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  • The new HR Portal is not an HR Portal

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    What exactly was Web 1.0?  I honestly can’t even remember.  I barely even remember Web 2.0 other than it was the advent of user interactivity so minimally executed that today’s teenagers would not even recognize it as internet. Oh, wait – I totally forgot that today’s teenagers no longer care about the internet.  Here’s the history and future of the HR Portal from the past 10 years, into the next 10 years: 1990’s:  Most of us don’t have a high quality HRMS solution yet.  Don’t talk to me about a portal.  I don’t even know what Yahoo! is yet. 2000:  We just…
  • Skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century

    Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources
    Gautam Ghosh
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    So I asked my Twitter community what are the skills they thought would be needed to succeed in the 21st CenturyHere is what they said:[View the story "Skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century" on Storify]If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • Five Ways to Manage Your Content and Maximize Your Influence

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    Lance Haun
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:20 am
    I’ve seen a few people talk about the fact that they have (or don’t have) access to LinkedIn’s latest “thing that isn’t job searching”: LinkedIn Influencer. Now, like other business celebrities, you too can exert your influence on the multitudes of LinkedIn users. You create content on LinkedIn, LinkedIn’s algorithms hopefully share it far and wide, and then you become influential. I won’t pick on LinkedIn too much — though I will note that if everyone is an influencer, no one really is — but it’s the same thing I’ve seen with…
  • A Tale Of The PHR

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    If you are in HR chances are at one time or another you have thought about taking the PHR or SPHR exam. In fact, I bet you know people that have been pleased and disappointed with their results. Is the exam worth it? Do you really need it? I have heard arguments on both sides of the argument. I have had a favorable experience with the exam and I 100% believe it has helped me in personally and professionally. My tale of the PHR helped me show others I know more than the average bear when it comes to my day job. I decided to take the PHR exam about 3 years ago. I knew I was moving to the…
  • The Attention Span of a Goldfish

    Career Hub
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    One of the many things I like (love) about Twitter can be stated in one word: brevity! Twitter has indeed impacted my work as a career management professional. Twitter has also impacted the way I build résumés. A “think tweet”...
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  • A Tale Of The PHR
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    If you are in HR chances are at one time or another you have thought about taking the PHR or SPHR exam. In fact, I bet you know people that have been pleased and disappointed with their results. Is the exam worth it? Do you really need it? I have heard arguments on both sides of the argument. I have had a favorable experience with the exam and I 100% believe it has helped me in personally and professionally. My tale of the PHR helped me show others I know more than the average bear when it comes to my day job. I decided to take the PHR exam about 3 years ago. I knew I was moving to the…
  • Little Data, the X-Factor of HR
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    This past week, the authors of Blogging4Jobs wrote 32 articles about Big Data. Currently, Big Data is the hottest trending topic in Human Resources. HR professionals are focusing on gathering data and making decisions that will affect the future of a company. Without a doubt, data doesn’t lie. Computers are becoming smarter. The 1980’s movie War Games, and even more recently, the television series Point of Interest show examples of “smart” computers. We can more accurately identify potential “ripples” that have trickle down effects that affect a company and its employees. This has…
  • Climbing on Failure
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The argument There is an argument which lives on: the naturally-gifted vs. the manufactured.  Are those who are naturally talented less likely to work hard to achieve success?  Does hard work drive success, whether you are talented or not?  I have often stated, “Hard work pays off. Always.” But does it really? How about the kid who studies her heart out to maintain a C+ average versus the kid who never studies and gets easy A’s?  I grew up with kids like both – I was one who endlessly studied and in my case, the hard work paid off with good grades. But was it my…
  • Before Starting the Equal Pay Discussions Do a Salary Review
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    There was a lot of buzz last week with regarding the 2014 Paycheck Fairness Act (and Equal Pay Day). The act was put to a vote in the Senate — and failed. It was six votes short of passing. This is the third time it has failed. Even though the Equal Pay Act of 1963 is still in play, I have a feeling that the Paycheck Fairness Act may come up again. Now I know that this a hot political topic — I don’t want to go into the politics or party lines of the act. What I DO want to do is look at this from an HR perspective. The act seeks to minimize the wage gap between men and women (I…
  • How to Evaluate Big Data for HR & Recruiting in 4 Easy Steps
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Join me for my webinar on 4/17 at 11 AM EST discussing “What’s the Big Deal with Big Data in HR & Recruiting.” The webinar is worth 1.0 Business HRCI credits. Click here to register.  You probably thought that the #BigDataHR madness was over as our themed week here at Blogging4Jobs came to a close on Saturday. We’re closing down the week on Thursday, 4/17 with our “What the Big Deal with Big Data for HR & Recruiting” webinar at 11 AM EST. You can register here. I’ve just put the finishing touches on the slides, and it’s a whole lot of…
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  • Your One Wild and Precious Life

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    As a job seeker, what concerns are you wrestling with and/or struggling with as it pertains to your job search? In my practice, I hear all types of concerns: I don’t have a degree. I have a degree and no...
  • Success Story About A Stay-at-Home Mom Reentering The Workforce

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Have you been a stay-at-home mom or dad for several years? Do you now find yourself in a position where you wish to earn a paycheck for your contributions? Just in case you have been that stay-at-home parent, here are...
  • The Resume Writer's Dilemma That Can Sink Your Job Chances

    Jean Cummings
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    Image attribution: Resume writers have to come to terms with a new reality. ATS - Applicant Tracking Systems - are now so ubiquitous that job seekers have to assume their resume will be processed electronically. Wendy Enelow and Louise...
  • Career Transition and Today's Job Seeker

    20 Mar 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Nearly each and every day in my practice, I hear the word "career change" or "career transition." Here are a few thoughts on the subject... Thinking things through before deciding what's next... Responding with resilience and resolve... Asking tough questions...
  • The Attention Span of a Goldfish

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    One of the many things I like (love) about Twitter can be stated in one word: brevity! Twitter has indeed impacted my work as a career management professional. Twitter has also impacted the way I build résumés. A “think tweet”...
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  • My Life Won’t Be The Same

    Lance Haun
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Dear Elida, You joined us just a week ago. While the timing was a little off, we were happy to see your screaming face at 6:26 AM on an otherwise nondescript Tuesday morning. Your mom got more sleep than I did the night before you came, though it probably wasn’t the most relaxing. I sat up in the world’s least comfortable bed contemplating everything I thought I had a few weeks to figure out. Of course, everyone tells you that your life is going to change once your first child arrives. A week in, I can tell you that in a very real sense, it has. It was everything promised to us.
  • Five Ways to Manage Your Content and Maximize Your Influence

    Lance Haun
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:20 am
    I’ve seen a few people talk about the fact that they have (or don’t have) access to LinkedIn’s latest “thing that isn’t job searching”: LinkedIn Influencer. Now, like other business celebrities, you too can exert your influence on the multitudes of LinkedIn users. You create content on LinkedIn, LinkedIn’s algorithms hopefully share it far and wide, and then you become influential. I won’t pick on LinkedIn too much — though I will note that if everyone is an influencer, no one really is — but it’s the same thing I’ve seen with…
  • Forced Resignations and Other Noble HR Myths

    Lance Haun
    11 Dec 2013 | 6:47 am
    This week, I read a story on ESPN about how Mack Brown, coach of the University of Texas football team, is going to resign this week: The source reiterated Brown would not be coaching at Texas in 2014. “By the end of the week, that will be the outcome,” the source told ESPN. “That will happen. It’s a shame after 16 years he’s not able to do it on his own with dignity and grace.” I have no idea if it will actually happen, but that part about doing it on his own terms, with dignity and grace? Yeah I’ve heard that song and dance before. Coaches get fired…
  • This Surprising 20 Second Video Explains the Decline of Journalism

    Lance Haun
    2 Dec 2013 | 6:51 am
    Sorry, you were tricked. There is no video. But before you go, you should realize that when you click on stories with this kind of title, you’re always being tricked. When people talk about consumption in the US, they often talk about the mindless stuff we buy. The biggest offender in these critic’s minds are these Black Friday type of events where people stand in line for hours to save a few hundred dollars on a bigger TV. And there is even more outrage about stores that are open on Thanksgiving now for shopping. When I think about awful consumption patterns though, I think the…
  • Sourcing: Beyond Cool Tools to Talent Acquisition Evolution

    Lance Haun
    3 Oct 2013 | 1:57 pm
    I’m a big fan of cool tools. I have an iPad Mini and a Pebble watch. I’m typing this on a Chromebook (and I can’t wait to get the HP Chromebook 14). If there is a writing app out there, I’ve tried it. If there’s a note taking app, I’ve tried it as well. Both usually get relegated because of my love for Google Docs. As we are wrapping up SourceCon though, what stuck out to me wasn’t so much the latest tips and tools to help those closest to the ground. The biggest takeaway was that sourcing — as a defined, widespread function across multiple…
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  • Startup Nextdoor teams up with S.F. department of emergency management

    Richard Procter
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Nextdoor, the San Francisco startup that connects neighbors to each other and has secured over $100 million in funding, will announce an official partnership with the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management today.  The partnership began on a trial basis last fall, as reported by the Business Times. Nextdoor has 180 communities on its network in San Francisco, representing 99% of the neighborhoods in the city, according to the company. The network allows users to access a closed network…
  • Fast-casual chain Cosi is moving its HQ to Boston from the Chicago area

    Jon Chesto
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    We often hear about startups and biotechs who move their corporate offices to the Boston area to take advantage of the rich talent pool here. But it also happens in other sectors — like the restaurant business. Case in point: The new CEO of struggling fast-casual chain Cosi Inc. told shareholders today that he’s going to move the corporate office from the Chicago area to downtown Boston. To some extent, the move is being driven by the fact that this new CEO, R.J. Dourney, was already based…
  • Is Sheryl Sandberg's marriage 50/50? Not when it comes to chores, her husband says

    Gina Hall
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We have a numerical discrepancy in my house — my husband and I each claim we do 60 percent of the work.  The opposite is true in Sheryl Sandberg's household. David Goldberg, the Facebook COO's husband, acknowledges that his wife not only leans in at the office but takes on more than her share of the duties at home.  "I think Sheryl does more like 60 [percent], and it's more like 40 for me," Goldberg said speaking to an audience in London, according to The Guardian.  Goldberg, of course, is…
  • Study shows the economy is trillions of dollars stronger because there are more women in the workforce

    I-Chun Chen
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    An influx of women, particularly mothers, entering the full-time workforce over the past three decades has significantly bolstered the national economy, according to a recent study. If women’s employment patterns had stayed unchanged during the past 30 years, the economy would be about 11 percent smaller, translating into $1.7 trillion in lost output in 2012 — roughly equivalent to U.S. spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, according to the  New York Times, citing a report from…
  • Despite objection, EDGE approves PILOT for Continental Tire

    Michael Sheffield
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis & Shelby County approved tax abatements for Continental Tire Co. to build a tire retreading facility in Memphis. The 50,736-square foot $1.5 million facility, known as ContiLifeCycle, will be located at 3474 Winchester, and will employ 25 people initially, but could eventually create as many as 40 new jobs in the city. The board was presented with concerns from Bill Ginn, a representative of Southern Tire Mart, a competitor of Continental Tire.…
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    HR Vendor News

  • EU Commission Joins HR Open Standards Consortium, Uses Data Exchange Standards to Re-Balance European Labour Market

    HR Vendor News
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    DENVER, CO / April 17, 2014 – The European Commission, the newest member of [HR Open Standards Consortium], is using the consortium’s data exchange standards to build a mobile, interconnected European labour market that will quickly and easily match a greater number of resumes with job vacancies. The commission joined HR Open Standards in late 2013, and since then has employed the consortium’s HR-XML specifications to strengthen EURES, the online European jobs network, to provide increased job offers and increase the likelihood of job matches. To…
  • Amy Jones Joins The Ayers Group As Strategic Sales Manager

    HR Vendor News
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    TROY, Mich. (April 16, 2014) – Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting (KellyOCG(R)) today announced that Amy Jones has joined The Ayers Group as Strategic Sales Manager. The Ayers Group is a New York-based career management firm and division of Kelly Services(R), a leader in providing workforce solutions. The Ayers Group offers human resources consulting services that include career transition and executive coaching services. In her new position, Ms. Jones is responsible for collaborating with employers to determine their specific career transition and executive coaching needs in order to…
  • Profiles International to Visit U.S. Naval War College

    HR Vendor News
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Waco, TX. April 15, 2014 -Talent management solutions provider, Profiles International, announced an upcoming visit to the U.S. Naval War College. John Bradford, Vice President of Profiles International Consulting and Coaching Services, and Sherry Perkins, Vice President Enterprise Solutions Division Consulting, will speak at a seminar focusing on leadership and assessments. The seminar is part of a 10-session elective program, which will introduce various aspects of leadership, to better transition leaders to their next assignment of duty. The three-hour, interactive, one-on-one debriefs…
  • IHRIM Launches Search for New President/CEO

    HR Vendor News
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    With the expiration of President/CEO Lynne Mealy’s contract at the end of 2014, IHRIM, the International Association for Human Resource Information Management, is announcing that the Association is searching for a new President/CEO. During her twelve years as Executive Director and then President/CEO, Lynne has serviced IHRIM with exceptional dedication. The IHRIM Board of Directors will publicly acknowledge Lynne’s many accomplishments at IHRIM’s 2014 HRMS Strategies Conference & Technology Expo in Anaheim, CA, June 1 – 4. The IHRIM Board of Directors is committed…
  • XpertHR Index Ranks States by Payroll Misery

    HR Vendor News
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Providence, NJ (April 14, 2014) -The states with the most complex and burdensome employment tax laws are California, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland and Virginia, according to XpertHR’s new “Payroll Misery” Index, which analyzes the degree of burden placed upon employers by each state’s payroll and employment tax laws. “Many employers are overwhelmed by the complexity involved in managing employment-related tax and payroll compliance, but some state laws make the task even more burdensome than others,” says Rena Pirsos, JD, Legal Editor, XpertHR.
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  • Why superstars really matter — and should you pay bad employees to quit?

    Tim Gould
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    We’ve got proof: Superstar employees not only perform spectacularly on their own, they make everyone around them better.   At least that’s the conclusion drawn in a recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic research entitled Why Stars Matter. The research centered around university academic departments. Productivity was measured by the number of papers published, and the number of times those papers were cited in other academic literature. Walter Frick, writing on the Harvard Business Review blog, explained that superstars were defined as academics who ranked above the…
  • Troubling trend: Firms completely ditching HR

    Dan Wisniewski
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Some employers are getting rid of their HR departments and trying to find new ways to handle hiring, firing and more. Does it actually make sense? Believe it or not, a handful of companies have decided they don’t need a human resources professional on staff, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. Why? The article cites two main reasons: HR is a burden. HR pros have unfortunately heard it before: Human Resources “stifles innovation and bogs down business with inefficient policies and processes,” according to the article. Computers can do it instead. Why…
  • The 5 ways HR pros use technology in the hiring process [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Dan Wisniewski
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Don’t be afraid: Technology is here to make finding new candidates easier. Recruiterbox has put together an infographic highlighting the different ways HR professionals are using technology to recruit and hire better. First, some pertinent stats: More than 90% of employers will use social media to recruit this year 73% of recruiters will check applicants’ social media profiles, and the hiring process alone can cost up to $4,000. So what technologies Mobile devices/apps. A full 70% of people use their mobile devices to look for jobs. Recruiting software. More than a quarter of…
  • How the best companies hold the line on health plan costs

    Christian Schappel
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    What’s the prescription for bringing healthcare costs under control? It’s not a single cure-all, but rather a series of medications designed to work together to keep your health plan costs from crippling you.  Unfortunately, there’s no singular magic elixir to cure what ails your health plan: rapidly increasing costs. The good news, however, is a treatment regimen does exist that can keep costs increases closer to inflation than what they typically have been for most companies: four to five times inflation. Towers Watson, a renowned human resources consulting company, and the National…
  • Learn the Benefits of Creating a Mobile Workplace

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Over the past ten to fifteen years organizations have noticed a shift in the work habits of employees especially with the wide availability of mobile capabilities. Employees now work from home unless they need to collaborate with other coworkers and organizations must accommodate the variety of work styles for each one of their employees. Download this whitepaper to learn how “hot desking” and “desk hoteling” are the best ways to accommodate employees in and out of the office and see how doing so can increase collaboration and productivity. Click here to learn more!  
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  • asking my boss to move his vacation days, I’m being laid off and don’t want a goodbye lunch, and more

    Ask a Manager
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Can I ask my boss to move his vacation days during our busy period? I work in university administration, and my boss is at the “use it or lose it” stage of his vacation time, so he will often take four-day weekends to use up the days. No problem. This time, however, the Monday of his four-day weekend coincides with the busiest week of the semester for us – for about seven straight workdays, my boss and I are in back-to-back meetings with nine different students each for 4.5 hours, with the remaining 2.5 hours…
  • update: how can I tell my coworkers their Halloween costumes are racist?

    Ask a Manager
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Remember the letter-writer wondering about how to talk to coworkers who were planning Halloween costumes that included blackface and other racist tropes? (You probably do, because it was the most commented-on post of last year.) Here’s her update. I read through everyone’s advice and decided to speak to the office manager about my concerns and suggest that perhaps she make a small announcement regarding costumes, since it seemed that many people were just unaware of what is considered inappropriate. She actually shared with me that they were already considering asking people not…
  • I quit my job 2 months ago, and my employer wants to retroactively make it a firing

    Ask a Manager
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    A reader writes: I put in a resignation letter that was accepted in February. I gave a 30-day notice to the company. I received a phone call last week (April), stating that my resignation had been changed to a termination. The company is saying that they found evidence of non-compliance against me at some point. I just want to know if it is legal to change my status of resignation a month and a half after I stopped working for the company. What? That’s crazy. They can’t fire you two months after the fact. That would be like telling your boyfriend two months after he broke up with…
  • the questions I get asked the most

    Ask a Manager
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a workplace advice columnist, I field all sorts of questions from readers – everything from how to survive the annoyingly loud coworker in the next cubicle to how to get along with a crazy boss. While some questions are truly one of a kind (this one  and this one come to mind), there are other questions that come up over and over again – the more typical situations that most of us will run into at some point in our careers. As my inaugural column for AOL Jobs, I thought we’d take a look the questions that I get asked the most often. Can you guess what they are? You can read the…
  • I caught my employee in a lie, sending an e-card after an interview, and more

    Ask a Manager
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I caught my employee in a lie I recently caught my employee lying to me about sending a FedEx shipment that she didn’t really send. I had a feeling she was lying but didn’t want to say anything in case I was wrong, so I asked her all the questions I would need to know in order to contact FedEx and track the shipment. It turns out I was right and she flat out lied. She didn’t drop the package off and only did so about an hour after I had asked her about it. It wasn’t just a yes/no answer; there was a whole…
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  • Some companies see opportunity in autism

    Evil HR Lady
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    “I am fairly convinced that America is not really aware of the pending tsunami of burden that the current autistic rate will put on our workforce and adult support services in the next 10 to 20 years,” said one father of a 14-year-old autistic son. He’s not alone in his concerns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 American children lie along the Autism spectrum. That number is far higher than in years past, likely reflecting greater awareness of the condition and changing diagnostic standards. Still, the overall number of autistic children…
  • Step Away From the Text Messages

    Evil HR Lady
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:49 pm
    I got two emails in a row yesterday in which the employee texted obnoxious things to a manager and former manager. In the first scenario, the employee thought it was unfair that the manager was writing her up for insubordination because she texted on her private phone to his private phone when neither of them were at work. In the second case, the employee was fired for not showing up, but then heard the manager was telling lies about her so proceeded to text her repeatedly telling her how awful she was for lying. Surprisingly, this manager now gives out horrible references. Look, life is…
  • Did Steve Jobs Lower Your Salary?

    Evil HR Lady
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    For years, Google and Apple had a gentlemen’s agreement not to poach one another’s employees. But now that a class action lawsuit has been filed claiming affected tech workers deserve $9 billion in total–that’s billion with a B, not an M–it’s clear this wasn’t just a Google and Apple thing but something much bigger. Tech companies like Intuit and Pixar were also named in the suit, and now everyone is panicked, as they should be. Yes, high salaries are a concern for any business, especially startups. And if the free market had been functioning,…
  • Paula Deen’s restaurant closes — without telling employees

    Evil HR Lady
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House, which is owned by Paula Deen and her younger brother, Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers Jr., recently announced that it’s closing via Facebook. And nothing wrong with that — social media is a great way to communicate with people, including customers. Except that in this case this was also how Bubba’s informed the restaurant’s employees that it was going out of business and that they were out of a job. At this point let us pause to make an obvious point: Workers should never be told they’ve been fired over Facebook.
  • Your Best Mentor Isn’t Always the Most Successful Guy in the Room

    Evil HR Lady
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    In entrepreneurship, as in life, you have to walk before you can run. The right mentor can help. I’m in the jogging phase of life. For those who haven’t entered this phase yet, I’ll explain. It starts with your metabolism slowing down and your weight gain speeding up, and you realize that if you don’t want to have to buy new pants and still want to eat dinner, you have to do something about this, so you start jogging. And inevitably, you want to run a 5k to show how awesome it is that you’re not sitting on the couch eating Twinkies. A friend who is also in the…
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  • Why I Don’t Wear A Seat Belt

    William Tincup
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    So, when I was about 16 or so I saw a guy flip a Camaro. It was on a country Texas road (we call them FMs as in Farm-to-Market), and it was dark outside. Me and my cronies were the only people that witnessed the carnage. The Camaro was heading towards us. It hit a ditch on the right hand side then crossed traffic and hit the other ditch, flipped in the air and rolled 10-12 times until it rested upright. As we walked towards the car, the lights were on, the radio was blaring and the roof was completely flattened. If someone was in the car, they were most likely dead or headless. The driver’s…
  • Kris Dunn inducts the HR Capitalist Hall of Fame: Subaru of Wichita…

    Kris Dunn
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    You have to love companies that know how to market and use/redirect negative misinformation directed at them for positive gain. Subaru of Wichita would be one of those progressive organizations.  Brief back-story – the dealership did a remodel and non-union labor was used.  A local union entity didn’t like it and placed the following sign in front of the dealership: Read the whole post over at Kris Dunn’s The HR Capitalist (an FOT contributor blog). The post Kris Dunn inducts the HR Capitalist Hall of Fame: Subaru of Wichita… appeared first on Fistful of Talent.
  • Game of Thrones and Lincoln: Moderates Make the Best Leaders. (Spoiler Alert)

    Kris Dunn
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Here’s one reality that bears remembering as we walk our path in today’s workplace: Being a bit disruptive is interesting.  Being extreme, especially most/all the time, is a death wish. Case in point–let’s look at Lincoln and Game of Thrones for fodder. I’m reading Team of Rivals in all my spare time, which illustrates the rise of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency in 1860.  Most people would be surprised to know that at the time he was elected president, Lincoln had not held any significant office–governor, US representative, US senator, etc.  He rose in…
  • Tim Sackett lists 5 Traits of Lousy HR Leaders

    Tim Sackett
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    The things you can always count on in life are: death, taxes and a lousy HR leader in your organization.  I think I saw that on a t-shirt at SHRM National one year!  The reality is, HR leaders are selected a little different than most leaders in our organization.  Most leadership is selected this way (right or wrong): 1. Perform really, really well. 2. Get promoted into a position of leadership, whether you can lead or not. I call this “Best Performance Leadership Selection.”  This is the selection process for leadership by roughly 97% of organizations worldwide!  You’re…
  • Happy Spring Break! Now Get Back to Work.

    Steve Boese
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s Spring Break this week (at least where I live)! Time to take some time off!!! Vacation time!!! What’s that? You did not get any time away from the office this Spring Break? Or maybe you just sneaked away for a day or two, but had too much going on to take the full week off? Well, you are not alone if you did not manage to get to take advantage of your hard-earned downtime. According to Expedia’s 2013 Vacation Deprivation Study, American workers, on average, leave 4 vacation days on the table each year, and 59% percent of workers feel “vacation deprived.” Why are so many of us…
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  • Comparative recovery

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The UK will grow faster in 2014 than any of the other major economies, the International Monetary Fund said last week. It gave George Osborne something to crow about and the chance to have a dig at the IMF for its previous pessimism about Britain’s economy. Of course, a bit of growth at last is to be welcomed even if, by previous standards, it is still very weak. How far does this ‘best performing economy in the G7′ claim stack up though? Fortunately, the IMF published its World Economic Outlook last week, so we have some up-to-date figures against which to compare the UK…
  • The social media pillory

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last week there was an almighty row about people taking pictures of women eating on the Tube and posting them on Facebook. Going by the media and Twitter commentary, everybody seemed to agree that this was a Bad Thing. Even the BBC Breakfast presenters looked suitably grave when they announced the story. Eventually, the man behind the Facebook page was tracked down. When he appeared on the Today programme yesterday, there was another outbreak of harrumphing. The general consensus seemed to be that this sort of thing really shouldn’t be allowed. By the end of the week, the outrage…
  • More freelancers than public employees: Is that really a Good Thing?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ben Dellot started something when he suggested that there might be more self-employed workers than public sector employees by 2018. Number of self-employed and public sector workers 2010 -2020 Rob Grant pitched in, saying he reckons that London has already gone past the tipping point. Some people seem to think this will be a very good thing. Luke Johnson, for example, writing in the FT: Some commentators say the rise of flexible labour is not to be confused with a rise in entrepreneurialism. This is a counsel of perfection. Society needs the self-sufficient. An over-large welfare state…
  • Waiting in vain for the rebound

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Around the time of the budget, I heard quite a lot of talk about the economy returning to its pre-crisis level this year. If the OBR’s forecasts are right, growth in 2014 should see the economy making up the GDP lost in 2008 and 2009. But that is about the only sense in which the economy could be said to be getting ‘back to normal’. The UK has more people now than it did in 2007 so, as the ONS reported yesterday, GDP might be getting close to where it was before the recession but per capita GDP still has a long way to go. The OBR reckons it will be 2017 before…
  • Is the state shrinking?

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Almost as soon as the austerity thing started, right-ish commentators started complaining that the government was not really planning any significant spending cuts. Here’s John Redwood barely a month after the Coalition took office. Allister Heath made a similar complaint in the Telegraph in January and again just before the budget: If he [The Chancellor] wants to cut public spending, why is he reducing total expenditure by just 3.4 per cent between 2010-11 and 2018-19? Going by the OBR data, I make it 3.9 percent in real terms but that might just be due to recent changes in the…
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  • 11 Reasons Candidates Don’t Want to Work for You

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    This past month a great Slideshare was being passed around online, “Congratulations Graduate! Eleven Reasons Why I will Never Hire You” by Mark O’Toole. As an HR pro who’s done her fair share of hiring, I loved it. Sure, none of the information is anything you haven’t heard before but it did a great job of putting it in an interesting, straight forward manner that hopefully will resonate with the intended audience. But as much as those of us recruiting like to swap war stories about the craziness that we see from candidates, I think we often forget one simple truth: Recruitment is a…
  • Leaving a Bad Job Before it Starts

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    We’ve all had bad jobs before. If we’re lucky, that just meant bad hours or bad pay. The unlucky ones got bad co-workers, hazardous conditions, unethical or harassing environments, or bad managers. Not all bad job situations are the same, but they all negatively impact your life and your health. Sometimes we can’t understand how much until we finally free ourselves of the situation. You can’t tell something is going to be a bad situation before you get into it, right? Or can you? Personally, I think there are signs that everybody needs to be looking for. A bad situation will often…
  • 6 years

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    On March 20, 2008 I started my HR Minion Blog. I didn’t know if anyone would ever read or care about what I wrote. I didn’t know how long it would last. But I felt I had something to say about HR and I also wanted to find a way to feel more connected to that great big HR community out there. Looking back over the years, I can only say how grateful I am for all the wonderful things simply sitting down and put fingers to keys has brought into my life. The friends, the experiences, the love. You never know how pivotal one decision, one action, can be in your life, but truly, blogging…
  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Your Job Search

    27 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    Job searching sucks. Trying to find opportunities sucks, the application process sucks, networking can suck, interviewing sucks, and rejection sucks. It all can be an emotionally draining and dehumanizing experience. I’m just full of sunshine and bunnies today, aren’t I? When I was young and the job markets were nicer (gotta get some “The Economy happened” blame in here too you see) I actually liked job hunting. Probably because I almost always got an offer for any job I applied for. I was confident and felt valuable to others. But as I got older and more experienced,…
  • How would you answer these questions?

    17 Feb 2014 | 11:33 am
    About a month ago now, Glassdoor released their Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions. They are fun for a giggle and as an HR geek I am often intrigued by the motivation behind asking such questions. Surely someone had to get permission to ask them and presumably there is a good reason. Wouldn’t you want to be a fly on the wall of that meeting? “Well you see, I want to ask them about what type of cereal they think they would be and why…” Now, like most interview questions, no matter how oddball it may happen to be, as a candidate you are expected to answer it seriously…
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  • The new HR Portal is not an HR Portal

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    What exactly was Web 1.0?  I honestly can’t even remember.  I barely even remember Web 2.0 other than it was the advent of user interactivity so minimally executed that today’s teenagers would not even recognize it as internet. Oh, wait – I totally forgot that today’s teenagers no longer care about the internet.  Here’s the history and future of the HR Portal from the past 10 years, into the next 10 years: 1990’s:  Most of us don’t have a high quality HRMS solution yet.  Don’t talk to me about a portal.  I don’t even know what Yahoo! is yet. 2000:  We just…
  • A Star Trek User Experience

    12 Feb 2014 | 10:40 am
    One of my favorite all time scenes in movies is in Star Trek 4 (They Voyage Home).  Scotty and McCoy are hunting a local professor to get some plexy glass, and strike a deal to get it for free.  The deal?  Give the professor the chemical formula for “transparent aluminum.”  In order to do this, McCoy suggests that Scotty use the computer to show what they have to offer.  Scotty walks up to the Macintosh and expectantly says, “Computer?” to no response.  McCoy helpfully hands him the mouse and suggests, “perhaps you should use this.”  Scotty picks up…
  • Big Data For HR & Recruiting: 2 Use Cases

    29 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    Forget about Google.  One of the world’s favorite sites has got to be  ”Let me google that for you.”  With the wondrous world of the internet and ubiquitous information, ubiquitous access through our mobile devices, and ubiquitous connectivity, whenever someone asks a dumb question in email, you get to just send them back a link to (since most of the time you don’t actually know the answer anyway – I can’t count the times someone asked me something I didn’t know but I gave them the answer after googling it.)  It’s a…
  • An Unremitting Devotion to Strategy

    8 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright Every year, I have a plan.  At the beginning of every year, I realize I’ve gained between 5-7 pounds from my November and December feasting.  January and February are almost always diet months for me.  Then comes March and April when I realize I’m painfully out of shape for riding my bike.  I ride about 150 miles each weekend, so March and April are just about trying to stay on my bike for as long as possible.  Just as I’m…
  • Augmented Reality Onboarding

    11 Dec 2013 | 10:00 am
    So I’m looking for a restaurant.  I bring up my phone, hold it up in front of me, and scan what’s around.  It tells me that 1.2 miles over that way there is a Thai place that is rated week, or 0.65 miles the other way there is a BBQ place that everyone loves.  I tap the screen and up come reviews.  I think that I’m headed to a pulled pork sandwich. So it’s my first day on the job.  I’m lucky today – my cubicle, phone and laptop are all ready for me.  My manager takes me to lunch, and I get introduced to the team.  HR conducts orientation and I enroll…
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  • Philips India HR's journey in starting to build Social Media capability

    Gautam Ghosh
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Guest post by my colleague Zenobia Madon, General Manager - Talent Acquisition, Philips India.Philips India HR Team kick-started its HR initiatives in Social Media in August 2012. The Social Media for HR initiative was led by Yashwant Mahadik, Head of HR at Philips India as Yash had been keenly observing this space for sometime. The chief guest at the launch was Abhijit Bhaduri, CLO of Wipro, prolific blogger and a social media evangelist for HR.After the launch, Yash and Abhijit were in touch and continued to share updates on how the initiatives were going on.  Yash confided to Abhijit…
  • Skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century

    Gautam Ghosh
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    So I asked my Twitter community what are the skills they thought would be needed to succeed in the 21st CenturyHere is what they said:[View the story "Skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century" on Storify]If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • WSJ's flawed story comparing US and Indian salaries

    Gautam Ghosh
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    WSJ has an India focused blog called India Realtime, and its journalist Preetika Rana recently posted a story comparing US and Indian salaries. However she did add a caveat.True, wages are relative to purchasing power parity, and differ from country to country, but the pay gap between India and the U.S. has been cause of a recent rift between the world’s two largest democracies. Earlier this year, a Manhattan court indicted a New York-based Indian diplomat for alleged visa fraud after she was accused of underpaying her Indian domestic helper. The maid, who was paid close to $7,000 a year,…
  • Research on Social Learning by Saba and HCM Advisory Group

    Gautam Ghosh
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:59 am
    The folks at Saba and HCM Advisory Group did a survey of Social Learning practices at organizations and they released some interesting findings.Some Key Findings were:Learning is a driver: 65.7 percent of organizations are using social technologies for learning to some extent. Social learning supports the learning culture: 63.9 percent of organizations are motivated to use social learning to support a culture of learning. Discussion and communication reign supreme: 59.5 percent of organizations are using discussion forums, 57.9 percent are using internal blogs, and 54.9 percent are…
  • Thriving in a VUCA world

    Gautam Ghosh
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:46 pm
    The term VUCA was made by the US Army to describe a world in which things are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.The world is becoming more and more VUCA and while organizations try grappling with it, what should individuals do? What are the skills needed to thrive in these VUCA times?This FastCompany article makes a case that Generation Flux, people who embrace continuous new skills will be the one to succeed in this chaotic world.Some excerpts, go read the full article:What defines GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates--and even enjoys--recalibrating…
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  • The 1 Quality That Makes You Perfect

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Continental Divide in back, Winter Park in front. Mmm, skiing. I ski at Winter Park each winter, and each winter I get to see the National Sports Center for the Disabled in action. The highlight for me came a few years ago. It was my first run, and as I stood at the top of a groomed black, I wasn’t “feeling it.” I took a moment to look out at the Rockies; if I wasn’t feeling the skiing, I might as well feel the majesty of the mountains, right? Apparently I wasn’t the only one thinking that. “Beautiful day, huh,” said someone who had skied up next…
  • Betty or Veronica?

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:54 pm
    They’ve killed Archie. Archie comics have been running a series about Archie’s life as an adult. They’ve divided his life into two paths, showing one possible future where he gets together with Veronica, and another where he gets together with Betty. And now they’ve killed him, so we still don’t know how to answer the Betty or Veronica question. (For anyone who needs a reminder, Veronica is the rich, high maintenance brunette. Betty is the sweet, girl-next-door blonde. They’re best friends, except their friendship is complicated by their shared love…
  • LinkedIn blogging platform – part 2

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    The Shine is Off…? I’ve posted 5 more articles since my first update, and after a couple of early wins, I’ve hit a wall: 1. Pulse selection / categorization. Any shot at having content go viral on LinkedIn comes from the editors at Pulse picking it up and putting it on their homepage. Yet their process for selecting posts is a black box. I don’t even know what category a post will show up in if it is selected. When early posts of mine started registering meaningful traffic numbers, we’d go category to category through Pulse looking for them. And since Pulse…
  • LinkedIn blogging platform: latest post

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Yesterday,  I posted an article to my LinkedIn blog called 5 Myths about Workforce Marketing, Smashed In it, I take on the more common assumptions our clients and prospects make when talking to us about engaging their employees on social media—things like whether the program should be open or for high potentials only, and if a full program is necessary or just a little training. If you’re in corporate leadership, HR, marketing, or communications (corporate or internal), it’s worth reading! My next post here, by the way, will be an update on my experiences posting on LinkedIn…
  • No, you can’t just have a webinar.

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    I have a new post on LinkedIn called “Social Media Brings the Biggest Shift in Human Communication in 600 Years, and Your Branding Plan is a 90 Minute Webinar?” if you’re thinking that the answer to getting your employees onto social media is a webinar, then you need to read this. --------------------------- by Jason Seiden, CEO of Ajax Workforce Marketing. connect on linkedin, twitter, or facebook.
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  • TextRecruit Simplifies and Streamlines #Mobile #Recruiting

    Jason Buss
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A lot of advancements have taken place in the mobile recruiting space over the past several years, but one simple capability was left in the dark – the text message. Texting with a job seeker or candidate might not sound like a new concept, if it is being done through a recruiters personal or company cell phone – which doesn’t allow employers to do any tracking, reporting, data storage, or remain compliant. That’s changing now with a new startup called TextRecruit. What was missing? The technology for recruiting teams to organize, send and track messages to candidates…
  • 2013 Recruiting Awards Winners Announced

    Jason Buss
    24 Oct 2013 | 5:05 pm
    2013 Winners Unveiled We are very excited to unveil the winners of The 2013 Recruiting Awards announced minutes ago at The Recruiting Trends Conference in Las Vegas. Congratulations to this year’s Winners!   VIEW RESULTS   2013 Recruiting Awards Winners Announced 2013 Recruiting Awards Winners Announced
  • 45 Mobile Recruiting Tips and Trends From #mrec

    Jason Buss
    24 Sep 2013 | 11:48 am
    Yesterday we shared 20 Mobile Recruiting Insights from #mrec13, and we’ve added another 25 below. 2013 MOBILE RECRUITING STATISTICS: 62% of PASSIVE job seekers will explore a company’s career page on #mobile 40% of mobile candidates abandon a non-mobile friendly apply process 1 second = 7% increase in drop-off Active job seekers look for opportunities almost equally on job sites (71%) and social networks (69%) Candidates are 50/50 split between use of iOS/Android, but Android growth is outpacing iOS In a survey from LinkedIn ran,  28% of respondents were active job seekers 30% of…
  • 20 Mobile Recruiting Insights #mrec13

    Jason Buss
    23 Sep 2013 | 11:20 am
    It’s #mrec13 time, the only conference focused exclusively on mobile recruiting and technology. The event this year is being held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta – with 2 days worth of great content planned. Congratulations to Michael Marlatt and team for putting together another great event! If you have a chance you can watch the livestream of the conference for free. I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on a number of sessions today and have broken down some of the highlights into 2 categories (mobile recruiting statistics and mobile recruiting themes)…
  • Announcing The 2013 Recruiting Awards

    Jason Buss
    19 Sep 2013 | 3:34 pm
    The 3rd Annual Recruiting Awards Nominations for The 2013 Recruiting Awards open today on Thursday September 19, 2013 and close Monday, October 7th, 2013. About The The Recruiting Awards are for recruiting professionals regardless of the industry or company they recruit for, and are open to corporate and agency recruiters. Prizes Winners of the Talent Hunter and Recruiting Innovation awards will each receive an Apple iPad mini. Winner of The Recruiting Organization Award will receive a $500 Visa gift card for the team to share in a group celebration. Awards…
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  • 5 Ways HR can Impact Strategic Execution

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    I am always honored when I am asked to write for others.  I have had the pleasure over the last year to write for Halogen Software's TalentSpace blog. I was inspired by this recent article by the 300+ attendees we have had over the last year in our workshop, "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming and Effective HR Business Leader"Check out the article here, and look around TalentSpace Blog, there are a lot of great writers and info on the site.
  • 5 Lessons Learned in Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader

    22 Jan 2014 | 6:30 am
    Over the last year my colleagues Ed Nangle and Charlette Stout and I have had the PLEASURE of teaching an awesome 1.5 day workshop called, "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader." Over this year we have taught approximately 300+ attendees on how they can navigate a change in their HR model, HR services and HR brand using a strategic approach. It has been very rewarding and given us a new sense of pride for our profession.Like all good learning environments, we have learned a ton of lessons from those same attendees and clients alike about what…
  • A New Mantra for HR: Leading, Influencing and Impacting the Organization

    11 Dec 2013 | 9:10 am
    I was delighted to be asked by Halogen Software to contribute to their TalentSpace blog.  Check my post out and tell me what you think!  It's all about INFLUENCE and IMPACT for HR.  See how you can make a difference next year and many years to come.
  • Designing Performance Management with Line Managers in Mind

    3 Dec 2013 | 7:27 am
    Today’s Blog comes from Scott Mondore and Shane Douthitt of SMD. They have the only talent management technology with business analytics and have written two books on connecting HR to actual business results: “Investing in What Matters: Linking Employees to Business Outcomes” and “Business-focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results”. Visit them at, on LinkedIn and Twitter: @scottmondore @smdhrNearly every week a new article comes out about getting rid of performance reviews and starting over because of all kinds of reasons—poor ratings, fairness, poor feedback and…
  • Is HR Really Becoming More Strategic

    29 Oct 2013 | 12:44 pm
    This week's blog post is written by a dear friend and colleague of mine, Ed Nangle. Ed is President of Corporate Management Consulting, Inc.  Ed has tons of HR wisdom as he has seen many changes in our profession over the years.   Having been in the human resources profession since the beginning of time (well almost!), for many years I was doubtful if HR would truly ever be viewed by most business leaders as more than a transactional hub and a place to dump all their “people problems”.  Those of you that really know me might even say I was more than doubtful.  The word…
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  • Companies Can’t Engage Employees that Don’t Stay

    Sharlyn Lauby
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is sponsored by Career Engagement Group, a global consulting firm focused on creating inspiring careers for your employees. Fuel50 is their web-based SaaS solution that allows companies to deliver career engagement to every level of the business. Be sure to download their new whitepaper “Hold on tight – retention is now the issue” and enjoy the post!) Companies have been very focused on engagement. According to the 2013 Talentkeepers Global Talent and Retention Report, 65% of all organizations budget for engagement initiatives. Don’t get…
  • Are Family Members a Liability at Work – Ask HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Many human resources professionals are also responsible for risk management in their organizations. Today’s reader is faced with one of those liability situations. Hi Sharlyn! We’re a small, but rapidly growing company. We realize the need to have an HR department. I’m new to the HR role, have taken some seminars, and have a general idea of what needs to be done. I’ve run into a situation and could use some help. We have a family member of an employee that tends to loiter in our warehouse unnecessarily for lengthy periods of time, occasionally with their children. No other spouses…
  • The Social Employee [infographic] – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    I know we’re all tired of the “you need to be on social media” speeches. Today’s infographic, courtesy of McGraw Hill, shows us how social media is changing the way we work. Employees understand the power of social and expect it to be a part of their personal and professional lives. The infographic (click to enlarge) is based upon research in the book, “The Social Employee” by Cheryl Burgess and Mark Burgess. It offers best practices from companies like IBM, Dell, and Cisco on creating a social organizational culture. There’s lots of talk these days about how organizations need…
  • Using Power Effectively Within Organizations [e-book]

    Sharlyn Lauby
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    I believe the subject of power is fascinating. And obviously plenty of other people do too. One of the most popular posts on HR Bartender is titled “The 7 Kinds of Power You Can Use at Work”. During my training workshops, there’s always a lot of really great discussion about getting power and using it in a positive and effective way. Since it’s such a popular workplace topic, I decided to write an e-book on workplace power. It pulls together the discussions that have happened here on HR Bartender and in a variety of other places. The book offers resources and tools to help business…
  • 5 Signs That You Should Probably Make a Job Change – Ask HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    A new survey by CareerBuilder indicates that 21% of workers plan to change jobs in 2014. What’s interesting about this number is that 66% of the people considering a job change say they are dissatisfied with their pay. Which leads us to today’s reader question: I’ve been doing the same job at my company for 20 years. I’m good at it and regularly receive above average to superior reviews. But things have changed in my life and I need to be paid more. I’ve gone as far as I can go in my department and frankly I’m a little bored and getting burned out. I’ve…
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  • My Doctor Said I have an Upset Tummy So We’re Doing Brain Surgery

    paul hebert
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    [My Doctor Said I have an Upset Tummy So We’re Doing Brain SurgeryFrom Paul Hebert-VP Solution Design. Read more about him on our Leadership page.  And because you know you need it - don't forget to subscribe to one of our subscription options for 2014 here.] The “engagement” field is getting crowded with charlatans and con artists. As engagement becomes the quickest way to riches more people who have no business talking about how to drive engagement are getting in on the gold rush. They are easy to spot if you know what to look for. Unfortunately, many people don’t know what the…
  • The One Post Today That Isn’t Focused on HeartBleed

    paul hebert
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    [The One Post Today That Isn't Focused on HeartBleedFrom Paul Hebert-VP Solution Design. Read more about him on our Leadership page.  And because you know you need it - don't forget to subscribe to one of our subscription options for 2014 here.] We’re not going to talk about Heartbleed – the SSL vulnerability that the NSA has been exploiting for 2 years to gather super secret information. And, for the record – I don’t believe HeartBleed is the only security vulnerability that the NSA is exploiting. The conspiracy theorist in me believes they probably know of 10 more ways…
  • CYA Time for Employee Engagement Consultants?

    paul hebert
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    [CYA Time for Employee Engagement Consultants?From Paul Hebert-VP Solution Design. Read more about him on our Leadership page.  And because you know you need it - don't forget to subscribe to one of our subscription options for 2014 here.] I seriously want some input on this article by Bersin. It’s on the Forbes site and it’s called “It’s Time To Rethink The ‘Employee Engagement’ Issue” and it is about redefining how we talk about employee engagement – how that term is limiting and that new definitions are needed to fully encompass what it means to get employees…
  • Faster Times Lose the Race for Employee Engagement

    paul hebert
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    [Faster Times Lose the Race for Employee Engagement From Paul Hebert-VP Solution Design. Read more about him on our Leadership page.  And because you know you need it - don't forget to subscribe to one of our subscription options for 2014 here.] For those of you into racing – car, running, skiing, or any sport or activity where posting a faster time is the objective, you know in your heart that faster is better. Fastest around the track in NASCAR is the winner. Fastest down the mountain in skiing is the winner. It is built into the sport that speed wins. This focus on speed isn’t just…
  • Exceeding Expectations VS Meeting Them

    paul hebert
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    [Exceeding Expectations VS Meeting ThemFrom Paul Hebert-VP Solution Design. Read more about him on our Leadership page.  And because you know you need it - don't forget to subscribe to one of our subscription options for 2014 here.] I am back in the office after three days on the road and I realized that 6 planes in three days and more time in the Atlanta airport than at any of the venues I needed to actually be at, may not be the best way to spend my time. Some of you are accomplished “workers on the go” – me not so much. I’m not effective when I have to work in 10 minute or 30…
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  • The Best Perks Are Free

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What employee benefits do employees really value? The best perks do not have to cost the employer any money at all. For example, the newest generation of employees, the millennials, in ...Read Full Post
  • Your Worst Job - Ever?

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Some of you said that what didn't kill you, made you strong or a better person. Others said, "Despite the fact that this was no doubt a character-building experience, if ...Read Full Post
  • Write a Meaningful Recommendation Letter

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    I'm not a big fan of employer-provided recommendation letters for employees. As a prospective employer, I would much rather talk with the applicant's manager than read a letter. Maybe ...Read Full Post
  • See a New Twist on Job Descriptions

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Readers ask frequently whether employees need job descriptions or if they have become such a legal mine field that we are best off forgetting about them. I am a firm believer in the necessity of providing clear direction to employees. So I do recommend job descriptions, but one of the readers of this site sent me a unique idea that I liked. I tried it this year in my own company. Although the implementation team modified my original idea, it still removes the onus for the job description from HR and gives it to the employee who owns it. In conjunction with his or her manager, the employee…
  • Make Conscious Choices About Your Culture

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a client company, we talked about maintaining the best aspects of the company culture as the company continues to grow. It's a good conversation to have - no matter where you are in your life cycle....Read Full Post
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  • Stealing jobs back from the machines

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We've been hearing the alarm bells, (heck many of us, well mostly me) have been ringing those bells, the ones that are tolling for the eventual and perhaps even imminent demise of the American worker, destined to be replaced by a robot or an algorithm. Automation is continuing apace and advances in computing power, combined with development of more sophisticated robotics and smart machines that create and communicate massive amounts of data are causing a perfect storm of sorts. Routine work is likely to be automated out of human hands, lower-complexity service jobs are under threat, and even…
  • Is "In which month were you born?" a valid interview question?

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Quick 8 Man Rotation take for a busy Tuesday. Check out the chart below, a birth month distribution of about 240,000 professional soccer players taken from a database that tracks player signing and transfers and was compiled by David Bauer: Notice anything strange in the pattern distribution? How about the unusually high (relative) percentages of professional soccer players born in the first quarter of the year, particularly in January (11.3%), and the relatively lower percentages of players that were born at the end of the year (down to a low of 6.5% in December). It might not seem like that…
  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 180 - Putting People First

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    HR Happy Hour 180 - 'Putting People First' (Live from Ultimate Connections 2014) Recorded Thursday, April 10, 2014 Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guest: Cecile Alper-Leroux, Vice President of Product Strategy, Ultimate Software Last week Steve and Trish were able to attend Ultimate Software's Annual Connections User Conference in Las Vegas and sit down with Cecile Alper-Leroux to get an update on some of the exciting developments and happenings at Ultimate Software as well as talk about some of the ways that putting People First - in software design, in the approach to talent…
  • What's bigger than the World Series? Watching people play video games

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    This is a short update in a semi-regular series of 'If you are not paying attention, the world is probably a lot different than you think' department I offer up this nugget courtesy of The Atlantic - 'More People Watched the 'League of Legends' Video Game Championships that the World Series'. Here is the opening from The Atlantic piece, click over to read the rest if you like, but unless you are a fairly serious gamer the first paragraph is probably all you need, (or I need) to make the point: In October, some 15 million people tuned in to watch Major League…
  • If you're thinking about crowdsourcing

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Crowdsourcing, while not a new phenomenon, continues to appear in new and different places all of the time. Just the other day the TV network NBC announced a new project to attempt to crowdsource new ideas for comedy shows. This NBC program, like most crowdsourcing efforts, is a nod to the (obvious) reality that no matter how many writers or producers or directors the network can employ, that there exists outside NBC thousands and thousands of talented people, and some of them probably have great ideas for comedy shows. The same logical argument could be made for almost any company trying to…
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  • PSC Kerala Assistant Manager, Quality Control Inspector Recruitment - Online Apply at

    Jahid Khan
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    PSC Kerala Assistant Manager, Quality Control Inspector Recruitment - Online  Apply at  Psc Kerala Notification is published for the direct recruitment of  Assistant Manager, Quality Control Inspector in Thiruvananthapuram. Candidates should apply online before 14 May 2014 Wednesday. There are total 9 Number of vacancies in the department. Interested candidates should
  • Hindustan Copper Limited Recruitment 2014 - Apply Online at

    Jahid Khan
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    Hindustan Copper Limited Recruitment 2014 - Apply Online at Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL), invites online application from eligible candidates for the posts of Assistant Manager, Dy.General Manager,  Asstt. General Manager, Chief Manage, Manager, Deputy Manager . The online application will be available from 17-04-2014. The last date of online apply is 16/05/2014.
  • - National Highways Authority of India Recruitment 2014

    Jahid Khan
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    National Highways Authority of India (NHAI )  under Ministry of Road Transport and Highways invites application for the post of  Manager(F&A),Assistant Manager (Administration) and Care Taker-cum-Storekeeper.Willing candidates should send their application in the prescribed format before 12th May, 2014.For more details read below Job Description: NHAI  vacancies : 28 Nos Name of Posts :
  • Gujarat PSC Assistant Engineer Recruitment 2014 | 57 Vacancy Advt No : 03/2014-15

    Jahid Khan
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) invites online application for the post of Assistant Engineer . Candidates have to apply via online mode for  57 Assistant Engineer (Mechanical), Class-2 (Advt.03/2014-15) vacancies. Willing candidates should apply online before 30th April 2014. For full job description, read the details below. Job Description: Advertisement No: 03/2014-15 Name of the
  • 100 Assistant Section Officer (ASO) Vacancy in Odisha High Court, Cuttack

    Jahid Khan
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    100 Assistant Section Officer (ASO) Vacancy in  Orissa High Court, Cuttack Orissa High Court, Cuttack has issued its Recruitment 2014 Notification for filling the vacancy of 100 posts of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in Odisha High Court, Cuttack with a Scale of Pays & Grade Pay : Rs 9300-34,800 & Rs 4200GP. This 100 vacancy contains  (General : 62 Nos, SC : 18 Nos,
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Who Drives Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Who Drives Culture?”Historically, we have thought of culture as being driven by leadership within organizations. But when we really look into what's happening within organizations, we realize that culture, the way we do things in our company, is really determined by the people who are the company; the employees that make up the company.Because each of us is pretty well hard-wired by the time we reach adulthood and enter the work world, in terms of our personal core values, those values are going to…
  • [Video] What Makes a Good Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What Makes a Good Culture?”When we think about what makes a good culture, we need to look at the media to understand what the perspective is out there.There are many folks that think that there is one right way to do company culture. There are loads of books on bookstore shelves focused on that specific topic, but we have about five decades of literature and research that tells us that there are no inherently good or bad cultures. What actually predicts high organizational…
  • [Video] What isn’t Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What isn't Culture?”So if culture is how we do things here in our company, what are things that we all think of as culture that really aren't culture?Well, the first thing that comes to mind are company perks. The fact that you have a Foosball table in your breakroom, or a free supply of soda in your lunchroom, or extended vacation allotted to you, does not constitute a culture. Those are the off-puts of an organization's culture. A culture is the core values that bring you together as a…
  • Brent Daily at Lunch with DriveThruHR

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    On the heels of last week's webinar on engagement, RoundPegg Co-Founder & COO, Brent Daily, sits down with DriveThruHR's William Tincup to talk all things employee engagement in an effort to flip the traditional thinking and strategy around engaging employees on its head.Online Entrepreneur Radio at Blog Talk Radio with DriveThru HR on BlogTalkRadioEmployee engagement has become quite a buzz word in the business arena over the last decade, and it means a lot of different things to different people. Engagement is really about allowing everyone within an organization to function at their…
  • [Video] What is Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What is Culture?” Many people ask: what is the definition of company culture? At RoundPegg, we keep it simple. We define company culture as how we do things here in our organization. The truth is, there are as many definitions of company culture as there are books and blogs and journal articles written about culture. But most of those are complex and academic, and frankly just confusing. Culture is about how you do things in your organization. It's the core set of values that you share as a group…
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  • Interested In Career Growth? Let’s Chat! #VZWHRChat

    Jennifer McClure
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Do you currently have a job – or a career? Chances are, you have some version of both, or you’re aspiring to claim them. Unfortunately, most of us only think about our careers when we’re looking for a J-O-B, but the smart ones (that’s you) know that nurturing a career is an ongoing activity. One aspect of managing your career is maintaining an attitude of continuous learning. Reading articles, blogs and news related to your industry and your profession will always be helpful – and so is networking and connecting with business leaders, industry experts, and fellow career navigators…
  • 2014 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition #SHRMTalent

    Jennifer McClure
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I’m excited to be invited back to speak once again at the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition! This year, the conference will be held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee and I’ll be speaking on the topic of “Talent Shortages & Skills Gaps: 5 Ways to Win the War For Talent” on Tuesday, April 29th at 3:15pm. If you’ll be attending #SHRMTalent, I’d love to meet you in person and say hello!
  • The Future of HR [Keynote] – Bloomberg NYC – Feb 11 2014

    Jennifer McClure
    3 Feb 2014 | 2:01 pm
    I’ll be speaking at a private event in NYC on February 11th at the Bloomberg HQ on the topic of “The Future of HR: Delivering Competitive Advantage Through Innovative People Strategies.” (Pre-Approved for 1.5 Business Management and Strategy recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification) The good folks at Bloomberg have decided to open up a limited number of spots to external guests – which makes this a great opportunity to network and connect with talented HR professionals, see the Bloomberg offices and snag some HRCI credits if you need…
  • How To Get Buy-In For Employee Recognition [webinar Jan 29th]

    Jennifer McClure
    28 Jan 2014 | 8:11 pm
    When it comes to Employee Recognition, executive buy-in is critical to help drive the adoption and effectiveness of your program. But how do you obtain the support necessary to launch an effective program? Join Laurie Ruettimann, Derek Irvine and I for a lively discussion in this free webinar sponsored by Globoforce on building a strong business case for Recognition. We’ll discuss how to: Define your recognition program objectives Build a program with measurable results Find an executive champion and evangelize with key stakeholders Join us on January 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00…
  • Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association: January 2014

    Jennifer McClure
    7 Jan 2014 | 7:56 am
    I’m really excited about kicking off 2014 with my local SHRM chapter, the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association for their first meeting of the year! I’ve been a member and volunteer for GCHRA for many years, so I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and talking about The Future of HR!
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    The Human Resources Field Guide

  • Rory Trotter Rocks!

    Erik Smetana
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Rory Trotter - HR Extraordinaire and curator of Something Different HR - was kind enough to let me ramble on a bit in his latest Spotlight Friday feature. In short, Rory reaches out to managers and leaders across industries and professions to get their takes on everything from roles and career to experience and analytics to strategic & career insights. So please take a moment to check out my take and while you're there be sure to see what others (others who are smarter and wiser than me) had to say over the course of this exciting series.Header Photo Credit: Darvin Atkeson via Compfight…
  • Neil Pasricha is Awesome

    Erik Smetana
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Recently I stumbled across Neil Pasricha's blog 1,000 Awesome Things - needless to say, it's sort of awesome. Then in a cosmic act of coincidence, one of my employees gifted me with The Journal of Awesome. Long ramble short, Pasricha is one of my new favorite purveyors of words and wisdom - and not just because he overuses the word awesome as much as I do. Take a look at his TED talk from a couple of years back and I suspect he'll become one of your favorite knowledge ninjas too.
  • On Babies and New Hires

    Erik Smetana
    18 Feb 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Kid President is chock full of wisdom (and hilarity) well beyond his years, a while back I shared his "Pep Talk" video, essentially a call for us all to be more awesome. A message that everyone should be able to get behind, and if you can't well then I don't know what to say to you... But I digress, one of the more recent clips put out by Kid President focuses on one's first day - be ye new tiny baby or deer in headlights new employee (or at least that's how we've managed to start using it recently). Curious? Good! Check out the video below for some wisdom applicable to kids (and their grown…
  • The Humor is in Its Truth

    Erik Smetana
    31 Jan 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Header Photo Credit: Eric Flexyourhead (Onoharahighashi, Mino-shi) via Compfight cc
  • This Thing I Wrote

    Erik Smetana
    15 Jan 2014 | 10:53 am
    Todd Raphael at ERE was kind enough to let me ramble on a bit about talent fulfillment and a model I've developed and used over the years in my various roles as a recruiter, recruitment manager, and hiring manager in organizations large and small (scalability = awesome). Here's a bit of a teaser: Regardless of mission or vision statements, the ultimate goal of any high-performing HR function — and or its “talent fulfillment” group — is to provide the support, resources, and expertise to help their organization acquire, develop, and retain top talent — a responsibility that starts…
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  • Build for Growth: Master the ICM Advantage

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Key highlights from white paper:Achieve growth with increased workplace productivityUse ICM to promote compensation programsCentralize and streamline the administration of plansTransform business to meet the demands of rapidly evolving enterprisesReward contributions that advance growth initiativesRequest Free!
  • 10+ Reasons Why Employee Advocates are Super Heros that Will Transform Your Business

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Your socially engaged employees are hiding super powers that can transform your business. From being twice as trusted as c-level executives, to reaching an audience 10 times larger than what your brand is reaching, there's no denying employee advocates are a powerful force.Request Free!
  • Building a Stronger Business with Sales Performance Management

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sales Performance Management aligns selling resources with business priorities. Encompassing incentive compensation, territory management, and quota planning, Sales Performance Management solutions automate the calculation, reporting and analysis of key sales operations processes.Request Free!
  • Aberdeen Analyst Insight: The Power of Employee Recognition

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Organizations looking to retain and engage top employees must learn the art of appreciation. Best-in-class organizations realize this and are rapidly embracing recognition as a way to fuel engagement and drive business success. According to Aberdeen's 2013 employee engagement survey report, 67% of best-in-class organizations have a formal recognition program in place, compared to 58% of in 2012.Download this Aberdeen Analyst Insight Report, based on data collected in May and June 2013 and read about:How you can build a recognition program that delivers business resultsThe future of social…
  • How Employee Recognition Can Drive Every Facet of Your Integrated Talent Strategy

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recognition can not only succeed in making employees feeling thanked and rewarded, but it can actually help ensure the success of initiatives like retention, engagement, succession, learning and development, safety and more.With that in mind, Globoforce has put together this simple Recognition Manifesto eBook to help you create a bullet-proof talent strategy that will make your execs sit up and take notice of what you're doing, and help you gain buy-in and support for the goals you've established for your integrated talent strategy.Download this eBook and read about:How recognition can make…
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    The Staffing Advisor

  • How Technology is Changing Recruiting (video)

    Bob Corlett
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I’m often asked to give presentations to HR groups on trends in recruiting. Here is a video of the slide deck from my last presentation to the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-NCA). The key takeaway is that Google search algorithms have a significant impact on the results you will receive from job postings, the visitors to job boards and LinkedIn are increasingly on mobile devices, and millions of job seekers are rating employers. All three factors require employers to adapt their recruiting strategies, or risk being left behind. Fair warning, the purpose of…
  • What’s the Real Problem with Job Advertising?

    Bob Corlett
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    We humans tend to confuse scarcity with value. We tend to overvalue what is difficult, and undervalue what comes easily. We overvalue what we don’t have and undervalue what we do have. You hear the mental confusion when a recruiter puffs up his chest and intones, “Good people don’t answer job ads.” The recruiter is trying to build up the perceived value of the difficult work of reaching people who do not answer ads, and diminish the value of what comes easily (people who answer ads). But c’mon, the phrase just sounds ridiculous. Of course good people answer job ads. Recruiters…
  • Do You Really Need to Interview a Slate of Candidates? Or Just One?

    Bob Corlett
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    When hiring, it’s tempting to rush into interviewing, rather than waiting to develop a full slate of candidates. Hiring managers are often eager to interview as soon as they approve a job description. It’s a request most HR folks try to oblige. And it’s often a mistake. So what’s the downside to interviewing the first few qualified people who responded to your recruiting efforts? If it only takes one great person to fill the job, why wait around for more candidates to emerge? What if the good people get other jobs while you are waiting?  Occasionally, it does make…
  • When You Undervalue HR, You Undercut Your Managers’ Effectiveness

    Bob Corlett
    24 Feb 2014 | 4:22 am
    One of the fastest ways to sabotage your business results is to hire the cheapest HR professionals you can find. When you saddle your executive team with under-staffed (or under-skilled) HR support, you hobble their performance. Here’s why: More than any other person in an organization except for the CEO, the top HR executive impacts how much courage managers will show in hiring and performance management. HR has an enormous impact on your budget. In many organizations, the lion’s share of the annual budget is spent on salary and benefits, and HR typically determines how strategically…
  • Good People Know Good People … or Do They?

    Bob Corlett
    22 Feb 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Conventional wisdom says that, “Good people know good people.” So it naturally follows that the most common question in recruiting is, “Who do you know who might be good for this job?” Good people will inevitably lead you to other good people, right? But what if, “Good people know good people” was more untrue than true? What if it’s really a “tip of the iceberg” situation, where the visible part of the statement that’s true is so much smaller than all the hidden assumptions underneath the statement that are not true? The visible…
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  • Performance Management: The Problem With The Bell Curve

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    In a recent LinkedIn Influencer post, Josh Bersin took aim at the bell curve – introduced into performance management by GE, used widely around the world and now a subject of a raging debate. The main contention against the bell curve is that performance does not follow a bell curve or normal distribution. While there are numerous research studies to prove that point, my own simple analyses often point to the same conclusion. When I look at distribution of performance data (e.g. sales per employee, profitability per branch / store etc.), the raw data seldom looks like a bell curve.
  • Recommended Reading: Latest & Greatest

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:58 am
    Here is a list of recent HR-related articles and blog posts that I highly recommend. Happy reading! This article titled “Performance Management As a Business Discipline” was recognized as one of the most original and valuable contribution to the profession by HR People & Strategy. It talks about how performance management can be transformed into a business management tool. Read about what really makes knowledge workers productive. Or revist Herzberg. Learn about how companies like SAP are creating & discovering new talent pools. It expects 1% of its workforce in 2020 to be…
  • Revisiting Herzberg : Motivators or Hygiene Factors?

    20 Jan 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Last weekend, I took my 2 year old son to the zoo. It was great fun watching him look in amazement at all the animals. The zoo also had a number of animal shows, where animals do some funny things to make sure the visitors are enthralled. And every time, an animal did something (like an elephant throwing a massive log into the pond), it was rewarded with some food (an apple, banana or some nuts). These animals have been conditioned using a carrots and sticks approach. I am pretty sure the animals don’t particularly enjoy doing the stunts, but they put up a show anyway for the reward.
  • Developing the Employee Value Proposition Using Marketing Principles of Segmenting, Targeting and Positioning

    22 Dec 2013 | 8:54 pm
    Over the last year or so, I have written about the need for companies to have a clear, differentiated and articulated employee value proposition. Actually, every company already has one, irrespective of whether they formally define it or not. The question is more whether you want to define & influence the employer brand yourself or have it defined for you. The concept of the employee value proposition comes directly from Marketing’s customer value proposition. And applying marketing tools to HR problems makes a lot of sense because employee behaviour, these days, mimics consumer…
  • Dan Ariely: What Really Motivates Us at Work?

    10 Oct 2013 | 7:52 pm
    In this highly interesting TEDx talk, Dan Ariely tells us about what really makes us feel good about work. What really motivates us and what leaves us disengaged with what we do in our day jobs. Citing insightful experiments and stories, he makes the point that it isn’t all about the money. “Meaning” is the new money. Making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose are the key. Towards the end, he brings up the Adam Smith vs. Karl Max philosophies and makes a case for not just focusing on efficiency (Adam Smith), but on ensuring that labour is not disconnected from…
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Accommodating Your Employees’ Religious Beliefs

    Dianne Shaddock
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
              Employees not only bring their skills and experiences to work but their beliefs. When it comes to religious beliefs, you may be required to provide your employees with reasonable accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act provides a safeguard for employees against [...]
  • LinkedIn Survey Shows the Real Reason Why Most People Leave Their Jobs

    Dianne Shaddock
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Why do employees decide to leave their jobs? You may be familiar with the adage employees do not leave jobs, they leave managers. Although this may be true in some cases, a LinkedIn survey revealed that the main reason why employees decide to leave their jobs [...]
  • Do You Recognize These Five Common Employee Issues?

    Dianne Shaddock
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Poor work habits.  It is a workplace issue that all employers will inevitably face regardless of the type or size of your company and despite your management style. No matter how strong your team may be, you will one day have to deal head on with the employee who is always late for [...]
  • Anyone Can Be a Likeable Boss- Here’s How

    Dianne Shaddock
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    A leader’s likeability can directly affect the productivity levels of employees. A survey released by Tip Top Job in August 2013 showed that 86% of employees believe they are more productive if their boss is likeable. A separate study conducted by Zenger/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy, found that only 27 out of 51,836 [...]
  • When Not Laying Off an Employee Can Become a Liability

    Dianne Shaddock
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The Case Roger Maxwell, a past employee of the U.S. Postal Service filed gender discrimination and retaliation claims against the Postal Service under Title VII for not being included in a series of reductions-in-force, (RIF) at his company in 2009 and 2010. (Maxwell v Postmaster General), December [...]
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    In Full Bloom

  • Hidden Talent

    Naomi Bloom
    30 Mar 2014 | 3:04 pm
    As some of you know from my tweets, I tap danced last night as part of a very special adaptation of a classic Fibber McGee and Molly radio show at our annual fundraiser, Radio Daze: OnStage With Florida Rep.  It was quite a night, a successful and really fun evening, with many thanks to the Board members, staff and volunteers who made it happen. There really wasn’t a rehearsal of my act as we ran out of time in a very busy pre-event scramble, so no one, including me, had a clue if I would make a total fool of myself, fall down go boom (although there were several doctors in the…
  • Smart Machines/Robotics — Implications For HRM/HRTech — Where Do I Begin?

    Naomi Bloom
    13 Feb 2014 | 7:19 am
    Hi, I’m Naomi, Your HR Tech SmartyPants Robot Last week I was privileged to deliver a presentation to the top women execs at ADP about the future of HR and HR technology.  Sounds straightforward enough, but it wasn’t.  My presentation wrote itself, and it demanded that I title it: ” A Tale of Two Futures.” One of those futures I described as extrapolative, and one I described as discontinuous, all of which I’ll describe in a later post.  But the place to start this discussion and series of posts on the impact I believe smart machines and robotics will have…
  • My 2014 And Beyond Wish List For HRM And HR Technology

    Naomi Bloom
    13 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    [I posted my first such wish list 1/29/2013, and just writing it lifted my spirits.  So, I thought to myself, why not do it again?] Carnac In Bloom If any of us really knew what was going to happen in 2014, wouldn’t we keep it to ourselves and invest accordingly?  Furthermore, anyone worth their salt in the industry thought leader/observer/influencer game is living under zillions of non-disclosures and embargoes, making any attempt at predictions  fraught with potential legal peril as stuff you’re not allowed to know seeps into the part of your brain that’s doing the…
  • Applications Integration — Financials And HR

    Naomi Bloom
    8 Jan 2014 | 8:26 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about both business and applications integration.  You may have read my modest rant on the bastardization of the term integration as used to describe how applications are connected.  You also may have seen my videocast comments on the reasons why I think that your HRMS and core talent management applications (so performance, staffing, compensation, development, succession etc.) deserve a very high degree of what I mean by integration. On that same videocast, there was also a good bit of discussion about the inherent connections between core financial…
  • Modest Rant — Applications Integration By Any Other Name… Is Something Else

    Naomi Bloom
    23 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    Painting The Roses Red Given the active discussion (debate?) over on LinkedIn about my proposed definition of true SaaS (now renamed “Blooming SaaS,” this post was intended to be more of an insistence on precise definitions than a disparagement of other business/deployment/architectural options in enterprise HRM software), I thought I’d rattle a few more cages.  In the interests of encouraging a lively discourse, here I’m tackling the concept of applications integration.  If you think that there’s grade inflation in our schools and in workforce performance…
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • Wiley Acquires CrossKnowledge: New Player in Corporate Learning

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Most of us know John Wiley and Sons. as a book publisher. The company published two of my books (through the well known Pfeiffer imprint) and most HR and L&D professionals run into the company at trade shows and industry events promoting new books, authors, and a tools for HR and corporate learning. Well surprise: the company is much more. Over the last several years Wiley has repositioned itself significantly and is making major investments in the markets for corporate and individual professional development. Over the last several years Wiley acquired Inscape (DISC assessment products),…
  • Is Saba Coming Back?

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. They have some of the most complex and difficult large global customers. The company acquired Centra and built out its own online meeting software. They work with nearly every…
  • The Five Elements Of A 'Simply Irresistible' Organization

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    New Deloitte Global Human Capital Research shows that organizations today must work hard to create a meaningful, humanistic work environment to drive engagement, performance, and a magnetic attraction in the market. And this is good business. The Great Place to Work Institute has published studies which show that the “100 best places to work” outperformed the S&P 500 by over four-fold from 1990–2009 and there’s no reason to believe this won’t continue. (“The Great Workplace,” by Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin.) But…
  • Simply Irresistible. Is Your Company?

    3 Mar 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Gallup's research shows that only 13% of workers around the world are highly engaged with their work. And it's even lower in the fast growing Asian economies (China is at 6%!). Yet the economy is growing and businesses seem to be hiring almost everywhere. What's going on? Our new research shows that a dramatic shift in the "employee-employer" contract has taken place. People are "overwhelmed" with work, they want more meaning and purpose, and Millenials and Boomers both want more development, opportunity and autonomy. After more than a year of research,…
  • Why Companies Need a Chief Learning Architect

    21 Feb 2014 | 11:29 am
    The world of corporate learning has gotten very complicated lately. Learning management systems, MOOCs, simulation tools, content management systems, new content providers, social profiles, collaborative learning, video sharing, mobile learning, on-demand learning, new forms of assessment, and the use of Big Data are all changing rapidly. And companies are spending more money on training (up 15% this last year), they find skills gaps more daunting than ever, and they spend more than $130 billion on training. Added to this is the fact that most large corporations have somewhat of a…
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    Performancepoint, LLC.

  • Resume Myths vs Facts Infographic

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Resume Myths vs Facts Infographic brought to you by the team at Almagreta Resume Templates.
  • Are you really documenting performance?

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Clients often ask for advice on the right time to discharge employees who are unable or unwilling to improve their performance over time, even after being given a performance improvement plan. Unfor­tunately, there’s no set answer because every circum­stance is just a little bit different. Request all written documentation When reviewing a case, I always keep in mind how a third party might look at the documentation. Specifically, what am I looking for? • Good two-way communication between the man­ager and the employee. What was the employee told in terms of expectations? How did the…
  • 5 Ways to Foster Baby Boomer Engagement

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Research shows high workforce disengagement among baby boomers. Use these five strategies to bolster engagement among your more senior — and vital — employees. Employee engagement plays a key role in fostering productivity. It conveys a sense of the connection employees have to their organization as well as the passion they have for their work. A lot of focus in recent years has centered on ways to better manage and engage the youngest generation in the workforce, Generation Y. But according to the latest research from Gallup, baby boomers have the lowest level of engagement. What’s…
  • Manufacturing Council Releases Competency Definitions

    13 Mar 2014 | 10:45 am
    The national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council has released its 2014 National Work Standards for Production and Logistics. The industry-led, nonprofit MSSC is an authority on defining industry-wide core technical competencies needed by front-line workers in advanced manufacturing and logistics. “We believe that the use of a common language between industry and education will offer a more efficient and cost-effective way of preparing individuals with the higher skills needed by industry,” said MSSC Chairman and CEO Leo Reddy. “MSSC standards help produce agile knowledge…
  • Is there a right time for an Engagement Survey?

    6 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    Do you have an interest in running an Employee Engagement survey, but worry if it is good timing?  Chances are it is good timing.  Here are some of the excuses we have heard for postponing surveys and why they don’t hold water. Is it a good time if we have a new President or CEO?   It would be a great way for a  new President or CEO to let employees know that it is a new day and that they are interested in them. It should be very impactful if it is rolled out properly.  Also it may help the new leader in developing a strategic plan that has buy in across the employee based if the…
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    The Workforce Institute

  • Is Teenage Labor a Good Thing?

    Joyce Maroney
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Today’s guest post is courtesy of our board member David Creelman.  I spoke to David recently about the different types of internship programs we support at Kronos, including our sponsorship of several local high school students through the Cristo Rey Network.  This program has been a win for us, despite our initial concerns that managing […]The post Is Teenage Labor a Good Thing? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Omni Indy – Converting a customer service fail into a happy customer

    Joyce Maroney
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    I had my first trip to Indianapolis and our Kronos Technology Center there this week. I went to Indy to speak on a panel with some of my fellow female leaders at the request of the women working at the center. This event was both energizing and inspiring for me and my fellow panelists. It’s […]The post Omni Indy – Converting a customer service fail into a happy customer appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Thank a Teacher and Win $10,000 for Their School!

    Joyce Maroney
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Kronos is sponsoring a  “Thanks to a Teacher” contest in honor of the upcoming National Teacher Day on May 6th.  As a company that provides technology to help companies manage their workforce, we’re acutely aware of the critical importance of K-12 education in developing the workforce of the future.  Teachers not only help their students […]The post Thank a Teacher and Win $10,000 for Their School! appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • A Modest Proposal for Making Your Home Environment More Productive- Workforce HOME

    Joyce Maroney
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    You know that at the Workforce Institute, we’re interested in things that make workers and their managers more productive and engaged in their work.  To that end, we’re proud to announce the April 1 release of Workforce HOME, a solution for domestic organization and productivity. Do you struggle with work life balance?  Struggle no more. […]The post A Modest Proposal for Making Your Home Environment More Productive- Workforce HOME appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • A Conversation About Making Big Data Small

    Joyce Maroney
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to interview  Aram Faghfouri, senior data scientist at Kronos; Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research; and David Wright, vice president of architecture at Kronos, about the challenges and rewards associated with making big data small.  Everybody’s talking about Big Data, which is increasingly becoming a major […]The post A Conversation About Making Big Data Small appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • Seven Signs of Age Harassment

    Michael Haberman
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Ageism” has been talked about frequently in the news, especially in the recent years following the recession. It has gotten a lot of press recently with reports of workers in their 30s in Silicon Valley getting Botox injections in order to appear younger in an attempt to compete against “younger” workers. “Grandpa” is only endearing when it is said by your grandchild Discrimination We all know that “ageism” is discrimination and violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, an amendment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It protects workers that are 40 and…
  • Tough to be a Federal Contractor these days

    Michael Haberman
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    The President has increased the budget of the OFCCP to focus on pay issues. (Note: The promised post on gender pay inequality has been postponed.) On April 10th I wrote a post about two Presidential actions that were taken to put pressure on federal contractors to reform pay procedures. This followed the Executive Order that raised minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for federal contractors. Now comes the announcement  that the President is asking for an additional $1.1 million in the OFCCP’s budget in order to hire an additional 10 workers specifically to focus on pay equity issues.
  • How the Paycheck Fairness Act is bad legislation

    Michael Haberman
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    The Paycheck Fairness Act would be bad legislation For a number of years the Obama administration has been trying to get the Paycheck Fairness Act passed. I first wrote about this in 2008 and several times since then. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a supposed amendment to the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The EPA has provided protection to women in pay situations where women perform the same work that men perform. On April 9, 2014 the Senate once again turned down this legislation. It was bad legislation in 2008 and it has not improved since. There are three components that make this bad legislation,…
  • Future Friday: Employees habits will provide data to employers

    Michael Haberman
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Will everyone be wearing such a device in the future? I and others have written a lot on wearable devices and how they may be used in the future. Here is one other possible use. Quantified Self Quantified Self or QS is a termed used to describe people keeping track of their activities and behaviors. Although the term is relatively new, coined in 2010 by Wired, the activity of tracking your behavior and activities is an old one. Ben Franklin was well known for recording what he was doing. Recently the tracking of ones activities and behaviors has become aided by technology. Wearable devices,…
  • Two New Executive Actions on Pay that Federal Contractors Must Heed

    Michael Haberman
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    The President is using the “power of the pen” to advance his “pay fairness” agenda. One April 8, 2014 President Barak Obama signed two Executive actions that require Federal Contractors to abide with new pay rules. Failure to abide with these orders could result in loss of all federal contracts the company has and at minimum will increase scrutiny of the company by the OFCCP. Federal contractors are any company doing business with the Federal government or any other business doing business with a federal contractor. Businesses with 50 or more employees and contracts…
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  • Cat Oopsies, Activity Vs. Effectiveness, Appraisals And Employee Engagement

    Robert Bacal
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Several times a year we host the family for a brunch, or dinner, and one of my tasks in preparing our house for guests, so we don’t look like complete slobs, is to vacuum and shampoo the rugs. We have four cats that own us, rather than the reverse, so we get our share of cat upchucks and other catcidents that need cleaning. Beater Bars Are Great…But Those vacuum beater bars are great. They fluff and make carpets look a heck of a lot better. But therein lies the problem. Here’s the cleaning cycle: vacuum, shampoo with the rug shampooing machine, let dry, and vacuum again. So,…
  • Do Your Managers Identify Barriers To Employee Performance?

    Robert Bacal
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    Diagnosing Employee Performance Issues, THE Key To Improvement If You Don’t Know “Why”, You Can’t Fix It Let’s recap the overall performance management process. Start with performance planning, work with the employee to clarify job roles, responsibilities, and expectations. Communicate throughout the year about performance, so we can catch problems early and so there would be no surprises during the review meeting. Gather information and made some observations of the employee’s performance, again throughout the year, and review performance with the employee in a…
  • Why Are Fewer Behaving Badly?

    Dan Erwin
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    Leonard DiCaprio’s Wolf of Wall Street is a bit late. Despite the economic rebound, research shows that behaving badly in business is down for the eighth year in a row.  A report from The Ethics Resource Center (ERC), a 90-year-old non-profit, surveyed 6400 part-and full-time workers finding that 41% had observed misconduct in their offices last year. That’s down from 45% in 2011 and from 55% at the highest point six years ago. The president of the ERC, Patricia Hamed, says that more companies are doing what they need to do. The following is a summary of some of the relevant…
  • Outside the Mainstream

    Dan Erwin
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    “Outside the Mainstream” regularly brings articles, columns and research that challenge conventional thinking. The past two weeks have provided a deluge of challenges to conventional commitments and thinking, many of which should be taken very seriously. Is there such a thing as “honest graft,” can we learn from annoying workers and are we little more than “puppets of our biochemistry?” These are questions from outside the mainstream everyday life. Jonathan Rauch, The Case for Corruption: Why Washington needs more honest graft is not only spellbinding, but…
  • Surveillance and Secrets—More Social Media Risks

    Steve Bruce
    6 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    In yesterday’s Advisor attorney Elijah Yip covered the first two S’s of social media management, Search and Speech; today, Surveillance and Secrets, plus we announce a timely webinar that will show you how to maximize the effectiveness of your job descriptions. Yip, who is a litigation partner at the Honolulu office of law firm Cades Schutte LLP, offered his four S’s at the Advanced Employment Issues Symposium held recently in Las Vegas. [Go here for S’s 1 and 2] S #3. Surveillance or “Snooping” What’s the Risk? When you monitor employee’s…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • Why HR Should Care About Analytics

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A year ago this time, I wrote a blog. It was late in the day, and I was drawing a blank, and was desperate for content. I suspect all serious bloggers experience this sort of blank. Suddenly, I got an idea for writing a blog on Passover, or more aptly whether it is an appropriate occasion to wish someone “Happy Passover” (By the way, it is).  It took all of five minutes to write, but it seemed to flow easily. My webmaster took it, tagged it, and posted it, and well, the rest is history. It had the highest hit ratio in EO history. Hit ratios are important for our site because we…
  • Famous Deaths That Make Me Angry

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    John Pinette died this week. For those of you who don’t know of him he was a stand-up comedian. A great one. He mostly did fat jokes (at his own expense), and he made millions from a bad experience at a Chinese Buffet. I know as an HR professional, I’m not supposed to find humour in jokes at the expense of others, but with him I couldn’t help myself. The expression “you scare my wife” has been quoted in many a family conversation over the years. I will miss his avoidance of political correctness. I don’t know why but I’ve been itching to write a blog…
  • Reverse Mentoring: An Invaluable Tool for Personal & Professional Development

    Jennifer Payne
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I doubt that there are many people who would disagree with the benefits of mentoring programs and relationships.  Mentoring has been an integral part of most organizations’ development programs for years.  After all, what’s to debate about the value of more senior, experienced professionals providing guidance, advice, and coaching to less experienced employees?  The benefits can be realized for both parties; for mentors, the ability to provide advice and share the “I wish I knew this back when….” moments forces them to look inward and reflect on past mistakes as well as past…
  • Tips for Creating a Successful Mentoring Relationship

    Joanne Royce
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    What does it take to create a successful mentoring relationship? A mentor and a mentee enter into a mentoring relationship hoping for success, but that doesn’t always happen. Why do some mentoring relationships thrive and others wither? Running the HRPA – Halton Chapter Mentoring Program for the past four years, and asking for feedback after each program session, revealed that successful mentoring relationships share several common characteristics. Understand “Mentoring”. Mentoring is a relationship where, typically, a more experienced HR professional (the mentor) supports a…
  • Don’t Let Fear Stand in the Way of a Mentorship Opportunity

    Karleigh Buist
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mentorship is an invaluable resource that I am excited to say has influenced both my personal and professional development. Mentors stand out from other contacts, as they tend to have a long-term commitment to fostering a relationship. Mentorship can be formal, with a supervisor or colleague in the workplace, or informal, with a friend chatting over coffee – both can provide direction, support and opportunities for those involved. Over the years, I have had various mentors and each of the relationships have provided me with further insight into the field of HR and helped to increase my…
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    The Human Race Horses

  • The Bane of Social Media

    Michael VanDervort
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Social Media Conundrums Social media is the bane of all brands. @Publix crowd flow (Photo credit: mvndrvrt) Things can go wrong so easily, often impacting your brand  without any warning. You should definitely stay away from social media at all costs. You should definitely stay away from social media at all costs.  Okay, maybe I really didn’t mean all that. Actually, I did.   Just kidding. You don’t need to stay away from social media, but you should know what people are saying about you.  Here’s a couple of recent examples where social stuff happened. #CancelColbert As…
  • The Internet of Peeps

    Michael VanDervort
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
     IoP = Internet of People Your car may be the future cockpit of the Internet of Things (IoT), and your house will be largely managed by apps in a few years, but the big change coming down the road is the Internet of People. (IoP).  Actually, it’s just about here now. I just used an app called Map My Walk to….map my morning walk around the lake. The Internet for Peeps is here Check it: Crowd control via robot Twitter now has over 600 million registered users Where Will Value Be Created In The Internet Of Things & People? Internet of Things Exceeds The Internet of People…
  • Jay Hardy Sells Company to Employees

    Michael VanDervort
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Hardy Diagnostics now employee-owned Jay Hardy, President of Hardy Diagnostics, recently crossed a big item off of his “to do” list—he sold the company to his employees that he and his lifelong friend,Rob Shibata, founded 34 years ago.  ”I have planned on doing this for a long time,” said Hardy.  “Owning Hardy Diagnostics has been tremendously rewarding for me.  Now everyone at Hardy Diagnostics can share in the joy and rewards of ownership, just as I have,” he said. Employee ownership promotes participation and leadership on every level for the more than 230 employees of…
  • Employer agrees to rescind social media policy

    Michael VanDervort
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    On April 7, 2014, Valero Services, Inc. agreed to rescind its nationwide social media policy and to post and mail a NLRB remedial notice to its employees throughout the country in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Valero Services provides employee leasing services to refineries and plants located throughout the United States, including a refinery located in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers of America filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB Region 16, alleging that Valero Services social media policy interfered with employees’…
  • NLRB News: Live-streaming will be available for NLRB April 10-11 public hearing

    Michael VanDervort
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The National Labor Relations Board public hearing on the proposed amendments governing representation-case procedures, will be webcast in its entirety, viewable on the agency’s website at Pre-registered attendees must bring a photo ID and go through a security checkpoint to enter the building. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Working members of the media who wish to attend should contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-273-1991. More information on the proposed amendments can be found here. Related posts: Breaking: #NLRB posts new quickie election rules The…
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    HR Ringleader

  • Putting People First- HR Happy Hour #180

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    HR Happy Hour 180 – ‘Putting People First’ (Live from Ultimate Connections 2014) Recorded Thursday, April 10, 2014 Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guest: Cecile Alper-Leroux, Vice President of Product Strategy, Ultimate Software Last week Steve and I attended Ultimate Software’s Annual Connections User Conference in Las Vegas and sat down with Cecile Alper-Leroux to get an update on some of the exciting developments and happenings at Ultimate Software.  We talked about some of the ways that putting People First – in software design and in the…
  • Data Driven HR- HR Happy Hour #179

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Recorded Tuesday, April 1, 2014  (Live from Equifax Workforce Solutions Forum 2014) Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guests: Dann Adams, President, Equifax Workforce Solutions and Mike Psenka, Senior Vice President Workforce Analytics, Equifax Workforce Solutions Last week Steve and I were able to attend Equifax Workforce Solutions Annual User Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. We sat down with Dann Adams and Mike Psenka to talk about some of the ways that more advanced capability and increased availability of data and analytics are changing the way HR gets done, and increasing the…
  • Working On The Edge Of Your Seat

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Oh my! Grab it! Grab the rope! What is she doing?  She is screwing it up. Grab the rope Dr.! Nooooooooooo! She missed it.  Breathe.  Stop spinning. Did you guess I watched Gravity recently?  Well, I did.  The first five or ten minutes went fine, then my son and I started yelling at the television.  About thirty minutes later we realized that we were both sitting on the edge of the couch, totally sucked in to this story.  The remainder of the movie was a roller coaster of ups and downs that kept our heart rates slightly elevated and our breathing irregular.  By the end, we were…
  • More HR Technology Knowledge Needed for Future HR Leaders

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:57 am
    Sometimes ideas have to sit with me for a while in order to really have an impact.  I had this happen recently while attending Oracle HCM World.  While there, I was hearing from many seasoned leaders in the HR industry and it struck me that while I know about technology and the importance for HR leaders, many practitioners do not. What is worse is my fear that HR technology is still not a major focus for college students studying to be our future HR leaders.  In the 1990s I obtained a MA in HR Management but was not required to take any coursework on HR technology. Not much has changed…
  • 6 Key Steps to Choosing a Payroll Provider

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    One of the most invisible and yet visible elements in an organization is payroll. Invisible in that most of the employees do not know, or necessarily care, what is involved from a back-office perspective. Yet, it is highly visible since every employee needs to be paid and will certainly notice quickly if they are not paid or if their pay is incorrect. If you are the person tasked with leading payroll or determining whether or not your organization needs a new payroll provider, this post is for you. In my experience, like many provider selections, these changes are often entered into too…
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Workplace Ready New Hires
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    As the economy continues to improve, most of us will consider adding new staff to either build on our current capacity or replace those that left during the economic downturn.As we consider candidates, a key decision relates to the role of experience in the new positions.For some, relevant experience may be less important, while others may consider experience a primary predictor of future success. With the number of talented, new graduates that are looking for work, it is likely most of us will consider, if not select, someone without a lot of work experience. As we all know, results of that…
  • Building a Leadership Development Program, Part 3
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    The last two elements of a successful leadership development program pertain to measurement and assessing impact or results.All initiatives, regardless of nature should be assessed for their level of success and and associated return on investment.  Although most organizations recognize the importance of assessing satisfaction with the training experience, less measure the tangible impact training.  The “real value” of training arises from changes in behaviors and outcomes in the workplace.  Put simply, if an employee attends training, there should be a multiplier effect to the…
  • Building a Leadership Development Program, Part 2
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In our last post, we discussed the first three “success elements” of implementing a leadership development program: clearly defined outcomes, holistic structure, and targeted learning methodology.  While these foundational elements ensure that that the program will meet your organizational needs by supporting your current capability and desired state, the next two elements (tiered content and competency model) provide the basis for aligning individual needs with the overall structure.  The “one size fits all” approach typically does not work for most employees and…
  • Building a Leadership Development Program, Part 1
    21 Feb 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This is the first component discussing the seven “factors for success” or key programmatic elements for a successful leadership development program.  The first two elements include defining outcomes and a holistic structure. Element 1: Clearly Defined Outcomes No program or initiative can be successful without defining its desired outcomes.In the simplest sense, the absence of defined outcomes parallels getting in a car and simply driving in a random fashion with the hope of reaching home with no idea what home looks like.Successful leadership development programs clearly define the…
  • Creating Leaders: Effective Programs
    14 Feb 2014 | 11:58 am
    A successful leadership development program produces positive change at all levels of an organization.It changes how employees perceive their leaders, deal with uncertainty as well as opportunity, meet customer needs, and set expectations for growth.For managers, it alters how they deal with complex problems, engage and motivate their people, link the organization’s vision to their team, and enhance performance.It grants a manager the tools necessary to grow from knowing how to manage a few to leading many.Within the organization as a whole, it assists with setting the standard for success,…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • Employee learning happens at the lunch table, too

    Dave Clemens
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everyone knows the adage, “The team that plays together, stays together.” It’s used to justify all kinds of team-building games and activities. But how about if we propose a new one: “The team that breaks together, learns together”? OK, it doesn’t rhyme, so it’s not all that memorable. But, according to recent research, it does express a profound truth about peer-to-peer learning. The research consists of two separate studies — one from Japan and one from MIT — both of which examined the effects on learning and productivity when co-workers…
  • Employee development: What’s the manager’s role?

    Dave Clemens
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    No matter the organization, employee development is likely to have little meaning if top executives don’t support it. Mid-level managers can’t undertake development initiatives all by themselves. But let’s assume that the bigwigs in your organization ARE favorable to employee development. They understand how important it is to give employees training that will help them do the jobs they’re now doing and prepare them for the next steps in their careers. How to help In that case, managers can do a lot. If you’re a manager who wants to be of service, you could:…
  • RLI’s latest innovation: The T.O.I.L.E.T. Training System

    Stephen J. Meyer
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Here at Rapid Learning Institute, customers often tell us, “Yes, we’d like to do more training in our organization, but we just can’t seem to find the time.” We listened. And we get it. Managers are busy. Employees are busy. Everybody’s busy. That’s why we created QuickTake Rapid Learning Modules in the first place: six- to ten-minute learning modules that people can access on any computer, tablet or smartphone. They’re the ideal way for people to get training when and where they need it, without interfering with all the other things they have to do.
  • Meditate on this: Meditation training can help employees improve focus

    Dave Clemens
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Om mani padme hum, om mani padme hum, om mani padme hum…” Oh, excuse me, I was just meditating. On the jewel in the lotus. It’s an excellent Tibetan mantra. Does this sound like New Age gobbledygook to you? If so, I can’t blame you. Many hundreds of thousands of words have been written about meditation, and a good number of them are so detached from the realm of business reality that HR people, managers, or employee trainers can be forgiven a certain amount of eye-rolling. But what if there were actual neuroscience behind meditation, science that established the…
  • There’s more than one way to put trainees to sleep (Hint: It’s not about boring material)

    Dave Clemens
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    The other evening I was catching up on my much-delayed viewing of the fourth season of the HBO cops-vs.-drug-kingpins series “The Wire.” It’s the season when Roland Pryzbylewski (Prez), the officer who has left the force to become a math teacher, is trying to navigate the educational bureaucracy and get his tough, volatile inner-city students to actually learn something in his classroom. In one episode, Prez is aghast to find out that in the winter, the school purposely turns the temperature way up — to about 80 — to lull the kids into a state of somnolence and…
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    Ascentis Blog

  • Bay Area First in U.S. to Mandate Commuter Benefits

    Heather Bansemer
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Bay Area of San Francisco, CA is now the first geographic area in the nation to mandate commuter benefits for employers with 50 or more full-time employees.  Implementation of these commuter benefits must be complete no later than September 30, 2014.  The nine counties in the Bay Area impacted are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, […]
  • Easy Online Benefits Enrollment – Secret Number One

    Heather Bansemer
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Open enrollment season is one of the most stressful times for an HR department. Piles of paper and folders, phones ringing off the hook, answering the same questions over and over, deciphering messy handwriting, and email after email after email ... it's time-consuming, stress-inducing, and fraught with the potential for errors and oversight.
  • Dealing with Negative Events

    Heather Bansemer
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    As the saying goes, “Into each life, a little rain must fall.” That is, you can’t go through life without having anything negative happening.
  • Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for 2013: Know Before you File

    Heather Bansemer
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The small business health care tax credit was included in the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010. Under the ACA, eligible small employers can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for two additional years beginning in 2014.
  • Monday Morning Words of Wisdom from Mr. Rogers

    Heather Bansemer
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    We wanted to offer you a little inspiration for your Monday morning.
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    SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Technology Blog

  • Evaluating Recruitment Technology: More Grey, Less Black & White

    Christopher Brablc
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    You may have seen my longer post on specific buzzwords that you are seeing in the space and what they mean.  If not, check out our Buzzword Guide here. And as an add-on to this series, I also wanted to write a shorter post on one of the most important aspects of evaluating technology especially in the recruitment marketing space. What we really need to focus on as organizations is about embracing the complexity of the solutions that are available and the problem that you as recruiting organizations are trying solve. I think we can all agree that finding and recruiting qualified talent is not…
  • #HCIevents Recap: 2014 Human Capital Summit

    Christopher Brablc
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    For those looking for our “Best Of” tune back in on Monday! This past week, I have been at the HCI Human Capital Summit in Orlando, Florida.  This event brought together a great collection of practitioners, companies and sessions that help move the HCM conversation forward over the past three days. This post will be a collection of my thoughts as I’ve thought back on the past week. For my recap of Day 1 of the conference, you can find the post here.   Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips by Richard Phillips One of the…
  • Insights from #HCIEvents Human Capital Summit: Day 1

    Christopher Brablc
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    This week, I’m down in Orlando, FL for the HCI Human Capital Summit and the sessions and learnings from these sessions has been great so far. Great stat from Randy Goldberg at Hyatt As always, I’ve been taking notes online and via Twitter (@smashfly) on the highlights from these sessions and wanted to share them from the first day of the conference.   Open Leadership: Transform the Way You Lead with Social Technologies by Charlene Li (@charleneli) In this talk, Charlene looked to provide insight into how social technologies can help companies better connect with employees and…
  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 3.22.14 to 3.29.14

    Christopher Brablc
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:15 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing, social recruiting and other recruitment trends. In this article, we’ll be talking about mobile, affecting change, recruiters, analytics and Facebook’s most recent acquisition. We’re a little late with this article and here are other “Best Of” that you should check out: Kara Yarnot, HR Examiner and Fistful of Talent I’d also like to share the articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog Post: Your Buzzword Guide to the…
  • Your Buzzword Guide for the Recruiting Conference Season: Part 3

    Christopher Brablc
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:39 am
    In Part 1 of this series we took on some of the most popular buzzwords in today’s recruitment technology marketplace in Analytics & Big Data, Mobile Recruiting and Social Recruiting. In Part 2, we discussed Candidate Experience, Employment Brand and Employee Referrals. In today’s post, we’ll be looking at the final 3 buzzwords that you will hear in the vendor hall at the conferences you go to learn and what they are really all about.   Talent Network & Talent Community What it is: During the conference season, you’ll hear a lot about Talent Communities…
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    Business Fitness

  • Give a Little. Get a Lot. | Generosity Matters.

    Dawn Lennon
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Doing isn’t giving, although doing is required. At work we have jobs to do. The better we do them, the more likely we’ll be valued and rewarded. That’s true even if we: Dislike the tasks we’re assigned Know  the job … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode # 2 | It Starts with You.

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    What does it take to provide good supervision? That’s the question I left you with after Episode #1. The quick answer:   Stay connected to the needs of your employees. Supervisors affect the ability of employees to produce good work … Continue reading →
  • Unexpected Discoveries from Unrelated Experiences | Taking My Own Advice

    Dawn Lennon
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    Finding something of value you weren’t looking for can be thrilling, especially when it includes self-discovery. Recently, I wrote a post about how learning something unrelated to your job can actually boost your career. I figured if that advice was … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising- Episode #1 | What’s Your Take?

    Dawn Lennon
    9 Mar 2014 | 10:55 am
    Supervising  doesn’t seem that hard.  It sure didn’t to me at first. I never set out to become a supervisor, but I always paid attention to the supervisors I had, particularly what I did and didn’t like about the way … Continue reading →
  • Mistakes Are Career Assets. Capitalizing on Yours?

    Dawn Lennon
    2 Mar 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mistakes are vital to success. They’re the fuel, the awakenings, and the pathways to achievement. Each mistake is an aha moment, some more painful or illuminating than others. You need your mistakes to keep moving ahead, to get better, to … Continue reading →
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    Corn on the Job

  • 4 Ways to Rid Pre-Interview Stress

    Rich DeMatteo
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Tom Gimbel is the President and CEO of LaSalle Network, a Chicago-based staffing firm. Founded in 1998, LaSalle has served thousands of clients and candidates, placing job seekers in temporary, temporary-to-permanent and permanent positions. LaSalle is the only Illinois-based staffing firm named on the Inc. 500/5000 list for the last seven consecutive years. Read Tom’s latest on his blog, Past Five, or tweet him @TomGimbel.    April is stress awareness month (yes, it really exists!), and for the majority of jobseekers—92 percent according to a study by Everest College— find…
  • What to Wear to a Job Interview (and WHY)

    Rich DeMatteo
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Veronica Park is an author, journalist and world-traveler of many different past and future vocations. Keep an eye out for her first published novel, which will hopefully be announced soon. In the meantime, you can read about her exploits in the Caribbean and find out her opinion on pretty much everything by following her on Twitter (@VeroniKaboom) and checking out her website.   If you google the phrase “what to wear to a job interview,” you’ll get pages and pages of helpful links. If you click on the images tab, you’ll see that some helpful folks over on Pinterest have even…
  • Resume Downfalls That Prevent You From Getting That Dream Job

    Rich DeMatteo
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    From relevant job experience and achievements, to qualifications and skills, we all understand what is supposed to appear on a resume. However, many of us make the simple mistake of putting too many details on their resume. Recent research using eye-tracking software showed that head hunters spend a scant six seconds on their initial evaluation of a resume. You will want to make those precious seconds count and one way of doing that is to simplify your CV. After all, your resume is a potential employer’s first impression of you and, as the saying goes, first impressions count. Here are 5…
  • Fancy Becoming A Personal Trainer?

    Rich DeMatteo
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Fitness plays a key part in many people’s lives – whether you play competitively for a sports team or club, are a gym enthusiast or simply like to take part in some exercise once or twice a week, we all like to do what we can to keep in shape. Personal trainers are a sought after breed, dedicated to helping everyone from athletes to common folk become healthier, fitter and most importantly, feel great about themselves; personal trainers appear to have the innate ability to build confidence, overcome obstacles and help people to succeed and reach their fitness goals. Whilst a love of…
  • Why Millennials Will Continue to Take the World by Storm

    Rich DeMatteo
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Zach Groth is a senior at Ball State University. On the post-graduation job search himself, Zach has job experience in corporate, government, nonprofit and student-run organizations. You can tweet him any questions, concerns or blog ideas on Twitter at @zgroth.     I am a lazy, narcissistic and entitled 22 year old.  I am incredibly self-centered.  I only do things for others when I know that I will receive something in return.  I suck.  I am, in fact, incredibly immature.  I am sorry for being all of those things.  I really am.  Being let down is something you should…
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    The HRIS World

  • PBX, VoIP… Do All These Letters Really Matter?

    Brian Flax
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Owning a small business, or any business for that matter, comes with its fair share of challenges. When it comes to technology, there’s almost too much to choose from to keep it all straight. Think of all the different forms of technology your business requires. You most likely need a phone system, connection to the Internet, computers, printers, a local area network, and mobile devices to keep you connected while on the go. Your business’s telecommunications, and all the options available, can make for a frustrating and overwhelming experience, especially when you don’t…
  • 4 (free) Microsoft Office Excel eBooks

    Garrett O'Brien
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Download Excel eBooks Today’s employers expect you to master MS Office Excel. Seize the opportunity to refresh your Excel skills. Download these eBooks now. Excel 2010 Advanced This free Excel 2010 eBook should be used as a point of reference after following attendance of the advanced level Excel 2010 training course. Excel 2010 Introduction: Part I Excel 2010 is a powerful spreadsheet application that allows users to produce tables containing calculations and graphs. One click = 55 free management eBooks With one click you can download 55 free management eBooks in one ZIP file. It’s…
  • April Webcasts

    Press Releases
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    TUNE IN. PLUG IN. LOG IN….HR education at work, at home and on the go. Stay on top of the latest HR practices, technologies, and trends in your HR specialty with these 60 minute webcast presentations by HR experts. Earn credits for HRCI and WorldatWork (Compensation/Benefits/Wellness only) recertification and IHR certification all at once! * 5 webcasts and 1 Virtual Conference per month for free membership OR upgrade for UNLIMITED e-Learning! The Top 5 Game Changers in Elearning and What They Can Do for You April 2, 2014 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Cindy Simms — Skillsoft iMeet for…
  • Tips for Hiring a Company Attorney to Defend Your Business in Sticky Situations

    Brian Flax
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Asking Questions is One Thing Asking the Right Questions is Another Altogether When you own a business, you must make many decisions that can impact your bottom line and increase your operating expenses. These decisions include hiring employees, an accountant to handle your finances, and even an attorney to defend your business. If you find yourself in a legal battle and you don’t already have an attorney, it may be too late. It’s important to stay on top of issues that may arise in the workplace and be prepared to defend your business and employees if need be. You never know what…
  • 5 Pointers for Businesspeople Who Despise Public Speaking

    Brian Flax
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Public Speaking  Can Be Comfortable Are we not comfortable when we have accomplished something repetitively? For many people, speaking in public comes naturally; for others, it can be a nerve-wracking experience. If public speaking is a part of your job duties, it can be hard to avoid. In fact, for entrepreneurs, public speaking can make or break a successful business. Luckily, if you despise public speaking, there are tools you can use to help get over your fear and turn it into a positive experience. Let’s take a look at five pointers for businesspeople who despise public speaking,…
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  • How FocusAssist Works

    David Kaminsky
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    In a live training environment, generally a real life trainer works with one or more trainees to educate them on the training material. One benefit of this is that the trainer has a good sense of a trainee’s level of engagement. For instance, if a trainee were to fall asleep or be playing with their phone and not paying attention it would be quite obvious in a live training session. Conversely, trainees can show their positive engagement by asking or answering questions in a live training environment. In online training getting this feedback is much trickier. FocusAssist is a feature…
  • Should You Replace Classroom with Online Training?

    Bill Cushard
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Online training is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. First, as organizations become more dispersed, classroom training becomes a larger challenge as employees work in offices (and at home) all over the world. Second, online training tools have become so easy to use that the effort it takes to produce online training has dropped dramatically. This shift begs the question, “Should I be replacing classroom training with online training?” For some, the answer is yes. For others, the answer is a resounding no. I think we should be asking a different question. We should be asking…
  • Interview with Misha McPherson, Director of Worldwide Sales Enablement, Marketing Software company

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Misha McPherson is director of worldwide sales enablement with a San Francisco-based provider of cloud-based digital marketing software. She is responsible for creating and managing the onboarding and ongoing sales training for 250 field sales personnel worldwide. Prior to this, McPherson was director of global learning and development at Yammer, and also held senior sales training management positions at Monster and Yahoo!. You can follow Misha on Twitter at: @MishaMcP Mindflash: How does your company fit into the space of marketing technology? MM: We help orchestrate marketers across…
  • Improve Your eLearning Review Cycles with Prototypes

    Bill Cushard
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
    In any business that creates physical products, prototypes are used to show an early example of a product so people can visualize it. Inventors live by the prototype, producing early examples of inventions to test and to gather feedback. In product development, prototypes are critical so people can see what is being created. Why should eLearning be any different?  It shouldn’t be. But with traditional eLearning authoring tools, it is time consuming and difficult to publish an early version of an eLearning course for people to review. It is especially difficult for reviewers who do not have…
  • 6 eLearning and Online Training Books You Should Read

    Bill Cushard
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:03 pm
    For anyone who wants to be as great as they can be in a chosen field, reading books on the subject is critical to one’s development. Whenever I see a blog or article listing important books, I read the article. And more often than not, I read one or more of the books from the list. It is a key part of how I stay current in my field.  Below is a short list of books I think every eLearning designer should read. Each brings a slightly different angle to the subject, and each book can be used differently to build your eLearning and online training skills. If you have not read any of these…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Lessons in Effective Leadership — It’s Feeding Time at the Zoo

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Being a leader is like being in a zoo exhibit. You’re in a contained environment with a captive audience — and they’re waiting to see who you play well with and who you don’t, who you bash over the head and who or what you eat for lunch!   Just because you’re a leader. It doesn’t matter if they report to you or not. It doesn’t matter if they like you or not. It doesn’t matter that they really don’t know anything about you. They watch you and they take their cues from you. Monkey see, monkey do. As a leader, one of the biggest things you can forget about is not…
  • How to Put the “Success” Back into Succession Planning

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    When I think about succession planning, a simple expression usually comes to mind — maybe you’ve heard it... “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”  While it’s generally recognized that succession planning should be a key component of every talent management strategy, the plain truth is that organizations fail to plan for it. So what’s the issue? For many organizations, creating a good succession management plan might seem, well, a  little daunting — fraught with too many variables, too many separate tasks, too many hands in the process, and too much administration. As…
  • Learning from the Forgetting Curve

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    It happens to everyone. You attend training or a conference. You return to work enlightened and inspired. You commit to acting on what you’ve learned. And the next day, you can barely remember the title of the event. Welcome to the forgetting curve. Forget about it! Nearly 150 years ago, Hermann Ebbinghaus introduced a small image with big impact. Now known as the ’forgetting curve,’ the result of Ebbinghaus’ research vividly demonstrates how quickly we lose new knowledge or learning following a training event. Ebbinghaus quantified the exponential nature of forgetting. He found that…
  • How to Successfully Transition into the Role of HR Strategist

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Human resources strategy and technology are inextricably intertwined. Let me expand on what I mean. When new chief HR officers (CHROs) are contemplating the shift from a management to an executive position, one of the first questions they’ll often ask is: “How do I find time to be strategic when I am so overwhelmed by the day-to-day workload involved in administering an HR function?” As you can imagine, if you happen to be the individual asking the question, the answer is not a simple one. But don’t despair. There are some things you can do to make the shift from manager to executive,…
  • How to Get Managers to Love HR’s Reward Practices

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Even the best reward practices can be undermined if managers lose respect for the system. A reward system needs to not only to be fair, efficient and reasonable, it needs to be seen as such. Given the emotions and technical complexity associated with reward practices, this isn't easy! Even the best run pay systems have problems when managers or employees: Feel they're underpaid, based on anecdotal information Mistakenly think that job evaluation values the wrong things Think HR’s rigid rules are preventing them from attracting, retaining or motivating talent Think they're owed a meaningful…
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  • My Life Won’t Be The Same

    Lance Haun
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Dear Elida, You joined us just a week ago. While the timing was a little off, we were happy to see your screaming face at 6:26 AM on an otherwise nondescript Tuesday morning. Your mom got more sleep than I did the night before you came, though it probably wasn’t the most relaxing. I sat up in the world’s least comfortable bed contemplating everything I thought I had a few weeks to figure out. Of course, everyone tells you that your life is going to change once your first child arrives. A week in, I can tell you that in a very real sense, it has. It was everything promised to us.
  • Five Ways to Manage Your Content and Maximize Your Influence

    Lance Haun
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:20 am
    I’ve seen a few people talk about the fact that they have (or don’t have) access to LinkedIn’s latest “thing that isn’t job searching”: LinkedIn Influencer. Now, like other business celebrities, you too can exert your influence on the multitudes of LinkedIn users. You create content on LinkedIn, LinkedIn’s algorithms hopefully share it far and wide, and then you become influential. I won’t pick on LinkedIn too much — though I will note that if everyone is an influencer, no one really is — but it’s the same thing I’ve seen with…
  • Forced Resignations and Other Noble HR Myths

    Lance Haun
    11 Dec 2013 | 6:47 am
    This week, I read a story on ESPN about how Mack Brown, coach of the University of Texas football team, is going to resign this week: The source reiterated Brown would not be coaching at Texas in 2014. “By the end of the week, that will be the outcome,” the source told ESPN. “That will happen. It’s a shame after 16 years he’s not able to do it on his own with dignity and grace.” I have no idea if it will actually happen, but that part about doing it on his own terms, with dignity and grace? Yeah I’ve heard that song and dance before. Coaches get fired…
  • This Surprising 20 Second Video Explains the Decline of Journalism

    Lance Haun
    2 Dec 2013 | 6:51 am
    Sorry, you were tricked. There is no video. But before you go, you should realize that when you click on stories with this kind of title, you’re always being tricked. When people talk about consumption in the US, they often talk about the mindless stuff we buy. The biggest offender in these critic’s minds are these Black Friday type of events where people stand in line for hours to save a few hundred dollars on a bigger TV. And there is even more outrage about stores that are open on Thanksgiving now for shopping. When I think about awful consumption patterns though, I think the…
  • Sourcing: Beyond Cool Tools to Talent Acquisition Evolution

    Lance Haun
    3 Oct 2013 | 1:57 pm
    I’m a big fan of cool tools. I have an iPad Mini and a Pebble watch. I’m typing this on a Chromebook (and I can’t wait to get the HP Chromebook 14). If there is a writing app out there, I’ve tried it. If there’s a note taking app, I’ve tried it as well. Both usually get relegated because of my love for Google Docs. As we are wrapping up SourceCon though, what stuck out to me wasn’t so much the latest tips and tools to help those closest to the ground. The biggest takeaway was that sourcing — as a defined, widespread function across multiple…
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  • Small Business Sales Strategy: 3 Methods That Work!

    Mike Kappel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    After World War II and graduating from engineering school, my dad invented one of the very first spray valves for paint cans back in 1960. He formed a company (Univalve Corporation). Dad designed the valves and assembly equipment. He held the patents on the product designs. He had the tooling built (injection molds) to produce the valves. He hired workers. He did the engineering, operations, and the sales for Univalve. He also tried funding everything himself. My father did all of this for years, while having a wife and four kids at home. Naturally, he was in up to his eyeballs and eventually…
  • Payroll Taxes Cost U.S. Small Business Owners Valuable Time

    Shalleen Mayes
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Some U.S. small business owners are spending up to three workweeks per year just handling payroll taxes for their companies, according to a new survey by the National Small Business Association (NSBA). Results from the NSBA’s 2014 Small Business Taxation Survey showed that while 60% of small businesses handle payroll on their own, 11% spend more than 10 hours a month on the administration of payroll taxes. Another 43% spent three to 10 hours a month on the tasks, the survey showed. Doug Simmons, who handles payroll tax filings and deposits for customers at Patriot Software, Inc.,…
  • Turn a Convention “Lemon” into Lemonade!

    Mike Kappel
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Leg wrestling saves a convention? My second company, Top Echelon Network, has held numerous conventions every year since 1989. We want our customers to have the chance to meet — and to create memories together. As was customary, in September/October of 1998 we were conducting three mini-conventions in three different cities, back-to-back, three Saturdays in a row. We had meetings, seminars, and guest speakers for our customers all day Saturday. Each Saturday evening, we would organize dinner, open bar, and some sort of entertainment (e.g., a band playing live music). This particular…
  • Has Business Gotten Harder?

    Mike Kappel
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Business has always been challenging, but I personally feel that business is getting harder. It’s harder to start a business than it was 27 years ago. It’s harder to make money. First obstacle: Regulations There are requirements on new businesses that can suffocate innovation as seen in this Time magazine article: “Health Officials Bravely Shut Down Rogue 11-Year-Old Cupcake Magnate.” A little girl was baking cupcakes at home and selling them, and health officials shut her down. What’s next? … the neighborhood lemonade stand? Nowadays, there are more taxes…
  • Do Salary Increases Cause an Entitlement Mindset?

    Mike Kappel
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Most companies conduct their employee performance reviews once a year. We prefer to do reviews every six months. 6-month cycle Why every six months? Because it forces us to recognize achievements and snuff out problems. And, we almost always issue raises (or cash bonuses) at the same time. Conducting performance reviews every six months is painful for managers, but it’s better for each individual worker. The six-month cycle has helped us stay in touch with our employees’ needs and support employee retention. Economic downturns We have passed out raises in some economic downturns, but not…
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • How to Source a CEO

    The Recruiters Lounge
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    I received an interesting update recently. Well, “interesting” from a sourcing perspective. A new dotcom debuted recently for CEOs. Its called dotCEO. Details below. dotCEO for Leaders from PeopleBrowsr San Francisco – Friday 28 March, 2014 – PeopleBrowsr, owner of the registry operator for new Top Level Domain dotCEO, has announced General Availability. dotCEO domain addresses and identities […]
  • The Recruiting Tools The Pros Use

    The Recruiters Lounge
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:39 am
    Ever wonder what top recruiting professionals use? Here are what some of them have to say. Can I suggest another? try eGrabber’s Account Researcher tool. Related PostsOutsourcing Human Resources – Pros and ConsHR Morning Survey Reveals Overwhelming Support for Romney from HR ProfessionalsHiring Managers and make-believeHow HR uses Social MediaThe Pros and Cons of Telecommuting […]
  • Atlanta Technology Angels Kicks Off Active Q1 With Investment In Five Companies

    The Recruiters Lounge
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Team Growth, Community Involvement and Investment Activity Set Tone for Vibrant Year March 17, 2014 — Atlanta – Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA), the entrepreneur’s gateway to smart capital, announced today an impactful Q1, marked by increased investment activity, the addition of new team members and ongoing engagement with the local Atlanta entrepreneur ecosystem. The movement […]
  • Employed For life: An Interview with Dr. Tracey Wilen [podcast]

    The Recruiters Lounge
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I interviewed Dr. Tracey Wilen, the author of “Employed for Life: 21st Century Career Trends” in this episode of “The Jim Stroud Show.” We discussed the world of work from a 21st century perspective and how much has changed from the days of the baby boomers, how new generations are making an impact, unforeseen ramifications […]
  • How much does a hire cost?

    The Recruiters Lounge
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    What is your cost per hire? Is it going up or declining? Curious as to what the national average is? Software Advice, in partnership with the National Human Resources Association, has been running a survey on companies’ external hiring costs. Specifically, they have been looking at advertising and marketing. Click here to take the survey […]
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    Virtual Teams Guide

  • Virtual Team Comic Relief: Look At Me, I’m Tworking!!!

    AIM Strategies® Team
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:34 pm
    “Exactly when did the crazy cat lady drop off this box of kittens to manage?” you ask yourself after another epic fail to reach your virtual team. Sure you handpicked them, sure you love their energy, and sure you benefit from your global footprint, but are you asking too much for a little communication now and then? Just as you are about to take extreme measures, Michael, your friend and colleague, who served alongside you in the trenches when you were both wide-eyed junior executives, enters your office with a supportive “Dude, your frustration is palpable. What’s up?”…
  • Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails – Part 2

    AIM Strategies® Team
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:58 pm
    You may recall our recent post describing a scenario not uncommon to most teams – multiple complications with an added network failure to liven things up. If you didn’t get a chance, you can read it here, Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails, before continuing with Part 2 below. (We don’t want to spoil the story for you.)   So the question posed in Part 1 was “What occurred during the 30-minute call?” How is it possible to solve a client’s issues in just thirty minutes? True, thirty minutes isn’t a lot of time if you think about…
  • Workplace Trends: Green, Green, My Staff Is Green

    AIM Strategies® Team
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Green Staff – Now that could mean a lot of things, right?  Maybe they just fell off a turnip truck, maybe they are envious of your new office furniture…or maybe, just maybe…they are among the 2.9 million US telecommuters who save 390 million gallons of gas and prevent the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gas yearly according to Telework Research Network (TRN).   Telecommuting is increasing for many reasons. Employee demand for more flexible work environments could be one reason. Real estate footprint reductions caused by rising lease costs could be another,…
  • Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails

    AIM Strategies® Team
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:52 pm
    t’s 12 noon, the in-person Chicago meeting you led just ended; the client wants answers; John is heading home from the UK office; Seiko in Japan is asleep; you’re expected in Atlanta for dinner with your spouse and your spouse’s boss; and the network just went down.  These are real-world issues for the 21st century executive.  What do you do next?  You’ve built your team’s success around work/life balance and choosing an approach inconsistent with those values could be dangerous. However, losing valuable client business would be equally devastating.   Fortunately,…
  • 4 Tips For Finding The Best Coach For You

    Yael Zofi
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Winter comes and goes, but a quality executive coach weathers all seasons.   We just released the latest edition of our signature AIM® Newsletter featuring a piece on choosing an executive coach. Many of you have shared that it is not easy to find a person who ‘gets you’ from a business perspective, understands your capabilities, and has your interest in mind when offering advice. In this eNews segment, I provide tips to assist your search!   Choosing to work with an executive coach is more important than ever. Why? Many companies have shed the responsibility for…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • GT Alert — Student-Athletes or Statutory Employees?

    Paul J. Murphy
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    In a closely-watched decision, a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board ruled on March 26, 2014 that football players receiving scholarships at Northwestern University are “employees” and eligible to unionize. This landmark decision marks a potential change in Board law that could possibly alter the landscape of union organizing; at least regarding private colleges and universities. Higher Education institutions should be proactive and at least begin thinking about the many and varied issues presented by the Northwestern case as it percolates through the NLRB and court…
  • GT Alert — Join the Party. Another California-based Former Employee Challenges Out-of-State Company’s Non-Compete Provisions as Unfair Business Practice

    Daniel T. McCloskey
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    If your client has California operations and isn’t aware, it could end up like the employer did in Shomit James v. Globus Medical, Inc. James demonstrates that the competition in California for talent remains high, that competitors are increasingly aggressive about hiring employees your client may think are “locked up,” and will offensively challenge standard non-compete, no-hire and non-solicitation provisions with declaratory relief actions.  James serves as a valuable reminder of what is becoming an established practice in California — former employees (often bankrolled by…
  • Administration Sets Stage to Increase Number of Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay

    David Long-Daniels
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:22 am
    On March 13, 2014, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline … existing overtime regulations.” Although not mentioned directly in the Memorandum, the purpose behind the directive is to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay by making it more difficult for workers to qualify for exemptions from the FLSA’s overtime protections. In a brief speech before signing the Memorandum, the President opined that “millions of Americans aren’t getting the extra pay they deserve ……
  • Will Your Company Be Wearing New SOX? – Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Privately-Held Companies

    Michael J. Slocum
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    In a highly-anticipated decision having far-ranging impact for privately owned employers, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the whistleblower protections under § 1514A of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) extend not only to employees of publicly-held companies, but also to the employees of the privately-held “contractors” who provide services to public companies.  Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3 (March 4, 2014).  This means that privately owned companies face lawsuits from employees asserting claims of retaliation for having reported fraud or other wrongful conduct prohibited by…
  • Philadelphia Law Creates New Employee Rights, Employer Obligations Concerning Pregnancy and Related Medical Conditions

    Kelly Dobbs Bunting
    19 Feb 2014 | 10:17 am
    On January 20, 2014, the Philadelphia Mayor enacted an amendment to the City Code that requires the city employers “to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee for needs related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.”  The provisions of the new City amendment are triggered if the employee requests such accommodations, and if it would not cause an undue hardship to the employer to provide them.  § 9-1128(1). Reasonable accommodations under the new law “include, but are not limited to restroom breaks, periodic rest for those who stand for long periods of…
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    HR C-Suite

  • Changing the Organizational Culture

    Dave Jones
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A company is the sum total of its people and its culture. This is why it is impossible to separate the two without affecting both entities. Similarly, it is important to understand that this relationship between people and culture is the main reason why the people so vigorously oppose any changes to the culture. Changes in […]
  • Manager HR Skills: Hiding the Problem

    Lynne Curry, Ph.d., SPHR
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Question: I was fired for doing my best. I worked for my company for 18 years. I was promoted to a senior position because my managers trusted me to handle problems. That’s what I was fired for, for handling a problem, exactly what I was paid to do. An insecure, newly hired female employee pulled […]
  • Virtual CHRO: How to Tell if a Company Has Soul

    Tresha Moreland
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    So you joined the leadership ranks to make a difference. You wanted to be a part of something bigger than yourself. You wanted to help people grow, develop and succeed. The question is what if the company you joined, or soon will join, doesn’t align with that overall goal you set for yourself? Worse, what […]
  • Strategies to Put E-negotiations Under Control

    William Taylor
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fewer negotiations these days are taking place in person, sitting face to face across a table. Today, typical negotiations are apt to take place over e-mail or Skype. This high tech version of negotiating is called e-negotiation, and tactics for getting a good deal in this venue are a bit different than in old school […]
  • Agility: A Critical Capability For Today’s Businesses

    Rosanna Nadeau, SPHR
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As a dog owner and lover, when I hear the word “agility” I first think about dogs, and the obstacle courses they are trained to navigate competitively.  Then there’s a favorite video of a squirrel running an obstacle course to get nuts.  These are fun examples of how animals change what they do and how […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • Keeping A Secret

    Chuck Csizmar
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Are the employees in your organization aware of their salary grade, of the minimum, midpoint and maximum values of their salary range?Do they know where their job stands in the company's hierarchy (mine is bigger than "x," but smaller than "y")? In effect, do they know how they and their job are being valued within the company's compensation program? If they don't know, why not? Is this privileged information, tightly held by Human Resources and only doled out in small drips, when asked?Is it on a "need to know" basis, and sometimes the employee…
  • Will a Word to the Wise Be Sufficient?

    Margaret O'Hanlon
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Employee pay has become a trending topic in the media and online. Last week, the President celebrated Equal Pay Day in the shadow of a report from the Office of Personnel Management addressing the overall gender pay gap for white-collar occupations. There have been two executive orders meant to push federal contractors on pay equity. A Paycheck Fairness Act didn't make it through the Senate. The minimum wage is promising to be in the news for the near future, with the most recent action happening in Alaska where there's a tentative approval to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour…
  • Terms of Engagement

    Laura Schroeder
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    The research firm i4cp recently released a new report on the practices that boost employee engagement and market performance.  Members can read the report here but for non-members, here is a summary of the practices that drive higher levels of engagement: Use onboarding to assimilate new employees into the culture - New hire orientation is a great way to engage new employees and reinforce their decision to join your company.  If you’d like some more tips about getting the most out of new hire orientation, Ben Eubanks of Upstart HR fame put together a popular - and free - eBook that you…
  • Power Curves, Pro Football and Rewarding the Stars

    Ann Bares
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Editor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Howard Risher. Wow!  I’ve taught basic stats several times and studied graduate level economics. I have to admit I had never heard of a Paretian distribution – the power law distribution -- until I read Jacque Vilet’s recent post.  As I think about her argument, I’m sure she’s correct.  But from my perspective she is also wrong. The normal distribution is irrelevant to the management of people.  Its use dates to World War I and the selection of men into the US Army.  When large numbers of people are…
  • Reverse the Purse: Get More Benefit from Investing in Spot Awards than Annual Incentives

    Derek Irvine
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    WorldatWork, Deloitte Consulting and Vivient Consulting recently released results of an October 2013 survey of more than 350 publicly traded companies, 190 mostly large private, for-profit companies, and 175 nonprofit and government organizations. Results show employee incentive plans (as they term them) are alive and well (see the chart below and click through for the full report to see the full definitions for each of type of program). Considering the type of organization, I can’t say I’m surprised at the balance or use of the specific program by organization type. That makes sense to…
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    TriNet Blog

  • Addressing the Heartbleed Vulnerability

    David Organt
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    ​The recent “Heartbleed” vulnerability and its surrounding media coverage has generated widespread concern about the security of website encryption. This vulnerability initially left the majority of... Visit site for full story...
  • HR Compliance – Time to Put on Your SOX

    Jay Pimentel
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    The life of being a small to medium-sized business (SMB) just got more complicated. For years since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”), SMBs generally thought the legislation only applied to... Visit site for full story...
  • Five Things to Consider When Creating a Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy

    Elizabeth Perlak
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Creating a vacation policy for your company seems like a relatively simple task, yet it can quickly become confusing and complicated. With no federal laws in the US requiring employers to provide... Visit site for full story...
  • Termination of H-1B Employees: What is the employer’s responsibility?

    TriNet Ambrose HR Services Team
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Ending an employment relationship is difficult enough on its own, but what happens when the employee is here on an H-1B visa? Depending on the reason for termination, you as the employer have several... Visit site for full story...
  • Starting Off Right: How to Hire on the Right Foot

    Jeffery Fermin
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    You thought you had covered all your bases when you began your startup. You envisioned an office space, a perfectly branded product and the happy faces of satisfied customers. It all seemed so... Visit site for full story...
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    Fresh Tracks» BLOG

  • Why 80% of Managers are in the Wrong Job

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    For many ambitious employees the addition of the word manager to their job title is a proud moment.  It conveys success, status and power.  And rightly so. Line managers have more influence on employee productivity, engagement and retention than pay, work place conditions and even senior mangement. Over 80% of managers are unsuitable It’s therefore very concerning to discover that according to Gallup, 82% of those bearing the title aren’t up to the job! Here are some of the main reasons why line managers under perform: Failure to make decisions or decisions based on political…
  • Top 5 Team Building Activities

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    As team away days start to appear in 2014 diaries here’s a list of what’s likely to be adding some fun and bonding to this year’s off-site. Take a look at our top 5 team activities and the benefits they could provide for your team… 5.  The Toy Factory makes a difference to less fortunate children as teams create handmade wooden toys. Outcomes – values, pride, see the softer side of colleagues, explore manufacturing processes and find time to talk to one another. 4.  Film Making is a great way to get teams to examine, understand and support a new product, change…
  • 8 Daily Habits of Successful Leaders

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    If your inbox and meeting schedule is dominating your working life, here are some habits adopted by successful leaders that enable them to retain a fresh perspective and intellectual edge. Is your schedule taking over your life? Read our tips below on how to retain a fresh perspective… Get out in the field – Management by walking about tends to illicit far more accurate information than reports and spreadsheets.  At Pret a Manger each member of head office staff has a buddy store where they regularly spend a day making sandwiches and listening to staff on the front line.
  • Richard Branson says “Have fun and look after your team”, We couldn’t agree more…

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:42 am
    Recently, Richard Branson’s top tips for success have gone viral. Here at Fresh Tracks, we’re thrilled that he’s identified the importance of having fun with his team, something we agree with wholeheartedly. Have you read Richard Branson’s top tips for success? If you would like to follow his lead then get in contact to see how we can help develop your team and have fun in the process.
  • Have fun: do good

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    We agree with the folks at when they say ‘fun can obviously change behaviour for the better’  Take a moment to enjoy their film of the World’s Deepest Bin and call us to find out how having fun together could improve your workplace.
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  • How Hiring Managers Search Through Your Social Media Pages

    Catherine Palmiere
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Social media is everywhere and everyone is using it, but necessarily for the same reasons. As a jobseeker, you’ve probably heard it: what you post on social media can hurt your job search. Hiring managers are turning to the Internet to research potential employees and many sources point to those profiles as offering up reasons not to hire candidates.  What Hiring Managers are Looking For: Your online portrayal. If they hire you, managers know that you’ll reflect on them, so the way you’re represented online is important. They’ll look for your own posts as well as images and posts…
  • Dealing with a Bad Seed: Why You Need to Get Rid of Bad Employees Quickly

    Catherine Palmiere
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    A bad attitude, poor performance or a poor fit with the company’s culture – if employees show any of these attributes, it can be dangerous to keep them in your company. A bad employee hurts your company by slowing production or affecting the quality of your product. The worst kind of bad employee causes problems for the people they work with, their managers and sometimes even customers.  If you’ve hired someone and have begun to see these attributes, it’s essential that you remove them from your company quickly. Protect Your Company from Bad Seeds with These Steps Vet potential…
  • Advantages to Training Employees for Specific Positions

    Catherine Palmiere
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    If you’ve ever gotten into the situation where your internal recruiting, social media and traditional advertising of an open position has failedthen you know it can be frustrating. This can be true especially after several months when you need a position filled. When this happens, one of the best things you can do is change you approach to hiring. Instead of trying to find a person to fit a specific set of criteria, look for a great applicant who may not have all the necessary skills but who can be trained to perform to have them. This may sound like …
  • Want to Improve Your Job Search? Then Make Sure to Mind Your Manners

    Catherine Palmiere
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The workplace has changed quite a bit over the past decade. With the advances in technology, communication is faster and easier, and this has led to shifts in the way people act toward one another. When it comes to applying for jobs, an applicant can have the perfect skill set and experience, but if their manners aren’t up to par, they could stand out from other applicants in the worst way. Here are a few pointers that can show your manners and set you apart. Etiquette Tips to Employ in Your Job Search Take the Time to Write a Personalized …
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    Compensation Insider

  • Social media and C&B : are you one of the brave few ?

    Sandrine Bardot
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Catching up on some reading I found this post from fellow HR blogger and consultant Nicole Le Maire very interesting. In Social Media for Human Resources professionals ? Really !, Nicole reacts to the results of a survey by Carter Morris on how people working in HR use social media. She was shocked by some […]
  • 7 red lines, some with green ink [video]

    Sandrine Bardot
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:38 pm
    A quick one today to share a funny video that many C&B and HR people will be able to relate to. It’s called “The expert”. When I first saw it I was immediately remembered of past conversations about Long Term Incentive Plans design – you’ll soon see why Don’t miss the moment at 3’15, when […]
  • Do you want to try and win a free pass to the C&B Forum in Dubai this June ?

    Sandrine Bardot
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The Compensation & Benefits Forum 2014 organised by IIRME (now to be called Informa) will take place on June 8 -12 in Dubai, and I am honoured to be one of the speakers again. Compensation Insider is also the official blog partner of the Forum, and I am write the report summarizing the findings from […]
  • The Carnival of HR – International edition

    Sandrine Bardot
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Today is a new experience for me, and to say that I am excited to host the Carnival of HR for the first time would be a massive understatement ! The Carnival gives readers a chance to read articles from many different HR writers, all put together in one post. So when I had the […]
  • Want to join me as I deliver my first public course on C&B in Dubai ?

    Sandrine Bardot
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:26 am
    I am very excited today to announce that I will deliver my first-ever public course on Compensation & Benefits very soon in Dubai ! “Deciphering C&B to make it work for your organisation” is a 2-day training taking place on March 24 and 25 at The Address Dubai Mall, in exclusive partnership with TPS World […]
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    TargetRecruit Solutions Blog

  • Applicant Tracking System – Is it Worthwhile for Staffing Companies

    Reena Gupta
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is no more a luxury for staffing companies but it has become an imperative system for proper functioning. It works in conjunction with online job application to monitor and manage applicants for your online jobs. It is an application which enables end to end electronic handling of staffing and recruitment process. Why IT Recruitment firms rely on Applicant Tracking System? Cutting Edge Advantage: Enterprise are finding ways to gain candidate information to avoid duplication of various IT recruiting firms, history of the candidate and to generate a repository…
  • Revolutionary Staffing Solution – It’s Time to Change

    Reena Gupta
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    Life is going to be tougher with the changing dynamics of day-to-day needs and hassle of everyday lifestyle. So is the scenario of professional liabilities and working conditions. With the changing needs and ecosystem of various industries, new tools and technologies have stepped in for simplifying the work process. Staffing industry is no more exception and it has witnessed a revolutionary phase manifesting adaption of newest technologies. Have you ever thought how automation of business processing can bring a great comfort in your professional lives? Is there any solution to the growing…
  • How Applicant Tracking System is Simplifying Staffing Firms’ Recruitment Process

    Reena Gupta
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:25 am
    Now-a-days organizations working in different vertical, especially technology and startups, are bearing the brunt of economic fluctuation! This has forced the production teams of these firms to redefine their workflows, re-design their IT solutions and constantly assess these IT solutions for its cost-effectiveness and efficiency. All these needs have engineered the automation of entire hiring process that includes browsing stacks of resumes, short listing, retaining the data, conducting interviews, etc. This led to development of Applicant Tracking System that offers exactly the right…
  • Increase Your Profits and Solidify Your Position in the Staffing Industry with SaaS-based Staffing Solution

    Reena Gupta
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:46 am
    The staffing industry has been witnessing a huge surge over the last few years due to a variety of innovative technology and automation initiatives in the industry. Staffing Industry Analysts predict that relevant technology choices and effective adoption practices are key to the success of staffing firms over the next five years. Let’s take an in depth look at how your company can use technology to overcome the challenges being presented by the industry! Generates New Sources of Revenue It has been estimated by Staffing Industry Analysts that U.S. staffing revenue will reach $160 billion…
  • How Customized Staffing Solution is Becoming a Game Changer

    Reena Gupta
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:27 am
    Uniqueness is what we all crave for! Every individual has its own set of preferences, choices and tastes, so are businesses! Every business has a different set of rules, services, products, way of functioning, guidelines and unique development phases and even their objectives. Have you ever considered some unique software that can be completely customized to meet your recruitment and staffing needs? Probably not! But now this is possible! Amazed, how? Simple, by customization! There are staffing and recruitment software like TargetRecruit that is conceptualized and engineered with an aim to…
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    Online Flat Fee Recruitment

  • No Eeyores in this office!!

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    So, in this week’s episode of The Call Centre we saw Nev trying to develop his staff, not only at the office, but personally  too. Initiatives like this can be seen as a bit ‘in your face’, but do they actually yield … Continue reading →
  • Hurrah – Nev is back!!

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    That Marmite of TV shows BBC3′s The Call Centre is back for a second series. We universally loved it in Hunt4Staff Towers and wondered what changes will have occurred on Planet Nev in the past year. What we didn’t expect … Continue reading →
  • Jemima’s Blog – Part 3

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    So, I finally made it through this week. To be honest with you I have no idea how I managed it… As much as I do not wish to be disclosing this information publicly – I am going to admit … Continue reading →
  • The Importance of the Cover Letter

    Ian Greensmith
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    We have run this blog before, but barely a day goes by without us seeing a promising CV being let down by a very poor, or even non-existent, cover letter. So, we thought it was worth a re-run. We recently … Continue reading →
  • Government Launches ‘Think Autism’

    Ian Greensmith
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Norman Lamb MP, Care and Support Minister (pictured right), has today launched a Government initiative on World Autism Awareness Day. The Department of Health, in conjunction with six other departments, has driven the study Think Autism,  and is the Government’s update to … Continue reading →
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • Mitigate Risks in ‘Bring-Your-Own-Device’ Workplaces

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Widespread access to mobile technologies is encouraging more employers to adopt a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in the workplace. In some cases, the transition is happening without a specific mandate from the employer.  When employees bring their personal smartphones, tablets and computers and connect them to the corporate IT network it is inevitableRead full story...
  • Trouble over Social Media Posts? Privacy Matters

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Social media participation has complicated the lives of many; making it a fitting example of technology being a boon and a bane!  It is estimated that more than 80% of all recruiters use social media sites to find candidates.  In fact, social media is so pervasive that the absence of a profile on LinkedIn orRead full story...
  • Where Can I Find Myself a Temporary Job?

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    When Gallup polled 1048 adults on the state of the job market, 68% said the market now is not good for finding a quality job, while 28% were more optimistic. Though optimism went up by 3 points to 31% when workers between 30-49 years were polled; workers with higher education levels were found less optimisticRead full story...
  • Temporary Talent Acquisition Trends – 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    The use of temporary help services is forging new records, as it grew to nearly 2.8 million in January, 2014 from 2.6 million in January, 2013. Temporary employment growth is strongest in in healthcare, business professionals and support staff, and engineering and manufacturing. Among the factors driving this growth are inflation, total employment, higher numbersRead full story...
  • What to Do About the Seven VMS Implementation Killers

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of your corporate staff faster than the words, “We’re going to implement a new enterprise-wide application.”  You may be reminded of an old joke: An enthusiastic new manager assumed responsibility for implementing an enterprise software application.  The project had gotten off to a slow start, and he was taskedRead full story...
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    Your HR Buddy !!

  • Twitter Boot Camp at Dallas HR on April 22nd

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Look forward to helping HR professionals explore Twitter. Dallas HR Management Inc’s transition support committee presents Twitter Boot Camp that will help you learn and re-learn some twitter tactics for networking and personal branding. If you are in Dallas or located nearby please feel free to join us there on April 22nd at to
  • Does a fun environment alone keep your employees engaged?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Well, First of all, let me say I am a proponent of having a casual work environment where employees can be their most authentic selves. Creating a friendly work culture can make your employees wanting to work there and allow them to become more collaborative, innovative and productive. But don’t confuse employee engagement as conducting
  • Are you a hugger or not – My Networking Bloopers

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Being new to a different country or work, one of the foremost things that I always did to know and stay connected with people that I value in my profession is ‘Networking’. Be it on social media or in real life. As much as I love going to HR/Recruiting networking events and state SHRM conferences,
  • Top 50 Career Handles on Twitter

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    Companies use exclusive Recruiting handles on twitter to nurture and connect with their talent community and to share updates on upcoming  job opportunities within their organization. If you are a job seeker, following the career handle of the companies that you are interested in can help you stay tuned to their job updates and connect
  • 5 Factors that highly engaged workplaces have in common

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Building a great work culture that clearly narrates who you are as an organization starts from its own leaders and it should be part of your company’s DNA. But in a race to create that highly engaged workplace and with a goal to stand out, most organizations often copy the work culture of some of
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    The Resumator

  • Answer Your Questions with Flex Reporting

    The Resumator
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    The hiring process is packed with jobs, people and data. All those moving pieces come together to create a lot of stuff. Stuff doesn’t help you hire any better, though. Stuff won’t answer your questions. A truly effective hiring process needs to be inspected and monitored. What’s working? What’s holding us back? That’s why The Resumator just released its newest feature: Flex Reporting. Flex Reporting gives our customers the power to create dynamic reports from all of the data in the app and better understand the state of their hiring processes. You can create, save,…
  • Giving Back with Best of the Batch and Bill Campbell

    The Resumator
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Pittsburgh proud We here at The Resumator are super proud of the fact that we started in Pittsburgh, Pa – home of the best teams, best people and best spirit! We admit it, we could be biased. However, it’s no surprise that our roots have made such a huge influence in shaping who we are as a company: tenacious, hard-working, and never willing to give up. That’s why we’re beyond excited to support an opportunity to give back to it! You may have heard of Best of the Batch Foundation –  a terrific charity founded by Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, Charlie Batch. Their goal is to…
  • Facebook and Twitter Master Employee Training and Onboarding

    The Resumator
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:46 am
    Employee training and onboarding… don’t forget! Hiring great people is critical for success, but so is making sure those people have ways of focusing their talent and producing results. Employees can be smart, driven, scrappy, entrepreneurial and totally underperforming if not appropriately set up inside a system. So how good is your onboarding process? Compare it to those of Facebook and Twitter, who didn’t even use onboarding processes during their early days. Proof that it’s never too late to start improving. Developing a program for Facebook’s engineers…
  • Hiring Advice & News From Around The Web

    The Resumator
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    The week gets busier and busier, doesn’t it? So we decided to make things a little easier on you. Instead of searching for interesting hiring advice all over the web, you can find the good stuff here. Enjoy this list of our favorite articles. Hiring Advice & News 7 Questions and Answers About Recruiting With Social Media When are the best times to post? Where do all these images come from? Check out this great post to answer some of your deepest questions. The Companies Hiring The Most Right Now JPMorgan Chase and Pricewaterhouse Coopers lead the pack of these growing companies.
  • Faster Background Checks With The Resumator + Goodhire

    The Resumator
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Background Checks, brought to you by Goodhire We’re extremely proud to announce our partnership with Goodhire, a complete FCRA compliant employment screening service for small-to-medium-size businesses. Our partnership means that Pro plan users of The Resumator can now order background checks through Goodhire, right from inside The Resumator dashboard. Just take a look… Have something to say? Tell us and our thousands of readers with a comment below or on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. The post Faster Background Checks With The Resumator + Goodhire appeared first on The…
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: What I Learned About Mindful Time Management from Jim Collins

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    This month for me is all about the big push to finish the manuscript for my book that’s coming out this Fall from Wiley, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. As the title implies, my premise is that being somewhat more mindful in your approach to work and life is an effective alternative to being overworked and overwhelmed. Click headline to continue...
  • Why You Need to Learn to Lead Positive

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you are a leader struggling with keeping your team and yourself focused on the positive, you're not alone. As a matter of fact, functional MRI research shows that the neurocircuitry of the human brain is programmed so that 2/3's of initial neural activity is set to scan for what's wrong than what's right. (Podcast) Click headline to continue...
  • Mindful Mondays: How to Optimize Your Operating Rhythm

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    From the department of real life experience, here's a quick post on how to optimize your operating rhythm. As I work on a new book while maintaining a pretty full plate of work with clients, I've found that tuning into my operating rhythm is vital to getting anything done. What, you might ask, is an operating rhythm? I'm sure there are lots of definitions out there. Mine is paying attention to what kind of work matches up best with what times of the day and week. Click headline to continue...
  • What Any Leader Can Learn from Common Executive Succession Planning Mistakes

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Ever wonder how smart people make bad decisions? That can happen in lots of situations including conversations around the board of directors table about who the next CEO is going to be. In a recent conversation with Scott Saslow of the Institute of Executive Development, I got an inside look at some of the common mistakes boards of directors make on executive succession planning. In partnership with the Rock Center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Scott’s organization has released a new study on best (and worst) succession planning practices. (Audio) Click headline to…
  • Mindful Mondays: How to Get What You Really Want

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    Before we go any further, let me clarify what I mean by the title of this post. When I write “How to Get What You Really Want,” I’m not talking about a bigger house, a nicer car or a more important job. There are ways to do all of those things, of course, but, if you think about it, are any of those things what you really want? My guess is the items on your really want list are more intangible but longer lasting than any of those. It probably includes things like good health, true happiness and strong relationships with the people that matter most to you. This post is about how to get…
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  • Proposed Updates for Overtime Regulations

    Amy Van Ditti
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    On March 13, 2014, President Obama gave a directive to the Department of Labor suggesting The Fair Labor Standards Act be updated to reflect changes in our modern economy. In the directive, President Obama states, “…these regulations are outdated, millions of Americans lack the protections of overtime and even the right to the minimum wage.” The directive then proposed the following: Modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations to update existing protections consistent with the intent of the Act Address the changing nature of the workplace Simplify the regulations to make…
  • The Formula for Happiness in the Workplace

    Suzi Alligood
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    In one of the most viewed TED talks, Shawn Achor, an advocate of positive psychology and researcher who spent 12 years at Harvard studying what makes people happy, provides a fast-paced, entertaining explanation of the link between happiness and success. The focus of the research not being of the average population, but rather outliers – people who have achieved great fulfillment and success despite challenges or obstacles. Shawn discusses how certain people have developed the ability to stay positive regardless of their circumstance by changing the lens through which their brain…
  • Hiring for the Long-term: A Focus on Talent and Culture

    Amy Van Ditti
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    The following information is from an interview with Erin Lang, Human Resource Business Partner at Xenium. Hiring candidates based on their skill set and ability to fulfill the job requirements is obviously important, but for an engaged, long-term employee, hiring based on cultural fit can be equally as important. Finding Talent Job Posts – When deciding where to list your job openings, ask your high performers where they originally found the listing they applied for. These high performers are the type of employee that you want to attract and it is likely like there will be more candidates…
  • New April Workshops – Attracting & Retaining Talent and Customer Centric Cultures.

    Amy Van Ditti
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Employers recognize that in order to stay competitive in the growing marketplace they need to differentiate themselves from the competition. Successful companies focus on the vision and purpose behind their business and communicate their passion for what they do. They have strong values that support their core purpose and they instill that message across the organization, from the employees they hire to the customers they work with. Xenium’s upcoming April workshops are built around these important differentiators – Attracting & Retaining Talent and building Customer Centric…
  • Highlights from Retaining Top Talent Webinar

    Amy Van Ditti
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Attracting and retaining talent is at the top of mind for employers in 2014. While there is not a shortage of people job-seeking, the challenge has become about keeping highly skilled employees. As competition continues to increase, companies should now shine light on what makes them an employer of choice by creating a retention and recruitment strategy. As shared in the webinar, here are several areas that have proved to work for many successful companies. Culture Development: Having a great culture is key to retention and recruitment due to the fact engaged employees are less likely to…
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • How to Communicate Benefits Information During the Hiring Process

    Colin Bradley
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    As you move candidates through the interviewing and hiring process, at some point the topic of benefits comes up. Job candidates will be focused on the possible salary, but questions about benefits will be on their mind as well. Knowing how and when to talk about the benefits you offer can help you seal the deal in the hiring process as you try to attract top talent. Here are some tips for communicating benefits information to job candidates. Start with basics In your job postings, start with an overview of your benefits, especially if your company is looking to fill STEM positions, says Mike…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: This Week in Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    As usual, there’s plenty of benefits administration news to stay on top of this week. MetLife has developed a new life insurance product aimed at baby boomers, Aflac released a study stating that accident and disability benefits can lower workers’ comp claims, the ripple effects of Obamacare are still being debated, and sales of voluntary benefits continue to climb as more and more employers realize their value. Read on for more employee benefits news you need this week. Voluntary retiree life insurance offers retirement protection. Employee Benefits News: “Based on MetLife’s 12th…
  • Is Your HR Department Spending Too Much Time Managing Employee Benefits?

    Colin Bradley
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    Many companies are trying to do more with less, but there are definitely times when that approach isn’t necessarily the best. If your organization’s HR department manages employee benefits, you may be losing valuable time, money and effort that could better be spent elsewhere in the organization. Here’s what you need to know about what it takes to support employee benefits internally. Managing benefits takes time. As many human resources employees know, it takes time to manage employee benefits. And with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many HR departments are scrambling…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Voluntary Benefits Growth

    Colin Bradley
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    There have been some interesting developments in benefits this week. The “official” enrollment deadline for Obamacare has come and gone; some deadlines have been extended, but the bulk of enrollment is over. Also, LIMRA released a report showing that voluntary benefits grew by 9 percent last year, with some specific benefits showing over 13 percent growth from 2012. And, if you missed it yesterday, happy National Employee Benefits Day! Read on for more interesting employee benefits news we found this week. Voluntary sales up 9 percent last year. BenefitsPro: “Voluntary benefits grew 9…
  • 3 Employee Benefits Enrollment Options

    Colin Bradley
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Leading up to enrollment, you’ve let employees know what kinds of benefits are available to them through a variety of communication: print mailings, email, social media, dedicated websites, posters at work and so on. When it’s time to enroll, it’s a good idea to offer multiple enrollment options. There are three main ways to let employees enroll in company benefits: online, over the phone and in person. Here’s what you need to know about each one. Online enrollment Online enrollment offers several advantages to both employees and the employer. It eliminates paperwork, makes it easy to…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Online Reference Checking Solutions: Ask These Questions First (Part 1 of 3)

    Greg Moran
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    [Note: This is part 1 of a 3 part series to be posted weekly. Hope you enjoy!] If you are reading this, likely you’re thinking about making the move to using an online reference checking solution. That‘s great news, but you need to do some prep work first. In this first part of a three-part blog series, we pose 15 questions you should ask and why. Here are the first five: Does the solution allow for an easy and intuitive candidate and reference experience? Checking references is a highly valuable opportunity. In fact, when done correctly, reference checking is the single most predictive…
  • Growth Story Featured in Newspaper

    Greg Moran
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    We like to think that we are doing good things here at, but it doesn’t hurt to see others notice now and again. Nice coverage in today’s Albany Times Union (one of our local papers here in the Albany, NY area) newspaper on the success of Take a read for yourself!
  • How Much Time Are You Wasting on Reference Calls?

    Greg Moran
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that 96 percent of human resources professionals check references, yet less than 25 percent of those checks are able to produce adequate information beyond employment verification. In addition, think about the time spent playing phone tag with potential references. With the traditional phone call method of checking references, more often than not, past employers are slow to return calls. And who can blame them? With all the tasks busy professionals need to juggle these days, responding to inquiries about a past employee is a…
  • A Huge Congrats to Board Member Martin Babinec and TriNet Group

    Greg Moran
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    A massive congratulations from the whole team at to Martin Babinec for the very successful of IPO of his previous startup TriNet Group, Inc. Martin has been a longtime investor and board member in Congratulations to Martin and his whole family and great job to the team at TriNet!  
  • Is “Selection” The Next Big Thing in HR?

    Greg Moran
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Like most things in life, human resources is a work in progress. Hiring managers must continue to keep up with recruitment and retention trends or risk falling behind. So, what’s on deck for 2014? Once again, there’s a little redesign on the horizon to maintain relevance and value. A Bersin by Deloitte report, Predictions for 2014: Building a Strong Talent Pipeline for the Global Economic Recoverysays that the way HR selects candidates is under the microscope. It’s working to reinvent and expand its focus on talent acquisition. Here’s a peek into the crystal ball: As the economy…
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • 5 Companies Whose Great Cultures Saved Their Bacon

    Darcy Jacobsen
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Sooner or later, a company is bound to encounter a challenge that becomes a crisis moment. It could be something slower like adapting to a changing market—or it could be lightning fast, like sorting out a product quality nightmare. As HR folk, these are the times that try our souls and scare the stuffing out of us, because as much as we’d like to control the moment, we really can’t. These crises often strike from out of the blue, snowball quickly, and impact areas of our business we would never have predicted.  We have no control. Except that isn’t true. We actually have complete…
  • 25 Great Statistics on Employee Recognition

    Darcy Jacobsen
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Looking for some great statistics that illustrate the power of employee recognition? Here are a few that we gathered which might come in handy for you. “Nearly 75% of organizations have a recognition program (despite the fact that only 58% of employees think that their organizations have recognition programs).” (Bersin by Deloitte, The State of Employee Recognition, 2012) Career opportunities, recognition, and organization reputation are consistently top engagement drivers. (Aon Hewitt, 2012 Trends in Global Employee Engagement) “The number-one reason most Americans leave their…
  • How Good Recognition is Never a Popularity Contest

    Darcy Jacobsen
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    Once in a while I am approached by a wild-eyed reader in the grips of a terrible fear—a fear that social recognition will turn their company into a mutual admiration society or a high school popularity contest and devolve into some sort of playground ‘sharks and jets’ dodge-ball shootout. Rest assured, it is no trouble talking these folks off the ledge… because this, of course, is never what happens in real social recognition. I can tell you this from our years and years of experience in running these types of programs. But misinformation does have a way of making the rounds,…
  • 7 Quick Tips for Writing Great Recognition

    Darcy Jacobsen
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    Most everyone knows that writing recognition can be a powerful way to motivate employees. We understand that it drives engagement and affective commitment to a company and that it reinforces relationships with givers of recognition and those who add congratulations. But knowing recognition is a great idea doesn’t always mean it is easy to give. In fact, recognition comes a lot easier to some managers than to others. And I’d say one of most challenging things I hear about recognition for many managers is what the heck to write! So here’s a bit of advice to pass on to those…
  • Webinar: Effective Multi-Generational Employee Rewards and Recognition

    Darcy Jacobsen
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    Multiple generations in the workplace can be tough to manage and reward with one-size-fits-all culture methodology. All too often recognition devolves into an annual review or financial incentives that attempt to reduce effort and commitment to a cash figure. This approach misses the main points of employee recognition: positive feedback, recognition of extra effort, and the acknowledgement not just of managers, but of leaders and peers. Next week I am excited to be hosting a webinar with HR and recruiting thought leader, Meghan M. Biro, as she explores how today’s workplaces are changing,…
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    Clarity Consultants

  • 5 Elements To Integrate From Top Mobile Learning Apps

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    While there is no surefire formula for building a successful and popular learning app or platform, it can’t hurt to take a look at the successful competition and extract essential elements from their products. We decided to do just that, and found that five elements stood out from the crowd. While it isn’t possible for every platform to incorporate all five of these elements (and some may not want to), a quick look at the top ranked educational apps revealed a combination of at least five of them. Stack the States: Gamification This educational app turns learning about the 50 states into…
  • Working Effectively as a Virtual Consultant

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    If you’ve been hired to work on a home-based assignment, then you’ve entered the world of working virtually.  Here are some tips to make the transition to virtual work as smooth as possible. Working at home requires self-discipline and organization. Set up a separate, dedicated workspace away from distractions. People who have been teleworking for a long time recommend that you establish boundaries between your personal and business lives. Set expectations at the outset. Establishing project parameters with the client up front is the key to a solid working relationship. Rick Vossman, a…
  • eLearning in the 21st century

    20 Mar 2014 | 11:15 am
    eLearning is continuously evolving as technology becomes more accessible. Learning and development platforms now engage in a variety of methods that make it easier for individuals all over the world to learn at their own pace through enhanced systems. Mobile learning is now a viable option in which to receive training, study and learn while on-the-go. The culture of the 21st century is a “right now” platform, and companies who understand this notion have to consistently keep up with a changing global environment. It is important to understand how the level of engagement has…
  • Best Practices with LinkedIn Profiles

    18 Jun 2013 | 2:18 pm
    LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 200 million members and growing. While you may use Facebook or Twitter for your personal life, LinkedIn is the “go-to” network for your professional life. To get the most out of networking with LinkedIn, take a moment to make sure that your profile is as complete as it can be. Studies show that you have a greater chance of networking success when you have a complete profile. Make a Good First Impression Your headline and your photo have the most visibility, so make sure your first impression is positive. If your…
  • A Training Manager’s Tale

    17 Jun 2013 | 2:27 pm
    How Savvy L&D Managers Get More Done The day started out like any other. Trina Trainer walked into her office, laptop bag on her shoulder, balancing her Venti Caramel Macchiato while texting on her smart phone. Five minutes later, the Vice President of Sales rushed into her office, having just returned from an Educational Technology conference.  ”I know what I want for our New Hire Sales Training,” he breathlessly exclaimed. “It needs more video examples and gamification. Gamification is really hot right now.” Trina bit her lip. She knew she didn’t have any…
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    Human Resources Software

  • Why HR Should Toss the Annual Compensation Review

    Stephanie Reyes
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Most of us are familiar with the annual performance review process (whether we like it or not!). In addition to annual performance reviews, some companies also implement an annual compensation review process. Sometimes the compensation review is linked to the performance review process, and sometimes it’s not. But regardless of how it’s positioned, the annual compensation review is one potentially destructive practice. What Drives Annual Compensation Reviews? When a company chooses to review compensation on an annual basis, the decision is…
  • Working Offsite Boosts Creativity and Focus

    Stephanie Reyes
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Geographic Project, Barrie Eyre, Wikmedia Commons We recommend that vacation time be a time to unplug, unwind and recharge. Taking work on a vacation does not help with any of those objectives. On the other hand, turning remote work into something enjoyable in a vacation-like environment never hurt anyone. This is not to suggest that “workations” replace regular vacations. On the contrary, this is about doing the work you might normally do in your home office or at a co-working location on a beach, at a cottage, on your patio or even on a mountaintop. Sometimes a change of scenery…
  • Training: It Takes all Types

    Stephanie Reyes
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    In previous blog articles we’ve talked about communications styles and learning styles, but did you know that people who deliver training fall into four distinct styles as well? If you’ve ever participated in work-related training, you know that not all trainers are created equal. Some have the ability to connect with participants and lead them through the most complex material with ease, while others lose everyone at hello. Dolphin Academy, Wikimedia Commons Multiple Training Modes for Best Outcomes As a trainer, it’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses and to…
  • Spring Forward at Work

    Stephanie Reyes
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Anyone who has lived through this past winter (yes, it’s over, even if Mother Nature hasn’t quite conceded the point yet!), knows that weather can affect your mood.  From the physiological and psychological reactions to reduced daylight and perpetual cold, to acute stress caused by hazardous driving conditions and having to winter-dress children every time they leave the house; life in general is just a bit harder when facing a harsh winter. Grasshopper of the ZEBRA Stelzentheater, by Katharina on Flikr On the flip side, sunny days and balmy temperatures have been shown to…
  • Why Employees See Things Differently

    Stephanie Reyes
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    In speaking with business leaders and executives, one of the most commonly expressed concerns is the difficulty they experience in getting employees to think strategically and to consider the broader business implications of their decisions and actions. Consider, for example, time. Salvador Dali, Portrait of Time, Photograph by Julo, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Time is Money Effective business executives know that time is (literally) money. That’s why they hire employees and then delegate anything that doesn’t require their presence as a leader, their expertise or their…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • HR & Video: A Match Made in Heaven?

    China Gorman
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A recent global survey, “Global View: Business Video Conferencing Usage and Trends,” conducted by Redshift Research on behalf of Polycom, Inc. dives into recent shifts in the way HR is communicating and shaping business culture. Major discoveries of the report included the ways Human Resource executives perceive and are using video and video conferencing technology. The data suggests that a move towards video provides advantages for talent management, staffing, training, productivity and flexible work enablement.
  • 3 Benefits of Being Named to “The List”

    Jessica Rohman
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ...Including a 30% Spike in Resume SubmissionsAt our Great Place to Work® Conference last week in New Orleans, I was interested to hear two FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For® reflect on the value they’ve seen in being named to “The List.” After all, the process to apply requires a bit of effort, but the resulting ROI is well worth it—making a positive impact on employees, prospective employees, and customers alike. Leaders from NetApp and Credit Acceptance gave insight into some of the benefits associated with their List Status. 
  • The Best Recruitment Strategy? Being a Great Workplace!

    China Gorman
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A look at LinkedIn’s recently released “Talent Trends 2014” report provides some interesting data about what’s on the minds of today’s professional workforce. As the study confirms, we live in an age of unprecedented transparency. LinkedIn's platform itself provides this point, and this ever-increasing transparency is certainly changing the landscape of talent acquisition. Talent brand, which LinkedIn equates with being a great place to work, is clearly important to today’s labor pool when planning a career or a job change. This line of thought underscores why…
  • ACUITY Employees ♥ Their Workplace

    Tabitha Russell
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Announcing the We Love Our Workplace Video Contest WinnerThe 2014 Great Place to Work Conference wrapped up on Friday, when attendees had the opportunity to watch our We ♥ Our Workplace video contest finalists’ entries, choosing the winner before heading out to explore New Orleans! The five creative, emotional and funny videos helped reinforce what the conference, and Great Place to Work mission, are all about. After much anticipation, we’re excited to announce the winner of the contest.
  • Can’t Attend the Conference? Watch it Live!

    Tabitha Russell
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tune into the Great Place to Work Conference LivestreamThe eleventh annual Great Place to Work® Conference begins tomorrow in New Orleans, and we can’t wait to meet the attendees who are passionate about creating great workplaces. This year’s agenda is packed with informative breakouts and inspiring keynotes (in addition to plenty of opportunities to celebrate!). While we’re excited to kick things off, we want everyone that can’t make it to New Orleans to join us virtually for the main stage experience.  
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    Human Resources Blog

  • How to Excel as A Mentor

    Lauren Levine
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    When someone taps you to be their mentor, it’s both an honor and a responsibility. Your guidance and feedback can truly shape this individual’s career and help them to grow both personally and professionally. If you want to become a valuable mentor, consider using these strategies: Give criticism, but position it properly This person has chosen you to be their mentor in hopes that you can teach them and help them to grow professionally. Simply offering praise doesn’t benefit anyone in this situation. Feel free to offer honest feedback if you see areas in which that person can improve,…
  • When You Can’t Find That “Perfect” Candidate

    Julia Weeks
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    You’ve had a job open for almost a year now, searching for that “perfect” candidate.  Your HR team has been on the hunt, you’ve been messaging your network for referrals, and you have multiple recruiting firms on the hunt. Sure, you’ve interviewed plenty of solid candidates, but none of them has been that “perfect” fit.  In the time and money spent searching for this exact fit, not to mention the loss of production, you begin to realize that it is time to do something different. You need to review your requirements and determine the most important items, discuss with your HR…
  • How to Provide A Warm Welcome for A New Employee

    Lauren Levine
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Adding a new staff member to a team requires careful supervision on the part of management. While hiring a new employee may not seem like a significant occurrence in the grand scheme of your business, any time a new person comes on board it changes the overall group dynamic. In order to set the tone properly and ensure that all employees feel comfortable with the expansion of the office, keep these tips in mind: Make sure everyone’s aware If everyone at work finds out about the new arrival on the person’s first day, don’t be surprised if things seem tense or awkward for a little while.
  • 3 Ways to Welcome Your New Employee

    Julia Weeks
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Making sure that a new employee feels welcomed is key to starting off on the right foot.  There are many things you can do to help a new hire feel welcome, but there are 3 key things that must not be forgotten or overlooked during the on-boarding process.  1. Keep them in the Loop It’s important to make sure the lines of communication are open before the new employee ever starts work.  Stay in contact with the employee after the offer stage via phone calls and emails, giving them an idea of what to expect.  Information such as dress code, training schedule, and general daily schedule…
  • How to Identify Leadership Potential Within Your Office

    Lauren Levine
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Standout employees can play a major role in shaping your office for the better. When you’re able to identify leaders at work, you can slowly put these individuals in a position where they can thrive and influence others. However, just because a person is competent or skilled at their job, doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the characteristics of a leader. Here are some key signs that one of your team members has the makings of a leader: They keep going even when things get tough It’s easy to be a good employee when business is good and assignments are fun. Real leaders become…
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    Staff Motivation Matters

  • Staff Motivation: What pushes people to do more?

    John Sylvester
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Have you ever wondered why people hire personal fitness trainers instead of working out on their own? Or business owners hire business coaches? The answer is actually quite simple: the trainer, or coach, gives their ‘trainees’ the motivation to go beyond their comfort zone, and gets them to do much more than they thought was […]
  • Are you feeling underappreciated at work?

    John Sylvester
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Not every organisation is very good at thanking their staff. Unfortunately, in some organisations, there’s little or no culture of appreciation or recognition. In others, managers are just too busy with their job to stop and say ‘thank you’. So how can you get the recognition and appreciation you deserve? A lot of online articles […]
  • 10 tips for creating a culture of positive peer to peer recognition

    John Sylvester
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    If you’ve ever worked in an organisation that has a genuine appreciation culture then you will know the value it brings to the business. After all, numerous studies have shown that what employees want most from their jobs is to feel appreciated. The case for a recognition programme is simple: when positive behaviours by employees […]
  • Anatomy of an engaged employee

    John Sylvester
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    Organisations that engage with their employees will be more successful and profitable than employers who don’t. Low employee engagement may not be as tangible as other KPIs, but it can harm your business. This can be seen through factors such as high absenteeism and staff turnover, as well as poor staff satisfaction levels expressed in […]
  • Employee recognition toolkit

    John Sylvester
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:16 am
    An effective employee recognition programme will help you enhance the performance of your employees and build a values-based culture within your organisation. And if used correctly it’s a powerful way to both develop and retain employees. That’s because what employees want most of all in their jobs is to be recognised for their contribution and feel […]
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    Safari Solutions

  • 3 Reasons Why Your Compensation Plan Is Not Competitive

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Business owners often think they are competing for talent from like-kind businesses.  Yet, pay must be relatively competitive within the larger labor market to attract and retain employees.  Here are three reasons your compensation plan is not competitive: Don’t know who are your talent competitors. Everyone gets the same merit raise without regard to value. Lack of proven upside compensation or advancement potential. If successful in persuading a candidate to join your company for a lower base salary than their previous job, be very cautious.  Your risk is reduced if you can paint a…
  • 7 Projections Affecting Salary Levels

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    According to the 7th annual Compensation Planning Survey by Buck Consultants, more employees are likely to receive less than 3 percent pay increases in 2014 due to pay differentiations based on performance. Lower overall salary budgets mirror the slow market recovery. The survey projects the economy and the labor market could affect 2014 salary negotiations in these 7 ways: Workers will begin to feel empowered as job-loss fears decrease. Market forces will temper merit increases. IT, healthcare, energy will earn significantly more. Accounting/Finance compensation will trend a bit higher than…
  • 5 Benefits of Higher Starting Salaries

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    If you are wondering what’s in it for your business to offer a higher wage for your entry-level employees, you may want to consider why your last employee left.  Employees who are compensated well tend to be happier and more loyal to the company. This translates to an overall better employee performance. Business owners that offer employees an above average starting salaries will strongly influence their performance.  With an established salary plan, employees begin to see work responsibilities as rewarding tasks because they know that their boss values their talents. Offering an above…
  • Employer Brand: What do you do if you are not Google

    5 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Ok, so you are not Google.  Not surprising that many owner-managed companies do not have a recognizable company name.  And, sometimes even the product or service is unknown to the masses. So, why would a candidate want to work for your company?  The honest truth is they probably don’t, unless you offer at least two of the following key advantages. Great Team! Great Mentoring & Leadership! Great Career Advancement Opportunities! Great Opportunity to Learn a New Skill!
  • 3 Reasons Why Candidates Are Not Applying To Your Jobs

    26 Feb 2014 | 9:59 am
    So you have posted your job opportunity on all the job boards, but the quality of candidates applying is plain awful.  It’s possible that your job opportunity is one of those impossible to find searches that requires direct recruiting.  Yet if the position is a mainstream role, it may be time to look at the quality of your posting before deciding job boards are not working for you. Here are three mistakes that company make when posting to job boards: Boring compliant job descriptions are posted. Compensation range is not included or comp is too low. No contact information is provided…
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    Async Interview

  • Insights from the Candidate Experience 2013 Report

    Christopher Young
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    For both employers and employment-seekers, the hiring process can be a daunting, head-first plunge into a sea of unknowns, with variability in both response level and quality as a given expectation of the process. In many ways, this experience is much like dating.  Finding the perfect mate requires defining hard qualities that one cannot live without, while submitting to the fact that often times the soft qualities are often the winning or deal-breaking characteristics. While the ostensible goal is to find a perfect match, metrics for rating perfection (if there is such a thing) vary per…
  • Interviewing a Physician Is Incredibly Difficult

    Christopher Young
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    It’s almost as difficult to schedule an interview with a physician as it is to get one to make a house call. Doctors work long and irregular hours making late nights and early mornings the best time to track them down. Recruiting the best physicians requires some patience and a little flexibility offered by video interviews. Done well, this can result in consistently great job placements and top candidates. Scheduling Difficulty One of the most common excuses physicians use when rescheduling an interview is that “something came up at work”. While this excuse may only work once or…
  • The Impact of Mobile on Interviewing

    Christopher Young
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    The phrase that seemed to resound throughout 2012 and 2013 was ‘responsive web-design’, and it wasn’t without reason. According to Mashable, there are more than 100 million smartphone users in America. Of this number, the Pew Research Center found that more than 63% are using their mobile phones to access the web. Since standard websites don’t respond well on mobile devices, website owners had to adopt a more responsive design that allowed their sites to respond to the type of devices that were accessing them. This change in web-design came just in time for recruiters to take…
  • Top 5 Articles from Async Interview in 2014

    Christopher Young
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:00 am
    1. Show Me The Money: How to Streamline Processes We’ve made it to the last segment of our “Show me the Money” blog series.  We’ve shared with you a list of our favorite free tools for recruiters and also discussed how to cut back on agency spending.  In our third part today, we are going to be talking about how to streamline processes to ensure time and money is being spent more… 2. Can Recruiting be Completely Mobile? While mobile is critical for every business and function, it’s currently not the most convenient solution for every problem.  Yes, the laptop/desktop has…
  • 5 Must-Know Data Points About Video Interviewing

    Christopher Young
    10 Dec 2013 | 4:30 am
    Video interviewing is no new trick, but even old dogs have recently been seeing the wisdom in this method for vetting candidates. In just the past few years, the words ‘video interview’ have gone from getting blank stares to nods of approval. According to a report released last spring by Sarah White & Associates, video interviews were basically unheard of in 2005. In 2010, however, about 15% of recruiters were using video interviews; by 2012, this had jumped to 38% using video in some way. When asked, 78% of recruiters said that they would be at least as comfortable using a video…
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    Make HR Happen by Tom Bolt

  • 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 »
  • The Tangled Dynamics of Twitter Chat Advice

    Tom Bolt
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a regular on Twitter chat events and have been a participant, moderator and guest host on many of them. My latest endeavor is through a partnership with two scions of the Twittersphere, Cyndy Trivella (@CyndyTrivella) and Steve Levy (@LevyRecruits) in the Open Mic Career Chat (#OMCchat). Our objective in hosting this weekly chat… … Continue reading »
  • Is There Value in Job Search Chats on Twitter?

    Tom Bolt
    3 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Probably the question should be, “Is there REALLY value in job search chats on Twitter?” The knee jerk response by most casual Twitter users is a resounding “No!” For those at the other end of the spectrum there is an almost addictive property of Twitter that lures people into the false expectation that swallowing this … Continue reading »
  • Fine Tuning Business Ethics

    Tom Bolt
    30 Oct 2013 | 11:07 am
    A popular concept in science fiction is to consider a parallel universe where cultural norms are reversed. There are an infinite number of possible situations that would make travel to one of these dimensions enlightening or humorous… or both. Daily life in our universe is never seen to be out of the ordinary because we … Continue reading »
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  • Three Secrets to Help Your Team Finish Strong

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim.  As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong. Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score. Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website. Many thanks to Dan Forbes for sharing it with the #leadwithgiants audience!
  • Team Building Podcast With Smarter Team Training

    9 Mar 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I am both honored and excited to have been a recent guest contributor to the Smart Team Training Podcast with Coach Robert Taylor. His Smarter Team Training Website offers information and resources for coaches that focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education. The podcast episode runs about 30 minutes, and in it you will hear me speak about a number of topics that can help your team - including why you should "CLAP" for mistakes, how to develop toughness, the three things that build team trust, and much more... I enjoyed the chance to share what I expect will be helpful…
  • Life's Most Important Assignment?

    5 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    This is one of my favorite stories. As a teacher (or in any field) life's most important assignment is not just to follow our rigid job description or to simply check items off of our daily to-do list... One day a teacher decided to do something different. She wanted her class to complete an assignment that they would all remember. So, rather than completing another worksheet, she asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. She told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their…
  • Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Dismiss a Team Member

    12 Feb 2014 | 4:45 am
    The decision to dismiss a team member is never an easy one, and should never be a decision that is made in a tantrum of momentary emotion. Whether you coach a team of athletes, lead a team of teachers, or manage a team of salesmen or corporate executives, you will at times find yourself having to wrestle with issues of negative or destructive behavior. Before you dismiss a team member, though, there are 10 questions that I would encourage you to ask yourself.  You can read this article and learn how to encourage more postivie conflict by visiting the #bealeader website, where I am now a…
  • How to Sell a Team Building Event to Your Management

    26 Jan 2014 | 4:16 am
    Are you searching for ideas to help you sell the benefits of a teambuilding event to your management? If you are in an organization where your management has not prioritized the need to build a cohesive culture, how do you go about convincing him/her or any decision maker of the beneficial impact that a team building event will have on team productivity? Well, I’m glad you asked… If you want your management to consent to scheduling a fun and impactful team building event, there is a simple step-by-step plan that you can follow to get the great results you desire. The following five steps…
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  • Power in Numbers

    Charles Chatelain
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    5 is Enough Spring time is a season of great change in nature, and with this change, so too brings a change in our personal environments, both at home and at work.  By now you may have filed your taxes, put away your winter clothes,…The post Power in Numbers appeared first on MMChr.
  • Clean Up Your Marketing

    Jennifer Shaw
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Now that spring is here, we can mark the end of the first quarter in 2014. This is a great time to evaluate your marketing initiatives for the year and take note of things that have been working for your business (or not) and see…The post Clean Up Your Marketing appeared first on MMChr.
  • Changes in Minimum Wage

    Michele O'Donnell
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:59 pm
    In recent news we heard about the minimum wage increase for federal contractors in hopes this will result in an increase in the minimum wage for all workers in America. It is important for you to know what the minimum wage is for your state(s)…The post Changes in Minimum Wage appeared first on MMChr.
  • How Far Does Your Support Span?

    Charles Chatelain
    5 Feb 2014 | 5:57 pm
    When does a job become less about obligation, and more about initiative?  There is a reason the saying is, “work, and not play.”  How is it, that some people find pleasure, inspiration, or even excitement in their careers, while others see it as more of…The post How Far Does Your Support Span? appeared first on MMChr.
  • How Do You Define Support?

    Michele O'Donnell
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Inner workplace support is an important characteristic that impacts the positive nature of your company culture. Once your workforce is given proper access to support, higher productivity flourishes naturally. Support is something all humans want, need and crave. Support comes in many forms and can…The post How Do You Define Support? appeared first on MMChr.
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    HiringThing Blog

  • Lights. Camera. {Digital} Interview

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    HR professionals everywhere are embracing digital interviews as a way to streamline recruitment and improve candidate experience like never before.
  • HeartBleed Security Notice

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Recently, an internet-wide security issue was discovered called the HeartBleed bug, which affected all websites using the OpenSSL security library.
  • Two Top Sources For New Hires (both might surprise you)

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Companies source two times the amount of new hires from internal sources versus external sources. This might come as news to folks who are used to relying solely on external job boards.
  • Increased Productivity From the Comfort of your Couch

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Telecommuters can rejoice! Working from home has been shown to actually increase productivity and happiness for the individual employee. Could it be the flexible schedule, ability to be present in the home, or the simple comfort of your favorite jeans?
  • The Lost Candidates — Failure to Advertise

    5 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Everyone loves free. But what's that saying you hear when something sounds a little too good to be true? "There's no such thing as a free lunch."
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  • Volunteering To Be A Mentor!

    Nicole Dominique Le Maire
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Mentor? Not everyone has what it takes to be a mentor.  Some individuals don’t have the patience to be a mentor and train someone else. It takes a special talent to be able to teach others.  You have to want to help people excel and enjoy teaching. There are all types of mentors.   People volunteer their time at the library to help children learn to read (volunteering to be a mentor). Schools may have developed programs where the high school students may mentor middle and elementary school students who are having difficulties in reading, math,…
  • Are You Just Starting Out And Struggling To Land The Job Of Your Dreams?

    Nicole Dominique Le Maire
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Do you feel both anxious and excited at the same time? Are you afraid because you don’t know what to expect? Is it difficult for you to find your dream job? What are you doing to make that happen? Think back, do you remember when you felt this way?  You didn’t have the answers to these same questions.  It’s difficult; you go to school to get the education and degree needed to do your dream job.  Maybe you went to a technical or vocational school and graduated to get your dream job.   Some individuals are very fortunate and are able to start that dream job after they graduate with…
  • How To Boost Peak Performance (strategies)

    Nicole Dominique Le Maire
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How can a company perform at a high level? Why do certain companies achieve their strategic goals faster than others? Why do companies retain their staff for years? Can managers motivate their employees?  To boost peak performance in an organisation is not easy as each employee has unique its own experience, background, and needs – based on personality, previous environment, previous life, and the way the work was structured in a previous company. The great measure of engagement is simple! Engaged employees will say in the morning: “I look forward to joining my company” or say to…
  • Proper Workplace Etiquette.

    Nicole Dominique Le Maire
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    By Nicole Dominique Le Maire – @NewToHR We all had instances whereby we may have not used proper workplace etiquette, yet as an employee and even more so as a HR professional it is very important that you attempt to establish a good relationship with co-workers. One which is comfortable and friendly, while retaining a professional attitude which allows for satisfactory job performance. The manner in which you conduct yourself will impact your success in HR, as well as the perception of others have of you. Being careful to always show courtesy to others will create long lasting positive…
  • It’s the People, People!

    Nicole Dominique Le Maire
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It never ceases to amaze me when I hear many c-suite executives talk about their talent. “It’s all about the people,” they may quip. “You have to get the most talented, motivated employees possible.” But the response I hear from many of these ‘valued’ employees is that all they miss is an asset tag. The constant feedback is that an institutions physical assets are tracked that its human capital. I posed to ask myself why this may be the case. It would suffice to say that it boils down to one word; Engagement. There is a massive disconnect between the company executives and the…
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    Social Recruiting Blog - CareerCloud

  • Career Infographics

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Career Infographics: appleonecareers: HOW TO: Find Recruiters on LinkedIn - RecruitingBlogs
  • Go on a Resume Crusade with Chris Fields

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Chris Fields is an HR consultant and resume writer for You may have seen his work on Mashable, Monster and I’ve come to know him through some mutual friends on Facebook and after seeing all the advice he publishes on his blog and videos, decided to invite him onto CareerCloud radio and have him dish the dirt on resumes and the job search.
  • Manufacturing Hidden Jobs Leads

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Manufacturing Hidden Jobs Leads: Manufacturing Hidden Jobs Checkout out these companies in who have announced they will be hiring in the coming months. Click the company name and we will google more info on them. The View Source link lets you read the actual news article. See who’s hiring in manufacturing
  • Create your social resume.

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Create your social resume.
  • the evolution of email

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    the evolution of email
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    HREOnline's The Leader Board

  • Another Drowsy Day at the Office

    Mark McGraw
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    For the average employee, a truly good night’s sleep may seem like a distant memory from the days before adulthood arrived with all sorts of grown-up problems in tow. So, employees adjust and learn to function at high levels, even with less quality rest. But the effects of losing sleep to financial, familial and other worries can still be seen at work. The Virgin Pulse Institute—the new research arm of Framingham, Mass.-based Virgin Pulse—recently surveyed1,139 workers at three companies, in an effort to better understand sleep disturbances and offer insight on how to help employees…
  • HR Shakeup at GM

    Michael J. O'Brien
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    General Motors announced in a statement yesterday that it is replacing the executive in charge of human resources effective immediately, ”as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations,” according to the Associated Press. John J. Quattrone takes over as senior vice president of global human resources for the car maker. Quattrone, formerly the executive director of human resources for global product development, purchasing and supply chain organizations, succeeds Melissa A. Howell who is leaving…
  • The Cost of Cancer in the Workplace

    Kristen Frasch
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I came across some pretty alarming statistics the other day regarding cancer’s impact on the workplace. The report, from the Integrated Benefits Institute, shows cancer typically costs employers about $19,000 annually per 100 employees in lost work time and medical treatments. Broken down, lost work time and underperformance at work, the latter also known as presenteeism, due to cancer costs employers $10,000 per 100 workers, and medical and pharmacy treatments cost about $9,100. Employees with cancer, the report says, are absent 3.8 more days per year than workers without cancer,…
  • Giving Workers a Reason to Quit at Amazon

    David Shadovitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Years ago, we reported on Zappos’ decision to offer employees a $1,500 bonus to quit during its intensive, four-week training period. The thinking being, if they’re not happy in their jobs at that point, why prolong the inevitable and suffer the consequences in the process. Well, in case  you haven’t already heard, earlier this week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reported in his letter to shareholders that the online retailing behemoth has established a program called “Pay to Quit” that pays warehouse employees up to $5,000 to leave. Bezos spells out “Pay to Quit” this way in his…
  • Your Words Matter

    Mark McGraw
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    It’s not news that men still outnumber women in leadership roles. New research, however, suggests fewer women even apply for management positions. Why? Part of the reason may be found in the way companies word their job postings. A team of scientists from the Technische Universitat Munchen in Munchen, Germany recently found women feel less inclined to respond to employment ads containing words such as “determined” and “assertive,” because such words are “linked with male stereotypes,” according to the researchers. In their study, the TUM team showed fictional employment…
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  • VIDEO: Opportunity, Not Necessity, Drives More U.S. Startups

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Recessions tend to drive people to entrepreneurship. Those who might never consider starting a business will do so if they can’t get a job. As the United States economy gets stronger, a smaller percentage of the population is starting businesses, according to the Kauffman Foundation’s Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, released a few days ago. Last […]
  • VIDEO: UPS Unfires 250 Who Walked Off Job To Protest Coworker’s Termination

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Brown has raised the white flag in its battle with a local union, with UPS unfiring 250 workers who had walked off the job in New York to protest a fellow co-worker’s termination. The union and UPS said the 250 employees involved in the walkout had their terminations reduced to 10 days suspension without pay. […]
  • VIDEO: Is The Rise Of Mobile Changing The Modern Concept Of “The Office”?

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    There was a time when you probably related all too well to TV’s The Office (whether it was the British or American version) but, thankfully, the times are changing. Less and less are people required to do the daily commute, clock in and tuck into their cubicles where they pretend to work until 5pm. Telecommuting, […]
  • VIDEO: America’s CEOs on the Secrets of Motivating Employees

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    For CEOs, keeping employees motivated can be a challenge. WSJ’s Sara Murray asked some executives what they do to keep their employees on top of their game. (Photo: Getty Images) Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our […]
  • VIDEO: Obama: “It is not a myth, it is math”

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Barack Obama launches two new executive actions aimed at increasing transparency for women’s pay in a continuing effort to ensure women are paid equally to their male counterparts for similar work. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   […]
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  • 8 Elements Your HR System Should Include In 2014

    Barry Chignell
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Technology advances have benefited businesses and people in many ways. Augmented reality, 3D printing and 4G were unheard of 5 years ago. Now you can wear technology, translate any language, receive directions through your glasses and be constantly aware of your vital signs as you work out. But what about HR systems, what should you expect from your people data software, and it’s supplier, in 2014? Available anywhere, anytime Software as a Service (SaaS) has enabled businesses to benefit from 24/7 access to its people data for over 15 years*. The cloud enables employees and managers to…
  • 10 Easy Ways To Create And Maintain A Healthy Workplace

    Barry Chignell
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are many benefits of a healthy working environment, including increased productivity, happier employees, reduced absence and general wellness. Adopting as many of the following suggestions will improve your day, that of your colleagues, and your boss will be happy due to the happier, healthier environment you have created. 1) Get moving Encouraging regular exercise and activity is a great way of improving the general health of employees. This could be an initiative to get people riding bikes to work, after work sporting activities, or simply going for a walk during the lunch break. Any…
  • The Beauty Of Data

    Barry Chignell
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    We all use data every day, and data is collected about us every day. The term big data has been popular over the last couple of years, there are numerous articles and tutorials on the internet about using the huge quantity of information that is collected by businesses. Indeed CIPHR is a system that stores your HR data and allows you to use this information to strategise, automate and streamline processes, and even pass the responsibility of data entry to the individual the data relates to. One of the challenges that is faced with big data is the ability to vizualise it in a meaningful and…
  • 8 Ways You Can Boost Your Career Today

    Barry Chignell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Doing a great job and going home happy is something we all enjoy, it definitely beats the opposite. There are some very simple and effective ways that anyone can boost their career path and inject it with positive elements, today. Some of these things you may do already, others you may not, either way they are all actions that are easy to perform and will attract positive results from your colleagues and managers alike. 1) Have the right attitude Simply being seen to be positive, arriving a little earlier and having the ‘right’ attitude is an effective strategy to get noticed for…
  • Strategic Steps for CCfW

    Barry Chignell
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    SaaS delivery of HR systems popular across the organisation When Care Council for Wales first started looking at CIPHR the organisation was in a period of relatively rapid growth and its entirely manual HR systems were struggling to keep pace.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Will We Ever Have Equal Pay?

    Jeana Quigley
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    I’ve got this friend. She went back to work last year after spending some time putting her kids first. She felt a little restless, always working side jobs to stay current in her field, but finally felt she could go back to work full-time when her youngest went to kindergarten. She found a job fairly […] The post Will We Ever Have Equal Pay? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • BambooHR Files Redesign Coming Soon

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You’re going to love how we’re redesigning our Files section. We’re working to make uploading, storing and sharing your files more intuitive and attractive. You’ll probably first notice the new “All Files” section we’re adding. This will contain all the files you have access to view and will give you a great shortcut to find […] The post BambooHR Files Redesign Coming Soon appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Being Onboarded by the “Onboarding Guys”

    Ian Nate
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    From the editor: Just recently, we at BambooHR created and completed an onboarding survey. Since the results came roaring in, there’s been a lot of talk about it. We’ve been featured in magazines like Inc. and Forbes. Our data was picked up all over the world, even in New Zealand.  And we’ve written our share of […] The post Being Onboarded by the “Onboarding Guys” appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 13 Tips for Small Business to Recruit and Retain Great Talent

    Jeana Quigley
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Last week, our CEO Ben Peterson and CornerstoneOnDemand’s VP of Small Business Operations Michael Cardan met up for a webinar on how to best recruit and retain talent. Because both of them have been using online technology to solve HR problems for years and have collectively spoken to thousands of HR practitioners, they really understand […] The post 13 Tips for Small Business to Recruit and Retain Great Talent appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • Spring is here and so is the Carnival of HR!

    Leena Thampan
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Spring is here – yayy!! There’s got to be nothing worse than a Canadian winter – the chills, the snow, the backaches from shoveling snow, yikes! No wonder everybody is overjoyed with the coming of spring.  And it isn’t just about being done with the winter blues. Spring is also a time for rejuvenating our spirits, renewing our energies and soaking up all the warm and fuzzy rays, both in and out of work, which is why we decided to focus our Carnival of HR on all things spring and look at how companies can embrace the season. Let’s get the ball rolling with Karin…
  • What year should you use for T4 reporting?

    Leena Thampan
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Everyone understands that T4 reporting applies on a cash basis, based on actual pay dates. For example, a bi-weekly pay period may cover work between December 14 and 27, 2013, but the pay day for that work may fall on January 2, 2014. Because the pay day falls in 2014, source deductions and reporting are based on the rules that apply for 2014, meaning any earnings for that pay period are reported on a T4 for the 2014 tax year. The same applies to off-cycle or irregular payments. For example, commissions earned on sales made in the final quarter of 2013 or retroactive salary increases,…
  • How might the choice of disability plans impact employees?

    Leena Thampan
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
    For employers considering short or long term disability plans there are a great many decisions to be made about plan design, funding and administration. Should benefits be insured, should employees contribute to the cost of benefits, and, if the employer is going to self-insure benefits, how will these be funded and administered? When making these decisions, employers should know these decisions don’t just affect the employer or the disability plan itself. Each of these decisions may have specific employee impacts, in areas such source deductions, employee eligibility for EI and CPP…
  • Two Ways to Handle Overtime Payroll – Averaging & Banking

    Leena Thampan
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    The normal rule is that when employees work overtime, employers have to pay that out in the same pay period as worked. However, in some jurisdictions, there may be other options. Two options that are sometimes available are averaging and banking. When weekly hours worked are averaged for overtime purposes, overtime is only recognized if total hours worked exceed overtime thresholds, multiplied by the number of weeks in the averaging cycle. For example: If hours worked are averaged over 3 Sunday to Saturday weeks; The weekly overtime threshold is 40 hours; and The hours worked in one averaging…
  • 8 Olympics Inspired Tips to Train and Develop Your Top Talent

    Troy Lutz
    24 Feb 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Olympics are so inspiring, aren’t they?  The years of training, the personal sacrifices by the athletes and coaches, their determination to succeed – all culminate towards that one epic moment when they (hopefully) take the center stage at the Olympics. In business we need to take a similar approach to train and develop our top talent. The world around training and development has changed dramatically.  The methods employed twenty years ago do not work well in the social, always-on, networked world of business we now live in.  Similar to an athlete, professionals today are…
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    The Pachera Group

  • Dating Tips for Interviewing

    Bill Firing
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s been said that the process of interviewing and accessing an opportunity is much like dating.  Both parties are getting to know each other and deciding on coupling their professional endeavors for a period of time. Here a four key reminders for candidates: First impressions are king.  Not matter the role, don’t underestimate the need to be liked.  Your resume will talk to your skills and experiences, but it’s your personal engagement style that will say “I like this person and I want work with them.” Passion.  Don’t be afraid to genuinely demonstrate your interest and…
  • 10 Job Hunting Tips for New Grads

    Vikki Pachera
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Getting out of school this spring and in the job market?  Here’s 10 tips on landing a new job: Pixel perfect resume.  Make your English teacher proud.  Then have 5 people proofread it. Articulate all relevant skills, it’s amazing how few college grads know Word or Outlook;  hiring managers aren’t keen on teaching the basics Market all internships and relevant experiences, even if it’s working at the gas station—maybe that paid for 20% of the college costs A job doesn’t fall from the sky, you have to dig deep.  Fortunately,,, help aggregate the…
  • Closing candidates in a tough market

    Bill Firing
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:27 am
    The close.  It’s one of the most discussed topics in talent recruitment.  It’s worth a fresh look, particularly given the highly competitive market today. In today’s market, we find it’s more important than ever to shorten the hiring cycle.  The challenge is to do this without sacrificing due diligence in assessing the candidate and arriving at the ‘hire’ decision.  That leaves opportunity to shorten the cycle of closing the candidate once that decision has been reached. Here are some tips which could help accelerate the successful close of your candidates: Listen to what the…
  • Is this the Best Hire?

    Vikki Pachera
    13 Jan 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Hiring is often a gut wrenching decision, one made under time pressures with too few hard facts. Assessing people—their character, their potential performance, their fit—isn’t easy in the best of circumstances. But there are techniques that can be applied in the interview process that will help create a better foundation for hiring decisions. Plan the Interview. Instead of letting the interview panel randomly question a candidate, think about asking each interviewer to come away with a point of view on a particular area. Putting pressure on your interview panel to focus and have an…
  • Championship Teams – The Secret’s in the Sauce!

    Gwen Moore
    11 Jan 2014 | 11:24 am
    Many of my colleagues and I have had the fortune of being part of a magical team at one point or another in our careers.  Unfortunately, most of us did not know it at the time.  Only in looking back did we realize we were part of something special. Every day we work with hiring managers who seek to attract talent that elevates the average team to a championship team.   As we reflected on our own experiences, and those we’ve helped to create for our clients, we came up with a list of contributing factors or traits – in addition to that little bit of fairy dust that seems to surround…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • SBI PO Coaching in Ludhiana by Ramandeep Singh

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Now you can join Focus Institute Ludhiana for SBI PO coaching. New batches are starting from 23-04-2014. Salient FeaturesShortcut tricks for every chapterFree study materialExperienced teachersOnline practice testsDaily GK updatesCompare your performance with 10,000 aspirants all over India on Testpanda.comOne to one doubt clearing sessionsWeekend batches for outdoor studentsAdvance level classesSpecial classes for descriptive paperNo fees repeaters, attend classes until you crack an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Important Topics for SBI PO Computer Awareness section

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Many readers asked me to publish important topics for computer awareness section of SBI PO. So, Today I am writing down main topics.TopicsComputers history ( generation of computer languages)Various computer devicesOperating systemsMS Office suiteDBMS - Basic conceptsComputer networking concepts (types of topologies and basic technologies used in networking)Internet technologiesMobile operating systemsTechnology updatesFlow chartsArtificial intelligenceMISComputer peripheral devicesStudy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Shortcuts to Crack Reasoning section

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Reasoning section is the biggest enemy of bank exams aspirants. Most of the candidates fails in this section. I have seen few candidates who secure very good marks in other sections but fails in reasoning section. Today I am going to share some tips to crack this section.Sitting arrangement questionsIn every exam you will find at least one question set from sitting arrangement questions. If you solve this set, then surely you will crack sectional cutoff. Best way to solve these questions is to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best books for SBI PO exam

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Many readers are searching for best study books for SBI PO, so today I decided to list the best books. For part, there is no requirement of any book.  Quantitative AptitudeAs SBI PO syllabus contains more data interpretation part. RS Aggarwal or other traditional quantitative aptitude books won't be useful. Best book for Data interpretation is - Data interpretation by Arun Sharma. Get links of this book here. You should practice data interpretation on any online test series.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to choose a Coaching Institute for Bank Exams

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Although I have seen many candidates who cracked various bank exams without any coaching but I think every newbie needs a mentor. I hate the concept of traditional coaching institutes where there are 50-60 students in a class and there is no doubt clearing sessions.Fee structureMost of the institutes charge 12,000-15,000. Clearly they are after money. Try to find an institute which really want to help needy students.Online test seriesMost of the institutes don't have their own... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Heartbleed vulnerability

    Bob Teasdale
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Recently the news has been ablaze with a newly discovered vulnerability in OpenSSL, a popular software package that encrypts communication between websites and its users. The “Heartbleed” bug affects hundreds of thousands of web servers all over the world, including Yahoo! and even the FBI, and allows attackers to access the encryption keys on the server and therefore see all communication with the server in plain text. The bug was discovered by Google and Codenomicon, a Finnish security company. They revealed the bug to the world on Monday 7th April 2014, but not before passing on…
  • ACAS mandatory early conciliation

    Bob Teasdale
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Treating staff fairly and in accordance with the law is always the best way to avoid a claim. However, there may be times where employers and employees do not see eye-to-eye – even where you have acted fairly throughout – and this could lead to an employment claim. Bearing this in mind, it is worth understanding a significant change coming next month, involving ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) and mandatory early conciliation. After 6th April 2014, all potential Claimants thinking about bringing an employment tribunal claim must first refer the dispute to ACAS,…
  • Changes to employment law: what can we expect in 2014?

    Bob Teasdale
    21 Feb 2014 | 9:11 am
    Looking forward, what changes will we see in employment law in 2014? 31st January 2014 This is the date when changes to TUPE 2006 came into force. TUPE remains a complex area of employment law, and the changes have been well summarised on the website of employment lawyers Ironmonger Curtis – see end of article 6th April 2014 The introduction of ACAS early conciliation This will require Claimants in the employment tribunal to submit details of their complaint to ACAS before bringing a claim. ACAS will offer a period of early conciliation, which (if accepted), will take place for a period…
  • Time to reflect

    Bob Teasdale
    21 Jan 2014 | 9:07 am
    During the recent break, like many people, I was clearing out all those old files from my computer. You know, the half completed documents where you have forgotten what they were supposed to be for in the first place. Well I came across one suspect doc, but on opening it, found a collection of ideas I had jotted down over a few years; mainly from motivational speakers, service desk events (that used to be my thing) and network meetings – the sort of ideas that sounded a good idea at the time. Of course, some were as bonkers and random as you might expect, but there were some snippets of…
  • SAD in the Workplace

    Bob Teasdale
    14 Jan 2014 | 12:33 am
    The New Year means a new start, and a return to pace following a Christmas time wind down. It often takes longer than first expected to pick up where you left off though, as there are many factors which make it difficult for employees and managers alike to kick start in January. Many employers report a decrease in morale during winter months, and this may be attributed to a condition called Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD). Symptoms of depression and a lack of motivation are brought on by short days and cold weather. Winter and MoraleWe came across this interesting article on HR Review that…
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  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #59

    Mike Morrison
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
     ”All the charm and majesty of a tropical rainforest. That sounds better than saying the roof leaks!”  
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #58

    Mike Morrison
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
     ”There’s even an app that gives you a foot massage! Just set your ringer to ‘vibrate’ and stick it in your sock.”  
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #57

    Mike Morrison
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
     ”Cancel all staff meetings for the foreseeable future. Nobody wants to talk about anything but Honey Boo Boo!”  
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #56

    Mike Morrison
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
     ”To leave a message, press 1. To verify that you pressed 1, press 2. To verify you pressed 2, press 3. If you don’t want to press 3, press 4. To verify you pressed 4, press 3…”  
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #55

    Mike Morrison
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
     ”If you’re going to yell at me, press 1. If you’re going to ask me a lot of stupid questions, press 2. If you’re going to talk forever without getting to the point, press 3.”  
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    Softgarden » Blog

  • What’s Better than Recruitment Software? Free Recruitment Software!

    Selina Kerley
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Contrary to belief sometimes you can get something for nothing. In this case, you get to use softgarden for nothing! We’re one of the few companies who offer free recruitment software, not least of all because we know the importance of trying before you buy. Experience the entire system, post as many jobs as you like an hire as many people as you wish with our 14 day free trial, no credit card needed. Why? Well, there’s a lot of various applicant tracking systems out there to choose from but it doesn’t exactly make it easy to decide on the right one. This way you can try softgarden…
  • The Benefits of an Application Tracking System [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Selina Kerley
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Thinking about using an application tracking system? We can’t say all systems are the same but here at softgarden we aim to provide more than just an ATS. The benefits of using the softgarden application tracking system softgarden recruitment software takes care of everything from designing your job ads to social recruiting, building talent pools to in-house communication. Take a look at our handy INFOGRAPHIC for a bite-size breakdown of the benefits of our application tracking system. If you want to find out more just visit our site here >> softgarden is currently free to use for…
  • Does Your Career Site Show off Your Best Side?

    Selina Kerley
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:05 am
    A great career site is arguably one of the largest deciding factors for candidates who choose to apply to your company. Are you making the most of yours? Today we’re going to take a look at the top 4 features every career site ought to have, and how softgarden can help you achieve them. Links to Social Media Every year the Swedish recruitment market research firm Potentialpark conduct a survey to rate hundreds of companies on their recruitment practices. Over the last decade they’ve noticed an overwhelming correlation in companies who are both favoured by candidates, and using social…
  • Onboarding, Are You Doing It Right? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Selina Kerley
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    Clever employers know that onboarding is vital in building staff retention, satisfaction and success. Are you doing it right? Take a look at this handy Infographic for onboarding tactics that’ll keep your employees happy and engaged. How Softgarden Can Help Your Onboarding The hiring process is of course only half of the battle, keeping your hard earned employee needs a fair amount of maintenance. Fortunately softgarden can help make it a little easier by letting you know exactly who’s starting and when. If you need to remind yourself of your new hire’s history just take a…
  • The Top 5 Benefits of Recruitment Software

    Selina Kerley
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    With an ever changing job market and an ever developing field of e-recruitment strategies, it’s not exactly easy to find and hire today’s top candidates. Particularly if you’re a small company hoping to compete for the industry’s much sought young professionals. Fortunately with a little help from technology the hiring process can become both easier and more effective for everyone. Today we’re going to have a look at recruitment software and how it can help you to find and hire the talent you’re looking for. 1. Professional Branding From job ads to the application process, the…
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  • Conducting Sentiment Analysis with PeopleGoal

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Conducting Sentiment Analysis with PeopleGoal One of our central theses at PeopleGoal is that if we're able to increase the employee engagement in performance management then we can give some really valuable data back to our clients; data that will help management make accurate decisions about performance, and about rewarding the right behaviors in their employees. We're interested in capturing as many employee related data points as possible; that's why we're piloting a new feature called Employee Sentiment Analysis with a limited set of our clients. The Idea The idea is to give our clients…
  • The 10 Best Places To Work For in the past 5 years

    17 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 10 best places to work for in the past 5 years Creating a great workplace can increase your ROI as a company. According to GreatPlaceToWork the Fortune 100 Best Companies provide more than 2x the return to shareholders of companies not on the list. These are the top 10 companies to work for in the past 5 years. Rank 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 1 Google Google Google SAS SAS 2 SAS SAS Boston Consulting Group Boston Consulting Group Edward Jones 3 Boston Consulting Group CHG Healthcare Services SAS Wegmans Food Markets Wegmans Food Markets 4 Edward Jones Boston Consulting Group Wegmans Food…
  • Does ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) increase employee productivity?

    2 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Does ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) increase employee productivity? Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) is an employee performance management approach created by Jody Thompson and Cali Ressler where employees are paid for their output (results) rather than the time spent at work. One of the early stage evangelists of the approach was BestBuy. The approach has also been adopted by GAP and Fairview Health Services, among others. ROWE is focused primarily on delegation and provides managers with the tools to set goals and link these goals to individual contributors. The focus is on goal…
  • Leadership styles and the millennials: What is their leadership style?

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Leadership styles and the millennials: What is their leadership style? "Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." - General George Patton From Jack Welch and Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg there can be many leadership styles based on the leader's character. Having said there are specific patterns in the leaderships styles that allows us to group the leadership attitudes to certain leadership styles. According to Kurt Lewin there are three leadership styles Authoritarian Leadership (Autocratic): The leader dictates polices and procedures and decides what objectives are to be completed and…
  • Trends in Human Resource Management for 2014

    23 Feb 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Trends in Human Resource Management for 2014 The landscape of human resource management is changing as we speak. We're only a quarter of the way through 2014 and already three high profile examples all come to mind: Microsoft, Yahoo and Adobe. All massive companies, and all making truly dramatic changes to their human resource management strategy. Let's discuss some of the emerging trends. The abandonment of stack ranking Stack ranking is a human resource management policy first made popular by Jack Welch of General Electric, around 1980. So it shouldn't be surprising that 34 years later…
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    Peo Brokers


    Richard Huldisch
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    There are more than 700 PEO service providers in the US so how will you find the ones which are best suited for your organization? PEOs provide a vast array of services  so you must look to find the PEO that has all the required components on your checklist. It is also important to shop around before you decide on partnering up with one to make sure you have a competitive pricing for the level of service. Getting multiple quotes from the respective PEOs is not an easy task as it requires for you to fill out a different set of forms per each PEO from your selected list. To make things worse…

    Richard Huldisch
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:32 pm
    PEOs vary from one another but most offer a long list of services. Some of these services can be carved out and some cannot. Payroll is an example of a service that is mandatory in order to partner with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO).  The reason for it is that the payroll is the needed staple that creates the co-employment relationship. Employee benefits are an example of services which are optional. PEO services are vast; however they can be categorized into four core areas (Payroll, Human Resources Administration, Worker’s Compensation/Risk Management and Employee Benefits).

    Richard Huldisch
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    In my previous posts I have discussed what is a PEO and what the benefits are to startups and established companies.  Now I dig in deeper. It is important to know what type of PEO you need or what type of PEO you have if you already partnered up with one. Choosing the right type of PEO will help increase your bottom line while avoiding the need for a second HR Outsourcing transition at a later time. There are three major PEO Company types. NICHE PEO COMPANIES Niche PEO companies serve a particular industry type. Niche PEOs vary from manufacturing, construction, staffing, drivers, security,…

    Richard Huldisch
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:48 pm
    So you’ve heard about PEOs and HR administration outsourcing. Everybody is talking about benefits and how PEOs can help you grow your startup company. What every startup needs to know about PEO services. No plans for growth? Using a PEO might not be for you. Unless your business development plan includes additional hiring to begin with, a PEO would not be as useful to you until the point that you do, in most cases. Partnering with a PEO will most likely increase your costs at this stage. However, in some cases it will not, depending on your particular situation. As an example, we paired a…

    Richard Huldisch
    11 Feb 2014 | 1:53 am
    A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is, in essence a large employer. As such, it can legally offer benefits to its co-employees.  A client company looking to partner with a PEO enters into a co-employment relationship.  This relationship enables the PEO to provide important advantages for the company partnering with them. 1. HUMAN CAPITAL COST REDUCTION Human Resources Outsourcing through PEOs can often help partnering companies reduce fixed costs and increase their bottom line.  PEOs help reduce HR associated costs by utilizing their size to achieve economies of scale on employee…
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    TargetRecruit Solutions Blog

  • Applicant Tracking System – Is it Worthwhile for Staffing Companies

    Reena Gupta
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is no more a luxury for staffing companies but it has become an imperative system for proper functioning. It works in conjunction with online job application to monitor and manage applicants for your online jobs. It is an application which enables end to end electronic handling of staffing and recruitment process. Why IT Recruitment firms rely on Applicant Tracking System? Cutting Edge Advantage: Enterprise are finding ways to gain candidate information to avoid duplication of various IT recruiting firms, history of the candidate and to generate a repository…
  • Revolutionary Staffing Solution – It’s Time to Change

    Reena Gupta
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    Life is going to be tougher with the changing dynamics of day-to-day needs and hassle of everyday lifestyle. So is the scenario of professional liabilities and working conditions. With the changing needs and ecosystem of various industries, new tools and technologies have stepped in for simplifying the work process. Staffing industry is no more exception and it has witnessed a revolutionary phase manifesting adaption of newest technologies. Have you ever thought how automation of business processing can bring a great comfort in your professional lives? Is there any solution to the growing…
  • How Applicant Tracking System is Simplifying Staffing Firms’ Recruitment Process

    Reena Gupta
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:25 am
    Now-a-days organizations working in different vertical, especially technology and startups, are bearing the brunt of economic fluctuation! This has forced the production teams of these firms to redefine their workflows, re-design their IT solutions and constantly assess these IT solutions for its cost-effectiveness and efficiency. All these needs have engineered the automation of entire hiring process that includes browsing stacks of resumes, short listing, retaining the data, conducting interviews, etc. This led to development of Applicant Tracking System that offers exactly the right…
  • Increase Your Profits and Solidify Your Position in the Staffing Industry with SaaS-based Staffing Solution

    Reena Gupta
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:46 am
    The staffing industry has been witnessing a huge surge over the last few years due to a variety of innovative technology and automation initiatives in the industry. Staffing Industry Analysts predict that relevant technology choices and effective adoption practices are key to the success of staffing firms over the next five years. Let’s take an in depth look at how your company can use technology to overcome the challenges being presented by the industry! Generates New Sources of Revenue It has been estimated by Staffing Industry Analysts that U.S. staffing revenue will reach $160 billion…
  • How Customized Staffing Solution is Becoming a Game Changer

    Reena Gupta
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:27 am
    Uniqueness is what we all crave for! Every individual has its own set of preferences, choices and tastes, so are businesses! Every business has a different set of rules, services, products, way of functioning, guidelines and unique development phases and even their objectives. Have you ever considered some unique software that can be completely customized to meet your recruitment and staffing needs? Probably not! But now this is possible! Amazed, how? Simple, by customization! There are staffing and recruitment software like TargetRecruit that is conceptualized and engineered with an aim to…
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