work, these characteristics could be translated into a confident employee who likes to lead from the front, rather than follow. Quick to take charge and delegate, they will be the…
  • Attract Passive Candidates Or Lose The War On Talent

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Finding talent has become an increasing challenge for brands. Your brand needs to attract passive candidates or lose the war on talent. With so many companies trying to hire the best talent, the competition is high and some say it’s become a ‘buyers market’, with candidates in a position of power. According to HRReview, “the best candidates are now receiving multiple offers and counter-offers, as businesses recognise that the talent pool is shrinking.” Passive candidates (those who are not actively looking for a new job, but are open to talking to recruiters) are…
  • What Your Home Office Needs In 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Planning to work from home more this year? Here’s what your home office needs in 2015. Wireless phone charger You’re going to be using your phone a lot in 2015. With an app for everything your mobile device really will become your personal assistant, but just with a poor battery. It’s not just productivity apps, most tech savvy brands now use mobile heavily in their marketing and recruiting efforts. Remember when you used your mobile phone to actually call people? Nowadays its all about communication tools that empower teams or groups of people to communicate at once. Apps…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Need Different People To Give Approvals? [Hints & Tips Video Series]

    Paul Nahrwold
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    We at BambooHR want to make sure you’re using BambooHR in the best possible way. That’s why we’re bringing you another Hints & Tips Video. Today’s tip has to do with approvals in BambooHR: Use your multi-level approvals to customize BambooHR to fit your approval process. We recognize that not every organization runs the same, […] The post Need Different People To Give Approvals? [Hints & Tips Video Series] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Easing Emotional Outbursts at Work

    Jeana Quigley
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    I can remember two times I cried at work. One time, it was work-related; the other time, it was not. Life balance Reading a satirical article about an HR department that mandated “any crying done at the office must be work-related” is what sparked these memories. It’s funny (and impossible, actually) because companies employ people. […] The post Easing Emotional Outbursts at Work appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Meet Disqus—A Customer Success Study [VIDEO]

    Jeana Quigley
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Attracting talented people has been essential to the success of BambooHR customer, Disqus. They hire great people and trust them to do great things. BambooHR makes it easy to streamline administrative tasks so the Disqus community can stay in the creative zone. The Company Disqus is the world’s largest online discussion platform—the web’s community of communities. […] The post Meet Disqus—A Customer Success Study [VIDEO] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Meet the Newest Cast Member at BambooHR

    Jeana Quigley
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    He’s a pudgy little fella, but we don’t hold that against him.Meet the beloved new cast member of the BambooHR marketing videos. He loves infographics (don’t we all?) and feels its his job to share our latest research with the world! We’re trying to come up with a name for our little guy. Pudgy . […] The post Meet the Newest Cast Member at BambooHR appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • Why Hiring Women in Tech Companies is a Good Idea

    Shrad Rao
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Before I get started expounding on this particular topic, let me state that I realize I am treading on potentially sensitive ground as a male founder of a startup talking about this issue. I fully expect some of my comments to be taken the wrong way. But let me, hopefully, cushion any fallout by saying that I have nothing but pure intentions while discussing a topic that doesn’t get enough attention in the mainstream tech press. And no, this isn’t link-bait either. I simply want to share my experiences of how hiring women at Wagepoint has helped our company. Like many founders of…
  • Customer Spotlight: Plum is taking the Guesswork Out of Recruitment

    Leena Thampan
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Startups and small businesses alike have to deal with the challenge of making a perfect hire, each and every time. Sadly, hiring staff is a lot like picking the winning lottery ticket. Sometimes you have to spend an ungodly sum of money before you score a win, and the entire time you’re just hoping and praying you have the winning ticket. But fortunately, all of us can take a deep breath and stop stressing out about whether or not we’ve made the right hire because now Plum is taking the guesswork out of recruitment with their pre-employment Discovery Survey assessment. Business…
  • 3 Practical Ways to Increase LinkedIn Followers 40% In Just 3 Months

    Leena Thampan
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Fairly recently, LinkedIn was just seen as Facebook with a tie. It’s now essential for recruiters, but many businesses failed to see its value in a marketing strategy. Now a LinkedIn Company Page is an essential component of the marketing mix for firms looking to cultivate influence. Whether you want to run campaigns, create leads, or engage your audience, there are so many creative ways to use LinkedIn for your business. Our goal with LinkedIn is to engage with our audience. And our approach is similar to our other social networks–telling our story and making authentic connections. When…
  • How we settled on a customer-centric structure

    Shrad Rao
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Structure. It’s something I struggle with on a personal and professional level. There is something about putting things neatly into boxes or drawing within lines that feels like a creativity killer. Being an entrepreneur might not be exactly like being an artist – well, maybe except for those impressive ramen-reserves and the occasional need to crash on your friend’s couch – but there is a high level of creativity involved in the job. From fundraising, to building a team that trusts you to execute to building usable products that your customers love – so much of it…
  • The Rise of the Awesome Virtual Accountants

    Leena Thampan
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most small businesses are used to working with an accountant or bookkeeper. After all, someone has to keep a track of all those debits and credits. This usually involves a lot of phone calls, a shoebox full of expense receipts, that hair-raising moment when you realize that you have forgotten to give them all the information they need to file your sales tax return and the list goes on and on. Some business owners even use their accountant to give them their payroll net amounts which they then use to write checks to their employees! Belch! Of course, all this comes at a price. It’s not just…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • Current Affairs Update for 29 January

    Ramandeep Singh
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Current Affairs Update for today :- Politics 66th Republic Day celebrated on 26th January 2015 under the theme of ‘Women Empowerment (Nari Shakti). The Chief Guest was President of USA Barack Obama. A Smart City App namely ‘Smart Chandigarh’ launched by Chandigarh on 27th January 2015 to create awareness on consumer rights.  Deaths Jaswant Singh Rajput, the famous Hockey Olympian, died... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Padma Awards 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Padma Awards have been announced by the President of India. Total 104 persons will be honour with Padma Awards. The Awards given in various fields, for exmaple: Public Affairs, Social Work, Civil Service, Art and Literature etc. Padma Vibhushan Amitabh Bachchan Art Maharashtra Dr D Veerendra Heggade Social Work ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pragathi Bank Grameen Bank Interview Experience

    Ramandeep Singh
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Hello, dear friends am vinod kumar r today am writing my interview experience, I hope that will help you. PRAGATHI KRISHNA GRAMEEN BANK ,bellary Name:VINOD KUMAR R Post:Multipurpose Venue: Pragathi Bank ,Head office Time:  9:00 am Morning I reached to the venue in time, with in 10 a.m my Documents verification over. My turn comes at 1:20 PMThere are Five Members in that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Allahabad UP Gramin Bank - IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Vacancies

    Ramandeep Singh
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Allahabad UP Gramin Bank has released notification for the recruitment of Officers scale I. Candidates who cracked IBPS RRB exam hel in Sept-Oct 2014 are eligible. Particulars Explanation Qualification required IBPS RRB Sept/Oct 2014 qualified Age NA Date of Application 28-01-2015 to 12-02-2015 Number of Total openings Office Scalke I - 113 Local language ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 28 January

    Ramandeep Singh
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. Name the Agreement signed between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels to end the fight ? 2. Which Cricketer of Pakistan suspended for illegal bowling action by International Cricket Council ? 3. MIDORI Prize in Biodiversity for the year 2014 won by ? 4. Which two personalities won Noble Peace Prize ? 5. According to the report of Global Hunger Index 2014,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    RAPIDBI - Training, Leadership & Change

  • Gamification – #oneword #CIPD #HR

    Mike Morrison
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:14 am
    In 2015 100s of HR professionals were asked a simple question in a survey… in one word describe…GAMIFICATION Participants were invited from the CIPD Members LinkedIn group, the CIPD communities, and the CIPD Facebook group. 613 participated. Of those, over 70% have been in HR for more than 11 years. Not all questions were mandatory […]
  • Fun Friday Office Cartoon #250

    Mike Morrison
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Why should your lazy left hand be paid as much as your hard-working right hand? Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor   Tweets by @RapidBI See some of our products to help develop your people and your business: […]
  • Change Management – #oneword #CIPD #HR

    Mike Morrison
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    In 2015 100s of HR professionals were asked a simple question in a survey… in one word describe…CHANGE MANAGEMENT Participants were invited from the CIPD Members LinkedIn group, the CIPD communities, and the CIPD Facebook group. 613 participated. Of those, over 70% have been in HR for more than 11 years. Not all questions were […]
  • Learning & Development – #oneword #CIPD #HR

    Mike Morrison
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    In 2015 100s of HR professionals were asked a simple question in a survey… in one word describe…LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT Participants were invited from the CIPD Members LinkedIn group, the CIPD communities, and the CIPD Facebook group. 613 participated. Of those, over 70% have been in HR for more than 11 years. Not all questions […]
  • 5 innovative ways to launch your small business

    Amanda Walters
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 am
    Starting your own business is the ultimate roller coaster, but once you have your concept and your finances in line, it starts to get exciting and the next step is the big launch. Below are five ways in which you can effectively launch your new business: Hold an event Why not hold an event to launch your […]
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  • Interview with 2014 Grapevine Evaluations Scholarship Winner

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Every year Grapevine Evaluations gives away $1000 each to two qualified top performing students. We are proud to present to you Leah Gerber, who is a journalism student at University of King’s College and a recipient of 2014 Scholarship. In a short interview Leah Gerber University of King’s College, School of Journalism Class of 2015 Q: How did you find out about the Grapevine Evaluations Scholarship? A: I found it by searching for scholarships online. Q: How did this scholarship influenced/affected your life? What role did it play in your life? A: The scholarship helped to…
  • How to Prepare Employee Evaluations in FMCG Company?

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Fast-moving consumer goods’ (FMCG) companies are designed for efficient operations, focusing on selling their products quickly to consumers, and at low cost.  Efficient operations are necessary because profit-per-item for FMCGs tends to be small.  Agile, cost-effective FMCG performance frequently requires selling products in large quantities to generate acceptable revenue. Performance Appraisal  To be effective, an organization must have the right people in the right jobs; efficient, profitable operations require equally reliable job-specific performance from employees, to meet…
  • Measuring Employee Performance in Telecom based Companies

    30 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Performance appraisal is a major concern and responsibility of corporate human resources management (HRM).  It is the systematic description of workers’ job-relevant strengths and weaknesses. In the telecom industry, appraising employee performance is a function of human resource planning (HRP), which combines subjective (qualitative) measures with the objective (quantitative).  Accurate evaluation of each employee’s performance can be used to assess: Workplace satisfaction/motivation:  The employee’s desire to improve execution of job-related responsibilities Need for…
  • Measuring Employee Performance in Banking Sector

    23 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The ability to undertake comprehensive measurements of banking employee performance has been highlighted as a potential risk factor within the sector. Where knowledge of employee’s abilities, skills and engagements with their work is unknown, the problems that may occur range from an inability to track the source of mistakes to unacceptable losses within the bank itself. It is impossible to provide adequate training and supervision to avoid these issues if you are unaware which employees need the support. Here are five key specifics that can help you perform risk-free employee…
  • Measuring Employee Performance in Public Sector

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Each organization needs to know the skills its workers possess. This is especially important for public sector jobs, which require good performance, since they rely on public funding (taxpayer monies) to operate. Without objective and timely measurements of employee performance, it is exceptionally difficult for human resources management (HRM) in public agencies to make operational and strategic workforce decisions.  The objective is to achieve a union between worker and job that consistently delivers better service to the public, while reducing operating costs. Job Analysis…
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    HR Success Guide | Top Human Resources Blog

  • Does it pay to be Preety

    Parinita Bahadur
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
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  • Top 7 HR Challenges

    Parinita Bahadur
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Author: Antony Xavier There can be many challenges that an HR manager has to face. Here are the top 7 Challenges that HR Manager has to face in today's situation. ♦ Attracting, Recruiting and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 C’s of Employee Engagement

    Parinita Bahadur
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
       Author: Marie Zutshi1)   CONNECT: A direct reflection of how employees feel about their relationship with the immediate boss. Early in my professional life I learned a lesson... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Time for New Goals

    Parinita Bahadur
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Last year has been a challenging year for HR Success Guide. The blog with efforts and hard work of many contributors just got bigger and brighter. We strive to become the best Global HR Blog. To make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DATIS Blog

  • The Super Powers of Position Control

    MJ Craig
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Position Control is not a very familiar term in the HR Software world. Most HR Software is employee-based, meaning that each time an employee comes on board their position details need to be coded. Position Control is different. It allows...
  • 5 Keys to Overcoming Interpersonal Conflict

    DATIS Guest
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    This DATIS blog article, “5 Keys to Overcoming Interpersonal Conflict“, was originally shared by Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman, thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on January 5th, 2015 and was reposted with permission. In a recent executive coaching survey conducted by Navalent and co-sponsored by Stanford...
  • How to Dream Big and Make It Happen

    DATIS Guest
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    This DATIS blog article, “How to Dream Big and Make It Happen“, was originally written by Donald Latumahina, Life Optimizer, and was reposted with permission. If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was...
  • The 4 Main Benefits of Workflow Automation

    Carley Donovan
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    According to NEXXTEP, workflow automation is defined as the “creating a series of automated actions for the steps in a business process”. Utilization of this technology has been growing year after year and this trend is projected to continue. There...
  • 6 Common Leadership Practices That are Sooo Last Year

    DATIS Guest
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    This DATIS blog article, “6 Common Leadership Practices That are Sooo Last Year“, was originally posted by Tom Schuite,Linked 2 Leadership, in January 2015 and was reposted with permission. The reputation of your business is the biggest asset of your company;...
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    Employee Engagement Blog

  • 6 Steps for More Effectiveness and Better Team Performance

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    There is no doubt that effective teams collaborate in order to achieve a common goal. It’s certainly time to engage your team and gear them for better performance if they: Are not productive enough Lack initiative and motivation Are dissatisfied and disagree with each other Teams and individuals function similar to engines. They need maintenance and upgrades in order to perform well. With team-building efforts in the shape of activities, your team can come together and operate as a tight unit. By using a performance tracking method, you can monitor and detect where each team members are…
  • Top 10 Talent Trends That HR Pros Really Need to Know

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    There are 10 trends that HR professionals need to be aware of in order to manage employees more effectively. For managing employees more effectively, you will need to implement a strategy that is in sync with current and expected trends. Managing human resource is about managing employees individually and collectively in order to achieve organizational goals. Therefore, human resource professionals must focus on trends in employee performance and behavior in order to employ a more effective strategy. CEB research says that talent management is of key importance, and failure to recognize this…
  • Employee Engagement is the biggest challenge the HR faces

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Employee engagement is something which every firm wants to achieve since it brings the firm new ideas and helps it to grow considerably, however this process is not easy to initiate and there are times when the HR is confused on how to handle employees and how to make this process beneficial and constructive for the firm. Various HR techniques can now be adopted to make life easier for the HR department and make sure that the gap between the employees and the administration is less. What are the problems the HR department faces when dealing with Employees? There are tons of problems a firm…
  • How to Monitor and Measure Employee Productivity?

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Technology is evolving everyday and this evolution brings to us so many more answers and solutions to our everyday problems. Smartphone’s and social media present to us so many answers and both these great inventions have made it so much easier for employers to see if employees are actually working or just wasting time? There are many ways in which employee productivity can be measured and tracked and we present to you some ways which might be useful to you to check your employee performances. Should you focus on the daily tasks and check the progress on a daily basis? Now instead of…
  • Lead Your Teams with Accurate Employee Data

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Organizations can only be in operation with individuals working for them, usually in the shape of teams. Therefore, all that you do for your organization has to be focused on individual employees. While it’s not practical for organizational leaders to look into each and every individual’s performance with plain data, there is need for a performance monitoring system to aid such a process. The Importance of a System Managing Employees A performance management system that helps you to observe each individual’s performance is truly advantageous. The basic advantage that you have with such…
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • Jetpacks, aliens and holograms. Why gimmicky employee communication doesn’t work for your workforce.

    Lisa Turnbull
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    One of my friends owns a t-shirt I like that has a funny slogan on it. It reads “This was supposed to be the future. Where is my jetpack.” It’s a daft joke relating to the sci-fi we watched as kids, the idea of the type of tech we would have in “the future,” technology that would change our worlds.Like lots of of people, I watched excitedly at the reveal of the Microsoft HoloLens last week and for the first time in a while I experienced some of that wonder and excitement we used to feel as kids. In essence what Microsoft have done is to create a set of cordless smart glasses that…
  • How can companies with multiple offices unify their culture with a global event?

    Federica Silvi
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    If you work in a global organisation, the challenge of creating a unified culture that involves your workforce all around the world will resonate with you. Chances are you’re already taking steps in the right direction, by getting team members to visit different locations, setting up shared internal communications platforms or updating the whole business about the performance and achievements of all offices.Our latest Global Business Update (GBU) was the first we streamed live across our global offices, bringing together our London, Plovdiv, Skopje and New York teams. 200 employees took…
  • 7 usability barriers obstructing employee engagement and how to avoid them.

    Sebastian Aspland
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    If your role is in HR, one of your great challenges is how to get employees engaged with the benefits you provide them. A crucial part of getting employees to engage with an online portal is getting the user experience right. You want to make the experience as simple and fluid as possible, so that employees reap the benefits quickly and easily. If they don’t, there’s a good chance they will drop off, and never bother looking at the program again.When you’re considering implementing a new online product or service, you’ve got to get the user experience right in terms of both…
  • The latest trend in exceptional customer support.

    Megan Gough
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Did you know the most satisfying customer support mechanism in business today is Instant Live Chat? A lofty 73% of users claim they are happy with their experience, according to a research study carried out by eDigital – Customer Service Benchmark.Customers claim it’s better than phone, social media, email, post and SMS. What’s more, they prefer this method by a surprising 66% more than the telephone, which interestingly ranks at the bottom end of the spectrum save for SMS, which ranks just marginally worse.I think I fully appreciate why this trend has emerged. The name’s a bit of…
  • What happens when you combine 5 countries and a mashup of well-known Christmas tunes?

    Alex Bailey
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It’s a very Merry Reward Gateway Christmas! Staff from offices around the globe in London, Birmingham, Sydney, New York, Plovdiv and Skopje all contributed to our second annual Christmas video. We’re particularly jealous of the Sydney crew… Having fun, guys?Introducing… A Reward Gateway Christmas 2014! “Love your job.”As you can see, having fun is important to our culture here at Reward Gateway. So important in fact, that it’s a big part of ‘Love your job’, one of our eight core company values.We want to encourage our…
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    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

  • Recapping the highlights of the NRF BIG Show in 2015

    Team Ceridian
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    By John Orr, SVP of Retail at Ceridian. Follow him on Twitter at @John_Orr.  Retailers nationwide are always interested in ways they can develop new strategies for improving their operations, whether it’s their logistics, merchandise, branding or their approach to human capital and/or workforce management. For all of the above, business leaders eagerly look forward […]
  • Discover new strategies to reduce prescription drug spending during tomorrow’s webcast

    Team Ceridian
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    If you’re like most organizations, prescription costs are 16-18 percent of your health benefit plan costs, so it’s a natural area to look for cost savings. Unfortunately, prices for prescription drugs – even generic ones – have been skyrocketing in recent years. Negotiating with your Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) for deep discounts on average wholesale […]
  • 5 tips for making retention a key priority in 2015

    Jayson Saba
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Jayson Saba,VP of Strategy and Industry Relations at Ceridian. Before the calendar turned, I had blogged about why 2015 will be the year of the Employee. HR professionals will be looking for high levels of employee retention and productivity in 2015 and in some way, shape or form, this has always been their job. But this year, there’s […]
  • Learn how Aéropostale reduced 2.5 days of end to end HR/Payroll cycle times to just a few hours

    John Orr
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    By John Orr, SVP of Retail at Ceridian. Follow him on Twitter at @John_Orr.  No matter what sectors or industries they may operate in, every company has the same goal at the end of the day – they want to maximize their human capital through improved management of it. With that said, what can organizations do to become […]
  • 3 ways to improve your employee culture in the coming year

    Team Ceridian
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Just about every business leader begins the new year with a list of resolutions for improving their respective organizations, and HR overseers and definitely no exception. January is always a time for companies to reconsider their approaches to human capital management and look at concrete ways in which they can improve. But how exactly will […]
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  • 1099 Made Simple, Less Risk

    Mindy Flanigan
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    It is almost TOO easy to make this mistake.  And sadly it is one that small business owners and untrained managers make too often, without realizing the liability that a back payroll tax audit. It only takes one government agency, such as a state unemployment agency to tell you “sorry, there are actually an employee […]
  • Ready to Hire HR Support? Traits to Consider Before Making a Choice

    Mindy Flanigan
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    The definition of an effective human resource employee or representative has evolved over many years. HR management functions, once just an extension of payroll, had been viewed as having little value. As business owners took a hard look at cost of employment law liability and turnover, HR transformed from “non-essential” to a valuable strategic tool […]
  • The Value of Performance Reviews

    Mindy Flanigan
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    A Low Cost Way To Motivate Have you committed to completing annual reviews, but failed to follow through? This could be a big mistake, particularly if you wish to retain above average performers. Failure to officially review the performance of your employees sends a message that you don’t care about their contributions. Costing you and […]
  • Managing 101

    Mindy Flanigan
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Recent surveys indicate that 70% of employees say the worst thing about their job is their boss. That means 70% of employees are far less productive than they could be, which directly affects a company’s P&L. How are you filling open management positions? Do your job descriptions define what you are looking for? The section […]
  • Think Before You Speak, Words Can Hurt

    Mindy Flanigan
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Client Relations Manager Julie; she is having a rough day.  A year ago she inherited a motivated staff that had a reputation for delivery quality service.  But her fifth employee has just resigned, sales are down and client retention is sliding.  The president of the company is not pleased.  Julie is beginning to realize that […]
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    Potknox Blog

  • Saluting The Woman Entrepreneur: Why They’re Awesome
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    With roughly 8.6 million businesses in the United States led by women, female entrepreneurs are setting a strong example not only for the business world, but in particular for women – women with aspirations, dreams and goals. It’s a combination of risks, courage, rewards, talent and persistence that creates successful women, whether they are entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, students who are just realizing their dreams or women looking to change their lives for the better. Jessica Alba Proves Her Doubters Wrong: Take, for example, Miss Sara Blakely. When she was 29,…
  • How to Hire & Keep the Best Employees
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    It’s widely accepted that for something as artful as hiring the right people for a particular organisation, one must keep in mind a number of variables when arriving at the perfect equation. A number of “to-do’s” have emerged, and have been proven to be more than useful in steering employers in the right direction. The talented researchers at devised 5 steps that can help your company- from small to big- find, recruit, hire and keep the best employees. How to Find, Hire and Keep the Best Employees [INFOGRAPHIC] Compliments of…
  • 6 New Year Resolutions For Job Seekers in 2015
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Job Seeking has become a stage of life in itself- it takes skill and guile to survive sometimes snoopy employers, judgmental recruiters and competitive peers who make it harder to demand what you truly deserve and get an opportunity that truly challenges you. Unfortunately, job seekers aren’t great at taking the leap to the next stage. The going may be tough- where one wrong move can give you an indelible label and one smooth sentence can take you over to the bright side- but there are some things that can make it even tougher to get out of this most undesirable of situations, and…
  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    We know how terribly hard it can be to focus on your work when you aren’t in office. When you’re away from office, your boss and your colleagues, it’s harder than ever to concentrate and keep the faith that what you do, matters. Productivity hacks are one thing, but the freedom of being in the comfort of your own home, wearing, eating and doing whatever you want whenever you want to, offers pure, unadulterated distractions which are a whole other ballgame of wanton wastage, one that can throw you off of yours. Not only are freelancing and work-from-home becoming…
  • Why is hiring programmers so difficult?
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    This was a question asked on Quora that we just couldn’t help but answer because it essentially questioned our existence as a whole. Our Marketing Major gave an insightful, well thought out reply, that we’d love to share with you: So, why is hiring engineers so G$% D#$% difficult? 1. Everybody wants them As JP Rastrullo forner staffing agency Sourcer and Recruiter. Current Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Software/Advertising industries, said on Quora, “Engineers are in high-demand. Across the board (software, hardware, mechanical, electrical etc), there are fewer…
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    Rikka Brandon - Recruiting & Hiring Expert

  • How To Hire Top Talent With a Less-than-Awesome Benefits Package

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a perfect world, every position would be accompanied by an amazing benefits package. Full healthcare, dental, four weeks (or more!) of paid vacation, on-site childcare, and a company cafeteria staffed with Le Cordon Bleu-trained chefs. You’d tell your candidates about the on-site gym and the free weekly shoulder massages and they’d fall all over themselves to sign on the dotted line. Sadly, this is not a perfect world and you may be trying to fill positions with a poor or nearly-non-existent benefits package. How can you make lack of benefits sound not-terrible? I’m so glad you…
  • How To Deal With Toxic Employees In 6 Easy-ish Steps

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
      If you’re alive and you’ve ever worked with fellow humans, chances are you’ve had a Coworker Who Sucked. Ashley in Marketing who spread malicious gossip. Brad in Accounting whose passive aggressive emails gave you migraines from eye rolling. Michael in IT who would fall asleep at his desk every afternoon. Even perfectly lovely, usually competent employees have their ups and downs. Few of us are at our best when we’re going through a divorce, dealing with family issues, or struggling with a serious illness. So what’s a manager to do? Of course, addressing toxic behavior is…
  • 5 Ways To Make Hiring (Nearly) Painless

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    In an absolutely perfect world, hiring would be quick and painless. Your dream candidate would sweep into your office, drop their typo-free resume on your desk and tell you exactly how they revolutionized their last workplace. You’d laaaaaugh over shared interests (in this perfect world, you’re both really into Game of Thrones), they’d sign on for the exact salary you’d planned to offer, and they’d start on Monday – miraculously already trained and up to date on everything your company does. In the real world, hiring is exhausting, time-consuming, and expensive. One estimate…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Use Virtual Business Team Members

    30 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Although virtual business set ups are on the rise, most small businesses still have a “home base” that their employees show up to work at and where the bulk of their business activities take place. However, the face of traditional employment is changing. In the US, over 42 Million people work as Freelancers. It is expected by 2020 that a full 50% of the workforce will be Freelance or Independent Contract…Click To Tweet As you can imagine, this is changing the way progressive businesses do business and address their hiring needs.   So, you’ve wondered about adding virtual…
  • The Skype Interview: A Free Tool That Saves You Time and Money

    23 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are two things people almost universally wish they had more of.   Time and Money. Sadly, I have not yet perfected my time machine, nor my money tree, but don’t worry, my quest will continue! Considering the average cost to hire a new employee is $4000, with ranges from $2000 for blue collar workers up to $7000 for managerial positions, most businesses would like to learn about easy ways to save money on the hiring process. So, until I perfect my time machine + money tree and share my genius with the world, I will give you another way to save time and money – the Skype…
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    Ottawa Employment Lawyers - Vey Willetts LLP

  • Hiring and Retaining Skilled Immigrant Employees

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Earlier this month we spoke at Hire Immigrants Ottawa’s Working Group Meetings to employers from a broad range of sectors to provide practical information on a number of issues: Canadian work experience, the duty to accommodate, dealing with over-qualification and the use of unpaid internships. A better understanding of these issues allows employers both to mitigate liability and avoid missing out on hiring and retaining qualified immigrant employees. If you wish to learn more about these topics, please take a look at our PowerPoint presentation: Hire-Immigrants-Ottawa-Presentation If…
  • Crime at work: The sometimes criminal consequences of workplace misconduct

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    Misconduct at work is typically met with discipline or, if particularly bad, perhaps dismissal. There are occasions, however, where employee misconduct will also merit criminal charges. One such high profile example is R. v. Cole where Mr. Cole, a high school teacher, was found to have stored nude and semi-nude photos of an underage female student on his work-provided laptop. Mr. Cole lost his job and was charged with possession of child pornography. A more recent criminal case that was borne out of workplace misconduct, and resulted in termination and criminal charges, is R. v. Dewan. This…
  • Is Your Severance Package Fair?

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    If you are a non-unionized employee and lose your job in Ontario, you are entitled to fair severance. What constitutes a fair severance package depends on the terms of your employment. If you do not have a written employment contract, you are entitled to ‘Common Law Reasonable Notice’ (see below). If you do have a written employment contract, depending on its wording your entitlement to severance will fall into one of 3 camps: The minimum amounts provided under the Ontario Employment Standards Act (“ESA“); Common Law Reasonable Notice; or An amount specified in your…
  • Q&A: Sick Leave & Doctors’ Notes

    6 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Q&A is a new, recurring series on the Vey Willetts blog. The aim is to provide some quick answers to questions we commonly encounter in our day-to-day practice. First up: doctors’ notes and sick leave. Given the frequency in which health-based issues intersect with work, questions about sick leave are common in the workplace. Below we answer some of the major points of concern for workers and employers alike. Q: I had to take Tuesday off work because of the flu and now my boss wants me to provide a doctor’s note to prove I was really sick. Can he do that? A: Employers are entitled to…
  • Good Grief: How to Respond to Frivolous Human Rights Claims

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Human rights protections are among the most important in law. Being constitutional or quasi-constitutional in nature (depending on the context), most employers and service providers rightly pay close attention to their obligations with respect to avoiding instances of discrimination. However, sometimes no matter how good your people or process, a frivolous human rights complaint may come to visit your business. A recent example of one such claim was the Queen v. Pro Bono Law Ontario. In this case, the applicant had sought the assistance of Pro Bono Law Ontario. The Tribunal described the…
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  • Why It’s Important To Segment, Not Silo, Your Talent Community

    The Talent Project Blog
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Every company relies on its people to drive it forward. That’s why managing human capital has become an integral aspect of business strategy. However, in a labor market where competition for top talent is high, relying on job ads to locate and recruit the best of the best is no longer realistic. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly clear that to reach top quality candidates—no matter whether they’re active or passive job seekers—companies need more targeted strategies. Talent communities One way to connect with a broader pool of job seekers is by means of talent communities. Online…
  • Will Berlin Out-Innovate Silicon Valley?

    Susan Galer
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The latest high-tech buzz out of Europe has Berlin emerging as the next Silicon Valley. Attracted by Berlin’s relatively cheap office space and affordable lifestyle, entrepreneurs from around the world are settling in and cranking out innovations including big data, cloud, e-commerce, and business-to-consumer solutions. Some experts say Berlin’s diverse startup community has a unique blend of creative talent well-aligned to the next generation of technology that focuses on people first. “There are many different kinds of creative startups in Berlin, not just in technology, but in…
  • Omnichannel Customer Service With The Human Touch

    Adam Toporek
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The age of digital retail still presents a number of challenges for businesses, and especially for customer service teams. Greater insight into online behaviour means we can understand our customers’ needs in depth – plus, we can track and engage with them in real time. But what about the human touch? It would be a mistake to assume all customer interactions only happen online. Despite ever growing trends in digital, the best businesses still recognise the value of the human voice. Research from ResponseTap, a call-based marketing automation company, found that 64% of people get…
  • How Human-Centered Leaders Follow Principles That Matter

    Jon Mertz
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Many think of leadership and power as a peanut butter and chocolate combination. They just go together. There is power in being a leader yet too often leaders put the objective of power above doing the right thing and engaging people in a respectful, thoughtful way. Self-interest overrides sound leadership principles. When principle is placed first, however, our leadership changes dramatically. Leading on principle first solves many problems and produces clarity in how to build organizational cultures. The buffer example Several weeks ago I received an email from the team at Buffer. I am a…
  • Next-Gen Sales: Don’t Be Creepy. Be Relevant.

    Shalini Mitha
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As customers become empowered—and overwhelmed—with information, companies struggle to cut through the noise.  And while there is a similar wealth of information available on buyers, the key to sales success is how you use the insights you gain to build and foster the buyer-seller relationship. This was the basis of a discussion that I had the pleasure of having during a recent episode of Coffee Break with Game Changers together with sales and marketing experts Britton Manasco, partner and co-founder of VisibleImpact; and Heidi Tucker, vice president of global alliances. I spent the…
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  • Aggressive Funding and Acquisitions Mean a Growing Boston Technology Market and More Opportunities for Software Job Seekers

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ben Hicks - Partner / Assistant Managing Director, Software Technology Search Career advice Finding a job Hiring trends Job search advice Software Technology Boston immodestly refers to itself as the Hub of the Universe. While that may be a stretch, a recent article in BetaBoston makes the case that Boston is quickly becoming the center of the international technology industry. The article cites many reasons including the growth and vibrancy of the tech community along with access to educational institutions and the VC community. In fact, the article states that in recent years…
  • What Kind of Technology Business Analyst Are You?

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Many thanks to our guest blog writer, Edward Ruscio. Ed is a star, WinterWyman contract employee with more than 30 years’ experience with Investor Services, including extensive knowledge as a Portfolio/fund Accountant and a Business Systems Analyst. Read more about Ed. Career advice Contracting Finding a job Job search advice Personal branding Technology Working with recruiters Many organizations use the term business analyst to describe a variety of roles related to data, systems and business, and this can be confusing to job seekers. I have been a business analyst for more than 10 years…
  • Unique Lessons I Learned Going From Contractor to Recruiter

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Sarah Terlaga - Staffing Manager, Human Resources Contract Staffing Career advice Contracting Finding a job Job search advice Working with recruiters As a current recruiter and a former contractor, I have a unique perspective on the candidate/recruiter relationship and what it takes to build a partnership. And, that’s exactly what it is, a partnership. Looking back on my contracting career, I can see some of the mistakes I made and how having a different approach with my recruiter would have made a big difference. Here are some of the lessons I share with my candidates to help them avoid…
  • New York Tech Hiring Fueled by Tech Giants and Startups

    8 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Mike Fitzgerald - Partner, Technology Search Finding a job Hiring trends IT Job search advice Software Start-ups Technology Author Horace Greeley once famously said, “Go west young man.” But now, the reverse is allowing technical job seekers to find opportunity and success right in New York. Over the past several years, there's been a migration of notable, West Coast based technology leaders like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Amazon into the New York market. These brands are offering ample engineering opportunities and some of the most aggressive compensation packages…
  • Software Developers - Five Ways to Find Out Your Worth

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Doug Schade - Partner, Software Technology Search Compensation & salary Negotiating salaries Offers and counter-offers Software Technology Working with recruiters Every day I get some variation of the same question, “What am I worth?” Unfortunately there’s no simple answer since this is a gray, subjective area. With so many variables in market, geography, industry and individual skill sets, it’s impossible to pinpoint an exact number. That said there are a number of sources you can turn to which will help determine what you can reasonably expect to earn as a developer.
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  • The Top Gild Recruiting Blogs of 2014 – The Year in Review

    Jeremy Brown
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Time is zipping by. A new year is already upon us. Now that 2014 is coming to a close, let’s take a final look back at the top content based on traffic published on the Gild blog, as well as the ebooks we released during year. Articles The Five Websites All Tech Recruiters Need to... The post The Top Gild Recruiting Blogs of 2014 – The Year in Review appeared first on Gild.
  • Marketing Your Employer Brand in Today’s Digital World

    Jeremy Brown
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    An employer brand, or a company’s reputation as an employer, is nothing if job seekers don’t know about it. Marketing your employer brand is just as important as creating it. And with the tools available today, doing so is easier than you think. If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come Imagine you created a... The post Marketing Your Employer Brand in Today’s Digital World appeared first on Gild.
  • How to Create Irresistible Job Descriptions

    Jeremy Brown
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    What if you were able to create job descriptions so compelling, job seekers couldn’t help but apply? In his well-known TED Talk, Simon Sinek introduced The Golden Circle idea, which argues that most companies talk about what they do before explain why they exist. Innovative companies, like Apple, lead with why they do what they... The post How to Create Irresistible Job Descriptions appeared first on Gild.
  • A Social Recruiting Success Story: This Week on Hiring Headlines Weekly

    Jeremy Brown
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Hiring Headlines Weekly is a series that highlights valuable hiring and recruiting content from around the web. In this issue of Hiring Headlines Weekly: How Hootsuite Hires: A Social Recruiting Success Story Why You Should Never Lose Your Identity When Recruiting Working at Dropbox 3 Ways Mobile Will Attract Top Tech Talent in Government Back to the... The post A Social Recruiting Success Story: This Week on Hiring Headlines Weekly appeared first on Gild.
  • Why Hiring Underqualified Talent Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

    Jeremy Brown
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Is it a bad idea to hire underqualified candidates? To answer this question, let’s first explore what it means to be an underqualified candidate. Underqualified Doesn’t Mean “Can’t Get the Job Done” An underqualified candidate is simply someone who doesn’t possess every job requirement you’re looking for. In reality, there are two ways to think... The post Why Hiring Underqualified Talent Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing appeared first on Gild.
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  • 2105 Talent Technology Infographic

    Glen Harrison
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    Silkroad released a great infographic (see below) about the state of talent technology and some interesting talent management stats.  Check it out.  A few quick hits from Silkroad’s study: Just 28% of respondents are fully automated for HR functions Engagement and retention remains top concern Integrating HR systems and data is a top priority A “place at the table” in business decision-making is still a priority for the HR function Until Next Time, let us know your thoughts on the findings. Build Better Leaders @ Hire Better @

    Glen Harrison
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    It’s Friday again, only 21 more sleep ’til Christmas and time for 3 Good Reads. IN LEADERSHIP 9 Reason Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders.   Kevin Eikenberry writes about “some of the reasons I have heard, and more accurately the reasons that are unspoken, as to why so many provide so little to support the development of their leaders. Taken individually, they have merit. Put together, they paint a picture of excuses – because most everyone would agree that leaders can be developed and most feel their leaders could improve, yet, many don’t take any action at…
  • 3 Ways to Use Social Media to Recruit Better Tech Talent

    Glen Harrison
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    CIO’s Sharon Florentine writes that a “A whopping 93 percent of the 1,855 recruiting pros surveyed in Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey use or plan to use social media in their recruiting efforts”  because it produces higher quality candidates. The article outline how to use social media to: Evaluate Cultural Fit Evangelize Your Business, Mission, and Values Advertise Open Positions Read more here. Until Next Time. Build Better Leaders @ Hire Better @ Explore Your Future @
  • Women on Boards: How Canadian Industries Stack Up

    Glen Harrison
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    The following data from a recent Globe & Mail article shows progress but very slow progress in the number of women on Canadian Boards. There are a staggering percentage of companies – specifically in industries like energy, materials, and consumer discretionary – without a single women in a board seat.  The consumer discretionary numbers baffle me as many believe that women control the majority of a households discretionary spending.  You would think – at a minimum – that a women’s perspective might be valuable for these companies to have on their board.
  • Building Workplace Trust

    Glen Harrison
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Great Infographic on Workplace Trust that I found on that was developed by UNUM. In another Trust article on Entrepreneur, the author outlines the 10 steps to Multiply Trust In Your Organization,  The ten steps should come as no surprise. 1. Involve people in the decisions affecting them. 2. Pay close attention to Relationships. 3. Show Trust in Employees at Every Level. 4. Provide Constructive Feedback. 5. Be Consistent. 6. Adequately Reward Accomplishments. 7. Provide Employees with the Resources They Need. 8. Set Company Values & Stick To Them. 9. Promote…
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