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  • What's the #1 Way to Get a Job in Corporate America?

    Career Hub
    Jean Cummings
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    If you answer the question below correctly and act on its implications, you are well on your way to a great job! Here it is: "What is the #1 source of hire for corporate America?" a) Job boards b) Employee...
  • The Challenge of the Future is NOT Change it is Adapting to Change

    26 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    It is not secret that radical change is coming in the next 10 to 20 years. Numerous people, including me, have written about this. Futurist and author James Canton writes “The future of business will not look like anything you have seen before. Many of the power players, the usual suspects and leaders of today, will not make the cut into the future.” The question is will you be one of the ones that is prepared? If you don’t think so you need to ask “What can I do to be better prepared?” Be adaptive Most people don’t like change, at least not radical change. Things that occur that…
  • “Who’s The Bad Guy?”

    Ron Ploof
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Children inherently understand the structure of stories, but somehow it’s lost as we become “professionals.” Many years ago, my wife and I would take our kids to Saturday matinees. Our daughter, Stephanie, loved them. She’d sit wide-eyed, barely able to see over the seat in front of her and absorb every movie detail. On the drive home, she’d alternate between quoting dialog and asking questions. And so it didn’t surprise me when about ten minutes into a movie, Stephanie leaned over and whispered a question. “Daddy. Who’s the bad guy?” The question blew me away. Four…
  • ‘Please Steal Our Idea’

    HRE Daily
    Michael J. O'Brien
    26 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    While many of us were off work and enjoying the Memorial Day holiday yesterday, the New York Times ran a piece on the ongoing efforts of Jon Stewart — the soon-to-be-departing host of The Daily Show — to get more veterans working in the entertainment industry. According to the piece, Stewart and his show’s production team have been running a “five-week industry boot camp designed to bring young veterans into the television business,” regardless of whether they share Stewart’s political viewpoints. The boot camp actually got its kick start (excuse the pun)…
  • Labour lost the economic argument 5 years ago

    Flip Chart Fairy Tales
    8 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Pundits will be picking over the results of this election for years and there are many reasons why things turned out as they did. For Labour though, in one respect, this election was lost in the aftermath of the last one. The opposition parties kept repeating the story of Blair and Brown spending with gay abandon and running up a massive debt. In the months after the 2010 election Labour never managed to nail that story. By the time they tried, it was too late. As Simon Wren-Lewis says, there wasn’t any evidence to support it. True, Labour ran a deficit in the last decade but that…
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  • Meeting Employees Where They Are
    26 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    If we are going to successfully support employees, we need to meet them where they are. This means taking employee’s needs into consideration when creating policies and programs. Working in HR, we sometimes become chained to our desks. When we get too focused on all these office and desk-related tasks, we sometimes forget to spend time figuring out what our employees really need. To be effective in our role as HR professionals, we need to meet employees where they are, so we can create policies and programs that support our workers. Understand company culture Company culture is more than…
  • The Challenge of the Future is NOT Change it is Adapting to Change
    26 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    It is not secret that radical change is coming in the next 10 to 20 years. Numerous people, including me, have written about this. Futurist and author James Canton writes “The future of business will not look like anything you have seen before. Many of the power players, the usual suspects and leaders of today, will not make the cut into the future.” The question is will you be one of the ones that is prepared? If you don’t think so you need to ask “What can I do to be better prepared?” Be adaptive Most people don’t like change, at least not radical change. Things that occur that…
  • CHRO Turnover Expected to Be 50% in 2015
    26 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    HR grew up in throws of process, compliance and risk aversion. We were not promoted to be bold, brazen or assertive. We were hired, promoted and trained to be administrative. This is the fundamental challenge in the future of HR. We are not bold. Either we step up to the challenge or the future HR leaders we not be from HR at all. They will be operations and finance who are looking at the bigger impact of the organization. They don’t need to care about FMLA. HR Needs to Be Bold It’s not that they don’t care about FMLA, the OFCCP or the DOL. They know they should but these new…
  • Practitioner Spotlight: Josh Rock, @jrock96
    22 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Each week Blogging4Jobs will start highlighting current, former, or retired practitioners who are shaking things up in the HR space. Know someone deserving of being highlighted? Fill out our form.  PRACTITIONER SPOTLIGHT: Josh Rock Tell us about yourself. Josh Rock, Recruiter with Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis and Communications & Technology Director for Minnesota SHRM. I started my career being turned away by HR professionals as a recruitment media salesman. I listened, helped, and counseled hiring managers across the country through the pains of hiring new employees. I’ve…
  • Top 10 Companies Using Instagram for Employer Branding
    21 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    People love pictures. Since Instagram was founded back in 2010 the idea of sharing a story of your life with pictures has become the newest crave. It wasn’t long before employers started using Instagram to share their culture through pictures. Companies have taken the phrase, “A picture says a thousand words” quite literally and have been able to share their story and culture through pictures. Every day we see new Instagram accounts from employers who are trying to be hip with the latest trend. Without sounding too buzzy, Instagram has become one of the meccas for employer branding. The…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • Is Binomial Recruiting the Solution to a Better Quality Hire? Part Two

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Binomial recruiting may seem like the roulette of the talent acquisition world, but it’s actually much more of a game of strategy than sheer luck. This talent acquisition method is used by many companies that believe a larger number of applicants will increase the chance of finding the perfect candidate, but it presents both challenges and advantages. In part one of this series, I talked about why it makes sense to believe that probability has a place in recruiting, but I also mentioned that the way most people think of using binomial recruiting isn’t…
  • Is Binomial Recruiting the Solution to a Better Quality Hire? Part One

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell As recruiters, we’re always on the search for a way to fill positions with the best of the best. We want to be efficient, we want to be effective, but most of all, we want the sought-after candidates with proven success and enormous potential. Sometimes this quest can feel like the search for the perfect formula. We try to determine what works, what doesn’t, which websites we had the most success with and which keywords stand out. Among these contributing factors that lead us to finding the perfect candidates lays another question: does quantity equal…
  • Jose Corona: CEO of Innercityadvisors, mass recruiter of local change makers

    19 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    By Marylene Delbourg-DelphisJose Corona became the CEO of Innercityadvisors (ICA) in Oakland, CA, a little over ten years ago, and every year he becomes even more passionate about the mission of his organization. As summarized on their website: “ICA works tirelessly with entrepreneurs, advisors, employees and sponsors to create a more equitable and impactful economic ecosystem in the Bay Area. Our unique approach has developed many amazing companies who have created good jobs for local residents."Jose has three of the most critical features of social entrepreneurs: Personal commitment…
  • The Difference Between Cost Per Applicant and Cost Per Hire

    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Our industry has been gravitating toward metrics more and more in the last several years, and it’s served us well. They help executives understand what’s going on behind the scenes, allow us see what’s working and what’s not and give us a way to evaluate costs and benefits of our HR and recruiting practices. Cost per hire is one of the most widely accepted metrics, but there’s another measurement that can help us hone our recruiting strategies even further. Cost per applicant is much more inclusive than its cousin, cost per hire. It evaluates how much…
  • 3 Amazing Recruiting Compliance Resources

    15 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Recruiting compliance is something we don’t give much thought to until it really affects us. It’s not a daily consideration. It’s only thought of in an “oh dear god” moment when we’re knee deep in an OFCCP audit or a potentially complicated compliance situation. It’s in that moment that we’ll wish we were more informed and more diligent with our recordkeeping. For most of us it isn’t something that we’ve purposely neglected. In fact, many of us think we’re doing everything right until it hits us that we’re definitely not. As recruiters,…
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    Career Hub

  • What Story Does YOUR Resume Tell and Will It Work?

    Jean Cummings
    18 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Read through your current resume with an objective eye - what story does it tell? Here are some of the stories I've seen in people's resumes: - I had a lot of authority in my jobs before 2005 but since...
  • What's the #1 Way to Get a Job in Corporate America?

    Jean Cummings
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    If you answer the question below correctly and act on its implications, you are well on your way to a great job! Here it is: "What is the #1 source of hire for corporate America?" a) Job boards b) Employee...
  • Job Interviews: To Tell the Truth

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    Are you watching "The Bachelor?" I haven't watched it for years until a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled upon a television scene that looked remarkably like Des Moines, Iowa and lo and behold – it was! Then I...
  • Resume Writing Transformation: From Stress to Success

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Let’s say your car stalls on the interstate. Know how to fix it? Let’s say your tooth gets knocked out. Know how to fix it? Let’s say you are getting sued by your employer for breaking your non-compete. Know what...
  • Do You Have the Requisite Qualifications To Be An Outstanding Job Seeker?

    11 Feb 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I love the conversations I have with clients. I love the questions they ask -- questions such as: “So, what are some good qualities of a job seeker?” If you had to create a job description for today’s job seeker,...
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    Human Resource News

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    26 May 2015 | 5:26 am
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    26 May 2015 | 1:13 am
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  • Pricing/Estimating Controls Manager - Direct Hire - San Diego,

    25 May 2015 | 10:09 pm
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  • Hawaii's unemployment rate falls to 4.1%

    Jason Ubay
    26 May 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent last month, from 4.5 percent in April 2014, but was unchanged from the first three months of this year, according to data from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 5.4 percent, a drop from 6.2 percent in April 2014, and slightly down 0.1 percentage points from March. Initial unemployment claims fell by 379, or 21.8 percent, in April and weekly claims…
  • Billionaire Walter Scott's 'Ice Bear' super yacht stops in Lake Union on its way to Alaska

    Patti Payne
    26 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    It’s that time of year that more and more mega-yachts are out exploring Alaska. On that trip, they’re often spotted here in the Puget Sound region on their way too or from our northernmost state. One super yacht being readied to go is the 172-foot "Ice Bear," owned by billionaire business leader and noted philanthropist Walter Scott Jr., who sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway. Scott is a childhood friend of Warren Buffett and is chairman emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. Those in the…
  • Streetcar talks between Cincinnati transit agency, union at an ‘impasse’

    Chris Wetterich
    26 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The transit agency that will oversee the Cincinnati streetcar’s operations and the union that represents its workers cannot agree how those employees could work on the project once it’s operational next year, according to a letter from the agency’s CEO to Mayor John Cranley. Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority CEO Dwight Ferrell told Cranley that the sticking point remains whether up to five specialized streetcar technicians will be SORTA employees and members of the Amalgamated Transit…
  • Post Berkshire investment, Durham's Implus announces acquisition

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    26 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Fresh off its cash infusion from Berkshire Partners, Durham athletic and training gear manufacturer Implus Corporation has inked yet another partnership – this time acquiring sock maker Balega Socks. Balega, which develops its product line at a South African production facility, will merge its brand into Implus’ family of products, a line that already includes the likes of Sof Sole, Yaktrax, a para, Airplus, Sneaker Balls, Sof Comfort, Little Hotties and more. Balega’s management team will…
  • San Antonio to lose more than 160 aerospace jobs as GDC Technics shifts work to North Texas

    W. Scott Bailey
    26 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    GDC Technics plans to move part of its operations from San Antonio to Fort Worth. That move will cost the Alamo City 162 jobs, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter from the company obtained by the Business Journal. GDC Technics, an aerospace company specializing in aircraft modifications, has its headquarters at Port San Antonio. It’s not immediately clear how many people GDC Technics employs in San Antonio. The letter, signed by Melissa Trevino, director of…
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    HR Vendor News

  • HRsoft Announces New HR and Talent Management Podcast Series, “Talent Takeaways”

    HR Vendor News
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    ORLANDO, Fla. — HRsoft, the leader in High Impact Talent Management(TM) software debuted a new HR and talent management podcast series on iTunes titled, “Talent Takeaways.” Chief Marketing Officer at HRsoft and Talent Management Speaker/Author, Brian Sharp, will host the weekly series. The podcast episodes will feature a variety of HR influencers and experts. The first episode features best selling SHRM author and Stay Interview expert, Dick Finnegan. “Talent Takeaways was created to share ideas, strategies and insights from the top minds in HR and talent…
  • TalentWise Chosen as Finalist for the 2015 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

    HR Vendor News
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bothell, WA – Thursday, May 21, 2015 – TalentWise, Inc., a leading Cloud solutions provider for the Human Capital Management (HCM) industry, announced today that Red Herring has recognized the company as a Finalist for the 2015 Red Herring Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology companies from the North American business region. The high demand for the TalentWise screening and onboarding solution for the Human Capital Management industry is fueling TalentWise’s robust growth year over year. TalentWise…
  • Michael C. Fina Adds New Features to its Recognition Wall

    HR Vendor News
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Long Island City, NY – Michael C. Fina, a leading provider of global employee recognition and incentive programs, today announced new features and functionality for its Recognition Wall social recognition tool. A mobile-responsive design, real-time message preview capability and other usability enhancements will make it easier for organizations and their employees to use Recognition Wall to celebrate employee achievements. Michael C. Fina’s Recognition Wall reminds managers of upcoming milestones, allowing them to post a private message for the employee. They can also use the tool…
  • Leaders in Human Resources Honored at Annual HRO Today Awards Gala

    HR Vendor News
    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 20 – On the evening of May 4th, the HRO Today Services and Technology Association Awards recognized 10 leaders in human resources at their annual Awards Gala that took place at the 2015 HRO Today Forum North America. The awards have been the highlight of the year and an aspiration for those in the HR industry in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), North America (NA), Asia Pacific (APAC) and globally. Each year the HRO Today Services and Technology Association selects a theme and the awards criteria revolve around that theme. The theme of this…
  • 2015 CHRO of the Year Awards Honors North America’s Top Executives in Human Resources

    HR Vendor News
    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 20 – Twelve Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) were honored on May 4th at the HRO Today Awards Gala at The Westin Hotel in Philadelphia. For the past several years, the HRO Today Awards Gala has been the highlight of the year and an aspiration for those in the HR industry both regionally and globally. HRO Today Magazine recognizes the strategic business value that CHROs bring to their organizations. They are both stewards and strategists, responsible for a company’s talent and performance blueprint, driving both business and the bottom line forward.
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  • HR’s Burden of Being a Happiness Ambassador

    26 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m down with all of this research and science behind happiness at work. I think it’s a good thing. I like it when HR professionals think about happiness, too. Nobody wants you to be miserable from your long commute to your 21st-century factory job where you earn flat wages and can’t keep up. But in as much as everybody’s awesome and everything is cool when you’re part of a team, some people don’t know how to be happy. While most of us want a well-balanced life with plenty of joy, others choose unhappiness as part of a broader and more informed way of…
  • Taking Memorial Day Off

    21 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Gotta do some stuff. See you next week. Be safe. The post Taking Memorial Day Off appeared first on Laurie Ruettimann.
  • The Art & Science of Saying Thank You

    20 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    There is no art and science of saying thank you. If you ever wonder if you should thank someone for doing a good job, the answer is yes. Say thank you. Stop what you’re doing and do it right now. Did you overlook somebody? Go back and say thank you. Pick up the phone. It’s never too late. (Jesus. Some people, am I right? Just do it.) There are legitimate questions about rewarding and recognizing great effort at work, though. How and when do you say thank you in meaningful ways? What’s the right type of recognition? When do you use money? When are words enough? I don’t…
  • What to Do When Someone Cuts You Down

    19 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m speaking at the 2015 Skillsoft Perspectives conference on Wednesday. I’ll be up on stage with a bunch of experts talking about talent analytics. A colleague of mine asked, “What are you doing on that panel?” I said — “I sit on the board of a company that uses technology to marry and dissect labor, business, and financial intelligence. I am an advisor to two companies that use data to help HR practitioners get smarter about their companies. And I meet thousands of HR professionals every year who teach me about what big data and analytics mean in their…
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and HR

    18 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    My friends at TDn2K tell me that only three hospitality companies have ever won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: Ritz Carlton, Pal’s and K&N Management. On June 4th, I get to stand on stage at Summer Brand Camp and interview leaders from K&N Management on what it takes to be a great place to work and how a relentless pursuit of excellence paid off in their organizations. But first I had to find out — “What the hell is a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and why am I talking about this? What? What do you want me to do?” Because, on the whole,…
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  • Why HR in Singapore needs to become more 'professional' - Human Resources Online

    26 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Human Resources OnlineWhy HR in Singapore needs to become more 'professional'Human Resources OnlineThose were among the key messages highlighted in the HR Manpower Study, which was commissioned by The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower, International Enterprise Singapore and ...and more »
  • Polycom names new SEA managing director - Human Resources Online

    26 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Human Resources OnlinePolycom names new SEA managing directorHuman Resources OnlinePolycom has appointed Chua I-Pin as the company's new managing director for Southeast Asia. Chua's appointment took effect from 20th May, according to a press release issued by the company. As Polycom's new managing director, Chua will be ...and more »
  • Suite Talk: James Lim, BD - Human Resources Online

    26 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Human Resources OnlineSuite Talk: James Lim, BDHuman Resources OnlineGood HR practice is to spend 50% of your time with people. But I think it goes deeper than that. Spending time with your associates is one thing. But spending time to know about their purpose in life is the most important thing – building trust to a
  • Dennis Defa receives national human resources distinguished service award - Montana State University

    26 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Dennis Defa receives national human resources distinguished service awardMontana State UniversityDennis R. Defa, head of human resources at Montana State University, has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 Distinguished Service Award. CUPA will award $2,000 in Defa's honor to an ...
  • PNG PM focuses on human resources capacity - Radio New Zealand

    26 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Radio New ZealandPNG PM focuses on human resources capacityRadio New ZealandThe awards were presented at the PNG Human Resource Institute National Congress in Port Moresby. Mr O'Neill says his government is focussed on ensuring PNG's human resources capacity is grown, with its investment in education central to this focus.and more »
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  • Investigators now coming after you … in disguise

    Christian Schappel
    22 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    One government agency has just taken the wraps off a new way its officials intend to enforce employment laws. If this tactic spreads, it could be very costly for employers.  New York City employers are now faced with the possibility of having government officials poking around their hiring practices disguised as job applicants. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) just enacted a new law (Bill 690-A) that requires the city’s Human Rights Commission to conducted “matched-pair” testing of at least five employers’ hiring processes between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016 —…
  • Millennials more susceptible to depression than other generations: Study

    Tim Gould
    22 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    It’s no surprise that depression is a leading cause of workers seeking help from their companies’ employee assistance programs. But you might be shocked to hear which group is most often affected: Millennials.   Depression and Work: The Impact of Depression on Different Generations of Employees, a recently-released white paper from EAP provider Bensinger DuPont & Associates (BDA), found that depression accounts for 17% of users of EAPs. One in five Millennials reported experiencing depression, the highest of any generation. Depression appears to decline with age, as Gen X and…
  • The evolution of job interviews (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Christian Schappel
    22 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    We could write tens of thousands of words on how the job interview process has changed since the dawn of employment. Instead, here’s what the evolution looked like.  Video interview software maker Spark Hire’s created the following witty infographic to depict just how the job interview process has evolved as humans have evolved. It also provides a look at what the next stage in the evolutionary process is likely to be. Some points of note on mankind’s past: In the 18th and 19th centuries, professions were passed on from generation to generation, eliminating the need for…
  • Find the Best Applicant Tracking Software – One Minute Could Save You Days of Frustration

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The recruitment process can be arduous for both employers and candidates. From sourcing candidates to tracking current applicants and ultimately hiring the ideal candidate, an ATS will reduce the time and expense of hiring new employees for both HR departments as well as recruiting and staffing agencies. There are hundreds of ATS solutions currently on the market, with different solutions for organizations of different sizes, industries and hiring models. Software Advice’s team of independent experts have reviewed more than 60 applicant tracking systems and are ready to provide you with…
  • Find the Best Payroll Software – One Minute Could Save You Days of Frustration

    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    If your company is tracking employee information and processing payments manually, payroll solutions could save you time, money and a lot of headaches by mitigating compliance risks. There are many payroll solutions available to streamline the task, but determining which solution is best for you can be overwhelming. Software Advice’s team of independent experts have reviewed more than 30 payroll software systems and are ready to provide you with reviews and price quotes from the vendors that best meet your needs. Click here to learn more!  
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    Complinet HR

  • Without prejudice discussions

    21 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    It may be that, having considered all the circumstances of a dismissal or potential dismissal, the employer wants to enter into a compromise agreement with an employee, in which the employee waives their potential claims in return for compensation.
  • Resignations

    21 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    In most cases, dealing with a resignation will be straightforward.
  • Suspensions

    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    If an employer uncovers evidence of potential misconduct, the first question will normally be whether to suspend the employee for a particular period (e.
  • Redundancy

    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For a dismissal to be by reason of redundancy, there must be a genuine redundancy situation of one of the types outlined in the “legal framework” section.
  • Investigations

    21 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Regardless of whether the employee concerned has been suspended, potential misconduct that may lead to disciplinary action needs to be investigated.
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    Ask a Manager

  • listing a medical marijuana clinic as an employer, excluded from a team lunch, and more

    Ask a Manager
    26 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Listing a medical marijuana collective as an employer I am a Los Angeles resident and am employed as a manager at a large medical marijuana collective. I began as a budtender in 2011 and three promotions later, I am managing a facility with over $3.5 million in sales annually. However, my partner has just accepted a great position in Oklahoma City and I am preparing to move out there and begin a job search. While what I do is legal under the laws of the state of California, it is illegal under federal law and would also be illegal for me…
  • I’m in an office where everyone uses reply-all on everything — do I have to too?

    Ask a Manager
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    A reader writes: I have a new job! I haven’t worked in a setting involving use of computers in a few years (this is still possible in my field), and now I do, once again. However, my job is not a desk job, at all, nor is it 9-5. At my new job, there’s some face time, but not very much. In my mid-30s, I am likely on the younger side of the people that I work with. They have the strangest thing with email at this new job. They reply-all to EVERYTHING. Like, yesterday, someone announced that some people got a promotion. Then, nearly every single person on the announcement used…
  • 5 hidden inefficiencies on your team

    Ask a Manager
    26 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    When managers think about productivity killers on their team, they often think about things like people spending time on Facebook or not working at peak capacity. But there are some hidden inefficiencies that don’t often get the same attention, but which can have a much great impact. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about five hidden inefficiencies on teams. You can read it here. 5 hidden inefficiencies on your team was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • I’m supposed to share a house with five coworkers for a team retreat

    Ask a Manager
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A reader writes: Long story short, my boss is planning a corporate retreat near the coast for five executives, four of whom are men and myself, the lone woman. The challenge is that we are supposed to stay in this 5-bedroom house and I will get my own in-suite bathroom. I find this somewhat unprofessional, a little too frat-boyish going on spring break. A friend of mine who works in human resources tells me I am being unreasonable and this is very common. What are your thoughts on coed corporate retreats with close-proximity accommodations? I wouldn’t say it’s outrageous, but I…
  • should a video game character be fired, thwarting public record laws, and more

    Ask a Manager
    25 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My government manager is thwarting public record laws by emailing things to my personal email account I work for a government agency that is subject to public records requests. Routinely at work, my manager’s manager will send a work-related email to my personal gmail account and request that I 1) do not forward the email to my work email and 2) insist that I respond only from my gmail account. I have expressed to both my manager and the manager who asks this that I am not comfortable with subjecting my private email account to…
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    Compensation Force

  • Managing Pay in the Entrepreneurial, Small to Mid Sized Company

    Ann Bares
    4 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    I had the chance recently to join a group of HR professionals who serve entrepreneurial, small to mid sized organizations to talk about the realities and challenges of managing pay in this setting.  Great group, great conversation. In my experience, having worked with organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 to those with under 10 employees, there is one near-universal challenge faced by the HR pro in these businesses: determining when and how to introduce structure to compensation decisions.  Part of the challenge is recognizing the right time to make the move to more formal pay…
  • 2014 Turnover Rates by Industry

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

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

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

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

  • 20 Questions You Must Ask If You Are Laid Off or Fired

    Evil HR Lady
    26 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    When you walk into what you think is a normal meeting with your boss and are surprised with a pink slip, it’s devastating. Even if you absolutely, positively hated your job, when your boss yanks it out from under your feet, it hurts and you can’t think straight. You should, however, ask a series of questions even if your brain can’t handle that task right now. But, you can always call or arrange a meeting later to ask questions. Your employer will generally provide a stack of paperwork that you can go through on your own, so you may not need to ask some of these questions.
  • No Matter What Scrabble Says, Don’t Ever Use These 10 Words at Work

    Evil HR Lady
    25 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Scrabble just added 6,5000 new words to the official word list. For those of you who play, that can mean more opportunities to use that Q on a triple word square. Good news all around! But, does this mean that a word that is allowable in Scrabble should automatically make it into the office? Of course not. Just because Scrabble says something is a word doesn’t mean using it in a business setting is an appropriate thing to do. Sure, if you’re discussing Inuits at the office, go ahead and throw out “quinzhee,” a newly approved word which means a snow shelter (which would…
  • How to Turn Your Employees Into Fans

    Evil HR Lady
    22 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    Everyone wants the best people to work for them. But ideally, you want people who not only are good at what they do, but are true fans of the business. Is it possible to have employees who are true fans? Being a sports fan means more than just liking the team. Being a fan at work is more than just liking your job. “Sports starts becoming your identity. And being a sports fan begins becoming part of who you are.” Fancred‘s mission is to be the world’s largest sports fan network, but CEO Kash Razzaghi’s internal goal is to turn his employees into fans of Fancred.
  • How to Deal with Employees Who Won’t Get Along

    Evil HR Lady
    21 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    When two kindergarten kids get into a spat, teachers temporarily separate the children and know that if you give them a few minutes they’ll probably get over it. When two junior high school girls get into a spat, the whole world can come to an end and they will still hate each other and set out to destroy each other. When two adults don’t get along in the same office, we hope that they are more like kindergarten children than 7th graders, but unfortunately, sometimes development was stuck at 13 and you’re in for a bumpy ride. To keep reading, click here: How to Deal with…
  • The Company Owner Ignores Federal Laws

    Evil HR Lady
    20 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Currently, I am an HR Generalist for a company that’s never had an HR person before. The owner is an HR nightmare. He won’t allow me to do my job. He asked me what I thought my first priority was. I answered “compliance”. He then asked me “what does that mean”? I’ve been there for 6 months and I’m seriously considering reporting him to the Department of Labor, OSHA, FCRA, dept. of homeland security. Etc His I-9’s for the people I’ve hired are the only ones that are completed. He told me there was “no sense of urgency” to…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • A 3,000 Year Old Piece of HR Advice

    Paul Hebert
    26 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Too many posts and pundits are ready to sell you the newest, greatest and most cool thing to help you do HR better. Yet, I’d suggest that in many cases adopting that “new” idea is a fool’s errand. Most, if not every new HR idea that is tied to a process, procedure, function or tool will be obsolete fast. Probably faster than you can implement and derive value from it. It seems we’re so focused on ROI that every decision has to be pushed through that abacus in order to prove that the idea is worthy of implementation. Unfortunately, we probably won’t realize the ROI because by the…
  • WEBINAR TOMORROW! The New HR Math: Dumbing Down HR Analytics for Everyday HR and Talent Pros

    Kris Dunn
    26 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    It all started with a great premise: Let’s teach kids an easier way to understand math so they won’t end up hating it. We can all buy into that, right!? What came out was a classic organizational nightmare of project-gone-wrong, in a way only HR can truly understand—the Common Core was born. Now, there you sit at the kitchen table trying to show your kid how to do basic multiplication, but you really have no clue on how to do it the “new-math” way. In a similar way, it used to be HR and Talent Acquisition could just run some spreadsheets, make a three-color pie graph,…
  • Your FOT Mad Men Wrap-up

    Steve Boese
    22 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    How is it that almost an entire week has passed since the series finale of Mad Men—perhaps the most important workplace-related pop culture phenomenon in the last decade—and no one here at Fistful of Talent has taken on the challenge of recapping the finale through the HR/Talent/Workplace lens? Well, fear not faithful FOT reader, I am on the case. Let’s take a look at how the groundbreaking series wrapped up, and some of the workplace and career lessons/takeaways we can derive from how the the show’s most important characters ended up. Oh, if you’re not familiar with Mad…
  • Driving in The Fog

    John Whitaker
    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    I love my guts. Seriously. I’m the first to admit that for much of my career, a large part of my success as a staffing professional and/or generalist relied on instinct, “feel,” or some other non-tangible determinant; and, frankly, I was good at it. I didn’t invent the term “gray area” as it relates to HR, but it is certainly applicable. Let’s face it, many times we found ourselves working with limited information, so we became proficient at driving in the fog—that’s how many of us could describe our day-to-day responsibilities,…
  • Kris Dunn explains a Potential Tweak to Your Succession Platform: The Shadow

    Kris Dunn
    21 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    If you’re lucky enough to have a decent succession program, you know the reality.  Unless you’re heavily invested in the concept of rotations, it’s hard to keep things fresh.  You need as many tweaks and features in your succession platform as possible to keep things fresh. Got an idea for you – the shadow.  Here’s how Amazon uses it: “For almost as long as Amazon has existed, Jeff Bezos has had a “shadow” — an up-and-coming executive who gets the much-envied chance to go with the CEO to daily meetings, talk over problems, and generally…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • A 1995 immigration target for a 2015 economy

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    2014 looks set to be a record-breaking year for immigration, according to the ONS estimates published yesterday. After a brief post recession dip, net immigration from the EU began to rise again in 2010 and last year, non-EU migration increased too. The gross migration figures in the next chart show the different patterns of EU and non-EU migration. Some of the sharp drop in net EU migration was due to people going back to their home countries whereas net non-EU migration fell because fewer people came in the first place. There is a higher churn among EU migrants because it’s…
  • How different is Scotland?

    11 May 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Scotland is another country, according to the Evening Standard, the New York Times, the Guardian and half my Twitter stream. It is different from the rest of the UK and certainly different from England. When you look at the electoral map, it’s hard to argue with that. Then again, when you look at the electoral map, Scotland looks different from the rest of Europe too. In most of the world’s older democracies, the main political divide is between the conservative right and the liberal or social democratic left. The extent to which these parties dominate varies. In the US, no other…
  • Labour lost the economic argument 5 years ago

    8 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Pundits will be picking over the results of this election for years and there are many reasons why things turned out as they did. For Labour though, in one respect, this election was lost in the aftermath of the last one. The opposition parties kept repeating the story of Blair and Brown spending with gay abandon and running up a massive debt. In the months after the 2010 election Labour never managed to nail that story. By the time they tried, it was too late. As Simon Wren-Lewis says, there wasn’t any evidence to support it. True, Labour ran a deficit in the last decade but that…
  • The deficit: much tougher than it looked

    7 May 2015 | 2:09 am
    A friend asked me, earlier this week, “If you’re saying David Cameron and George Osborne are not dedicated state shrinkers, and they’re not stupid either, why would they commit themselves to such a big reduction in public service spending?” Because, when the Conservatives first promised to eliminate the deficit, they had no idea how big a task it was going to be. To be fair, they weren’t alone. In 2010, most people assumed that the economy would eventually grow again in its usual post-recession pattern, starting with a big jump to counteract the big slump,…
  • Are the Conservatives ideologically driven state-shrinkers?

    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Are David Cameron and George Osborne small government ideologues hell-bent on shrinking the state? Simon Wren-Lewis thinks so: The goal is to reduce the size of the state, and because (with his encouragement) mediamacro believes reducing the deficit is the number one priority, he is using deficit reduction as a means to that end…. [W]e have a Chancellor that quite cynically puts the welfare of the majority of the UK’s citizens at major risk for ideological and political ends. He says something similar here: [T]he real long-term plan was an initial two years of sharp cuts to public…
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    Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources

  • The 3 learnings of reaching 18 thousand followers without following 1k people

    Gautam Ghosh
    17 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    This week I crossed 18000 followers on Twitter.Someone asked me how that happened...I was lucky...I was blogging before people knew the term.. You are a brand before TwitterI connected to the communities - when you add value to the community - they will add to youShare things of value that others with less audience have - both of you gain...If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • Recap of #SHRMTech15 @SHRMIndia - a story told in some tweets

    Gautam Ghosh
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:36 pm
    So I was at SHRM India's SHRMTech15 conference and here are some thoughts that struck me through the day, and some quotes by speakers that made me thoughtful and triggered more thoughtsHaha! Thanks @SHRMindia :) #shrmtech15— Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh) April 24, 2015 There's a 3D printer at the #shrmtech15 expo by Redd Robotics from #chennai— Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh) April 24, 2015 This is awesome news!! #shrmtech15— Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh) April 24, 2015 Constantly changing Job descriptions based on…
  • top 25 #HRInfluencers on #socialmedia by @SHRMIndia

    Gautam Ghosh
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    So last evening SHRM India unveiled its list of Indian HR Influencers on Social Media and I was at (ahem!) number 1You can download the full PDF list here   If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • #socialmedia and the Workplace @BT_India Video

    Gautam Ghosh
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    Remember I had earlier blogged about being on the panel at the Business Today Knowledge Forum on HR where I was invited to be part of a panel discussion?Well the video is out - and I hope you like it :)If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • {Video} @RDConsultingIN interviews me for @Social_Samosa #socialmedia

    Gautam Ghosh
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Ritu David interviewed me about my social media journey during the Social Media Week at Bangalore on my blogging and social media journey.Here's the video:) Hope you like itIf you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
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  • Workforce Planning Is The War Room Of HR

    Jason Buss
    26 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    The “War Room” – where once battle strategies, and today business strategies, are formed, tactics devised, and actions monitored. By designating a War Room, a company recognizes that from time to time, it’s necessary to take a step back from the flurry of everyday activity and survey the scene from ten thousand feet. From a holistic standpoint, the company can determine the right direction, pursue the correct strategies and enact appropriate tactics. In the war for top talent, workforce planning is the War Room of HR. As the cornerstone of strategic human resources, the workforce plan…
  • 50 Key #Recruiting Takeaways from #IndeedInteractive

    Jason Buss
    22 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    There has been no shortage of recruiting conferences going on the past couple of months from national events like ERE and SHRM Talent to regional events including Minnesota Recruiters, recruitDC, Seattle SMA, Nashville TANS and the list goes on and on. As Talent Acquisition professionals look to arm themselves with bite size information and stats to build business cases internally for new programs to drive change, twitter remains a great channel for networking with conference attendees and information sharing. With 6TB of job search data collected everyday, the Indeed Interactive conference…
  • Building A High-Performing Team Takes More Than Talent

    Jason Buss
    19 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    We’ve all come across this type of person in our careers: the guy who is miserable to work with but who’s also “the top salesman we have.” Or how about “the smartest guy in the room,” who’s also the most unapproachable person you’ve ever met? The talent may well be there but, in today’s increasingly networked workplace, it isn’t a guarantee of success. Sometimes, very talented people just aren’t a good fit for your organization, but more often, the problem lies in a leaders’ inability to harness or align their employees’ talent to the mission. Either of these…
  • 6 Tips For #Recruiting and #Hiring The Right Employees

    Jason Buss
    18 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Hiring the right employees can make or break your business. Employee recruitment is about managing stress, as you will constantly be judged on your selection, and you obviously cannot please everybody in your organization. However, there are certain rules that you can use to hire the right employee for your business every time: 1.    Look for Someone With a Commitment to Their Career A person committed to his or her career is the candidate you want to hire. You don’t want to hire an employee who switches careers or jobs frequently, just to get a higher salary. If a candidate is not loyal…
  • Why The 40-Hour Workweek Is Dying

    Jason Buss
    18 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. It’s the schedule the vast majority of us in salaried positions follow, and have followed for the past several decades. Legally, 40 hours of work each week is considered “full-time,” and demands certain full-time benefits, and any work done beyond those 40 hours is considered overtime. The traditional “9 to 5” day has become a familiar staple of office culture and work culture in general, but entrepreneurs and managers are starting to discover the flaws in such an employment model. Many companies are already adapting to find better alternatives to the…
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    Profitability Through Human Capital

  • Why is BEING Strategic so Hard?

    5 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Many professions besides HR talk about being strategic.  I was speaking with an operations manager on a plane last week and he said that he was told he needed to be more strategic.  Why is it so hard to do?  It finally dawned on my this year that I'm not sure what "being strategic" means.  Do you sit around and think big thoughts?  Do you run scenarios all day to see which ones are right for the business?  Do you conduct external scans until a big idea comes?I believe its more about THINKING strategically than just BEING strategic.  I can get my arms around…
  • How HR Can Transition from Business Partner to Business Leader

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    I have the honor of being a writer for Halogen's TalentSpace blog.  I have written a two-part series on HR Business Leadership.  I believe HR can be a business leader that just happens to be great in HR!Click here to read part one.
  • What’s Your Super Power?

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Today, I am honored to have an awesome colleague and friend as a guest blogger.  Angela Alper not only understands HR but she understands how HR can contribute to organizations by using insight to solve problems and develop world class talent.  Angela and I have collaborated on a workshop, "Using Influence and Impact: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader," which focuses on three very important areas for HR professionals; insight, influence and impact."What’s Your Super Power?There are lots of good quarterbacks.  What makes Tom Brady better than someone…
  • 15 Ideas for HR Leadership in 2015

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

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

  • 5 Business Lessons Learned From Adult Coloring Books

    Sharlyn Lauby
    26 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    I’ve noticed a few themes emerging in the professional development space that center around the need for individuals to find ways to decompress, de-stress, and detox from their digital lives. One of the ideas I heard was adult coloring books. Now before you laugh, check out these articles on CNN, Huffington Post, the NY Post and the LA Times about the popularity of adult coloring. So when Free Period Press offered to send me a coloring book, I jumped at the chance to see firsthand what coloring would bring. Lora DiFranco, one of the founders, said they created the coloring book as a result…
  • The Interview Series on #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    24 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    Tomorrow is Memorial Day in the United States. It’s a federal holiday to remember the people who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. It also marks the beginning of summer vacations. Since this is a long weekend for some, I thought I would put together a list of a few interviews we’ve done over the years. Enjoy your Sunday with a cup of coffee or cuppa tea and some great reading.   Dr. Marshall Goldsmith on Becoming a Better Leader   Dr. Daniel Goleman on Staying Focused     Dr. John Kotter on Creating Organizational Change   Dr. Eduardo…
  • There Are No Easy Ways Out – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    22 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Did you know that Kronos has nine (9) blogs devoted to helping organizations be the best they can be? Topics focus on Lean Labor StrategiesTechnology Services and Human Capital Management. Enjoy the post!) Remember the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk”? Here’s the Wiki page as a refresher. I know there are other morals to the story, but my biggest takeaway is don’t look for an easy way out. Jack tries to find instant riches by trading his cow for…
  • Your Blueprint for Employee Performance Meetings

    Sharlyn Lauby
    21 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers.” The book is available on Amazon in hard copy and Kindle, in the iTunes store, and directly from the publisher.” Employee performance meetings happen all the time in business. At least, they should happen all the time in business. We’re not talking about meetings that address employee discipline or terminations. Your organization has a policy for that and managers need to follow it. Employee performance meetings are about helping employees succeed. They are the regular…
  • Corporate Culture and Company Profits Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    Sharlyn Lauby
    19 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the Great Place to Work conference in Dallas. It’s a terrific event that companies should check out – regardless of whether your organization aspires to be on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. And here’s why: We’re beginning to see a significant change in the labor market. There are fewer qualified candidates for job openings. Organizations will have to engage their workforce at a high level and compete for talent. Candidates are doing their homework about companies before they apply. They want to know that a company is worth…
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • The Invisible City

    26 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Business travel is (mostly) terrible because we spend comparatively more time per trip dealing with the worst aspects of the process of traveling, (airports, delays, long cab rides, crowds...), and less time actually doing the fun parts of traveling, (sightseeing, trying some local restaurants and shops, meeting new people, catching a ball game). No, most business travel is actually two stressful, periods of 'travel', interrupted briefly by a little 'business' in the middle. And if you are a frequent business traveler you sometimes are faced with pressure from home (partners, spouses, kids,…
  • Incoming Email Subject Lines, Ranked

    25 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Most Email is terrible. But some emails are actually fun to receive. Some. So for your day off from work/school/whatever it is that you have to worry about tomorrow but you are trying not to think about today reading pleasure, I submit this incomplete, yet definitive ranking of Incoming Email Subject Lines. Here we go... 15. 'Whitepaper: 5 Tips for Managing Gen Y' 14. 'REMINDER: 'Your credit card payment is due in 5 days.' 13. 'You may already be a winner!' 12. <Subject: Blank> 11. 'It's time to check-in for your flight tomorrow.' 10. 'New comment on 'Easter Candies, Ranked'.' 9.
  • What are you afraid of?

    22 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Note: This week on the blog I am trying out a little experiment - writing on the first five (or so) subjects that popped out at random from a cool little app called Writing Exercises. The app provides suggestions for topics, characters, first lines - that kind of thing. I tapped the 'Random Subject' button a few times and will (try) to come up with something for each subject I was presented. It may be good, it may stink - who knows? But whatever the topic, I am taking like 20 minutes tops to bang something out. So here goes... Today's (and this little exercise's final) topic is a question:…
  • If you could pass a new (workplace) law, what would it be?

    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Note: This week on the blog I am trying out a little experiment - writing on the first five (or so) subjects that popped out at random from a cool little app called Writing Exercises. The app provides suggestions for topics, characters, first lines - that kind of thing. I tapped the 'Random Subject' button a few times and will (try) to come up with something for each subject I was presented. It may be good, it may stink - who knows? But whatever the topic, I am taking like 20 minutes tops to bang something out. So here goes... Today's topic: If you could pass a new (workplace) law, what…
  • Loss

    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Note: This week on the blog I am trying out a little experiment - writing on the first five (or so) subjects that popped out at random from a cool little app called Writing Exercises. The app provides suggestions for topics, characters, first lines - that kind of thing. I tapped the 'Random Subject' button a few times and will (try) to come up with something for each subject I was presented. It may be good, it may stink - who knows? But whatever the topic, I am taking like 20 minutes tops to bang something out. So here goes... Today's subject: Loss Wow, the fun never ends with these random…
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    Federal Employment Law Articles

  • Spring Regulatory Agenda Sets Forth New Deadlines, Proposals

    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In keeping with past practice, federal agencies released their spring regulatory agendas on the eve of a holiday weekend. These semiannual reports list all of the federal agency regulations currently under development or review. Notably, these reports include anticipated release dates for proposed or final regulations. While often aspirational, these dates provide some insight into the agencies' priorities for the next six months. The following highlights some key pending regulatory actions from the spring agenda.
  • USCIS to Halt Premium Processing Service for H-1B Extensions

    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will temporarily halt acceptance of premium processing requests for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions from May 26, 2015 through July 27, 2015.
  • Beware: 11 Employment Policies on the NLRB’s Radar

    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
  • Airline Industry Alert: OT Class Action Against Southwest Airlines Fails to Take Off

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Executive Summary: Airlines achieved a major victory on May 19, 2015, with an order from the Central District of California granting Southwest Airlines Co.'s motion to dismiss in McKinley v. Southwest Airlines Co., United States District Court, Central District of California Case No. 2:15-cv-02939-AB-JPR, finding the plaintiff's overtime claims to be preempted by the Railway Labor Act (RLA). Significantly, McKinley makes clear that when an employee's claims focus on or require extensive analysis of the terms of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the appropriate course for a court is to…
  • ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor Plan Investments

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
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    Capital Jobs

  • Odisha OJEE 2015 Online Registration & E-Counselling Process

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    26 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Odisha OJEE 2015 Online Registration & E-Counselling Process OJEE Online Registration will start after the publication of the OJEE Entrance Result 2015. In Odisha, the admission into professional and technical course such as M.Tech, B.Tech, MBA, MCA, Pharmacy is done by a centralized online counselling process. After the publication of the OJEE Entrance results, all the students should Register
  • Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College Recruitment Notification 2015

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    26 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College Recruitment 2015 - 37 Assistant Professor Vacancies Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Evening) College, University of Delhi (DU) invites prescribed format of application forms for the post of Assistant Professor in various subjects. The last date for submission of applications is 15th June 2015. Read below for more details. Job Description Post Name : Assistant
  • DET 2015 District Wise Nodal Centre List & Roll Number Wise Document Verification

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    26 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    DET 2015 District Wise Nodal Centre List & Roll Number Wise Document Verification List DET 2015 Document verification starting from  26 May 2015. This document verification is necessary for making the DET Rank. The document verification will be done on the below given Nodal Centres. Here the District wise and Roll Number wise Nodal Centres is given. Student should match the First 4 Digit of
  • DET, Odisha 2015 Document Verification List - Roll Number Wise & Date Wise

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    26 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    DET, Odisha 2015 Document Verification List  Roll Number Wise & Date Wise DIRECTORATE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING, ODISHA, CUTTACK has published the SCHEDULE FOR DOCUMENT VERIFICATION OF DET-2015. The document verification at the Nodal Centre is going to start from 26 may 2015. The details Roll Number wise document verification list and Date wise document verification list  and the roll
  • Chhattisgarh Government Job Vacancy 2015 Notification

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    25 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Chhattisgarh Government Job Vacancy 2015 Notification Office of the District & Sessions Judge, Kondagaon-District (Chhattisgarh) issued notification for the recruitment of 45 Stenographer (Hindi & English), Assistant Gr-III Vacancies (Backlog) on contract basis. Eligible Resident of Bastar Division can apply in the prescribed application format on or before 22-06-2015 till 05:00 PM.  For more
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Slideshow] The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not

    21 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Did you catch our 2 part blog post about how the world has changed yet companies haven't been able to keep up? This Slideshow recaps the highlights in about 5 minutes. The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not from RoundPegg The world and human workforce is ever evolving.  It's time to visit the new frontier of human capital management- Culture.  In this quick slideshow, we'll investigate the old way of maximizing human output and how that compares to today.  
  • The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not (Part 2)

    19 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week we discussed how the world has changed but many companies have not. Here we pick things back up.The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not (Part 2)Before you read this, check out Part 1 here and then come back.  The world continues to change, but many businesses are not keeping up.  People aren’t independent.Our working systems are so intermingled that the lone wolf is indeed an endangered breed. When assembling teams, organizations need a more holistic approach. For example, a marketer who was the best your competitor had may not be the best candidate for your…
  • The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not (Part 1)

    14 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Although the world has changed, our systems and infrastructure for people management are antiquated.In 1957 the U.S. hit an inflection point. (1)For the first time, we started thinking more than producing. White-collar workers outnumbered blue-collar workers. Since then the spread between the two has only increased but we have not changed our mindset or our systems to help get the best from those who do the work. We have moved from an industrial age to an age of human potential that drives work.The nature of today’s work requires your workers come up with solutions that are more creative…
  • The Culture of Cycling

    12 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Cycling and business each face invisible forces all the time. Overcoming wind drag and culture drag is critical to success and can only be beat with well aligned teams.I spent my college and postgraduate years chasing cycling victories so in the spirit of National Bike to Work Month, I’m going to explore just one aspect of cycling and how this can apply to the business arena. I wish I’d spent more time focusing on the team, and less time pointing to what I didn’t have. It’s a lesson I learned the hard way and one I strive to apply in my life today.People who ride their bikes to work…
  • M&A: Ultimate Examples of Failure to Conform

    7 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    The vast majority of mergers and acquisitions fail- at least 70%, and some estimate that it's even higher than that. Most of those mergers fail for reasons that have nothing to do with the product or the business imperatives between the two organizations - they fail due to culture value gaps in groups. This is a story from Libby Sartain about how a lack of alignment between the acquired organizational culture and the parent company culture is by far the biggest predictor of failure in an acquisition. Guest contributor Libby Sartain is the former Chief Human Resources Officer at Yahoo! and…
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  • How Is Helping Students Realize Their Dreams

    Reem Boudraa
    24 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    “Magic is something you make.” This adage, adopted this month by, is a promise by to bring magic into people’s lives. And magic takes many forms. It can be a dream; the dream of landing a job, finding true love or even pursuing the education you’ve always wanted. There are so many companies in the Middle East that believe in investing in the power of education – so much, in fact, that they’ve dedicated funds to sponsor scholarships for students. These companies offer great opportunities for students to get access to endless educational options. Companies that…
  • كيف تحصل على وظيفة معلّم لغة إنجليزية في دبي

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    20 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    1. اكتسب المؤهلات المطلوبة TEFL 2. تقدم الى الوظائف الشاغرة في المدارس، والكليات والجامعات 3. قم بالتدريس في مراكز التدريب المهنية TOEFLIELTS 4. شارك في الأعمال التطوعية 5. سوّق مهاراتك 6. انضم الى تخصصات بيت.كوم
  • How to Get a Job Teaching English in Dubai

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    18 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Has teaching English always been your passion? There are several avenues through which you can express this passion in Dubai. From schools, colleges and universities to professional training centers, English teachers are very much in demand. Here is how you can get a job teaching English in Dubai: 1. Get Accredited Most English teachers have the TEFL, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language, accreditation. In addition to the TEFL, you can also add to your chances of getting a job teaching English in Dubai by completing a university degree in English. 2. Apply to schools, colleges and…
  • خمسة أمور يجب معرفتها قبل طلب زيادة على الراتب

    Reem Boudraa
    14 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    دراسة بيت.كوم للرواتب في الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا 2015 الى أن خمس المجيبين (22%) صرّحوا بأنهم حصلوا على زيادة على راتبهم بنسبة تتراوح ما بين 1% و5% في العام 2014، في حين لم يتلقَ 39% منهم على أي زيادة على الراتب، ولا يتوقع 26% من المهنيين الحصول على زيادة في العام 2015. 1. اعرف قيمتك 2. لمَ ترغب بالحصول على زيادة؟ 3. اختر الوقت المناسب 4. كن…
  • 5 Things You Need to Know Before Asking for a Pay Raise

    Reem Boudraa
    13 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Have you ever wondered why some people earn more than others in similar job roles or companies? Or why some employees get a higher raise than others when they put less effort into their job? Here’s a bitter truth for you: A first-rate performance at work will not necessarily guarantee you the salary you deserve. This is why you have to understand how salaries are set and how to start talking money with your boss. Talking money can be uncomfortable. In fact, you may want or even need more money, but no one gets truly excited about having to ask for it. Not only have most of us grown up…
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  • 20 Of The Best Quotes From Leadercast 2015 #thebraveones

    Jennifer McClure
    11 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Last week, I was honored to be the emcee at the Leadercast: Northern Kentucky host site for Leadercast Live, the largest one-day leadership event in the world, with over 100,000 attendees. Each year, Leadercast brings together an All-Star lineup of business and political leaders, sports figures, social activists and world class communicators at a live event in Atlanta, Georgia, which is simulcast to hundreds of host sites across the world. The theme for the 2015 Leadercast event was “The Brave Ones” and speakers included: Andy Stanley – Leadership Author and Communicator…
  • How to Make Your Boss Your BFF [Money Magazine article]

    Jennifer McClure
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I’m honored to have been quoted in an article featured in the May 2015 print issue of Money Magazine. The article title is “How to Make Your Boss Your BFF” and was written by Daniel Bortz / @DanielBortz.
  • Why Does Personal Branding Matter? [Jennifer McClure Interview – CVid]

    Jennifer McClure
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Recently, I was interviewed by the team at CVid – a cloud based pre-interview platform – about how personal branding affects both employers and job seekers. Check out the full interview at “Why Personal Branding Matters: An Interview with Jennifer McClure”.
  • 5 Goals Every New Manager Should Set For Themselves [TINYpulse]

    Jennifer McClure
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Check out my latest post on the TINYpulse blog! “5 Goals Every New Manager Should Set For Themselves”
  • Understanding the ROI of Diversity and Inclusion [Talent Advisor Portal]

    Jennifer McClure
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    Check out my latest post on CareerBuilder’s Talent Advisor Portal blog! “The ROI of Bringing Diversity and Inclusion to HR and the C-Suite”
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  • Executive Brief: The 4 Es of Employee Engagement

    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The connection between engagement and higher performance is well established in nationwide and global surveys. Simply put, engaged employees go the extra mile to get the job done. And yet, Gallup tells us that 70% of U.S. workers are either not engaged or actively disengaged. That costs $450 to $550 billion each year in lost productivity.Read our executive brief and learn:The 4 Es necessary for employee engagementHow employees' subjective experiences affect engagementHuman factors that encourage and empower employeesRequest Free!
  • Building Channel and Employee Loyalty: Engagement Series Part 1: Rules

    21 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    We invite you to come along with us on a journey that investigates the cornerstones of engagement - rules, rewards, communications, and technology. Those critical elements needed to build an effective incentive program that drives your employees or channel partners to higher levels of performance and greater loyalty to your brand. Each part in this series will focus on these critical elements, and we’ll look at meaningful analytics that prove your program and improve your design going forward. We’ll even take a look at identifying and…
  • Compliance Update 2015

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Honing in on U.S. wage, hour, and absence regulations, this paper runs the gamut of compliance factors, including:Legislative developmentsKey court decisionsEnforcement actionsCommon employer mistakesEmerging trendsIn each case, our Director of Compliance summarizes the factors that have put an issue in the spotlight and outlines proven ways to minimize your risk. Get current and learn new practices with Compliance Update 2015.Download this white paper now!Request Free!
  • Workforce Management Gets a Boost from the Cloud

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This paper—exclusively available from WorkForce Software—illustrates how opting for the cloud can get you even greater returns from workforce management technology. Learn about the cloud's connections to employee retention rates, administrative costs, and maximizing revenues in this short and focused read.Request Free!
  • Leading with Workforce Management Technology

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    In order to see the most benefit, organizations must lead with workforce management and they must do so with an eye toward three key issues:Ease-of-use and user adoptionSpecialization versus standardizationBusiness alignmentThis paper will explore all three of these areas, and how organizations are leveraging the deep capabilities of modern workforce management technology as the first step of their HCM transformation.Request Free!
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  • Beware: 11 Employment Policies on the NLRB’s Radar

    Melissa Gonzalez Boyce
    20 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues its aggressive enforcement actions against work rules and policies it deems overbroad and infringing on an employee’s rights to engage in activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Non-union and union… continue
  • California-Specific Webinar Highlights Pressing Handbook Issues

    Beth Zoller
    19 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    California employers face a host of unique employment law issues at both the state and local levels that must be taken into account when developing, implementing and enforcing employee handbooks. Littler Mendelson employment attorneys Chris Cobey and Ben Emmert, of… continue
  • California Remains Ahead of the Curve With Workplace Trends

    Beth Zoller
    5 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    California continues to lead the way in expanding the rights of employees and obligations of employers in the workplace in many areas. This should come as no surprise to employers and HR since the California Fair Employment and Housing Act… continue
  • ESPN Reporter’s Rant Shows Perils of Off-Duty Conduct

    David Weisenfeld
    4 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is not exactly a household name. But when her cruel comments to a towing company employee went viral, she gained the sort of publicity that her post-game reporting never attracted. In case you missed it, the… continue
  • This is the End: Four HR Tips to Make Employee Terminations Fair and Final

    Michael Jacobson
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    People break up all the time. Every day, all over the world. But whether a breakup will actually hurt your company has a lot to do with how the message is delivered to the outgoing employee and the process that… continue
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  • Big Data in HR?

    18 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Not a month passes, when I am asked by clients about Big Data in HR. Across most South East Asian markets (and surely globally), Big Data and Workforce Analytics is a hot topic. Proactively, HR leaders are thinking about how they could apply Big Data analytics in the workforce context. Is this the real solution HR departments need? How can HR departments espouse a more evidence-based and integrated approach to workforce analytics and planning? I recently read a piece on LinkedIn titled “HR Data is Not Big Data – Not Yet”. Using some simple back-of-the-envelope calculations,…
  • The Robots Are Coming!

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

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

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

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

  • Modest Rant — Your HR Technology Portfolio Contains Three Types Of HCM Applications

    Naomi Bloom
    21 May 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Different But Equally Beautiful [This post was inspired by an exchange in the HR Technology Conference discussion group.] When I look across all of HRM with the most expansive and contemporary perspective on work and workers (so here I include humanoid robots as workers but clearly not persons), I see the need and market for three very different types of applications.  I’ve chosen to call these (making it very obvious that I am NOT a marketing guru) utility, core and niche applications. Utilities are those cross process foundations which are critical to providing customers with a…
  • Israel and Jordan: A Traveller’s Tale

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

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

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

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

  • What happens when the Boomers are gone and the Millennials are in charge?

    Joyce Maroney
    19 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    According to Pew Research, the Millennials have finally overtaken Boomers in the workforce.  This demographic shift has a lot of repercussions in the workplace.  For years we’ve been talking about similarities and differences between the generations at work.  The stereotypes abound – Milliennials are digital natives, Boomers have trouble with the remote control; Millennials want […] The post What happens when the Boomers are gone and the Millennials are in charge? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Customer Service Above and Beyond – in the Cloud

    Joyce Maroney
    11 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Last week I attended the excellent CXPA Insight Exchange conference in San Diego.  CXPA is the Customer Experience Professionals Association.  At Kronos, I’m responsible for our voice of the customer program, and always welcome the opportunity to network and learn from peers in this profession.  I walked away from this conference with a few good […] The post Customer Service Above and Beyond – in the Cloud appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Your IT Systems Can Use Some Spring Cleaning

    Joyce Maroney
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    This has been a particularly brutal winter here in the Boston area. In fact, we got the highest seasonal snowfall in recorded history, racking up a whopping 110.6 inches. For those of you who don’t live in a snowbelt, let me paint a picture for you. Storms earlier in the season are charming. The snow flutters […] The post Your IT Systems Can Use Some Spring Cleaning appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • #MPOWR Our Sons & Daughters – By Bringing Their Parents to Work

    Joyce Maroney
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    Our board member, former SHRM CEO Sue Meisinger, reflects on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – with a twist.  Read her post below and take the poll at the bottom.  We’d love to hear what you think about this idea. I’ve been around long enough to remember when the “Take Our Daughters […] The post #MPOWR Our Sons & Daughters – By Bringing Their Parents to Work appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Dr. Scott Spera on the Science of Customer Experience

    Joyce Maroney
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Fans of our blog and the podcast series should be very familiar with the work of MIT business professor Zeynep Ton. We’ve cited her book, “The Good Jobs Strategy,” on several occasions, as well as her research showing that paying workers better and treating them better is – surprise – better for the bottom line. […] The post Dr. Scott Spera on the Science of Customer Experience appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • The Quickest way to become a criminal

    Michael Haberman
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Starting a company can quickly make you a criminal There are many ways to become a criminal. Speeding is a common one and probably the most common, but everyone knows they are breaking the law. What about a way to become a criminal without intending to be a criminal? There is one other way that many people don’t consider. Starting a business is one way to quickly violate a number of laws without really realizing it. What laws? You may wonder what a business owner could do to become a criminal without intending to do so. There are all sorts of laws you can violate. You need to: Get a Federal…
  • Memorial Day

    Michael Haberman
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    According to Memorial Day, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Originally dated May 30 because it was not the anniversary of an particular battle in the Civil War, it is now officially the last Monday of May as a Federal holiday. Many cities and towns hold a parade honoring the military dead. The original Decoration Day in 1868 saw General James Garfield (later to become President of the US and the second president to…
  • Future Friday: Hot jobs for HR people in the Future

    Michael Haberman
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    What may be the hot jobs for HR in the coming decades? With all the prognostications of people losing their jobs to robots in the coming decade people are wondering what jobs HR people will be able to hold. I have written several times, here, here and here, about the importance of the “human” component of our jobs. Recently Fast Company asked some futurists what they anticipated for the future of jobs. I have taken some of their suggestions and related them to the field of human resources. Here is my take on the hot jobs for HR people in the next two decades. Brand Coach As I have written…
  • Is a failure to call emergency personnel a “willful” safety violation?

    Michael Haberman
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Failure to recognize a hazard can be deemed to be a “willful” violation. If you were caught up to your neck in sand would you consider that an emergency situation? What about if you were just caught up to your waist? That was the situation at a company in Illinois. An employee was in a bin that had a funnel opening in the bottom for dispensing sand (into trucks I am assuming.) He had climbed into the bin to scrap sand from the side when his efforts caused the sand to shift burying him up to his neck. He screamed for help and fellow workers responded. Did they call 911? No…
  • All-Star Startup Team: 4 Must-Fill Positions

    Michael Haberman
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Four essential positions in every start-up Today’s post is from my friends at Maintaining a successful startup is a tricky venture. More than nine out of every 10 startups will eventually fail — 93 percent of them to be exact, according to Business insider. There are dozens of factors as to why some startups succeed and most don’t, and there are thousands of articles written on the matter. But one of the biggest make-or-break moves for startups is hiring the right people on day one. Since small companies start with a limited number of people to help build from…
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  • May 26th Webcast: Beyond Critical Thinking- Making Smart Decisions in a VUCA World

    Breanne Harris
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Register now for our next webcast: Beyond Critical Thinking- Making Smart Decisions in a VUCA World The latest business surveys  show that critical thinking now ranks as the most desired leadership attribute for businesses (see the EDA Trends in Executive Development Report). While critical thinking works well for complicated environments where answers can be found by concertedly applying good processes, additional skills are needed to survive under volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions. For VUCA environments, where causes and effects are unclear and creative…
  • Selling the Critical Thinking Way

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

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

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

    Breanne Harris
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    How do you make good managers great?  How do you innovate as an organization? Through improved critical thinking — the #1 skill for 21st century employee development and raw material for problem solving, good judgment, and creativity! Critical Thinking University (CTU) is a powerful online portal that gives everyone from individual contributors to mid-career managers the ability to solve difficult on-the-job problems. Participants advance through 18 interactive courses and expert-led exercises in a “journey to better decisions” that requires them to:  Recognize assumptions…
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  • Their Résumés May Be Thin, but These Applicants Are Heavyweights

    Steve Bruce
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    These applicants may have some gaps in their résumés, but their skill sets, interpersonal and management skills, versatility, and ability to multitask are awesome. Who could they be? Moms, of course! Recently on the Working Mother magazine workplace blog, writer, marketing VP, and mom Kristi Grigsby outlined the skills that mothers possess that should impress any employer. She says while mothers contemplating a return to the workforce may underestimate how their home-based experience would translate to employers, the reality is they have some major skills that employers want…
  • Working at This Innovative Company Is Really a Trip

    Steve Bruce
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    An innovative company in San Francisco not only has a unique way of securing new products but also an out-of-the-box way to get its employees carried away—literally. Betabrand is an online “clothing community” that designs, manufactures, and releases new products conceived by its “fans,” codesigned by staff and fans into prototypes, and finally “crowdfunded” into product development and production in only a matter of weeks. Among its big hits to date are Dress Pant Yoga Pants, Executive Hoodies (wonder what CEO would buy that), and safety-conscious…
  • Ask the Right Questions—Find the Right Answers

    Steve Bruce
    22 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    Many leaders believe they must have all the answers—that it’s their responsibility to have the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. In my estimation, it’s more important to ask the right questions than it is to always have the answer. You see, it’s the questions that allow people to assess a situation. None of us can have all the answers, especially if we haven’t asked any questions. Questions shed light on a situation. Questions add context to a situation. Questions provide data that help draw the correct conclusion. There isn’t one…
  • Weighing In On The Future of Human Resources (HR)

    Robert Bacal
    22 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    Is Human Resources In A State Of Transition? Human resource departments have always been in a difficult position in organizations. They are charged with responsibility for designing and enforcing various policies (.e.g. performance management, sexual harrassment, etc. ) but lack the LINE AUTHORITY over those who’s cooperation they need to make those policies work. Human resource departments also carry on their routine administrative type tasks — employee classification, job descriptions, work history, payroll and so on. Finally in some companies, HR also is involved in solving…
  • Do HR Pros Really Trust Technology? Our Survey Results Shed Some Light

    Steve Bruce
    21 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    In yesterday’s Advisor, we revealed some of the results of our HR Technology Survey. Today, we present more findings from this timely study, including how new innovations in software are affecting costs and how far HR professionals are really trusting tech when they make decisions. A total of 483 individuals participated in this survey, which was conducted in January and February 2015. The Impact on HR Costs and Productivity Among the HR professionals surveyed, the majority agreed that technology saves time and money, increases productivity, and simplifies HR activities. This majority…
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  • Change

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    As an HR blogger, it is serendipitous to be able to watch the series finale of Mad Men and then attend the Reinvent Work Summit in the same week. I don’t need to assert a theory that the workplace has changed over 55 years. The change has been highly visible. When I was a little girl, I was invited to attend my father’s “take your kids to work” day. I remember walking in the factory filled with men and being told not to touch anything. I remember seeing all the component parts of a vehicle and realizing that someone had to assemble them. I remember the paneling in his office. It was a…
  • Overburdened employees: Four steps to better morale and business results

    Guest Contributor
    13 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    As the Canadian economy improves, business activity is picking up, but hiring has not increased at the same pace. Companies are trying to do more with the same number of employees, increasing productivity and business margins while maintaining costs. More than a quarter of employers are creating new hybrid roles to manage workloads, according to the Hays 2015 Salary Guide. While this is an effective way to improve productivity, it can create a pressure cooker situation for employees. More than a third of employers say increased workloads and employee pressure is driving up stress leave and…
  • Inside HR – Challenges with Internal Workplace Investigations

    Guest Contributor
    6 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When employers are faced with allegations of employee misconduct, workplace investigations offer a balanced approach for companies to make informed people decisions. This is especially critical in cases where there is a potential for termination and litigation risk is high.   Is your company diligent in conducting proper workplace investigations? Are relevant policies/processes in place as required by the Human Rights Code and Bill 168? If not, you can face severe consequences as an employer, as experienced by both CBC and Walmart Canada (Boucher v Walmart Canada-ONCA 2014) of late.
  • Pay for Performance Includes Dough for Decisions

    Guest Contributor
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    As HR practitioners, we all encounter people in positions of power that are apprehensive about making decisions. There is a counterintuitive element to this, as one of the founding principles of our economic system is that people’s salaries reflect their level of responsibility. As a rule, greater responsibility means a bigger pay cheque. It makes perfect sense: the higher you climb on the corporate ladder, the greater the impact of your decisions – or indecisiveness – on the organization. If a President, CEO, Executive Director or General Manager can’t come to a decision, an entire…
  • The Dreaded Performance Review

    Guest Contributor
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why, when you say it’s performance review time, do you get so much resistance? Typically managers cringe and employees groan. Increasingly, today’s HR professionals are expected to bring forth initiatives that engage employees and drive performance.   Maybe it’s time for “out with the old and in with the new.” Think of your current performance review program; what is the ROI? Is it based around capturing a year’s worth of accomplishments on a few pages? Is the feedback a good representation of the employee’s performance? Is it balanced and was the employee in agreement? How…
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    Pivotal HR Blog

  • The Pro’s and Con’s of Hiring a Summer Intern

    Rosalyn Commisso
    5 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    In the right situation, an internship can be beneficial for both the employer and the intern. However, there are a few situations where an intern may not be the right fit for your company. If you are thinking of adding an intern to your roster this summer, here are a few considerations to think about […]
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    HR Ringleader

  • Do You, or Your Company, Screw Up Meetings?

    8 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    A friend recently shared a funny video about conference calls and what they would look like if they were in person.  It’s made the social media rounds, but was still good for a laugh one more time.  It got me thinking about meetings… specificaly conference calls, since I work from home.  I pulled up my calendar and just looking at 2015, it appears I spend anywhere between 10- 50% of my week sitting in some type of meeting. Like many jobs, the meeting has turned into the commonly accepted way of disemminating information as well as a way to bring people together.  The issue is…
  • 2015 Guide to Conquering SHRM Annual- Las Vegas

    1 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    We’re just a few weeks away from the biggest collection of HR professionals in the world….. the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition.  It’s one of those events where you’ll find HR pros in all phases of their careers, from all parts of the world, who work for every type of company under the sun.  Where better to put this collection of diversity but in Las Vegas! Personally, I hate when events are in Vegas. Somehow the sights like people dragging their oxygen tanks around with them from one slot machine to another at 4 am, people on the street trying to flip nudie…
  • Anagnorisis & Peripeteia: What In the World Did I Sign Up For?

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I stumbled upon a TEDx talk by Mike Rowe where he told a story of how he had to castrate lambs as part of his Dirty Jobs television series.  While he makes no preparation for the jobs he agrees to take on, in this instance, he said he had to do a bit of research to determine how this would work.  He learned that castration is done (typically and according to the Humane Society) using a rubber band.  It apparently takes about a week for them to drop off.  What they didn’t tell him is that it is an excruciating process for the lamb and that it is a week of pain.  I recommend watching…
  • How Sleep Deprivation Impacts Your Work

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    *From the dusty archives… A little over a week ago, I was starting to get sick.  With springtime comes allergies so, like most people, I attributed my early symptoms to that.  By day two though, I knew I really had something brewing.  My main signal was sitting at my desk at work and suddenly feeling like I could fall asleep.  I felt like George from Seinfeld when he decided he needed a nap at work and created a spot under his desk where he could sleep.  I contemplated asking someone to come pick me up and drive me home, but instead, I drank a Coke and felt energized enough…
  • NBA Playoff Predictions Show

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Hello and welcome to the HR Happy Hour show and our latest episode: NBA Playoff Predictions.  If you’re new to the show, Steve and I typically talk about all things human resources and technology.  Once in awhile, there is a topic we are so passionate about that is not “work” related that we have to cover it.  Today, it’s the NBA playoffs. As backstory, a few months ago we did a fun show on the Academy Awards where we previewed and made predictions about the movies and actors/ actresses that would win Oscars.  It was fun because I had viewed almost all the movies…
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    Rapid Learning Institute

  • Who owns sales training? (It might not be who you think)

    Michael Boyette
    26 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    In the New Economy, who owns sales training?Is it training departments, whose job it is to create and deliver training? HR, which is increasingly staking a claim to talent development? Sales organizations, who are accountable for the outcomes in the form of increased revenues? Or sales managers, who after all know their salespeople best?Or is it none of the above?The New Economy — post-industrial, post-recession and endlessly disrupted — has profoundly and permanently shifted the relationship between employers and their employees. When organizations can’t even tell what…
  • Want to boost their learning ability? Get them out of the kitchen at night

    Dave Clemens
    26 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    If you’re responsible for employee learning in your organization, one of the last concerns that would normally cross your mind would be something like this: “Hmm, I wonder what Jack, Joe and Jill are doing around midnight. Are they in the kitchen having a late snack?”And yet, new research suggests, you wouldn’t be wasting your time to wonder about the nocturnal grazing habits of your herd.That’s because eating at the wrong time of day — like in the middle of the night — disrupts memory and the ability to learn, according to this neurological research,…
  • Small Victories: A Paradigm Shift in Sales Training

    Stephen J. Meyer
    21 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    On May 7, 2015 Stephen J. Meyer, CEO of the Rapid Learning Institute joined over 80 top sales and marketing influencers for the event, The Sales Acceleration Summit. Below you will find the recording of that program.Video TranscriptHi, I’m Steve Meyer, co-founder and CEO at the Rapid Learning Institute. The title of my talk is Small Victories: A New Paradigm in Sales Training.You know, I don’t think I’ve ever met a sales manager who doesn’t believe it’s REALLY important to train and develop sales reps.If you think about it, selling is just like any other skill, like…
  • Conditions like Triangle Shirtwaist still exist

    Michael Boyette
    20 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Sixty-nine of 72 workers at a flip-flop and slipper manufacturer in Valenzuela, Philippines, were killed on the second floor after a fire trapped them inside. Workers were apparently trying to escape via windows, but the windows were barred and workers were reportedly seen grasping the bars in an effort to shake them loose.The fire started at Kemtex Manufacturing when ground-level welders accidentally ignited flammable chemicals. The fire quickly spread, and the fire most likely blocked the exit or exits, trapping them inside.The case recalls the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy, where 146…
  • Communication training helps managers – and their teams – be more effective

    Stephen J. Meyer
    19 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    In a recent survey conducted by the American Management Association, HR professionals identified verbal communication as one of the skills organizations need to prioritize in their training and development programs.It’s no secret that communicating effectively is essential for any manager. But what can managers specifically do to improve their team interactions?Craig Weber, in his book Conversational Capacity: The Secret to Building Successful Teams That Perform When the Pressure Is On, argues that managers will be much more successful if they have a toolbox of concepts to help them…
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    Ascentis Blog

  • Seven Ideas for Changing Company Culture and Attracting Top-Notch Creatives

    The Creative Group
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Creative license. The freedom to innovate. Permission to take risks. That's what the 750 creative professionals surveyed for The Creative Group's Creative Team of the Future project said they want most from their employers.
  • Confused About Involuntary Wage Deductions? You’re Not Alone.

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

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

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

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

  • WEBINAR: How the CandE Winners Improve Candidate Experience

    Elyse Schmidt
    26 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    A great candidate experience can be the key difference between making a life-long advocate for your organization―or your competitor’s next best hire. Do you truly know if you’re creating a positive, memorable experience for qualified candidates? Take a note from recent Candidate Experience Award winners. In this upcoming webinar, The Talent Board’s Gerry Crispin shares... Continue Reading → The post WEBINAR: How the CandE Winners Improve Candidate Experience appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 5.18 to 5.22

    Elyse Schmidt
    22 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    YES—Friday is here again! You know what that means: Our weekly feature on the best articles in recruitment marketing and other talent acquisition trends. But first, our top content piece and tweet.   Content of the Week How to Be the Amazon of Recruitment: Know Your Candidates from SmashFly Technologies Who doesn’t want to be... Continue Reading → The post Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 5.18 to 5.22 appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • What Being Named a “Best Place to Work” Means for Our Customers

    Mike Hennessy
    21 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    At SmashFly, we help organizations market their employer brands to attract more qualified candidates. I know how important it is to their recruiting strategy when they are recognized for creating a great candidate experience or being a best place to work. Our awesome customers have earned some big honors recently: CH2M and McGraw-Hill Financial winning... Continue Reading → The post What Being Named a “Best Place to Work” Means for Our Customers appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • Q&A with Chief Product Officer: SmashFly’s New Referral Solution

    Elyse Schmidt
    20 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Most in talent acquisition would agree that employee referrals are the most valuable external candidates their teams can get. Respondents in a recent SmashFly survey confirmed that notion: Referrals were ranked the highest quality candidate from more than 10 sources. On average, an organization’s employee referral program generates 32 percent of hires. But we also... Continue Reading → The post Q&A with Chief Product Officer: SmashFly’s New Referral Solution appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • When Did Referrals Stop Being Real Recommendations?

    Christopher Brablc
    19 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    This post was inspired by the new Referrals solution available in SmashFly 15, which you can read about here.   Referrals are the holy grail of recruiting. If you ask 10 recruiting leaders, “What is your best source of hire?” 11 will say “employee referrals.” OK, I know the math is off there, but employee... Continue Reading → The post When Did Referrals Stop Being Real Recommendations? appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
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    Corn on the Job

  • Looking for Your Dream Job? Here’s 3 Steps on How to Get There

    Rich DeMatteo
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Your dream job is just around the corner. Theoretically. But why is it so hard for you to get there? You know what you want to do, you’ve known for so long, but somehow you’re being held back. Do you find there are obstacles, challenges, people and circumstances that are standing in your way? Well, as the story goes for most people, your dream job won’t land at your feet just like that! However, by following these three steps, you may just be that much closer to getting there. 1. Secure the Right Qualifications Most of us have been fed the notion that to get our dream job, we must get a…
  • The Best Hands-On Jobs For Active People

    Rich DeMatteo
    21 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    If the idea of spending your working life in an office makes you feel a little sad, then you’re going to love the job suggestions on this page. We’ve looked at all manner of different industries in the hope of identifying the perfect roles for people who like to stay active. There are many benefits to finding a position that allows you to move around and spent time outdoors. Most of them relate to job satisfaction and health improvements. However, you should only look for a job of that nature if you are 100% dedicated to working hard. There are lots of different ways you could go about…
  • Is it Worth Quitting Your Job to Work on a Farm/Outback?

    Rich DeMatteo
    19 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    Are you feeling sick of the daily grind and dream of getting away to someplace remote, tropical, peaceful or exciting? If so, it might be time to consider quitting your job to travel around the country or the globe. One of the biggest things that stops people from upping their life and seeing the world though is that pesky issue of money. However, if you do some research, you’ll see that there are actually a number of ways to travel around while making enough cash to support yourself. While bartending or working as a nanny tend to be two of the most popular options, getting jobs in the…
  • 5 Careers You Should Probably Avoid

    Rich DeMatteo
    11 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everyone’s looking for advice on how to land at their dream company.  This post isn’t that.  Here’s a bit of (mostly) obvious advice on the kind of job and work place you might want to avoid. Asbestos Remover (or anything that exposes you to the material) People who remove asbestos from buildings for a living are exposed to a high level of the substance throughout their career. While protective clothing and equipment can help you to avoid the worst effects; you are certain to get a large dose over the years. A mesothelioma attorney might be in the position to get you some…
  • USA Mobile Drug Testing Shares 6 Drug Free Workplace Benefits

    Rich DeMatteo
    4 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    I really don’t think I’ll need to sell the idea to anyone that a drug free workplace is a much better environment for employees, customers, clients, and pretty much anyone important to the organization.  However, if you do need some guidance, I’ve listed 6 reasons to keep your company drug free from USA Mobile Drug Testing. You’ll find those 6 points below. As we’re all aware, much of the nation is currently going green, and it appears more and more employers are doing what they can do protect their workplace and their employees. Karen Kitchen, with USA Mobile Drug Testing of…
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  • Why Mobile Learning Can Grab Millenials’ Attention

    Gauri Reyes
    26 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    As learning professionals are expanding the possibilities in mLearning farther than ever before, it’s helpful to rewind and reflect on why mLearning is an excellent learning strategy for the modern workplace. mLearning appeals to our love of technology. mLearning can lead to increased productivity. mLearning can be engaging because of the creative possibilities this medium affords. mLearning can increase information retention, especially because of the ability to the learning to the job site. mLearning can increase collaboration between people through telecommunication and easy access to…
  • Spearheading an Organizational Culture of Learning

    Gauri Reyes
    18 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    Creating an organizational culture of learning is imperative. Few people would argue with that statement, I would venture to say. But the nitty gritty of what a culture of learning should entail is likely organization-specific. In other words, each organization needs to develop its own, unique culture of learning in order to best meet its business goals and address its employee needs. In some cases, online training is the perfect vehicle to spearhead the creation and promotion of an organizational culture of learning. Online training can be cost-effective, easily scalable, rapidly deployed…
  • 4 Ways to Use Professional Development to Keep Your Employees

    11 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    We are very excited to have a special guest author on blogging with us this week! Please enjoy the thoughts of David Niu founder and CEO of TINYhr! Do you know how often your employees think about looking for a new job? TINYpulse’s research found out, and the news isn’t good. As a manager, losing a top employee is one of the things you fear the most. According to CAP, the median cost of turnover is 21% of an employee’s annual salary. This price includes everything from lost productivity to the costs of hiring and training a new employee. How should you fight this risk of turnover?
  • How to Make Your Online Training “Go Viral”

    Gauri Reyes
    4 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    I’m not a marketer. I’m an educator. But, maybe, I’m both? Or, at least, maybe I should be both. Consider content marketing and online training, for example. Both involve content delivered through digital media (infographics, blogs, videos, podcasts, slides, e-books, how-to guides, etc.). Both involve content delivery. Content marketing uses content for the purposes of attracting and retaining customers, and online training uses content for the purposes of helping people to learn. In both disciplines, the content is valuable only if people (customers or learners) pay attention and buy…
  • Free Online Training Software for Nepal Earthquake First Responders

    Donna Wells
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    We’ve been seeing the same images that you have of the devastating situation in Nepal…but we feel we’re in a unique position to help.  Since our online training platform is specifically designed to support rapid course creation, editing and distribution, we are making our product available for free to any organization involved in relief efforts in Nepal this year. This shattering natural disaster has already taken the lives of over 5,000 people, and injured and made homeless tens of thousands more.  As the world begins a large-scale relief effort, thousands of volunteers and…
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    Nachrichten in Deutschland

  • Flatex ist der beste Anbieter für binäre Optionen

    8 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Flatex ist der beste Anbieter den es überhaupt gibt für den Börsenhandel mit binären Optionen. Dieser Händler steht für alle Interessierten zur Verfügung. Der Handel mit binären Optionen kann sich besonders zu Beginn als Tückisch erweisen. Hier ist viel Geld nötig. Bei Flatex hingegen findet sich sogar eine Möglichkeit für 0 Euro in den Börsenhandel einzusteigen. Wer noch unsicher ist, kann in einem Webinar die Seite besuchen und alles wichtige erlernen. Der Handel wird dadurch erheblich erleichtert. Mit diesem Anbieter soll es so einfach wie nur möglich gemacht werden binäre…
  • Was für Kosten fallen bei einem Girokonto an

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Das Girokonto ist heute ein lebensnotwendiges Finanzmittel, ohne dass weder Mieten gezahlt werden können, noch Arbeitslöhne empfangen. Die Zeiten der Lohntüte sind nämlich schon lange vorbei und auch kein Vermieter nimmt mehr Bargeld an bzw. keine Bank die Ratenzahlung für den Kredit in Bar. Viele Experten empfehlen deshalb einen Girokonto Vergleich. Alles läuft heute über das Girokonto, durch das dem Verbraucher aber zusätzliche Kosten entstehen. Diese sind auch gar nicht so ohne und belasten das Haushaltsbudget doch recht stark. Aus diesem Grund sollte jeder Verbraucher, der ein…
  • So sparen Sie bares Geld

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Hallo, das sind meine tipps rund ums Geld. Ich hoffe es gefällt euch. Der Beitrag So sparen Sie bares Geld erschien zuerst auf Nachrichten in Deutschland.
  • Durch die vielen Banken das beste Girokonto finden

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    Durch den Konkurrenzkampf zwischen den Banken um Neukunden für Girokonten sind immer bessere Angebote auf dem Markt. Deshalb sind die Anforderungen, die ein gutes Girokonto erfüllen sollte, mit der Zeit immer weiter gestiegen. Welche Aspekte genau eine Girokonto erfüllen sollte erläutere ich im Folgenden. Direktbank oder Filialbank? Viele Filialbanken verlangen immer noch eine Kontoführungsgebühr für ein Girokonto, obwohl diese mittlerweile bei Direktbanken komplett entfallen. Zusätzlich gibt es sogar häufig eine Kreditkarte kostenlos. Durch die enormen Kosten, die dadurch gespart…
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    People Behind Websites

  • Why Search Engine Optimization is Good For Business

    20 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Ever thought of marketing online? Are you aiming to attract more visitors to your website? If yes then you must have heard of search engine optimization. Technological growth is rapid. Millions of people are now able to access internet information through phones, PC and tablets. Online marketing can be cheap and the fastest way to reach customers, but what we must not forget is that almost every business man is aware of its benefits. It is a competition and the only way to ensure your website achieve the best ranking is to understand search engine optimization strategies. What Is SEO? It is…
  • Starting a Web Design Business

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Hey guys! For the first post I wanted to show this video I found by This Week in Startups on how to start a web design business.  It’s pretty long but a must see if you want to start a web design company.  Enjoy!
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • 10 Steps for Engaged Leadership

    25 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    According to a 2015 Morneau Shepell survey, 43% of HR professionals cited employee engagement as the major impediment to higher productivity while 22% cited leadership. So how can organizations address these challenges to increase productivity? David Zinger suggests fusing together both engagement and leadership to drive organizational success with these ten steps.
  • 5 Reasons Managers Need to Delegate

    22 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Delegating is an essential leadership skill. Good leaders know that they can’t do everything themselves, but they can build a great team that they trust to get the job done. Are you more comfortable controlling everything than delegating tasks? We’ve got 5 reasons on why you need loosen the reins and empower your employees.
  • Big Data Just Punched You in the Gut!

    21 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    I used to use my gut all the time. Hiring decisions, firing decisions, policy decisions, which projects should get funded, they were all, basically, gut decisions. I felt comfortable with that. But we're not supposed to use our guts anymore. We're supposed to make evidence-based decisions using big data. Is that always the best thing for our businesses?
  • Why HR Needs to Play a Key Role in Business Leadership and Strategy

    19 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Whether or not the way SHRM rolled out its new competencies and its subsequent SHRM-CP and SCP certifications is popular, the message is clear: the HR profession is in the midst of an overhaul… and HR needs a plan! Cathy Missildine shares how HR can transition from transactional management to business leadership and strategy.
  • Want to Learn More…. Faster? Cultivate This!

    15 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    To support today’s warp speed of business, most people must dramatically accelerate the pace and volume of their learning. We need to learn more, faster. In the end, the winners will be those who can facilitate and sustain rapid, ongoing learning. And what's the best way to do that? Cultivate your innate curiosity.
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    Lance Haun

  • Work/Life Balance and Lessons from Managing Two Careers

    Lance Haun
    18 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    My wife and I both work. We’re not alone, obviously. But since we had a baby last year, we’ve thought a lot more about our careers. There seems to be a growing group of people who look a lot like us: two people who want to not just continue working because they need to, but two people who would like to keep moving up in their careers. After baby arrives, some couples choose to have one spouse stay at home. We’ve had a few friends who have done that and it’s seemed to work out well for them. We know others who spent some time away from work but ultimately returned. For…
  • #HootHROS and Why Best Practices are Broken in HR

    Lance Haun
    13 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    When I started in corporate HR, I was pretty lost. I leaned heavily on my manager, a network of local practitioners I established quickly, a scattered, online group of talent professionals, and every resource I could find to read. It was haphazard and the phrase, “fake it till you make it,” rang through my ears loud and clear on my walk or ride home from work. It was a different time. One that we shouldn’t have to repeat again. Yet, time and time again, HR practitioners are starting the same things over again. They search forums and blog posts for things like: How can we…
  • The Disease of “Nobody Believes in Us”

    Lance Haun
    4 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Tell me if you’ve heard this before: They said we couldn’t do it Nobody thought we would win It’s us against the world Or a hundred different variations of the same theme. Nobody believed in us. We had to do it on our own to prove the doubters wrong. We were successful when everyone else thought we wouldn’t last. Let’s acknowledge one thing: It’s usually trope. It’s a figure of speech. Most of the time, it might be a couple of people against you and seven billion people who didn’t even know you exist. There is no “they” or if there…
  • My Personal Technology Stack

    Lance Haun
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    I’ve used a variety of personal technologies over the past few years. Everything from Apple, Windows, and Chromebooks for laptops, to Android and iOS for my phone and tablet. Usually, I’ve had multiples of all of these things at once but for the past year or so, I’ve been pretty consistent with what I’ve used to the point that I’ve sold all of my other devices.  Since I will often get questions about what I’m using, here’s what’s currently in my bag as I’m traveling to LRP’s Benefits conference: 13″ MacBook Pro with…
  • Year One

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

  • How to Run Payroll: The Basics

    Michele Bossart
    13 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    As a business owner, you are required to run payroll in regular intervals to compensate your employees for their time worked. How often you run payroll is predetermined by your employees’ pay dates, which normally are weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly. You will want to run payroll a few days prior to the designated pay date in order to allow for processing time. [RELATED ARTICLE: How Often Should I Pay My Employees? ] Step One: Getting Ready to Run Payroll Employer: Before you can start running payroll, you will want to register your business with both federal and state…
  • Social Security Wage Base: What You Need to Know

    Mike Kappel
    7 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The social security wage base is used when determining the taxes you owe. Social security is a special type of tax that is withheld from all employees and self-employed individuals who are citizens of the United States. Why are social security taxes so important? Because social security taxes fund the trust that pays a living wage to those who are no longer able to work. This includes those who have reached retirement age, those who have lost their spouse and do not work, and those who are disabled. Without this tax, there would be no way to provide these benefits. How social security tax is…
  • W2 vs. 1099: Choose Wisely!

    Michele Bossart
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:08 pm
    It is easy to say W2s are for employees and 1099s are for independent contractors. The hard part is correctly deciding if a worker is an employee or a contractor. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as comparing apples and oranges. And the IRS penalties for misclassification can be steep, so you really want to get it right… W2 versus 1099 When your company hires an independent contractor, self-employed individual, or contract worker, that person is not considered an employee of the business. However, because you still pay them a sum for the work they do, that income must be reported to…
  • What Are Nontaxable Wages?

    Mike Kappel
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Nontaxable wages are wages given to an employee or individual without any taxes withheld (income, federal, state, etc.). However, most wages that you pay out to your employee(s) are taxable. So when are wages nontaxable? [RELATED ARTICLE: 4 Things You Need to Know About Taxable Wages ] The IRS definition of a nontaxable wage and other tax-exempt income is fairly narrow. (Please note that there are exceptions to the general guidelines so you will want to talk to your tax professional to be sure you are in compliance with the IRS.) Nontaxable wages by category… Gifts Taxes on any gift are…
  • Understanding Taxable Wages

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

  • 3 Cost Effective Ways of Attracting the Best Talent to Your Organization

    Sean Little
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
      Finding the best talent and hiring them before your competitors is always a good feeling, but it’s a misconception to think that in doing so you have to spend big bucks. If you want to get a head start on the competition and win while keeping costs down, start recruiting in unconventional ways. Today’s […] The post 3 Cost Effective Ways of Attracting the Best Talent to Your Organization appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Understanding the Psychology of Job Rejection – Part 2

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a two part series on job rejection psychology. Click here for Part 1.  Is Job Rejection Normal? Some job rejection is a normal part of even the most successful career cycles, but what about those workers who experience longer periods of rejection? When the job search stretches on with no end in sight, […] The post Understanding the Psychology of Job Rejection – Part 2 appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Understanding the Psychology of Job Rejection – Part 1

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a two part series on job rejection psychology. Click here for Part 2.  All of us experience it in some way nearly every day of our lives. Rejection is one common human experience that we all wish wasn’t and job rejection can be especially challenging. It’s a part of the job to make […] The post Understanding the Psychology of Job Rejection – Part 1 appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • 5 Common Work Conflict Scenarios for Talent Management Leaders

    Eyal Steiner
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    When we do not get what we want or fail to reach a goal, we often blame others. It is easy. It removes our own responsibility, and it feels better than looking at our own actions. Sometimes it really isn’t our fault, but more often than anyone would like to admit, it is. 5 Common […] The post 5 Common Work Conflict Scenarios for Talent Management Leaders appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Recruiting Trends for 2015

    Sean Little
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    Every year the job market changes, and 2015 is no different. Employers trying to stay current with the latest trends need to be aware of how the market has changed and what that means for their hiring practices. The job market has picked up again in 2015, meaning that people are starting to job hop again, which […] The post Recruiting Trends for 2015 appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • Economist Talent Management 2015

    20 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    Next month is the Economist's Talent Summit, always one of the highlights of the HR year.This time we're focusing on the 2035 workforce (not necessarily as pictured above.)Speakers include:Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, The EconomistSir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman / John Lewis Partnership and UK Commission for Employment and SkillsClare Moncrieff, Senior Director, Advisory Services, CEBDave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer, Microsoft UKBernard Fontana, Chief Executive Officer, HolcimHazel Keating, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, State Street CorporationGeoff McGrath,…
  • Learning and Development - Strategy, Evaluation and Analytics

    12 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    It's definitely learning & development season in HR at the moment.  Today is the online CLO Symposium, tomorrow the CIPD L&D Show and then next week ATD ICE in Orlando.  Oh, and today I ran one of my development sessions on L&D for Symposium.Linked to the conference is plenty of new research (and some old findings) looking at the effectiveness of L&D.One of the areas which everyone seems to agree needs to be improved is evaluation of learning and development.The CIPD's 2015 annual survey find that just 7% of L&D professionals evaluate the impact of their…
  • 10 reasons your employees aren't using your HR system

    11 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    I've recently written this white paper for HRZone and Ceridian."One of the big issues associated with HR systems in use within organisations today is their poor levels of usage. This whitepaper examines why employees may not be using what may seem to be perfectly adequate systems.These reasons relate to:Issues with the system functionality and whether it really meets the needs of the business, managers and employees, providing them with value in exchange for the time that they spend working on it.Issues with usability - often systems do not feel modern or are not being kept up to date, or are…
  • #PeopleAnalytics15 Data storytelling using Technology

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    What I really liked about Tucana HR's Analytics conference was the exhibition.  Normally I just pop round a conference exhibition but spend nearly all my time in the conference sessions.  Here I found the exhibition engrossing.I first talked to Revelian from Australia.  They have a couple of interesting analytical tools.  One was a recruitment game, Theme Park Hero, which produces feedback on abilities as an alternative to psychometrics, a bit like Knack's Wasabi Waiter, or Balloon Brigade.  They also have a role for analysing email traffic, reviewing roles and…
  • Sitting is the new smoking

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Today's HR Magazine notes research by the British Heart Foundation showing that sitting for long periods of time can result in greater risk of type two diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses.“The simple act of standing for even as little as two hours per day can increase muscle activity and have a significant impact on health and wellbeing."It's something we discussed in depth at Fleming's Smart Workspaces Summit recently.In fact I was so convinced by the discussions there that once I got home I bought my own sit-stand desk.I looked at Varidesk which I would have placed on top of my existing…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • Supreme Court OKs Review of EEOC Conciliation: Practical Implications for Employers

    <a href=''>John R. Richards</a>
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Under Title VII, if the EEOC issues a cause finding, it must then try to remedy the alleged unlawful employment practice through “informal methods of conference, conciliation and persuasion.”  42 U. S. C. §2000e–5(b).  If, and only if, it is unable to obtain a conciliation agreement that is “acceptable to the commission,” may the agency then file suit. Until now, courts were divided on whether this statutorily-required duty was subject to judicial review. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that courts do have authority to review whether the EEOC has…
  • Greenberg Traurig to Host Global Workforce Strategies Webinar

    <a href=''>Greenberg Traurig</a>
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Global Workforce Strategies: Risk, Compliance and Managing Your Global Workforce Please join Greenberg Traurig’s Global Workforce Strategies team, in conjunction with the Labor & Employment Practice, for a timely webinar focused on some of today’s most challenging cross-border issues that international businesses are facing while managing a global workforce. These matters span labor, employment and immigration for businesses both inside and outside of the United States. Our panelists will discuss key risk and compliance issues that in-house counsel and human resources professionals…
  • Ninth Circuit Broadens California Rule Against Non-Competes

    <a href=''>Kurt Kappes</a>, <a href=''>James Nelson</a> and <a href=''>Michelle L. DuCharme</a>
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Drafting an effective employment agreement or release has become a challenging endeavor for a new reason. In Golden v. California Emergency Physicians Medical Group, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit added another source of concern to those employers who deploy “no re-hire” provisions in releases. Following Golden, a fact-intensive inquiry may be required into the particular provision to determine if it constitutes “a restraint of a substantial character,” — here, whether or not there was a restraint of a substantial character of Dr. Golden’s medical practice. And,…
  • Sixth Circuit Rejects Telecommuting Demand from Employee

    <a href=''>Robert Bernstein</a>, <a href=''>Michael J. Slocum</a> and <a href=''>Stefanie Hilliard*</a>
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    In an important “win” for employers that has potentially widespread implications, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, reinstated summary judgment dismissing claims asserted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that Ford Motor Company failed to accommodate a former employee’s request under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to telecommute up to four days per week. The Court reaffirmed the “general rule that, with few exceptions, ‘an employee who does not come to work cannot perform any of his job functions, essential or otherwise.’”…
  • New Union Election Rules in Effect as of April 14, 2015

    <a href=''>Justin Keith</a>, <a href=''>Howard L. Mocerf</a> and <a href=''>Terence McCourt</a>
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    On April 14, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new union election rules (Election Rules) went into effect. As discussed in a prior GT Alert, the NLRB adopted the new rules by a 3-2 vote with the two Republican NLRB members dissenting. As outlined below, the Election Rules make significant changes to the Board’s procedures for processing election petitions, holding hearings, and conducting secret-ballot elections. Most significantly, the Election Rules pave the way for union elections to be held in as few as 14–21 days after the filing of a union petition, a dramatic…
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    HR C-Suite

  • Encouraging Productivity in the Workplace

    Laura Morrissey
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Businesses and organizations thrive through their success and success is created by those who work hard within the company to achieve it. But what happens when your workers are no longer being productive? In the present day, businesses are a lot more driven meaning the work can be harder and workers often require more stimulation. […]
  • Making Executive Level Presentations

    William Taylor
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    CEOs and senior executives are tough crowds to impress. As a presenter, you’ll have to find a way to wow them. Because they’re constantly on a schedule they’re incredibly impatient. Don’t expect them to listen to a 2-hour speech. In the business environment mastering the art of speaking in public is fundamental. A board level […]
  • HRM Situation Room: Tracking Employees 24 Hours a Day

    Tresha Moreland
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to HR C-Suite’s Situation Room A woman in California claims she was fired for deleting an app her employer required her to download. The app tracked her 24 hours a day every day. What makes this case interesting is that technology enables employers to achieve efficiency objectives like no other business era. If businesses […]
  • How Training Programs Can Proactively Boost Your Businesses

    Charlie Winifred
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    No doubt, training session empowers the leaders to expand their business with mastery skills and knowledge. That's why in the 21st century leading businesses are also considering leader as well as workforce that are well trained and qualified. Therefore, it is become vital for every leader to conduct training sessions very often in their niche […]
  • Making a Career Switch Into HR: A Game of Wits

    Anshuman Kukreti
    17 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Professionals all across the globe have been lured into the idea to make a switch into HR roles gaining prominence in a multitude of organizations. Not to be astonished, but people even go till the extent of taking increasingly divergent paths to make an escape from their full-time careers to jobs which entail human resource […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • Justified Anti-Transparency Rules... When Your Past Pay is None of My Business

    E. James (Jim) Brennan
    26 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    Asking the salary history of job applicants may become a banned question but employers could be required to publish hiring rates and stick to them.  This innovative intended regulatory intervention in recruiting practices is a pay equity initiative by (of course) California.   AB 1017 (Campos), the pay equity law proposed in February 2015, would ban employment advertising that demands salary history from job applicants; and it would require the minimum applicable hiring rate to be both published and paid or exceeded.  At first, I didn’t dream this idea would survive for long.  But the…
  • 8 Ways the Minneapolis Skyway is Like Incentive Compensation

    Dan Walter-Performensation
    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Those of you who regularly read my articles know I often view the world from a different perspective. This is one of those posts. WorldatWork is the main professional association for total reward professionals. Each year they put on an excellent conference and this year was no exception. The theme for the event was “Grow.” The setting was Minneapolis, MN. The weather, as one might expect, was capricious. The conference had tons of great sessions and speakers, but the most important lesson I learned was from Minneapolis’ famous Skyway. If you have ever been to Minneapolis, the Skyway is…
  • Are Your Sales Compensation Plans Just Experiments?

    Jacque Vilet
    21 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Recently I saw a question on a forum from a CEO: "One of our sales reps is blowing out his sales numbers - and is set to earn commissions that far exceed any other rep and puts his pay higher than mine.  Is it ever wise to put a cap on commissions?"  In my opinion it’s a big NO. Capping commissions when salespeople are hot may keep their pay lower than the CEO, but it also encourages superstars to quit selling. If the commission plan is well designed and a salesperson hits it out of the ballpark, what's the problem?  Pay him/her what you promised and hope s/he'll just…
  • Being Busy vs. Having an Impact

    Margaret O'Hanlon
    20 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Since we are in the business of measuring results, I thought it would be interesting to hear how others are doing, and what they're doing. After all, few of us can claim to be experts in this part of our work. recently revealed, "What Big Companies Get Wrong About Innovation Metrics."  You may be in the crowd of companies that have been trying to break the mold through in-house innovation teams. It seems that a number of industries have been shaken by the disruptors like Airbnb, Uber and Netflix, and are looking to cut their own path. The thing is, innovation is really…
  • Snippets From #wawlive: The Big Reward Show

    Ann Bares
    19 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    So the big show finally made it to my hometown: WorldatWork's 2015 Conference and Exposition kicked off yesterday in the Minneapolis Convention Center.  In customary form, Minnesota welcomed the out-of-towners with a brisk 40 degree May day. A few outtakes to share. Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry -- author (Performing Under Pressure), lecturer and renowned thought leader -- led the opening general session with a great presentation on performing under pressure.  He shared research on the neuroscience of pressure and how, contrary to myths about how it forces us to "rise to the occasion,"…
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    TriNet Blog

  • Symbiosis Realized: Employer/Employee Mutual Gain

    Guest Submission
    26 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Business owners care about increasing the company’s net profit. Employees care about increasing personal income. These motivating factors drive most hiring decisions and make up the backbone of the... Visit site for full story...
  • Bridging the Gaps in Performance Management

    TriNet Cloud
    21 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Reposted from TriNet Cloud. In theory, performance management has a simple yet noble mandate: to track and review employee performance  and productivity. A productive workforce is a happy one. One... Visit site for full story...
  • 3 Ways Entrepreneurs Find Inspiration – And How TriNet Can Help!

    Kim Runyen
    18 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Being an entrepreneur is exciting and energizing and rewarding. But it can also be overwhelming and frightening and defeating. Sometimes, it can be all of these things at once and the surge of... Visit site for full story...
  • New Sick Leave Laws Are Coming – Are You Ready?

    Natalie Fix
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    An increasing number of jurisdictions (mostly cities but also some states) require employers to provide sick leave. Are you in compliance? The trend toward requiring employers to provide sick leave... Visit site for full story...
  • 8 Steps to Performing a Mid-Year Goal Check

    Natalie Fix
    12 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    As we approach mid-year, now is a good time to review the goals you and your company set at the beginning of the year. Has your company reached some goals but abandoned others? Have you gotten off... Visit site for full story...
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    free-range communication

  • level the well-being playing field, no matter the collar color

    18 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    is there a difference in well-being if you’re white collar or blue collar? yes. there’s a difference in access to employer-provided resources, a difference in lifestyle habits, and a substantial difference in health, with blue-collar workers found at the bottom of the heap in gallup’s scoring of well-being by occupation. asked me to write about this difference and how employers can level the playing field. read on…
  • what you should tell your employees about the EEOC proposed wellness ruling

    15 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    in april the EEOC issued a proposed rule to provide employers with much-needed guidance on the use of incentives as part of their wellness strategy. the proposed rule seeks to clean up the confusion resulting from the EEOC’s filing of several lawsuits last year. there are several sources for getting up to speed on the rule, including the rule itself and related documents issued by the EEOC. you can find these and more in my may newsletter. the rule is not final and is currently taking comments. but even though the rule’s not final, your employees are privy to the debate. the wall…
  • cohealth checkup kicks off series on financial well-being

    6 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    early in april i found myself in las vegas to speak at the human resource executive health & benefits leadership conference. also speaking was carol harnett, my cohealth checkup co-host. we noted how prevalent the topic of financial well-being was over the course of the conference. this tracked with a growing focus on employee financial well-being among companies of all sizes. we decided right then, in this city not known for boosting one’s financial well-being, to dedicate a cohealth checkup series to the topic. upon my return, i looked up definitions for financial well-being.
  • gender parity, freedom and responsibility, wonder at life rule at virgin disruptors event

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:53 pm
    three hours of discussion about workplace well-being at today’s virgin disruptors event and here’s what i didn’t hear: health risk assessment, biometrics, incentives, penalties, health care, health risk reduction, ROI. the lineup told you this panel on workplace well-being would not be your typical one. arranged by richard branson and the virgin group, the main panel was rounded out with sheryl sandberg (facebook/, tony hsieh (zappos), arianna huffington (the huffington post), jim clifton (gallup), and jackie reses (yahoo). the “warm-up acts” were BJ…
  • 6 tips for leveraging a wellness council

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    many companies form wellness councils to incorporate a broad range of opinion and experience into their strategy and to keep all players informed so the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. in my experience, these councils are invaluable, provided they follow certain guidelines. 1. fill the seats with the right bodies. it’s a given that your wellness manager and others from your benefits department will fill some chairs. the rest of the seats should be filled by members of your communications team, in-house alliance partners (e.g., health and safety), third-party partners,…
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  • Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

    Julian de Bhál
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that should be for everyone, not just English speakers — it’s why we already serve WordPress in 131 languages — but we want to make it even more accessible.4 To keep so many languages up to date we need to make it radically easier for non-English speaking communities to help with translation. We’re proud to announce…
  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
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  • The evolution of psychometric testing

    Kieran Reed
    5 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    It’s an exciting time for the psychometric testing industry. There’s no doubt that we are on the verge of a new era and are making leaps and bounds in the sophisticated measurement of candidate strengths and abilities. It’s timely to reflect on where we’ve been... The post The evolution of psychometric testing appeared first on Revelian.
  • Gamifying the recruitment process for fun

    Kieran Reed
    4 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    How do you determine the best applicant for your next job? Years of experience and a gleaming resume don’t always indicate the best possible ‘candidate fit’ for the role or your team. Human Resource managers have long relied upon our psychometric tests to predict on-the-job... The post Gamifying the recruitment process for fun appeared first on Revelian.
  • Top 5 myths about psychometric testing busted!

    Kieran Reed
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The use of psychometric testing is readily acknowledged as best practice in recruiting today. However, there is a lot of noise in the space and no shortage of opinions on its merits and flaws. We’ve taken the time to clear away a few of the... The post Top 5 myths about psychometric testing busted! appeared first on Revelian.
  • People Analytics Conference 2015 (Slideshare)

    Kieran Reed
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Just last week, Revelian’s Chief Analytics Officer, Dr. Peter O’Hanlon, presented to top People Analytics and Human Resource leaders from around Europe at the People Analytics 2015 Conference in London. In this presentation he’ll walk you through our unique approach to People Analytics. This presentation is protected... The post People Analytics Conference 2015 (Slideshare) appeared first on Revelian.
  • 5 ways gamification works for SME recruitment

    Kieran Reed
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Ask a small business owner their thoughts on recruitment and many times you’ll hear ‘bad hire’ stories or a level of frustration in the lengthy process to add talent to a small business team. For quickly growing businesses, the need to rapidly recruit employees to... The post 5 ways gamification works for SME recruitment appeared first on Revelian.
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    Company goal-setting and strategy execution

  • The Number One Challenge Facing the High-Growth Company

    Chris Wells
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:58 am
    A high-growth company – defined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a company with ten or more employees that over a three-year period posts an average annualized growth greater than twenty percent per year – faces a set of challenges that aren’t the same as a well established firm. Of all these challenges, what’s the biggest hurdle to sustained growth? You’d think that the most pressing problems for a high-growth enterprise would be things like access to capital and increasing production capacity, and these issues can be significant. But many…
  • The Big Mistake Everyone’s Making with OKRs

    Alex Raymond
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) are a great way to set clear goals for your business and, based on their recent popularity, are clearly a part of the 2015 zeitgeist. I have worked with dozens of companies over the last few months that are looking to implement OKRs (based on the success that companies like Google and Intel have had with them), and there’s a whole crop of software companies that now provide OKR platforms. Yet, most of the companies I see trying to implement OKRs are failing at it. And it is because of one big mistake that’s happening More » The post The Big Mistake…
  • The Value of Cross Functional Teams

    Alex Raymond
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Synergy. The great companies have it, the good companies want to improve it and slow-to-grow companies need it. Synergy happens in a business when members from cross-functional teams work together towards a common goal. Collaborating with cross-functional teams greatly increases problem solving, creativity and efficiency. For many years, companies have figured out that by combining a diversity of experiences, expertise and knowledge, they can dramatically improve operational excellence and customer experience. These teams can help your organization to better communicate and gain alignment,…
  • Kapta Helps Aroq Executives Find Efficiency and Transparency

    Chris Wells
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
      Overview Aroq, a UK-based news and information provider, was struggling to find internal structure for their team when it came to aligning and meeting their company goals. The old, simple checklist exercise was proving to be ineffective, and Aroq wanted to have more productive meetings with greater outcomes. They soon recognized that this wasn’t the way to align their goals and meet their growing customer demands efficiently. They turned to Kapta as a solution to help set corporate goals and elicit feedback through their internal review. The Challenge Aroq helps executives stay…
  • 3 Key Areas to Consider When Scaling Your Business

    Alex Raymond
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    To many of us that have experienced a period of explosive growth, the idea of continuing to scale towards your intended vision can be both exciting and extremely daunting. Scalability—or the ability of a system, network, or process to handle a growing amount of work in a capable manner or its ability to be enlarged to accommodate that growth—requires that executives focus on new developing new skills and considering approaching their brand in new ways. The problem I’ve seen many executives make in the past is that they find it difficult to change their attitude and approach towards…
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    Online Flat Fee Recruitment

  • Five ways to gain valuable business experience whilst still at university

    Ian Greensmith
    26 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    With so many graduates unemployed these days, simply having a degree is not enough to stand out from the fierce competition when looking for a job. This is why it is worthwhile seeking opportunities to gain professional experience whilst still … Continue reading →
  • Is Your CV a Place to be Funny?

    Ian Greensmith
    22 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    We received a CV this week for an IT Manager’s position. Right at the top of the page next to the applicant’s name was this slogan; “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” It made us laugh. The remainder … Continue reading →
  • Go to Work on an Egg… or Otherwise!

    Ian Greensmith
    21 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hunt4Staff Surveys the Breakfast Habits of British Workers  Back in the 1950s and 60s the Egg Marketing Board waged a big campaign to encourage Britain’s workers to kick off the day with an egg, and their slogan ‘Go to Work … Continue reading →
  • Are You Following Hunt4Staff on Twitter & Facebook?

    Ian Greensmith
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    I expect you are already aware that Hunt4Staff has a Twitter account, and probably that we also have a Facebook page. However, just a reminder if you are not already following us. We tweet regularly on two Twitter accounts  - … Continue reading →
  • Dan Price’s Extraordinary Wages Policy

    Ian Greensmith
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    “We’re completely transparent. We gladly choose long-term relationships over profit… The most compelling reason businesses switch to us is our team of dedicated, local, customer service members… When you call us, you’re not talking in a call center overseas, they’re … Continue reading →
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • Memorial Day Heralds Summer and Flowers

    25 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    Let the festivities, parades, fashion shows and partying begin because the Memorial Day weekend is here! Have you planned your vacation getaway or booked a cruise this weekend, like millions of others? Did you know that some resorts and amusement parks have announced that all active and retired military personnel would get free admission toRead full story...
  • Time for Massachusetts Employers to Revise Their Sick Leave Policies

    22 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    The Earned Sick Time Law goes into effect in Massachusetts on July 1, 2015. The law applies to all Massachusetts employers – regardless of size – so it is time to update policies and employee handbooks. If third party vendors are handling your payroll process, you must ensure that they are prepared to comply withRead full story...
  • In Pursuit of Veteran Employment

    21 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    More and more veterans who’ve served in the armed forces are going back to work as veteran unemployment continues to drop. The concerted efforts made over recent years to gain attention to the issue of unemployed and homeless veterans have reaped reasonable results, improving the employment status of veterans in 2014. Though a lot ofRead full story...

    15 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    “Christopher Dwyer of Ardent Partners updates us on the state of contingent workforce management. “ Five Months In: Where are We? (A Contingent Workforce Management Industry Update) There’s no denying that the world of non-employee talent is changing, evolving and bridging into new and exciting arenas. The contemporary business, faced with a growing contingent workforce, isRead full story...
  • Title VII Expands Protection of All Workers from Harassment

    14 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    This may sound like a routine matter, but a recent case has strengthened the position of women at work, reinforcing that all workers – including temps – who are subjected to sexual harassment by colleagues or supervisors are protected. Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and other attributes like color, religion, ethnicityRead full story...
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • INFOGRAPHIC: The Employee Lifecycle

    G&#38;A Partners
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Employees are the foundation of any company – without them, products can’t be made, services can’t be provided and customers can’t be satisfied. And employees depend on their employer to pay them and provide all the necessary support they need throughout their employment. The constant flow of employees, some just arriving and others planning to enter retirement and everyone in between, makes effectively and efficiently managing the support needed at each stage of the employee lifecycle a difficult task for many employers and human resources teams. Check out the…
  • CASE STUDY: Combining Innovative Technology With Superior Service

    G&#38;A Partners
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      At G&A Partners, helping our clients grow their business is our top priority. We pride ourselves on having the flexibility to create custom solutions that streamline and improve HR processes to address each client’s unique needs. Challenge When a large, Texas-based fine-dining establishment began to grow and expand their business into new markets, they realized they had outgrown the capabilities of their current human resources provider. They needed an HR provider that could handle the specific needs of their business; a provider that could meet the unique requirements…
  • What Do Resumes & Icebergs Have In Common?

    G&#38;A Partners
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why is a resume like an iceberg? Unlike the Mad Hatter’s infamously unanswerable riddle in “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” (“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”), this analogy is fairly easy to explain. It’s commonly said that only 10 percent of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the water. That means the overwhelming majority of the iceberg (90 percent) lies below the surface. The same is true of resumes. While the resume is often an employer’s first interaction with a candidate, it can’t really give the employer the full picture of who a candidate is and…
  • Using HR Technology To Drive Employee Productivity

    G&#38;A Partners
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Technology has unequivocally changed the way people do business today. Almost every business function has been touched by technology, and perhaps no function has seen a bigger change than human resources. From hire to retire, there’s now an online application or software program for each stage of the employee lifecycle that allow HR professionals to more efficiently perform their jobs and drive overall workforce productivity. Recruitment Automated applicant tracking systems help streamline the recruitment process, allowing HR professionals to quickly search through hundreds of resumes from…
  • 5 Productivity Tips For HR Pros

    G&#38;A Partners
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ken Brown is a business owner and writer who discuses career tips, business strategies, and technology. According to the 2015 CareerBuilder U.S. Job Forecast, 36% of companies plan to add permanent, full-time employees this year. If this influx of new jobs happens, it will be the highest percentage of companies bringing on new hires since 2006. What does this mean for you as an HR pro? It could equate to more resumes to sort through, more interviews to conduct, and an overall increased workload. If you’re going to make it through this year successfully, you’ll need to up your…
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    Eblin Group

  • How to Get Your New Team Off to a Strong Start

    21 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    If you’re a leader in your organization, there will be multiple times in your career when you have to get a new team off to a strong start. One of the critical steps in that process is when you bring the team members together for the first time. That’s a rare opportunity to define the purpose, build trust, establish the ground rules and set the priorities. Like they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Make the most of it by giving some thought to that first team meeting and taking some time to prepare for it.
  • Mindful Mondays: Pope Francis’ Nine Rules for Happy Living

    18 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    In case you haven’t been paying attention, it turns out that Pope Francis is one of the most popular people in the world. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that he has a 90% favorability rating among U.S. Catholics and a 70% favorability rating among all Americans. Another Pew study at the end of last year found that he has a median favorable rating of 60% across 43 nations and only an 11% unfavorable rating.
  • Mindful Mondays: Three Simple Ways to Be More Aware This Week

    11 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    If you’ve been reading my posts, articles or books for awhile, you know I do my best to keep things simple. Most of us have too much on our plates to make life any more complex than it already is. Hence, my emphasis on simplicity. For instance, the definition of leadership presence I introduced in The Next Level breaks that concept down into three sets of behaviors: personal presence, team presence and organizational presence. For another example, when I coach people who want to be more effective leaders or less stressed in their lives, I encourage them to start by focusing on doing one or…
  • Would You Sell It to Your Kids?

    7 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Decision making can get pretty complex sometimes. That’s especially true in businesses or other organizations where the often competing interests of different stakeholders have to be balanced. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear how the CEO of a large and well known company thinks through decisions by sitting in on a business briefing he did for his extended leadership team. He’s definitely a long term thinker as a well as a continuous learner. From a strategic standpoint, he follows the advice of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and “skates to where the puck is going to be.”
  • Mindful Mondays: Hug the One You’re With

    4 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    As I was skimming through the headlines from the New York Times on Saturday morning, I was stunned to read the news of the death of Dave Goldberg. You may not have heard of him until this past weekend. He was the 47 year old CEO of the online questionnaire company, Survey Monkey. He was also the husband of Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook COO and author of the mega best-seller, Lean In. Goldberg died while he was on vacation with his wife.
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Wellness Expert: Employee Wellness Programs Need More Support

    Colin Bradley
    26 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Laura Linnan is a professor of public health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is director of the Coordinating Center for the CDC-funded Workplace Health Research Network. She has a background in public health and got interested in workplace wellness because it’s an excellent place to reach adults with life-saving health information and resources. “I’m interested in two things: not just what we can do to help motivate people to make health changes, but how we can structure workplaces to create conditions and supports for health,” she says. We spoke to her recently to…
  • How Benefits Can Help with Employee Retention and Recruitment

    Colin Bradley
    21 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    The benefits you offer to your employees have a direct impact on your organization’s appeal as a workplace. Some employee benefits are considered standard for many jobs -- health insurance, for example -- but disability insurance, life insurance, wellness programs and other offerings can also help you stand out in a competitive market. I’ve been reading about the relationship between benefits packages and employee retention and recruitment. I think you’ll find these articles helpful. Why Offering Great Benefits Makes Perfect Sense. TLNT: “Many prospective employees will measure a job…
  • How to Help Your Employees Take an Interest in the Cost of Their Health Care

    Colin Bradley
    19 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Employees feel like they get the right information to make educated health care decisions for themselves and their families, but less than half ask about the cost of care when they go to receive treatment. That’s the big takeaway from a recent survey conducted by Benz Communications and Quantum Workplace, in which 69 percent of respondents said they have enough information to get the right health care, but only 48 percent always ask their provider how much the care will cost. Consumers generally don’t have the experience necessary to do effective cost comparisons in the health care…
  • A Push for Understanding on Mental Health Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This month is Mental Health Awareness Month, making it a good time to brush up on your understanding of health and mental wellness issues affecting your employees -- including those affecting your employee benefit offerings. These links can help you stay up to date on the latest news about mental health benefits. Mental Health Advocates Push for Cultural Understanding. U.S. News: Obamacare also expanded coverage of behavioral health through private health plans sold on state and federal marketplaces, where Americans can buy tax-subsidized plans based on their income. Mental health care is one…
  • EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations for Workplace Wellness Programs

    Colin Bradley
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post with employee benefits compliance advice from Winston Benefits partner Joe Lazzarotti, a benefits attorney and practice group leader at Jackson Lewis P.C. He specializes in employee benefits counseling, with a heavy emphasis on health benefits and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For a number of years, employers have been anticipating guidance on workplace wellness programs from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Despite filing a few lawsuits challenging some employer-sponsored wellness programs, the EEOC had not -- until recently -- offered any…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • They Did What? Over-the-Top Employee Fraud Cases

    Greg Moran
    19 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Sure. We’ve all done it – slipped an office pile of Post-Its into our purse or grabbed a cool pen, but for most folks, that’s where lifting office supplies ends. But, that’s not the case with these bad hires., a network of news, opinion and more for HR pros, shares a few examples of in-house theft and employee fraud that will make you think twice about that next new hire. A million in made-up expenses: A former medical company manager got reimbursed for more than $1.2 million in false expenses. The employee set up fake companies, created fake invoices and turned in…
  • It’s Not a Crystal Ball, But It’s Close…

    Greg Moran
    12 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    More and more companies are taming the paper tiger and moving to greener methods of record keeping. And, as a result of more advanced technology, many are also placing more emphasis on data projections and analytics. Why? Because they work. Many of us wish we could have a crystal ball when it comes to hiring, but that’s just not feasible. The value that data can deliver is… The Abracadabra of Analytics Companies are increasingly turning to data to understand employee interactions and productivity. From observing new employees during their first few days at a company to identifying…
  • Bad Hire Takeaways

    Greg Moran
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    A recent survey conducted by Robert Half reported that 36 percent of the 1,400 executives surveyed felt the top factor leading to a failed hire is a poor skills match. The second most common reason (30 percent) could be attributed to unclear performance objectives. “Companies can’t afford hiring mistakes, which are costly and can erode staff morale,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of the “Human Resources Kit For Dummies”. “Finding the right match requires time and attention, and it’s something even busy managers need to make…
  • Treat Employees Like Adults? What a Concept

    Greg Moran
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    We’ve all heard of a little company called Netflix, right? But are you familiar with their approach to finding and keeping talent? It starts with personal responsibility. Over the years, they have learned that if they ask people to rely on logic and common sense instead of formal policies, most of the time they get better results, and at a lower cost. They believe that if you are careful to hire people who will put the company’s interests first and who understand and support the desire for a high-performance workplace, 97 percent of employees will do the right thing. Most companies…
  • Career Builder Survey Reveals 1 in 5 Employers Have Asked Illegal Interview Question

    Greg Moran
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Job seekers are often the ones sweating to ask the right questions, but hiring managers also need to mind their Ps and Qs. In a recent CareerBuilder survey, 20 percent of hiring managers said they have unknowingly asked an illegal interview question. And while intentions are harmless, a risk for legal action remains. More than 2,100 hiring and human resource managers across industries participated in the nationwide survey and it was determined that the following are interview questions that should be eschewed: What is your religious affiliation? Are you pregnant? What is your political…
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    cfactor Connections

  • High Altitude Engagement: How Great Leaders Guide Teams to the Summit

    25 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. About 18 years ago, I began an athletic journey called “The Seven Summits,” a quest to climb and summit the highest mountain on every continent. Early on in the ascent of my first, Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,740 feet), […]
  • The End of Employee Engagement? I think not.

    20 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. A couple of days ago there was an article in Forbes asserting that the Employee Engagement Movement was dying on the vine or fading away, like the Total Quality Movement (TQM) of the late 1980s and early […]
  • Employee Engagement Definition

    11 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Kruse, best-selling author and thought leader in the field of Employee Engagement.   What is the REAL employee engagement definition? How is it different from employee satisfaction or even happiness? Let’s start with what it’s not. See, a lot of people think employee engagement is the same as employee […]
  • Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Reflecting on Employee Engagement

    4 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. When was the last time you looked in the Mirror of Engagement? As in, when was the last time you explored how engaged you are at work? If you are like most people, not for a while […]
  • Five Key Lessons on Employee Engagement from The Boys in the Boat

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
      This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.   I just finished reading The Boys in the Boat, a fantastic underdog story about the University of Washington’s Crew Team and their quest to win Gold at Nazi Germany’s 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Written from […]
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • 10 Things I Learned at Total Rewards

    Sarah Payne
    20 May 2015 | 7:10 am
      Brenda Pohlman (Globoforce) and Cesar Villa (The Hershey Company) WorldatWork’s Total Rewards conference kicked off on Monday in Minneapolis and we attended tons of sessions these past few days—feverishly recording everything we learned along the way to share with you. Here’s a wrap-up of top 10 most interesting things we learned: Humanity in the workplace is a growing trend. In the session “Incentive Pay Design as an Enabler of Company Culture,” Capital One presented their completely redesigned incentive pay program. It enables more humanity in the call center by empowering…
  • Micro-interview with Pandit Dasa

    Sarah Payne
    11 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    What does a human workplace look like—to a monk? What are some ways we can reduce stress in the workplace? In this next installment of our “Three Questions” series of micro-interviews, we asked Pandit Dasa, author, inspirational speaker, and urban monk, a few questions on creating a more human workplace. In his book, Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness and the Divine, Pandit writes about how he learned to deal with and overcome the loss of his family’s multi-million dollar fortunes that left him and his family with next to nothing. Pandit has a wealth of insight to share on the…
  • Win a VIP Meet And Greet With Rob Lowe or Arianna Huffington

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    You probably know that Arianna Huffington and Rob Lowe are speaking at WorkHuman 2015. You’ve probably seen their work. You’ve probably read their books. (If not, you should.) And if you have, chances are you think one—or both—of them are pretty great. You’re also probably looking forward to seeing them speak on the topics you care so much about, like work culture, well-being and meaning. But did you know that you actually can meet Rob or Arianna? Did you know that EVERY registrant for WorkHuman prior to May 15 is being entered into a contest for a VIP meet and greet and photo…
  • Some of The Humans Behind WorkHuman 2015

    Darcy Jacobsen
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
      When we set out to build WorkHuman we knew we were taking on a massive challenge. We wanted to transform a simple (if awesome) annual user event into a world-class conference on culture, organizational psychology and employee experience and would be relevant for people all over the business. In less than a year. Yes. You read that right. Rational people would have told us it couldn’t be done. But one of the amazing things about working for a company that is in the ‘Thank You’ business is you have permission to dream big and think with your heart sometimes. Passion and effort…
  • Eight Upcoming Talks You’d Be Crazy to Miss. Seriously.

    Darcy Jacobsen
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
      We all have limited time. I mean, there are only so many hours in a week. And there are a LOT of things out there to read and see and attend.  We’re all in the same boat. We have to pick and choose. But how can we know which sessions and talks are worth our time and will get our minds  and hearts racing—and which talks are going to be a snoozefest that leave us wanting our wasted time back? Consider me your crystal ball. I’m about to share with you (in no particular order) eight upcoming talks I think you should try to get to. I think they are going to make you cry, they are so…
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    Clarity Consultants

  • The Four People You Need on Your Team

    18 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    When forming a team for an organizational project, there are two ways to go about finding the right people for you: A. Gathering like-minded people who are likely to agree and collaborate smoothly B. Composing a group made up of different types of personalities, work processes, and strengths Which would you choose? While A is a tempting route because of the high probability of interpersonal synergy (after all, a team whose members get along makes everyone happy!), it’s actually choice B that will lead to more innovative, robust outcomes. Why? Because diversity equals success. According to…
  • Why Will My Project Fail?

    13 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    If you’re a project manager, or about to begin a project with a team, we have some data that might scare you. While statistics vary across industries, the general consensus is that the number of projects that fail is too high. One study found that 17% of large-scale IT projects failed so spectacularly that they nearly brought the entire company to ruin. Of those projects that did consider themselves a success, 45% went over budget and delivered 56% less value than predicted. (Kind of makes you wonder about their definition of the word “success.”) Scared yet? You should be.
  • Letting Learners Choose Their Own Path: Designing for Different Learning Styles

    7 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    The ultimate goal of any effective instructional endeavor is to impart knowledge or skills onto a learner, right? Some teachers and course developers think of this within an instructor-led framework, in which students are simply receptacles for pre-packaged content delivered by a teacher. But there are problems with this perspective. When learners receive homogenous content, there are going to be some who struggle with comprehension because they have different learning styles (in addition to having diverse backgrounds, abilities, and learning goals). For example, let’s say you have…
  • Building Organizational Well-being from the Ground Up

    4 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    “Organizational well-being” is a term that’s tossed around in discussions about company success and longevity quite a bit these days, but it’s still a concept taken lightly by many companies—at a cost. What is organizational well-being? Spearheaded by Gallup surveys and bolstered by longitudinal data from leading researchers, the link between the health and well-being of the individual employee and the overall well-being of the company—which is typically measured in financial success—has become more apparent. In other words, the happiness and health of employees is…
  • Making Asynchronous Learning Work for You

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    More and more instructional designers are opting for online learning, partly because many global organizations comprise virtual teams that conduct all training and business online, and partly because some studies say that online learning is actually more effective than face-to-face instruction. Still, many are skeptical of replacing the traditional in-person training approach with a student-centered online method. Without the presence of an instructor-led framework, how can learners be successful? The hallmarks of asynchronous learning Asynchronous learning is a teaching method that takes…
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    Human Resources Software

  • Group Dynamics: The Roles People Play (Part 2 of 3)

    Stephanie Reyes
    26 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    In the first article of this series we looked at task roles and the common behaviors associated with these roles. This time we’ll consider the second category of roles that typically emerge in group activities: maintenance roles. Photo by Karabo, Wikimedia Commons Maintenance Roles Maintenance roles are those that spring from a desire to meet the interpersonal needs of the group. Driven by a strong need to create and maintain social cohesion, group members who take on these roles have strong communication and relationship building skills and are compelled to use them to support…
  • Group Dynamics The Roles People Play (Part 1 of 3)

    Stephanie Reyes
    21 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    People typically take on one or more pre-defined roles in a group setting. Some of these roles are positive and contribute to the successful group activities, while others are either obstructive or noncommittal. Photo by SarahStierch, Wikimedia Commons Managing teams and facilitating any kind of group interaction can be challenging. Gaining a better understanding of common group personas and behaviors can provide valuable insight and increase the likelihood of a successful project outcome. The Roles People Play Over time and after considerable research, social psychologists and educators have…
  • 7 Tips for Reducing Pre-Vacation Stress

    Stephanie Reyes
    19 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    There is no question that taking periodic vacations and personal time improves employee wellbeing and morale and reduces the chance of work burnout.  Research also shows that employee productivity actually improves when a combination of short breaks and regular vacations are built into the work plan. Photo by Jenisse Decker, Flickr In the big picture it just makes sense to encourage your people to use all the vacation they’re entitled to and to take occasional short breaks during the day to stay limber and refresh their focus. But what about the immediate impact of vacation…
  • 3 Ways to Re-Shape Your Reality at Work

    Stephanie Reyes
    14 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Perception is reality. We have only to listen to two distinct descriptions of the same workplace confrontation to know that people in conflict view the same event entirely differently. The most astonishing thing about these opposing versions of the same event is that neither party is lying. Photograph by Alex Hartway, Flickr That’s because each of us believes absolutely in our own perception of things. In other words, each of us believes that our own subjective reality is truth, even in the face of contradictory evidence, and sometimes to our own detriment. There are always as many…
  • Timely Feedback: Every Day is Mothers’ Day

    Stephanie Reyes
    12 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    This past weekend Mother’s Day was celebrated in North America and in many other countries around the world.  While this official day has been marked for about 100 years, history is rich with celebrations of mothers because mothering, done right, is a powerful positive force.  Photo by Clever Cupcakes, Wikimedia Commons Maya Angelou alluded to that power when asked about her own mother, replying: “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." So did Abraham Lincoln when he famously said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Corporate Culture and Company Profits Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    Sharlyn Lauby
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the Great Place to Work conference in Dallas. It’s a terrific event that companies should check out – regardless of whether your organization aspires to be on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. And here’s why:
  • How to Build the Perfect Workplace

    Geoff Colvin
    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The secret to attracting and holding onto the world’s best talent isn’t about the perks—it’s about relationships.We are constantly inundated with content about the Millennial generation, much of which either criticizes or applauds this generation, expresses their potential for success, or asserts the likelihood that they will "fail" (ironically, research shows that the Millennial generation is the most stressed of any generation). Whatever direction the subject may take, though, the bottom line is that there's a huge amount of content being generated and consumed, about this…
  • Is Your CEO Courageous?

    Rich Dec
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Three Common Characteristics of Successful and Courageous CEOs I have the amazing opportunity to see inside the workplace cultures of many organizations, and to work with some high-caliber executives and executive teams. Many people at all levels of these organizations truly want their company to be a great workplace, yet many struggle with achieving real progress. The real secret sauce for improving your organizational culture? Your CEO.
  • Your Employees: An Underutilized Recruiting Team

    Jessica Rohman
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Power of a Strong Employee Referral Program Among recognized Best Companies, robust employee referral programs are the norm. However, a recent small-scale study by Software Advice reminds us that for some organizations, existing employees are an underleveraged resource when it comes to recruiting efforts. Among survey respondents, 45% reported that they do not currently participate in their company’s employee referral program. The majority of these respondents (81%) said the reason for this is because they don’t know anyone who is a good fit for a position, followed up by insufficient…
  • Learning from the Best

    The Great Place to Work® Conference Team
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Conference Speakers Share their Great Workplace Culture StrategiesGreat times were had by all at the 2015 Great Place to Work® Conference in Dallas, Texas! This year, nearly 1,100 professionals representing over 400 companies from across 20 industries converged to share ideas, network, and hear exciting new insights and best practices from leaders at some of the world's greatest workplaces.
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    Human Resources Blog - Spark Hire

  • 4 Interview Questions to Determine Cultural Fit

    Julia Weeks
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Cultural fit is a hot topic when it comes to interviewing today’s candidates.  If you are unsure of how to know if a candidate fits in with your company culture, rest assured you are not alone.  However, there are 4 simple questions that can help you get to the bottom of a candidate’s cultural preference when it comes to work environment. 1. What is your ideal work environment? It’s always best to be straight forward, so I like to ask a candidate outright what type of work environment they prefer.  Don’t let this question bog you down though – some candidates will simply tell…
  • Introducing Spark Hire’s Video Interviewing Integration with ResumeWare ATS

    Camelia Rodriguez
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Spark Hire is excited to announce its partnership with ResumeWare, the ultimate applicant tracking and resume database system. The video interviewing integration will provide mutual customers with access to powerful video interviewing technology from a single platform. With video interviewing, hiring professionals can enhance their talent acquisition strategies and achieve a more streamlined workflow for finding the best candidates out there. “The Spark Hire team works with thousands of companies around the world, therefore, we understand how pivotal an efficient hiring process is to…
  • How to Eliminate an Unintentional Hiring Bias

    Lauren Levine
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Hiring bias, even when unintentional, can turn your office into a boring, single-minded place to work. In order to overcome an unintentional hiring bias, the person in charge of bringing on new talent must make it a point to look past their own preferences in order to analyze a candidate fairly. To prevent an unintentional hiring bias from shaping the scope of your company, consider these tips: Remember that you’re hiring for work, not your social circle Some hiring managers get tripped up because they focus too much on their own personal feelings about the candidate. You want to be sure…
  • 6 Things to Consider When Screening Technicians

    Julia Weeks
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you are new to technical recruiting, it can seem a bit overwhelming at first.  However, if you are screening equipment technicians, there are 6 key things to focus on that will help you to be sure you have the right candidate in consideration. 1. Work History First, you will want to clearly understand the technician’s work history.  Find out as much as you can about where the technician has worked.  If you are tasked with finding a technician with a specific type of equipment experience, it is important to know how much experience the technician has and in what types of environments.
  • Spark Hire and iCIMS Announce Partnership and Video Interviewing Integration

    Camelia Rodriguez
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Spark Hire is excited to announce its partnership with iCIMS, a leading provider of innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions. The use of video interviewing technology allows companies to shorten the amount of time it takes to fill a vacant position and improve the quality of candidates to which they connect. The video interviewing integration enables iCIMS customers to send their candidates invitations (from directly on the iCIMS Talent Platform) to one-way and live video interviews. Once the video interviews are completed, hiring professionals can review and share…
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    Safari Solutions

  • Stop! Are You Hiring the Wrong Candidates?

    14 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Do you really know a person’s capabilities from a resume?  Does an interview reveal the real story? Hiring and hoping the candidate works out is not a strategy that works well.    Wouldn’t be great to have a more complete story about a  potential hire’s ability to perform the specific job. The best way to eliminate subjectivity in your hiring decisions is to consider assessments.  Assessments evaluate specific behaviors that can be matched to the job as people work better in positions that fit their natural behavior styles. Assessments provide objectivity that can…
  • Dump Job Descriptions for Job Marketing Profiles

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    If you want to attract top talent, you need to think like a marketing guru. Use descriptive words to paint an attractive picture of your company and the work that the person will actually do. Create Job Marketing Profiles that are written from a candidate perspective. Here are four essential elements of a Job Marketing Profile that will improve the effectiveness of your job postings. What will they do? What will they learn? Who will they work with? What will they earn?
  • 6 Reasons Why Job Descriptions Fail to Attract Top Talent?

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    HR managers love job descriptions. Unfortunately, standard job descriptions are written from a compliance and legal perspective and should never be used in a job posting.  Why? Here are 6 reasons why your Job Descriptions fail in the hiring process. Too much legal mumbo jumbo. Boring standard content. Confusing company or industry jargon. Lack of company vision or accomplishments. Vague description of job responsibilities and career path. No compensation details.
  • 4 Steps to Developing an Effective Job Marketing Profile

    6 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Marketing a job opportunity is similar to marketing a product or service.  Your marketing message may be as important as the features and benefits of the related product, service, or job opportunity. If you are posting compliance based job descriptions, your marketing strategy is immediately off track.  Job descriptions are boring, and no one wants a job that sounds boring. Marketing a job opening is all about how you make the prospective candidate feel when he/she reads your job posting.  Can he envision himself doing the job?  Does she feel like she would enjoy working with the team?
  • Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?

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

  • Can’t Find Any Nurses? You’re Probably Running the Wrong Hours

    Christopher Young
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    As more people than ever before make their way towards retirement age, the number of registered nurses needed to maintain the health care system is rocketing. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted in 2012 that by 2022, more than a million nursing jobs will become available between growing demand and existing staff leaving the profession. Despite the growing need for nurses, healthcare facilities say they are having trouble filling the vacancies with highly-skilled workers. Changing the Way We Recruit Nurses Nursing isn’t a typical nine-to-five job; it’s an…
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo This Year By Finding The Perfect Bilingual Job Candidate

    Christopher Young
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Although Cinco de Mayo began as a Mexican holiday, the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world is actually in Los Angeles, underlining an increasingly multicultural society. At the same time, this has also led to the blending of languages and increasing demand for bilingual employees who can cross language barriers. After all, Spanish is an important language that’s helping shape the global economy, with a presence in Europe, South America, Central America and the United States. Here is how Async Interview can make it easier to find in-demand bilingual candidates through…
  • Video Interviewing: The Solution to High-Volume Recruiting in Healthcare

    Christopher Young
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of uninsured Americans has dropped by about 25%, as 11 million more people finally have access to affordable healthcare. That’s good news. Unfortunately, the increase in the insured, along with a rising tide of Baby Boomers with greater healthcare needs, is putting added pressure on an already strained healthcare system. The shortage of trained health care professionals is expected to reach critical proportions over the next several years. According to research from the Association of American Medical…
  • Most College Applicants Have the Same Resume; What Now?

    Christopher Young
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s a fact of the modern search for entry-level job applicants — most resumes from college students and graduates look incredibly similar. There are a few summer jobs and an internship; either the candidate is working towards a degree or has just earned one. All in all, it’s not a bad prospect, but it’s difficult for recruiters to tell the difference between the so-so candidates and the perfect candidate when they all look the same on paper. Video interviews are a great first step towards going beyond the physical resume. Separating the Candidates Via Video…
  • Recruiting Call Center Representatives isn’t as simple as Getting them on the Phone

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

  • The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

    Tom Bolt
    11 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here it is in a nutshell: There are no rules. I’m sorry if you expected more than that, but anyone who professes to know a one-size-fits-all definition for each band of the humor spectrum is lying or misguided at best. It is usually a matter of situation and timing for something to be found funny. … Continue reading »
  • The Missing Dash

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

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

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

    Tom Bolt
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    A few years ago I wrote a series of articles for job seekers based on The Art of War by Sun Tzu. There have been numerous analogies comparing warfare to business practices, but this week, prompted by a NY Times Op-Ed piece, my colleagues and I engaged in a dialog about whether or not the … Continue reading »
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  • 7 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Work (and how to fix them)

    26 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Do you enjoy your job? Have you ever thought about what it is that you don’t like and whether you can fix it? Here’s 7 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Work and how to fix them. 1) You’re simply in the wrong job Sometimes the problem is that you’re just in the wrong job. If there’s really nothing you can do to make your work life happier then it’s time to be proactive and seek alternative employment. There’s nothing wrong with outgrowing a role and if there’s no opportunity for advancement with your current employer, then it’s time to…
  • Onboarding: Commitment And Productivity From Day One

    21 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many benefits of implementing onboarding programs to attract, induct, train and retain top talent. Processes can be implemented to help a new employee integrate into the business even before their first day. Did you know that within the first six months after being hired about a third of the employees are already looking for a new job? If you consider the time and manpower costs associated with the hiring process, you should appreciate the importance of avoiding a situation whereby you’re replacing staff relatively new to the business and strategies that can help with this.
  • Employer Branding: A Strategy With Benefits

    19 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Each day the challenge to find the best and most talented employees increases. Employer branding is more important than ever before and the benefits for the customer, employee and employer are huge. Google, Apple, Facebook… these are some of the top ‘favorite companies to work for’. Beyond the prestige and notoriety or the high salaries, these companies have built their employer brand by word of mouth. In the past few years, Human Resources departments have found new technologies and online channels to attract and recruit talent, one crucial element of this talent attraction…
  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Process

    12 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well – the interview process is no exception. If you want to attract and retain top talent, then you need to optimise your interview process. 1) Get the job ad right in the first place A successful job advert will attract the right talent to your brand. In order to control the number of applications you receive, it’s important that you’re clear as to what you expect from the applicants. It’s no good attracting a huge number of applicants if 75% of them aren’t qualified or don’t have sufficient…
  • To Lead, Learn What Makes People Tick

    6 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    In order to Lead, Learn What Makes People Tick. Knowing how to influence and motivate, while being empathetic and aware of individual personalities is key. Motivations No matter what you’re asking of other people, knowing their motivations will make it easier for you to influence their decision to help you. Some people will assist merely for gratitude and recognition, others prefer material rewards. Whichever it is, understanding what makes a person WANT to help you is key if you want them to spend their time and effort helping you. In many cases just having known and worked with…
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  • No “I” but there is “Happiness” in Team

    4 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Everyone is looking for positive opportunities. Whether it’s someone fresh out of high school, college, or a seasoned work veteran, we are all pushing to get closer to a point of happiness. But strangely once we find the right opportunity, it’s then when we find… The post No “I” but there is “Happiness” in Team appeared first on MMChr.
  • Make Time and Turn Stress into Happiness

    Charles Chatelain
    4 May 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Spending a great amount of time casually speaking with people in the workplace, in various industries, about various topics, one thing remains a constant: people want to be happy. While there is an unseen line separating work life and personal life, many people strive to… The post Make Time and Turn Stress into Happiness appeared first on MMChr.
  • Internships are InternRisks, but with so much to gain.

    Charles Chatelain
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Depending on the internship, the program, and the field of study may impact whether or not one feels it would be worth it to commit the time and effort. Another note to keep in mind: not all internships are non-paid. The idea of most internships… The post Internships are InternRisks, but with so much to gain. appeared first on MMChr.
  • R.I.S.K: Not a four letter word

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    The world is not stopping or slowing down, and the idea that doing nothing guarantees safety from failure is the exact opposite of reality. Staying planted in a “safe zone” only secures your slow passing as the world progresses. Reflect back to a time when… The post R.I.S.K: Not a four letter word appeared first on MMChr.
  • Growth in the Workplace

    Charles Chatelain
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    One of the most popular questions to ask friends, family, and acquaintances after they have given the great news that they have been hired at a new job is, “do you feel there is room for growth within the company?” Unless the newly hired employee has… The post Growth in the Workplace appeared first on MMChr.
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    HR Payroll Systems

  • 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Recruiting Someone That Has Been Fired

    Dave Rietsema
    19 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Recruiting employees is no easy task, so we often defer to a few “rules” that help us to quickly sort through the applications and find the best and brightest. Unfortunately, having been fired is often one of the red flags that prompts us to sail right past an employee candidate’s application. This can be a mistake, though. The following are several reasons that you may wish to consider hiring someone that has been fired. 1. The Culture Fit May Not Have Been Right Every company has a different culture and not all employees are going to fit in well with every company. This doesn’t…
  • With Our Powers Combined…Build Up Employee Strengths for a Stronger Company

    Dave Rietsema
    14 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    The Law of Attraction tells us that what we continue to focus on is what will continue to manifest. Why then would it make sense to continue to focus on employee’s weaknesses in an effort to strengthen employees’ skills and abilities? While areas that could use improvement should not be completely ignored, focusing more on employees’ strengths-especially as they relate to operational improvements-can help you to build a strong company. Identify Employee Strengths Identifying employees’ strengths is the first step to focusing on and building those strengths. There are programs that can…
  • 8 Common Mistakes That Managers Make While Managing People

    Dave Rietsema
    8 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Managing people can be a tricky business. Everyone is different, with different learning styles and motivators, so people management is far from an exact science. To make things even more difficult, most managers are thrust into the position with little to no management training. Despite these difficulties, great people management is critical to the success of any business with employees. Employees are a company’s greatest-and most expensive-asset. The following are few of the most common mistakes that are made when managing people, along with some tips on how to avoid them. 1. Failing to…
  • The Differences Between a PEO and HRO

    Dave Rietsema
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Managing human resources is a necessary function for any company that has employees, regardless of the size. However, hiring an HR manager or designing an HR department does not make sense for some companies. When looking to outsource human resources functions, companies have two main options-to go with a PEO or a HRO form. What is a PEO? A PEO is a Professional Employer Organizer, basically a firm that has bundled services that are performed for an organization. Services include benefits, payroll, workers’ compensation, recruiting, and risk management. When a company works with a PEO, the…
  • 7 Strategies for Dealing with Difficult People at Work

    Dave Rietsema
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    No matter what industry you work in, sooner or later you are bound to deal with at least one very difficult person at work. Sometimes the difficult person is a customer, sometimes a coworker, and in some cases the difficult person is even a manager. While the exact method for dealing with the person may vary slightly depending on their position and the specific troubles, there are some general strategies that can be applied to most situations with difficult people. 1. Stay Calm and Focused Difficult people can easily derail even the most reasonable and even tempered employee, but flying off…
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  • ‘Please Steal Our Idea’

    Michael J. O'Brien
    26 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    While many of us were off work and enjoying the Memorial Day holiday yesterday, the New York Times ran a piece on the ongoing efforts of Jon Stewart — the soon-to-be-departing host of The Daily Show — to get more veterans working in the entertainment industry. According to the piece, Stewart and his show’s production team have been running a “five-week industry boot camp designed to bring young veterans into the television business,” regardless of whether they share Stewart’s political viewpoints. The boot camp actually got its kick start (excuse the pun)…
  • Employees Treated Pretty Well on Memorial Day

    Kristen Frasch
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Happy Memorial Day everyone! No doubt most of you are not sitting at computers right now, but prepping for some enjoyable barbecued fare and time outside. Regardless, just in case you “stopped by” for a spell, thought you might also be interested in some recent findings on how the American workforce is experiencing the holiday. According to this recent Bloomberg BNA nationwide survey with accompanying infographic, 97 percent of American employers are providing a paid day off today. (That’s heartening. I honestly thought that number would be lower.) At the same…
  • The Biggest Lie Employers Tell Employees

    Michael J. O'Brien
    22 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    That’s quite the headline, no? But it’s also one of the most interesting nuggets to be unearthed in LinkedIn Co-founder and Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman’s new book, The Alliance, according to Erza Klein’s post on Vox Technology this morning. So just what is that untruth companies tell employees? Klein quotes Hoffman directly from the book: “The biggest lie is that the employment relationship is like family,” Hoffman says. Klein’s piece (which is well worth a read on its own) then goes on to quote Hoffman’s description of the two…
  • Osama bin Laden: HR Leader?

    Andrew McIlvaine
    21 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    When you’re running an operation whose business is creating mass casualties of innocent bystanders at various locations throughout the world, you need a strategic plan. You need a sophisticated recruiting program. You need a training program. You need a development program. These subjects weighed heavily on the mind of Osama bin Laden, recently declassified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency show. The documents, which were seized by U.S. commandos after they stormed the terrorist leader’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan during the May 2, 2011 operation…
  • Still in Search of Skilled Workers

    Mark McGraw
    20 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    And the talent shortage continues. That’s the simple message found in survey results released by Manpower Group this week. In its 10th annual Talent Shortage Survey, the Milwaukee-based Manpower surveyed 41,748 employers in 42 countries and territories, “to explore the extent of talent shortages within the global labor market, which job categories are particularly hard to fill and why, the impact of talent shortages on businesses, and how employers are responding to the challenges raised by the lack of available talent in specific job categories,” according to a press release…
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  • 7 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Work (and how to fix them)

    26 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Do you enjoy your job? Have you ever thought about what it is that you don’t like and whether you can fix it? Here’s 7 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Work and how to fix them. 1) You’re simply in the wrong job Sometimes the problem is that you’re just in the wrong job. If there’s really nothing you can do to make your work life happier then it’s time to be proactive and seek alternative employment. There’s nothing wrong with outgrowing a role and if there’s no opportunity for advancement with your current employer, then it’s time to…
  • Onboarding: Commitment And Productivity From Day One

    21 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many benefits of implementing onboarding programs to attract, induct, train and retain top talent. Processes can be implemented to help a new employee integrate into the business even before their first day. Did you know that within the first six months after being hired about a third of the employees are already looking for a new job? If you consider the time and manpower costs associated with the hiring process, you should appreciate the importance of avoiding a situation whereby you’re replacing staff relatively new to the business and strategies that can help with this.
  • Employer Branding: A Strategy With Benefits

    19 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Each day the challenge to find the best and most talented employees increases. Employer branding is more important than ever before and the benefits for the customer, employee and employer are huge. Google, Apple, Facebook… these are some of the top ‘favorite companies to work for’. Beyond the prestige and notoriety or the high salaries, these companies have built their employer brand by word of mouth. In the past few years, Human Resources departments have found new technologies and online channels to attract and recruit talent, one crucial element of this talent attraction…
  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Process

    12 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well – the interview process is no exception. If you want to attract and retain top talent, then you need to optimise your interview process. 1) Get the job ad right in the first place A successful job advert will attract the right talent to your brand. In order to control the number of applications you receive, it’s important that you’re clear as to what you expect from the applicants. It’s no good attracting a huge number of applicants if 75% of them aren’t qualified or don’t have sufficient…
  • To Lead, Learn What Makes People Tick

    6 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    In order to Lead, Learn What Makes People Tick. Knowing how to influence and motivate, while being empathetic and aware of individual personalities is key. Motivations No matter what you’re asking of other people, knowing their motivations will make it easier for you to influence their decision to help you. Some people will assist merely for gratitude and recognition, others prefer material rewards. Whichever it is, understanding what makes a person WANT to help you is key if you want them to spend their time and effort helping you. In many cases just having known and worked with…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Putting Recruiting in the Marketing Mix

    Steve Holiday
    26 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    Marketing is guided by a few basic strategic principles. These principles are known as the marketing mix, and they are thought of as ingredients that will make a brand or company successful. Let me tell you a secret though: these same principles that have guided marketing specialists over the years are also helping recruiters. This is […] The post Putting Recruiting in the Marketing Mix appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 10 Reasons Why Company Meetings Are Invaluable

    Jeana Quigley
    22 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Every six months, everyone at BambooHR gets together (even all our remote and out-of-state employees) for an all-hands-on-deck company meeting to motivate and recharge our team. This is a great time to get everyone on the same page about the progress we’re having and the direction we’re headed. There’s good food, fun and hard work. […] The post 10 Reasons Why Company Meetings Are Invaluable appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Recognition Is More than a Tool for Troubled Employees

    Kelsie Davis
    21 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    When it comes to recognition, sometimes this old maxim holds true: The squeaky wheel gets the grease. When we’re busy, it’s easier to leave well enough alone and not fix things that aren’t broken. And as such, recognition is thought of as simply a tool to fix things like disengaged employees and declining performance. Unfortunately, if you’re […] The post Recognition Is More than a Tool for Troubled Employees appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 9 Things Great Leaders Do

    Jeana Quigley
    20 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    1. “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” —Tom Peters Great leaders should be looking for ways to inspire people to look deep inside and find ways they can contribute and lead within their roles. At the same time, they can also be actively mentoring employees and finding ways to give them opportunities for growth. […] The post 9 Things Great Leaders Do appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • Mushy points and the Costs of a Bad Customer

    Josh Zweig
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past century, you must have encountered the phrase “the customer is always right” at some point. Popularized in the early 1900’s by large retailers, the phrase was originally intended to attract customers to large department stores on the basis that they’d receive a high level of customer service. While business has morphed dramatically over the past hundred years, fast forward to today and we’re still obsessed with customer satisfaction. Leaving an airport bathroom, you may encounter a screen with a bunch of happy faces asking you…
  • Business Loans: Where to Turn in Today’s Tight Economy

    Abel Pierre
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve heard it said time and time again, “It takes money to make money.” Small and medium size businesses often find themselves in a slow season or hit with unexpected repair bills, which place a severe drain on their cash flow and financial reserves. When this happens, a business loan or line of credit is the obvious solution. However, it isn’t always so easy to obtain. Many business owners have severely impacted credit which prevents them from being approved for financing. Other owners may have impeccable credit and over a decade of experience in their industry. Yet, they recently…
  • Registering your Business for Payroll

    Leena Thampan
    14 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Starting a small business is a lot of work, and there are a lot of little things you need to do to make sure that you’ve got everything covered. Especially with the government. As is the case with most businesses that start out, you’ll have at least one employee or contractor on your payroll. But before you can start paying your staff, you need to do a couple of things to register your business with the government. Because these are all important steps related to hiring your first employee or contractor, we’ve created a free Comprehensive Guide to Hiring your First Employee, which…
  • Hiring Your First Employee or Contractor

    Leena Thampan
    14 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    It’s a big day when you’ve come to the point in your life when you are hiring your first employee! As a small business owner, it’s the realization that your dream of starting your own business has finally come true. So, it is no surprise that you need to make sure you’ve done everything correctly for this first hire and all future hires. The first step to that is ensuring you’ve made the right hire for your business – do you need to be hiring your first employee, or should that be a contractor? Employee or Contractor There are a number of differences between hiring your first…
  • Understanding your Payroll Expenses

    Leena Thampan
    14 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    All your payrolls will have a few components in common. For instance, a salary or rate of pay, federal taxes, state and local taxes, contributions towards Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), Federal Unemployment Taxes (FUTA) and State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA). But there are also certain optional elements – workers compensation, healthcare contributions, etc. and the requirements for which vary based on your state. In this post, we’ll cover the six basic components of any payroll, as it is a good thing to have an understanding of all your payroll related expenses. Salary or…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • Current Affairs Updates for 27 May 2015

    Gagandeep Broot
    26 May 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Current Affairs Updates for today :-Nirbhay Sharma became the Governor of MizoramNirbhay Sharma became the Governor of Mizoram and sworn in on 26th May 2015. Earlier, Vakkom Purushohaman resigned from the post.Sunil D’Souza appointed as MD of Whirlpool IndiaSunil D’Souza appointed as Managing Director of Whirlpool India on 25th May 2015, the famous consumer durables firm in all over the World.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sentence Correction - Finding errors using Pronouns

    Ramandeep Singh
    26 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    In a series of sharing sentence correction techniques, today I am sharing how you can use Pronouns to find errors. Also read - How to use Adverbs to find grammatical errors Personal PronounsThe pronouns that denote the persona and the things are called personal pronouns. There are three kinds of personal pronouns. First Person: I and We Second Person: You Third person: He, she,it,they or any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • English Vocabulary Quiz - Part 42

    Ramandeep Singh
    26 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    1. Dovetail a) express peace b) violate c) fit together tightly d) move in unison 2. Countermand a) reverse a command b) order c) accuse d) perservere 3. Frustrate a) prevent b) confuse c) remove forcefully d) eliminate 4. Puissant a) loud b) humorous c) powerful d) tired 5. Apothegm a) curse b) short saying c) universal law d) principle 6. Audacious a) taking bold risks b) perceptive c)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • All India SBI PO Preliminary Exam Online Test Series

    Ramandeep Singh
    26 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    As many of you might know that from past few months, I am providing lots of free and premium study material for students are preparing for bank exams at home. With the help of my small team, I provided every possible channel which can improve your score. During past few weeks, I shared study material, strategies, tricks and model papers for SBI PO Preliminary exam. Many readers praised my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Tips for Arrangement of Sentences

    Ramandeep Singh
    26 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    Sentence arrangement is an important part of English language section of bank exams. Basic trick that works for most of the questions is - Find pairs of related sentences. Once you find two pairs, you can easily answer the question. TIPS FOR ARRANGEMENT OF SENTENCESTry to understand the passage, if you can make out the meaning behind the passage, you will definitely get the correct... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • New toolbar menu

    Peter Sanderson
    13 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our new menu system will be going live over night. The new look toolbar is designed to make navigation easier and the menus clearer. The core functions remain in the same places with the Settings, Support, T&C’s and Logout functions moving to the top on the right hand side. We hope you like this little improvement – give it a go and let us know what you think. The post New toolbar menu appeared first on myhrtoolkit.
  • myhrtoolkit turns 10 years old

    Peter Sanderson
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    myhrtoolkit celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. The history of myhrtoolkit is quite an interesting one but not something we have ever documented. The software was first created as a document management system by Jon Curtis, partner in IronmongerCurits as a tool for his clients to help them manage their HR documents. Quickly it was clear that a system such as this was very much in demand and the product was setup as its own business, H2R Ltd. How myhrtoolkit used to look 10 years ago: As more clients signed up the list of features grew, evolving the system from an online document…
  • Shared Parental Leave – Changes April 2015

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

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

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

    Mike Morrison
    26 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    Toolism – 5 management tools we rely on that are past their sell by date Unlike the food we buy in the shops which come with Sell by, Use by and Best before dates, the management tools we use come with no such context or advice. We believe the hype with which they are sold […] The post Toolism – 5 management tools that are past their sell by date appeared first on .
  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #274 #ff

    Mike Morrison
    22 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    Some office fun for a Friday afternoon Office Cartoon 273 “We have a surplus of solutions, so I need you to create a bunch of new problems.” Office cartoons Office based cartoons, funnies and humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. See more office humor   Take a […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #274 #ff appeared first on .
  • Strategic or operational business functions, is there an option?

    Mike Morrison
    20 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    For a long time professions such as Human Resources and Marketing have aimed to be strategic players. Often some functions are sub contracted, with the “strategic stuff” retained in house. Is this sustainable? What might be operational one day is strategic the next! IT is a great example of this. Can everything be outsourced? How do we know […] The post Strategic or operational business functions, is there an option? appeared first on .
  • Hidden Strengths by Thuy Sindell & Milo Sindell

    Mike Morrison
    19 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    Hidden Strengths: Unleashing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have is a book by authors Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell. The book starts with the premise that to survive in the modern world we need to be agile and adaptive. This book and the associated website set out to provide tools to help readers become […] The post Hidden Strengths by Thuy Sindell & Milo Sindell appeared first on .
  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #273 #ff

    Mike Morrison
    15 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Some office fun for a Friday afternoon Office Cartoon 273 “Experts say that power napping can actually increase productivity. I want you to nap longer and harder than our competitors!” Office cartoons Office based cartoons, funnies and humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. See more office humor […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #273 #ff appeared first on .
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    360 Degree Feedback Tool

  • 360 Degree Feedback Only Helps Management and Other Myths

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Even 360 degree feedback isn’t immune to office gossip and misconceptions. When implemented properly, 360 degree employee evaluations can be a boon for your company. It will turn under-performing employees into stars and transform top performers into the next industry leaders. That being said, getting these types of results out of 360 degree feedback requires you to find out the best and worst practices for this employee evaluation system. Here are the top 360 degree feedback myths that will steer you in the wrong direction. Myth: 360 degree feedback only helps management Unlike many…
  • 360 Assessment Works for the Army. But You’re Not the Army. Will it Work for You?

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      When you think of professional development in any military organization, you probably think of someone coarsely yelling at an individual in order to motivate them, and not a 360 degree assessment program. However, the reality is the exact opposite. Retired Senior Chief Officer Jim Murphy recently discussed the U.S. Navy’s culture of professional development on He commented that “constructive criticism from peers and subordinates provides new viewpoints and recommendations to assist professionals in their pursuit of continuous improvement.” He went on to discuss…
  • Why We Love 360 Appraisal. And You Should Too

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      Although they are known to be a business necessity, most professionals deplore employee reviews. David Ingram of Demand Media said in a recent post on the Small Business Chronicle that “traditional review systems can damage superior-subordinate relationships.” Unlike traditional review systems, 360 degree feedback is explicitly designed to foster relationships between everyone at the company. The diverse perspectives One of the biggest problems that many employees have with most performance review systems is their monolithic nature. They feel as though they are forced…
  • Are Your Employee Performance Evaluation Methods Killing Your Company?

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      The same tool you’re using to help save your company may be poisoning it from the inside. Employee evaluations are a great way to measure and improve employee performance. That being said, the wrong evaluation methods can actually cause some serious harm to your business. How do you know whether your evaluations are a help or a hindrance? Here are six surefire signs that your employee performance evaluations are killing your business. Your performance reviews are 100 percent negative Although you want to use your evaluations as a tool to highlight ways in which your employees can…
  • 5 Totally Useless Employee Evaluation Questions

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      Employee evaluations can be completely useless if you ask the wrong questions. You need to make sure that your evaluations are effective, because poor execution will upset your employees and provide you with little value. Creating a great evaluation starts with knowing what questions to avoid. Below are 5 totally useless employee evaluation questions that you shouldn’t ask. 1. What is your greatest weakness? An employee evaluation isn’t a job interview. You aren’t trying to analyze an employee’s psyche to determine whether or not they are capable of doing the job.
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    DATIS Blog

  • How to Become a Pro

    DATIS Guest
    21 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    This DATIS blog article, “How to Become a Pro” was originally written by Donald Latumahina, Life Optimizer, and was reposted with permission. “Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.” ~...
  • Mental Health: Are You Aware?

    Ally Edwards
    20 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s the perfect opportunity to take time and educate ourselves on mental health and how it affects the lives of 50% of people. Mental health is defined as the emotional, psychological, and social...
  • Your People Are About to Crack- But You Can Prevent It

    DATIS Guest
    18 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    This DATIS blog article, “Your People Are About to Crack- But You Can Prevent It“, was originally written by Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on May 13th, 2015 and was reposted with permission. Stress, anxiety, and mental illness can destroy your people...
  • Leading Your Personal Wealth

    DATIS Guest
    14 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    This DATIS Blog Article, “Leading Your Personal Wealth“, was originally posted by Tom Schulte, Linked 2 Leadership, on April 18th, 2015 and was reposted with permission. To Plan or Not to Plan Whether you have a small to medium income or are a highly paid...
  • Saving Time and Money with a Cloud Based HCM System

    Carley Donovan
    13 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Cloud based software (also referred to as software as a service, or SaaS) has been increasing in popularity throughout the years as the programs have developed and demonstrated their versatility and myriad of benefits. According to Mashable, the cloud is “a...
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    Employee Engagement Blog

  • Employees Quit Due to these 7 Negative Management Traits

    25 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    It is now an established fact that employees don’t leave because of a company or co-workers in particular. It’s the policies of the management that drives them away. So, if your employees are running away although your organization is doing well in the market, there is something definitely wrong with the way you’re managing your staff. There is probably no shortage of management traits that can make an employee want to quit. However, here are the major ones that are most commonly highlighted. 1- No one likes a liar Employees appreciate honesty. Managers should never engage in lying even…
  • Why Your Business Needs Staff Performance Appraisals?

    17 May 2015 | 9:48 pm
    In order to ensure that your company is moving in the right direction i terms of achieving goals, it’s most important to have some means of assessing progress. The progress to be measured must be reliant on the driving forces in your organization. This mainly refers to your employees whose efforts results in either success or failure of your organization. Why do you need an appraisal system for your organization? Your employees’ progress is crucial, and measuring their progress invites a broad-based but in-depth strategy. Among the most effective means of gauging employee progress is a…
  • Tips entrepreneurs can use to improve Productivity and Time Management

    11 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    The business world is witnessing an increasing number of young entrepreneurs emerging. They possess the skills required and have a number of traits that help them shine. However, some of these otherwise bright individuals falter because they fail to adhere to some fairly simple guidelines. The following are some important points that young entrepreneurs need to follow in order to ensure success. You must Always have a Plan: You need to make sure you develop a complete plan. This may take time to draft, but it must be documented so that you can refer to it. Maintains Master-list: When you have…
  • Building a Great Workforce through Talent Management Process

    9 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Great leadership is reflected in the ability to bring people together to secure success. There are two ways that companies go about ensuring that they have talented resources. They can either hire the best resources available to ensure that their clients receive the best quality from onset of any project. Alternatively, they can hire decent individuals and work towards bringing out the best in them. The latter is considered to be a viable approach for a number of reasons, which can be explored below. Every Employee is Unique Always remember that employees are real people, and not machines.
  • Employee Engagement is Driven by a Hierarchy of Needs

    6 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    As a general socio-scientific rule, people need few things in order to have stability. These comprise eating, staying safe and feeling comfortable in an environment. Only when these things are fulfilled, can you begin consider working on personal growth and intellectual development. Below are few points in the hierarchy of needs that you can work on in order to develop employee engagement. 1. Survival is Necessary but Decrease Pressure In most job situations, you have an employee looking to perform in order to earn a living. The skills and experiences he or she has helps to draw in a salary.
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • 7 misconceptions about employee engagement.

    Clare Nowell
    26 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Employee engagement is a difficult concept to define. It’s a much discussed topic on our blog, and in fact, it was my colleague’s article a few weeks back: “What is employee engagement anyway?” that prompted me to think about some common misconceptions that exist in the HR sphere.For some businesses, employee engagement is hot on the agenda and is at risk of being cut as part of a money saving exercise. This led me to consider why key decision-makers might take a negative view on employee engagement, and to try and expose some of the barriers to it…
  • Building a thank you culture at work: How Reward Gateway employees thank one another.

    Alex Bailey
    19 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    When you’re working on creating a fantastic workplace culture, encouraging employees to say thanks to one another might not be top of your priority list. Sure, it’s nice to receive a thank you from somebody, but how much difference is that really going to make?The answer is a lot. According to a recent Gallup poll, 65 per cent of people say they don’t feel appreciated at work. That feeling can fast translate into negativity, which is contagious and can quickly create low morale. The result of that? Low productivity, which has a direct impact on business performance. If you look at…
  • What is employee engagement anyway?

    Perdie Alder
    13 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Now you might think that this is quite an obvious topic to be thinking and talking about as a company who prides itself on being the ‘employee engagement people’, but I wanted to bring it up, and this is the reason why.Last month, whilst looking for inspiration for a new blog post, I stumbled across an article that explained the ‘definition’ of employee engagement as:“The willingness to invest discretionary effort at work.” My immediate reaction was firstly ‘I didn’t know that’ quickly followed by ‘I wouldn’t describe it that way’.  Don’t…
  • Secrets from the RG Magic Lab: 4 wacky employee communication ideas.

    Lisa Turnbull
    6 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    I have a really weird job. That’s what my friends tell me anyway, although personally I love it! As Communications Manager at Reward Gateway, a huge part of my role is to experiment and try out new ideas for employee communication. It’s my responsibility to find out what might work to WOW our audience with new ways to promote employee benefits and rewards.Sometimes I go home at night and tell my partner that I had a really weird day because I had to figure out how to brand a banana or how to print a logo on a marshmallow. Other days it might be something less wacky but equally…
  • How important is it to create a “family feeling” for workplace culture?

    Alex Bailey
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    We all know how important it is to create a positive workplace culture. But is it necessary it to go one step further and create an environment that feels like a second family for employees? And more importantly, how easy is it to pull that off?Many small businesses try to create a family-like atmosphere so that employees enjoy coming to work as much as going home. It’s an ethos that Google has practiced since it began, and uniquely retained as it grew.Larry Page, CEO of Google explained it in terms of business success:“It’s important that the company be a family, that people feel that…
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    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

  • 5 ways to encourage collaboration between Generations X and Y

    Team Ceridian
    26 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    A great deal of the conversation in human capital management these days concerns the ongoing movement of generations through the American workforce. There are two undeniable trends happening in the present day – one, the baby boomer generation is gradually moving into retirement, and two, millennials are entering the office in full force. For many organizations, […]
  • 3 tips to help make the move to mobile HCM

    Team Ceridian
    26 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    For years now, there’s been a large-scale movement underway as organizations make the transition to more streamlined, high-tech solutions for human capital management. Whereas previously, they were using pen and paper for tracking vital data about their employees, they’ve now begun using robust cloud-based HCM solutions that allow them to access data in real-time. When […]
  • Examining the cost of low employee engagement, and how to fix the problem

    Team Ceridian
    22 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    The basics of how to build a profitable business are well understood – if you can put together a talented workforce and ensure employee retention and productivity, you’ll be in a good position. But this is easier said than done. Even if your staff is loaded with good people, you also have to make sure […]
  • 4 benefits you can get out of upgrading your HR technology

    Team Ceridian
    21 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Believe it or not, in 2015, there are still a great many companies out there using primitive, disjointed processes for taking care of their human capital management needs. They’re trying to log people’s hours, process their paychecks, administer their benefits and even look after people’s health and wellness, but most of these tasks are handle separately, […]
  • 6 insights from Ceridian’s Sara Hill on HCM, women in business and more

    Team Ceridian
    21 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Our Chief Human Resources Officer, Sara Hill, oversees global HR functions across Ceridian. She’s responsible for enhancing the employee experience, increasing engagement and developing innovative new talent management strategies. As part of Huffington Post’s “Women in Business” series, Laura Dunn spoke with Sara about human capital management, achieving success as a woman in business and […]
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    Rikka Brandon - Recruiting & Hiring Consultant

  • Worst Interview Questions

    Megan Gallagher
    20 May 2015 | 1:38 pm
    As you grow your own business, you’ll soon be looking for the right candidates who can help you take your company to the next level. There are dozens of valuable qualities in a new employee that you can use to your advantage, but uncovering those strengths can be difficult. You have a resume in your hand that probably doesn’t do the person justice. So you schedule an interview to get to know your potential candidates a bit better. Phone interviews are a great way to qualify your potential hires without investing a huge amount of time or money. This is first step is the best opportunity to…
  • Hiring Your First Employee

    Megan Gallagher
    12 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Hiring your first employee is an exciting (and nerve-wracking!) time. Get tips from hiring expert Rikka Brandon about what to consider before hiring your first employee. One of the most thrilling moments for any business owner or entrepreneur is the moment they realize they’re ready to expand. When demand and profit are high enough that you can finally take on another employee and begin growing your business. Hiring your first employee can be a bit overwhelming because you are simultaneously excited and anxious.  Hiring is one of the most important business decisions you will make as you…
  • How To Find And Hire The Right People Every Single Time

    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I’m mingling and charming and asking questions at networking events, I nearly always hear one of two things: 1. “Rikka, where did you get that awesome haircut?” 2. “How do you actually find the right people to hire?” If I’m being honest, I hear the latter with a bit more frequency – and there’s a reason. One in three small businesses have unfilled job openings due to lack of qualified applicants and 43% of small businesses say their growth is impeded due to lack of qualified applicants. That’s a loss of millions of dollars and huge, unimaginable amounts of stress…
  • 3 Ways To Be An Inspirational Leader

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

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

  • Off-Duty Conduct and Discipline: The FHRITP Case

    14 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    This week a media firestorm was sparked over comments made by a Hydro One employee (Shawn Simoes) to Shauna Hunt, a CityNews Television Reporter, outside a Toronto F.C. game. Shortly after the televised exchange, Hydro One made the decision to terminate Simoes’ employment. Mr. Simoes was present when another man yelled into Ms. Hunt’s Microphone during a live broadcast, “F__k her right in the p___y.” Yelling this phrase, abbreviated to FHRITP, was popularized in a series of fake news reports in early 2014. Ms. Hunt, visibly upset at this act, challenged Mr. Simoes and…
  • What is ‘Just Cause’ for Dismissal?

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    There is a reason that Canadian courts refer to just cause for dismissal as the “capital punishment of employment law.” The implications can be grave. If you are fired for just cause, you will likely face a number of problems. These can include your former employer refusing to provide severance, Service Canada denying your application for Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits and potential negative work references while seeking re-employment. Because the implications of a just cause dismissal are so severe, the law requires employers to meet a high threshold before they…
  • Employment Contracts: What you Need to Know Before you Sign

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    It is an all too common story. You prepared for the job interview. You got all of the questions right. All you have to do is sign on the bottom line and you do, because it is just a formality, isn’t it? And you don’t want to rock the boat before you even have your first day at work. Something like the fictional sequence of events above will sound familiar to most people. It is very rare for employees to push back at the time of hire about the terms of their employment. However, you can expect that when an employer puts an employment contract in front of you, it is designed to protect the…
  • Restrictive Covenants: Understanding Enforceability and Liability

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

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

    Ron Ploof
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Children inherently understand the structure of stories, but somehow it’s lost as we become “professionals.” Many years ago, my wife and I would take our kids to Saturday matinees. Our daughter, Stephanie, loved them. She’d sit wide-eyed, barely able to see over the seat in front of her and absorb every movie detail. On the drive home, she’d alternate between quoting dialog and asking questions. And so it didn’t surprise me when about ten minutes into a movie, Stephanie leaned over and whispered a question. “Daddy. Who’s the bad guy?” The question blew me away. Four…
  • Marketing’s 4 Ps For HR Recruiters

    Steven Holiday
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Marketing professionals are guided by a few basic strategic principles. They are called the Ps of marketing, or the Marketing Mix. Sometimes there are four Ps, sometimes there are five, and some even list seven. Still others argue a completely different list of Ps for the modern marketing landscape. The bottom line, though, is that these principles will make a brand or company successful and keep it competitive if each one is continually evaluated. These same principles that have guided marketing professionals over the years are also very adaptable to HR recruiters. This is primarily…
  • Digital Innovation In Banking

    Banking View
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The adoption of digital technologies is accelerating the convergence of the corporate and retail worlds, and a more customer-centric set of services are increasingly being demanded of banks, financial services firms and insurance companies. Against a backdrop of changing technology and shifting customer expectation, those in the financial industry are being forced to re-imagine how they position themselves across all channels, both virtual and physical. The world is becoming increasingly competitive for those operating in the banking, financial services, and insurance industries as product…
  • Top Ten Business Innovation Posts Of The Week [May 26, 2015]

    Lindsey LaManna
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    On the Business Innovation site, we deliver the top blogs, news, and featured content for professionals looking to grow and gain a competitive business advantage. We cover hot topics and thought leadership on mobile applications, cloud computing, Big Data, real-time analytics, and the top challenges facing executives and leaders in sales and marketing, finance, human resources, and much, much more. Each week on the Business Innovation site, we curate and publish the top ten posts of the week from across our content categories. We hope you find these articles valuable, informative,…
  • The Era Of Black Swans?

    Thomas Frenehard
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    A colleague of mine recently sent me a very interesting article published about oil price fluctuations, and one of the conclusions was that our current predictability models were outdated in this domain. This actually resonated very strongly with me since risk managers often say in our discussions that their executives seem rather reluctant in validating a risk profile. This is due, of course, to the ever-changing business context, but also because they believe the current processes are not sufficient to “catch” the black swan events. These are events that will come as a surprise and that…
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    WinterWyman Blog

  • How to Answer Three of the Trickiest Interview Questions

    18 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Tracy Cashman - Senior Vice President/Partner, Information Technology Search  Career advice Compensation & salary Finding a job Interviewing tips for job seekers Job search advice Negotiating salaries When you embark on a job search, there are many challenges, but preparing for an interview can be downright nerve-wracking. If you are like most people, you are not accustomed to selling yourself and telling total strangers why you are great, which is basically what an interview demands. I joke to candidates that interviewing is one of those things you get better at with practice; you…
  • Top 5 Mistakes I See Engineers Make in Their Careers

    5 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Ben Hicks - Partner / Assistant Managing Director, Software Technology Search Career advice Finding a job Job search advice Software Technology #1 – Forgetting that life is about networking, making connections and not burning bridges.  I see too many people who don’t think ahead about how their actions will affect their career in the future.  When you work, you are a part of a team; you have to collaborate, work well with others and be helpful to eachother. The people who tend to find jobs most easily are those who have the biggest networks and positive interactions with their…
  • 8 HR Traps Your Small Business or Startup Should Avoid

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Michelle Roccia - EVP Employee EngagementCathy Renda - Director Employee Engagement HR Leadership & management Workplace Small businesses and startups can be adept at using limited resources to handle a variety of tasks. Or, they may hire inexperienced HR people to manage projects that may be better led by more experienced employees. Ultimately, they do what’s needed to stay on budget and get the job done.In the area of human resources, these practices are not unusual, but at what cost? Here are some common HR mistakes we see with small and new businesses, and ways to avoid them.1. Not…
  • 8 Tips for Staying Focused During the Workday

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Jacqueline Berman - Senior Account Manager, Accounting & Finance Contract Staffing Career advice Workplace During a normal hectic day at the office where you’re constantly being interrupted by ringing phones, co-worker questions, emails, and social media, maintaining focus on your work can be a challenge. But don’t give in. These eight ideas can help you maintain your concentration.1. Get a good night’s sleepThe most important thing you can do to maintain focus occurs before you even begin your day. Get enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation’s latest recommendation for adults…
  • “You’re Overqualified!” - Tackling the Perception and Reality

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Jon Mazzocchi - Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Search Career advice Finding a job Interviewing tips for job seekers Job search advice “Well it seems like you have some great experience, but…”There it is. The dreaded “but.” If you’ve been in the job market for a while and you’re a baby boomer with years' of experience or a young professional with multiple degrees, you likely know what comes next. “…but this position is definitely beneath you and you’ll be bored with it.”Whether the hiring manager addresses you with the comment directly during an…
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    Gild » Hiring & Recruiting

  • What Will Technology do to Talent Acquisition in the Future?

    12 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    Technology is slowly changing the way talent management functions. With smart systems, predictive analytics and video job screenings, a lot of tasks that a recruiter would once do now seems redundant. In times of change like this, how does a job recruiter adapt? More importantly, what happens to them, and what role will they fulfill in the coming years? As recruiting software becomes increasingly automated, the answer may lie in the ways that technology cannot replace humans. A matter of strategy There are multiple directions that the talent acquisition field is going, as noted by human…
  • The Power of Mobile in Recruitment

    8 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Technology has had a major impact on talent management. Tracking systems have been a blessing for many companies that seek to better manage the recruiting and hiring process. In addition, the use of big data has the potential to effectively predict a person’s fit within an organization. However, these changes have not always been shown as beneficial to candidates, and in fact, many feel uncomfortable with these methods. There is one new technological advance that has the potential to not only disrupt the landscape, but also positively impact applicants. By implementing mobile into…
  • Predictive Analytics: The Future of Smart Recruiting

    5 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    As technology advances, one major development that is worth noting is the rise of big data and the advent of analytics in all aspects of life. In human resources, however, there hasn’t been much of an effort to move forward in this field, with many recruiters still relying heavily on paperwork and gut instinct to make hiring decisions. At the same time, the current situation is looking to change in the coming months and years. With a greater interest in becoming more effective in the hiring process, there is also an increasing number of recruiters who are looking to improve the quality…
  • 4 Recruiting Tech Trends to Look out for in 2015

    4 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    Talent management has become more sophisticated over the years thanks to significant advances in technology. The cloud has opened up new opportunities in the form of accessible data anywhere recruiters go, providing a more flexible recruiting strategy. However, as software as a service through cloud computing matures, more hardware and software development is under way that makes recruiting far more effective, yielding candidates that are the best fit for the interests of the company. With this in mind, recruiting managers should be on the lookout for new trends that will impact the…
  • What Can the Cloud do for Recruitment?

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    Recruiters everywhere are looking for ways to utilize technology to make the recruitment process faster, more efficient and completely effective. They want talent management to become smart through software. The purpose of using technology is to make better-informed decisions and get the candidate who is the right fit for the company overall. In essence, recruiting for new people becomes much more effective, with lower turnover and higher productivity. The cloud is one way to make this happen. But just how can cloud computing be used to improve talent acquisition? A paperless way forward…
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    The HRIS World

  • Making Small Business Payroll Less Stressful

    Debbie Allen
    23 May 2015 | 10:17 pm
    The latest content from The HRIS World Whether your business is a sole proprietorship or you have several employees, certain aspects of business management can be very stressful. Payroll processes is one area that most people agree can be extremely frustrating. Even small businesses are likely to find that payroll presents at least some angst and worry. As a company grows and expands, more employees can be hired or work can be outsourced. As this happens, there is also a potential negative to contend with. Unless certain measures are taken, the workload related to payroll processes can become…
  • Memorial Day 2015

    Garrett O'Brien
    22 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    The latest content from The HRIS World the final salute   The United States celebrates Memorial Day this coming Monday and as is each year it also marks the beginning of summer. Though legislated in recent decades to be the last Monday of every May for the sake of convenience, the original Memorial Day was designated after our Civil War as May 30th as that day did not have any particular or notable battles. Our Civil war was one of the bloodiest wars for any country in recent centuries — 620,000 dead (WWII saw 405,399 U.S. soldiers dead) with Gettysburg being the bloodiest of the…
  • If It Is May 19th Then the 18th Annual Edition of the Sierra-Cedar Survey Has Started!

    Garrett O'Brien
    18 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    The latest content from The HRIS World As we noted in our post last week, Sierra-Cedar is launching their 18th Annual Edition of their HR Systems Survey today! The HR Systems Survey is the longest running, most widely distributed, and most highly participative research effort in the HR industry, annually tracking the adoption, deployment approaches, and value achieved from HR technologies. Last year, the Survey collected over 1,000 individual organization responses — and with your support both The HRIS World and Sierra-Cedar believes this will be the best year yet! Sierra-Cedar is excited…
  • Pregnancy And The Workplace

    Andrew Lisa
    17 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    The latest content from The HRIS World Virtually every industrialized country in the world – as well as many poor, developing countries – does more to protect and compensate pregnant women in the workplace than the United States. Some individual states have opted to supplement the federal government’s meager regulations with extra rights and protections, but most pregnant women still have to choose between their pre- and post-natal health and a paycheck. But as women in the workforce continue to flex their collective muscles, some of the most innovative businesses are luring…
  • All Dressed Up and No Place to Go: Applications MUST Deliver or Be Left Behind

    Garrett O'Brien
    17 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    The latest content from The HRIS World Accountability and Responsibility Even though we had nothing to do with why our tweets for all our accounts went dead in the water as of Friday, we still knew we had to take an accountable and responsible position for resolving the fix we were in. We discovered none of our accounts could send and update right after we removed, updated and reloaded the database to our TweetAdder program — further inspection disclosed that TweetAdder had their API with Twitter shutdown… Again… This was the 2nd API lockout TweetAdder has had in 4 weeks,…
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  • Women in Presidential Politics: Mentoring in Public Policy

    21 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Run a search in Google for “Hillary Clinton and mentoring” and you’ll find a lot of articles about the many mentors Clinton has had throughout her life. These range from her liberal Methodist minister, to her mother Dorothy Rodham, to her conservative high school history teacher, and beyond.Of course, most of these articles are written for the purpose of linking Clinton to a particular influence or ideology for some underlying political reason.Regardless, the fact that she’s had so many mentors speaks a lot to how she’s been able to become a major player in international politics…
  • Don’t Forget to Promote Your Mentoring Program

    13 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    In a recent webinar, we asked attendees the following question and received the following results:Those results are shockingly polar between “Yes” and “Not Sure.” Our poll questions about how mentoring programs are promoted in organizations generally return a fairly high percentage of people who indicate that they’re “Not Sure” one way or the other how they’re promoting their mentoring program. This indicates the greater overall trend that mentoring programs tend to be very underpromoted in their organizations, and supports our own anecdotal evidence that there tends to be a…
  • Women in Presidential Politics: Leading from the Bottom Up

    7 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Earlier this week, Carly Fiorina declared that she was running for president as a GOP candidate.Despite the fact that she’s campaigning on the fact that she has little-to-no political experience (save her advising John McCain in 2008 and running against Barbara Boxer for senator of California in 2010), what she has done tells us a lot about her and her philosophy: (Source)Her InitiativesFiorina has been at the helm of the One Woman Initiative since 2008, and the Unlocking Potential Project (also known as the UP Project) since 2011.One Woman Initiative is focused on supporting grassroots…
  • Leadership and Mentorship: An Upward Trend

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Leadership and MentorshipIn a poll taken at our most recent webinar “Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer in the Multigenerational Workplace”, our attendees indicated that mentorship for leadership development was overwhelmingly the main focus of their mentoring program.Take a look at the full results below:Looking at Insala’s other benchmarking data, this is in line with an increase in organizational focus on leadership development. Just 11% of respondents to a survey in 2010 reported that leadership development was their main focus of their mentoring program, while 49.5% of respondents to…
  • The 4 Top Mentoring FAQ

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    We’ve found that people involved with running mentoring programs at their organization tend to have a lot of the same frequently asked questions about mentoring.Take a look below:Top Mentoring FAQHow can I qualify mentors? Firstly, let them self-assess out as necessary, by letting all your potential mentors know upfront exactly what they’re signing up for. Even if recruiting mentors is a pain point for you, you only want the right mentors in your program. Second, ensure that the remaining mentor pool have the knowledge the mentees need, as well as the coaching, communication, and…
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  • Put Policies in Place for Limiting Employee Soliciting on Work Time

    Questco Companies
    26 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    Most of the time, managers will not have to worry about having their employees soliciting and selling items in the workplace. Often, it isn’t even much of a problem when it happens. Parents will sometimes sell cookies and candy for their kids, or try to get funds for a charity walk or run, and that’s par for the course when it comes to most offices. If it is not invasive, then it really isn’t something that you need to address. Yet, in some cases, it can cause a disruption to the workplace, and that’s when you need to step in and address the issue. You might want to put a policy in…
  • How to Stop Employees from Using Phones and Other Tech at Work

    Questco Companies
    21 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Technology is everywhere today. We can carry our laptops with us nearly wherever we go. We have phones and tablets that have all the power of a computer and will fit right in your pocket. These devices connect to the Internet, allow people to text, and listen to music, to watch movies and television shows, and much more. It’s easy to see how this has the potential to be a huge distraction in any workplace. What are you going to do to get your employees off these devices? First, you have to realize that even though the phone is the person’s personal property, you are the employers and you…
  • Avoiding Discrimination of Pregnant Employees at Your Job

    Questco Companies
    20 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    Employers always want to do their best to stamp out any type of discrimination that happens in the workplace. Many companies are doing a good job of this. However, they don’t always think about all forms of discrimination, such as that against employees who are pregnant. It is important that all of the managers at the company know the do’s and don’ts when it comes to pregnant employees. What should the managers do? First, they can be human. When an employee tells them of a pregnancy, it is okay to be happy for the employee. While it can cause a bit of rearranging to get things set up at…
  • Create Better Job Listings to Find the Right Employee

    Questco Companies
    18 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Do you need to hire a new employee? Have you had some trouble with this in the past? If you’ve been putting up job listings online and offline and the people who show up with resumes in hand simply aren’t what you were expecting, you are not alone. It can be quite difficult to find the right people for the job. However, your problem might actually be from the job listing that you wrote. If you aren’t creating a fantastic listing that tells people exactly what you want, then it’s easy to see why the wrong candidates are showing up. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to fix some of the…
  • Managers Should Limit Multitasking for Employees

    Questco Companies
    15 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    With all of the different devices that we have on our desks and in our pockets, it becomes harder and harder to get away from all of the responsibilities that we have. It’s not as simple as just heading out for lunch now, since you can still get lost in email and the web quite easily. It makes people more likely to attempt to multitask, and this can cause some problems in the workplace. Multitasking, as many know, is a bad idea. However, a large number of employees still embrace this idea and believe that it can help them accomplish more. As a manager, you need to help your employees break…
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