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  • Daddy Day Care: Could family time actually IMPROVE men’s job performance?

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    Dave Clemens
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Generations of employers have suspected that fathers who devote a lot of time to their families make less-than-optimum employees. And this suspicion persists today, even in the age of work-life balance.But what if spending time with the wife and kiddos actually made guys better employees? There’s evidence, from recently published research, that this is so.Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University and Boston University surveyed nearly 1,000 male professional and managerial employees at four Fortune 500 companies. All of the survey participants were married…
  • Use humor to engage employees on April Fools’ Day!

    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management
    Team Ceridian
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    By Karen Huss, VP of Corporate Relations at Ceridian. Ask any HR leader and they’ll tell you having engaged employees and a positive work culture helps any organization thrive. When employees feel inspired, great things happen. One often overlooked way of engaging employees is through humor. Humor can help boost morale and help strengthen employee relationships. […]
  • HR: The rest of the world moves on – without you

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell If you think back to where our society was 20 years ago, there are few things that look or sound the same. We don’t use floppy disks to save files, music is less grungy and the hairstyles we wear have vastly improved. But one thing that hasn’t changed much in the last couple of decades is the way we recruit and hire. HR itself and the role we play is vastly different today, but if you’re racking your brain to think of all the modern ways we source talent and how the hiring process is more polished than ever before, you probably won’t come up with much.
  • 5 Things I Want From My Talent Community

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Talent communities provide a unique value to recruiters and candidates. They give both the opportunity to get to know each other without taking the plunge. Essentially, talent communities make relationship building easier and provide more opportunities for interaction than any other type of platform. It’s perfect for building relationships with job seekers for the long term. Recruiters can invite potential candidates to join your company-branded community, then both parties can get to know one another. When the time is right, both the candidate and recruiter…
  • How to Increase Candidate Conversation on Your Career Site

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Your career site is one of the best tools you have to engage candidates but you could be missing the mark. It’s an unfortunate fact that most HR and recruiting teams don’t have a careers site that fosters and encourages conversations, interaction and engagement – even those with seemingly stellar websites. The truth is, you can have a beautifully designed and branded site that is comprehensive and easy to use, but you still might be forgetting a few keys that could unlock candidate conversations. The vast majority of potential candidates who visit a career…
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  • Disability Etiquette and How to Welcome People with Disabilities
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Imagine you have no experience working or interacting alongside people with disabilities. It may seem like a big challenge to brainstorm recruiting techniques or write disability policies for your organization. Ideally, we’ve all had some experience with disabled individuals, as one out of every six people in the world has some type of disability, according to the World Health Organization. As disability in the workplace has become more of a conversation in society, how can we encourage this discussion in the workplace as well? Creating knowledgeable human resource professionals is great…
  • Sabbaticals Might Be Your Employee Retention Secret
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Generally when you hear the word “sabbatical” most people think of a college professor taking time off to do something intellectual that would then contribute to their ability to shape the minds of young people. If you search the word “sabbatical” it is actually defined by Google as “a period of paid leave granted to a college teacher for study or travel, traditionally every seventh year.” As it turns out educational institutions are not the only employers that offer sabbaticals. They are becoming more and more common across the board. Countless companies in industries such as…
  • Manner Monday: Dealing with the Office Prankster
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Every Monday Blogging4Jobs invites our resident Etiquette Expert, CareySue Vega (@Etiquette101), to share tips when it comes to etiquette in the workplace during our own Manner Monday segment. This segment is for the practitioner who is focused on creating a more etiquette-friendly environment.  April 1 is fast approaching, and that means we’ll all be checking out Google first thing Wednesday morning to see what creative magic they have up their sleeves. We also know that good-old-fashioned office pranks will happen on April Fools Day whether we want them to or not. Fun, clean and safe…
  • How HR Found Me: Tips for Getting Started in HR
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    You don’t hear a lot of kids say, “When I grow up, I want to work in human resources.” In fact, I have met a lot of HR professionals who never set out to work in HR. Like me, I am sure many of you landed in HR at some point and decided that it was a good place to be. But there are also those who take an interest in the HR side of a business and set out to start a career in the field. Here are some tips for those getting started in HR, whether it is by choice or chance. How HR Found Me When I moved to Santa Cruz, CA in 2003, I had planned to continue working as a domestic violence victim…
  • It’s a #CarnivalofHR Up in Here, #MarchMadness
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    This month Blogging4Jobs gets the pleasure of once again hosting the Carnival of HR. In the spirit of March Madness and all the basketball that’s happening, we decided to have a theme that embodied the true spirit of the madness of March. Through competition and just being completely mad about topics in HR here are the favorites we’ve stumbled across. Carnival of HR Robin Schooling gets the gold when it comes to this month’s Carnival of HR where she talked about being assertive in Human Resources, and that’s possibly the new future of being a leader instead of being…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • How to Increase Candidate Conversation on Your Career Site

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Your career site is one of the best tools you have to engage candidates but you could be missing the mark. It’s an unfortunate fact that most HR and recruiting teams don’t have a careers site that fosters and encourages conversations, interaction and engagement – even those with seemingly stellar websites. The truth is, you can have a beautifully designed and branded site that is comprehensive and easy to use, but you still might be forgetting a few keys that could unlock candidate conversations. The vast majority of potential candidates who visit a career…
  • 5 Things I Want From My Talent Community

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Talent communities provide a unique value to recruiters and candidates. They give both the opportunity to get to know each other without taking the plunge. Essentially, talent communities make relationship building easier and provide more opportunities for interaction than any other type of platform. It’s perfect for building relationships with job seekers for the long term. Recruiters can invite potential candidates to join your company-branded community, then both parties can get to know one another. When the time is right, both the candidate and recruiter…
  • HR: The rest of the world moves on – without you

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell If you think back to where our society was 20 years ago, there are few things that look or sound the same. We don’t use floppy disks to save files, music is less grungy and the hairstyles we wear have vastly improved. But one thing that hasn’t changed much in the last couple of decades is the way we recruit and hire. HR itself and the role we play is vastly different today, but if you’re racking your brain to think of all the modern ways we source talent and how the hiring process is more polished than ever before, you probably won’t come up with much.
  • How Can Recruiters Use a Twitter Chat?

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Since 2008, Twitter has been my favorite social network because it provides you access to millions of potential candidates, friends and resources 24 hours a day. It requires users to parse down their message to just the essentials in 140 characters, which makes it easy to take in a lot of information without drowning. However, with so many ways to use the social network, I think one of the most valuable is hashtags. Hashtags are the Dewey Decimal System of Twitter. Users post the pound sign, followed by a series of words or characters (no spaces) to catalog or…
  • How to create brand consistency and messaging in your talent acquisition team

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Building your employment brand is a constant effort to present the best that your organization is to the world. Often times, we focus so much on one single aspect, forgetting that there are multiple bases to cover and that most importantly, we can’t do it alone. A successful employment brand involves so many things, from your look and feel to the way you treat candidates to the places you recruit. It spans all the channels you utilize and the interactions your department has with those outside the business and is a full-time responsibility, for you and the…
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  • Elixir deal stirs up new HQ in Milpitas for medical device maker

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    For Elixir Medical, Milpitas had just the right mix that it sought in a new home. The Sunnyvale-based medical device company, which focuses on developing drug-eluting stent systems for cardiovascular patients, recently leased a 53,666-square-foot building at 920 N. McCarthy Blvd., part of Irvine Company's McCarthy Center office park. It's a big step up for its footprint from Elixir's current space, which totals about 24,450 square feet in two buildings. The deal is not a monster, but it's significant…
  • Liberty Mutual: 'No plans' for future expansion of new U.S. hub

    Candace Carlisle
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance has "no additional plans at this time" beyond bringing several hundred employees to its newest U.S. call center in Plano, said John Cusolito, a company vice president. "There will be several hundred employees in the call center, but we won't have 4,000 employees," Cusolito told the Dallas Business Journal, potentially dashing hopes from the business community that Liberty Mutual planned to employ thousands of employees in West Plano. Prior to Liberty Mutual's…
  • RadioShack agrees to temporarily hold off on offering up its customer data

    Korri Kezar
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Good news for RadioShack customers: Your data is safe. At least for now. In a Tuesday afternoon release, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the bankrupt Fort Worth retailer, which is currently undergoing an auction of its assets, has agreed to stall an offering of its intellectual property. “We’re pleased that RadioShack has tabled plans to offer for sale the personal identifiable information of its customers," the statement said. "We urge RadioShack to make a blanket vow that it will live…
  • Fiksu ditches IPO plans, cuts 10 percent of its workforce

    David Harris
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Last summer, Boston mobile app marketing software firm Fiksu brought in veteran executive Ken Goldman as its first chief financial officer. Goldman had spent time as CFO at Black Duck Software and before that at, a company he helped take public. The intention was to do the same thing at Fiksu, but those plans now appear to be stunted with the sudden departure of Goldman. In a statement on Tuesday, a Fiksu spokesman confirmed Goldman's exit and said the IPO market for the ad tech sector…
  • Mercedes-Benz: Why North Carolina couldn’t set the hook for the big HQ project

    Amanda Jones Hoyle
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The North Carolina Department of Commerce on Tuesday released a 45-page file detailing notes from state economic development recruiters’ failed efforts in January to woo the headquarters of the Mercedes-Benz auto manufacturer. While the documents are sparse in detail, it's apparent from what we know about Georgia’s economic development incentive package that North Carolina was at a clear disadvantage early in its efforts to convince the company to relocate from New Jersey to the Tar Heel State. Mercedes-Benz…
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    HR Vendor News


    HR Vendor News
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Aurora, IL – March 24, 2015 – Digi-Me and iHire have formally partnered to launch the new Candidate Expectation video offering from Digi-Me, making it available to employers using iHire’s specialized job boards. Digi-Me’s Candidate Expectation video solution was created to save recruiters time that was previously spent notifying individual candidates of their status during the job application process. The short, customized videos help to set job candidate expectations for the hiring process, leaving them with a clear understanding of timing and next steps, as well as…
  • Talemetry Announces the Hiring of Bill D’Amico as VP HCM Partnerships

    HR Vendor News
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Vancouver, BC, March 24, 2015 – Talemetry, acclaimed provider of high performance recruitment marketing solutions for large employers, announced the hiring of former Oracle executive Bill D’Amico. Mr. D’Amico will lead Talemetry’s partnership programs and will initially focus on deepening and expanding relationships with HCM and applicant tracking system providers. “Bill brings high level HCM systems experience along with solid relationships with key partners,” said Jade Bourelle, CEO of Talemetry. “We are excited to add him to the Talemetry team as…
  • Vibe HCM Named A Top Rated Core HR Platform by Software Users on TrustRadius

    HR Vendor News
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    SASKATOON, CANADA (March 24, 2015) cfactor Works Inc. (cfactor), developer of the award-winning Vibe HCM system of engagement, today announced that Vibe HCM was named a Top Rated Core HR Platform for Enterprises by software users on TrustRadius , the leading peer review site for business software. Unveiled in TrustRadius Buyer’s Guide to Core HR Software, the TrustMaps(TM) help software buyers quickly locate the solutions most highly rated and widely adopted by companies of a similar size, and therefore most closely aligned to their needs. Each TrustMap(TM) depicts Core HR products on…
  • Talemetry Announces the Hiring of Bill D’Amico as VP HCM Partnerships

    HR Vendor News
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Vancouver, BC, March 24, 2015 – Talemetry, acclaimed provider of high performance recruitment marketing solutions for large employers, announced the hiring of former Oracle executive Bill D’Amico. Mr. D’Amico will lead Talemetry’s partnership programs and will initially focus on deepening and expanding relationships with HCM and applicant tracking system providers. “Bill brings high level HCM systems experience along with solid relationships with key partners,” said Jade Bourelle, CEO of Talemetry. “We are excited to add him to the Talemetry team as…
  • OPENonline Expands ATS Integration Solutions to Improve Onboarding, Hiring Quality and Employment Screening Compliance

    HR Vendor News
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    OPENonline, a leading provider of employment background screening services that is accredited by the NAPBS(R) Background Screening Credentialing Council, today announced an expansive list of strategic partnerships with the industry’s premier applicant tracking system (ATS) providers. Organizations integrating with OPENonline have the ability to manage the entire hiring process from a single interface, including ordering, tracking, and managing employment screening. “Integrating OPENonline’s background screening solutions into a client’s existing ATS greatly enhances…
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  • Spring Break

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m on spring break. I know you miss me. Here are some “group” HR blogs you can read while I’m gone. The Talent Advisor Portal Fistful of Talent Performance I Create TLNT Voice of HR Blogging4Jobs Red Branch Media   The post Spring Break appeared first on Laurie Ruettimann.
  • Spring Break

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m on spring break. Read these articles if you miss me. How to Determine Your PTO Policy The Fabrication of Culture The Most Controversial Productivity Hack: Getting High At Work How to Moonlight Without the Worry Whoops, You Hired a Dud. Now What? The post Spring Break appeared first on Laurie Ruettimann.
  • Spring Break

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
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  • Rob Lowe Wants you to #WorkHuman

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    There was a moment in 1992 when my dad forced me to watch ten minutes of a Tony Robbins video. I know he thought it would be helpful, but it was awful. “I am trying to teach you something, Laurie. You hate it because I like it.” Both things were true. He was trying to teach me something because I was a Depeche-Mode-loving teenager who looked a little rough around the edges. Although I was a decent kid who always held a series of part-time jobs and qualified to graduate from high school at the age of 16, I also got into some trouble. When someone gave my dad a Tony Robbins video…
  • How to Quit Your (HR) Job with Class

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Winter is over! The weather is breaking! There is hope! It’s springtime and bonus season, which means that people are quitting their jobs and heading for greener pastures. So let’s say you want to quit your job without burning any bridges. How do you do it? Nobody likes a quitter. Even if you have a great relationship with your colleagues, they will probably have seriously mixed emotions about your departure. What? Are you not happy? Are they not good enough? You think you can do better? Probably best to tamp down your enthusiasm for the new job until you start the new job. Give…
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  • A majority of professionals aren't interested in being CEOs - Human Resources Online

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Human Resources OnlineA majority of professionals aren't interested in being CEOsHuman Resources OnlineAttempting to attract and retain your talent by offering them senior leadership positions might once have been an effective strategy – but looks like . If this new study from Saba and is anything to go by, a surprisingly large
  • Up the ranks: Tadayuki Funakura of Konica Minolta - Human Resources Online

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Up the ranks: Tadayuki Funakura of Konica MinoltaHuman Resources OnlineHe will be taking over the role from Ryo Maruhashi, who will be moving on to assume the role of chairman. Funakura has over thirty years of experience in the print and imaging industry. He also played a significant role in driving the company's sales and more »
  • UPDATE: City of Augusta's Human Resources and EEO directors fired -

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    NBC26.tvUPDATE: City of Augusta's Human Resources and EEO directors firedNBC26.tvRICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. - Two of Augusta's high ranking city employees have been fired. The city commissioners voted to fire the Equal Employment Opportunity director Jaclyn Humphrey, and accept the resignation of Human Resources director Tanika ...Augusta EEO coordinator fired; HR director quitsThe Augusta Chronicleall 8 news articles »
  • Workshop To Help Residents Avoid Human Resources "Risks" -

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Patch.comWorkshop To Help Residents Avoid Human Resources "Risks"Patch.comOn April 8 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce B.L.A.S.T.T. Workshop, Fisher & Phillips attorney Tillman Coffey will walk you through each step of a human resources lawsuit and provide you with practical guidance and more »
  • Ask the Headhunter: Can you top this dis from human resources? - PBS NewsHour

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    PBS NewsHourAsk the Headhunter: Can you top this dis from human resources?PBS NewsHourA long-time reader sent me a brief exchange he had with the human resources manager at a company that interviewed him — and the dis he received in reply is so transparent, so foolhardy, and so naïve that it's worth a discussion. It really is a
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  • Compare Free Price Quotes on Group Health Insurance

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Variety is the spice of life. It’s also pretty important when it comes to the group health insurance plans you offer employees. While health insurance is one of the most important benefits employees look for, they also want a say in the type of coverage they’ll receive and how much they’ll have to pay out of pocket. The days of offering traditional insurance plans are just about over. High premiums and out-of-pocket expenses (as much as 25% of each visit) made them difficult to sustain. Instead, most companies typically offer managed care plans to share the expenses with…
  • Compare Free Price Quotes on Payroll Services

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    No matter how meticulous and experienced you are, handling payroll can be a headache. Add in the stress of potentially stiff penalties for tax filing omissions, and you’re left with a financially-induced migraine. In fact, every year approximately 40% of all small businesses pay an average fine of $845 (including penalties and interest) to the IRS. Hiring a qualified payroll service provider can help you increase efficiency and save both time and hassle. Let BuyerZone give you the solid working knowledge you need to evaluate payroll service providers. Then, we can put you in touch with…
  • 7 critical health cost-cutters: How many do you use?

    Jared Bilski
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Healthcare costs are on pace to increase at record lows this year. That’s the good news. The bad? This trend won’t last. In fact, there are a number of trends – increasing drug costs, the ACA’s Cadillac Tax, etc. – that can have drastic effects on unprepared employers. At the Mid-Sized Retirement and Healthcare Plan Management Conference in San Diego, benefits consultant Marybeth Gray spoke about the necessity of developing a long-term plan to prepare for these costs drivers. Here are some of the best practices Gray cited in her presentation: The big picture 1. Only offer a…
  • The key to keep younger workers from jumping ship

    Julian Lopez
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    What can companies do to get their young workers to stick around longer? Give them more feedback. A new study highlights just how much feedback you should be giving these workers. As Millennial workers (those born after the 80s) continue to come into the workforce, employers will have to think of ways to tailor their operations to keep these young employees engaged and productive. However, many companies struggle to accomplish this, as Millennial workers generally have different expectations of their employers than previous generations. To help companies hold onto their Millennial…
  • HR administration: More difficult for small businesses? [Infographic]

    Jared Bilski
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Regardless of the size of the business, HR administration is a challenging job. But according to new research, HR pros at smaller firms have their own unique set of challenges — and rewards. The folks at SCORE, a nonprofit mentoring organization for small businesses, recently released a detailed graphic of the challenges small firms face in finding and keeping employees happy. Bringing in new blood tops list The top challenge: Hiring new employees, which was cited by 42% of small business owners. Rounding out the top three were “growing revenues” (45%) and “increasing…
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    Ask a Manager

  • I fired a manager for drinking on the job, my coworker shared my pregnancy news, and more

    Ask a Manager
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I fired a manager for drinking on the job, and now I regret agreeing to be a reference Last year I fired a manager. She had a shocking number of personal setbacks in the 6 months or so before she was fired, all of which I empathized with her deeply about. However, she just couldn’t cope with the stress and depression that followed. First her behavior turned erratic, then she had a variety of public and private meltdowns on the clock, and then absenteeism set in. We eventually demoted her, then put her on part-time hours and told…
  • do I really need to be on LinkedIn?

    Ask a Manager
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    A reader writes: I was told recently by a recruiter that not having a LinkedIn profile in the modern age of job applications is like being invisible, as that’s the first place recruiters and HR managers look to research interesting applicants beyond their cover letters and resumes. While I admit that I somewhat resent the notion that it’s a “must have,” I’ll also admit that my current job searches sans profile have proven to be somewhat less than fruitful. Though that could be for any number of other reasons as well. Is there any legitimacy to her claim? Are…
  • can working from home increase your productivity?

    Ask a Manager
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Some managers worry that telecommuting employees will be distracted and less productive, and as a result are reluctant to approve work-from-home arrangements at all or will only approve them in unusual circumstances. After all, their worry goes, can people really be as productive when they don’t have the immediate accountability of coworkers seeing how they’re spending their day, and when their home is filled with distractions like TV, pets, and the chance to get caught up on the laundry? But new research suggests that the opposite of this fear is true: that working from home can actually…
  • I hate work, all of it, with a passion

    Ask a Manager
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    A reader writes: Let me first say that this email might come across as whiny and/or juvenile, but I want you to know on the front end that I truly want input and help. Have you ever heard of someone who hates work? I don’t mean hates their job, their boss, or their coworkers. I mean hates work period. Any work. With a passion. I have hated any sort of work since I was old enough to have chores growing up as a kid (I am currently in my late 30’s if it matters). Even back then, I would forego getting an allowance in order to avoid doing my chores. I hate work so much I feel like it…
  • manager won’t let me leave on time for physical therapy, what happens after an interview is over, and more

    Ask a Manager
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Manager won’t let me leave on time for physical therapy Recently I had an accident, and the doctor has ordered me to go to physical therapy twice a week, hopefully to avoid future surgery. I have scheduled my therapy sessions for 7 pm two nights a week. The problem is that my manager often calls me in at two or three minutes to 5 and then proceeds to keep my for quite a while – not doing anything urgent – status updates, that sort of thing. I’ve told him that I need to leave to get to therapy, but he tells me this…
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    Compensation Force

  • 2014 Turnover Rates by Industry

    Ann Bares
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    In response to the many, many requests received and continuing a long tradition here at the Force, I am pleased to bring you the latest turnover rates by industry, provided to us by CompData Surveys.  The information in the following charts - both voluntary and total turnover rates - has been drawn from CompData's 2014 edition of their annual BenchmarkPro Survey, which features data submitted by nearly 30,000 organizations. Next, a little historic perspective, going back to the first data set we featured here in 2008. As always, special thanks go out to our friends at CompData Surveys…
  • Death Knell for the Merit Matrix?

    Ann Bares
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Bill Kutik hates the merit matrix and I suspect he is not alone. The merit matrix is not dead -- not yet, with recent WorldatWork research confirming that about three-quarters of surveyed member organizations (which tend to be larger, more well-established employers) have a merit matrix in place.  But should it be?  Will it be? In his recent HR Technology column at HREOnline, Death to the Merit-Pay-Increase Matrix, Kutik (co-chair emeritus of the annual HR Technology Conference and Exhibition), shared his issues with the matrix: As you likely know, it is the paper form (spreadsheet or…
  • Everything You Do in Compensation is Communication: 3/8 of the Compensation Cafe Publishes a Book!

    Ann Bares
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    About three years ago, a trio of cheeky compensation bloggers joined forces around an idea.  The insight that started it all - that everything (and we mean everything) we do in compensation is, in fact, communication.  When we talk and when we stay silent.  When we share details about how plans work and how awards are earned and when we keep it all under wraps.  The reality is that we are sending messages -- inadvertently and often unintentionally -- with every step of the compensation design, implementation and management process. If this is true -- and we believe it is -- then why not…
  • Retention and Rewards: The Double Edged Sword

    Ann Bares
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Employee retention is a double edged sword.  According to Merriam Webster, in addition to being a sword with two sharp edges, this is defined as something that can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences. That's about right. Or, as John Sumser of the HRExaminer puts it: “Why do we have layoffs?” Because the retention programs work too well. The idea that great people  should be retained in their jobs for a long time is the exact opposite of growth and innovation. Retention breeds seniority and bureaucracy. Innovation requires youth and inexperience. For too long, too many…
  • Early 2015 Salary Increase Budget Data Released

    Ann Bares
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    WorldatWork has released high level results from its 2014-2015 Salary Budget Survey, for which it received a total of 5,252 submissions. Select results presented below. For additional information, please go directly to WorldatWork's release here.
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    Evil HR Lady

  • Can Companies Cut Salary When I Move to a New Location?

    Evil HR Lady
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:17 am
    To keep things short and simple, I work at a corporate business. When I first started working, my hourly wage was X, then I transferred stores (and regions) and my hourly wage was lowered to Y due to “cost of living and change of work status”. By meaning of work status, they said I was “fired” and “rehired” to accommodate the status. With that, my pay was dropped from X to Y even though through the company my hire date has NOT changed. This occurred 4.5 years ago. I’ve missed out on my actual wage pay (the math puts it at roughly $6,000). Can I do…
  • 5 Ways to Evaluate MOOCs on a Resume

    Evil HR Lady
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Guillaume Dumas, a 28-year-old Canadian, made headlines recently when he announced that he had obtained an Ivy League education for free by sneaking in to classes at prestigious universities. His story — coupled with the skyrocketing costs of a college education — raised serious doubts about the value of a diploma. With tuition costs rising and more than a trillion dollars of student debt in America, alternate routes to achieving a top-tier education are increasingly attractive. The big question for HR: Should we start worrying less about an applicant’s degree and more about the…
  • Can you fire a pregnant employee?

    Evil HR Lady
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    I was an assistant manager at a restaurant in California. I’m pregnant and have noticed that my general manager began treating me strangely. Then they promoted an employee to be assistant manager, then another day a new person was hired as assistant manager, making 3 assistant managers! The same day the new assistant manager began working, I was dismissed from work for the rest of the day for performance issues. He removed me from my scheduled shifts, giving me less work. I even complained to the owner over the phone to ask him why I was being told to leave work. I also gave official…
  • 15 True Tales of Job Interview Embarrassment

    Evil HR Lady
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    Job interviews are often awful–even when we do well. Sometimes, though, we torpedo our own chances by opening our own mouths. Here are 20 true stories of interviews gone wrong: When honesty is not the best policy 1. I once interviewed for a job as a diversity trainer. “Why do you want the job?” they asked. “Well, I’ve hated every diversity training I’ve ever been to.” I went on to explain why that was relevant, but I had already talked myself out of a job. 2. The first interview I ever had was at McDonald’s when I was 16. When asked, “Can…
  • 20 Embarrassing Things Never to Say in a Job Interview

    Evil HR Lady
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    We all have to do job interviews–either as the candidate or as the boss interviewing candidates. (We’ve all been the candidate at one time or another, regardless of where we sit now.) Lots of different topics come up in job interviews, and conversations go all over the place, but there are 20 words and phrases that should never, ever, come out of your mouth. 1. Retarded. You may have grown up in the era where saying, “That’s so retarded” simply meant something was silly or dumb. For instance, “Mom says I can’t go to the prom because I failed…
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  • Employment Branding: The Maker Vs. The Manager

    Holland Dombeck McCue
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    I recently rediscovered Paul Graham’s classic 2009 essay, “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule,” and it’s making me reevaluate how I approach my work. In the article, Graham breaks information workers and their schedules into two categories: Managers (e.g., line managers, project managers, and other “boss” types), and Makers (e.g., writers, designers, and other creative or analytical types). A Manager’s schedule is reminiscent of a traditional appointment book, where time is broken into one-hour segments and the owner often changes what they’re doing frequently throughout…
  • VIDEO: Jim D’Amico on Recruiting Metrics Intervention: Using Swim Lanes in Talent Acquistion

    Cara Lucas
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Wrapping up this month at the “Weird Science” Series, Tim Sackett chats via video with Jim D’Amico, Director of Talent Acquisition at Spectrum Health, on how applying swim lanes to talent acquisition can aid in assessing recruiting metrics inside a company. What are swim lanes and how are they used, you ask? Check out the video above to learn more! (Subscribers, please click through for video.) The post VIDEO: Jim D’Amico on Recruiting Metrics Intervention: Using Swim Lanes in Talent Acquistion appeared first on Fistful of Talent.
  • Paul Hebert asks Do You Leave Enough “Margin” For Your Employees?

    Paul Hebert
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Employee engagement has become the holy grail of HR. It has been discussed, dissected, debated and derided as either THE MOSTimportant thing for business performance – or the most over-hyped solution for all-things-ailing-your-business since 360 Degree Reviews. And like a lot of concepts employee engagement falls into what I call the “Forest Gump Maxim” – which states whenever faced with opinions that fall into the two extreme tails of a distribution you can bet that the real answer is in the middle – you know – “a little of both.” Employee engagement is a concept that falls…
  • Accessibility Is Everything In The Recruiting World Today

    Kelly Dingee
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    A little background here: I’ve been searching the Internet for candidates since the dark ages, aka 1997.  I became a social media sourcing devotee in 2008 when I was researching how to leverage all of the new sites popping up on the horizon. When I left the vendor world and returned to sourcing for a retained search firm during the great recession, I was determined to get a high volume of hires from free or nominal cost sites.  I’m probably jaded.  I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of using the Internet to interact with candidates and make hires. One of the things…
  • 5 Things You Should Know This Week

    Cara Lucas
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    It’s Monday again… at FOT, that can only mean one thing–your list of 5 must reads to start your week! 1.. Let’s stop pretending that people who are good at sports make great business leaders: The truism that student athletes are good at business is likely to be damaging to your company, because it has the potential to distort your hiring practises, possibly in a racist way. 2. Why Is it So Hard to Find Jobs for Disabled Workers?: Disability Insurance is providing a much-needed safety net for 9 million Americans, but basic flaws in the program’s structure mean…
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  • The deficit: It’s a productivity thing

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    The Resolution Foundation’s chief executive, Gavin Kelly, remarked last week: All parties are framing the deficit as a fiscal choice. They have said very little about productivity. LSE’s John Van Reenen said something similar in his review of the budget: It is surprising and depressing that the Chancellor neither mentioned the productivity problem nor did anything to address it. As did the FT’s Martin Wolf: [I]t is misleading to view the main challenge as fiscal. It has also become clearer that the crisis both revealed and caused structural weaknesses that the government…
  • The 2019 deficit target is still a big ask

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    Despite the usual post budget hullabaloo, the only thing remarkable about Wednesday’s announcements was just how little the overall picture has changed. As Gemma Tetlow of the IFS commented, when it comes to tax and spending the giveaways are mostly matched by the takeaways. It’s a similar story for the wider economy. Here’s the OBR’s opening statement: In the relatively short period since our last forecast in December, there have been a number of developments affecting prospects for the UK economy and public finances both positively and negatively. These include a…
  • Austerity: as you were

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:18 pm
    George Osborne has eased off on austerity, say the headlines. The targets he announced in yesterday’s budget are nowhere near as severe as the ones he came up with just before Christmas. His decision not to go for such a big surplus in 2020 has reduced the implied level of cuts to spending on public services. Public service spending projections   December 2014   Source: OBR Economic and fiscal outlook – December 2014 March 2015 Source: OBR Economic and fiscal outlook – March 2015 The OBR reckons an absolute surplus can be achieved in 2018-19 by reducing spending on…
  • A ‘could do better’ for Britain’s managers

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published its Growth Through People report recently. It’s a wide-ranging review of the UK labour market which brings together lot of useful information in one place and highlights the trends we have seen over the past few years. The report notes that, despite the increasing skill level of the workforce, something I have commented on a few times, (here, here and here) productivity and pay are still in the doldrums. The UK now has one of the largest graduate workforces in the EU, and one of the largest shares of high-skilled jobs in…
  • The fossilised power of the older worker

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    Yesterday’s Resolution Foundation’s report on living standards showed how the post-recession pay squeeze had affected the pay of different groups. It found that younger workers had seen the biggest reduction in median pay while older workers had got off lightly by comparison.   Chris Giles responded with a piece on the “The dark underbelly of Britain’s jobs miracle”. His conclusion: The gains for older workers come not because they are worth it but through the exercise of power. I had a quick Twitter conversation with Chris about this. He’s not talking…
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  • The @LinkedIn video: How to get a job at @Flipkart

    Gautam Ghosh
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    So my colleague Vamsi and I were interviewed by folks at LinkedIn as part of their campaign with MTV India's #GetAJob on what it takes to get a job at Flipkart using LinkedInSo here's the video :)If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • The 3000th blog post - reflections on 13 years of blogging

    Gautam Ghosh
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 pm
    So I thought I would blog on something special for this post, but then I realised that maybe this should just be a "looking back" post. And as my friend Steve Levy suggested on Twitter @GautamGhosh Or you can write about the pros & cons of being an early adopter of anything #HRtech – imagine getting into LinkedIn today— Steve Levy (@LevyRecruits) March 24, 2015I wandered into blogging by accident - as I guess most of us who discovered blogging in 2002 did. The pros outweighed the cons. You were part of a small community of bloggers and read each other's blog posts.Being part of a…
  • Stop the spam on LinkedIn !

    Gautam Ghosh
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:53 pm
    I loved LinkedIn. Really. I was an early adopter. My membership number is 18770. (you can find yours by going to your profile page - it's the number after )I was on LinkedIn before you had profile pics :) But I am getting nostalgic about the good ol' days. But of late, many people are falling for spam on LinkedIn. No, I don't mean those mathematical puzzles (though they are irritating too) or "see the letters and the first word will tell.." (ditto). If you're a connection of mine that responds to either one of those there's only one thing I do, I…
  • Reminiscing about my blogging journey at #SMWBangalore #socialmedia

    Gautam Ghosh
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    So yesterday two old blogging buddies Karthik, Manu and I went down memory lanes to talk at the Social Media Week Bangalore on how, what and why we blog - our celeb moments and what makes us continue with blogging in this "real time" age of TwitterHere are a few of the tweets about the session from the people present there :)[View the story "Blogging journeys - reminiscing at #SMWBangalore " on Storify]If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • Tweetchat on Blogging with @SMWBangalore #SMWBangalore #socialmedia

    Gautam Ghosh
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    So yesterday I was invited to be a guest at a Twitter chat hosted by the folks at Social Media Week where I would be speaking on 24th FebruaryI thought I should share this with you, my blog readers :) [View the story "Tweetchat about Blogging : Passion and ROI :) #SMWBangalore" on Storify]If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
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  • The neurobiology of trauma

    8 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    For international women's day, here is the opportunity for education.  Our brains change during trauma.  This is worth all 90 minutes.  Every single minute.
  • Good questions

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    After a wonderful summer off from blogging, here I am. I had wonderful down time. Went to a LEAN conference. Read some great books. Sat on the beach.Now I am back at it.One of my favorite podcasts is the Andy Stanley Leadership podcast.  It's fabulous.In one of his previous podcasts, he discussed permission-giving questions.  These are the questions he  asks his employees:1. What are you most excited about right now?2. What do you wish you could spend more time on?3. What's most challenging? Generally a systems problem.4. Anything bugging you? Home, person, etc5. What can I do…
  • salaries

    23 May 2014 | 2:27 pm
    What do you make?  It's such a personal question and when I see the question on job postings and application requirements, it makes me seethe.  A little. Or more than a little.I say one human resources position that required a complete salary history for every position listed on the resume.  Those not including salary histories would not be considered. What the?   < rant >Here is the thing.  What I make is absolutely none of your business.  You aren't entitled to know my salary history nor do you have any right to ask me what I make now. If you, human…
  • Something to consider

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ever heard these comments? Or thought them? Her skirt was too short.  She was asking for it. What was she doing walking there at that hour? This should help.The next time you read about a victim of sexual assault, please remember this video.
  • Taking time to read

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    While I have been woefully negligent in writing, I am can say with great enthusiasm, it's because I have been reading. Reading some really good stuff. One of my favorite topics right now is mediation. Not meditation, mediation.  A fabulous book on the subject if The Mediation Process by Christopher Moore.  All 600 pages of it. Speaking of mediation, if you are in the Grand Rapids area, the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan is holding its General Civil Mediation training. To say that it's life changing doesn't do the training or the trainers justice; if you are interested,…
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  • The Only 3 Reasons to Hold a Business Meeting

    Sharlyn Lauby
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    Business meetings are the bane of our professional lives. According to The Muse, managers spent between 35 – 50% of their time in meetings. That’s a pretty significant number. You might be saying, the answer to this is get rid of meetings. But here’s the thing. I doubt that meetings are going away. The definition of meeting is “a coming together of two or more people, by chance or arrangement.” People will still get together to accomplish stuff. That’s a meeting. Some companies feel the way to reduce the number of meetings is to attach rules or guidelines to them. For example,…
  • Everything #HR Needs to Know About SaaS

    Sharlyn Lauby
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    In our continuing series on human resources and technology, I thought it would be good to cover a term that gets thrown around a lot – SaaS. It’s an acronym for Software-as-a-Service. Many times, when I hear the term SaaS, it’s used in the same sentence as “the cloud.” So much so that it’s easy to wonder about the relationship between the two. Are they the same? Different? And how do they work? So I reached out to a friend who works with a SaaS product to see if she would share her expertise. And luckily, she said yes. Helene Kopel is a product development leader specializing in…
  • Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – March 2015

    Sharlyn Lauby
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    Where has the year gone?! I feel like only yesterday I was putting away the holiday decorations and now it’s Spring!  Before I know it, I’ll be looking for 2016 Planners. The good news is with Spring comes some great HR events. I’m so looking forward to some travel! Next week, I will be attending SHRM’s Business Acumen: Integrating HR Across Operations seminar here in Fort Lauderdale. The agenda looks very interesting and I can’t wait to share my takeaways with you. SHRM offers various seminars like this one in cities across the nation and prior to their annual conference, which is…
  • Finding the Right Companies to Benchmark

    Sharlyn Lauby
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    It seems like a simple enough question. “What companies should we benchmark ourselves against?” The question was asked in a Facebook group I belong to. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s an easy answer. Benchmarking is the process of comparing something (i.e. process, performance) against what someone else does. The process of choosing that “someone else” to compare yourself to isn’t always obvious. You guys know that, years ago, I worked at an airline. During the time that I worked at the airline, there was this other airline that was always in the news for their “fun”…
  • What Do You Want To Be Known For

    Sharlyn Lauby
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    I found this website recently. It’s a memorial to all of the products and projects that Google has abandoned over the years. While the site is in French, you immediately understand the point without even looking for the translate button. I think this Google Memorial site has become popular given the recent speculation about the future of Google+. I’m not aware that Google has made any official announcements about the G+ platform, it’s more of a “what’s not being said” that’s driving much of the conversation. As I was looking at the list of all the abandoned projects, the…
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  • Candidate Advice You Should Not Share With Your Candidates

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Back in the 1970s and early 1980s after a spate of run-ins with the law and arrests and general bad behavior amongst members of his Oklahoma University football team, then-coach Barry Switzer was asked by a reporter what he planned to do about better controlling player's off-field conduct. Switzer, probably out of frustration, and the fact that that morning another player had been arrested for assault, is said to have replied "Frankly I am not sure what else I can do, short of putting up a sign in the locker room that says "Committing a felony is against team policy"." Switzer's point was…
  • UPDATE: The Microsoft Band and the Future of Wearables at Work

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you wear a fitness tracker like a Fitbit or a Jawbone? Or maybe you are planning to jump on the Apple Watch fanboy train in a few weeks and take advantage of that device's ability to track your activity. Lot's of folks are keeping closer track of their workouts and activity today. A few months back Microsoft launched its first entry into the wearables market with the Microsoft Band, a wearable tracker that possesses a variety of sensors including a microphone, a GPS location sensor, motion sensors, an optical sensor that measures heart rate, a sensor that tracks skin conductance,…
  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 208 - LIVE from Ultimate Connections 2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    HR Happy Hour 208 - LIVE from Ultimate Connections 2015 Recorded Wednesday March 25, 2015 LISTEN HERE Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guest: Cecile Alper-Leroux, Ultimate Software This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish recorded LIVE from the Ultimate Software Connections 2015 Customer Conference in Las Vegas. Our guest was Cecile Alper-Leroux from Ultimate, one of the most interesting, influential, and engaging leaders in the HR Technology industry. And quite frankly, Cecile is one of the HR Happy Hour Show's favorite guests too. On the show, Cecile…
  • Notes from the Road #15 - The Five Guys You Meet in the Hotel Fitness Center

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Back out on the road this week while simultaneously trying to stay (reasonably) healthy and what passes for fit for a person of my stature. This combination of travel and desire to not let the half-dozen Las Vegas trips I have on tap for 2015 ruin me have placed me in quite a few hotel gyms and fitness centers of late. And when you spend even a little time in hotel fitness centers, you inevitably encounter at least one of these five types of guys (and yes, these are always guys), along the way. Each type is at best slightly annoying and at worst downright frightening and no matter which one…
  • Poker, dating, and responding to email - it's all about the timing

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    Good poker players will tell you, at least I am pretty sure they will tell you, that no matter if your cards are good, bad, or somewhere in between, that a smart player will respond and react to the betting action in a consistent manner. If you call or raise a bet too quickly or eagerly, that might be a 'tell' that you are holding some great cards and can't wait to get more money into the pot. Similarly, waiting and belaboring a decision to call a bet could signal a comparatively weak hand, and embolden your opponents. So the smart play is to find and maintain a consistent rhythm or cadence…
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  • Jobs in National Institute of Technology (NIT) Goa - NIO Goa Recruitment 2015

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    National Institute of Technology (NIT) Goa issued Faculty Recruitment Notification for filling up various Teaching posts in Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Humanities & Sciences and Mechanical Engineering Departments. Read below for more details. Job Description: Post : Professor Vacancy : 08 Nos. Age Limit : 30 / 38  Years Salary : Rs. 15600-39100 +
  • Rail Coach Factory Raebareli Recruitment 2015 Doctors

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Raebareli is going to conduct an Walk in Interview for engagement of 06 (Six) Vacancies of Full Time Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs) Specialists / General Duty Doctors on contract basis in RCF/RBL. Interested candidates should attend the interview on 6th April 2015. Read below for more details. Job Description: General Duty : 01 Specialist/Physician : 01
  • Enforcement Directorate Recruitment 2015 - 27 Assistant Enforcement Officer Vacancies

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Enforcement Directorate Recruitment 2015 Assistant Enforcement Officer 27 Vacancies Enforcement Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Government of India invites applications for the post of Assistant Enforcement Officer for filling up 27 Vacancies on Deputation basis in the Directorate of Enforcement. Eligible persons apply before 19th May 2015. Read below for more details.
  • Sikkim PSC Recruitment 2015 - 208 Junior Engineer Civil Vacancies

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Sikkim Public Service Commission, Gangtok invites applications from Sikkim Resident for recruitment of Junior Engineer (Civil) for filling up 208 vacancies on temporary regular basis under Roads & Bridges Department, Government of Sikkim. Candidates should apply before 28th April 2015. Read below for more details. Job Description: Post Name : Junior Engineer (Civil) Vacancy : 208 (Female – 61)
  • BVFCL MT Recruitment 2015 - Jobs in Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL) invites Online Applications from from young  and energetic Engineers and Professionals for engagement of Management Trainees in various Disciplines. Read below for more details. Job Description: Post Name : Management Trainees (MT) Vacancies : 46 Nos. Chemical – 15,  Mechanical – 05,  Electrical – 05,  Instrumentation – 05, Civil – 02,
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  • Tenet 2: Everyone Contributes to the Culture

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Every interaction between every employee, from bottom to top and vice versa, is a thread in the cultural tapestry. Every employee allows their personal values to dictate how they read and react to others.Last Week we discussed Tenet 1. Culture is Defined by Actions. For this week and next, we are going to talk about how everyone that walks through the front door contributes to company culture with Tenet 2.Tenet 2: Everyone Contributes to the CultureLeadership has historically been thought of as the team that determines the values within a company. And while it is important for leadership to…
  • How Perks Follow Values (By Libby Sartain)

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Actions aren't the only things driven by values. This is a story from our friend and colleague, Libby Sartain, about how perks and things like dress code can follow values.Earlier this week week we looked at Tenet 1: Culture is defined by actions. Today we're sharing a story about the ways in which dress code, vacation policies, office design and other perks follow an organization's values. Perks reinforce culture, they don't define it. Guest contributor Libby Sartain is the former Chief Human Resources Officer at Yahoo! and Southwest Airlines. Today she's an Author, Speaker, Board…
  • Tenet 1: Culture is Defined by Actions

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Culture is not whether employees wear ties or tie-dye or bring dogs to work - it is 
more elemental than that.Last week, we looked at the Definition of Culture. This week, we’re going to chat about RoundPegg’s 5 Culture Tenets. Our slideshow will give you a sneak peak of the topics we’ll be discussing in more detail.Tenet 1: Culture is Defined by ActionsCulture is not whether employees wear ties or tie-dye or bring dogs to work - it is 
more elemental than that.Earlier this week, we examined the 3 different types of culture that people commonly talk about. At RoundPegg, we like to…
  • The 5 Tenets of Culture [Slideshow]

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    tenet /tenət/ (noun): a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.​ The Five Tenets of Culture from RoundPegg You can call them principles, beliefs, doctrines, creeds, axioms, dogmas, canons.. we call them tenets, and when it comes to organizational culture, we believe that there are five of them.Keep an eye out for our blog post next week when we discuss Tenet 1 in more detail.
  • How Do You Define Culture?

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    Over the years, we’ve talked to thousands of people leaders about company culture and one thing is clear: culture is important no matter the definition.What is Culture? We asked some fellow culture champions and this is what we heard. "Culture is the rules, both written and unwritten, that govern how work really gets done in an organization." – Lain Adams, Executive Coach and Strategic Leadership Advisory, RoundPegg Consulting Partner “Culture is something that you feel on a cellular level. It will either compel or repel your employees and customers. When it compels it will become a…
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  • خمسة تمارين بسيطة يمكنك ممارستها في العمل

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    خطر الإصابة بمرض السكري وأمراض القلب والأوعية الدموية فحسب، بل يخفض أيضاً من الانتاجية في العمل ويؤدي الى الشعور بالتوتر والقلق. في الواقع، ليس من السهل الذهاب الى النادي الرياضي يومياً لممارسة التمارين الرياضية، فقد أشار أشار استبيان بيت.كوم حول ““، مارس 2012، الى أن 45% من المهنيين يمارسون التمارين الرياضية أحياناً. في…
  • 5 Simple Toning Exercises You Can Do at Work

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    Sitting at your desk all day can take a major toll on your health, especially your weight. Not only does it increase the risk of getting diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, a lackadaisical lifestyle also reduces productivity and adds to stress. Going to the gym every day is easier said than done. In fact, 45% of professionals in the MENA exercise only occasionally, according to the “MENA Professionals Health and Eating Habits” poll, March 2012. The good news is that you can do simple exercises at work which can help you tone up gradually. Here are 5 simple toning exercises you…
  • كيفية توظيف المواهب التنفيذية العليا على شبكة الانترنت

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    1. استخدام خدمة الاعلانات عن الوظائف والبحث عن السير الذاتية أدوات التوظيف الرئيسية على بيت.كوم، حيث تسمح خدمة الاعلانات عن الوظائف لأصحاب العمل الاعلان عن وظائفهم الشاغرة وتلقي آلاف الطلبات من أفضل الباحثين عن عمل. كما تتيح خدمة البحث عن السير الذاتية فرصة متميزة أمامهم للبحث ضمن قاعدة البيانات المكوّنة من 20 مليون باحث عن عمل…
  • How to Recruit Senior Talent Online

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Finding senior executive talent is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. It only takes one visionary – one great hire – to make all the difference in your company. Unfortunately, this is no simple feat and it can take time and effort to find the perfect candidate. Thanks to the power of online recruitment, sourcing and hiring senior executives has become much simpler, as the gap between employers and candidates is slowly reducing. The trick is to know how to use the online tools available in order to hire top talents in the best and most effective way possible. Below are just a few ways…
  • How to Support a Grieving Employee

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    Hi! I work in the HR department of a medium-sized company in Dubai. Sometimes, our employees suffer terrible personal grief – such as losing a parent, child or spouse – and I feel that my company doesn’t have the suitable procedures to help them. I don’t know where to start and would truly appreciate it if you could help me. Thanks! – Olga P. Dealing with loss is extremely difficult, especially when it involves a loved one. Every individual has their own way of grieving, and the HR department must deal with it in the right manner. If treated with compassion, grieving employees could…
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  • Will the Cloud have a Silver Lining for HR Outsourcing ?

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Organisations have had to respond to the seismic shifts in the economy with the increased use of contractors, zero-hours contracts, interim resources, partnership arrangements, consultants and outsourcing to weather the storm. This process has also been mirrored in the HR world as HR directors scrutinise how to source current skills needed to deliver HR services.   Outsourcing started out as a necessity of 'doing more for less' and has increasingly become standard practice, with many organisations using outsourcing to drive efficiencies. However, before outlining why outsourcing…
  • HR Change and Transformation 2014

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:58 am
    This has to be the most interesting time to be working at the intersection of HR, organisation development and technology.    Leading change in 2014 includes responding to growing markets, geographical expansion, mergers & acquisitions and cross-cultural leadership across 5 generations. The importance of effective leadership, talent management and high employee engagement has never been so great.   There is a lot of buzz around technology as a driver for change in areas such as talent identification and development and workforce productivity. Its use can span all areas of…
  • Will HR in the Cloud kill HR Outsourcing ?

    10 Dec 2013 | 1:58 pm
                        Will ‘HR in the Cloud’ kill the HR Outsourcing industry  ?   Or, are the claims of the HR Technology industry in ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’ ?   In Aristrophanes play, ‘The Birds’, written in 414 BC, “Cloud Cuckoo Land” was an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect.   In our 2013 HR play, Ms HR Vendor helps the trusting Ms HR Director erect a perfect HR operating model in the clouds.   For HR Directors, this has the appeal of…
  • 6 Key Questions to Ask before HR Outsourcing

    7 Nov 2013 | 5:09 am
                          The HR Outsourcing industry is alive and kicking.     Last year we highlighted the Most Important HR Outsourcing Contracts of the last 2 Years,  which highlighted large contracts and renewals in South America and Europe.  Next week I will be attending the 2013 HRO Today Forum, in London, where I expect to hear news of new contracts and developments in the world of HR Outsourcing.   I am particularly looking forward to the panel discussion “From Transactional to Transformational, Next…
  • HR Tech Europe 2013 – Big Data, Robots and Cycle Paths

    3 Nov 2013 | 3:49 am
                        I have always found Amsterdam an inspiring place to be.   As you walk by the canals you experience the artistic and technological ambition of its residents with its rich history as the hub of a global trading empire.   The reason Amsterdam is still a thriving global hub in oil, diamonds, flowers and ideas is not because of its location or wealth but to it's engineering excellence and vision.     Nearly one-third of the Netherlands is below sea level and prone to floods. In the 1950s, a series of…
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  • Pam Fox Rollin on Starting a New Leadership Role

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Learn how to set yourself up for success, map the terrain, show up wisely and much more in this informational and exciting eBook!Download the eBook and automatically get enrolled with a free account and four free social media enabled eBooks on the Aha Amplifier.Request Free!
  • The Essentials of HR & Talent Management

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The Essentials of HR & Talent Management ,brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your HR and Talent Management related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your HR research:Top 10 Ways to Achieve a Successful Wellness ProgramThe Absolute Must-Do's to Build an Agile OrganizationI-9 Compliance: Don't Risk ItHow Companies are Saving 30-50% off Skyrocketing Insurance Premiums.Request Free!
  • How to Write a Winning Job Description

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A job description is more than an ad for an open position – it's an ad for your company. Job seekers are consumers, and they'll want to be sold on your company before they apply. Represent your company well with error-free writing, a sharp logo and a welcoming voice. It's essential to create a well-crafted job description that reflects your company's standards, culture and brand in a positive, powerful way.So what makes a great job description, the kind that attracts the right job seekers and motivates them to apply? It's easier than you think, if you include key elements and opt for…
  • Top 10 Tips to Strengthen Your Communications with Remote Workforce

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    A dispersed workforce introduces challenges in effectively reaching, communicating, and engaging with your workforce.  We need to better understand the remote workers’ situations, recognize the engagement touch points, and introduce programs that drive connections with those employees.  Download the Top 10 Tips to Strengthen Your Communications with Remote Workforce Playbook, and make your communications work harder for you.  Request Free!
  • Top 10 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    An effective employee communication strategy is key to engagement.  The majority of HR leaders say they have a tough time communicating complex topics, engaging employees, and reaching extended families.  56% of employees wish their employers would communicate benefits in a way that is easy to understand, and 61% would like to spend as little time as possible to learn about them.  We need to adapt our communications strategies.  Learn how and find out the Top 10 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy Playbook.  Download Now!Request Free!
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  • Well-Being is a Skill: Perspectives From Contemplative Neuroscience

    Brad Herbert
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Dr. Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin - Madison is a Neuroscientist who has also been practicing and studying mindfulness since the 70s. In this talk from the Wisdom 2.0 2015 Conference he talks about four big discoveries that are informing how we think about wellness:Neuroplasticity - essentially the brain changes in response to experience and training, including growing new cells (neurogenesis).  In other words, you can literally rewire your brain based on what you pay attention to, which is crucial for forming new habits and breaking patterns in your life.Epigenetics…
  • 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…
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    Staffing Advisors

  • How to make a career jump to a new industry

    Bob Corlett
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Interviewing is fundamentally an exercise in risk management. As a job seeker, your goal is to reduce any appearance of risk in hiring you. If you are looking for a job just like the one you have now, no problem — you already appear safe. But the minute you try to climb one rung up the career ladder or change careers, industry or functional area, you become more risky in the eyes of a potential hiring manager. Let’s say your industry is in decline and you just saw an ad for a growing industry that you’d love to jump into. You think, “I could easily transfer my skills…
  • How useful is pre-employment personality testing?

    Bob Corlett
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    There’s something alluring about personality tests. We hope to learn something from the fun quizzes in Cosmo or BuzzFeed. Against all logic, we want these tests to work, even though we know deep down that multiple choice questions can’t really get at all the complexities of our personalities. At work, it’s hard to avoid the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) test. The MBTI is so common that Wharton professor Adam Grant calls it “the fad that won’t die.” At some point, almost every small employer considers using a pre-employment test to help gain insight into potential…
  • How to inspire your employees and increase their engagement

    Bob Corlett
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:10 am
    Gallup’s State of the American Workplace survey reports that 70 percent of U.S. workers are not engaged at work. If that’s a startling statistic for you, and you want more engaged employees, don’t hire a consultant to design new engagement initiatives. Instead, demonstrate your own engagement. I recommend you ditch your engagement projects. Far too many executives mistakenly chase engagement numbers to drive business performance, when they should instead be rolling up their own sleeves and jumping into the task. Why engagement matters Engagement is a side benefit of success,…
  • Your Recruiting Process Assumes Harvard Grads Cause Shark Attacks

    Bob Corlett
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    Each year in May, about 1500 students graduate from Harvard. And within months of their graduation, there is a big, observable jump in both ice cream sales and the number of shark attacks. The data is predictable and tightly correlated, so obviously graduating from Harvard leads to shark attacks. Okay, perhaps Harvard graduates are not the cause of increased shark attacks (maybe ice cream is the real culprit). Or maybe there is something else going on here. When you confuse correlation with causation, you're going to be misled. Sadly, we humans are suckers for the shell game called…
  • What if you were tapped to replace Brian Williams or Jon Stewart?

    Bob Corlett
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    There have been two high-profile leadership changes in the world of TV news — the suspension of Brian Williams from NBC News in the wake of scandal, plus Jon Stewart’s announced retirement from The Daily Show. What if you were asked to replace either one? Whether you enter into a crisis (like at NBC) or a calmer, planned transition (like at Comedy Central), there are aspects of successful transition that all new leaders should follow, especially when replacing a veteran leader. For advice, I turned to Pat Nichols, president of Transition Leadership International to get an…
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  • NLRB Highlights Questionable Employee Handbook Provisions

    Beth Zoller
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel released a report prompted by recent cases involving challenges to employee handbook policies. The report notes that even well-intentioned rules that prohibit employees from engaging in protected conduct, or… continue
  • Work Eligibility of US Employees: Your Form I-9 Questions Answered

    Melissa Silver
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office has been very aggressive in imposing fines on employers for Form I-9 violations. As a result, employers that fail to properly verify the identity and work authorization of their new hires with… continue
  • Increased Employee Leave Protections Examined in New Podcast

    David Weisenfeld
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    While Congress may be mired in gridlock, the same often does not hold true at the state and municipal levels as evidenced by the growing number of leave laws to protect US employees. Three states—California, Connecticut and Massachusetts—have enacted paid… continue
  • Five Tips for Employee Handbook Disclaimers to Protect Employer Interests

    Beth Zoller
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    A clear and conspicuous disclaimer is an essential part of an employee handbook. Not only can it protect an employer’s legitimate business interests, but it can also help to avoid costly litigation and to save an employer’s time, money and… continue
  • Conducting Workplace Investigations in Canada: What HR Needs to Know

    Melissa Silver
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The failure to have a formal complaint and investigative procedure could expose a Canadian employer to aggravated and punitive damages if the decision to terminate an employee was based on a flawed or biased investigation. So what can employers do… continue
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    Mumblr - A Blog on HR, Talent Management, Employee Engagement and The Ideal Enterprise

  • The Robots Are Coming!

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    A few days back, I spotted a brilliant quote on Twitter. With robots becoming more like employees and employees becoming more like robots, the convergence should happen sooner than later. Now and in the future, more and more jobs will be codified, especially ones which are repeatable and programmable. As the machines devour jobs which were once thought uniquely human, here is a selection of critical reading in this area to understand the trends, plausibility of the notion of machine / robots in the workplace, its impact (on work, companies, societies and economies) and what to do about it. I…
  • Innovative Innovation Program at Adobe

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:18 am
    I stumbled upon this piece on the Fast Company website, which talks about a great initiative from Adobe to spark innovative ideas among its employees and get them to develop the ideas to yield business value. I will leave you to enjoy the details on the link above, but in short – any (absolutely any) Adobe employee can request for a “kickbox”: It’s a simple red cardboard box, sealed by a fire alarm graphic that reads “pull in case of idea.” Inside, you’ll find a set of instructions to “beat” the box, a Bic pen, two sets of Post-it notes, a timer,…
  • An Agile HR Function for the VUCA World

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    I recently wrote about how we can build an agile HR function for the VUCA world on Towers Watson’s South East Asia blog. You can check out the post here or read it below too: ——————————————————————————————————————- The term VUCA was introduced by the US Army War College to describe the more Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world in the post-cold war…
  • When Do We Learn?

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:37 pm
    A lot many leaders and HR / OD professionals talk about the need to build and enhance organizational capability. They talk about the Learning Organization – companies that continuously facilitate learning of its employees to transform the organization. They envision such an organization to be agile, responsive to marketplace dynamics, innovative and successful. So, how do we learn? Training? Courses?….No! We need to remember the 70/20/10 rule of learning – 70% of learning is on the job, 20% from people around us and 10% from formal training & courses. And if bulk of…
  • Maximizing the Impact of HR Programs

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    HR professionals always have a question on their minds – “How do we maximize the effectiveness and impact of our HR programs?” And it is a valid question to ask in an environment where business executives are constantly challenging HR to demonstrate value. In their quest to maximize effectiveness, HR leaders scan best practices, tinker with them and adapt them (hopefully) to their organisations. However, “best practices” are not necessarily the ultimate panacea for HR. In fact, adopting best practices without adaptation or ensuring its relevance to the organizational context can be…
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Must Read EEOC Trends For 2015

    Dianne Shaddock
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its Strategic Enforcement Plan did not fare well in the last couple of years. However, reasonable cause determinations were up in 2014. Furthermore, the EEOC lost a couple of major cases in court. The agency lost EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation and EEOC v. Freeman. The first case […]
  • Is 2015 a Pay Period Leap Year For Your Company?

    Dianne Shaddock
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    The year 2015 is a Pay Period Leap Year; a year that will likely go by unnoticed by your employees but should not be missed by your payroll department. Accurate time keeping is necessary for you and your organization to determine if you will have to calculate extra pay. For example, if you pay on […]
  • How to Give Your Employees More Control Over Feedback

    15 Mar 2015 | 10:51 pm
    If you’ve been carrying out the same old employee evaluations year after year and haven’t achieved the desired results, it is time to change things up. Evaluating employees is not an enviable task. Feelings can get hurt. Critical evaluations can cause employees who feel unappreciated to search for new positions. Numerous studies have shown that […]
  • FAQ: What are the Rules for Issuing an Employee’s Last Paycheck?

    Dianne Shaddock
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    After an employee has left your company, he or she is entitled to receive their last paycheck with wages earned during their final pay period regardless of whether the employee decided to leave for other opportunities, or the employee was fired. Whether your employee is required by law to receive their final paycheck on their […]
  • How HR Managers are Managing Change with Workplace Training

    Dianne Shaddock
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:37 pm
    This article is a guest contribution, courtesy of SkyPrep, a LMS software and elearning software that currently has over 150,000 registered users. HR managers play a large role in how a company functions. They are also responsible for creating changes within the company that are designed to increase productivity, boost sales and improve safety awareness. […]
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    In Full Bloom » «In Full Bloom

  • Israel and Jordan: A Traveller’s Tale

    Naomi Bloom
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Bloom Girls And Husbands In Israel [It’s been three months since I did my last direct client consulting, and I’m loving the transition to industry observer and kibitzer.  I’ve got two major blog post series underway — one on persistent errors I see in the underlying object models of far too much HCM software (including brand new software) and one a series of rants about the sloppy (and sometimes deliberate) misuse of important terminology — and lots more to come.  But first I’d like to finish this post that’s been waiting a year for me to digest…
  • Modest Rant — No HCM Pain/Rethink/Disruption, Then Little Business Gain

    Naomi Bloom
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Don’t Even Think About Getting Innovation Without Disruption [This post evolved from my Twitter reactions to a range of marketing messages and advertorials which make it sound as though their current on-premise customers, as well as the on-premise customers of other vendors, could get all the benefits of business innovation enabled by next generation HCM software without much rethinking, redesigning, and disruption.  Dare I say balderdash!]  If and when you decide to migrate from your seriously old design, on-premise ERP to “the cloud,” please make sure that you get what…
  • Modest Rant — HCM SaaS Economics

    Naomi Bloom
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    With a huge shout-out to Brian Sommer from whose wonderful blog post I “borrowed” this graphic. [The impetus for this post was some absolute nonsense online which sort of equated SaaS to “cloud” (and faux “cloud” at that), then suggested that, while customers might save a little in the short run with SaaS, it would cost them more in the long run (here using a strictly in-house TCO cost model without much attention paid to upgrades, process modernization, etc.), and then went on to annoy the hell out of me by saying that the only one who benefits from…
  • Persistent HRM Object Model Errors Part I — Job And Position

    Naomi Bloom
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Objects To The Left Of Us, Objects To The Right Introduction In May 2012, I published a blog post that covered the basics of objects and object modeling — the very basic basics.  Assuming you’ve all been studying this topic since then (if you hadn’t already done so), it seemed like a good time to note that simply applying the right modeling techniques does not get you to the right HRM object models.  Au contraire. I’ve watched very smart HRM enterprise software architecture and modeling teams do their best, but it’s a rare team that doesn’t make one or…
  • A Bloom’s Christmas: Inventory Management And Retail Retold

    Naomi Bloom
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    [Disclosure: If you think you’ve read something very similar before, you’re quite right.  And you may read an updated version in the future.  I learned so much about business, absorbed it through my pores, as I worked at Bloom’s Camera (later, Bloom’s Photo Supply and then just Bloom’s, Inc.), lingered at my grandmother’s kitchen table after Friday night Shabbat meals where all the important decisions were made for that business, and was then apprenticed to all the other small businesses run by various relatives.  I went on buying trips to New York for the fancy ladies wear…
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • Engagement, Retention, and Culture now the #1 Issues in Talent and HR

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    We just published the major study Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2015, and the results are striking. Today, driven by shifts in both work ethos and the transparency of the job market, employee retention and engagement are now the #1 problems companies face.  (3,200 respondents from over 100 countries) This is the third year we've done this study, and we looked at more than ten different trends in the research. The results show that 87% of companies now rate "retention, engagement, and culture" as an important imperative and 50% rate it "urgent." The #2…
  • Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for A Rapidly Changing World

    6 Jan 2015 | 3:58 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 | 2:17 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 | 4:37 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 | 12:15 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…
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    The Workforce Institute

  • Employees – Assets or Liabilities?

    Joyce Maroney
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Probably many of you are assuming the title of the post is rhetorical – of course your employees are your greatest assets, right?  The most telling evidence of whether this is true, though, will come from your employees themselves.  Are they excited about the mission of your organization? Do they understand their individual roles when […] The post Employees – Assets or Liabilities? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Five Strategies for Building Transparency In The Workplace

    Joyce Maroney
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Today’s guest blog post is by our board member, Jeanne Meister.  Jeanne is a Partner at Future Workplace and co-author The 2020 Workplace Book.  In this post, Jeanne discusses the importance of building transparency in the workplace and how following the five steps below can lead to greater trust and loyalty from employees. Some of these recommendations are provocative […] The post Five Strategies for Building Transparency In The Workplace appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Trend Towards Cloud Continues for SMB Companies

    Joyce Maroney
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Today’s guest post is courtesy of my Kronos colleague, Josh Davis.   Josh is responsible for marketing our cloud based workforce management solution to small and medium businesses.  Read on to learn why cloud solutions can be an especially good fit for small businesses whose IT resources are scarce. In our newest installment of the […] The post Trend Towards Cloud Continues for SMB Companies appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Employee Centered Schedule Optimization

    Joyce Maroney
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Today’s post is from our board member, David Creelman.  David is CEO of Creelman Research, and a frequently published expert on human capital management issues.  Following is his take on why organizations should balance the productivity benefits of scheduling software with the needs of the human beings whose schedules are being managed. In Leslie Perlow’s […] The post Employee Centered Schedule Optimization appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Want Your Stars to Stay? Say Thank You

    Joyce Maroney
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It may come as a surprise to you that Friday, March 6th is the 20th anniversary of Employee Appreciation Day.  It was created in 1995 by Bob Nelson, a board member of Recognition Professionals International, as a way of focusing  employers on employee recognition.  It’s probably not surprising to you that lots of employees don’t feel […] The post Want Your Stars to Stay? Say Thank You appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • How Do I Improve Morale? Encourage Employees to Give Back

    Michael Haberman
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Helping employees volunteer increases engagement. Today’s post is courtesy of According to the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), 50 percent of companies offered pro-bono services in 2013 showing an increase of 34 percent from 2010. In addition, 59 percent of companies offered paid-release volunteer programs during the same period, showing a 51 percent increase from 2010. Fostering a volunteer program can also help boost retention and satisfaction rates. reported higher retntion rates for employees participating in volunteer…
  • Caregivers are protected from associational discrimination

    Michael Haberman
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Caregivers of disabled infants are protected under the ADA from associational discrimination. I have written a couple of times about associational discrimination as you can find here and here. What is associational discrimination you ask? Basically it is when and employee suffers some job discrimination because of their association with someone who is protected. This protection is received under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Family and Medical Leave Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This last area is the subject of today’s post. Sick baby equals bad…
  • Future Friday: Your future workforce needs to be taught correctly

    Michael Haberman
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Is it more important to be educated or to be smart? When you think of your future workforce you need to think beyond just next year. In yesterday’s post featuring The Herman Trend Report it was revealed that educational trends are showing the decline of the numbers of boys going to college. Obviously this will have a future effect on having educated male employees. Or will it? What is being taught? In a presentation to the National School Boards Association Futurist David Zach questioned whether children, our future workforce, are being taught the right things. Zach feels that to be…
  • Understanding your future workforce today

    Michael Haberman
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post is a reprint of the Herman Trend Report. I am publishing it because it is important information for all of us as employers, parents and educators. Girls Excelling in Schools Though educators have been working hard for decades to reduce the gaps in performance, boys and girls continue to make gender-based career choices. According to a recent global report from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), those career decisions have been mademuch earlier than previously believed. That timing is important, because “early gender gaps drive career…
  • From the archive- Seven Tips on the Value of Vacations

    Michael Haberman
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ah vacation! I am on vacation. I will return tomorrow, assuming I have not won the lottery. In the meantime I have reached back into the archives to find a post on the value of vacations. This, now edited version, originally appeared on July 4, 2012. We are coming into the vacation season. I am a big believer in vacations. My vacation was wonderful. I came back fully recharged so I personally know the value of the R & R (rest and relaxation) and the ability to renew yourself. I did return to things feeling much less stressed. But I am(was) in need of another. So in this vacation…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Selling the Critical Thinking Way

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    A successful sales representative is someone who leverages critical thinking in every aspect of the sales cycle in order to win business.  Here are some tips on how to leverage components of the RED model of critical thinking to help you to improve your critical thinking skills and improve your sales.   Qualify the leads: The first step in effective sales is to identify the prospective clients that you want to pursue. Identify your assumptions about the leads that you call (and those you don’t call). Have you ever decided to not call a prospect because you heard that they were struggling…
  • 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…
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    BlogNotions - HR

  • The Voice—What Algorithms Can Tell You About Applicants

    Steve Bruce
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Applicants may walk the walk, but now computers can determine if they can really talk the talk! Yes, hiring sales and customer service staff may soon be getting easier—if you are willing to let computerized algorithms do the selection for you, according to an article on NPR’s All Tech Considered blog. Sure, you may want humans in HR to prescreen applicants by skills and experience, but the algorithms will determine which applicants are likely to be more successful at convincing customers to buy your products or at handling an angry caller. How? Their voice! The article says years…
  • ‘Co-Bot Relations’—The Headache of the Future?

    Steve Bruce
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you are putting out fires already with coworkers not getting along, you may not want to read this article. You may soon be refereeing among your employees and the robot working in your company. And you thought artificial intelligence means no problems! Yes, The Robot on “Lost in Space” often had the best lines with his cheeky comments, but even if your robots do not speak, their actions may give rise to some conflicts with their human counterparts. Why? According to a report in Business Insider Australia, Bill Gates predicts that people may fear for their jobs when robots…
  • The Four Competencies of Leadership

    Dan Erwin
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    It’s wonderful—perhaps because it’s so rare—to reread something that you started using thirty years ago and discover that it’s still highly relevant. Desktops were just beginning to show up and technology organizations were starting to use organizational networks. Organizations began to flatten and the need for leading started to surface. The talk was all about leading, not managing. The Pillsbury CIO had a lot of money but little leadership talent on his team. So he tracked me down and asked me to work with a number of his new managers. I had done some coaching in R&D–as…
  • The Top 5 Ways to Engage with Employees

    Steve Bruce
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    In yesterday’s Advisor, we reviewed the top employee morale crushers; today, we present the flip side of the coin—five ways you can engage with employees, increase morale, and create a happier workplace. The average American spends roughly 99,117 hours at work in their lifetime. Research has shown that nearly 70 percent of employees don’t care for their job, leaving them emotionally unattached to their job and able to leave at a moment’s notice. How can employers change that? Engage with your employees, says Rob Wilson, president of Employco USA. He explains that this…
  • 10 Employee Morale Crushers

    Steve Bruce
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Employee morale is perhaps one of the most important but most difficult things to manage. It’s critical to maintain high morale in order to increase retention, but it’s often difficult to get an accurate read on how employees feel and what is causing them to be dissatisfied. Here are some of the most commonly cited reasons for low employee morale: 1. Managers that treat employees poorly. Poor management is often cited as a cause of morale issues, and it can take many forms. One example is a manager who acts as though an employee is lucky to even have a job, rather than respecting…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • Achieving Your Mentoring Goals…the HARD way

    Tim Baker
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” (Tony Robbins) The word “goals” is thrown around in so many different ways. We set goals to accomplish things in our personal and professional lives. We continue to set goals to achieve the mundane and uninspired outcomes, only to celebrate seemingly mediocre results. We’re not doing it quite right We are all familiar with SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. It’s a great way to add structure to the goal setting process. But this process is very…
  • Reinventing Mentoring

    Pam Ross
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mentoring has been around since ancient Grecian times, when Odysseus placed his friend Mentor in charge of his son when he went off to war. In today’s world, I see mentoring changing, adapting to different needs and to the demographics and larger changes happening in the world. I also see new avenues for finding and conducting mentoring. There are several factors at play that are causing these changes. Here are a few that I see as catalysts. The need for connection to your “tribe” I spend a lot of time with people I call “Internal Disruptors”. They are leaders at all levels within…
  • Mentoring

    Guest Contributor
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” To quote Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”, couldn’t be more correct when it comes to finding a mentor. I truly believe it is critical in today’s business world to find yourself one or two mentors to help you grow both professionally and personally. Finding a mentor in your career field/industry is very important in that it can give you guidance from someone who has already “been there, done that”. Someone who has gone through the challenges…
  • Defining Mentoring

    Guest Contributor
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mentoring and mentor seem to be the new key word or flavour of the year but in actuality it has been here for many eras, starting with the Greeks to current times. What truly is mentoring you may ask and if searching you may find a few different definitions. My understanding of mentoring is the following: Mentoring is a mutual professional relationship that is developed between two consenting individuals. The mentor and the mentee or protégé build a trust between each other and discuss not only professional goals, aspirations but can also discuss personal goals, dreams and obstacles.
  • Mentoring Can Bring Out the Artist in You

    Natasha Valentine
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Who can help a sculptor visualize his end product from a slab of marble? Who can motivate a painter to develop the intricate art of painting? A mentor can! Strolling the cobblestone roads of any Italian town, one can only be awed by the beautiful architecture and the abundance of history. Florence for example is considered the “jewel in the crown of the Renaissance”. If you step back in time and peer at the canvases of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, we can see how mentoring benefited them and how mentoring can benefit us today! Mentoring in Ancient Times Mentoring isn’t a new…
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    HR Ringleader

  • HR Happy Hour #201: Putting the Fun Into Analytics

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    A few weeks ago, Steve and I had the opportunity to record a HR Happy Hour episode with Mike Psenka, SVP of Workforce Solutions at Equifax and Edward Pertwee, Strategic Workforce Consultant at BT.  We had just conducted a panel discussion on how to leverage data and analytics for HR and organizational success. Mike and Ed both shared some excellent examples, (both in the panel and in the HR Happy Hour podcast), of how, where, and to what effect data and analytics are making an impact in workforce planning, compliance, and to improve business results. There are some amazingly powerful…
  • How to Calculate The Number of People It Takes to Change Your Organization

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Back in 2010 I wrote a post about how to Tap Into Informal Leaders to Influence.  The basic premise of the post was that I learned that in order to turn or change an organization, you only need to find the square root of the total employees and focus on spreading the word through that number of people.  For example: Organization size-  5,000 employees Square root of 5,000-  70.71 employees So, in order to make change stick in this example, you would need to find the 70 employees who are the informal leaders/ influencers and get them on board. Messaging should still come from more formal…
  • 4 Steps To Resignation or Promotion with Grace

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    *Sharing from the dusty archives… We’ve all left a job.  Whether voluntarily or involuntarily, leaving your organization or position is a commonality we all share at some point.  The difference is how each person handles that transition. For many employees, especially those who voluntarily resign, leaving is a process they go through.  It could involve months of thinking about it and planning out each detail. For those employees who are terminated though, they may or may not have much warning.  Either way, it’s important to realize the impact of behavior during the…
  • What Your Desk Lamp Says About You

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve been thinking about desk accessories.  When it comes to things like picture frames, pencil holders, and plants, employees and managers alike gravitate to different desk decor.  This brings me to the desk lamp.  When I think back to every job I’ve ever had, I never worked for a company that provided a lamp for my desk.  Whether in a cubicle earlier in my career, or an office as my foray into management arrived, I had to endure the same harsh glare of the fluorescent bulbs that everyone else did.  Until, I didn’t. One day, I read somewhere that employees were more…
  • 4 Things to Do Today to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We can all use a little ongoing development.  There are certain skills that few people can master and never think about improving.  One of those skills is the art of negotiation.  I admit, there are people who seem to ooze confidence when it comes to wheeling-and-dealing to achieve the result they want.  However, for the majority, being able to negotiate a quality resolution is sporadic at best. When thinking about negotiating, you could be facing a multi-million dollar deal on the table, a choice between vendors on a specific service or type of software, buying a home, or something as…
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Career Choices
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Most of us at one point or another provided career advice to someone. It might be a friend, coworker, sibling, or child that wanted to better map out their future while maximizing the value of their skills and abilities. However, one might argue, how can you provide that kind of advice today when the world is so complex and ever changing. Moreover, as the world becomes more interconnected through not only transportation and communication, but also increasing levels of education and business acumen, competition grows and requires us to reinvent who we are and what we do. Although this may seem…
  • Finding Your Way More Quickly
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Figure 1: Time for Determination of Job Fit Most of us grew up assuming we would know what we wanted to do when the time came, follow that path and gain the training and education that we needed, and realize our dream by working our career in our chosen profession until we retired. Although this may present a simplified view of the reality of previous generations, career planning of the past possessed a little more predictability than it does today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker stays at a job for 4.4 years. However, the workforce’s youngest employees are…
  • Being Nice in a Linked World
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    I recently had a conversation with a colleague regarding how the concept of “being nice” varies across people. In our more connected, over-engaged, and fast paced world, it is easy to become impatient or even irritable and let the “niceties” go when so many other things press on us. For example, think how easy it is to be gruffer when we wish employees would get the instructions right the first time, staff would complete their work on time, or people would move a little faster in the grocery aisles. Our discussion arose from a debate over how long an employee has to be with the…
  • Motivation and Money
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Most of us know the feeling of having to strengthening our resolve to do something that we dread. As a student, it may be completing homework that holds no interest to us, attending a class that lulls us to sleep no matter how much caffeine we consume, or spending the evening with an unwanted guest. As adults, the sources of dread many times only expands. The workplace holds its share of dreads, including work assignments, interaction with the boss, or team meetings with no real purpose other than to waste time and inflate egos. While it is easy to point to motivation when recognizing…
  • Customer Service
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    We all have our favorite customer service stories. For some of us, it might be lack of scruples of our local automobile repair shop, the horrible services of a restaurant, the cattle herding mentality of an airline, or completely inefficient and disorganized operation of the cell phone store. Regardless of the perpetrator, one bad experience tends to taint our view of that organization and in some cases, the industry as a whole. Although almost every organization brags about its commitment to customers and their satisfaction, the results vary. NewVoiceMedia recently found that poor customer…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • Daddy Day Care: Could family time actually IMPROVE men’s job performance?

    Dave Clemens
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Generations of employers have suspected that fathers who devote a lot of time to their families make less-than-optimum employees. And this suspicion persists today, even in the age of work-life balance.But what if spending time with the wife and kiddos actually made guys better employees? There’s evidence, from recently published research, that this is so.Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University and Boston University surveyed nearly 1,000 male professional and managerial employees at four Fortune 500 companies. All of the survey participants were married…
  • Why you don’t get engagement by talking about engagement

    Dave Clemens
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Thousands of pounds of toner and gallons of ink have been spilled — and trillions of pixels imaged — in emphasizing the importance of employee engagement. But does focusing on employee engagement actually LEAD to employee engagement?At least one expert in the field says No. Rather, according to Susan Fowler at The Ken Blanchard Cos., engagement improves when organizations address the three core psychological needs that employees have. These are:AutonomyRelatedness, andCompetenceThe big three Let’s examine these three areas.Autonomy means that employees feel they have…
  • Diversity: Successful hires begin with the right onboarding

    Dave Clemens
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    It’s a sad fact of life that the minute you hire somebody from a group that’s underrepresented in your workplace — an African-American, a Hispanic, a Native American, even in some cases a woman — some of your employees are going to assume you did it out of political correctness rather than because the person is qualified.And, according to recent research, your new hire(s) can feel that unfriendly assumption radiating off their co-workers. So much so, in fact, that they’re less likely to succeed than non-diverse hires — or even flat out give up.The research,…
  • Maybe your people should work H.A.R.D. as well as S.M.A.R.T.

    Dave Clemens
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    If you’ve been in the workforce for any length of time, you probably know — and may have used — the SMART goal-setting process for your employees and/or yourself. (The acronym, just to remind you, stands for goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound.)SMART has a lot of adherents. But it’s not the only goal-setting tool available. According to the consultants at Leadership IQ, you might also want to try HARD goals, at least in certain situations.HARD stands for:Heartfelt. The goals have a strong emotional and altruistic component, that…
  • Leadership: A squishy, warm-and-fuzzy quality that makes a big difference

    Dave Clemens
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The good folks at McKinsey have just made it easy for managers in your organization to do exactly the right things to lead effectively.If you detect a touch of tongue in cheek in that statement, in cheek is indeed where mine is firmly planted. What a team of McKinsey consultants has actually done is to identify the four key leadership behaviors that, according to their real-world research, have the most impact on leadership effectiveness. Getting managers to deploy these behaviors is another kettle of fish.That said, there’s always value in knowing what one ought to do. So here are the four…
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    Ascentis Blog

  • Confused About Involuntary Wage Deductions? You’re Not Alone.

    Heather Bansemer
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Do you understand how your state may vary in its garnishment laws, versus those at the federal level? If you're confused about these complexities, you're not alone.
  • Featured articles in the March 2015 Ascentis HCM News and Trends Newsletter

    Heather Bansemer
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Subscribe to the Ascentis HCM News and Trends Newsletter to stay on top of current trends, best practices and new legislation. Receive timely, critical and succinctly written HR, benefits, payroll, time and attendance, and talent management news stories and webinar announcements right in your inbox!
  • Improving Performance Management Using Technology and 360 Degree Reviews

    Heather Bansemer
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    360 degree reviews definitely make it possible to receive a broader and better rounded view of an employee, even going beyond just performance and seeing the employee as an individual. The feedback that is received using online resources may allow managers to see the whole story of an employee’s productivity and performance, rather than just what is gleaned by looking at the numbers and occasionally supervising the employee.
  • Want More Applicants? Give Mobile a Try.

    Heather Bansemer
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The last few years have seen major advances in mobile recruiting technology. In fact, a recent study shows that 86% of active job seekers use a mobile device as part of their job search and application process. If you want to compete for the best and brightest in today's market the solution is simple - mobile recruiting.
  • Does Wage and Hour Compliance Scare You?

    Heather Bansemer
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    Lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act have increased by more than 300% since 2000 and is one of the fastest growing areas of employment law litigation. Are you 100% certain that you are compliant in paying your employees correctly?
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    SmashFly Blog

  • Do You Have an Employee Referral Program?

    Elyse Schmidt
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    There is much said on the importance of employee referrals in talent acquisition. SmashFly is on a mission to learn how employee referrals stack up against your other sources of hire. And we need you to tell us by taking our quick survey. It’ll only take 5 minutes (we had a few HR friends time themselves).... Continue Reading → The post Do You Have an Employee Referral Program? appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • 5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 3.21.15 to 3.27.15

    Christopher Brablc
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    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 talking about employee referral programs, content marketing for recruiting, interview tips, LinkedIn, technical knowledge and food trucks. Before we get started here’s our best content and tweet... Continue Reading → The post 5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 3.21.15 to 3.27.15 appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • Your Questions on Recruitment Marketing: Answered

    Christopher Brablc
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    We recently sponsored a webinar with Brandon Hall Group on the “5 Key Components of High Performance Recruitment Marketing,” led by host Kyle Lagunas and our tremendous guests Marvin Smith from Lockheed Martin and Troy Heinritz from CDW. [You can view the recording here.] As promised, we wanted to answer some of the questions that... Continue Reading → The post Your Questions on Recruitment Marketing: Answered appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • 5 Eye-Openers from “Recruiter’s Guide to Inbound Marketing”

    Elyse Schmidt
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    There’s not even a Wikipedia entry for “recruitment marketing” yet (we’re in the works), so you know it’s a forward-thinking concept. Recently, we worked closely with Matt Charney from Recruiting Daily to create a resource that blended recruitment needs with marketing strategies: thus the “Recruiter’s Guide to Inbound Marketing.” I had quite a few bulbs... Continue Reading → The post 5 Eye-Openers from “Recruiter’s Guide to Inbound Marketing” appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Recruitment Marketing

    Elyse Schmidt
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    There are five main components of a successful recruitment marketing strategy―but not all strategies are created equal. So why not listen to major organizations that are succeeding? We’ve highlighted some of the best advice from the “5 Components of High-Performance Recruitment Marketing” analyst report, with perspective from Brandon Hall Group, Lockheed Martin and CDW. Check... Continue Reading → The post The Do’s and Don’ts of Recruitment Marketing appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
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    Business Fitness

  • Identity Lost? Try Finding It in “We.” | Commitment to “The Band”

    Dawn Lennon
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’ve done it and I suspect you have too. I’ve asked myself these exasperating questions: Who am I really? Am I the person others think I am–in my family, at work, among my friends? Is my identity a product of … Continue reading →
  • Caught in a Vortex of Expectations? Listen to Find Your Way Out.

    Dawn Lennon
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    I’ve always had a strong dependency on words. They help me get a grip on the world around me and the nature of people who could hurt or help me. They’ve often saved me from myself. There’s so much going … Continue reading →
  • Unearthing Your Creative Side: It’s All in How You Dig.

    Dawn Lennon
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I love a good book. A gripping play. A haunting song. An elegant sculpture. A graceful dance. All that artistry, that creativity, fully on display astounds and moves me. I also love a well-designed plan. A complex project that comes … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #7 | Showing Respect

    Dawn Lennon
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Do you have a question about supervising that you would like me to answer here? If so, please put it in a comment after this post or any that preceded it. This series will continue based on those questions, so … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #6 | Misreading Employees

    Dawn Lennon
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    “How do good supervisors get a correct read on their employees?” That’s the questions I left you with at the end of Episode #5. Supervisors tend to draw all kinds of conclusions about their employees based upon behaviors they see … Continue reading →
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    Corn on the Job

  • Poor Credit Can Stop Your Career Dead In Its Tracks

    Rich DeMatteo
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The three little numbers that make up your credit score can have a huge impact on your life. You know that poor credit makes it difficult to get a loan and that when you do get a loan, you’ll pay a higher interest rate. You know that your credit score impacts the limit on your credit cards, but did you know that it also has an effect on your ability to get a job? It seems silly that your credit score, which is primarily used for getting a loan, has any effect on your job search. One scenario deals with your ability to repay a loan and the other relates to your ability to be a good…
  • What to do if your employer changes your job description

    Rich DeMatteo
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It is possible to work in one career for a very long time without suffering a change in your job description. A change in job description could be welcome news, especially if it means no longer doing some of the tasks you always considered demeaning. Similarly, a change in job description can be a huge disappointment if it means no longer being able to do what you love doing. Time for Self-Assessment If the change of job description has meant a reduction of duties and responsibilities, you need to take some time and assess yourself. The change could be because of a recent slackening on your…
  • 10 Tips for Time Management During the Job Search

    Rich DeMatteo
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Finding a job can be incredibly stressful and downright difficult, especially if you know you need to get back to work to support yourself or your family. If you work in a sector where jobs are generally harder to come by or the interview process is often lengthy, the pressure you feel can be magnified quite a bit. That’s why you need to be smart about how you look for a job, and time management is key if you want to get as much done as you can in a day. Otherwise, you could spend months looking for a job instead of working and getting paid to do what you’re good at. Use these tips to…
  • 7 Ways to Find Your Career Path

    Rich DeMatteo
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    We were all a little confused by that person in high school who already knew that he wanted to be a doctor. Unfortunately, though, that kind of certainty is a rarity: it often proves more difficult to find a satisfying career that aligns with your passions, desired lifestyle and salary expectations. Flexibility’s the Norm  Another issue to consider is that switching careers once you have one is quickly becoming the norm. Young adults just embarking out on a career or college diploma rank job security less highly than their parents and expect to frequently change jobs over their…
  • COTJ Reviews Team+: Revolutionary HR & Talent Management Software

    Rich DeMatteo
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Problem:The entire recruiting process is one big cluster of confusing nonsense. Resumes are being received from every angle, talent is completely lost in the shuffle, and recruiters are spending way too much time trying to juggle all of the incoming information. The Answer:Team+ What is Team+: Team+ is a time saving HR & Talent Management software that helps assist recruiters throughout the entire process. Through their easy to use platform, Team+ reduces the time a recruiter spends on the hiring process by 80%. While Team+ is clearly focused on the recruiter, they’ve also developed…
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  • Corporate Learning & Development: Third of Ten Critical Talent Issues in 2015

    Gauri Reyes
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report from Bersin by Deloitte details the current top 10 HR trends and highlights what business leaders need versus what HR is delivering. Of all the trends catalogued in this latest report, I was intrigued by data and suggestions presented on Trend Number 3: Learning and Development (L&D). From the 2015 report: This year’s third most important challenge was the need to transform and accelerate corporate learning, up from No. 8 in 2014. […] But even as the importance of this issue rose, the readiness to address it went down. Only 40 percent of…
  • Could Competency-Based Online Training Address the Skills Gap?

    Gauri Reyes
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Universities traditionally confer degrees based on “seat time”—the number of credits (often, 120 credits for undergraduate degrees) that a student earns with a passing grade. Whether the student earns an “A” in every course, or a “C” in every course, he gets the degree. But, will he be successful on the job, especially as a credit hour is a measure of time, not learning? If, upon graduation, he applies for a job that is not traditionally associated with the degree he earned, can employers expect that he can do the job—and do it well? Recruiters and hiring managers must take…
  • Are You Using the EdTech Technologies that the Experts Assume You’re Using?

    Gauri Reyes
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education has just been released. The report covers technology and trends on the five-year horizon (2015-2020) for higher education institutions, and is widely used by educational leaders and policy makers internationally to guide decisions. Since one function of higher education is to prepare its students to successfully enter the workforce and contribute positively to the global economy, emerging trends in higher education have a direct correlation to trends in the workplace, and vice versa. Are you currently using, or planning to…
  • Why Video in Training Can Be So Powerful

    Gauri Reyes
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Learning is important for human growth and development, and training is certainly an integral part of workplace learning. But a constant challenge for workplace learning professionals is creating training programs that captivate the learner audience and cause learners to sit up, take notice and, well, learn. Effective use of video in training can be an extremely powerful. The “Pictorial Superiority Effect”* indicates that using pictures and words together promotes greater information recall. Specifically, after 3 days, we tend to remember 10% of the information we saw in word format…
  • 7 Surprising Things You Could Learn by Accepting This Challenge

    Gauri Reyes
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    CHALLENGE: Can you create an online training course in less than a day? EXTRA CREDIT: Can every single person on your team, or in your organization, create an online training course in less than a day? Before you decide whether or not to take on the challenge, consider this question: Why should I even bother? Here are seven reasons why you may want to consider accepting the challenge. #1 Figure Out How to Use Your Authoring Tool(s), and Move On This challenge will rapidly bring you up to speed on your elearning authoring tool and/or LMS. Expand the challenge across multiple people on your…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • How HR Can Transition from Business Partner to Business Leader

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    The demand for HR leadership is high, and yet research shows that organizations and HR skills are not keeping up with business needs. Here’s why HR professionals need to keep up with the pace of change in business, and five ways they can get there.
  • Why You Need a Big Beefy Guy Employment Brand

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Despite the push for healthy eating driving a 25% decline in frozen meals over the past 5 years, Hungry-Man dinners has seen a growth in sales. The lesson here? Your employment brand needs to speak to your target audience like Hungry-Man dinners speak to big beefy guys who like high calorie, unhealthy food!
  • 5 Lessons in Organizational Engagement from Honeybees

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    A beehive is a hub of teamwork and productivity. From the average working bee to the queen bee herself, everyone has their role to play to help the hive survive... and produce some pretty sweet results! David Zinger shares 5 lessons in organizational engagement we can learn from these small indefatigable workers.
  • Accelerate Leadership & Employee Development with Halogen TalentSpace™

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    When it comes to helping our customers build their world-class workforces, we take that commitment seriously. It’s why we offer tools, resources and services that make employee feedback and coaching, as well as learning and development, a tangible and integral element of performance management. Here’s how the latest Halogen TalentSpace release reinforces that commitment.
  • Got an Hour? Train Your Team

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Given the realities of today’s time-starved workplace, it’s easy to let training and development fall by the wayside. Yet, it’s under these always-increasing pressures to perform better and faster that learning is more crucial than ever. Julie Winkle-Giulioni shares how you can get the biggest impact from training in a small amount of time – just one hour!
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    Lance Haun

  • Year One

    Lance Haun
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Dear Elida, 365 days ago, at this exact time, I held you for the first time. I cried. You see, your mom got you all to herself for nine months. My connection to you was through occasional viewings through creepy looking ultrasounds that just made me feel like I was watching terrible sci-fi or through putting my head to your mom’s belly. That can be uncomfortable for both of us. So when I held you, I didn’t want to let go. Not for your mom. Not for nurses. Not for grandparents.  Unfortunately, letting go is what I’ve done a lot of over the past year. I’ve let go of…
  • Looking for Truth in a World Looking for Validation

    Lance Haun
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    The internet is a great place. It’s also, of course, awful.  Everyone talks about how the Internet has rewired our brains or made us lazier. Whatever. I worry more about the instant validation people can find for, quite literally, almost anything.  Elvis lives? Sure, there is a place you can congregate and talk about how you saw him in a Kroger in Texas buying chips.  Man didn’t land on the moon? Yeah, you can find a forum where you can tell everyone that your uncle’s buddy worked on the stage where it was all filmed.  Those are extreme examples, of…
  • Apple Watch and the Enterprise: Oh, God. This is Kinda Dumb.

    Lance Haun
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    I’ve been reading a lot about the new Apple Watch. As a consumer, it is an interesting device. Not one I’m going to get anytime soon but interesting, okay? I’ve done the smartwatch thing with the crowdfunded Pebble. It was cool. I liked having RunKeeper on my wrist, for instance. But the novelty of getting notifications and even responding to texts on a watch got old. That’s also to say that I’m not really a watch person. I know some people are, though. Apple will probably sell a lot of them, but I’m not sure what the long term uptake on this new technology…
  • Slow Down You(r) Crazy Child

    Lance Haun
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Our trip to Hawaii was our first big one with a child. It definitely changed a few things for us. First of all, I was never one of those guys that hated seeing kids while traveling. In fact, one of my more enjoyable travel experiences was sharing some Beatles tunes with a three year old kid off my iPhone and hearing her half-whisper the words and tunes she knew. I would tell her the names of the songs she hadn’t heard. So being on the other end of the traveling six hours nonstop with an 11 month old wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. People around us were gracious and kind.
  • Telework or Just Work?

    Lance Haun
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    “Where do you work?” It’s one of the most common questions I get throughout my working day with clients. Places where people think I am include: Fort Worth San Francisco Washington, D.C. Seattle Portland All of these make sense. Most of my colleagues work in Fort Worth. The partner I work under is in San Francisco. I usually say I live in Washington state but sometimes I leave off the state part so people think I’m in D.C. I used to live in both Portland and Seattle so people may just have some outdated information. In reality, I live in Southeastern Washington state…
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    Payroll Tips, Training, and News

  • Understanding Taxable Wages

    Michele Bossart
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    When preparing your taxes or doing any paperwork that concerns income, you may see the term taxable wages or taxable income. As the term implies, not all your wages may be taxable. So the amount of income to be reported can actually be less than your total income. As an employer, you will need to understand the concept of taxable wages for tax purposes. [RELATED ARTICLE: 4 Things You Need to Know About Taxable Wages] Taxable wages from an employer’s perspective To an employer, an employee’s taxable wages include all of the income from which the employer must withhold income tax. This…
  • What Is Third Party Sick Pay?

    Mike Kappel
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Do your employees receive third party sick pay? If so, it is most likely payment for missed hours of work that qualified as short- or long-term disability. It is also likely that an insurance provider made those payments. If you are using a third party for sick pay, it is important to understand your responsibilities for reporting the sick pay and for paying any taxes. In many cases, employers add sick pay to their employees’ checks and there is no third party. These payments take the place of a regular salary when the employee is sick, injured, or otherwise temporarily disabled and unable…
  • What Is SUTA?

    Mike Kappel
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The State Unemployment Tax Authority, better known as SUTA, is a form of payroll tax that all states require employers to pay for their employees. SUTA is a counterpart to FUTA, the federal unemployment insurance program. Like the federal unemployment insurance program, the state unemployment insurance sets a limit to the wages taxed. This is known as a taxable wage base. The taxable wage base varies from state to state. This unemployment fund was established to provide unemployment benefits to displaced workers. Employees do not pay into this fund, as this is an employer tax. [RELATED…
  • What Is Common Law Employment?

    Michele Bossart
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Common law employment is a legal term meaning any type of employment where the employer controls the work being done and how that work is done. This vague definition is one reason many court cases have been brought concerning common law employment. Over the years, court rulings in these cases have helped redefine and shape what is and what is not considered common law employment. Limits of common law employment The work being done A person, business, or other entity is determined to be a person’s employer if they have the ability to specifically lay out what work will be completed. This…
  • How to Calculate Local Income Tax

    Michele Bossart
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Nearly 5,000 different jurisdictions in 17 states have some form of local income taxes. In Ohio, a large number of cities (almost 600) and school districts (almost 200) impose a local income tax, and in Pennsylvania, nearly 3,000 municipalities and school districts combined have some form of local income tax. While this type of tax is more common in the Rust Belt states, all counties in Maryland and Indiana now have a local income tax, as well as some school districts in Michigan and Iowa. Do you owe local income tax? Depending on where you are, the tax rates vary, and some taxes change on…
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • Communication Flow 101

    Eyal Steiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Shall We Talk About It? Proper communication flow is always the first step to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the organization (and specifically for you, recruiters). Whether it is daily and routine operations, strategic decisions, or change management – there is much to gain by better flow of information. I have stressed that before and […] The post Communication Flow 101 appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • MaximusLife Launches Mobile Platform at #SXSWi Focused on Wearable Market

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    MaximusLife, a crowd funded people-based technology company with roots in HR technology, today announced the launch of MaximusLife “My Greatest Life” on mobile. The platform is the first people-focused platform that empowers individuals to create Mobile/SMART goals for life, work and fun. The platform makes users goals SMART and then connects them with the user’s […] The post MaximusLife Launches Mobile Platform at #SXSWi Focused on Wearable Market appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • 3 Employment Interview Questions #Employment Ethics

    Sean Little
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    As an interviewer, it’s important to get a good sense of an entry level job candidate’s employment ethic from other things than a long work history. Discovering the work ethic of a potential hire is as simple as lining up a few questions that will provide insight into their character. Here are just a few such […] The post 3 Employment Interview Questions #Employment Ethics appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Think HR Technology is Broken? #hrtech

    Eyal Steiner
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
      HR Tech Can’t Solve Your Recruitment Ailments I want to start with stating the obvious – neither recruitment nor HR technologies are “broken.” There are quite a few HR influencers and vendors out in the market which are dedicating many resources into telling you how your current processes and technologies are broken. I don’t blame […] The post Think HR Technology is Broken? #hrtech appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Caleb Fullhart Named as Newest Member of TalentCircles Executive Team #hrtech

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    San Bruno, CA – TalentCircles© Inc., a leading talent community and candidate relationship management platform and technology, today announced the addition of Human Capital industry veteran, Caleb Fullhart, to its executive leadership team. Fullhart joins the company as the Senior Vice President of Best Practices and Professional Services, and will be responsible for developing and […] The post Caleb Fullhart Named as Newest Member of TalentCircles Executive Team #hrtech appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
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    Join a Union

  • How to Organize a Union

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    There are basic steps on how to organize a union in BC. Step 1: Form an Inside Committee After you sit down and meet with an union organizer who will answer your questions and help you make plan on how to organize a union at your workplace, you need to talk to your co-workers. We call this step, forming a committee. The committee is a group of your co-workers who educate themselves and others about joining the union. They also help prepare workers for how your employer may react. Anticipating how your employer will react is a critical part of how to organize a union. In addition to educating…
  • How to Form a Union at Work

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    A union is when a group of employees decide they would be better off to work together in negotiating their pay and working conditions rather than being alone against a more powerful employer. The first step in how to form a union at work is to contact an established trade union such as UFCW 1518. The union will give you membership cards for your co-workers to sign. These confidential cards are submitted to the BC labour board requesting that a union vote be held at your workplace. WILL MY EMPLOYER KNOW I SIGNED A CARD? No. Signing a union card is confidential. The neither UFCW 1518 or the…
  • Form a Union

    5 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Do you want the fairness and respect a union can provide at your workplace? Here how workers in BC like you can form a union: Speak with other people you work with to check how they are being treated at workWhat are their wages, benefits and working conditions like? Are they willing to help make a positive change in their workplace and form a union? Know the laws around joining a unionIt is your right to form a union in BC. You cannot be fired or disciplined for joining a union. Every worker has the right to form a union with an organization of their choice. It’s a good idea at this stage…
  • Forming a union

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Will the union protect lazy employees? No. It’s not the business of the union to protect workers that cannot do their job. However, when a workplace does have a union an employer cannot simply first someone without having adequate grounds for dismissal. Forming a union protects workers from unjust discipline. Is forming a union difficult? No. It is easy to form a union at your workplace. If a majority of your co-workers want the fairness and respect a union provides they can join through a secret ballot vote. Will my employer find out I called a union? Not unless you tell them. We protect…
  • WCB Appeals are a Benefit of Joining a Union

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    When you form a union you will have access to UFCW 1518′s WCB appeals department. Dealing with WorkSafeBC can be tricky. Everyone has heard the horror stories. Many non-union workers are denied claims by WCB just because they fill in the paperwork incorrectly. When you join a union, you have someone to help to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to. This is an important and valuable service for UFCW 1518 members that helps injured members in their dealings with WCB. The WCB Appeals Department works from the New Westminster office, and provides this service and assistance to…
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • Investors in People VI: Outperformance

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    I posted earlier that I'd previously worked for a Training & Enterprise Council where my role was mainly focused on Investors in People - being an advisor, assessor, internal verifier and centre manager.After leaving the TEC I became an independent consultant, still working on IIP as well as other HR areas, and doing this for two years before joining EY.  I traded as Strategic Dynamics (a company which I restarted again ten years later, ten years ago, and still work within today.)As HR Director at EY amongst a variety of other things I led the firm's IIP project.Then at Penna…
  • #AHRINC Speaking in Sydney on the New HR

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    I'll be speaking on the New HR at the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)'s National Convention on 27th August.I'm on with Ram Charan and Dave Ulrich so it should be a good, lively event!By the way, if you've not seen any of my earlier posts on the New HR, I'm defining this as managing groups of people not just single individuals.  Old HR was managing employees, New HR is managing communities.  So New HR focuses on social capital rather than human capital.  And it redefines the title of our profession, HR, as a focus on Human Relationships.This seems to come up all…
  • Marcus Evans Talent Capability and Performance Development

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    I'll be running this training session on talent management in Kuala Lumpur on 1st and 2nd June:It is the people identified as talent who are going to drive their organisations through the current difficulties and beyond. But many of them may not be planning to stay! So how do you retain this critical resource?Generating superior business performance in difficult times calls for innovated and integrated approaches to talent management (for example, actions to develop talent need to be supported by strategies to reward and engage, so that those we have invested in will stay.) Attend…
  • Employment, Skills and Energy

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    I've just started blogging for the UK's Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) which I'm thrilled to do, particularly as one of my former roles was with a Training & Enterprise Council - one of the bodies involved in an earlier attempt at stimulating skills development, employment and productivity.My first post for UKCES developed out of another former role as a chemical engineer and concerns employment and skills in the Energy sector: "Energy and Purpose - how skills keep our lights on."The report suggests that the supply of talent isn't keeping up with demand, with the resulting…
  • #SWDS15 - Workplace Design at Google, Ebay and Airbnb

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    (the solar eclipse in Amsterdam - apparently)I’ve already posted on the HR experts panel at Fleming’s Smart Workspaces Summit - now for a review of some of the other sessions and my main learnings.I see strategic HCM as a very human centric way of doing HR and have been posting recently on human centric approaches to engagement and learning.  So you won’t be surprised to hear that I was particularly drawn towards Nigel Oseland’s inputs on Human Centred Design.We started this session with Tim Oldman’s findings for the Leesman Index that only 53% of employees say their workplaces…
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    HR C-Suite

  • How to Develop Infinite Skills to Lead

    Alison Cerys
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being a leader means inventing skills that can persuade the team members to work effectively to increase the business. Professional people always recruit leaders that are able to bring more business. Therefore, you must learn some effective strategies that will allow you to meet all challenges of your workplace appropriately. Have a look at the […]
  • Leadership: an Overlooked Quality

    Glen Hughins
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are few characteristics all great companies have in common. One of them is a high level of leadership inside of the organization. Most of the hiring managers overlook the importance of this ability, however. They believe that some people lead the organization, and need the capacity, while others just follow the instructions. But is […]
  • Four Causes of Deteriorating Labor Productivity

    Stephen Henry
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Labor is the human capital which is necessary for any business to flourish. However, if labor is not productive, hiring them would only increase business costs. This article highlights some factors of why labour productivity in a firm declines. Some people hold the assumption that if businesses hire more workers, they tend to be more […]
  • What CEOs Expect from HR Leaders

    Ashley Sanford
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m sure you have heard it many times that the CEOs of an organization are more fixated on the “big picture”. They want to see the results that contribute to the “end goals” of an organization. However, this is easier said than done. For an HR professional, it is difficult enough to meet organization needs […]
  • Servant Leadership in Business

    Terry Findley
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Servant leadership is a new trend in the philosophy of doing business that is becoming increasingly popular among managers that like to keep themselves informed and one step ahead of the latest discoveries in the field of good practices of sailing the shifting waters of business. But at the same time, servant leadership, although becoming […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • Sales Compensation – The Perfect Compromise

    Dan Walter-Performensation
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    My first real lesson in negotiations was simple: “In a perfect compromise no one walks away completely happy.” Compromise, like sales compensation, requires both sides to give up something in order to get what they really want.  When done correctly, there is balance to the final resolution. Sales compensation is both the easiest and hardest of incentive compensation. Pay must drive specific behaviors, but it needs to avoid unintentional bad behavior. It must align with success at many levels, but provide ease of alignment for each individual. It must be easy to understand, but flexible…
  • The Power of Positivity at Work

    Derek Irvine
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Have we moved past the hard-boiled workplaces where screaming bosses, ridiculous deadlines and 80-work-weeks are the norm? Have we done enough to prove engaged, happy employees are more productive and more inclined to deliver on needed success metrics? I like to think so, but then I begin to worry over those who discount the importance of positive and the Power of Thanks in the work place. So today, I point you to an article on the Harvard Business Review blog that reminds us that simply being kind to others actually is a strategic business decision. From the article: In a research article…
  • Employee Segmentation for the Rest of Us

    Ann Bares
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Editor's Note:  Today's post comes to us from guest contributor Sandrine Bardot. In The Joy of Segmentation, two Mercer consultants contend that: Typically, “good” reward strategies focus on organizational performance and market rates – the old reward strategy that every company seemed to centre on “reward to recruit, retain and incentivize the best talent”. However, in our view, the best companies also focus on […] meeting employee needs. The challenge of segmenting your workforce So how do you go about determining what employees value most in your reward strategy? We…
  • Suppressing Excessive Compensation

    E. James (Jim) Brennan
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Time to confess our sins and do penance.  Those guilty of creating excess should share the responsibility for ending it.  Some giants in the compensation consulting community have spoken out in the past, motivated by a sincere sense of guilt for encouraging the tremendously disproportionate top executive pay that resulted from their prior yeoman work enabling unreasonable compensation.  We too share in that guilt collectively, to the extent that any of us have been actively pleading the need to keep feeding greed.  Income inequality is a global problem with unprecedented implications for…
  • Job Evaluators Deserve Our Respect

    Chuck Csizmar
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    I'd like to say a kind word about the job evaluators out there.  You know who I mean; those unappreciated, oft-criticized and generally disrespected Human Resource analysts who have been given the thankless task of deciding which jobs in your organization are more or less important than others. These practitioners are often viewed by those on the receiving end as displaying the behavior of a smug know-it-all, a blind follower of the rules, and possessing a general attitude of superiority, all wrapped up in a God complex.  Unless they agree with you. And they don’t receive Christmas…
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    free-range communication

  • NBGH/fidelity survey finds employers accelerating incentives, decelerating penalties

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    a survey from the national business group on health and fidelity asked employers to shed some light on their approach to incentives. based on phone surveys and responses from 121 companies, NBGH and fidelity learned: incentive amounts have risen at all companies. the average incentive for companies with between 5,000 and 20,000 employees is now $661, up from $493 in 2014. companies with more than 20,000 employees offer $878, on average, up from $717. planned use of penalties for not completing a health risk assessment or getting one’s biometrics is experiencing a downward trend. planned…
  • 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…
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  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
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  • Are you hiring for excellent customer service?

    Kieran Reed
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The happiness of your customers is a priority. The question is, what makes for happy customers?  While there are many factors at play, too often businesses overlook one of the biggest factors−the people you employ in your customer service team. If you’re not hiring for...
  • Melbourne Psychology Training – April 2015

    CJ Hardwick
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Whether you’re new to the Revelian suite of psychometric tests or a regular user – this session is for you. Spend a day with our Consulting Psychologist to gain valuable insights on which assessment to use when and come away with renewed confidence. Delivered in-house, a full day’s training is normally...
  • Playing the game to win

    Kieran Reed
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    While exhibiting at the National HR Summit in Sydney earlier this month, we gave two delegates the opportunity to win a Fitbit just for playing our latest online assessment tool, Theme Park Hero. We caught up with one of our winners, Nicole Hazzouri from Calvary...
  • The top 6 drivers of employee engagement

    Kieran Reed
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    At Revelian, we pride ourselves on our data driven approach to conducting business, and we don’t miss an opportunity to learn from the data that our tests provide. Recently, we’ve applied our analytics focus to determine the top factors that influence employee engagement. Our findings...
  • People Analytics leader to reveal new insights at Directors’ Forum

    Lisa Watson
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Revelian’s Chief Analytics Officer, Dr Peter O’Hanlon chairs the National HR Summit’s 2015 Directors’ Forum Tuesday 10th to Wednesday 11th March in Sydney. Peter’s opening address ‘Leveraging Your Data Assets for New Insights’ will explain how harnessing data has the potential to revolutionise the way HR...
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    ACT Bridge

  • Madness in March

    Kurt Ballard
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    So, How’s Your Bracket? It’s Sweet 16 time in the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament. As the drama of the tourney unfolds, there are a few surprises, some disappointment, and lots of entertainment value. For a three-week span of time, millions of people will become consumed with “March Madness” and worker un-productivity will hit record levels. In fact, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports that $1.9 billion in wages is lost to employees distracted by the tournament. Even the president of the United States took time to fill out a bracket. Unfortunately for…
  • Fifty Shades of Performance Evaluations

    Kurt Ballard
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey and their quite modern relationship. For those of us that somehow missed it, there is a series of books by E. L. James that has been turned into a movie showing in theaters now. The film has attracted both critics and fans…but mostly there’s just a lot of conversation trending about this steamy story. Human desire seems to be at the forefront of the discussion, but there are plenty of talking points. If you were inclined to make the connection, there are even themes that can be…
  • Drive Engagement and Performance by Focusing on Leadership

    Kurt Ballard
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Should managers focus on engagement or performance? Is one approach better than the other? There’s a philosophical skirmish happening in the ranks of HR and Organizational Development- and many CEOs are in the dark. This struggle is directly affecting management, thereby impacting how performance reviews are conducted. One side of the discussion is “performance-oriented” and seeks to motivate teams to perform at high levels by focusing management activities on objectives, goals, and desired outcomes. Leaders in this half tend to use performance metrics as a barometer for success. On the…
  • 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…
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    Online Flat Fee Recruitment

  • Our Top Interview Tips for Candidates

    Ian Greensmith
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Great! Your cover letter and CV worked their magic and you’ve been invited in for an interview. Now comes the daunting bit; the interview. It is not just what you say but how you say it that will reinforce the … Continue reading →
  • Jaffa Cakes at the Ready…

    Ian Greensmith
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    …UK Times for the Solar Eclipse Today’s blog has nothing to do with online flat fee recruitment, HR, staffing problems, training, CV writing, interviewing, dogs or any of the subjects we like to cover here, but we’re all pretty excited … Continue reading →
  • Client Profile: Behind the Scenes at Berwick Devoil Healthcare

    Ian Greensmith
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    Berwick Devoil Healthcare Ltd (BDHL) was founded in 1995 by a former AXA PPP sales manager and was acquired in 2002 by its current joint owners/directors Caroline Weiss-Jones (right) and Guy Jones. BDHL is a traditional “insurance broker” specialising in Health … Continue reading →
  • Where are your candidates looking and how are they applying?

    Ian Greensmith
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Last Thursday we tuned in to an informative and enjoyable Webinar entitled Succeeding with Search hosted by DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter Magazine, who posed the question; “If you asked every candidate how they found your job posting, why they … Continue reading →
  • You’ve Got 15 Seconds…

    Ian Greensmith
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    …for your CV to make an Impression! CVs are designed to achieve one basic thing – to land you an interview. On average a CV has just 15 seconds in front of the eyes of an employer or recruiter. In … Continue reading →
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • The Impact of Pay on Contingent Worker Engagement

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a question that probably haunts every professional and manager, whether they are recruiting or looking for a job change. Job satisfaction has to be looked at, from two different angles. One concerns their satisfaction with their job content, while the other deals with their satisfaction with the compensation they receive for it, whetherRead full story...
  • Driving Contingent Worker Satisfaction & Engagement

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Most employers make significant efforts to improve the engagement of their employees. Why does it matter to an employer whether an employee is engaged or not? Failure to engage employees could directly affect the bottom line, as disengaged employees hurt a company’s competitive advantage and thereby its profits. According to a 2013 survey by Gallup,Read full story...
  • Contingent Work Boosts Happiness

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When the Class of 2008 graduated from America’s universities, a fortunate few immediately landed jobs in their chosen fields. Many of the rest were forced to accept positions for which they were over-qualified. However, some chose a third option – contingent work. These individuals, and many who lost their permanent positions, took on a seriesRead full story...
  • Is Drug Screening Relevant Anymore?

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Cookie, anyone? Usually, this question may elicit a positive response, but what if the cookie in question is a ‘pot edible’, infused with marijuana? Then, the response would depend on personal choice, as well as the person’s health condition and their location because some states have legalized the use of Cannabis for medical or recreationalRead full story...
  • When an Agency-supplied Contingent Worker Files for Unemployment Benefits

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    When companies secure contingent workers through staffing agencies, those workers are considered employees of the staffing agencies, and are entitled to unemployment benefits.   As with all workers, benefits are entitled if workers: Are unemployed due to reasons beyond their control, like a layoff. Meet the State’s requirements for time worked or wages earned Are activelyRead full story...
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • An Overview Of COBRA Compliance

    G&#38;A Partners
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requires employers to provide formerly covered employees (and their dependents) who have lost their group health benefits with the opportunity to temporarily continue their group health insurance. If a covered employee (or their dependents) elects COBRA continued coverage, they are responsible for the cost of continued coverage, including premiums. The costs of COBRA coverage noncompliance for employers can be quite high – The US Department of Labor can assess ERISA fines of up to $110 per qualified beneficiary,…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 FLSA Statistics

    G&#38;A Partners
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of the most important pieces of legislation impacting employers. The main federal law regulation minimum wage and overtime standards, employers who violate the FLSA can face major repercussions, including thousands of dollars in fines and back pay per employee. In 2014, litigants filed 8,086 FLSA violations cases, the first time the number of cases filed by litigants has breached the 8,000 mark. And that’s not even the half of it. Check out our 2014 FLSA Statistics Infographic below to see just how much FLSA non-compliance is costing the…
  • Why Employers Should Embrace March Madness

    G&#38;A Partners
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As the nation prepares to head into the next rounds of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament later this week, much of the initial “madness” surrounding the tournament has subsided.   With only 16 teams left, however, the stakes have gotten higher and the anticipation and excitement will only continue to grow. But it’s not just coaches and fans that are anxiously awaiting the results of the tournament. Employers are also wondering how all the hype and excitement surrounding the tournament will impact their operations and employee productivity levels. Last year estimated…
  • 5 Tips For Handling Unemployment Insurance Claims

    G&#38;A Partners
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Although the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act may seem like old news, many employers are still struggling to deal with the changes it brought to the unemployment insurance claims management process. Signed into law by President Obama in 2011 as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act (TAAEA), the UI Integrity Act was designed to curb the overpayment of benefits to claimants and address the issue of employer indifference to the UI program. The Act required each state to pass legislation by the end of 2013 that puts an obligation on employers to respond “timely and…
  • An FLSA Compliance Case Study

    G&#38;A Partners
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of the most important pieces of legislation employers need to be familiar with. First passed by Congress in 1938, the FLSA is the governing legislation regarding minimum wage and overtime standards, child labor regulations, and record keeping requirements.  Misclassification under the FLSA is one of the main problems plaguing employers today. Whether it’s misclassifying employees as independent contractors or classifying employees who are entitled to overtime wages as exempt employees, understanding how to correctly classify employees in…
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: Five Ways to Clear the Decks

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    I'm a little late writing this post this morning because I’ve spent the past 45 minutes clearing the decks. When I sat down at my desk this morning, it looked like it had been through a hurricane. I’ve got lots of reasons (excuses) for that. I’ve been away on business a lot this past month, we have multiple projects underway, there have been deadlines to hit for clients and, finally, we’ve had a ton (that’s probably a literal word) of stuff to sort through that’s come back into the house following a fire in our storage units last year. The effect of all of that is that stuff has…
  • What is the Creator’s Code?

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    What do Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank all have in common? Amy Wilkinson has done the research and knows the answer. She shares it in her new book, "The Creator's Code". (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: Are You the Firehose or the Nozzle?

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    As you enter into countless live and virtual conversations this week, here's a question to consider. Are you the firehose or the nozzle? Here's a quick description of each and a few ways to tell the difference. To get the mental picture of a firehose, imagine the real thing hooked up to a fire hydrant on a summer day. The water is turned on full force and is just gushing everywhere and in no particular direction. There's a lot of waste and, other than getting the street soaked, very little is being accomplished.
  • Ten Ways to Lead Bigger

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    As I wrote here a few months ago, the biggest development opportunity for many of the rising leaders I work with as an executive coach is to play a bigger game. Once a leader achieves a level of mastery in leading his or her functional team, the next step is to play a bigger leadership role (informal, formal or both) in the broader organization. This dynamic has come up in a couple of coaching conversations I’ve had lately which prompts me to share these ten tips for how you or the rising leaders you work with can step up and lead bigger.
  • Mindful Mondays: One Less, One More

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    We’ve all heard the phrase less is more. Perhaps it’s also true that more is less. I think that’s where Robbie Vorhaus is coming from with his recent book, "One Less. One More. Follow Your Heart. Be Happy. Change Slowly". Vorhaus is a well respected crisis expert and communications strategist with years of experience advising corporate leaders, government officials and celebrities about how to get things back on track when they’ve run off the rails.
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Compliance Corner: IRS Discusses Applicable Coverage Under the ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’

    Colin Bradley
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post with employee benefits compliance advice from Winston Benefits partner Joe Lazzarotti, a benefits attorney and practice group leader at Jackson Lewis P.C. He specializes in employee benefits counseling, with a heavy emphasis on health benefits and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Last week, I started explaining the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax” and key information about the tax, which the IRS outlined in its recently released  Notice 2015-16. In this Notice, the IRS addressed three of many questions that remain unanswered about how the…
  • The Affordable Care Act Turns Five

    Colin Bradley
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Affordable Care Act had its fifth birthday on Monday. This legislation is, without a doubt, the biggest thing to happen to the healthcare and insurance industries in the last decade and even five years in, the kinks are still being worked out. Some people feel it should be dismantled in its entirety, others feel it’s working just as intended and still others feel it’s a good start but needs some changes. The Supreme Court is still weighing the legality of subsidies and could significantly change the law again with its ruling in June. Keep reading for some interesting statistics and…
  • Compliance Corner: IRS Begins Conversation on the ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’

    Colin Bradley
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a guest post with employee benefits compliance advice from Winston Benefits partner Joe Lazzarotti, a benefits attorney and practice group leader at Jackson Lewis P.C. He specializes in employee benefits counseling, with a heavy emphasis on health benefits and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Many employers, administrators and others have been wondering about how the so-called “Cadillac tax”, included in the Affordable Care Act -- also known as the ACA or Obamacare -- will be implemented in 2018 and beyond, and how it will affect them. The answer now is we don’t…
  • Dental Insurance Can Help Overall Health and Workplace Performance

    Colin Bradley
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Americans are facing a dental crisis. According to research from the Pew Charitable Trusts, tens of millions Americans lack access to regular dental care. In 2009, 830,590 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for preventable dental problems. Many think of this crisis as an issue among children, but lack of dental care affects adults and their workplace performance, too. Employers can help by providing clear information about dental insurance options. Keep reading for more insight about the global dental crisis and the role dental insurance can play in alleviating it. Billions 'have…
  • Webinar: Voluntary Benefits Strategies

    Curry Bradley
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I recently participated in a webinar about voluntary benefits hosted by Mary Jo McWilliams, vice president and senior consultant of employee benefits consulting at Conner Strong & Buckelew. Winston Benefits has a strategic partnership with Conner Strong & Buckelew to provide high-level consultation to determine effective benefits strategies. Here’s a recap of what we talked about. What are voluntary benefits and why do employees like them? Voluntary benefits are benefits offered through an employer group but paid for by employees via payroll deductions. They help provide health and…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Do You Need a Retention Refresher?

    Greg Moran
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    At the end of 2014, CareerBuilder conducted a survey of more than 3,000 employers from multiple industries to figure out what will affect employee retention the most in 2015. According to the results, 30 percent of employees regularly search for jobs and 23 percent of employees in the 18-34 range expect to have a new job by the end of the year. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – employee retention is the key to company success. Just in case you need a little refresher, here are some benefits of retaining employees: Save big bucks. The Society for Human Resources…
  • What Makes a Great Leader?

    Greg Moran
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    When hiring for upper management positions, do leaders look for proven entrepreneurial spirit, management ability, a track record of growing companies or all of the above? Surely, it depends on the job at hand, but what are some of the most coveted qualities to have and how do you ensure you are hiring the right people who have these traits to get the job done? Attitude Is Everything Kenneth Hanifan, principal, Slater Hanifan Group, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV), a 119-person, multi-disciplined civil engineering/consulting firm, says that they seek “talent” – pure and simple. “I like to see a…
  • Three Studies That Make You Say Hmmm…

    Greg Moran
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    In the last few years, a handful of studies have shed light on the way recruiters hire and think about candidates. Below are three that may inspire you to rethink your talent acquisition strategy. 1)  MRI Network Recruiter Sentiment Study: This 2014 survey examines recruiters’ confidence in the economy, their hiring activity and job acceptance rates. According to the report, recruiters are confident in the U.S. economy and are stepping up the pace in how they source and interview. However, talent acquisition leaders are struggling to attract top performers due to: A perceived shortage of…
  • Lie to Me

    Greg Moran
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    If you’ve ever said, “It’s easy for me to read their body language,” you may want to think again. Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D, the author of more than 100 books, book chapters, and research articles in the areas of leadership, assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology, says there are many misconceptions about nonverbal communication. Here are just a few research-based findings about nonverbal communication: Body language is actually not a “language.” Nonverbal communication can be very tricky. The meaning of a particular nonverbal cue, such as a certain…
  • Ready For Spring? Spring Into Action… 

    Greg Moran
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    We are a winter-weary nation. A large part of the country has been slammed with snow and rain and for those who have not – we salute you! We are ready for spring – a time to regroup and get ready for balmier days ahead. So, what are you planning to do? Do you want to spring ahead or stay behind? We thought so… Bersin by Deloitte recently released: 10 Top Disruptive HR Technology-related Trends Poised to Reshape the Workplace and Drive Organizational Success and it appears that the HR industry is exploding with growth and innovation.   Technology trends such as mobility, big data,…
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • The 2015 WorkHuman Fellowship Essay Contest

    Darcy Jacobsen
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
      Do you know a college or graduate student in the U.S. or Canada who is passionate about HR, leadership, organizational psychology and creating a great place to work? Are you one, yourself? We are excited to announce the WorkHuman 2015 Fellowship and Essay Contest. Three essay writers from North American universities will be chosen as our WorkHuman Fellows, and flown to WorkHuman 2015 to live-blog the event. See below! ENTER TO WIN A WORKHUMAN 2015 FELLOWSHIP Essay Contest Deadline: May 20, 2015   Do you share our passion for building a more human workplace? Are you a college or…
  • Rob Lowe is coming to WorkHuman 2015. Here’s why.

    Darcy Jacobsen
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
      I am so excited about our WorkHuman speaker lineup. From keynotes to session speakers to attendees, we are assembling an amazing cross-section of people that is going to blow your socks off. But I have to say that our latest speaker announcement is one of the most thrilling. Rob Lowe is going to be giving a keynote talk at WorkHuman 2015. Rob is an unexpected (and phenomenal) addition to our lineup—which is why I love that he agreed to speak at the event. If you’ve read his books, you’ll know why we chose him. If you haven’t, you should. Rob is the NY Times bestselling author…
  • An eBook for the International Day of Happiness

    Darcy Jacobsen
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
      Today is the International Day of Happiness. In June 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring the 20th of March an International Day of Happiness, and inviting member states to “pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.” The pursuit of happiness, says the UN, is a fundamental human goal. Further, the UN resolution recognized the importance of  “happiness and well-being as universal goals and…
  • Recommend “The Power of Thanks” and We’ll Send it for Free

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Have you ever wished the higher-ups in your company were just a little more tuned in? Have you ever wanted to anonymously mail them some serious tips on improving morale and culture? How much better could your culture be if someone just slipped them a note about how important appreciation is? Or about how much trust, gratitude and happiness matter? Their hearts are in the right place. Most executives want to build a great culture that increases productivity and attracts new employees. But let’s face it… a lot of them have no clue how to make that happen. Or worse, they think you have a…
  • 6 TV Programs That Show the Power of Work Friendships

    Mike Wood
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    I mentioned in my last post about Facebook’s Say Thanks campaign that you don’t need to stray from your TV to see how the relationships we make at work are critical to the quality of our lives. I referenced a few, but there are many more workplace sitcoms that show the power of the connections you make at work. In no particular order, here are six of my favorites: The Office I know I already wrote about this show, but I keep coming back to it because it’s been the best representation for the bonds created between coworkers that I have seen. Nothing exemplifies this more than Andy’s…
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    Clarity Consultants

  • Can eLearning Influence Behavior Change?

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Transformative learning is more than memorizing steps or learning basic skills—in many cases, it’s about shifting values and beliefs to uproot old behavior patterns. Training classes that teach employees new policies and healthcare modules that try to improve patient habits are both examples of tools that are designed to incite behavior change. What’s the dominant model for behavior change? In the 1970s, researcher and psychologist James O. Prochaska began developing a conceptual model of behavior change. By the 90s, he and colleagues published a number of papers supporting…
  • Cognitive Load Theory: What You Need to Know to Develop Instructional Tools that Work

    19 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    A central piece in the puzzle of designing instructional tools is understanding how the human mind learns—how much information can a learner retain, and how should that information be presented? Investment costs in the design, production, and implementation of e-learning in particular makes the effectiveness of such tools even more crucial. A poorly designed course can confuse learners, missing the instructional mark and costing your company dearly. What you need to consider is cognitive load—in other words, how much effort your learners need to spend to really absorb your content. In the…
  • How Can Virtual Leaders Be Effective?

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    In response to an increasingly global marketplace, over half of organizational leaders are now called upon to collaborate with and oversee virtual teams—groups of remote employees who are spread out across cultures and time zones, connecting with the group via technology such as Skype, email, and phone conferences.   The advantages of virtual collaborations are immediately apparent: diverse perspectives create an environment of creativity and multiple solutions, virtual communication is “greener” than arranging travel to get everyone in the same room, and many employees feel more…
  • Use Interactive Video for Better Learning Outcomes

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Thinking of using video to jazz up an online course? The perks are plentiful: behavior modeling can be shown, rather than described; moving images have emotional appeal that helps content resonate; and video’s mass appeal is apparent even among the less-than-tech-savvy. Surveys show that 91% of all internet users have visited YouTube, with about 60% of users returning to watch videos at least once a week. It’s a near-universal guarantee: people love watching videos. But in a culture of rapidly evolving technology, even the best tools can be improved upon. While videos are an increasingly…
  • Digital Badges: Do They Help or Hurt Your Online Reputation?

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Digital badges are a fairly new phenomenon on the Internet. Educators (especially online universities), companies (particularly online companies) and people who work in Internet-based fields award and post digital badges as a form of accreditation in a particular specialty. When posted on a website, a digital badge attests to an individual’s skills or mastery of a subject through training, without necessarily a formal diploma or certificate. A badge on a university site signifies that the school teaches that subject. Organizations post badges to establish themselves in a niche market.
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    Human Resources Software

  • Communication is a Hot Topic

    Stephanie Reyes
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    We cover a lot of topics in this TribeHR blog: from workplace accommodation to the impact of catching a few zzzz’s on productivity. Along the way we touch issues of leadership and workplace power dynamics, as well as more traditional HR management concerns like effective onboarding and employee engagement.   While all articles garner a fair amount of interest and certain subjects clearly trend based on the latest HR research or what’s in the news, one topic—communications—is consistently popular. Whether we write about different communication styles, offer…
  • Negotiators: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Stephanie Reyes
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    "Along the grid of negotiating styles, some people take a compromising attitude - a firm but fair give-and-take. Others take the stance: Do it or you're fired. Then there are those who try to ignore problems altogether…Of course, the ideal is a win-win style." [1] In her book, Winning by Negotiation, therapist and business consultant Tessa Albert Warschaw outlines the following basic negotiating styles: U.S. Pacific Air Forces, Flickr Jungle Fighters (win-lose) These people enjoy the challenge of conflict; they are aggressive and apt to resort to cutthroat tactics when negotiations…
  • 13 Communication Practices of Leaders

    Stephanie Reyes
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Great leaders are great communicators. They share their vision in a way that inspires others and projects a contagious enthusiasm. But this ability doesn't always come naturally. We’ve all experienced the pep talk that falls flat: the gung ho, “take one for the team” speech that triggers sarcasm instead of motivation. Photo of Angela \Merkel by Duncan Hull, Flickr So how do some people stimulate belief, loyalty and a commitment that defies logic, while others are dismissed and dissed? With deliberate intent and lots of practice. Exceptional leaders connect and…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of e-Learning

    Stephanie Reyes
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    Sandravc, Wikimedia Commons With the growing reliance on computers and information technology, we might assume that computer based and online learning had become the rule rather than the exception for work-related training. Especially in the knowledge sector. The truth is a little more complicated. While e-Learning continues to grow in popularity, it’s still a long way from taking over as the primary mode of workplace training. One study that examined the training activities of over 1,200 knowledge workers at the end of three year period, found that only 34% had participated in…
  • Fixing a Bad Hire

    Stephanie Reyes
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    No one intentionally hires someone who can’t do the job or who just doesn’t mesh with the team. And yet it happens more often than we like to admit.  In fact,one survey found that 8 of ten companies had made a bad hire, with 22% of respondents admitting they'd made a bad hire that cost the organization over $50,000. Photo by tishamp, Flickr What can you do when the candidate with the amazing resume, who aced every interview and raised no red-flags during reference checks, turns out to be a non-starter on the job? Well, first you have to find out about it. Stay on Top of…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • The Changing World of Human Resources

    Hannah Jones
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Why Great Workplaces are Increasingly Shifting their Focus to PeopleThere has been a notable shift in the way organizations define their human resource functions. Increasingly, we see departments like "People Services" or "People Operations." Human Resource executives have titles such as "Chief People Officer" and "Vice President of People" and we see entire departments focused on analyzing an organization's people. The way traditional HR works is changing, and no matter what organizations call it, one thing is clear: people are at the center.
  • How the Professional Services Industry Makes the Fortune 100 Best Companies List

    Sue Lam
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    In today's volatile and data-driven economy, employee knowledge is a hot commodity. Organizations need the best and brightest employees to maintain their competitive advantage. Though this trend affects all industries, this is even more significant in professional services, where they offer clients knowledge and consulting services.
  • Top Workplaces in Healthcare

    Elissa Tucker
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    4 Elements of a Successful Healthcare Employee ExperienceConfronting stressors: It's just part of the job description for any healthcare worker in 2015. Each day this year, healthcare workers will be:
  • The Intersection of Culture and Design

    Hannah Jones
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    How Workplace Design Helps Bring Culture to LifeLast week Fortune Magazine published a double-issue featuring the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. The issue highlights several Best Companies on the list as well as some of the trends and practices seen across the 100 Best. There is a small feature on workspaces as well as a list published online of the 25 coolest offices of the 100 Best.
  • The Language of Great Leadership

    Lillian J. LeBlanc
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Great leaders strive to connect with their teams through clear communicationThe words we use in everyday conversation reveal a lot about who we are. Most of us have broad vocabularies, but rely on a core set of go-to words that regularly pop up in most of our discussions. Has a family member ever coined a particular word as a “-ism”? If so, then you understand the concept.
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    strategy+business: ORGANIZATIONS & PEOPLE

  • Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The art of framing is an essential skill for executives who want to motivate and inspire.
  • 10 Principles of Organization Design

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Within each CEO's term, there is likely to be one and only one major reorganization. The chief executive has to get the reorg right the first time; he or she won't get a second chance. Here are 10 guiding principles that apply to every company's organization design--approaches recognized to have dramatically improved performance in more than 400 companies. These principles point the way for leaders whose evolving strategies require a different kind of organization than the one they have today.
  • 6 Ways to Challenge Your Leadership Assumptions

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A decades-old study of culture in leadership provides some insight on what underlies your beliefs about leaders and what they do.
  • Speak Honestly, Lead Honorably

    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Beware of euphemisms that belie "hellish" behavior.
  • Best of Multimedia: How Women Can "Make It Happen"

    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A Wall Street Journal video interview with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company reveals insights for the next generation of female leaders.
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    Human Resources Blog

  • 3 Ways to Be a Good Mentor to Your New Hire

    Julia Weeks
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    After hiring a new employee, it’s often easy to think that all of the hard work is over.  However, our job as managers has just begun. Whenever you hire someone new on your team, it is your responsibility to not only be a leader to your new hire, but also a mentor.  When thinking about previous mentors I’ve had and what made them great mentors, there are 3 things to consider when being a mentor to a new hire. 1. Remember how you felt when you started Before you put together a plan of action, think about the types of questions that your new hire will have.  The best way to do this is to…
  • 4 Essential Hiring Manager Traits

    Lauren Levine
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    While some management skills can be learned, it also takes a specific personality type to excel as a leader. The following traits are hallmarks of a great hiring manager: You’re empathetic: A strong hiring manager is able to understand what their employees are going through. People want to work for someone who truly cares about them, so showing empathy is a must. But not a pushover: However, a hiring manager who is too empathetic can let employees get away with slacking off at the office. Yes, it’s unfortunate when a staff member is dealing with personal problems or other concerns.
  • 3 Easy Steps to Hiring Your Dream Team

    Guest Post
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Puzzled by the gradual slump in your company’s growth rate and talent level? It’s time to sit up and take notice of the depth of talent shortage, and act fast! The global market is abuzz with exciting job opportunities for young, smart, and talented people. You may have to change your conventional methods of hiring and focus of offbeat ideas to pool some of the smartest candidates into a superb team. Before you start recruiting people on a massive scale, it’s important to understand the concept behind talent pools. The idea is to create a backup of the best minds, to help grow your…
  • 5 Ways to Find More Candidates Faster

    Julia Weeks
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    As a recruiter in today’s job and candidate market, it is important to have a sense of urgency and act fast.  When we drag our feet and avoid time-saving tools we are allowing another recruiter the opportunity to beat us to the punch and win the placement. Today, there are many different ways we can speed up the recruiting process by uncovering candidates quickly.  1. Plan a Recruiting Schedule First, we must have a plan surrounding our recruiting strategy.  Take a moment to sit down and think about your recruiting process and write it down.  Think about ways you can adjust the process…
  • 3 Reasons Why Recruiters Should Consider One-Way Video Interviews

    Julia Weeks
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    As a recruiter, I understand how insanely hectic your priority list can be.  Let’s face it, a good recruiter is working multiple different jobs for several different companies on any given day and speed is of the essence.  In order to work quickly, efficiently, and accurately, you should consider implementing one-way video interviews into your candidate screening process. 1. Saves Time As with any job search, we are faced with numerous candidates to screen and weed through.  Typically, we pick through resumes and start dialing, leaving voicemails, scheduling initial phone screens when…
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    Safari Solutions

  • Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    You probably understand yourself well enough to know if you are an introvert or extrovert.  Yet, how can you tell the difference in others?  This is one of the easiest distinctions to recognize in a first meeting, such as an office interview or even a phone interview. Extroverts are a D-style or I-style DISC personality. An extrovert is a better talker than a listener. They enjoy small talk and social interaction, and feel comfortable around almost anyone. Their body language is typically open and relaxed. Introverts are an S-style or C-style DISC personality. An introvert is a better…
  • Four Styles to Teamwork

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Building a strong team is what makes a business successful. Understanding and communicating with employees is what makes a team strong. Having a good blend of personalities creates a smart work environment. This is when the DISC assessment comes into play. Gather DISC reports on your team to help understand how they interact together. Team profiles focus on the strengths and potential problems the team has when encountering business objectives. The report provides how individuals and teams gain confidence about their ability to be effective in their roles and within the team as a whole. Every…
  • 3 Effective WaysTo Attract College Talent

    4 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    Millennial graduates job hunt differently from prior generations mainly due to technology. Thus, to hire top graduates, companies must use different recruiting strategies from years past. Turn your old-fashioned hiring methods into a newly improved strategy by following these methods: Job fairs are old school. Grads are attracted to jobs through social media postings and word-of-mouth. Formal job descriptions are boring. Grads want to understand company goals, values, and cultures through a compelling web presence. Don’t play hard to get. Grads build more interest when companies…
  • 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…
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    Async Interview

  • Recruiting Call Center Representatives isn’t as simple as Getting them on the Phone

    Christopher Young
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Call centers first appeared in the world in the 1960s under the not-so-catchy title of “Private Automated Business Exchanges.” Since then, the PABX revolution has fundamentally changed the landscape of modern business. In times of plenty, and of austerity, the call centers need workers – but recruiting call center representatives is not so simple these days. Among the numerous challenges that face them, the major issues plaguing call center recruitment agents right now are threefold: high turnover, understaffed HR departments, and non-uniform personal technologies.
  • Easing the Time-to-Hire Crunch

    Christopher Young
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Scheduling an in-person or video interview with a hiring manager is challenging, as recruiters are all too well aware. After all, hiring is not the primary responsibility of a manager; it’s only one task on his or her daily list. If you asked typical managers what the ideal time frame would be for completing a hire, they would probably answer, “Yesterday!” Establish Trust by Partnering with the Manager Talent acquisition expert Emily Gordon urges recruiters to “provide value by serving to help the hiring manager succeed.” Only by seeing the hiring challenge through the…
  • Hiring for Top Talent is More Than Just Luck

    Christopher Young
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You might enjoy a good Guinness and have the luck o’ the Irish, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to simply stumble upon talent this St. Patrick’s Day (or any part of the year, for that matter). In reality, hiring the best candidate for an open position at your company is a task that takes work and skill. In order to ensure you find the best candidates possible, you’ll want to make sure that you take all the necessary steps in the hiring process. Below is what you need to land that pot-o-gold hire at the end of the search rainbow. Understanding the Job…
  • Recruiting Done Right: Using Mobile to Get Great Candidates On-the-Go

    Christopher Young
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more industries are turning to mobile technology to reach more customers and do business more efficiently. From connected health trackers to app-based food ordering, more businesses are turning to mobile technology to improve their business practices, and one such area is corporate recruitment. Today, companies are using mobile technology to find and land the best candidates for open positions, and there are many reasons for both companies and candidates to use mobile technology. Why Companies Should Go Mobile Put simply, the…
  • The Top 3 Priorities for Recruiting Teams in 2015

    Christopher Young
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The new year is the perfect time to examine the way you recruit employees and streamline your processes to ensure you’re ahead of the pack when it comes to competitive recruiting. No matter how well your recruiting strategy works at the moment, following a few tips will make your processes leaner and more effective in 2015. Experience the Recruiting Experience from the Other Side The candidate experience is a crucial part of successful recruiting, but do you actually know what the process looks like from an applicant’s perspective? Not only does a bad candidate…
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    Make HR Happen by Tom Bolt

  • The Missing Dash

    Tom Bolt
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It has been said that a person’s tombstone marks three things: the beginning of life, the end of life, and a dash to represent everything in between. As we go through life cramming as much as we can into our dash, other people have dashes that cross over into ours as well. Regardless of the length … Continue reading »
  • Who Needs Social Media?

    Tom Bolt
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Before you answer that question too quickly with your typical knee-jerk reaction, think about how you formed that opinion. Is it based on facts or are you blindly following suggestions planted by faux experts of the online realm. Do we accept it as a true need because of our incessant need to feed our personal … Continue reading »
  • When is a job not a job?

    Tom Bolt
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” – George Bernard Shaw Recently I acted on emotions rather than logic because of a hard lesson that was taught to me years ago. Last week I publicly confronted a job spammer on LinkedIn. I should have … Continue reading »
  • Talent Wars – The Talent Strikes Back

    Tom Bolt
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    A few years ago I wrote a series of articles for job seekers based on The Art of War by Sun Tzu. There have been numerous analogies comparing warfare to business practices, but this week, prompted by a NY Times Op-Ed piece, my colleagues and I engaged in a dialog about whether or not the … Continue reading »
  • How to Engage and Learn From Twitter Chats

    Tom Bolt
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:54 am
    Have you ever wanted to get a glimpse at “the making of” a job search chat on Twitter? The decision that we made (a little bit me and a lot of Steve Levy and Cyndy Trivella) to move Open Mic Career Chat (#OMCchat) to Friday at Noon happened because we had good metrics on that … Continue reading »
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • 9 Spartan Race Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A few weeks ago I experienced my first Spartan Sprint. The “Sprint” is a 4-5 mile obstacle course race created by Joe De Sena, an entrepreneur and extreme endurance race enthusiast.  In 2012, Outside magazine designated it the “Best Obstacle Race,” and hundreds of thousands of people have participated in Spartan race events around the world. I figured it would be a fun experience for my family and I to share. So on the Saturday morning of the race, my wife and I, along with our three children (ages 16, 14, and 11) hopped in our SUV and made our way to the race site, prepared…
  • “What Impresses a Coach” – A Letter to Athletes on Toughness

    Sean Glaze
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    A LETTER TO ATHLETES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUGHNESS:   “Dear Player: I am glad you have worked to build skills, and skills will serve you well when you are on the floor competing against other talented athletes… but it is not skill alone that separates successful achievers from the mediocre masses. The greatest divider of players in basketball, or in business, is toughness. If you were an office manager, it would be nice to have people with terrific skills – but if you had an employee who was very skilled and experienced, but who also whined and complained or was negative or…
  • 4 Steps to Create REAL Impact at Your Next Event

    Sean Glaze
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:25 am
    As a meeting professional, you want to create real impact at your event, but all too often people look back after attending a conference or an annual meeting and, even though they may have had a few nice conversations and taken a few interesting notes, feel like it was all just empty calories? Cake, or potato chips, are great examples of foods that provide empty calories – and like some conferences or meetings you may have attended, they offer very little that is really useful or nourishing. But there IS hope… You CAN ensure that your next company event delivers REAL impact.
  • 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…
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  • The Little Things That Can Influence Your Success

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    There are many little behavioural traits that, if we can control or even just be aware of, can be the keys to success. Often subconscious, they include our movements, expressions or ways in which we react in certain situations that can affect how well we do in our careers and professional relationships. Your decision-making skills In the study ‘Thought Calibration: How Thinking Just the Right Amount Increases One’s Influence and Appeal’ it was found that the way in which someone make decisions affects those observing them and their willingness to be influenced by…
  • 10 Grown Up Uses For Lego In The Office

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Now one of the most valuable and well-known brands in the world, and for good reason, Lego’s not just for kids anymore. With a little ingenuity it can be used to make our lives easier and more fun at work too! Lego vase for your office plant(s) Lego USB stick Lego device charger stand Lego ideas board Lego phone holder Lego wall calendar Lego cable tidy Lego PC tower Lego desk tidy Lego productivity tool Sources: The post 10 Grown Up Uses For Lego…
  • 10 Great Minimal Design CV Designs

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    A clear, concise, yet aesthetically pleasing cv design is essential for your job hunting efforts. Most recruiters will afford your CV a minimal amount of time when reviewing for a position as you’re one of many applicants they have to sift through. Creating a CV is no longer a simple case of opening Word and typing in your job history and relevant details, it’s all about selling yourself as the top talent you are. Luckily there are some very functional yet eye-catching CV templates available for download if you’re prepared to part with a small amount of cash. Resume &…
  • If You Sit At A Desk You Need These Exercises

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Sitting all day is bad for us in a number of ways, we should all know that by now. But how many of us proactively exercise at our desks? Below are a number of infographics detailing how you can stretch and get your body moving during those long periods of low physical activity in the office. Excessive sitting impacts our body’s metabolic system: “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.” ~ James Levine, MD, PhD Further…
  • Answer These Questions To Improve Your Office Environment

    10 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Is everyone in your office happy and productive? A good office environment’s a difficult and time-consuming thing to get right, but is one of the most sought after requirements where talent’s concerned. Asking yourself some straightforward and often obvious questions can help you to understand and improve your office environment for both you and your employees. Is there an atmosphere (of any kind) in your office? Is the office environment one of dead silence where you’d hear a pin drop? Bustling offices are more productive, more inspiring, more collaborative and, more often…
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    HiringThing Blog

  • New Job Board Partner: ZipRecruiter Boost

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    HiringThing continues to be committed to helping our clients get the word out about their job openings, we’re excited to announcement our new partnership with ZipRecruiter Boost, a turbo charged solution, that allow you to get greater placement, greater exposure and more candidates.
  • A New Spin on Basic Interview Questions

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The goal of a good applicant tracking system is to make your life as a recruiter easier, while helping to identify and hire the best candidates for you or your clients. There are many things to consider while reviewing a potential ATS. We’ve identified 4 of the most important areas to consider when selecting an ATS.
  • 4 Things to Consider When Choosing an Applicant Tracking System

    1 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The goal of a good applicant tracking system is to make your life as a recruiter easier, while helping to identify and hire the best candidates for you or your clients. There are many things to consider while reviewing a potential ATS. We’ve identified 4 of the most important areas to consider when selecting an ATS.
  • 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.
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    HR Payroll Systems

  • Onboarding Tips to Avoid “Buyer’s Remorse” with New Hires

    Dave Rietsema
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    It has happened to all of us at some time or another. We just had to have that new coat, pan, eyeliner, or wallet and then we get home and regret spending our hard earned bucks on something that was likely an impulse buy caused by being too caught up in the moment. The same thing happens to new hires after accepting jobs all the time. They get caught up in the moment and accept the job offer, but then end up regretting the decision when promises go unfulfilled or the job doesn’t turn out to be quite what they thought it was. Having employees quit shortly after hire can be hugely costly for…
  • Treating Departing Employees Well is Just Good Business

    Dave Rietsema
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Most companies have carefully outlined procedures for onboarding employees that are designed to make employees feel welcomed and competent while learning the lay of the land. Unfortunately, most companies do not put nearly as much effort into making sure that employees are treated well during offboarding. Whether employees are terminated or resign, however, it is in a company’s best interest to make sure that employees are treated well as they leave. Maintaining Company Reputation Former employees are often seen as an honest source for information about how a company is to work for or deal…
  • Benefits of Offering Paid Sick Days

    Dave Rietsema
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    At this time, paid sick days are voluntarily offered by some organizations and not others in most places in the United States. The United States is one of the few developed nations in the world that does not guarantee paid sick leave for all workers, although some states and cities have put legislation in place requiring paid sick leave for all employees. Organizations that do not offer sick days may be hesitant to add sick days as a benefit out of fear that employees will misuse sick days or that the option will increase costs, but there are many real benefits to offering sick days that may…
  • 8 Ways to Keep Employees Happy

    Dave Rietsema
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    It seems like a no-brainer that employees that are happier will be more productive within an organization. Employees that are content are usually more willing to contribute cheerfully, fighting fires with more grace and not moaning and groaning about the pressures of daily operations. When you are very close to the subject, though, it may be difficult to spot the ways to improve employee satisfaction, contentment, and overall happiness. Stop the Micro-Managing Employees that are micro-managed tend to feel that they are not trusted or worse, that they are not capable. When managers step back…
  • Employee Collaboration, Team building, and HRIS

    Dave Rietsema
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Employee collaboration can benefit a workplace in a multitude of ways. Employees may be more engaged and content, good teams may be easier to set up for various projects, and information may flow more freely throughout the organization. HRIS can help to encourage employee collaboration by making it easy to communicate with all employees in the company, even from a remote location. HRIS Offers More Options for Employee Collaboration In the past, most employee collaboration was done in person or through e-mail. While the value of face-to-face interaction should not be underestimated, HRIS can…
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    Social Recruiting Blog

  • How to Be Funny at Work Without Losing Your Job

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    craigengstrom: Entrepreneur magazine has a great article on humor in the workplace: How to Use Humor at Work Without Acting Like a Jerk by Lindsay LavingKey Points: 1. Know your audience! People have different levels of senses of humor, so while using humor in the workplace err on the side of caution because the downside to a joke bombing is much worse than any benefit of it being funny. When in doubt, take it out! 2. There’s a place for humor! You shouldn’t try to dominate all conversation with quips. The place for humor may be during a demo, presentation, or training. 3. Don’t force…
  • FTD Plans to Hire

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    FTD Plans to Hire: FTD is Hiring in Connecticut and they are looking for skills/abilities in Inbound Customer Service
  • Here's How You Know When It's Time for a Career Change

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Many people will choose a career coming out of university simply because it pays the bills or because it was the only field where a young and workplace-inexperienced person could gain on-the-job knowledge quickly. Such decisions often lead to problems of disaffection further down the line. If this sounds like your story, you may be asking yourself if it is indeed time for a career change.But that is much easier said than done. For many people, change is difficult — especially when it comes to changing job. And here’s why.Can you afford to make the change?It can take months or years to…
  • Our InstaJob app now supports email addresses. If you dont want...

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Our InstaJob app now supports email addresses. If you dont want to use a website address, try your email.
  • Average number of applicants per job opening (Fortune mag)

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Average number of applicants per job opening (Fortune mag)
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    HRE Daily

  • Happy Vacation Commitment Day!

    Michael J. O'Brien
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Today, we pause from our daily grind to mark the first annual Vacation Commitment Day, a day for both employers and employees to acknowledge the importance of taking regular vacations and commit to taking them regularly. The concept springs from Seattle-based Take Back Your Time, a non-profit organization (sponsored by Diamond Resorts International) working to improve lives by eliminating the epidemic of overwork in America. The recently launched Vacation Commitment Initiative aims to change the culture around paid vacation in America by fostering corporate support in encouraging…
  • Hiring Those with Autism Is Best Help You Can Give

    Kristen Frasch
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This coming Wednesday, April 1, marks the beginning of National Autism Awareness Month 2015. (And no, this post has absolutely nothing to do with the fun side of April 1. This post is absolutely serious.) The following day, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day, in case you need double impetus to give this more than just a passing thought — kind, indifferent or otherwise. This United Nations site announces the 2015 theme for the World Autism Awareness Day as “Employment: The Autism Advantage.” It cites a surprising (to me) statistic, that more than 80 percent of adults…
  • Capturing the ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’

    David Shadovitz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    On Wednesday, a new digital book titled The Rise of HR: Wisdom from 73 Thought Leaders arrived in my inbox. The book—edited by Dave Ulrich, William A. Schiemann and Libby Sartain—is unquestionably ambitious in scope, running 582 pages and featuring essays from more than 70 thought leaders. Yet it’s also very straightforward in its approach, asking all of its contributors a single, simple question: What do HR professionals need to know or do to be effective in today’s and tomorrow’s business world? The end result: an impressive collection of diverse points of view covering a wide…
  • Supremes Revive Young v. UPS Case

    Michael J. O'Brien
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    The reaction to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to revive a pregnancy-discrimination lawsuit against United Parcel Service has been decidedly swift and, of course, decidedly mixed. The Supremes based yesterday’s decision on the belief that lower courts had used the wrong standard to determine whether the company had discriminated against one of its drivers, according to the New York Times. When Peggy Young’s doctor recommended that she avoid lifting anything heavy after she became pregnant, the company refused to give her lighter duties to accommodate her and placed…
  • Krawcheck Calls for Greater Diversity

    Andrew McIlvaine
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Sallie Krawcheck The second day of SHRM’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference featured a morning talk by Sallie Krawcheck, a former high-profile Wall Street executive who’s now the chair of Ellevate, a New York-based mentoring network for women (formerly known as 85 Broads). In describing her experiences as one of the few female leaders in an industry that continues to be dominated by white males, Krawcheck paid tribute to HR. “The first young man I had to fire threatened to kill me,” she said. “He said he would hunt me down in a dark alley. The second…
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  • The Little Things That Can Influence Your Success

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    There are many little behavioural traits that, if we can control or even just be aware of, can be the keys to success. Often subconscious, they include our movements, expressions or ways in which we react in certain situations that can affect how well we do in our careers and professional relationships. Your decision-making skills In the study ‘Thought Calibration: How Thinking Just the Right Amount Increases One’s Influence and Appeal’ it was found that the way in which someone make decisions affects those observing them and their willingness to be influenced by…
  • 10 Grown Up Uses For Lego In The Office

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Now one of the most valuable and well-known brands in the world, and for good reason, Lego’s not just for kids anymore. With a little ingenuity it can be used to make our lives easier and more fun at work too! Lego vase for your office plant(s) Lego USB stick Lego device charger stand Lego ideas board Lego phone holder Lego wall calendar Lego cable tidy Lego PC tower Lego desk tidy Lego productivity tool Sources: The post 10 Grown Up Uses For Lego…
  • 10 Great Minimal Design CV Designs

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    A clear, concise, yet aesthetically pleasing cv design is essential for your job hunting efforts. Most recruiters will afford your CV a minimal amount of time when reviewing for a position as you’re one of many applicants they have to sift through. Creating a CV is no longer a simple case of opening Word and typing in your job history and relevant details, it’s all about selling yourself as the top talent you are. Luckily there are some very functional yet eye-catching CV templates available for download if you’re prepared to part with a small amount of cash. Resume &…
  • If You Sit At A Desk You Need These Exercises

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Sitting all day is bad for us in a number of ways, we should all know that by now. But how many of us proactively exercise at our desks? Below are a number of infographics detailing how you can stretch and get your body moving during those long periods of low physical activity in the office. Excessive sitting impacts our body’s metabolic system: “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.” ~ James Levine, MD, PhD Further…
  • Answer These Questions To Improve Your Office Environment

    10 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Is everyone in your office happy and productive? A good office environment’s a difficult and time-consuming thing to get right, but is one of the most sought after requirements where talent’s concerned. Asking yourself some straightforward and often obvious questions can help you to understand and improve your office environment for both you and your employees. Is there an atmosphere (of any kind) in your office? Is the office environment one of dead silence where you’d hear a pin drop? Bustling offices are more productive, more inspiring, more collaborative and, more often…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Bamboo Love: Introducing March’s Happiest Customers

    Jeana Quigley
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Just as we love seeing new buds blooming on trees in March, we love hearing about our happiest customers—those who love our software or service so much they shout it out!  And we share it so that everyone here at BambooHR knows about it.  We believe this encourages them to keep up the great work! Here are […] The post Bamboo Love: Introducing March’s Happiest Customers appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Meet IBI Group—A Customer Success Study

    Jeana Quigley
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    IBI Group thrives on deploying its international engineering and architecture talent in a timely way. BambooHR helps IBI run accurate skills and capacity reports. The Company IBI Group is the world’s fourth largest architectural firm with 80 offices and more than 3,000 professionals and support staff worldwide. IBI’s offices work together as global “virtual studios,” […] The post Meet IBI Group—A Customer Success Study appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Why a Not-My-Job Attitude Won’t Cut It at a Startup

    Jeana Quigley
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Working for a startup is different. A lot of work is spread over a small amount of people. Roles shift depending on what’s needed at the moment. It’s not uncommon for employees to do a whole bunch of different tasks—whether or not they’re qualified for it. The fact is in a startup, every team member […] The post Why a Not-My-Job Attitude Won’t Cut It at a Startup appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Spring Is Here! So Is Tax Season. Are Employees Ready? [ACA Series]

    Kelsie Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    This time of year is exciting. Trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up. And then, just when you’re caught up in the beauty of nature coming back to life, another part of life smacks you right across the face: tax season. It’s here and your tax forms have to be […] The post Spring Is Here! So Is Tax Season. Are Employees Ready? [ACA Series] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • Wealthsimple: Next Generation Portfolio Management

    Leena Thampan
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming of shining a spotlight on another awesome customer. This week we’re looking at Wealthsimple, described by their founder, Michael Katchen “as the really boring, long-term way to accumulate wealth.” Forget Gordon Gekko or the Wolf of Wall Street. Wealthsimple isn’t about becoming obscenely rich, taking risky financial bets or cutting a fat check to a fund manager for their “services.” After working as a VP for 1000Memories, a Y Combinator-backed, San Francisco-based startup acquired by, Michael returned to Canada in…
  • Wagepoint Wins Silver STEVIE® in Stevie Awards 2015 for Sales & Customer Service

    Shrad Rao
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    There’s nothing quite like an award to validate good work, and it’s all the more amazing when that award is for customer service! It gives us great pleasure to announce that Wagepoint was presented with a Silver Stevie® Award in the Customer Service Department of the Year – Computer Software – Up to 100 Employees category in the ninth annual Stevie Awards 2015 for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world’s top sales awards, business development awards, contact center awards, and customer service awards. The Stevie…
  • How to Create a Fun Workplace

    Leena Thampan
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    This was the week we all celebrated “National Fun At Work Day” across North America, and no surprises, we got into the spirit as well and even came up with our five fave fun suggestions – alliteration much? #5 Have a dance-off! #NationalFunAtWorkDay #officelife — Wagepoint (@Wagepoint) January 28, 2015 Hashtag #NationalFunAtWorkDay to see all our five tips and maybe you’ll get some inspiration of your own on how to create a fun workplace. But the festivities don’t have to stop after this week. We’ve decided as a company to keep the fun going…
  • 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…
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    The Pachera Group

  • Rapidly Evolving Recruiting

    Vikki Pachera
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Recruiting top talent was always a challenge but it’s gotten noticeably more difficult in the last year, particularly in technology. And there’s no sign of things getting better anytime soon. Most companies are simply not evolving their talent acquisition techniques quickly enough to stay competitive and land enough great people to meet their business needs. If you haven’t already radically revamped how you recruit, how you think about recruiting, you will very shortly. The tightening talent market and economic recovery means candidates are offered a lot of opportunity. In some cases, a…
  • Why Him, Not You: What Makes a Dream Job Candidate

    Vikki Pachera
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
      Despite the tight job market in many sectors, great companies and great recruiters will have a ‘slate’ of candidates for any job–two to six well qualified people who are interested and competing for the role. Very frequently I am asked, why didn’t the company select me, why did they choose the ‘other guy’?  It’s often a tight race but there are usually one of five reasons someone else landed the role: The Assignment:  Nailed it.  Whether you are a sales exec asked to do a mock presentation to the executive team, a technologist asked to solve…
  • Top of Your Game

    Vikki Pachera
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
      2015 is proving to be one of the most competitive, tightest technology job markets in history.  Being at the very top of your game in recruiting is the only way to win. 1.  Work incredibly hard, dig deep:  companies have to find talent, it’s not coming to you, so forget about posting, Ziprecruiter and other gimmicks based on yesterday’s recruiting model.  Eveyone is identifiable today–find who you want and go after them.  Be prepared to spend an enormous amount of highly focused time on this. 2.  Create a compelling experience:  ensure the front desk is warm and…
  • Now more than ever, time is of the essence!

    Bill Firing
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Yes, it’s true that it’s rarely been as challenging in identifying and capturing the interest of top talent as it is today. The challenge is compounded when you consider how time-challenged companies and hiring manager are in following through in landing talent. Yet, without a well-honed plan for interviewing and vetting candidates in a timely manner, the best candidates will lose interest and move on quickly. I hear this often with top talent. When they see delays in feedback or long gaps between interview steps, they can be quick to (often incorrectly) presume that the company doesn’t…
  • Now more than ever, time is of the essence!

    Bill Firing
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Yes, it’s true that it’s rarely been as challenging in identifying and capturing the interest of top talent as it is today.  The challenge is compounded when you consider how time-challenged companies and hiring manager are in following through in landing talent. Yet, without a well-honed plan for interviewing and vetting candidates in a timely manner, the best candidates will lose interest and move on quickly. I hear this often with top talent.  When they see delays in feedback or long gaps between interview steps, they can be quick to (often incorrectly) presume that the company…
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  • IBPS PO III, Clerk III, SO III Reserve List Allottment

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    IBPS has relased cutoff for IBPS PO III, Clerk III, SO III Reserve List candidates :- IBPS PO III Reserve List CutoffGeneral - 41.6OBC - 36.40SC - 33.80ST - 25.20 Check IBPS Clerk III reserve list state wise cutoff here Check IBPS Specialist Officers III cutoff here [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • List of Padma Awardees 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Full list of Padma Awardees in 2015 Award Recipient Padma Vibhushan Lal Krishna Advani S. Parkash Singh Badal Amitabh Bachchan Dr D Veerendra Heggade Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 31 March 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. Who won F1 Malaysian Grand Prix after defeating Lewis Hamilton ? 2. Which State of India became 1st to make minimum education and eligibility for Panchayat elections ? 3. Who won ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 title ? 4. Who appointed as MEA Spokesman ? 5. What is the full form of MEA ? 6. India signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank for $... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • English Vocabulary Quiz - Moderate Level - Part 3

    Ramandeep Singh
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:45 pm
    English Vocabulary Quiz today :- 1. Autonomous a) uncaring b) productive c) without a name d) independent 2. Sentimental a) lacking focus b) emotional c) imprecise d) unstable 3. Impartial a) unbiased b) part of a whole c) guilty d) expressed in words 4. Embryonic a) undeveloped b) cynical c) fertile d) delicate 5. Impermeable a) sealed b) momentary c) shameless d) slow moving 6.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 31 March 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Current Affairs Update for 31 March 2015 E-Vidhan Mobile Apps launched by Himachal Pradesh E-Vidhan Mobile Apps launched in Himachal Pradesh Assembly on 30th March 2015 and became the 1st Assembly in the Country to launch e-Vidhan Mobile apps. Balbir Singh conferred with Lifetime Achievement AwardBalbir Singh Senior conferred with Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award by Hockey India... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Shared Parental Leave – Changes April 2015

    Peter Sanderson
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    A new system of shared parental leave will be introduced on or after 5th April 2015.  This new system will give parents the right to share parental leave and pay.  This system will replace additional paternity leave and pay.  The purpose of shared parental leave is to enable eligible parents to choose how to share the care of their child during the first year of the child’s birth or the adoption of the child. Giving Parents Choice Shared parental leave is optional.  The manner it works is as follows; the mother opts out of maternity leave/ statutory maternity pay system and opts into…
  • The New Fit for Work Service

    Peter Sanderson
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    The Fit for Work Service (“FFW”) is currently being introduced on a phased basis.  The introduction is set to be completed by May 2015. What is the Fit for Work Service? The Fit for Work Service will provide free occupational health assessments and return to work plans to assist employees who have been on sickness absence for four weeks or more to return to work.  The FFW also provides an online and telephone advice service. How can a referral to the Fit for Work Service be made? Referrals can be made by employers and GPs.  Once a referral is made the FFW will contact the employee to…
  • 5 Ways To Effectively Communicate Employee Benefits With Staff

    Peter Sanderson
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    This week’s post is a guest post by Russell Davidson of employee benefit adviser Davidson Asset Management. He explains why it’s so important to communicate employee benefits to staff and gives 5 easy ways to do so. One of the most important parts of an HR manager’s role is the reward side of the business – how the employer can effectively reward staff to thank them for their loyalty and increase the incentive for them to stay with the company. Just as important as a top employee benefits package, however, is how well that package is communicated. It’s all well and good having great…
  • The big toolkit round up of 2014

    Peter Sanderson
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:08 am
    2014 has been a fantastic year for myhrtoolkit; a year that has seen many changes and growth, not only for the HR software we provide but internally as a company. Our business has grown by 50% in 2014, accelerating over the course of the year. Here is a round up of those changes. We moved to bigger offices If you had not already heard, we were very excited that the myhrtoolkit team moved to a brand new and much larger office in October. Our old office served us well and we have some great memories but we are looking forward to settling in to our new space. Our contact details all remained the…
  • Improving Staff Engagement

    Peter Sanderson
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Staff engagement is a priority for most HR managers or anyone who is responsible for HR duties. Staff engagement can save the company money in recruitment, retention, and training and of course staff development. Studies have shown that engaged employees are more productive and less likely to leave. Most companies realise that they need to improve staff engagement in their business but the question is how and what works best? Performance Development Planning (PDP) In a LinkedIn survey, it was shown that many staff are more likely to leave if they have no career plan or their part in their…
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  • Does your training really make an ethical difference?

    Andrew Leigh
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:40 am
    Training takes a large slice of of most companies compliance budgets, anything from a quarter to a half. So is it effective? [1] Measuring training effectiveness remains a weakness of many L&D programmes and compliance and ethical training seems no different.  However, the escalating cost of compliance work is worrying senior managers. Many see the […] The post Does your training really make an ethical difference? appeared first on .
  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #260 #ff

    Mike Morrison
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some Fun for a Friday Office Cartoon I guess things have been kind of stressful at the office. Tomorrow is bring your therapist to work day.   If you like our Fun Friday office cartoon please share with your colleagues or social network. Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #260 #ff appeared first on .
  • Why front line customer service training fails to deliver

    Mike Morrison
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Cost effective customer service training Customer service training provision is often preceded by a lot of change in organizations. It’s a common situation. You have introduced a new IT system to streamline your operations. You have restructured to be as cost efficient as possible. You have implemented LEAN or other process based efficiency analysis strategies. […] The post Why front line customer service training fails to deliver appeared first on .
  • Very good to excellent – or why most customer service training fails

    Mike Morrison
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    When it comes to customer service training, or anyone else for that matter, many people in operations and HR make a fatal mistake. They believe people “need fixing”. Over the last 10 years many organisations have reduced the level of structured training they provide. This drop in activity coincided for the majority with the financial […] The post Very good to excellent – or why most customer service training fails appeared first on .
  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #259 #ff

    Mike Morrison
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Some Fun for a Friday Office Cartoon If you’re going to use sports analogies to inspire your team, use football or baseball… not duck duck goose   If you like our Fun Friday office cartoon please share with your colleagues or social network.   Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #259 #ff appeared first on .
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    360 Degree Feedback Tool

  • 7 Biggest Employee Evaluation Mistakes to Avoid

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Do you ever wonder how someone feels after employee evaluations? Happy? Anxious? Defeated? Angry? As it turns out, there is typically no office interaction that is more stressful for an employee and for management. The truth of the matter is that management has just as much loathing and dread for employee evaluations as employees feel stress and anxiety. This is because performance evaluations can be fuzzy, subjective, and inaccurate. Therefore, if you’re planning to carry out an employee evaluation exercise, you should avoid making these mistakes. 1. Don’t assess actual performance Most…
  • Common Misconceptions Too Many People Have about Employee Evaluations

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever been tempted to try 360 degree employee evaluations, but find yourself put off by many of the common misconceptions floating around the internet? In truth, employee evaluations can be extremely beneficial for most businesses, but only if they’re done right. Below, we’re going to go over four of the biggest misconceptions that surround 360 degree employee evaluations. 1. They only benefit managers This couldn’t be further from the truth. Transparency in the workforce has never been more important, and employees are being given more encouragement to express their…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Invest In 360 Review Software

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Carrying out an employee review exercise is not as easy as it sounds. Nobody likes to do them, and it can be extremely difficult to obtain useful results. In fact, a bad employee review process will be a complete waste of time. This, however, doesn’t mean you should stop doing them. By investing in 360 review software, you can consistently benefit from the feedback you receive. Here are five reasons why: 1. People find traditional employee reviews to be too stressful Most people simply don’t know how to conduct performance reviews, especially when they are negative. As Tara…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Review Your Employees Without Drama

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Are employee reviews a part of your job that you dread? You’re not alone, as a recent survey found that more than 90% of human resource managers aren’t satisfied with their review system. The tips below can help make your review process less painful and more meaningful for your organization. 1. Be honest Employee reviews are often inflated. Supervisors often rate mediocre employees as competent, and competent employees as above average and so on. A less-than-honest review doesn’t help your employees improve their performance, and it doesn’t help the company either. 2. Put…
  • Are Your Ineffective Employee Appraisals the #1 Cause of Your High Turnover?

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
      Do you have a problem retaining your employees? Keeping good employees can be a challenge, especially when there are other companies who will compete with you for their service. Letting your employees know that they are valuable to your business by evaluating their performance in a timely organized manner is good for morale and can lead to increased performance. Failing to do so can lead to a high turnover rate. Going about employee evaluations in a haphazard manner can often leave employees feeling frustrated and looking for the door. What’s Wrong with Traditional Employee…
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    HR Success Guide | Top Human Resources Blog

  • What makes Global Teamwork, Offshoring, Nearshoring & Remote Coorperations so Interesting?

    Parinita Bahadur
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Author: Hugo Messer In this article, I would like to share (a short version of) my personal story with you. I have done a short interview with myself: ♦ What drew me to this market? An odd... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Courage Counts

    Parinita Bahadur
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Click on the image to enlarge and view. Click Here to visit our Thought Catalog. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Common Offshore Mistakes

    Parinita Bahadur
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Author: Menzo de Muinck Keizer This isn’t the first article about offshore IT or BPO mistakes, but recent changes in the offshore business require an update. 1. ExpectationsMismatching expectations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Zero Cost Retention Strategies

    Parinita Bahadur
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:19 am
    Author: Antony Xavier In today's Scenario Retention has become very important and challenging. Many organizations react to the retention issue by addressing it only when a problem arises. When they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Soaring Offshore Costs & Diminishing Returns

    Parinita Bahadur
    7 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Gaurav Bahadur More than 90% of Offshore Costs account for Compensation and Benefits Having a profitable offshore development center is a dream come true of every entrepreneur. With cost... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DATIS Blog

  • The 4 Key Approaches to Great Decision-Making

    DATIS Guest
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    This DATIS blog article, “The 4 Key Approaches to Great Decision-Making“, was originally written by Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on March 18th, 2015 and was reposted with permission. Making great decisions is a key leadership responsibility. If you choose the wrong decision-making style, you could...
  • 5 Ways to Invest in Your Future

    DATIS Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    This DATIS blog article, “5 Ways to Invest in Your Future“, was originally written by Donald Latumahina, Life Optimizer, and was reposted with permission Last week I wrote about how you should live by design and not by default. Living by design helps...
  • Analytic Intervention

    Kevin D. Cassidy
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    What is your organization’s greatest business challenge? The 2015 Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report found that people analytics is the second largest capability gap and concern for organizations. Many executive leaders are striving to greater understand their workforce and increase...
  • On Leadership and Truth

    DATIS Guest
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    This DATIS Blog Article, “On Leadership and Truth“, was originally posted by Anil Saxena, Linked 2 Leadership, on February 11th, 2015 and was reposted with permission. “I want to work for someone that never tells me the truth,” said no employee…ever Leaders...
  • 5 Characteristics of Great Leaders

    DATIS Guest
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    This DATIS blog article, “5 Characteristics of Great Leaders“, was originally shared by thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on March 16th, 2015 and was reposted with permission. When you think of characteristics of a great leader, what comes to mind? It’s probably something like dedication, perseverance or charisma....
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  • Resume Cover Letter Tips That Will Get You Noticed

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    While it’s a little uncommon for companies to ask applicants to submit a cover letter when they apply for a job, a considerable number of them do ask for them, and some may even ask you for a written cover letter. Due to the rise of internet communication including emailing as well as online profiles and portfolios being conveniently available, recruiters don’t face obstacles when they need to review your data. However, this has somehow resulted in them ignoring the importance of a cover letter. However, smarter recruiters will ask you for one, and their reasons are valid. Hiring managers…
  • Get Your Resume Noticed with these Handy Tips

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Don’t Use Clichés When HR personnel go through tons of resumes, they know which words have been used and overused. Words and phrases such as ‘responsible for’, ‘successfully’, etc., don’t appeal to them. Therefore, you must be creative to give your resume a fresh look. This can be a lot of hard work but will help to ensure that your resume is not discarded after just a couple of lines have been read. Make sure Your Resume is Adaptable Never send the same resume to every company you apply at. The resume you send to any company must be tailored to meet that industry’s…
  • Advantages of Best Performance Appraisal Software in Organizations

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Maintaining any sort of control over your organizational activity and progress involves keeping a close watch on key aspects. One of the main exercises that must be an ongoing one is employee performance monitoring, as this provides an idea of your organizational progress based on simple logic. Measure your individual employee and departmental performance to gauge the direction your organization is headed in. At the same time, when you gauge employee performance, you have an immense opportunity to offer feedback to each one which can help them improve. Implementing employee performance…
  • How Social Networking can increase Employee Retention?

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    One of the most discussed topics in employee management is the use of social networks. While most businesses are against the idea of employees using social networks, some companies believe that it is useful for promoting work, recruitment as well as other things that a company can gain from. Many employees argue that they can share important professional information via social network usage. For example, when a programmer is looking for a snippet of code that he or she may not on hand, a fellow programmer can easily pass it through social network chat. In this way a company can save time by…
  • Employee Customer Satisfaction Survey Software

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Survey data is of high value, and usually, people go through a lot of trouble to obtain the survey data they need. Those who go through painful efforts to conduct surveys will always have advantages over those who do not, and this applies to every field you may operate in. However, in the marketing field, you will realize the high importance of obtaining and compiling customer survey data. With this data on hand, you hold the key to future success simply because you will have insight to the trends prevailing and how customers respond to your marketing. Streamline Your Customer Satisfaction…
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • The science of motivation: What really drives your employees to show up every morning.

    Bekkie Wetz
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Brad works in software development. He’s offered a $50,000 innovation bonus to come up with a new product. But with so many other deadlines to meet, he fails to come up with a solution and forfeits his bonus.Let’s look at what really motivates Brad, and the rest of us.Broadly speaking there are two types of motivation – extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation (EM) occurs when we are offered a reward to produce certain results, or on the other hand, when we try and avoid a punishment by under performing.Remember being told by your parents that if you were good then you could…
  • How a good employee benefits portal can help you attract, engage and retain employees.

    Clare Nowell
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    When you start a new job, the most likely question your friends and family will ask, after establishing what your new job actually is, what are the benefits like? The total value proposition is more important than ever as salaries compete with the rising cost of living. It can make the difference between being an employer of choice or simply fading into the background.But what’s the point of offering a fantastic reward package if your employees don’t understand it or worse, don’t know about it? The range of benefits you offer as an employer will help you attract, engage and retain good…
  • We’re so happy to be welcoming 140 clients of API Leisure & Lifestyle to the Reward Gateway family today.

    Glenn Elliott
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Tuesday 24th March 2015, Sydney, Australia.Today is a big day for us at Reward Gateway and it’s a big day for employee benefits and employee engagement in Australia too. Today we’re announcing a historic merger of the employee benefit programmes of Reward Gateway and Australia’s oldest benefits provider, API Leisure & Lifestyle. It’s something that we’ve been working on for nearly a year and we’re really excited about the benefits it means we can bring to so many employer programmes.API has always offered fantastic standards of client care.We’ve known that for many years and…
  • Top 4 problems a good employee engagement platform can help you solve.

    Jessica Telford
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    We all know how important it is to engage employees, because of the clear link between employee engagement and productivity, happiness, and retention. But how does that translate into solving the specific problems HR faces day to day?Whether you’re having trouble communicating the total value proposition to staff, connecting employees together, or trying to create company culture, the answer is an effective employee engagement platform. All jargon aside, an engagement platform is a single portal for your employees to access all of their benefits in one place. More importantly, a good…
  • Watch this space: wellbeing, wearables and the Apple Watch.

    Patch Thompson
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    As a young, technology-oriented workforce, employees here at Reward Gateway couldn’t wait for Monday’s big ‘Apple Event’. The latest from the tech gods promised updates on a number of existing products, as well as the grand announcement we’d all been waiting for – more details on the all new ‘Apple Watch.’The event started with a number of updates, from Apple TV, to iPhone and Apple Pay, before the very impressive announcement of ResearchKit – an innovative way to crowdsource medical research to help fight diseases. Health and wellbeing is still a major focus…
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    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

  • Use humor to engage employees on April Fools’ Day!

    Team Ceridian
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    By Karen Huss, VP of Corporate Relations at Ceridian. Ask any HR leader and they’ll tell you having engaged employees and a positive work culture helps any organization thrive. When employees feel inspired, great things happen. One often overlooked way of engaging employees is through humor. Humor can help boost morale and help strengthen employee relationships. […]
  • 5 ways the resume is changing in our modern recruiting landscape

    Team Ceridian
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    By Maurice Fernandes, Manager of Employment Brand & Social Media, Ceridian. Before the advent of the internet, applying for jobs was a fairly straightforward process. People would keep paper copies of their resume on hand, and when they found open positions they liked, they would send a resume in the mail or drop it off in […]
  • 5 strategic improvements HR can make as we continue into 2015

    Team Ceridian
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    We may already be a couple of months into 2015, but it’s never too late for organizations to stop, take a moment and assess what strategic changes they can make as we continue into the new year. The latest trend in business is that companies are looking to change their human capital management tactics for […]
  • 4 ways that a truly engaged workforce adds value to any organization

    Team Ceridian
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    “Employee engagement” is a buzzword that we’ve heard being tossed around HR circles for a long time now. In essence, we know by now what it’s all about – the idea is that you want your staff members to be satisfied with their jobs and happy to come into the office each morning. This will […]
  • 5 ways to strategically improve the payroll strategy at your organization

    Team Ceridian
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    It’s not hard to understand that at just about any organization, effective payroll processing is one of the most important needs that the HR office has. It’s pretty obvious that a primary reason people show up to work every day is to earn a paycheck, and if that paycheck doesn’t show up on time for […]
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  • Increase Profits Through Appreciation

    Mindy Flanigan
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Did you know that Employee Appreciation Day was March 4th? Were you ready? Did you do someone nice for an employee? Buy lunch or hand out gifts cards? Considering how hard we work, is it really enough to appreciate your employees only once or twice a year?  A regular thank you could generate a greater […]
  • HR Admin for a Franchise

    Mindy Flanigan
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Since we are a premium supplied to the IFA and are in Vegas for this year’s convention, we decided to tailor these week’s blog on HR for franchising. Once a small business franchise has filled all of the positions that are considered “standard” within day-to-day operations, it is likely the business has moved from grow […]
  • 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 […]
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    Potknox Blog

  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (5)
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    The fifth interview in our  HR Trends Series was with Mrinal Krant, Practice Partner at HireAtEaseConsulting India Pvt.Ltd,  a leading provider of Human Resources Consulting, Leadership Hiring, Recruitment Consulting & Talent Advisory solutions to emerging sectors in India. With close to 12 years of experience, Mrinal had a number of very helpful and realistic insights, and a tonne of wisdom to share. He tells us the changes and patterns he’s observed over the  years and what he expects will happen in the future. How long have you been working in the field of HR? Close to 12…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (4)
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:47 am
    If you’re a recruiter and you aren’t an ardent follower of The Savage Truth, you’re not a very good one. Jokes aside though (we’re serious), Greg Savage, Recruitment advisor, coach, speaker and investor gave us a few pearls of wisdom- on a flight to New Zealand, no less, about what he expects from the world of HR and his opinions on various facets of it and we promise you, it’s just as good as anything else he comes up with. Now, for anybody who follows his him on Twitter knows he has brilliant insights, ground breaking epiphanies and a lot of knowledge to…
  • How do Candidates feel about Video Interviewing?
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    According to a report released by Office Team, more than six in 10 (63 percent) of HR managers interviewed said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. This is up from just 14 percent one year ago. Unfortunately, very much like Recruiter Texting, this is a trend that has picked up so much pace so fast, that many applicants haven’t had a chance to warm up to it. For hiring managers and recruiters, however, video interviewing is an absolute blessing. Given advancements in technology, they can now view applicants’ appearance and body language, record interviews and…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (3)
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    The third interview in our HR Trends Series was with Rishu Raheja, Deputy Manager (Talent Acquisition) at Bennett Coleman &  Co. Ltd. (Times Group). Having worked in large organisation like Godrej and now the Times Group, Rishu knows the responsibility a job in HR entails. You are, after all, dealing with the single most important resource of them all- people. In her short and crisp interview with us, she talks about the kinds of technologies that have already penetrated the HR sphere, the changes she wishes to see hereon in, and also gives job seekers and employers a bit of advice…
  • 10 Classic ‘Make It Happen’ Quotes by Women who Made it Happen
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    It’s Women’s Day 2015. More than any other day in the year, today is Of the Women, By the Women and For the Women. The 10 quotes are exactly what you need if you’re looking for inspiration to get out of a rut, or start something from scratch. The women who spoke  these words came from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, but had that one beautiful thing in common- being a woman. Read the ten quotes given below, and we guarantee you’ll want to take your idea to the next level by the end of it. For when you start to wonder… but what will they think?
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    Rikka Brandon - Recruiting & Hiring Expert

  • 3 Ways To Be An Inspirational Leader

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    This is a guest post by Tamara Anderson. I met Noel a few years ago. We were celebrating my grandma’s 96th birthday at the Good Samaritan Center in Arthur, ND. There were about 40 family members in the room. My grandma was sitting off to the side of the room surrounded by loved ones. And from across the room, I could see how overwhelming all this activity was for her. In walks Noel to check on my grandma. She was one of my grandma’s caregivers. What was probably just a routine part of her day turned into something special. She walked over to my grandma, knelt down in front of her, took…
  • How To Conduct An Interview In 5 Uncomplicated Steps

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Washing dishes – on the same day they get dirty. Filing Taxes. Driving the speed limit. Conducting an interview. When I turned 21, I imagined that along with my celebratory drink I’d somehow be granted the knowledge of how to do all these Very Adult Things. While I still occasionally struggle with driving the speed limit (why is it so $#&%ing hard?!) I’ve got the how to conduct an interview bit down pat.And if you don’t? Don’t feel bad! You’d be amazed how many clients want a pre-interview pep talk. Of course, interviews vary a bit between industries and positions but…
  • Done-for-you, Copy-And-Paste Interview Process

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tell me, do you fantasize about spending your weekends conducting in-person interviews? Are you looking forward to trying to sell that mediocre benefits package to your candidates? Maybe you’re anxiously awaiting your next chance to go through the interview process, only to be fooled again by a smooth talker? No? Guess what? Today’s your Lucky Day because, I’ve been hiring for more than a decade and I’ve tweaked my process to perfection and you can copy the whole thing, step by time-tested step! The Interview Process Step 1. Share the deal breakers Is there anything…
  • Why I Love Taking Assessments (And How They Make Me A Better Leader)

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here are a few things I know about myself: I’m high-energy. I thrive on change. I can be (very) direct. Sometimes I talk over people. I didn’t learn these things from the comment section of my grade-school report card or because a friend diplomatically pointed them out. I learned them by clicking boxes in a variety of  assessments. Why you should use assessments We’re all a little fascinated with the inner workings of our own brains, right? I mean, there’s a reason those ‘Which Disney Character Are You?” online self assessments are so popular! Luckily for us, those personality…
  • 7 Clues Your Recruitment Process Isn’t Working

    10 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    In a perfect world every time you had a job opening, filling it would be as simple as placing a hand-lettered ‘Help wanted’ sign in the window. In this fantasy, you’d receive the exact right amount of applicants – not so many that you feel overwhelmed, not so few that you feel like you’re settling. The interview process would be fun and interesting, the vetting process – sublime. After a week or so, you’d settle on The Perfect Hire who would melt seamlessly into your team, requiring no training, immediately bringing in more business. In real life, the recruitment process…
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    Ottawa Employment Lawyers - Vey Willetts LLP

  • Restrictive Covenants: Understanding Enforceability and Liability

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Employers often include in employment contracts what are referred to as ‘restrictive covenants.’ This term is generally used to describe two main types of contractual clause: 1) the non-solicitation clause and; 2) the non-competition clause. If you have signed, or been presented with, an employment contract that has a restrictive covenant it is important to understand what it means and what potential liability you could face if your employer sought its enforcement against you. The Non-Solicitation Clause A non-solicitation clause is used to prevent an employee from soliciting…
  • Avoiding liability pitfalls when dismissing short service employees

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    All too often short service employees are overlooked in terms of an employer’s potential liability. After all, such workers can often be dismissed with minimal severance and without great fear of litigation. However, there are always exceptions and even for the shortest service employee, making mistakes can prove costly. The next time your organization moves to terminate the employment a short service worker, give some prior consideration to the following list of factors: Probationary Period The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) does not contain a provision that explicitly…
  • Pregnancy and Workplace Accommodation: The Botony Dental Case

    10 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    In early 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in Partridge v. Botony Dental Corporation. This decision is a useful reminder both for employees as to their rights and employers as to their workplace obligations. Ms. Partridge began work with Botony as a Dental Hygienist in March 2004 and was promoted to Office Manager in 2007. She was employed with the company for just over seven years prior to dismissal on July 19, 2011. During the tenure of her employment, Ms. Partridge twice took maternity leave: from June 2007 – July 2008; and again from June 2010 – July…
  • Resignation regrets: Employee’s failure to provide reasonable notice of departure costs him $56,116.11

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    When employers think of reasonable notice, they tend to be concerned with whether sufficient notice of dismissal is provided by the employer to the employee. However, an important subject that garners far less attention is what notice a departing employee must provide to the employer. The duty to provide reasonable notice of resignation is one implied by the common law. It has no equivalent in Ontario employment law legislation, such as the statutory notice employers are obliged to provide (at a minimum) when dismissing an employee. Regardless, whether through popular convention of television…
  • Q&A: The Employee’s Duty to Mitigate Loss

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Mitigation is a legal concept and can be difficult to understand. With this in mind, this article seeks to lay out clearly what the duty to mitigate requires and what it may mean for you. Q. What is the ‘Duty to Mitigate Loss’? A. The Duty to Mitigate Loss is an obligation put on all former employees who claim wrongful dismissal. It requires that any individual who loses his or her job seek alternative comparable employment as soon as possible. As the purpose of reasonable notice of dismissal is to help tide over workers until they can find re-employment, the Duty to Mitigate…
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  • 3 Leadership Lessons From The Dinner Table

    Chris R. Stricklin
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As leaders, we continually search for ways to improve, refine and hone our skills, abilities and demeanor. In this quest, we are consistently met with one immovable hurdle that limits our achievements…time. No matter how we adjust our schedules, there are consistently 24 hours in a day. We try to cheat Mother Nature and gain more usable time by sleeping less. This only works as a surge technique and not sustainable as less sleep over time loosens our focus and reminds us to remain mentally sharp, we must take proper care of our brain housing and sustainment system, also known as our bodies.
  • Why Korean Films Are Now Showing At Theaters Worldwide

    Darren Hunter
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In 30 years, the Korean film industry has gone from being tightly controlled by the government to having one of its films win the Venice Film Festival in 2012. In 1984, the existing Motion Picture Law was reformed and hidden talent began to emerge from all over Korea. By the mid 2000s, the Korean cinema industry began to gain international recognition as being among the finest producers of films in the world, and 2012 saw the highest number of tickets sold in the history of the Korean film industry. But just how did all of this happen? One of the major drivers in the rapid progress of Korean…
  • Should Your Business Be Investing More In Content Marketing?

    Amanda Clark
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    By now most small business owners know that running a blog takes time; that maintaining a consistent social media presence requires discipline; and that creating copious amounts of compelling content is ultimately going to cost some money. Nevertheless, content marketing is a great investment—and one that small business owners should double down on in 2015. For proof, you need look no further than to this recent survey, which finds that a whopping 89 percent of businesses that use content marketing find it to be effective. And then there is this recent post from Pratik Dholakiya, with a…
  • Why Is There High Interest In Enterprise Performance Management?

    Chris Grundy
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    by Gary Cokins, Founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC There is much confusion and little consensus as to what enterprise performance management (EPM) is. Different information technology research firms define it differently. Different consulting firms describe it to fit their unique competencies rather than what their clients may require. Since my impression is that most of these organizations view EPM far too narrowly – such as only a CFO initiative with better budgeting and control – my feeling is that it is better to discuss what EPM does rather than have arcane…
  • More Fun = More Profit: Why Engaging Employees With Work They Enjoy Increases Output

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The state of work in the United States today paints a bleak picture of people that toil away at jobs they are no longer passionate about. Many people report that they are actively disengaged at work, with a vast majority reporting that they may look at moving to other companies within the next year. With that being said, having a productive, happy, and engaged work force is one of the great competitive advantages that companies are having in the market place. There are many examples of great companies that are able to engage their work force, and it shows both in their customer satisfaction…
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    WinterWyman Blog

  • “You’re Overqualified!” - Tackling the Perception and Reality

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Jon Mazzocchi - Managing Director - Accounting & Finance Search Career advice Finding a job Interviewing tips for job seekers Job search advice “Well it seems like you have some great experience, but…”There it is. The dreaded “but.” If you’ve been in the job market for a while and you’re a baby boomer with years of experience or a young professional with multiple degrees, you likely know what comes next. “…but this position is definitely beneath you and you’ll be bored with it.”Whether the hiring manager addresses you with the comment directly during an…
  • Helping Your Company Solve the DevOps Puzzle is Not about Finding “DevOps Engineers”

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    By Matt Juszczak, WinterWyman tech contractor and DevOps guru Hiring top talent Hiring trends Technology Working with recruiters Recruiters and hiring managers in high-tech know that becoming familiar with technologies, moving beyond buzzwords and understanding what people actually do greatly enhances their creativity and resourcefulness when seeking tech talent. These abilities make them more valuable to their organizations and give them more credibility when working with technology professionals. Ultimately, this deeper understanding makes recruiters more successful. In fact, I believe…
  • Hiring Tech Talent? Seven Benefits of Offering a Remote Working Opportunity

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Liz Roney - Account Manager, Technology Contract Staffing Compensation & salary Hiring top talent Hiring trends Software Work/life balance Working remotely Workplace From 2005 to 2012 the remote workforce grew by almost 80% according to a report from Global Workplace Analytics. The technology space has been at the forefront of this move with companies like IBM, Amazon, and SAP embracing remote working opportunities for their people. Some companies like WordPress are even using a 100% remote workforce. Although it may look like employees reap the most rewards from working remotely, there…
  • Press Release: WinterWyman Wins Inavero’s 2015 Best of Staffing® Client & Talent Awards

    Elizabeth Spayne
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    by WinterWyman Hiring top talent WinterWyman Working with recruiters WinterWyman Wins Inavero’s 2015 Best of Staffing® AwardThe award recognizes service excellence with both clients and job seekersWaltham, Mass. (March 18, 2015) — WinterWyman announced today it has won Inavero’s 2015 Best of Staffing® Award for providing superior service to clients and job seekers (talent). This is the third time WinterWyman has achieved this award for client recognition and the first time for talent; WinterWyman has achieved the recognition each time it has entered into the selection…
  • Reputation Wreckers [Infographic]

    Elizabeth Spayne
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    by WinterWyman Career advice Personal branding Starting a new job Workplace Your first months at a new job are an ideal time to establish your personal brand.  Individuals need to know their career goals and how a positive professional start helps achieve short and long-term career objectives. One way to make a great impression at work is to avoid some common career mistakes. If you act the way you want to be perceived and model your behavior of individuals you respect and admire, then you will have a greater chance of making a positive and lasting impression at your new job.Here's what…
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    Official blog of

  • What is the work of a copywriter in a digital agency

    Lalit Bhagia
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    The fact that the world has turned into a monotonous sphere is because most of us are lacking the ability to create something new and unique. Even among such monotonous situations, there exists a job […] The post What is the work of a copywriter in a digital agency appeared first on Official blog of
  • 6 qualities of a product manager to look for

    Lalit Bhagia
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The role of a product manager is like a potter who needs to make his craft on different wheels at the same time. Within an organization, he incorporates several responsibilities and hence needs to have […] The post 6 qualities of a product manager to look for appeared first on Official blog of
  • 9 skills for making a successful career

    Lalit Bhagia
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:46 pm
    A great and successful career is a dream of every employee. But the competitive world out there is unforgiving and finding a great job and creating a successful career requires some key skills. Traditionally, entrepreneurs […] The post 9 skills for making a successful career appeared first on Official blog of
  • Top 7 Workplace Trends of 2014

    Lalit Bhagia
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:16 am
    What defined the traditional workplace in the year 2014? Innovation scaling new heights, fun at work, and increased emphasis on employee's development, read on to discover many such trends that broke the stereotypes of the traditional workplace in 2014. The post Top 7 Workplace Trends of 2014 appeared first on Official blog of
  • 10 quick tips to improve efficiency at work

    Lalit Bhagia
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    It’s the holiday season approaching! Now don’t take us wrong when we say “season”, even if you have a single day off from work on Christmas, it’s worth celebrating! But do you find yourself constantly […] The post 10 quick tips to improve efficiency at work appeared first on Official blog of
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    The HRIS World

  • The Key Components of Solid End-User Training

    Lauren Gander
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    The latest content from The HRIS World Rolling out new HR software can pose a challenge for human resource administrators and company employees alike, and there is often a period of adjustment. Effective end-user training is essential to minimizing the inevitable learning curve, and to making the most of the investments (of both time and money) your company has made in selecting a new software solution. Deb Shinder of TechRepublic offers the following advice for rolling out end-user training and decreasing the chance of a decline in productivity… image cr: Set realistic…
  • Building a Talent Pool by Using Social Media

    Andrew Lisa
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:17 pm
    The latest content from The HRIS World Expanding your talent pool through social recruiting requires more than just a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Simply posting job openings on social media isn’t enough. With a genuine social recruiting strategy, however, you can draw and retain top talent, while dramatically lowering the costs associated with traditional recruiting. Social recruiting is a powerful tool, but you need a strategy that works. Different Networks, Different Content Every social recruiting strategy is different, but in order for any strategy to work, it has to be…
  • How a Simple Form Can Improve HR Efficiency

    Shayla Ebsen
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:17 pm
    The latest content from The HRIS World Has your organization been stripped to the bone? As a human resources representative, are you searching for a way to make things better? Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. Here are the benefits of HR automation and why simpler is often better… Your new human resources motto: Work smarter, not harder. Reduce your Workload Whether the company is cutting back or expanding quickly, both of these changes bring increased workloads to the human resources department. Your motto in times like these should be to work smarter, not harder. The best way…
  • FREE NewToHR Webinar Wed 17-Apr: Lauren Gander – Introduction to HRIS

    Garrett O'Brien
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    The latest content from The HRIS World Our apologies to all: The vendor carrying the webinars,, has had their hands full as Google has been changing some of the critical background connections necessary to connect any outside vendor with YouTube for the purpose of conducting and/or recording a webinar. has not been able to correct this issue quickly on their end and as a result, the March webinars are being rescheduled. One already has (Lauren Gander’s Introduction to HRIS) while the other is being renegotiated (Jo Dodd’s Employee Engagement Through…
  • Millennials at Work… What Are Their Career Aspirations?

    John Terra
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:17 pm
    The latest content from The HRIS World With every generation comes a new set of sensibilities, priorities, values, and expectations. The passing of time means throwing out old things that didn’t work, and introducing new ideas and methods. No aspect of life is immune to this change, and that includes the workplace. As baby-boomers retire and millennials fill more of those vacancies, career goals and aspirations are changing. If current trends continue, here is what millennials want out of their jobs. Millennials are replacing boomers in the workforce, and bringing a new set of…
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    Hospitality Manpower Blog

  • Some interview question for receptionist position (Part 2)

    Vietnam Hospitality
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today, we will see more interview questions for receptionist position in hotel:5.    On a scale from one to ten, How Would You Rate an Importance of a Receptionist in a Hotel, if we talk about overall impression of a guest?I would say 10. Receptionist is the first, and the last, person guests talk to. If she makes a good first impression, it will be easier for the other staff members to carry on it. On the other hand, if she makes a wrong first impression, everyone else will be in trouble.I would give her ten. I believe that in a good hotel everything has to be perfect. From…
  • Some interview questions for receptionist position (Part 1)

    Vietnam Hospitality
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Below are some questions help you to prepare for receptionist position interview better:1.Why do you want to become a receptionist?I always wanted to work as a receptionist. This was my childhood dream. I really like the hotel environment and I enjoy talking to different people. This makes me happy in my daily life and that is why I prefer to work as a receptionist.I believe I can do a really good job as a receptionist. Other people enjoy talking to me, I have good understanding for the needs of the others and on the top of that, I speak two foreign languages. I believe I can deliver a great…
  • Flexible working hour in hospitality industry, should or not?

    Vietnam Hospitality
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:26 am
    The hospitality industry is known for being fast-paced, and staff turnover in this industry is high. Involves long and unsociable hours in hospitality industry can make it difficult for employees to juggle work with other commitments, particularly family. Employee stress and burnout can lead to staff members leaving, or becoming demotivated.Employees can benefit in a number of different ways. All they need is a suitable environment with the right management policy and flexible working hour is one of great ways should be applied.  Which are flexible working hours’ advantages? They can…
  • Bleisure travel - new niche market for hotelier

    Overseas Manpower
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Bleisure travel is a trip mixing business with leisure that purposes in improving job satisfaction and loyalty. For example, a business trip that may include family or a significant other, which then leads to a short vacation and extended hotel stay.According to a 2014 Google Travel Study, 57% of US business travelers plan to extend their trips for leisure. With this growing trend in the hospitality industry, it is important for hoteliers to start developing a better understanding of this market in order to effectively accommodate bleisure travelers during their stay.The latest survey from…
  • Cleaning Tips You Haven't Heard Before

    Overseas Manpower
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    No.1. The best way to dust blinds: Close them, then wipe up and down with an old dryer sheet. It'll create an antistatic barrier that helps prevent dust from building up again.No.2. To eliminate that ring in your toilet, drop in a bubbling denture tablet, and leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight. The stain will come off with just a few swishes of the brush.No.3. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is your friend. It will cut your cleaning time in half for bathtubs, sinks, countertops, and dirty walls.No.4. Shine your bathroom tiles with lemon oil. It also helps prevent mold and mildew.No.5.
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    HR Talks

  • Managers are the key to performance management

    HR Talks
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:47 am
    Companies have long wanted to be able to control the performance of their employees. It would be mind blowing if we can eliminate the uncertainty and inconsistency caused by the human factor. If humans were as routinary as machines, managing would be a much easier task. Nevertheless, we try to control and manage performance through various measures. Every company has its own performance management system. However, there are several complications. How effective is the system to determine the employees performance? Is the system motivating and assisting employees to exceed expectations or is it…
  • Quantifying Qualities

    HR Talks
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Interviewers use different interviewing techniques to sift out information to aid them in making the hiring decision. One of which is to ask candidates behavioral-based questions, such as describing a situation whereby your decision was challenged. This style of questioning allows interviewers to understand the situation and your course of action, from which they assess your skills. However, the assessment does not account for your inability to verbalize your thoughts and situation accurately which may cause you to lose this job opportunity. So how can you verbalize and demonstrate your…
  • 3 secrets you don't think your interviewers know

    HR Talks
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Designed by FreepikHave you been to a interview lately and felt great about it? Every question came out exactly how you prepared for it but you were not selected for that position and you are probably wondering why?Bear in mind, interviewers were candidates before too. We know that you are going to prepare yourself and tell us how wonderful it is to have you. Besides, we know what you came here for and how you are going to do it. Here are 3 things maybe you don't think that we know:You are tensed. You want to put on your best self, look good, answer properly and leave a lasting impression. So…
  • 5 steps to explain employment gaps

    HR Talks
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    By bpsusf ( [CC BY 2.0 ( or CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsAre you worried about how to explain your employment gaps? On second thought, don't I deserve a break? If you are surprised why do you even need to explain yourself, you must understand that this is necessary to maximize your chances of landing the job. There is no sure way of getting a job but there is definitely a way of failing it. So don't jeopardize your chances of getting it. Though employment…
  • Top 3 Interview Questions

    HR Talks
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Work vector designed by FreepikHiring is an investment. Every investment has risk, in this particular area, how can interviewers minimize their risk while maximizing "profitability" when hiring you? Within that short 1 to 2 hours of interview with some additional information gathering, the interviewers have to make the decision of hiring you. So what do you think are the questions that are running through their mind?If you googled "interview questions", there are approximately 85,000,000 results about it. In reality, I will tell you the only 3 questions that these interviewers have in mind…
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    MentoringTalent - Mentoring Resouces by Insala

  • POLL: Challenges of Multiple Generations in Mentoring

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    We are all aware of the frictions that having 3+ generations in the workplace can bring about. Given the difference in working and communication styles and preferences from Baby Boomers to Gen Z, we're interested to know if you have encountered challenges specific to your mentoring program:JavaScript needs to be enabled for polling to work. This poll will remain open until Thursday, April 2, at which point we will share the results. (Don't be shy if you're interested in the results - share this around with your peers!)
  • Is Virtual Mentoring Right for Your Organization?

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Consider Virtual Mentoring Earlier Rather Than LaterOne of the biggest things our clients ask about when putting together their mentoring program is mentor matching criteria.  We’ve written previously on the 5 mentor matching criteria you should consider, but today I want to focus on location-based mentor matching criteria and virtual mentoring.Location is a big consideration when you’re putting together your mentor matching criteria, and for good reason. You want to consider a few things:How great a distance your mentoring program spans – e.g. one office? One city? One…
  • Mentor Matches Don't Always Work Out

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Don't Hesitate When There's a Bad Mentor MatchYour seventh and final step to getting mentors and mentees to make time for mentoring focuses on closing the circle so that, no matter what unexpected issues crop up, you are ready to keep the mentoring program cycling to success. We all know that even the best mentor matches can go wrong - regardless of how great your mentor matching criteria are. Even if both mentor and mentee go into their mentoring partnership with the very best of intentions, sometimes the unexpected happens, and there ends up being a conflict of personality, work,…
  • The Secret to Growing a Successful Mentoring Program

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Lay the Foundations of a Successful Mentoring ProgramJust to recap Tips #1-5 about how to get your mentors and mentees to make time for mentoring - and make your mentoring program successful at the same time - if you’ve been following along, you have:Positioned your mentoring program as a business strategy to decision makers. (Read more)Made the mentoring commitment clear to all possible mentoring program participants. (Read more)Communicated the benefits of mentoring to all stakeholders – and helped them discover benefits they may not have been aware of. (Read more)Gotten the buy in from…
  • Overcoming Communication Barriers in Organizations

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from all individuals, ages, and levels within the organization. Having multiple generations not only working together but listening, communicating, and working to develop each other is a boon in many areas, including creativity in problem solving.Many times the younger staff member is not invited to be a part of a brainstorming process – the thought is that they just doesn’t have enough experience, knowledge, or organizational savvy to be of value. The same thing happens when the mentoring initiative within the organization only focuses on the…
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