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  • Is Your Job Search As Cool As a Caterpillar?

    Career Hub
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    After work last week, I went outside to do some Fall cleanup. In the garage, I noticed a caterpillar which I named HimHer. HimHer was bookin’ it – definitely on cruise. I wondered “Where are you going so fast, HimHer...
  • The Real Reason for Job Titles – Ask #HR Bartender

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    Sharlyn Lauby
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    You’ve probably read about the trend to eliminate job titles. If not, you can catch up on the idea here and here. But before jumping on the band wagon, it’s important to understand why job titles exist. That’s what today’s reader question is about. First, I want to say I really enjoy reading your blog! I’ve been with my company for almost a year now. We are a small IT consulting company. The company structure consists of the managing partners, HR manager, software engineers and hiring manager/business development specialist (me!). I started as a ‘technical recruiter’ and…
  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    We’ve finished the final touches for our customer event tomorrow. Presentations are ready, banners and ‘take homes’ created and packed and everyone’s excited for a great day at the Museum of London! Among the topics covered will be: Winning the ongoing battle for talent Protecting your people data Beyond the Org Chart Taking your seat in the Boardroom – Raising HR’s profile with business analytics An agile approach to flexible working Tomorrow’s event promises to be the most popular to date and we’re all looking forward to sharing all the latest…
  • Why Neutral References Don’t Work

    Evil HR Lady
    Evil HR Lady
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    You want to protect your business, so you listened to your attorney and you implemented a policy of only “neutral” references. That is, you only confirm dates of service and title. This is a great policy, and the one recommended by many attorneys. In fact, last week, I asked six labor and employment attorneys their opinion and all six said that should be your general policy, especially for bad employees. (They all had exceptions, as well, and you should especially note Donna Ballman’s point that you don’t want to keep your former employees unemployed.) As Jon Hyman…
  • Becoming a HR Influencer- 4 Skills to Help You Do It

    HR Ringleader
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    I’ve been called a HR Influencer.  I’ve been called a lot of things.  In fact, there always seems to be confusion in the HR industry about what we call people: influencer, blogger, expert, guru, advisor, analyst, leader.  The list goes on.  In reality, you can (and will) wear multiple hats and titles in your industry as you interact with different groups of people. I thought I’d share my thoughts on what it really means to be an influencer in the HR space, or in any space really.  First, you need a common definition of what being able to influence really means.  Being…
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  • Episode 8 – Unselling in HR & Recruiting with Scott Stratten
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Introducing the episode 8 of the Workology Podcast powered by Blogging4Jobs featuring social media and relationship expert, Scott Stratten. The Workology Podcast is a place where we discuss the science and art of the workplace. Gain powerful insights, resources and perspectives on the industries of human resources and recruiting. Workology Podcast is approximately 45 minutes and distributed 4-6 times a month available here on the blog, iTunes and other traditional podcast outlets. The goal is to provide an in depth and no holes barred look into the future of our most powerful business asset,…
  • What Makes You an “HR Influencer?”
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    A couple weeks ago I attended the HR Technology Conference and one of the favorite buzzwords that were thrown around was “HR Influencer.” I haven’t decided if being an influencer is subjective to the person or if there are real characteristics that defines someone as an influencer. Is it their job title? Time in the industry? Or is it what they’ve done to disrupt the HR landscape? If you’ve ever been to an HR conference such as SHRM Annual or the HR Technology Conference you will usually see a defined segment of people taking over the Twitterverse, are they an…
  • Is Your Social Recruiting Cart Before The Application Horse?
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    It never ceases to amaze me how hard some recruiters make it for job seekers. If we are investing energy into social recruiting why do we then undermine this good work? Why do companies hide the links to career opportunities? Why do we create convoluted processes, which take extreme determination to complete? Truly, does this tell us anymore than their resume? Why are we making social recruiting so difficult? You’ll agree, I’m sure, that we humans like ease. We love a life hack. We love quick wins. We love a shortcut that delivers the same high quality output. We love our…
  • The 11 Best Recruiting & Employment Branding Videos at #intalent
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Join our webinar on 11/12/14 at 12 PM CST about how to create an awesome employer brand. Click here to register.  Spending this week at LinkedIn’s TalentConnect user conference in San Francisco, I am reminded that employment branding is alive and well for companies and organizations looking to engage and build relationships with candidates. The use of marketing in recruiting has come a long way in a very short time. Employment branding and recruitment marketing has come a very long way in a short time. You might be considering creating a video for your talent acquisition and recruiting…
  • Casual Monday: How to Create a Dress Code in a Casual Workplace
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    In some offices, suits and ties have gone the way of the typewriter. Casual Friday has turned into the casual workweek, and it has become common to see people at work in jeans and T-shirts. But where do we draw the line? Are shorts and an old, faded T-shirt acceptable workplace attire? And how do you enforce a dress code when you want to create a more relaxed work environment? Even in a casual work environment, it is still a good idea to have a dress code. Have a Clear Policy All employers should still have a dress code in their employee handbook. A casual workplace does not mean that…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • The Engagement Economy Starts with Your Candidate

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell We all know that the candidate experience is a major part of employee engagement but often times we can’t see beyond the initial touch points. The unfortunate part of this is that the initial touches are just that, touches. Just as it takes multiple instances to make an impression in advertising, it takes multiple instances to truly make an impression on your potential candidates. Reaching a candidate with one touch vs. many touches is similar to the difference between a single transaction and a bustling economy. In order to create an engagement economy, there must…
  • Diversity Recruiting is a Long Term Strategy

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellI’m thankful that diversity is a hot topic especially in Silicon Valley and within the technology industries. Companies are establishing mentorship programs, offering scholarships and focusing recruitment efforts on female and minority candidates especially in STEM. Marylene Delbourg-Delphis, TalentCircles CEO has completed extensive research on diversity recruiting on the subject of veteran and military hiring. But tackling the topic of diversity at your company can and will not be accomplished with the implementation of a single training program or the…
  • How Recruiters Can Learn From Baseball & Talent Development in the Minor Leagues

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellI’ve mentioned before that talent is the number one priority for CEOs in 2014 from the Conference Board. Two strategies really exist in order to recruiting either you recruit already qualified candidates to your organization or you develop and implement a strategy for engaging and developing raw talent to grow in your organization just like baseball has done and the minor leagues. I realize that planning and recruiting for the future takes a herculean amount of money, time and effort. But as I mentioned before, insanity is defined as continuing to do the same thing…
  • How to Get Unstuck in Recruiting & Hiring

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellMany of us are likely in the middle of building and budgeting our 2015 recruiting planning and strategies. How we recruit, attract and retain our workforce has changed dramatically in the last 4 years. The importance of creating a strategy that drives results is more important than ever especially in this extremely competitive hiring and talent economy. Maybe as you are building your plan you are thinking about how to get unstuck from your current strategies in recruiting and hiring. Talk to your candidates and recent hires In order to understand where your successes…
  • How to Measure and Understand Your Source of Hire

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The source of hire is an important one, and also one that is extremely hard to define for those that believe that a single engagement with a candidate does not often lead to an application for employment by a job seeker. The sources that lead to hiring candidates are some of the most important metrics and analytics recruiters can leverage to build their recruiting strategies. Source of hire is defined as the point of origin that leads to a candidate completing an application for employment that ultimately leads to them being hired and working as an employee of a company. Your source of hire…
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  • Is Your Job Search As Cool As a Caterpillar?

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    After work last week, I went outside to do some Fall cleanup. In the garage, I noticed a caterpillar which I named HimHer. HimHer was bookin’ it – definitely on cruise. I wondered “Where are you going so fast, HimHer...
  • A Saying That Doesn't Make Much Sense for Today's Job Seeker

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Surely you have heard the old saying “what you don’t know won’t hurt you.” Surely, you don’t believe that if you are looking for a job, or do you? Some things you might not know as it pertains to career...
  • Wonder What the Hiring Manager Looks Like?

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Do you have an interview coming up in the next few days? Have you been invited to meet the Hiring Manager for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Did HR arrange the meeting and you have no clue what the person who...
  • How Short Term Thinking Can Derail Your Career

    Jean Cummings
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Image attribution: Is this you? Do you find that the pressures of day-to-day work and home responsibilities keep you from doing what you need to do to get a good job fast in the future? I think that would...
  • The Kind of Resume That Works Now

    Jean Cummings
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    As a Boston resume writer and Certified Executive Resume Writer who has been active in the executive resume writing field for 21 years, I am now writing a radically different kind of resume. I call it The Executive Keyword Resume....
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    Human Resource News

  • Dentist - Contract

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
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  • Edgemont Capital Partners Completes Sale of Premier Physician Services to TeamHealth

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Edgemont Capital Partners, L.P., a leading independent investment banking firm providing M&A advisory services to healthcare companies, today announced that it has acted as exclusive financial advisor to Premier Physician Services, Inc. in the sale of the company to TeamHealth Holdings Inc. . Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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    22 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
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    22 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
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  • Cassandra Engineer - Cassandra, Java, Big Data

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
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  • TasteRun — an app that can deliver restaurant food

    Dan Miner
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Marcene Robinson's desire for a specific Mexican restaurant was matched by his distaste for actually driving there and picking it up. Roughly two months later and he's the founder of a new business in Buffalo, TasteRun, to solve that exact problem. TasteRun is sort of a delivery contractor, partnering with restaurants that don't have delivery services. The company will make a small commission off each sale from the restaurant, along with a $2 delivery charge to the customer (which doesn't include…
  • Here's a snapshot of office space trends among law firms in Boston

    Eric Convey
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    In a city like Boston, the health of law firms says something about the health of the commercial real estate market. Law firms are traditionally big consumers of space. So real estate firm JLL's new annual report on law firms and their space needs is an interesting read. Here are some highlights from JLL's report: Boston law firms occupy about 10 percent of high-end real estate in the city. Compare that to: 25 percent in Austin, Texas; 42 percent in Fort Lauderdale; 7 percent in San Francisco;…
  • Minuteman Health brings in brokers to bolster health insurance signups

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Minuteman Health wants members to join their co-op health insurance. So much so, they are willing to pay for them. On Wednesday, the insurer became the first health plan in the state to agree to pay brokers a fee for enrolling individuals through the Health Connector, the state's open market website to shop for health insurance. The money will give brokers an incentive to join the fray of those shopping for health insurance, allowing residents to use a broker to sort through health insurance options,…
  • Taj Mahal casino to stay open through November

    Jared Shelly
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    On the heels of a judge voiding its union contract, Trump Entertainment has decided to keep the casino open throughout November — meaning 3,100 people will keep their jobs, at least for now. Here's more from the Associated Press who broke the story: "As of now we don't have any plan to close the Taj, but that could change next month," Robert Griffin, CEO of Trump Entertainment, told The Associated Press. "We still need our plan to be approved, and we need assistance from the state with no assurance…
  • Kentucky Kingdom says injury lawsuit is attempt to discredit park

    Marty Finley
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Operators of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay in Louisville filed a counterclaim Wednesday, stating that an injury lawsuit filed earlier this month against the park is a "reckless" attempt to receive a financial settlement. Kentucky Kingdom LLLP has filed a counterclaim against Felicia Evans, a Louisville resident, who sued the amusement park, claiming she suffered a head injury on a water slide in Hurricane Bay after her water tube overturned. Evans' suit claims the head injury causes her to…
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    HR Vendor News

  • Profiles International Offers Insight on Why Leadership Development Fails (and How to Make it a Success)

    HR Vendor News
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Waco, TX. Oct 21, 2014 -Talent management solutions provider, Profiles International, has released a new white paper titled, “Why Leadership Development Fails (and How to Make it a Success).” Leadership development can be generally defined as any activity that enhances the quality of leadership within an organization. It’s a simple concept, but all too often fails because of its inherently loose definition. “In 2013, organizations spent approximately $164 billion on development programs,” said Michael Wilk, vice president of corporate marketing at Profiles…

    HR Vendor News
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sability, a leading human capital management (HCM) consultancy dedicated to helping companies create the link between technology and tangible business results, was recently recognized for its rapid company growth and effective work environment in three separate industry awards Sability helps companies understand their current HR technology software ecosystem and formulate comprehensive strategies and implementation systems to best serve their HCM (Human Capital Management) needs. With three-year sales growth of 192 percent, Sability garnered attention both nationally and locally. In August,…
  • Terryberry Introduces Three New Employee Recognition Products Designed for the Evolving Workplace

    HR Vendor News
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Global employee recognition leader Terryberry introduces several new products specially designed to help employers reward and recognize workers’ contributions more effectively for today’s businesses. Among the new offerings are: The 360 Recognition Platform, an all-encompassing online platform for employee recognition; The Recognition Collection 2015, an all-new award selection program; The Folio, an award presentation kit. The 360 Recognition platform uses advanced software to provide users with tools that increase the impact of recognition and eliminate unneeded administration…
  • Businessolver Addition to Focus on Strategic Growth

    HR Vendor News
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    WEST DES MOINES, IA – Businessolver, a benefits technology partner founded by HR professionals, is preparing for strategic growth in the benefits administration industry. As part of this focus, Businessolver recently hired John McKlveen as the Vice President of Corporate Development to drive corporate growth initiatives primarily through partnerships and acquisitions. “I am excited to join Businessolver to build on its leadership in a dynamic, growing market for SaaS-based benefits technology solutions,” says McKlveen. “Businessolver is in a great position to extend…
  • Assess Systems’ Stephanie Butler Is Key Member of Panel That Will Discuss How Technology Has Changed the Assessment Industry

    HR Vendor News
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    DALLAS, October 21, 2014 — Stephanie Butler, Ph.D., Assess Systems’ Senior Director of Leadership Solutions, will be a panelist in a discussion about how technology has impacted the role of an assessor, to be held at the 38th International Congress on Assessment Center Methods, October 23-24 in Alexandria, Virginia. During the session, entitled “Assessor Perspectives: The Yin and Yang of Technology-Enhanced Assessment Centers,” the following topics will be discussed: - Types of technology used by assessors and how technology has changed the way assessors operate. -…
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  • Wedding Festivities

    Laurie Ruettimann
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Some of you know that my friend is getting married. I am her matron-of-honor because I am matronly and shit. (I fit the job description pretty well. I look okay in a dress. I can organize important events. I can do a toast.) I’ve been thinking about why marriage is so hard. I just read that 43% of heterosexual first marriages will end in divorce within 15 years, and 25% of all men and women report being marriage two or more times by age 50. Other studies show that 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second, and 73% of third marriages end in divorce. Heterosexual marriage is not…
  • Millennials Love Talking About Themselves #hrtf14

    Laurie Ruettimann
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I am speaking at HR Tech Fest in Sydney, next month. I am very excited about it. I want to learn from my Australian counterparts, and I want to talk about some of the things that I find important for global human resources professionals: celebrity gossip, fashion and cats. I am working with the conference organizers to pull together a wonderful agenda. The event planners told me that generational diversity — and issues related to millennials — are top of mind for the Australian audience. HR professionals deal with the harsh politicalization of immigration, and they are also…
  • Psoriasis

    Laurie Ruettimann
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    I’m just back from the WI SHRM 2014 State Conference. I saw lots of booths on the expo floor. People stood around and talked about HR technology, employee engagement, payroll and health & welfare benefits. (I grabbed a toothbrush from Delta Dental. My whole trip to Madison paid for itself.) I think the most interesting booth was the psoriasis awareness booth. You may wonder — what the hell is that kind of not-for-profit doing at an HR conference? Well, you’re not alone. A lot of people wondered why they were there. Psoriasis affects 7.5 million people in the United…
  • Marathon Monday: Facts and Myths About Running

    Laurie Ruettimann
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The past two weeks have been busy. Just wrapped up my longest run (22.5 miles) and final big run (Bull City Race Fest) before my marathon. Feels good to finish on a high note. This unflattering but funny-as-hell photo was taken by Lindsey Alexander. When she called my name, I nearly wept for joy. Someone knows me! Someone witnessed this crazy suffering! I wanted to share some facts about running, deconstruct a few myths, and break a few stereotypes in the process. Your nipples will chafe. At some point, something on your body might chafe. Everyone overstates the nipple chafing because…
  • Patterns

    Laurie Ruettimann
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Sometimes I see patterns that don’t exist. Tweets that look like they are meant for me. Facebook photos that poke at my soul. Blog posts that read as if they’ve been written to address my current mood. Then I remember that good writing is meant to move the soul. When something reaches me, it’s nearly an accident. The writer is uniquely skilled, and I happen to be in the right place at the right time to catch it. That’s it. There are no patterns. There are no hidden messages. It’s a good blog post, a good tweet, or a provocative photo. But it’s not meant for…
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  • Boss’ girlfriend gets extra perks and pay: Is that legal?

    Julian Lopez
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Favoritism is rampant in the business world. But is it legal in your workplace? Favoritism is definitely troublesome, because it can lower morale and lead workers to sue your company if they assume the favoritism is really a form of discrimination. That’s the scenario that got played out at Cache Valley Electric Company, an electrical contractor, and a court had to tackle the question of whether or not favoritism is indeed legal. Favored v. frustrated employee Kenyon Clark, a Cache project manager, felt like his supervisor, Myron Perschon, favored women in the office over men.
  • Company settles ADA suit with worker: Can EEOC still investigate?

    Christian Schappel
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    The point of settling a lawsuit is to minimize the financial damage and prevent the company’s name from being dragged through the mud. In other words, to stop a problem before it becomes larger. But apparently, a settlement isn’t the end of the road for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Example: Rose Marie Porter was applying to KB Staffing, LLC. But prior to being offered a job, she was asked by KB to complete a health questionnaire. To be legal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employer health questionnaires must be “job-related and…
  • 7 in 10 firms hiring over past 12 months: Was yours one of them?

    Tim Gould
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    More than seven in 10 companies have added staff in the past year, and more organizations are offering employees a 401(k) plan, according to a recent study. So how’s it going at your place?   Here are a few benchmarks for you to see how your company’s doing in comparison with the participants in the 15th annual Transamerica Retirement Survey. Seventy-two percent of the employers surveyed said they hired new employees in the last 12 months — only 16% say they’ve had to cut staff. Almost three-quarters (74%) said they’ve increased salaries in the past year. Just…
  • 4 ways your managers can get employees to speak up about problems

    Tim Gould
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Managers and HR pros know how important it is to hear about workers’ problems early on.  That way, you can resolve the issues before they spiral into larger problems. But getting workers to speak up isn’t always easy. Create an open culture Rebecca Knight, writing on the Harvard Business Review blog, consulted Joseph Grenny, co-founder of corporate training company, VitalSmarts, about how to create a more candid workplace. Here are a few tips for you managers to help them encourage workers to speak up about problems. Grenny suggests: Find the source of workers’ silence. Are workers…
  • Stay In Control: The Benefits of In-House Payroll Software

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    You’ve probably read a lot about payroll outsourcing, but you might not hear as much about the value of reliable, in-house payroll processing using automated payroll software. In this white paper, we’ll illustrate the benefits of integrated, in-house payroll software. You’ll find comparisons of how in-house payroll software stacks up against outsourcing in terms of control over data security and accuracy, compliance with tax regulations and other laws, control over the scheduling of your payroll, access to your organization’s payroll data, and cost and personnel…
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    Seasonal Human Resources Blog

  • On-Demand I-9 Videos Available Today

    Kari Quaas
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    On September 25, 2014, USCIS published the first Form I-9 Webinar On-Demand.  Now you can watch the free Form I-9 webinar at any time.  Choose the chapters of your choice or watch the entire 22 minute video in one sitting. You will see how to complete Sections 1, 2 and 3, best practices and much more.  It’s a great training tool. Visit I-9 Central to learn more and view other videos in the
  • USCIS Releases How-To Videos for New Form I-9

    Kari Quaas
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:28 pm
    USCIS just released three short video vignettes for employees and employers that demonstrate how to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Watch the new Form I-9 videos and learn how to complete Sections 1, 2, and 3. Each vignette walks the viewer through the key steps in four minutes or less. Here’s a synopsis of each vignette: Section 1 of Form I-9: •            
  • Three Questions

    Kari Quaas
    20 Dec 2013 | 12:40 pm
    A client called today and asked the following question and wanted three answers. "What are the most surprising things you saw / experienced / or that happened this year in employment?" After a thoughtful pause, I answered. 1) I am still amazed that in 2013, there are so many employers who recruit like it's the 1990s using PDFs, faxes, and mailing of applications.  There are so many
  • Employee Morale Importance

    Kari Quaas
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:39 am
    "Success depends on the morale of the employee -- they're your first line of contact with the customer." -- Lior Arussy, president of Strativity Group, writing in The Globe and Mail (via SmartBrief, Inc.)
  • E-Verify is back! Parks are open!

    Kari Quaas
    17 Oct 2013 | 9:51 am
    The government shutdown is over after 16 days and E-Verify is back. I don't know that we'll know until later how much didn't happen while the government slept. From our perspective, we are just happy that employees can get back to work and we as a people can enjoy our National Parks.
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    Ask a Manager

  • job application wants me to list contact info for my friends, ads that target “recent college grads,” and more

    Ask a Manager
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Are ads that target “recent college grads” age discrimination? I am job-searching and keep seeing some really great jobs that I qualify for, posted by this same staffing company on job boards. ALL of the positions require a 4-year degree and most specify the applicant must be a recent college grad. I have actually seen this company go as far as to specify “must have had great grades in high school” or they sometimes ask for a specific college GPA. The ads will emphasize 2-3 times within the description that you…
  • my manager said I’m emasculating an employee (or how to respond to gendered feedback)

    Ask a Manager
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    A reader writes: I am a first-time manager, but have been with my current organization for four years. I am the only person at my level with a direct report (who started in January) and I have significant concerns about my direct report’s ability to fulfill the requirements of the job. I have raised these concerns with my direct report and with my director (who has worked in our organization for less than two years and comes from a very different background). My director agrees that the direct report isn’t performing up to par. However, he is concerned that because I am very good…
  • how to get along with a disgruntled coworker who dislikes our boss

    Ask a Manager
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A reader writes: I work for a mid-sized commercial design and production company. I believe our manager, “Jane,” is competent/manages well, but I’ve had some issues that have definitely affected my performance and attitude, which I have now owned and I’ve resolved to work on being an excellent employee. Since recovering from a health condition and addressing my personal issues, I have volunteered for more projects, brought forward more ideas, and communicated more positively with Jane, and it’s really improved my work life. I generally deal with frustrations directly with the…
  • my former boss is engaging in weird LinkedIn behavior, I feel guilty about leaving my job, and more

    Ask a Manager
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I feel guilty about making my boss’s life harder if I leave for a new job I’ve been passively looking for a new job for about a year now, but really only half-heartedly. I don’t have any huge complaints with the day-to-day of my current job, but the company is a mess and I was always certain that I would be jumping ship immediately if my boss quit. Cut to last week, when my boss informs me that he’s fairly certain he’ll be gone by the end of the year, or by next summer at the latest. A few days later, I was…
  • HR emailed our department to say that someone has Hepatitis A

    Ask a Manager
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    A reader writes: Our Human Resources department just sent out a bizarre email saying that someone in my department has a Hepatitis A infection, that the risk of contracting it is low, and that they’re forwarding information about Hepatitis A so that we can make our own decisions about any actions we might want to take to monitor our own health. I was formerly in health care and was vaccinated against Hep A & B a few years ago, but even with the protection from the vaccines, now I’m really nervous about potluck foods (I’m pretty sure that nobody in our department is doing…
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    Compensation Force

  • Death Knell for the Merit Matrix?

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

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

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

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

    Ann Bares
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    According to WorldatWork's Alison Avalos, who puts out a regular column called "What Your Colleagues Are Reading", the 2010 workspan piece on Comparable Worth written by me, Paul Weatherhead and my Compensation Cafe cohort Jim Brennan is the top viewed article for 2014, so far. What's up with that, I wonder?  Is gender equity suddenly that big a topic among compensation professionals? I remember, back when it was published (and given a cover feature), a local colleague and friend asked me "why would you even write about that?"  Because it was a topic that…
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    Evil HR Lady

  • Lessons in Leadership From Donkey Hiking

    Evil HR Lady
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Learning how to be a leader can happen through a seminar, or through living life. Often, though, lessons in leadership happen everywhere, and sometimes against our will. My first mistake was having a late night meeting, leaving my husband and children home alone. By the time I got home at 10:00 pm the trek had been planned–four days of hiking with two donkeys. So, this is how I found myself in southern France, with two donkeys, Romeo and Gaspard. While I expected to be brayed at and to smell a bit like a donkey (this, unfortunately, happened), I was surprised at the management lessons I…
  • Why Neutral References Don’t Work

    Evil HR Lady
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    You want to protect your business, so you listened to your attorney and you implemented a policy of only “neutral” references. That is, you only confirm dates of service and title. This is a great policy, and the one recommended by many attorneys. In fact, last week, I asked six labor and employment attorneys their opinion and all six said that should be your general policy, especially for bad employees. (They all had exceptions, as well, and you should especially note Donna Ballman’s point that you don’t want to keep your former employees unemployed.) As Jon Hyman…
  • Nordstrom’s Awesome Employee Handbook is a Myth

    Evil HR Lady
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Nordstrom’s famously has the shortest employee handbook ever. Here is the entire handbook: Welcome to Nordstrom We’re glad to have you with our Company. Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Set both your personal and professional goals high. We have great confidence in your ability to achieve them. Nordstrom Rules: Rule #1: Use best judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules. Please feel free to ask your department manager, store manager, or division general manager any question at any time. It’s totally awesome and I wish it…
  • The Most Valuable College Classes for Small Business Leaders

    Evil HR Lady
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    When you enter college, you do so with the hope of learning a few things that will lead to a fabulous career. Looking back, the courses that helped us the most may not have been the ones we’d thought would be important when we were in school. I asked 10 small business leaders and entrepreneurs what college course helped them most over the years. Here are their responses: To find what courses are awesome, click here: The Most Valuable College Classes for Small Business Leaders
  • How to survive in an imperfect work environment

    Evil HR Lady
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Every job has its downsides. Perhaps it’s too many hours, or an annoying co-worker, or a nit-picky manager, or something else that just annoys you. The grass always looks greener on the other side, but it isn’t always. The reality is, all of us work in an imperfect work environment. The trick is making it work for you. (Now, if your job isn’t merely imperfect, but causing you mental or physical health problems, you should focus on finding a new job so you can get out.) Here are some ideas for surviving: To read the ideas, click here: How to survive in an imperfect work…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • HR Initiatives Fall Apart in the Middle

    Laurie Ruettimann
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Your CEO loves HR. He is your number one fan. When it comes to initiatives such as performance management and wellness, he believes in your ideas. He knows you have potential. It’s his direct reports—the lazy ones, the cynical ones, the ones who have been bypassed for the role of CEO—who are your biggest enemies. They don’t like you. They don’t think you’re strategic. They wonder where you got the nerve. You just work in HR. You aren’t a business leader. You don’t know math, and you wouldn’t know a strategy if you fell into a pile of big…
  • Tim Sackett says ACA Compliance – HR, You’re In Trouble!

    Tim Sackett
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    I wanted to title this – “The most boring post ever!” But you guys know I couldn’t write a boring post! Going through my debrief of HR Tech and I had a meeting with ADP regarding health care reform compliance.  Yes. It was as boring as it sounds!  But there’s a catch, this is stuff that the real HR folks are really concerned about, especially small and medium sized HR shops (50 – 999 employees).  Let’s face it, we don’t have the staff or budget to really feel 100% confident we know what we really need to be doing!  It’s something that can make us look like fools to our…
  • Ebola Isn’t A Disease I’m Scared Of

    Tim Sackett
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The hysteria around Ebola in the U.S. right now is understandable. People who contract it have a 70% chance of dying, and the death isn’t pretty—it’s horrific. It’s horror movie kind of stuff.  If I was in West Africa I would be worried; but I’m in Lansing, Michigan, and the only thing I’m worried about is UofM coming in and upsetting my Spartans this weekend! You want to know the disease I’m really scared of? Time. I’ve been in HR and Talent Acquisition going on 20 years now. That seems like a long time when I say it out loud. Like I should…
  • Paul Hebert talks Service Anniversary Programs – The Same But Different

    Paul Hebert
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Anyone over the age of 30 has probably heard of a “service anniversary” program – or a “length of service” program. Or if you’re really old school you might have heard it called a “long service” program. But a rose by any other name is simply a program that highlights the time an employee has spent with an organization. Measured in years but not in contribution – the “service anniversary” program is the one program that anyone – and I mean anyone can earn get simply by not being bad enough to get fired, RIF’d, laid off, forced out, etc. Yeah – I said it. Service…
  • Bigfoot, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and Passive Candidates

    William Tincup
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    /begin rant/ We’ve been lied to. About all these things: Bigfoot was made up for a couple of reasons: (1) to create a missing link between gorillas and humans… for the evolutionists amongst us and (2) to get us to behave in the woods. Nothing terrifies little kids like the stories of some giant ape creature thingy. Behave, or Bigfoot will get you. The Easter Bunny was created to sell candy. Period. The bunny serves no other objective other than to rot my kids’ perfect mouths. I want to personally thank Glenn Close for boiling that little sucker in that movie about the…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • Lost decade? We used to dream of a lost decade!

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Last week’s employment statistics showed that the UK has finally closed its jobs gap. There are now as many people in work, as a percentage of 16-64 year olds, as there were before the recession. As Laura Gardiner said, though, the headline obscures some regional differences. The recovery is still weak in the West Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland and even the South East outside London still hasn’t recovered its pre-recession employment rate. There are other differences between now and before the recession. Two thirds of the job increase has come from self-employment and there…
  • Public finances: From La La Land to Dipsy Land

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    I managed to be out of the country for most of the party conferences so much of what I would probably have said has already been covered elsewhere. But just for the record…. The Conservatives’ statements on public finances were all over the place. Not only did Dave and George forget to mention an extra £13bn of public spending cuts, they also said they were going to offer tax cuts as well. Whether or not this will happen before the deficit is eliminated is unclear. The Prime Minister seems to have changed his mind on that since last Christmas. The IFS calculated that these…
  • The taxless recovery

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    This is no ordinary recovery. Not only has it taken a hell of a long time to do not very much, it’s seen collapsing productivity and very little wage growth, even for those who appear to be highly skilled. As a result of all this, even though the economy grew at over 3 percent, the tax revenues didn’t increase at the same rate. As Sarah O’Connor reported in the FT: [T]ax receipts have grown just 2 per cent so far this year, compared with the 5 per cent growth the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast in March. As Ben Chu’s chart shows, most of the rise in…
  • A high-skill, low-wage recovery

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    “Labour economics used to be easy,” lamented David Blanchflower in Monday’s Independent. He continued: All you had to do was watch the unemployment rate and that told you most of everything. As it went up things were bad and pay weakened. When the unemployment rate fell that meant the economy was getting better and that meant pay rises. Low unemployment meant big pay rises. High unemployment meant smaller rises. Simple. But, over the past few years, falling unemployment hasn’t led to higher wages in the UK or the US. If anything, wages have continued to fall as…
  • The 2015 Dilemma (Revised Edition)

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Two reports on the public finances were published at the weekend. These things usually come out during the week but both the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Resolution Foundation had to squeeze their press releases into the couple of days after the Scottish referendum result (which would have thrown everything up in the air) and before the party conferences. Both papers look at the spending plans of the three main parties as they have been outlined so far. All parties say they will eliminate the deficit by the end of the next parliament. The only differences are how quickly they will…
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  • HR Technology Conference 2014: Global Payroll

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Overall, this year was one of the best years in a while for the vendor and show floor.  In my opinion, there were some significant areas where technology has finally started catching up with vision, and it was happening on a pretty broad level.  The smaller startup vendors from the last year have pushed the bigger players, creating a lot of positive movement.  More on that in another post. Let’s start off with recruiting because…. well everything starts off with recruiting. User Experiences:   The idea that you can take any of the older recruiting experiences like Taleo, Brassring,…
  • Common Sense KPI’s Gone Wrong

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    I love dashboards.  I have a goals list on my phone tracking how many miles I’m supposed to run or ride on my bike.  I have a trending graph on the device that tells my how much I weigh.  The only reason I have not bought one of those fitness wristbands yet is because I just can’t stand things on my wrist!  I was just on the company call, and we do the company performance dashboard, we stack ranked the all time leaders for ideation at the company, and all sorts of other visual and gamified graphics.  As employees, we should be managing our goals and goal progress, and some…
  • Time for the Annual HR Technology Survey

    27 May 2014 | 8:19 am
    With the web content and search developing the way it has over the last 15 years, I think we take for granted how ubiquitous information is.  We can Google just about anything and get decently reliable results every time.  At the root of all of this, somebody is creating great information and insight, and it takes time. One of the very few surveys that is just purely robust in it’s data set and is unquestionable in it’s quality is CedarCrestone’s Annual HR Technology Survey.  This is the 17th year of the survey, and we’ve all benefitted from its insights and…
  • The Evolution of Standardization

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    So my wife has been on a homemade donut kick lately.  That’s right, every weekend I get to sample another dozen donuts.  Those of you who read often know that my constant struggle to stay fit must work really well when there is a new batch of donuts sitting around the house every Saturday morning.  We’ve got the chocolate dipped, the glazed, the orange glazed.  She says she is going to try a custard filled next.  I’ve sampled a quite a few dough recipes so far.  It started pretty poorly.  She tried to source a recipe off of some random website that sounded reasonable.  The dough…
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    Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources

  • Some Twitter conversations on Social Media, Job Hunting and HR

    Gautam Ghosh
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Today was an interesting day - I was invited by Tech Mahindra to be a guest on their #TechMChat on Social HR. Just an hour to go for #TechMChat with @GautamGhosh & @SucharitaPalepu sharing their thoughts about Social HR— Tech Mahindra (@tech_mahindra) October 17, 2014 So here are some thoughts I shared and the questions I answered A1 @tech_mahindra Social Media can amplify the positive experiences of employee advocates #TechMChat— Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh) October 17, 2014 Internal social media helps is social recognition and learning &…
  • Looking for my next gig

    Gautam Ghosh
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    So after one and a half years with Philips in two roles I am ready for the next challenge. What can I do?I can help HR teams leverage social technologies for employer branding, social recruiting, social recognition, internal communications and social learningI can help HR technology vendors craft their marketing strategy, find partners and get to the right decision makersI can connect vendors and clients to influencers in the media and social media world to make an impactInterested in what I can offer? Email me at gautam dot ghosh at gmail dot com If you want to talk to me about a story…
  • Twitter and Blogging for Learning & Development Leaders

    Gautam Ghosh
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Last week I was invited to present to a group of global learning leaders of a BPO/KPO firm on my Twitter and Blogging journey.This is the presentation I made.Looking forward to your feedback Social media for learning leaders from Gautam Ghosh If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • Indian HR is ready for the Tech Revolution - thoughts from #TechHR14

    Gautam Ghosh
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Around 10 days ago I attended India's first ever Tech HR conference organized by People Matters in Gurgaon. I was privileged to be invited to speak at the unconference track in the event and host a Google Hangout with analysts Alan Lepofsky and Holger Mueller. It was also an opportunity to listen to industry leaders like Abhijit Bhaduri, Frank Ricciardi, Debjani Ghosh, Anand Pillai and Sameer Patel. I was also looking to catch up with innovative learning professionals and friends Kavi Arasu and Sunder Ramachandran.Here's my takeaway:HR Technology is simplifying. The large players are moving…
  • Panel on Social HR at @SMWMumbai on 23rd Sept #SMWMumbai

    Gautam Ghosh
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    So I'll be speaking on a panel discussion on "Social HR" at Social Media Week Mumbai 2014.My fellow panelists would be:Heather Saville Gupta - Chief Talent Officer, 120 Media Collective (Moderator for the panel) Madhur Ramani - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Stratum Consulting Ranjit Nair- Founder and CEO, Germin8 Suveer Bajaj - Co-Founder and Director, FoxyMoronDo check out the other panels and talks here, and the list of speakers here. If you are in Mumbai do try to join us!If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on…
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    hr bartender

  • The Real Reason for Job Titles – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    You’ve probably read about the trend to eliminate job titles. If not, you can catch up on the idea here and here. But before jumping on the band wagon, it’s important to understand why job titles exist. That’s what today’s reader question is about. First, I want to say I really enjoy reading your blog! I’ve been with my company for almost a year now. We are a small IT consulting company. The company structure consists of the managing partners, HR manager, software engineers and hiring manager/business development specialist (me!). I started as a ‘technical recruiter’ and…
  • The 10 Social & Tech Etiquette Rules For the Workplace

    Sharlyn Lauby
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Before leaving for the HR Technology conference, I did this interview on SHRM’s WeKnowNext blog about the future of HR technology. You can check it out here. During the Q & A, I mentioned that HR departments should have “tech etiquette” courses for employees. So I thought I would toss out what my 10 tech etiquette rules would be. I think the goal is to keep the rules high level so they apply when using social media or an enterprise social collaboration platform. Learn the privacy settings for any technology you’re using. Whether it’s an internal or external platform, every…
  • Working Your Way Up the Career Ladder [infographic] – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain professionals for the restaurant industry. Enjoy today’s post!) Early in my human resources career, I was responsible for new hire orientation. Of course, during orientation the company president would come in and say a few words. He talked about his first job with the company. As a janitor. Yep, the president of the company worked his way up the career…
  • Fighting Inequality – Blog Action Day #BAD2014

    Sharlyn Lauby
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Since 2007, Blog Action Day has organized bloggers from around the world for one day to talk about a single issue. I’ve participated in Blog Action Day (aka BAD) since I started HR Bartender and have written about subjects such as human rights, famine, water, climate change, and poverty. This year’s theme for Blog Action Day is inequality. Merriam-Webster defines inequality “as an unfair situation in which some people have more rights and better opportunities than other people”. Inequality exists both at work and in our personal lives. If you want to see the extent that inequality…
  • How to Hire Employees for a Cultural “Fit”

    Sharlyn Lauby
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at SilkRoad, a leading global provider of cloud-based talent management solutions. SilkRoad’s new Life Suite platform gives users a tablet-friendly experience. Learn more here about the update. Enjoy the post!)  It could be said that when it’s time to hire an employee, skills and experience are important but cultural fit matters more. So what exactly is cultural fit? It’s defined as when a candidate “fits” or aligns with your organizational culture. I know, it sounds like common sense. But think about how many times…
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 192 - DataNow

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    HR Happy Hour 192 - DataNow Recorded Tuesday October 21, 2014 Hosts: Trish McFarlane, Steve Boese Guests: Mollie Lombardi, Rachel Cooke This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish were joined by two of Trish's colleagues from Brandon Hall Group - Mollie Lombardi, VP and Principal Analyst of Workforce Management Practice; and Rachel Cooke, COO. On the show Mollie and Rachel shared details about DataNow, a new research-based and data-driven product that can enable HR leaders to have better and deeper insights into research data,…
  • Talent Attraction: The Real Reason to Keep Top Talent

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    A few months ago I posted a recap of 'Why Stars Matter', a recent study out of the National Bureau of Economic Research that concluded the most important contribution that so-called 'Top Talent' makes to an organization is that they increase the organization's ability to recruit even more Top Talent. Here is an excerpt from my piece from April, then I will hit you with the reason why I wanted to revisit this topic today: A recent National Bureau of Economic Research study titled Why Stars Matter, has attempted to identify just what are these 'top talent' effects. It turns out…
  • The technology (sometimes) doesn't matter

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Before I hit the main point of this post, I want to be clear about something - I think whether in enterprises or for personal use, having the 'right' technology available is often a critical enabler of both indivdual and organizational performance.  Anyone that has had to deal with older, even antiquated business systems that are slow, difficult to use, have to be accessed through a labyrinth of logins and passwords, and at the end of the (painful) process can't really produce the information you need to make decisions, can attest to the importance of modern tools and technologies. Or…
  • OFF TOPIC: More and Less

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We Need More: Really cool, interesting, and innovative ideas for work, workplaces and people (see Fuel50, BlackbookHR, Data Morphosis, BrandAmper, QUESocial, and Zenefits). Simple and elegant approaches to solve complex questions. Pumpkin donuts. People who don't take themselves too seriously. BBQ. Walt 'Clyde' Frazier. We Need Less: Updates on your Fantasy Football team. Emails sent at 11:49PM. Details about your latest run, CrossFit Workout, or set of push-ups you did.  You do know you get the same benefit and burn the same number of calories even if you don't Tweet about your stupid…
  • Your HR Tech Vendor Should Tell You 'No'

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Having an interesting day at the HR Tech Tank event in Toronto meeting with and talking to a talented group of HR Technology Startups that are (mostly, I think anyway), based in Canada. One of the recurring themes that has come up during the day is the importance of listening to customers/prospects in the design and development process. As a couple of the startup veterans in the group have pointed out, if you run too far down a development path and have not done enough research, prototyping, and received enough detailed feedback from the most likely users of the product, then you place…
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    Federal Employment Law Articles

  • OSHA Guidance on Ebola in the Workplace

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    OSHA has just released guidelines on protecting workers from Ebola in the workplace. Noting that employers are responsible for protecting workers from exposure to Ebola and chemicals used for cleaning and disinfecting, OSHA’s guidelines address cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, areas, and or materials possibly contaminated from blood, urine, feces, vomit, and other bodily fluids that may contain Ebola. In addition, OSHA’s guidelines address the proper waste disposal of potentially contaminated objects. (See OSHA’s Fact Sheet: Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces.)
  • Ebola Concerns – How Should Employers Respond?

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The public concern and confusion generated by the third reported diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S. has reached the workplace. What was once considered just a public health concern has become an employment issue as well. Employees are anxious about individuals who have travelled to and from West Africa, and about the potential for contracting the virus from co-workers, clients, customers, and patients.
  • A Perk of BYOD Policies at Work

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Employers face a serious challenge when trying to prevent employees from taking confidential and proprietary information with them when they leave to join a new employer—particularly when the new employer is a competitor. When an employer becomes suspicious about an ex-employee’s activities prior to his or her last day of work, there are a limited number of safe avenues for the employer to pursue.
  • Resource Update: Anti-Corruption Laws in the Americas

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As multinational employers are aware, compliance with the anti-corruption laws of different jurisdictions can be complicated, and penalties for noncompliance can be severe, making compliance a priority for multinational companies. FordHarrison has joined with Ius Laboris member firms in Central and South America to produce Corruption in the Americas, a summary of anti-corruption laws in the U.S. and Central and South America. The guide provides key information at a glance on important aspects of the anti-corruption laws, including compliance, relevant laws and regulations, and penalties. The…
  • Easing Ebola Fears in the Workplace

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Howard Mavity was quoted in the Employee Benefit News article "Easing Ebola Fears in the Workplace" on October 17, 2014. The article addressed the rising concerns of employers regarding the Ebola outbreak and reinforced the importance of re-examining workplace travel policies and pandemic plans.
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Which Comes First, Culture or Strategy: 100 Culture Questions

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Which Comes First, Culture or Strategy?”Culture and strategy are two peas in a pod, and they need to feed one another in terms of informing success of an organization. To understand the kind of culture you need, you need to have your strategic imperatives well defined. You need to understand: Where are we heading as a company? What does business success look like? Once that is well articulated and well defined, then you need to understand who you are, who your people are, how they're wired, how…
  • The HR Analytics Trap: Leaving the Human Out of Human Capital Management

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    I’m both excited and concerned about the recent focus of the HR community, and in particular, the Human Capital Management Software companies, toward big data and analytics.HCM software vendors’ focus on data and analytics must be tempered with the realities of human values and individuality.You are not like me. While neither of us would dispute that, we are often all too comfortable treating our workforces as a homogeneous mass (at least by function or geography).We experience the effects of our individual uniqueness on a daily basis. Think about the interactions you have everyday with…
  • [Video] Can We Use Our Culture to Hold Better Meetings: 100 Culture Questions

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Can We Use Our Culture to Hold Better Meetings?”Meetings are a necessity within organizations. They happen every day, multiple times a day. When culture sits at the core, we can rest assured that we're going to have a more productive, more efficient, more focused meeting. When we make sure that we are playing to our strengths as an organization, that we're prioritizing, making decisions, and using processes that are aligned with our culture in our meetings, we're much more likely to get to a…
  • [Video] How Should Culture Affect Our Processes: 100 Culture Questions

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Should Culture Affect Our Processes?”Processes that exist within organizations need to be informed by culture. Remember, culture is the backbone of the foundation of every organization. So ensuring that how you do things in your company (the processes that you use) is consistent with the culture that you're trying to grow is really important to maintain within organizations.Making sure that the way in which you hire, the way in which you develop or mentor people, the processes that you use for…
  • [Video] How Do We Maintain Our Culture in Matrix Organizations: 100 Culture Questions

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do We Maintain Our Culture in Matrix Organizations?”Matrix organizations do appear different in many ways from organizations that are more streamlined; however culture remains the same. Culture is the commonality that brings all employees together regardless of the structure of the organization. It's the stake in the ground that determines how we do things, how we make decisions, how we prioritize.So even when you have employees that are functioning in matrix positions, they need to still be…
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  • الأوامر والنواهي المتعلقة بتفويض مهام العمل

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    يواجه معظم  المدراء صعوبة كبيرة في تفويض مهام العمل واختيار الموظفين المناسبين لتنفيذها. في الواقع، يوجد اختلاف كبير بين “التفويض” و”التوجيه”، فالتفويض يعني توكيل فريق عملك مسؤولية تنفيذ المهام بالطريقة التي يفضلها بشرط الالتزام بالمعايير المتفق عليها. أما التوجيه فيعني توكيل مهمة لشخص معين، واجباره على تنفيذها…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Delegation That You’ve Probably Never Heard of

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Q. Hi, I’m a manager at a major consulting firm. I often find myself juggling too many tasks, but at the same time I don’t know how to delegate work effectively. I’m afraid that I might delegate the wrong thing to the wrong person, and the results will show poorly on my part. I wanted more knowledge on this topic. Can you help me delegate effectively? Thanks! Amal. F. A. As a manager, you’re often faced with the complex issue of how, when, and to whom you should delegate work. Keep in mind that there is a stark difference between “delegating” and “directing”. Through…
  • One-Hour Career Transformations

    Lama Ataya
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Never underestimate the power of an hour! Next time you find yourself idling away at the desk remember that in an hour you can transform your life and career in a multitude of highly impactful ways. Here are just a few things you can do in an hour (or less) that can improve your career and life significantly. 1. Greet everyone in the office by name Make it a point if you don’t already to arrive every morning with a smile and spend those precious first few minutes of the day greeting everyone warmly and professionally by name. People like to work with people who are pleasant, polite and…
  • How to Change Your Career to a Career You Love

    Fadi Zaghmout
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    I hated composition assignments at school. I was never good in languages classes like I was good in math or science. When I wrote something down, I used to make sure no one reads it, and when that happened, I would die of embarrassment. I felt more comfortable with numbers than letters. Numbers didn’t entail self-expression; they didn’t push me out of my comfort zone as a shy kid. I also had an interest in arts. Drawing was my subtle way of self-expression at that age. Things changed with time. I studied Computer Science at college as a natural consequence of my scientific interest and…
  • عشرة تغييرات تساهم في نجاحك المهني

    Lama Ataya
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    إن النجاح ليس بالأمر السهل فتحقيقه يتطلب الكثير من العمل الشاق، والمجهود، والتفاني والسلوك الصحيح. فالنجاح المهني يتطلب منك تطوير مجموعة من العادات المناسبة وإجراء بعض التغييرات على حياتك. نقدم لك في ما يلي 10 تغييرات بسيطة من شأنها مساعدتك على تحقيق المزيد من النجاح المهني. 1. الإصغاء خذ الوقت اللازم لإلتزام الصمت والإصغاء الى…
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    The Human Resources Field Guide

  • Guest Post: The Gender Gap in the Legal Professions (Infographic)

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The following is a guest post from John Sinden on behalf of the Washington University in St. Louis' School of Law:In 2010, the percentage of J.D. and LL.B. degrees earned by women, as a total of all degrees earned, reached 49 percent. Although this number reflects nearly half of the degrees earned in the legal industry, women today still face many disparities in income and promotion opportunities, with women lawyers only earning 87 percent of men’s salaries.In order to raise awareness around the opportunities to bridge the gender gap in the legal industry and to address positive gains,…
  • Monday Morning Wisdom (No. 7)

    Erik Smetana
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:14 am
    This week's words of insight come from one of my favorite commute songs, "Losers" by The Belle Brigade - it's equal parts humility, awesome, and business zen...Header Photo Credit: Steve Wilson via Compfight cc
  • Employee Wellness is Simply a Matter of Employee Engagement

    Erik Smetana
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:51 am
    This week's #YLLD comes in the form of a #ThrowbackThursday post - dating to April 2013 and an article I wrote, "Employee Wellness is Simply a Matter of Employee Engagement" appeared at TLNT - the tenets I proposed at the time still hold true and mean even more to me now as several months after this article appeared I transitioned into my current role and started working more closely with our organization's Health, Welfare, and Wellness teams...HR managers and leaders across the country are gathering together in meetings large and small, sharing ideas and concerns, and trying to understand…
  • How LinkedIn Has Become My Personal ERP

    Erik Smetana
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    Ten years ago SHRM had the notion to create subgroups based on HR specialty (a concept they've abandoned), at the time I'd recently moved from an HR Generalist role into one focused solely on recruitment - it was the job that changed my perspective on what I wanted to do, where I wanted to do it, and how I wanted to about mapping out my career. It was a job that simply put wasn't the right fit. So it shouldn't be all that surprising that as I sat next to my then boss in a windowless conference room attending my first subgroup chapter meeting I was less than enthused for what the next several…
  • Monday Morning Wisdom (No. 6)

    Erik Smetana
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:17 am
    Some words of wisdom from a man known for building worlds of whimsy...Header Photo Credit: Steve Wilson via Compfight cc
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  • How IT and HR Departments From Facebook Use Custom Apps

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Hear how Facebook uses the Salesforce1 Platform to build critical HR apps for their employees. You'll also get the inside track from our own Salesforce HR team as they share how IT has helped them grow and support our talent pool with mobile apps built on the Salesforce1 Platform.Request Free!
  • 'Top 10 Ways to Achieve a Successful Wellness Program'

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    In the not too distant past, the term “wellness” began to make its way into the vernacular of workplaces everywhere. At first, its definition (and implementation) was narrow in scope, and revolved largely around employee safety and injury prevention. As the years went by, wellness grew to include not just the physical realm, but also the emotional and psychological — eventually emerging to play a pivotal role in the overall lifestyle of employees. Request Free!
  • 'Four Steps to a High-Octane Pay-for-Performance Culture'

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The complexity of compensation programs has increased dramatically, as companies work to strengthen the link between variable pay and performance and introduce new forms of equity compensation. Thanks to the internet, employees have access to detailed compensation information by job title and location. And, with the explosion of online video, the way employees learn has changed. Despite all of these challenges, the communication of compensation in organizations has not changed much over the years.Request Free!
  • '5 Best Practices for Getting Your Employees Productive from Day One'

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Welcoming a new employee into your company is always a happy occasion. After all of the phone conversations, interviews, background checks and other formalities, it feels really good to know that you've found someone who fits the job perfectly. Now your attention turns to their first day of work, and you're eager to get them up and running as soon as possible – just as they're eager to learn the ropes and begin making meaningful contributions.Request Free!
  • Focusing on What's Important in HR: Improving Efficiency and Visibility Across the Employee Lifecycle with Automated Workflows

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Effective onboarding is an opportunity to get off on the right foot with new employees. At the same time, it is only one process out of many that must be handled by the Human Resources function. Still, there are many issues with employee onboarding, such as compliance and confidentiality, which must be accounted for. As a result, HR managers want to ensure that the onboarding process is satisfying to new employees but is also efficient, compliant and effective for the HR staff.This report, based on Aberdeen's primary research data, identifies the main issues presented by paper-based processes…
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    Interesting Bits From Brad Herbert (

  • Here’s Why Founders Should Care about Happiness

    Brad Herbert
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    First Round Review published a detailed post recently about the importance of happiness and other ways to boost a leader's inner game. It's very actionable and mirrors what I do with my clients, some of whom start off skeptical but end up truly believing and using these tools to change their lives. while you're at it, check out Happy Brain Science.
  • Fifteen Commitments of Conscious Leadership

    Brad Herbert
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    I just came across an awesome group called The Conscious Leadership Forum and their fifteen commitments of conscious leaders. The premise is that people own their experience in life; you create everything you feel via your choice of perspective and whether you feel you're creating your life versus life happening to you.In fact, that's the definition of leadership that resonates most with me. This is a quote from Karen and Henry Kimsey-House, co-founders of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) about leadership: We believe that everyone has within them the capacity to lead and that any…
  • How To Start A Start-Up - Sam Altman & Dustin Moskovitz @ Stanford

    Brad Herbert
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    This is some great advice; you might end up watching the video twice.If you're out of time, you can scan the write-up via Venture Beat, or subscribe via the Stanford site.
  • Great Example of Flow

    Brad Herbert
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Deepak Chopra says the ultimate goal of life is love (I'm paraphrasing). Giving love, receiving love, and experiencing love of everything around you (i.e,. appreciation). Sola Fiedler is a superb example of someone getting to spend the majority of her time doing something she absolutely loves. When you get to use the gifts that come naturally to you towards something that matters, you experience resonance. Note that true resonance is indirectly related to the absence of fear; it's as if love crowds out fear, and you get to truly express yourself. I joke with people that if 80% of…
  • Research On Story Telling, Noble Purpose, and Neuroscience

    Brad Herbert
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    What's your life purpose? What do some things just come naturally to you, and are you using those gifts for a broader, noble purpose?I believe each of us is here to love and to share our gifts generously to make the world a better place. When I coach people I am always trying to find out what lights them up and to help them connect the various dots to create their own powerful story of themselves that energizes and focuses them. When someone is on a mission that is meaningful to them, you can feel it physically and intuitively. Same goes for teams. In a perfect world when…
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    Staffing Advisors


    Bob Corlett
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s easy to think of recruiting as a simple transaction with a clear end result — hire someone. But the hiring process should go much deeper than predictably making good hires. It should also lead to long-term employee productivity and retention — which can only occur when candidates “fit in” and know what results are expected of them. So how can the hiring process best predict success on the job? Candidate Selection Many recruiting processes are designed to quickly find “ideal resumes,” chock-full of the right keywords. Unfortunately, one of the…
  • What is a Top Performer?

    Bob Corlett
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Everyone wants to hire top performers, but how do you know one when you see one?   It's not an easy question. Unless you are constantly hiring for the exact same position, you cannot possibly know who the current top performers are in your job market, what skills actually drive their results, or what their compensation should be. You certainly won't know whether any of them would consider working for you. At the beginning of a search, hiring managers can put themselves in a position to learn from the job market, but cannot presume to already understand the job market. Yet, most…
  • How to prevent making hiring decisions based on looks

    Bob Corlett
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Your unconscious mind is a speed demon. Research shows that people often form a first impression in a tenth of a second— and then stick to it. This makes any hiring decision a treacherous tightrope act. In order to stay rational, you must give your conscious mind a chance to weigh in on the hiring decision, while preventing your quick-to-judge unconscious mind from forming a baseless opinion. Unwittingly, far too many hiring managers fall from the tightrope and base their hiring decision on style rather than substance. Read More in the Business Journal The post How to prevent making…
  • The 5 factors that determine employee potential

    Bob Corlett
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Interviewing strategies are mostly about trying to predict whether someone will succeed in a job. For most people, that feels like taking a shot in the dark. But now, for many jobs, you need to be able to predict if someone will succeed in not only the current job but also the next evolution of that job as it grows and changes. That feels more like taking a shot in the dark to hit a constantly moving target. Traditional interviewing methods now only tell part of the picture. Read More in the Business Journal The post The 5 factors that determine employee potential appeared first on Staffing…
  • Decide where to post your job ads using this simple trick

    Bob Corlett
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Back in the olden days, people searched the classified ads for jobs and mailed in a resume. The tech-savvy folks would fax their application. Managers knew where to post their open jobs, and they all went in the local paper. But now there are dozens of national online job boards, flanked by niche job boards dedicated to industries, regions, or functional areas. You can even post ads on social media sites like Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Anyone who mails in a paper resume just seems quaint and old-fashioned. Posting your job ad on the wrong site will keep it from being noticed by the right…
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    Employment Intelligence

  • Podcast: Hear How the National Football League Flunked HR101

    David Weisenfeld
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The National Football League has long been viewed as the model US professional sports league with its seemingly endless spike in popularity. But a series of ugly domestic violence incidents have left the NFL facing a torrent of negative publicity… continue
  • Disability Awareness Month: Make Sure You Are “A-OK” With the ADA

    Beth Zoller
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the US. Here are four tips employers should keep in mind to comply with the ADA and manage individuals with disabilities: Disabilities are defined broadly The 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments… continue
  • Employment Law Prominent as US Supreme Court Opens New Term

    David Weisenfeld
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The US Supreme Court opened its 2014-2015 term this week and made news affecting employers with a case it decided NOT to hear. That’s because the justices surprised observers by declining to take up a same-sex marriage case on Monday.… continue
  • Minimum Wage Hikes: Coming Soon to a City Near You?

    Michael Cardman
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    “All politics is local,” goes the old phrase. More and more, it seems minimum wages are local too. As if it weren’t hard enough for employers to keep track of all the state minimum wage rules, many cities and counties… continue
  • How Domestic Violence Impacts the Workplace: Helpful Tips for Employers

    Beth Zoller
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The recent controversy surrounding several National Football League players, including Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and others, has once again brought domestic violence into the spotlight. But domestic violence is not limited to the NFL and can affect all sorts of… continue
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    Mumblr - Abhishek Mittal's Blog on HR, Talent Management, Employee Engagement and The Ideal Enterprise

  • When Do We Learn?

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

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

    Abhishek Mittal
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The very first time I came across a formal definition of Culture was when I was still in business school. My professor introduced me to Geert Hofstede and his definition of culture: “Culture is the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from others” I learnt that the values which distinguished country cultures from one another could be categorized into a few dimensions: Power-distance Individualism vs. collectivism Masculinity vs. femininity Uncertainty avoidance Pragmatic vs. normative Indulgence vs. restraint At that…
  • The Time & Energy Deficit in Our Organizations

    Abhishek Mittal
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    In a must read piece in The New York Times, Tony Schwartz highlights the reasons on why we hate our workplaces. He talks about how employees are getting disengaged from the organizations they work for and not gaining enough intrinsic satisfaction from the employment deal. But, what caught my eyes, were some data showing the energy and time deficit in companies today. This data was collected from over 12000 white-collar workers from different parts of the globe. We all know that both breakthrough and incremental value creation requires strategic / creative thinking. But, then how can our…
  • Should You Use Employee Net Promoter Scores?

    Abhishek Mittal
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Having done extensive workforce research work for clients over the last decade or so, many a times I have been asked about adapting the Net Promoter Score methodology to employee surveys. It is an interesting question, which deserves thoughtful consideration. So, when Foo Chek Wee, a smart HR professional from Singapore and HR blogger, asked me to write a guest post summarizing my views on Employee Net Promoter Score, I was happy to do so. From covering key advantages of simplicity to disadvantages like statistical validity, the post should hopefully help you make better decisions when it…
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Can Domestic Violence Accusations Mean Discipline at Work?

    Dianne Shaddock
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
              Domestic violence is wrong. So are many other actions such as driving while intoxicated, check fraud, soliciting for sex, speeding, public drunkenness, etc. Of course, we have criminal laws against such actions in order to maintain the type of society that we deem to be acceptable. Enforcement of our laws […]
  • Simple Diversity and Inclusion Development Strategies That Benefit All Staff

    Dianne Shaddock
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
      If your small business is interested in starting diversity initiatives similar to larger corporations, but you don’t know where to start, take note. Here’s the simple sauce: the best general practices as it relates to employee professional development that currently exist in many organizations dovetails nicely with strategies for professional development of diverse staff. […]
  • Proof Of Receipt Vital When Mailing FMLA Notices, Appeals Court Rules

    Dianne Shaddock
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Sending a legally mandated notice via ordinary U.S. mail is not sufficient proof that the intended recipient of the notice actually received it, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled in a case with potentially far reaching implications for employers. The Case The case involves an instructor at one of the […]
  • Employee and Employer Views Vary When It Comes To Stress at Work

    Dianne Shaddock
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    It seems that phrases like “workplace stress” and “work life balance” are just buzzwords that have no real meaning or applicability for organizations – that is, until you start looking at workplace stress statistics. Surveys of employees across organizations consistently show that stress at work is a valid concern that employers need to factor into […]
  • When Being Culturally Sensitive Does Not Matter

    Dianne Shaddock
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I have had the opportunity to consult and partner with a variety of smart, business savvy managers in my career as an HR professional. Most of the managers that I worked with were firm but fair and empathetic when it came to their employees.  It is what you would expect.  These are managers that strive […]
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market.  One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). In some ways this is like the makers of peanut butter and jelly buying the bakers of bread. The whole "sandwich" now comes from the same company.  (One could call it "SkillTotal.") While much of this deal was about growth, this acquisition represents the beginning of deeper integration between corporate learning and the LMS or learning…
  • Why Employee Engagement is Your Employment Brand

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    This week I had the opportunity to present at the Glassdoor Employment Brand Summit. The meeting was like the “twitteratti” (like Glitteratti) of recruiting.  Lars Schmidt, Stacy Donovan Zapar (Zappos and Restoration Hardware), Jen Powell (Deloitte), Bryan Chaney (IBM), Will Staney(Glassdoor), Jennifer Tharp (AT&T) , Shannon Smedstad (CEB), Arie Ball (Sodexo),Anthony Scarpino (Sodexo) were all presenters and I walked away even more convinced of the tremendous importance of employment branding.  (I recommend you listen to the replays.) Why has…
  • Corporate Learning Technology Market On Fire

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    The corporate learning technology market is hot. Today we released our newest research on the Learning Management Systems market and it shows a 21% growth to over $2.5 billion in 2014. As many of you know, corporate training is going through a renaissance and a tremendous number of new technologies, content providers, and solutions are now available. Perhaps the biggest fuel for this market is the tremendous need for skills development around the world, the explosion of MOOCs, and high demand for certification, professional development, technical development, and managerial…
  • How Do We Excite, Manage, and Retain the Tech Team?

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    I just completed a fascinating TalkRadio session with two IT leaders discussing how to retain and manage a highly technical workforce. How do you, as a leader, develop a highly engaged technical team? Today 30% of all tech workers could find a better job within 60 days (Dice research), so what should we do? This talk included Steve Safier, IT and HR leader at Panasonic, and John Higginson of Wheels - and we discussed real world leading practices in engaging, retaining, and managing tech teams. Let's face it - the world of tech is possibly the most dynamic and competitive talent market in…
  • The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    The market for corporate talent management software continues to surge forward. Our new research shows that this exciting market grew by 17% last year and is now over $5 billion in size. Why? Companies have now realized that "talent optimization" is key to their business success. And without integrated software to manage the people-processes in a business, it's very hard to do. I've been on the road talking with dozens of companies over the last few months, and everywhere I go executives talk about their challenges in developing leaders, locating and hiring top…
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    Performancepoint, LLC.

  • Bringing Young Leaders Forward

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    At Five Star Bank, we are always looking for ways to further our employees’ talents and invest in their strengths. It is part of bringing the best service we can to our customers. A prime example is Five Star Bank employee Stephanie Petrakos, who started at the bank eight years ago fresh out of college as a management trainee and worked her way up. Currently she is the Vice President and Credit Administrator. In her position she is required to have a leadership role in the bank’s credit department. As such, she was sent to a leadership development conference through Independent Community…
  • By the year 2050…

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The number of people in the labor force who are: 65 or older will increase by 75% And those between the ages of 25 to 54 will grow by only 2% Source:  Human Resource Management, 2014 Do you think we are ready in our business for such a drastic shift?  How do you think this change will impact productivity?  Sound off…I want to hear what you think.
  • 35,000 Feet in the Air: Where Sexual Harassment Can Still Get a Pass

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Originally posted on Heather Poole: I wrote 35,000 Feet in the Air: Where Sexual Harassment Can Still Get a Pass for September 21, 2014 When I first started working as a flight attendant, a CEO of a telecommunications giant pinched me on the you-know-what. I didn’t know what to do, so I nervously laughed and ran to the galley where I would’ve cursed him out — if he hadn’t followed me there. That’s when he did it again. Right in front of my crew. We all just stood there in disbelief, staring at one another until he disappeared back to his first-class seat. No one said a…
  • HR Leaders Rethink Health Benefits

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Chief human resource officers’ reaction to the statement below reveals the extent to which health care reform has led employees to reconsider their role in providing health benefits to employees. “The ACA has caused us to question the long-term viability of the employment-based system of health care.”             Agree:  62%             Disagree:  24%             No Opinion:  15% What are your thoughts about this?  Is it time for companies to stop providing employment based healthcare?  If so, what would take its place? Source:  HR Magazine, September…
  • Top 5 Employee Deal-Breakers

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    What frustrates employees?  what makes them want to look for a new job?  According to HR Manager, Sept 2014 these are the Top 5: Not feeling trusted and empowered by their boss. Being expected to work or answer e-mail during a sick day, during vacation or after work. A boss who shifts the blame to employees when things go awry. Lack of flexibility for family responsibilities. Not getting along with co-workers. Do you agree?  What would you add to the list?
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    The Workforce Institute

  • What’s the Most Unique Job in Your State?

    Joyce Maroney
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Today’s guest post is submitted by our board member John Hollon, VP for Editorial, ERE Media.   Years ago I was running a recruitment outsourcing practice for BrassRing.  We had to find a lot of unique candidates for our clients.   One of the stranger jobs we needed to source was a whiskey cask master. […] The post What’s the Most Unique Job in Your State? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Top 10 Career Myths – and how they hold you back (Part 3)

    Joyce Maroney
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This is the third in a 3-part series about ten career myths that can hold you back.  While I wrote these for an audience of Millennials, most are relevant for anybody who works.  This last section concerns myths about making job changes. What’s Your Next Move? You’d better pick the right path because it’s too […] The post Top 10 Career Myths – and how they hold you back (Part 3) appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Top 10 Career Myths – and how they hold you back (Part 2)

    Joyce Maroney
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Today’s post is part 2 of a 3 part series on the career myths that can hold you back professionally. Part 2 focuses on managing yourself at work. Myths About Managing Yourself at Work You need to be outgoing and liked by everyone to succeed. True: It may be easier to forge productive working relationships […] The post Top 10 Career Myths – and how they hold you back (Part 2) appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Top 10 Career Myths – and how they hold you back (Part 1)

    Joyce Maroney
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Today I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders Event of the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP). This event is a gathering of young Y professionals who’ve been identified by their leadership as rising stars, and this event is an investment in their development. You can see a few of the participants enjoying […] The post Top 10 Career Myths – and how they hold you back (Part 1) appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • A Millennial Offers 7 Tips for Winning the Job You want

    Joyce Maroney
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Today’s guest post is courtesy of repeat guest blogger Nicole Neves, a former Kronos intern who has joined our HR department as an employee. Nicole will be guest blogging here on issues that are relevant to Millennials in the workplace. When entering the workforce, Millennials often have this idealistic vision that we can find the […] The post A Millennial Offers 7 Tips for Winning the Job You want appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • Is pay secrecy disappearing in the private sector?

    Michael Haberman
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Has pay secrecy finally met its end? There has been an ongoing debate about pay secrecy versus pay transparency for some time now. The old way of doing business versus the new way of doing business. The old way said that what you made was your business and no one else’s. The new way says that transparency is more egalitarian and helps eliminate discrimination. The tide appears to be in favor of pay transparency winning the battle. Prime drivers There are a couple things moving the world away from pay secrecy toward pay transparency. The first of these is just the general feeling that being…
  • The Power of Collaboration

    Michael Haberman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had the good fortune to be at Dreamforce14 this past week. For those of you who have not heard of Dreamforce, it is the annual conference for It is a huge conference and pretty much dominates San Francisco when it is in session. I wrote about it when I attended in 2012 and the job creation engine the company is in How You REALLY Create Jobs. This time I came away from the conference with a strong lesson in the power of collaboration., of the Blackeyed Peas fame, is not only a singer he is also a technology creator. At Dreamforce he revealed his Puls…
  • How by doing good you can do right by your company

    Michael Haberman
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I received an email that started off “What if I told you that you could help 23 million people today?” I knew it was not junk mail because I recognized the name of the company. So it intrigued me and I looked further into this subject. This blog post is the result, because I too would like to offer you the same opportunity. It is all about employment It turns out that this email was all about employment, employment of people who have IDD. What is IDD you ask? It stands for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and unfortunately 85% of the people in this category do not have jobs.
  • From the Future Friday Archive: Advice for Future HR Professionals

    Michael Haberman
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is from the archive and was very popular when first published. Click here to view the embedded video. A friend and colleague, Bill Ramsey, asked me the other day what I would tell a high school senior, who had expressed an interest in human resources, about what they should be doing to prepare for a career in HR. He thought I would be challenged by this since I write about future HR. So here is what I think the top # things should be. Core competencies A lot has been written by SHRM in conjunction with Dave Ulrich and others about the competencies necessary to be considered to be a…
  • Why you should banish the word “would” from your interview vocabulary

    Michael Haberman
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Eliminating “Would” from your interview questions will get you better information. I long ago became a fan of what is called behavioral interviewing. It is based on the premise that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. While not perfect, I feel it is the best method to help you determine if someone has the behavioral skills you are looking for in order to be successful in your company. One key component in behavioral interviewing is that it eliminates the word “would” from the interview process. Let me explain why I think this is important. Future focused In…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Critical Thinking Exercise: Ebola in the U.S.

    Breanne Harris
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    This week, the first diagnosed case of Ebola was identified in the US. Naturally, residents in Dallas, TX (and beyond) are concerned about the highly contagious, deadly disease spreading. Trainers, this is a great topic for a strategic thinking exercise!  The topic is timely, and naturally evokes emotions like fear and concern which are triggers for poor decision making. Print out some basic information on the current situation (i.e. the timeline of infection, number of people in direct contact with the patient, how the disease is spread, symptoms, etc) and distribute it to your group. This…
  • 70 Questions to Boost Your Critical Thinking

    Breanne Harris
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In each step of the RED Model of Critical Thinking, the key is to ask questions.  Asking questions helps us look more deeply at the issue, break it into parts, find blind spots and lack of data, and make the best choice. Here are 70 questions to help you boost your critical thinking: What is the problem? What is the goal? What information is essential? What do we know for sure? What don’t we know? What is the source of this information? Is this fact or opinion? Are we asking the right questions? Who else does this problem/situation affect? Who else should be involved in this…
  • Interview Questions to Determine Critical Thinking Skills

    Breanne Harris
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Everyone wants to hire strong critical thinkers, but what’s the best way to go about doing so? Assessments? Reference checks? Interview questions? Adecco released an infographic with some suggested interview questions to determine critical thinking ability. What do you think of these questions? What questions do you ask in interviews to target cognitive ability? Please include attribution to with this graphic.  
  • The Best Critical Thinking Articles of 2014

    Melanie Welsh
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am has produced numerous articles on critical thinking this year, but we are not the only ones talking about the importance of critical thinking. To show our appreciation for others out there who are also bringing the critical thinking crisis to the forefront of professionals’ attention, we have compiled a list of some of the best critical thinking articles of 2014. Share this article as well as the individual articles within it, and be a part of the critical thinking revolution! Four Corporate Cultures that Kill Critical Thinking -Human Capital Institute Eight Habits of…
  • New Webinar: The Next Gen Leadership Crisis: 7 Critical Competencies You Can’t Ignore

    Breanne Harris
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    You’re invited to a webinar hosted by! The Next Gen Leadership Crisis: 7 Critical Competencies You Can’t Ignore Date: Thursday, Sept 4th, 2014 Time: 1:00 EDT Register here. A perfect storm is upon us.  And it’s a storm we created.  After years of budget slashing, cost control, and cutting training/mentoring programs, the Baby Boomers that couldn’t afford to retire are finally heading to warmer climates.  Now it’s time for Next Gen leaders to step in, define the strategy, and create a vision for the future.  But they’re not ready.  In this presentation, we…
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    BlogNotions - HR

  • Say ‘Nein’ to Nonstop E-mails to Save Workers’ Sanity

    Steve Bruce
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Americans are so obsessed with checking their e-mails on their smartphones almost 24/7—even those sent by their bosses—that they check them on weekends and vacation and sometimes walk into telephone poles or out into streets while reading them. But does the constant contact with work cause employees unreasonable and unhealthy stress? “Jawohl,” says German Employment Minister Andrea Nahles. Telling a German newspaper Rheinische Post that “there is an undeniable relationship between constant availability and the increase of mental illness,” the Minister has…
  • Brand Experience In A Post Advertising World

    Warren Bobrow
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Customers are intimately familiar with how brand excitement or brand dislike is communicated: word of mouth, written recommendations, ratings, reviews, etc. Everyone can access information about a brand’s stuff – the good, bad, and ugly. When digital was young, we approached it with an advertising mindset. But digital media, mobile media, and social media are really three names for the same thing: a social web that is powered by human media. And anytime humans are in the mix, we need to be thinking about behavior. Convincing people to change is a like a game, and brands that…
  • Guess Who’s Thinking Outside the ‘Bun’ on Employee Comp and Benefits?

    Steve Bruce
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    All this hoopla around workers’ rights leads some to believe that the fast-food industry is corrupt and unethical, but then the magazine Bon Appétit surprises us all with its top 10 list of fast-food restaurants that treat their employees well. Recently, major fast-food companies like McDonald’s®, Burger King, and Wendy’s have come under fire for exploiting their workers and not paying them a living wage. The fight for minimum wage hikes dominate the news, and President Obama is pushing Congress to increase the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
  • Designing A Likeable Brand

    Warren Bobrow
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    The flipside of a marketplace where brands encourage people to buy for emotive reasons is that brands also need to counter consumers’ personal reasons not to buy. Some of these reasons may be legacy. Some may seem to be convenient self-interest. Others may look like they’re based on ignorance, bias, selfishness. They probably don’t make sense to you. That’s important because…actually, it’s not. It’s not important at all. The problem that matters is not your opinion of why your buyer won’t buy – it’s the fact that they have this…
  • Inaction Strategy: Greatest Threat To Brands

    Warren Bobrow
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    “I never worry about action, but only inaction.” ~ Winston Churchill There’s a simple, human reason why behaviors happen time and time again. We are creatures of habit and familiarity. It is much more comforting to keep hammering away at what we know than it is to stop, reappraise the problem and completely redesign the playbook. Relentless speed and ubiquitous impatience have spawned an approach to strategy based on “not enough time”. The underpinning philosophy is that there are either not enough minutes in the day to do the thinking, or even if these can be…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • If you don’t have anything nice to say. . .

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog is part of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice series offered this Fall. You know the ending to this phrase already. It doesn’t bear repeating. I’ve just returned from China. I have coined a new phrase, for me anyway. Regarding China, “you have no idea”. I was on the economy tour. We saw everything that you can in a compact time frame. The Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Water Cube, Tiannenmen Square, the Canals of Suzhou, and many factories. I now have a lifetime of treasures in jade, pearl, silk and cloisonne. I saw the skyscrapers of Shanghai. I ate…
  • View From HR

    Judith DeCosta
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog is part of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice series offered this Fall. Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree.  -Emily Bronte Forget Christmas, for me Fall is the most exciting time of the year! For some it’s a time crack open school books and make new friends, for others a time to harvest, shore up for the Winter, light fires and cozy up indoors. Nature rolls out a tapestry of yellows and reds and days start to get shorter. The coffee shops roll out the pumpkin spice lattes,…
  • A Quick Guide to the End of the Year

    Tom Hadley
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog is part of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice series offered this Fall. With summer over, you may start to notice the office getting a bit more quiet. You may have been thinking you have lots of time before the end of the year, but you’ll find as the days get shorter, time flies by, and before you know it, the year will be up. And if your office is anything like mine, that means lots to do before the holidays. But if you want to be on top of your year end, there’s a few things you can do to make sure the holiday season goes smoothly. Make sure everyone has their vacation time…
  • The Advantages of “Temping”

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In my younger years, I really did not have a clear idea of what career I would find myself in. I liked the newspaper business a lot.  I also liked publishing and media. But I was young and still years from really having that much control over my own career mobility, let alone properly landing a career. So to pay the bills, as they say, I temped.  A lot. I had all sorts of temporary jobs.  Data entry clerk for a book publisher.  Data entry clerk for an electric company. Filing clerk in an insurance company.  Dispatcher in the traffic department in a dairy company.  A/P clerk for a…
  • Come On, Get Happy

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Readers of this blog may remember that I have a New Year’s Resolution to do something new each and every day. I call this my happiness project because the act of trying to find something new every day has pushed me to explore things in life and in my community that I wouldn’t have otherwise experienced. That makes me happy. I’ve written about it a couple of times this year and promised to provide an update in early Fall. 2014 was the summer of my life. I can’t every remember having so much fun, such a diversity of experiences in a short time. Some of my new experiences were performed…
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    HR Ringleader

  • Becoming a HR Influencer- 4 Skills to Help You Do It

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    I’ve been called a HR Influencer.  I’ve been called a lot of things.  In fact, there always seems to be confusion in the HR industry about what we call people: influencer, blogger, expert, guru, advisor, analyst, leader.  The list goes on.  In reality, you can (and will) wear multiple hats and titles in your industry as you interact with different groups of people. I thought I’d share my thoughts on what it really means to be an influencer in the HR space, or in any space really.  First, you need a common definition of what being able to influence really means.  Being…
  • Live from Achievers- HR Happy Hour #190

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Steve Boese and I recently had the great fortune of hosting the HR Happy Hour show LIVE while at  the Achievers ACE 2014 event in Toronto.  Our show topic was Reskilling Your HR Team for the Modern Workplace.   We talked about some of the most pressing and important changes and challenges impacting the modern workplace, and what that means for the skills development, expertise, and mindset for the modern HR professional. It was a fun and interactive session.  You can find us on the show page here, or using the widget player embedded below: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk…
  • Join us for HRevolution November 7-8 in Dallas!

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    The HRevolution is coming to Dallas (Grapevine), TX on November 7- 8, 2014 and you’re invited! HRevolution is an industry-changing event in the US for the human resource industry.  It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.  It was also a way to give back to the HR community by decreasing the costs for attendees compared to traditional events.  Our generous sponsors cover much of the costs associated with the event.
  • Why Rebuilding a Relationship Always Means Rebuilding Trust

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    I read a good post from Seth Godin today called Two Elements of an Apology and it reminded me that when rebuilding a relationship, as we all have to do from time to time, is more than just saying you’re sorry.  Rebuilding anything takes time, care, attention and planning.  You have to be willing to look at the whole picture and accept that you have done things wrong. This is where it gets hard. I know that none of us like admitting that we could have handled something better.  It’s like being called to the teacher’s desk or principal’s office in elementary school.
  • Big Trends in HR Technology 2014 and Beyond

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Today I’m sharing the presentation slides from a Human Resource Executive Magazine webinar that I co-presented yesterday along with Steve Boese. The title of the presentation is Big Trends in HR Technology 2014 and Beyond.  While these kinds of ‘trends’ talks tend to focus on ‘trends’ that are really just far-future kinds of speculation or are simply repeats of ideas that have been talked about for some time, Steve and I tried to keep the talk grounded in research and the actual experiences of many of the leading organizations that will be part of the…
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Technology and HR:Obserations from HR Tech 2014
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Today, technology shapes every aspect of how we live and work. It affects how we communicate, manage travel, obtain information, interact socially, and coordinate our activities. The digital revolution has reached a point of not only influencing us, but also assisting in defining who we are. The Daily Mail recently reported that the average person looks at their smart phone 110 times a day and up to every six seconds in the evening. Clearly, technology is transforming from being a tool to assist us with life to taking on a more preeminent role in our lives. Last week, I attended the 2014 HR…
  • Who Wants to be a Dictator?
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Figure 1: Impact of Dictatorial Leader on Employees Most of us at some point in our lives have contemplated what it would be like to be dictator for a day. Imagine that your thoughts, ideas, and needs come first and those around you exist primarily to enable you to do what you want, when you want, and how you want. We live in an age where being called a dictator is less than complementary, but behaving like one remains acceptable. In other words, most prefer not to be equated to a “little” Stalin, Hitler, or Kim Jong-Il, but still seek power and preeminence with little concern for the…
  • The Drama of Teams
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Within organizations, teams provide one of the most complicated, but necessary elements for success. Modern organizational practice incorporates teams at all levels and functions and relies on teams to bring together knowledge, experience, and innovation in an efficient and effective manner. Building and managing teams not only occupy a preeminent position in the hierarchy of manager competencies, but also contribute to the competitive advantage between organizations. Given the level of importance, why do we find that strong teams seem to be so elusive? Teamwork is Hard A 2013 University of…
  • The Marriage of Technology and Learning
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    As human resource and development experts, we recognize the value of technology in meeting our workforce needs. As a tool, it enhances the flexibility, interactivity, customization, and accessibility to key information and content. It grants us data necessary to assess our success and enhance our value proposition. Moreover, technology grants us the ability to move from being a transactional to a strategic resource by allowing us to redeploy our expertise and resources. Without a doubt, organizational learning programs continue to gain in efficiency and effectiveness as traditional processes…
  • Competence, Perceptions, and Results
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Figure 1: Comparison of Actual and Perceived Competence in Three Small Firms Most of us would agree that competence plays a critical role in performance and job success. If an employee fails to possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform their job, high levels of performance remains out of reach. Over the last several decades, many organizations have adopted more progressive and accurate means of identifying, measuring, and developing competencies, while implementing automated methods of managing human resources. This combination of readily available as well as…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • Leadership training: The nature/nurture question

    Dave Clemens
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Are leaders born or made?For the people responsible for employee learning and development, this isn’t an idle question. After all, if leadership is an innate quality that can’t be taught or learned, you’re wasting your time with leadership training. On the other hand, if the ability to lead is acquired, you certainly DO want to train your organization’s leaders, both present and future.Well, as with many important questions, the answer is: All of the above. Leadership is partly an inherited trait, and partly a learned skill. The best news for advocates of leadership…
  • Do you train your gray wolves exactly like your young lions?

    Dave Clemens
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As you no doubt suspected already, the workforce is getting older: From a median of 37.1 in 1992, the average age of U.S. employees shot up to 41.9 in 2012 and is projected to increase further to 42.6 by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.If you’re among those responsible for training this growing number of older employees, you may have wondered whether the same training techniques that work with Gens X and Y deliver equally good results with those graying Baby Boomers.The answer, according to recent research, is No. If you don’t adapt the form and content of your…
  • Listening the right way helps you assess training’s impact

    Dave Clemens
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Obviously, once employees have been trained in a skill, or task, or procedure, the trainer wants to assess how well they’ve understood and internalized what they were supposed to learn.And there are a number of ways of doing this. You might test them, or watch them deploy what they’ve learned in a real situation. But often you can learn a lot about their degree of comprehension, and their ability to put the training into practice, just by listening.That is, if you know how to listen the right way.The four Rs of listening Clinical psychiatrist Dr. Mark Goulston, author of the book…
  • Don’t be tyrannized by the “70-20-10″ formula of organizational learning

    Dave Clemens
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s nothing like the tyranny of numbers to depress a person.You know your Body Mass Index (BMI) should ideally be under 25, yet yours continuously hovers between 26 and 28. You know you should be saving 10% of your salary each pay period, yet you can’t seem to put away more than 3-4% on average. You know you should be reading at least one book a month just for pleasure or enrichment, but you struggle to read five books a year for purposes other than work.And perhaps, as a learning professional, you also know about the 70-20-10 rule, which holds that the most efficient and…
  • How about some basic training in workplace etiquette?

    Dave Clemens
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    We talk in this blog about some pretty advanced training concepts and forms of employee learning, but sometimes what’s needed is basic training — if you’ll pardon our borrowing a military expression.That point emerges from a recent survey done by the Harris organization for The pollsters asked two groups — 2,138 hiring managers and HR professionals, and 3,022 full-time, private sector workers — what the main vectors of unproductive activity were in their workplaces.And while fiddling around with technology, in the form of e-mails, texts and…
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    SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Technology Blog

  • Musings and Observations from #HRTechConf 2014

    Christopher Brablc
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The most unique and powerful aspect of the HR Technology Conference is the convergence of the HCM space into a single location. Any person or technology that is passionate about HCM is at the event and it’s a tremendous opportunity to witness the key trends that are occurring in the space and most importantly, create relationships with some of the best thought leaders in our space. This is my 5th HR Tech and with that I’ve seen the HCM space grow considerably. And this year we saw a huge boon in awareness for recruitment marketing, the pre-applicant side of recruiting focused on…
  • 6 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 10.4.14 – 10.17.14

    Christopher Brablc
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the last week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. This week we’ll be covering HR using marketing strategies, employer branding, the HR Technology Conference, asking the right sourcing questions, and HR Tech vendor relationships. Before we begin, I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Webinar by Jim Stroud: The Future of Sourcing: How to Leverage Tools, Talent and Technology Storify: SmashFly Soars at #HRTechConf 2014 Video: SmashFly…
  • SmashFly Soars at #HRTechConf 2014

    Christopher Brablc
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    As with every year, the HR Technology Conference is one of the premier events for SmashFly on the events calendar. And this year, it was a tremendous event for our up and coming company. To recap all the goodness from this year’s event we created the Storify below with key articles, tweets and pictures that helped shape SmashFly’s #HRTechConf (click image below.) Link to our #HRTechConf Storify!  
  • Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week: #HRTechConf Edition

    Christopher Brablc
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the last week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. This week we’ll be covering everything about the #HRTechConf and what you should be considering as you travel and attend the event. Before we begin, I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog: Why I Joined SmashFly: Josh Jackson Blog: 7 #HRTechConf Sessions that you should attend Here are the articles that interested us (in no particular order). This is by no means exhaustive but I…
  • 7 #HRTechConf Sessions That You Should Attend

    Christopher Brablc
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    With the HR Technology Conference coming up next week, it’s about time to look at the session list and start building your schedule for the event.  And while I will have some responsibilities with the SmashFly booth (please stop by #2618) and analyst briefings, I always aim to attend at least 5 sessions at the conference to get outside of my bubble and embrace new ideas and ways of thinking about HR and recruitment marketing. So as I look at this year’s conference I have a number of sessions that I’ve earmarked to attend, although it appears that we will all have to make…
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    Business Fitness

  • Unearthing Your Creative Side: It’s All in How You Dig.

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

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

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

    Dawn Lennon
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Distracted? Never, you claim, always fully tuned in, just multitasking. It’s a popular self-deception. We’re all guilty to a degree. Research has long debunked the notion of multitasking, our claim of being engaged in multiple things (aided by our digital … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #5 | Boundary Mistakes

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    “What are the boundary mistakes that supervisors make and how do you fix them?” That’s the question I left you with at the end of Episode # 4. A boundary is border or a limit. At work, boundaries are about … Continue reading →
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    Corn on the Job

  • Looking for a job as a freelancer writer? Start here

    Rich DeMatteo
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Freelancing is as popular as ever and why not?  Earning money on the side or full-time with your skills sounds like a nice big piece of pie, doesn’t it?  So sweet! If you’re looking forward to getting started, here are some tips for you. Study Other Freelancers Thoroughly study the problems faced by freelancers. Find out where they started, what their skills are, and which companies they’ve freelanced for.   You can now research other competitors of those companies and pitch similar work. Research Price Many beginners try to attract a company by offering low price for the…
  • Before You Apply: Get Ready to Lead

    Rich DeMatteo
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Have you felt stuck in middle management for far too long, or do you think you can do better than your current position? If you’re feeling restless and ready to take on more responsibility, then it’s time to go after that new job or promotion. However, before you start spiffing up your resume and asking for bigger things, you need to make sure that you’re ready to lead. Get Some Credentials One of the common characteristics of effective leaders is that they never stop learning. Some people get into leadership by luck or sheer force of personality, but for most, having some credentials…
  • How to Get Started on Climbing the Corporate Ladder

    Rich DeMatteo
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    In the modern business world there is little need to stand still. With fast-tracked career progression available for the most effective business people, it pays to perform to a high standard in your work. Proficient and effective employees are invariably rewarded with greater responsibility, increased salaries and an elevated status in the workplace. With a determined attitude, a commitment to excel in all aspects of the job and a positive, can-do approach, sales executives can enjoy rapid promotion. Opportunities to climb the career ladder in sales are perhaps more varied and accessible than…
  • Assessing the Risks of Your Next Job

    Rich DeMatteo
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Did you know that working can be risky business? In 2012, there were 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries in the private sector requiring at least one day off of work. The following year, there were over 4,400 workplace fatalities. It is enough to cause one to think twice about the risks involved in taking a job. At least, it should be. Some lines of work are inherently more hazardous than others. If you work at a nuclear plant, and are the one assigned to investigate a mysterious leak, your job is more dangerous than an office worker in a cubical. Likewise, a construction worker takes on…
  • The Way Forward: Why You’ll Never Regret Studying For a Degree

    Rich DeMatteo
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    Obtaining suitable employment is one of the most competitive tasks you’re likely to endure, so it makes sense to give yourself every fighting chance. Having the right educational qualifications can help you to steal the edge over competition on the jobs market and is also a way to increase your future marketability. Studying for a degree is a lot of work but the rewards are more than worth effort. Those rewards aren’t just financial, however, although graduates are more likely to have higher starting salaries than unqualified job hunters. Having a degree will also open up a lot of…
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  • How Can “Performance Support” Support Your Organization?

    Gauri Reyes
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    On average, learners forget 70% of the content we teach them within 24-48 hours of formal training.  Performance support is a way to extend formal training to the job site, reminding learners of how to apply their formal training to get results. Back on the job after training has been completed, performance support systems give learners what they need to know at the exact moment of need. When a learner is about to perform a task previously covered in training, the performance support system serves the purpose of their guardian work-angel, whispering, “Psst. Remember what we discussed in…
  • Flexing Your Tools to Create Maximum-Impact Online Training

    Gauri Reyes
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    When designing and delivering online training programs, we often focus on the tools and the content independently. The management and administration tool of choice is often a Learning Management System (LMS). LMS’s provide us with enhanced capabilities and ease-of-use in creating course catalogs, launching courses, inviting and registering students, tracking progress, and assessments, among other features. Content design is often tackled separately from administration and program management. Preventing your LMS’s capabilities from influencing your content design decisions could result in…
  • Disorienting Dilemmas, Eye-Opening Openings, and Inspirational Closings: Online Training 101

    Gauri Reyes
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    “All children, except one, grow up.” J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan (1911) “Okay, now I don’t want to alarm anybody in this room, but it’s just come to my attention that the person to your right is a liar. [Laughter] Also, the person to your left is a liar. Also the person sitting in your very seats is a liar. We’re all liars. What I’m going to do today is I’m going to show you what the research says about why we’re all liars, how you can become a liespotter and why you might want to go the extra mile and go from liespotting to truth seeking, and ultimately to trust building.”…
  • Learning Plans: The Secret Ingredient in Creating Must-Experience Online Training

    Gauri Reyes
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    As a manager, you want your employees to complete a given training course. And learn the material. And apply learning on the job. And contribute to the company’s bottom line. And enjoy the learning process. As a learner, you look for the exact same outcomes—though perhaps in a different order than the list above. Enter a critical, yet underused, learning strategy tool: the personalized learning plan (a.k.a., professional development plan). Learning plans are useful for onboarding, closing skills gaps, employee development, team development, mentoring, and a host of other uses that bolster…
  • Have You Really, Really Identified Your Learning Champions?

    Gauri Reyes
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    I catch myself, sometimes, misusing the term “stakeholder”—or at least using it in an unnecessarily limiting way. I simply apply the term to those people who hold the purse strings for my initiatives. They receive the bulk of my sales, persuasion and negotiation efforts. And I think of these people as my sponsors, or “learning champions”. The Oxford Dictionaries definition of “stakeholder” is: “(In gambling) an independent party with whom each of those who make a wager deposits the money or counters wagered.” “Denoting a type of organization or system in which all the…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Is There A Difference Between Happy and Engaged Employees?

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Happiness and engagement are often used interchangedly… but they’re not quite the same thing. Personal happiness is important, yes. But engagement is about having more than just satisfied employees. It’s about the next step and making it a driving force of your performance management culture. Here are five ways you can boost employee engagement.
  • Five Ways to Fail at Setting Goals

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Goal setting is a little like cleaning out the gutters on your roof: you can clearly see the benefits of doing it, but no one is excited about getting it done. To help reinforce why best practice goal setting is so important, we put together a tongue-in-cheek list of the five surefire ways to fail at it.
  • Putting Engagement to Work: The Wheel of Engagement for Task, Work, and Project

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Engagement is more than the general and abstract measurement of attitudes and attachments an employee has with an organisation. Work engagement focuses more on being engaged - or how employees connect and perform with specific work, tasks, and projects. Here are 4 recommendations to make better use of task, work, and project engagement.
  • Are You Brilliant? Show us at Halogen’s 4th Annual Open House Career Event!

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    We’re looking to meet with the best and brightest talent that the National Capital Region has to offer - Talent just like you! Join us for our 4th Annual Open House Career Event on Wednesday, November 5th at the Brookstreet Hotel and learn about some of the great career opportunities at Halogen!
  • Why Employee Potential Trumps Employee Performance

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Relying on current job performance data to determine whether a strong individual contributor will become a good manager usually results in poor promotional decisions. Just look at the career of US Football Quarterback Tim Tebow, whose stellar college career isn't translating into NFL success. Management roles require very different skills. Here's how you can increase your chances of success...
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • TalentCircles and SwoopTalent Announce Alliance #hrtechconf

    Jessica Merrell
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
      TalentCircles© Inc., an interactive talent acquisition platform hailed as one of the most transformative HR technology solutions by enabling organizations to create and nurture their talent pools announces a strategic relationship with SwoopTalent. SwoopTalent©, also a Silicon Valley based technology company, is the most powerful talent data aggregation and social sourcing platform in the […]
  • Summer Slackers? Does the Hot Weather Affect Productivity?

    Blake McCammon
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    As the mercury rises, there are a number of impacts on office staff. Whether it be disputes over climate controls or laxity of lunch hours, the summer sun can adversely affect staff’s working environment and mentality. A survey conducted by One Poll on behalf of air conditioning and heating specialists Andrews Sykes Hire, has revealed how hot conditions […]
  • The Age of Social Recruiting [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Blake McCammon
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Each Friday The Recruiter’s Lounge is going to bring you Infographic Fridays. We’ll be finding really interesting and different infographics to share. Hope you enjoy! Infographic Highlights: 79% of peoplare likely to use social media in their job search 42% say it’s important for recruiters to engage with candidates on social media 59% of job […]
  • Cool LinkedIn Recruiter Alumni Search Hack

    Jessica Merrell
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Last year, LinkedIn updated their terms of service to allow for high school age students and younger professionals to create a LinkedIn account. In the US, you can create a LinkedIn account when you are 14 years of age. This change in terms of service makes LinkedIn more attractive for companies who are recruiting and […]
  • How New #HRTech Enables Visually Impaired Recruiters & Job Seekers

    Jessica Merrell
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    TalentCircles, whose mission is to transform recruiting by offering a comprehensive interactive talent engagement platform for desktops, smartphones and tablets, has completed yet another major accomplishment: its ADA (Americans with Disabilities) implementation for visually impaired candidates and recruiters. The National Federation of the Blind estimates that there are about 6,211,700 visually impaired people aged between 16 […]
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • Technology, Analytics and Workforce Liberation

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    I'm not at HR Tech Europe this year - after chairing the event the last three years and seeing attendees increase from, I think, about 300 to 600 to 1200 to hopefully over 2000 this year it's time to focus on other things for a while.  However I am still very interested in HR technology and look forward to following the tweets.If I was chairing I'd be commenting about how HR's perfect storm of social, mobile, cloud and analytics has been progressing with more new technologies starting to take hold the role of the four most important starting to shift, with social becoming more about…
  • Britain Needs a Pay Rise - or at least fair Pay Differentials!

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Saturday saw the TUC's 'Britain Needs a Pay Rise' march in London and other UK cities.I think we saw the effect of pressure on reward after years of low or no or negative pay rises (the Bank of England suggests that average weekly wages adjusted for inflation have fallen 5% since 2010).Low expectations of pay increases was of course one of the issues identified in my discussion on Glassdoor's Q3 2014 Employee Confidence survey which I reviewed last week and is shown in the graph above.You can see my thoughts on our requirements for a pay raise on my Linkedin blog. Consulting - Research -…
  • Glassdoor UK survey shows redundancy fears receding

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It's great to see UK unemployment falling below two million (for the first time since 2008) in the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures.It's also great to see employees’ expectations about the future improving quite dramatically in Glassdoor’s Q3 2014 UK Employment Confidence Survey.  The 10% fall in fear of redundancy is a big change from last quarter and would seem to be due, at least in part, to a reduced level of organisational belt tightening with employees reporting less restructuring, redundancies and hiring freezes. Whilst it is disappointing that we have not…
  • #HRTechConf #2014NLS The Modern CHRO and the Neuroscience of HR Technology

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    In fact I've been following the tweets from the NeuroLeadership Summit (NLS) in San Francisco as well as HR Technology conference (HRTech) in Las Vegas.  Not an easy thing to do! - NLS has been replaying the points raised last year about the importance of attention and the negative impacts of tweeting plus the need to pause every 15 minutes to give the brain to take hold of new learnings - well following, tweeting and blogging on two conferences after a hard day's work in the UK has certainly had my hippocampus working hard.It's been particularly difficult because I've been struggling…
  • #Analytics, Analytics, Analytics - NOT The Future of #HR #hrtechconf #hrtecheurope

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I'm looking forward to the tweets from HR Technology (US), and then later HR Tech Europe, as I can't get to either of them this year (in fact I've not been to HR Technology (US) for three years now since I last presented there.)Both are normally great conferences - helped by the space they operate within as there is so much new and highly impactful within HR tech.However as I'm not chairing HR Tech Europe this year (three years was quite enough for a while) I have a bit more freedom to say that I think one aspect of these conferences needs firmly squashing down into place.  Yes - it's…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • New Employment Practices Required by Federal Government Contractors

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Two Executive Orders have been recently issued requiring federal government contractors to adopt practices ensuring the fair treatment of certain classes of workers. A new GT Alert, authored by  Johnine P. Barnes, Ryan C. Bradel and Józef S. Przygrodzki, discuss the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order,” which makes a contractor’s compliance with certain federal and state labor laws a part of the procurement process, and the “LGBT Non-Discrimination Executive Order,” which prohibits government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and…
  • There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Employees at large companies have at various times received nice perks as part of their jobs. 401(k) matches are pretty standard fare these days. Bonuses on Wall Street and at other firms during bull markets are legendary. But sometimes the everyday work incentives are a little more generous. The perks showered upon tech company employees in Silicon Valley are well documented: kitchens stocked with gourmet made-to-order meals; beer on-tap; colorful bikes to peddle around campus; break rooms with video game consoles, pool tables and other entertainment; fitness facilities and training classes;…
  • California Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Starting July 1, 2015, California employers will be required to provide at least three days of paid sick leave each year under a new law. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 will affect employers of all sizes, with only unionized workers, home health care providers, and airline flight crews exempt from the mandate. It is anticipated that 6.5 million workers in the state will benefit from the law. Koray Bulut discusses the specifics of the new paid sick leave law in this GT Alert. Continue Reading
  • Third Circuit Increases Liability for Employers Issuing Routine Mandatory FMLA Notices

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    In an important decision, the Third Circuit recently held in Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. that an employee’s sworn statement — and nothing more — that she did not receive management’s mailed notification that her leave was designated as qualifying under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), created a fact question precluding summary judgment on plaintiff’s FMLA interference and retaliation claims. The Greenberg Traurig authors, Robert H. Bernstein, Michael J. Slocum and Stefanie D. Hilliard*, discuss the case and suggest steps employers can take to avoid facing similar…
  • Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave Law

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    In August of 2014, the governor of Massachusetts signed into law, An Act Relative to Domestic Violence. This law requires Massachusetts employers to provide to their employees up to 15 days of annual leave where an employee or family member is a victim of domestic violence. The Greenberg Traurig authors, Terence P. McCourt, Justin F. Keith and Jack S. Gearan, discuss key aspects of the new law and offer action items for employers to come into compliance. Continue Reading
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    HR C-Suite

  • Healthy Workplaces: Prepare for the Flu

    Tresha Moreland
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Ebola virus has captivated our attention in recent days. Heated debates about whether or not the virus will continue to spread, travel bans, and if the head of the CDC should step down rages on as fiercely as the virus itself. Regardless of the hot debates, one thing is true, we are a vulnerable […]
  • When is Domestic Violence a Fireable Offense?

    Lynne Curry, Ph.d., SPHR
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Question: I’m the chair of the board for a high-profile nonprofit organization. Our executive director (ED) is a task-oriented, “take no prisoners” individual. In the last year, he’s managed to tick off many board members, and we’ve had a high level of staff turnover. I like our ED because he gets results. The employees who […]
  • Workplace Solutions: How to Tell if You are a Bully Magnet

    Lynne Curry, Ph.d., SPHR
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The first time Wayne barked at Annette, she raised an eyebrow and asked, “Bad day? You’d prefer I come back later?” “Now’s as good a time as any,” he snarled. “You people push for this and push for that. You think you’re the only people who count. What’s this f—ing email you sent?” Annette got up […]
  • Top Trends Of Corporate Recruitment Process Outsourcing

    Aryan Singh
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Corporate recruitment process outsourcing is a tool to provide strategic advantage to the businesses. This market is witnessing incorporation of some new trends. Recruitment process outsourcing has become a prominent tool for the businesses around the world today. Every business owner recognizes hiring top-class talent as the need of the era. The necessity to survive […]
  • Tricks that Can Neutralize Aggressiveness in Negotiations

    William Taylor
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Dealing with aggression when negotiating can be tough. In some circumstances, avoiding a hostile behavior can seem unattainable. The key to winning challenging negotiations is to neutralize aggressiveness. It’s something everyone can achieve, though. Back in the 80s, many companies were concentrated on training their people the most aggressive techniques. The tactics brought short-term results, […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • Increases as a Percentage of Job Value

    E. James (Jim) Brennan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    The Percentage of Job Value approach seems far superior to the antique habit of awarding increases according to base pay.  Instead of giving a percentage of the base rate as the reward, make it a percentage of the midpoint job value or Market Reference Point (MRP).  That simple method completely avoids the many problematic issues of merit increase grids, which are complex systems, both difficult to create and hard to explain.  Granting the same percentage of a common midpoint or MRP for the same performance is eminently fair.  Also, it is far clearer and easier to communicate than…
  • The Politics of Performance

    Laura Schroeder
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    In my last post on leadership and what we can learn from Diddy, I explored the perils of the personal agenda in business and how the most valuable leaders are those who align team behaviour with the goals of the business.   This week we're going to take a deeper look at how to identify the best performance managers in your company using data to make informed decisions about talent development. Limitations with current processes The typical performance management process has a few limitations that it's useful to keep in mind. The first limitation is that most performance…
  • ISS’s New Approach to Equity is Better and Worse

    Dan Walter-Performensation
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) is one the most powerful voices in how companies and their investors view executive compensation. In the never-ending quest to properly evaluate, value and measure the impact of equity compensation, ISS has once again changed its policies. Elizabeth Ising and Ronald Mueller of Gibson Dunn have summarized the proposed changes in an excellent article. A quick summary: what was once a beautifully simple and critically flawed up or down vote is now a beautifully complex and differently flawed scorecard with a super-cool new acronym (the Equity Plan…
  • To Innovate in Rewards, Get Outside the Rewards Profession

    Ann Bares
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    There appears to be general agreement among reward professionals that the compensation approaches and protocols which have dominated practice for the last few decades are ripe for reinvention.  That disruptive change in the field is necessary and inevitable. I also sense an assumption that we will be the change that we have been waiting for.  That we will lead the revolution, just as soon as we get those year-end budgets and plan changes completed and find the time to get our innovation game on.  Not sure it will pan out that way. A recent article in The Atlantic Why Experts Reject…
  • Employee Recognition: The Psychology Perspective

    Derek Irvine
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    What do employees value most for recognition? What do companies (and managers) actually do well for same? What does the research tell us? I’ve certainly written about several surveys on this topic – from the academic, industry analyst and vendor perspectives. But here’s a new one that intrigued me. I’ll admit it caught my attention primarily because of who conducted the survey – the American Psychological Association (APA) Center for Organizational Excellence. (This article also summarizes the report quite well.) A few findings to highlight: 1) A better recognition experience leads…
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    TriNet Blog

  • The Top Five (Non-Monetary) Benefits Employees Want

    Abby Perkins
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Most employees want the same things: a fair and competitive salary, raises and promotions, health insurance and retirement funds. But besides high pay and generous benefits, what do employees really... Visit site for full story...
  • How to Keep More of Your Paycheck

    Teri Lowder
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Would you rather pay 75¢ or $1 for goods and services that you use daily?  When I trained new employees in the field of employee benefits, I always asked if they understood how pre-tax benefits work... Visit site for full story...
  • Three Ways to Promote Continual Safety among Employees

    Tom Reddon
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Workplace safety is a serious matter, but too often businesses do not devote the time and resources to it that are necessary to maintain a safe working environment for all employees. Some businesses... Visit site for full story...
  • Managing Employees Who Suffer from Substance Abuse or Mental Illness (Part 2)

    Elizabeth Perlak
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    In part 1 of this post, we looked at a hypothetical situation where Jim was working at Awesome Startup, Inc. for three years. Up until recently, his work had been stellar but now he is less... Visit site for full story...
  • Managing Employees Who Suffer from Substance Abuse or Mental Illness (Part 1)

    Elizabeth Perlak
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    The hypothetical situation Let’s say Jim has been working at Awesome Startup, Inc. for three years. He’s been a valuable member of the team and has always been willing to work extra hours. He’s... Visit site for full story...
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    Fresh Tracks» BLOG

  • 5 easy methods to motivate your team

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Motivating your team members can make a noticeable difference to their performance and the atmosphere at work. Here are five tips to give your team a boost, so they know you care. 1.       Say thank you more often and mean it. If you thank every team member at least once a day and explain why they have done a good job rather than just saying a token ‘thanks’ this will make their day a whole lot better, empower them and you’ll see productivity increase. 2.       Share positive news. Share information about the bigger picture – such as strategic moves and company goals. This…
  • 5 Tips on Making the Christmas Party Memorable for the Right Reasons

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    The office Christmas party is often seen by staff as the place to let a year’s worth of tension out in one go and whether it’s Dave from accounts photocopying his ‘credentials’, the youngest member of staff throwing up on the carpet or the scuffles of the advertising team turning nasty – it might be wise to plan pro-actively for more thrills and less spills at the Christmas do. 1. Why sit when you can mingle? Booking a long table with a three course meal is fine, unless you get stuck next to someone you have no rapport with, finding yourself wishing the waiter would be more generous…
  • Why trusting your team drives results

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    For the ultimate exercise in developing trust, take your team out on the blindfolded 4×4 challenge for an experience that will never be forgotten. Learn how to trust your colleagues! Trust is something that is usually earned rather than gifted and without trust within the workings of a business, communication can become flawed, direction can be lost and ultimately the company can suffer as a result. Our blindfolded 4×4 challenge develops trust amongst colleagues. And it’s a real laugh too! Teams of four are given a 4×4 vehicle. The driver sits in the front, alongside our…
  • The Team Machine in action!

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    The Team Machine is an fun team building event that requires participants to co-operate with other teams to achieve a common goal. Each team is given a set of building materials to create a moving sculpture. The plans are muddled requiring sharing of data before building can commence. Components must be assembled in just the right way for the individual mechanisms to work. Later the teams must work together to find the correct sequence of mechanisms, so that, once launched each element will trigger the next in a chain reaction building to an explosive finale! Have a look at The Team Machine…
  • Leadership Lessons from LEGO Building success

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Over 70% of homes have at least one stray brick buried deep in a sofa or hiding in the dusty corner of a cupboard.  With 33% operating profit on sales of £2710 million LEGO is a serious business. Alongside bacon and beer, LEGO is one of Denmark’s greatest exports, some might even say ‘Probably the best toy in the world!’  The LEGO phenomena began in 1932 when Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, who believed in the value of play, decided that the best kind of toys are those that can be built, and then rebuilt. Stimulating creativity and imagination, whilst developing…
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  • Is Your Business Experiencing a Skill Gap? Invest More into Hiring and Training

    Catherine Palmiere
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bersin by Deloitte’s Corporate Learning Factbook 2014 makes several important findings indicating that businesses beginning to pick up steam in this better economy should invest not just in regular resources, but in people as well. Three stats first: Spending by U.S. businesses on corporate training grew by 15 percent in 2013 (the most in seven years). This increase comes on the heels of 10 percent growth in 2011 and 12 percent growth in 2012. “Capability gaps” are cited as a top-five challenge by more than 70 percent of businesses. More Training Equals More Company Confidence These…
  • What to Do When You Are Having Trouble Writing a Job Posting

    Catherine Palmiere
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The general advice on writing job postings says to be specific and upfront. But what if the job you’re posting about defies traditional roles? The good news is that you can still be specific and clear; you just need to approach the posting from a somewhat different angle. 1. Make a few lists on the following job attributes: Why the job is there (what is the job’s purpose, its goals and its relationship to the business at large?) Required mental and physical processes (they can run the gamut from good snap judgment to lifting 40 pounds) Means and methods to …
  • Why You Should View All Temporary Employees as Potential Full Time Hires

    Catherine Palmiere
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the past few years, hiring of temporary employees instead of permanently bringing individuals onto staff has become a strong trend. Temporary employment is just that, it doesn’t last forever. But, even if you don’t plan to hire a candidate as a full-time employee, you might want to keep your options open. Reasons to Look at Temps as Potential Full Time Hires It will help overall team morale. When ateam knows that the new hire will be there only temporarily, sometimes it can create a divide in the office. But, if the bosses treat temporary hires as if they’ll …
  • 5 Old Fashioned Job Hunting Tips that Just Don’t Work Anymore

    Catherine Palmiere
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For any job searcher, tips to improve the hunt and be more successful are widely available – just do an Internet search. Sometimes though, it’s harder to find tips that are relevant to current hiring situations. Here are a few tips that do work and five that are outdated and ineffective. Five Tips to Ignore Stating the references are available upon request on a resume. Some people still do this and it only makes them look old fashioned. It is always going to be assumed that references can and will be provided if asked, so it does not need to …
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  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
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  • In The Zone: Brisbane Grad Breakfast on 6 November

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Strap-in for an exhilarating ride! As Platinum Sponsor of the AAGE’s National Conference, Revelian (formerly known as Onetest) is going the extra distance and offering an exclusive Graduate Briefing for our Brisbane clients and contacts. Psych up with Cherie Curtis, Head of Psychology who will...
  • What factors guide talent to your graduate program?

    Jody McDonald
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
  • Screening your graduates on GPA? Questions you need to ask.

    Jody McDonald
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Completing a university degree is a great achievement. The kind of achievement that makes you want to throw your mortarboard in the air and shout with glee. But what can employers actually infer from a grade point average (GPA)? Can you assume people with higher...
  • Sydney Training Event: 29 October

    Jody McDonald
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Whether you’re new to the Revelian suite of psychometric tests or a regular user – this training is for you. Gain valuable insights on which assessment to use when and come away with renewed confidence. Delivered in-house, a full day’s training is normally valued at $3,500. These group sessions...
  • Is your organisation a modern day Titanic?

    Jody McDonald
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Why do we recruit with such limited information? Would you sign a contract agreeing to spend most of your waking hours with a person, after spending a mere 2-3 hours getting to know them? This kind of agreement is entered into regularly by people, based...
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    ACT Bridge

  • Succession Planning: Manage Your Skills Inventory, Avoid Facing a Talent Crisis

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

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

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

    Shane Fuhrman
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    For years, the first front in the war for talent has been finding the best new hires. This has been the primary focus of HR for a long time. Now with new limited hiring, the focus of HR is shifting as more businesses begin to recognize the importance of developing their current workforce. Employee development initiatives have become commonplace. If companies want to engage their workforce, enhance productivity, and maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, they must foster the talent currently in their workforce. To accomplish these objectives, companies should provide workers a…
  • EVENT: HR Summit, Dallas, TX (Sep 2014)

    Kiley Dorton
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    From the 10th – 12th September the HR Summit US will bring together 65 senior decision makers and business leaders from across the region.  ACT Bridge will be there, come say hello!
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  • CLEARLINK Awarded Thirty-Ninth for Outstanding Growth by Mountain West Capital Utah 100

    Shawn Ryan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Salt Lake City, Utah.  October 22, 2014 — Yesterday, CLEARLINK was recognized by MountainWest Capital Network in the 20th anniversary list of the Utah 100. For the 8th consecutive year, CLEARLINK was awarded as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Utah. The award comes on the heels of CLEARLINK’s placement as 4th fastest growing company in Utah by Utah Business’ Fast 50. John Anderson, newly promoted Vice President of Finance and long-time CLEARLINK leader accepted the award on behalf of CLEARLINK. “We are proud of almost a decade of significant revenue growth. Innovation…
  • CLEARLINK Employees Walk From Las Vegas to Salt Lake City, Raising Over $40,000 to Bring Clean Water to Rwanda

    Shawn Ryan
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Walk4Water 2014 spans hundreds of miles and nearly eight million steps. SALT LAKE CITY, October 1, 2014 — Over 1,200 CLEARLINK employees united around one cause this summer: to raise money for a sustainable clean water system in Rwanda. Part of how these funds are raised is through a walk touching the two driest states — Nevada and Utah.  Open the linked video to see a glimpse of the experience and hear from walkers. The CLEARLINK Walk4Water kicked-off Saturday, September 27 in Red Rock Canyon, outside Las Vegas, NV. Over 300 employees will take part in the walk, in 15 mile…
  • CLEARLINK Ranks in the Top Half of the Annual Inc. 500/5,000 List for 7th Year

    Shawn Ryan
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Inc. Magazine ranked CLEARLINK number 2,109 and one of America’s fastest-growing private companies within its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. The award follows Utah Business ranking CLEARLINK the 4th fastest-growing company in Utah. “Over the past 10 years we have grown from 90 people to over 1,200, and achieved significant year-over-year growth. The key is that we walk in each morning thinking, acting and creating like an…
  • CLEARLINK Ranked 4th in Utah Business’ Fast 50 Awards

    Shawn Ryan
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Impressive revenue growth and client expansion places CLEARLINK as highly ranked for the 7th consecutive year. Salt Lake City, Utah.  August 29, 2014 — Yesterday, CLEARLINK was recognized as the 4th fastest-growing company within Utah Business’ Fast 50 awards program. CLEARLINK is one of an elite few consecutively earning top ranks since the start of the award program in 2008. Revenue growth, innovative business approaches and entrepreneurial spirit make up the qualities of those in high-ranking positions. CLEARLINK’s growth in 2013 is attributed to expansion of current…
  • CLEARLINK employees lose 254 lbs. to benefit the Utah Food Bank

    Shawn Ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    CLEARLINK donates $2,540 and 22.5 man hours to the Utah Food Bank upon completion of the company’s annual Fitness Competition. Salt Lake City, Utah, July 18, 2014. Today, 15 CLEARLINK employees will volunteer in the warehouse of the Utah Food Bank. They will also present a check for $2,540, which is a result of CLEARLINK donating ten dollars for every pound of positive change during the company’s annual fitness competition. Utah Food Bank is able to turn every $1 donation into $8 worth of goods and services. “We love to hear about creative ways that companies engage their employees to…
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • Fair Paychecks and Career Success for Women

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    “Men are continually applauded for being ambitious and powerful and successful, but women who display these same traits often pay a social penalty. Female accomplishments come at a cost.” – Sheryl Sandberg, CEO, Facebook Now that the brouhaha raised over the statements of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has brought the matter back into focus, weRead full story...
  • California’s Staffing Buyer Bill

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Yes, once again we are blogging about California’s employment regulations. That’s because California often leads the nation in groundbreaking legislation to protect the rights of workers. Last Month, Governor Jerry Brown passed the Staffing Buyer bill AB 1897 into law. Every company using non-traditional employees needs to be aware of its legal implications to theirRead full story...
  • Compliance Check List for California Employers–1

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    In this blog, we often talk about the new laws enacted by the various states in America, and California stands apart in the number of employment-related bills enacted by it. Many of these laws take effect on the 1st of January 2015. Here is a quick summary of California’s latest legislation that employers must prepareRead full story...
  • Special Features Enhance a VMS’s Macro-Capabilities

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Recently, a colleague mentioned how he heard someone stating that VMS programs fail to provide desirable results when they try to be all things to all companies. But, I find the logic convoluted and insupportable. Will a doctor with a super-specialty in Oncology forget the basics of how the human body functions? One should thinkRead full story...
  • OSH Act Proposes Improved Protections to Whistleblowers

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Stericycle Inc. was recently judged to be in violation of OSHA’s protections to whistleblowers. The ruling refers to the termination of a transportation supervisor for raising safety concerns regarding operating a trailer without a valid license plate. Back wages and damages payable to the employee amounted to $261,787, along with instructions to reinstate the employeeRead full story...
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • G&A Newsletter: October 2014

    G&A Partners
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Three Things Your Small Business Needs To Know About Obamacare Many of the Affordable Care Act’s mandates will take effect on Jan. 1, forcing businesses to take a second look at how they handle their employees’ health benefits. For big corporations with human resource departments and legal experts who’ve examined the bill cover to cover, this won’t be much of a problem. But many businesses leave most of the HR work to the owner or a general manager, which may cause businesses to become non-compliant if the new mandates aren’t followed. View the article here. Why…
  • Happy National Boss’ Day!

    G&A Partners
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Thursday, October 16 is National Boss’ Day – a day to show appreciation for the hard-working supervisors and managers in our lives. But finding just the right gift to give your boss can be tricky. The gift should be nice, but not too nice; personal, but not too personal; professional, but not generic. Below are some guidelines to help you give the perfect gift this Boss’ Day: 1.    To give or not to give? First things first: Employees should never feel obligated to buy their boss a gift. If you don’t feel comfortable giving your boss a gift, don’t. Depending on your…
  • Why “Software as a Service” HR Doesn’t Work

    G&A Partners
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    It’s the latest HR trend – everywhere you look on the Internet, you’ll find companies promising to provide businesses with all the tools they need to administer their payroll, benefits and human resources, with none of the expense of traditional HR outsourcing providers. These “Software as a Service” (SaaS) HR companies claim that their products eliminate the administrative back-office burden associated with human resources. But do these companies really live up to all the hype? The software part of their business model is correct – SaaS companies provide HR software to help…
  • What Is Employee Turnover?

    G&A Partners
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Businesses have long understood that it’s easier (and more cost-effective) to keep your current customers or clients happy than it is to acquire new customers. That’s why there are so many customer loyalty programs, designed to keep customers happy and coming back again and again. The same holds true for employees. It’s not enough for a company to invest in recruiting the top talent – the real ROI on recruitment is retaining those top performers for years to come. And yet, companies across all industries continue to lose great employees, sometimes without understanding why. And the…
  • Webinar Recap: Navigating FLSA Compliance

    G&A Partners
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Did you miss our popular webinar covering the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? Don’t worry! We recorded the whole thing and have made it available for viewing! Watch it here.     Webinar description: In this webinar, Deanna Bretado, one of G&A’s HR Client Advisors, will help you navigate the Fair Labor Standards Act and learn best practices on defending against FLSA claims or lawsuits. This webinar covers the definition and purpose of the FLSA, minimum wage and overtime requirements and exemptions, ways to properly determine overtime eligibility, as well as employer…
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    The Resumator

  • The Resumator Customers React to Our New Business Model for SaaS ATS Success

    Laura Smous
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Have you emailed us your thoughts about The Resumator’s new LIMITLESS model yet? Our inbox has been hopping with feedback since Monday’s announcement. Our existing customers are thrilled to have access to these new features with no change to their pricing. Others are reaching out to us at 1-888-353-0887 or signing up for free trials. What do you think? Send us your thoughts on our new model at  We love reading your feedback and are proud to be the only SaaS ATS offering you LIMITLESS plans at no increased cost: LIMITLESS job postings – Add as many jobs…
  • Announcing Interviews Hub and Interview Guides

    Laura Smous
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    We just announced LIMITLESS, our new customer-success-focused business model. LIMITLESS strips away the growth-suppressing barriers and penalties other companies in the recruiting software space impose. The launch of LIMITLESS coincides with the largest product update in The Resumator’s history, our long-awaited Interviews Hub and Interview Guides, which make once painful interviews radically simplified. Take interviews from painful to powerful. When top performers walk through your door, don’t waste the opportunity. Wow them with your best team, prepared with the right questions,…
  • The Resumator Brings You Success Without Limits

    Promise Phelon
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    I’m excited. Tomorrow, we announce big changes to The Resumator, both in our pricing model and product. Starting tomorrow, both model and product will work together to allow fast-moving, emerging companies to speed job creation, outperform in their markets and grow as fast and hard as they want—to achieve success, without limits! This change keeps us on the path we laid when we launched as the original market disrupter, bringing you usable recruiting software with transparent pricing. Since then, our customers have outperformed in their markets, with an average of 50 customers…
  • Important Information regarding Indeed and your Job Postings

    David McMurdy
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Hey All! Dave here with some important news regarding Indeed job postings. Just like the Resumator strives to provide you with the best possible Applicant Tracking System(ATS) experience, Indeed looks to do the same thing for their end user, job seekers.  Our Support team has had some inquires as of late around jobs that have disappeared from the Indeed site entirely. What’s going on here? Have things changed? Yes and no. Last year Indeed posted a blog with some details on their Search Quality Team and how they flag jobs for removal from their board. While some of their work is based on…
  • A New Setting to Put Things In Perspective.

    Amin Akbarpour
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
         Resumators here in San Francisco are starting off October a bit differently this year. How so? We moved into a new office here in the city!      Not just any new office but an actual office. We’re going from having six enclosed boxes (we called them “offices”) and sharing a two­ floor space with 12+ other start­ups to having a whole floor with an open floor plan and more space than I know what to do with. So much room for activities!      As a member of a start­up, sometimes you don’t really appreciate and see the growth even when you’re as engulfed in it as we…
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    Eblin Group

  • Are You Fit to Lead?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The question posed in the title of this post is one that I’ve heard asked a lot over the years. Usually, it refers to someone having the right mix of temperament, ethics, experience and the like that’s needed to be an effective leader. My guest in the podcast interview that accompanies this post would likely ask the question from a different perspective. Carol Himmelhoch is a professor of leadership at Siena Heights University and she’s recently published a monograph titled "Transformational Leadership and High-Intensity Interval Training". If you’re familiar with CrossFit, you know…
  • Mindful Mondays: How to Feel Amazing in Five Minutes

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    One of the ironic effects of the hyper-connected age we live in is that there is very little true listening going on. As I write about in my new book, there’s a lot of transient listening in which we’re so preoccupied with all the thoughts of our multi-tasking minds that we hear each other but don’t really listen. Higher up the value chain is transactional listening in which we’re listening with the goal of accomplishing something or solving a problem. That’s important but doesn’t really do much for the heart and soul. Then there’s transformational listening which is when we…
  • Wow, What a Week – Thank You!!!

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Have you ever worked hard on something really important to you and worried if anyone was going to notice when you finished it? I think most of us have had that experience. To be really honest with you, I had that experience a couple of weeks ago as we counted down to the launch of my new book, "Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative". What if I released the book into the world and nobody noticed?
  • 52 Ways to Feel Less Overworked and Overwhelmed

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Wow, it has been quite a launch week for "Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative". The response to the book in terms of sales, reader reviews and responses and media coverage has been overwhelming (in a really good way). I'll share more on Friday about what I've learned from talking with people about why they're interested in the book along with some of their stories.
  • Mindful Mondays: The Choice That Saved Husamettin’s Life

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last week, I had one of the more interesting and amazing conversations I’ve ever had with a cab driver. His name was Husamettin. I’ve been in New York for the past week for a series of client meetings and interviews related to the launch of my new book. (Be sure to check out the special launch week offer at the end of this post.) On the way to one of those interviews, I was talking with Husamettin about how he stays sane navigating the crazy traffic of Manhattan. He told me that he has been driving here for 30 years but if he hadn’t changed his approach to his job 25 years ago he…
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  • Podcast: How to Engage Employees at Work

    Brandon Laws
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    In this episode, Brandon Laws is joined by Alfred Dual and Lacey Halpern, both of which are HR Business Partners at Xenium, to discuss an article about ways to engage employees at work. During the discussion, Brandon, Alfred and Lacey discuss the following employee engagement methods: - New hire and stay interviews - Friday fun - Huddles - Ongoing learning - Employee-presented workshops - Mentor programs - “Wow Station” The ideas discussed in this podcast originally came from an article/handout following a presentation called “What’s Brewing in HR” by Dianne…
  • Xenium Participates on Panel at the 2014 AHA Worksite Wellness Summit

    Allison Julander
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    On September 17, the American Heart Association of Greater Portland and SW Washington hosted the annual Worksite Wellness Summit at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The Summit included a day-long schedule mixed with keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a panel discussion titled “Understanding Why: Discover why companies succeed and fail when addressing wellness,” which featured Cheryl McElroy of R&H Construction,  Renae Coombs of SAIF, and Xenium HR’s own Marketing Manager, Brandon Laws. The objective of the panel discussion was to share the positives and…
  • What’s Xenium’s Brandon Laws Reading?

    Brandon Laws
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    This article is part of a series of blog posts entitled, “What’s Xenium Reading?” To find out more about this series, click here. This week’s post features Brandon Laws, Marketing Manager at Xenium. Prior to about six years ago, I was never a big reader. For whatever reason, I wasn’t interested in reading throughout high school and college. There were two key motivators for me to start reading: 1) continue to learn and improve on my own time since school would no longer be an option, 2) I have many people around me who encourage reading and love to themselves. Since that moment six…
  • Transcript: Growing Business Through People, Culture

    Allison Julander
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The following transcript is from an interview between Tim Winner, VP of People at Metal Toad Media, and Brandon Laws, Marketing Manager at Xenium HR, on the podcast episode entitled: Growing Business through People, Culture Brandon: Welcome everyone, it is my pleasure to welcome Tim Winner to the podcast today. Tim is the Vice President of People at Metal Toad Media in Portland, Oregon and we are very fortunate to have him for today’s episode. Welcome, Tim! Tim: Thank you, Brandon! Brandon: So Tim, I want to start out by clarifying something for a lot of our listeners—as the Vice…
  • What’s Xenium’s Tyler Meuwissen Reading?

    Tyler Meuwissen
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    This article is part of a series of blog posts entitled, “What’s Xenium Reading?” To find out more about this series, click here. This week’s post features Tyler Meuwissen, Human Resource Representative at Xenium. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer I have always had an interest in non-fiction adventure books, in true tales of heroism and suspense. Into Thin Air encompasses all of those things. It is without question a page-by-page suspenseful story that does an amazing job of grabbing the reader’s attention and never letting go for 300+…
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Compliance Corner: Can We Still Offer an Employee Assistance Program?

    Colin Bradley
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Guest post by Joe Lazzarotti Starting this month, we’ll bring you monthly 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. Employee assistance programs are popular employer-sponsored programs that typically offer employees free and confidential mental health assessments, short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services to help them handle a range…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Wellness Program Litigation Edition

    Colin Bradley
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week brought a lot of news about the rules for health screenings, incentives and other elements of employer-sponsored wellness programs allowed under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is focusing more closely on these wellness programs to make sure they don’t violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, and has filed suit against employers whose programs it believes violate the act. This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you articles that look at the EEOC’s latest actions, and what they might mean for your organization’s wellness…
  • The Benefit Your Employees Would Pick Over Pay

    Colin Bradley
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re competing for top talent, keep in mind that job candidates aren’t just looking for a high salary. One of the most popular benefits employee are looking for is a 401(k) match -- and many are willing to accept a lower salary to get it. According to a study released by Fidelity Investments, 43 percent of employees surveyed said if they had a choice, they would prefer a lower salary in return for a higher employer contribution to their 401(k). In addition, only 13 percent said they would take a job at a company that didn’t match 401(k) contributions, even if the pay were higher.
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Obamacare Anniversary Edition

    Colin Bradley
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The health insurance exchanges put in place by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as PPACA, ACA and Obamacare -- opened for business in October 2013. It’s been one year now that we’ve all been operating under this new system. There have been some highs and lows with implementation of the new law, and delays and changes aplenty. To help you understand what’s happened in that year, this week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you a mix of different viewpoints on where Obamacare stands on its first birthday. Obamacare at One Year: A Birthday Assessment. Los…
  • How Non-Medical Benefits Help Employers Attract and Retain Talent

    Colin Bradley
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Voluntary benefits can help fill in gaps between core benefit coverage and what your employees need -- especially when it comes to health care. But there are other non-medical benefits that employees find valuable, and employers should consider those benefits in order to build strong benefits packages (and increase retention). According to a recent MetLife study about benefits, retaining employees with benefits packages is just as important to employers as the cost of those benefits.   An important part of making a benefits package attractive to employees is customization. “Today's…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Are you ready to “Datify” Your Hiring?

    Greg Moran
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Fifteen years of research and nearly 2,600 businesses surveyed is what it took to put together the Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report by Deloitte University Press. 140 pages, it is rich with information about how HR is rapidly evolving into a data-driven function, with the focus shifting from simply reporting data to: Enabling businesses to make informed talent decisions Predict employee performance, and Conduct advanced workforce planning. While 78 percent of large companies (with 10,000 or more employees) rated HR and talent analytics as “urgent” or “important,” 45 percent of…
  • Behavioral Interview Video Tips Part 2 – Combatting the “Noise” in Interviewing

    Greg Moran
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am Product Manager and Senior Researcher Andrew D’Agostino continues the Behavioral Interviewing Video Tip Series with Part 2 – How to Combat the “Noise” in Interviewing. Unstructured interviewing can often not only fail to aid in a hiring decision, but can actually detract from a hiring decision. Here Andrew discuss how that is possible.
  • Behavioral Interviewing Video Tip Series – Fundamental Problems with Interviewing

    Greg Moran
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Join Product Manager and Sr. Research Consultant Andrew D’Agostino in part one of this 6 part series on improving your company’s interview process. Subscribe to the blog to make sure you keep getting all six parts of this series.Also, want more information about improving your interview process? Check out our new weeBook called Making Interviews Count for a deeper dive into the world of behavioral interviewing and how to do it right. Below is part one covering the most fundamental problems that companies face in their interview process. Enjoy!
  • Reinvent your Interviewing Process Before the New Year

    Greg Moran
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    While you were away enjoying (we hope) your long Labor Day weekend here in the US, our team at was working away preparing our newest module, ChequedInterview(tm). Working toward our goal of No Bad Hires. Ever. we are now changing the way companies interview talent by making it more consistent, easier and most importantly predictive of future success. But how? Have you heard of predictive interviewing? It’s sure to put a smile on your face. And, it’s about as close as you will get to actually observing a person on the job. Think about it. Many people jockey for positions, but…
  • Rounds Out Technology Platform With Introduction of ChequedInterview™  

    Greg Moran
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    For Release:  Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Contact:                 Steve Janack, Behan Communications (518) 812-7337 | Rounds Out Technology Platform With Introduction of ChequedInterview First-of-its-kind structured and scorable online guide for interviewing candidates  provides employers with predictive data to enhance recruitment process Saratoga Springs, NY –, the leading provider of cloud-based Predictive Talent Selection™technology, today announced the launch of its newest tool: ChequedInterview™, a structured and…
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • How to Recognize Employees Effectively – Recognition Radio #3

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
      In this week’s Recognition Radio broadcast, we will talk about How to Recognize Employees Effectively. We will offer some actionable advice for what to say (and what not to say) in recognition. We will talk about calibrating award values, which words to use, and how to deliver the award. We’ll also talk about recognizing in a global or multi-cultural environment, and what resonates with different groups. Join us for this short, 20 minute broadcast and ensure that your recognition message is being heard effectively.  Tune in on iTunes to listen, download or subscribe to…
  • eBook: 8 Things You Never Realized Service Anniversaries Could Do

    Darcy Jacobsen
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
      We think we know what service anniversaries are. We think we know what they can do for us. We think we know their limitations. Well, throw all of that thinking out the window. Anniversaries can do so much more. We’ve just published a new eBook, A New Vision for Milestones, to help you consider a shift in how you think about and leverage your employees’ years of service milestones.  Written from the employee’s perspective, this eBook takes you on a journey of what could be, explores eight new perspectives on service anniversaries and talks about ways to make them more…
  • The Dangers of Employee Silence

    Darcy Jacobsen
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
      “No news is good news” is a common, fingers-crossed sentiment in many HR departments. It isn’t that we aren’t open to hearing from employees. But often we spend so much time running around putting out fires that a little bit of silence can be truly golden. It means things are finally running smoothly. Or does it? According to an article published in the latest Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior—employee silence can sometimes be a sign of something much more ominous. Titled “Employee Voice and Silence,” the article says that many leaders…
  • Creating Service Anniversaries That Inspire Everyone

    Darcy Jacobsen
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    I am so excited today, to tell you that we have officially launched our newest product innovation: Service Timelines™. Check it out in the video, below: (Click here if you can’t see the video.) This video, more eloquently than I ever could, really gets to the emotional heart of Service Timelines—because that is really what it is, an emotional heart.  This is an actual video of an actual service anniversary that our own head of HR recently experienced. (And we even had to cut some of the most moving and personal stuff out!) It deeply affected Niamh, and it deeply affected and…
  • Finding Opportunities for Recognition – Recognition Radio #2

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
      How often should you recognize employees? What kind of behavior should you praise? What should managers look for when building a culture of appreciation in their teams? As part of our Manager’s Field Guide to Recognition Series, Globoforce Recognition Radio tackles the nuts and bolts of recognizing effectively and offers you tools for deepening the impact of appreciation in your organization. In this week’s Recognition Radio broadcast, we will talk about Finding Opportunities for Recognition. Host Darcy Jacobsen will talk about making recognition a habit in your management style,…
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    Clarity Consultants

  • Digital Badges: Do They Help or Hurt Your Online Reputation?

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Being savvy in project management makes a big difference for corporate professionals in the learning and development environment. Understanding the keys of project management, while also understanding how technology plays an important part in the learning platform is essential. There are a number of factors that play a role in effective project management, but placing a priority on those that are often overlooked can help create a more useful and interactive platform. Pinpointing these keys and capitalizing on them will enhance project management efficiency.
  • Partnering up Gamification with eLearning

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Adults like the online eLearning experience, and according to one study by the U.S. Department of Education, learners do better online than in face-to-face instruction. That’s good to know, especially when you have a group of adult workers who need to learn new skills, but you don’t want to bear the costs and time involved in classroom learning. eLearning Works Well, No Matter What the Subject The previously mentioned study did a lot of meta-analysis – using the results of other studies to find common conclusions. No matter how the online vs. face-to-face studies were conducted or…
  • Storytelling: A Creative Strategy for eLearning

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    As training and eLearning modules become more prevalent and the learning spectrum evolves, new platforms and strategies for implementation have become a high priority. Learning and development needs vary with every student, and keeping up with a climate of “on-demand” instructional design can be difficult. One of the newest ways that is gaining steam in the eLearning environment is storytelling. This concept has worked well on a multi-level platform and can be adapted for any skill and comprehension level. Storytelling as an eLearning strategy can be used in a variety of ways: through…
  • Increasing the Value of Corporate Learning

    19 Jun 2014 | 3:57 pm
    With today’s competitive environment, it’s important for employers to go the extra mile in retaining employees. That means a concerted effort in enhancing training and development must be a top priority. Paying for training can add a significant amount of money to the bottom line, yet it is a worthwhile investment. It makes employees feel valued and appreciated, and more likely to remain with their employers. Companies that offer training and development opportunities save an average of $94,444.47 by avoiding turnover. The more technical the position, the more it costs to replace…
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    Human Resources Software

  • The Surprising Thing About Accommodation

    Stephanie Reyes
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    In the United States, for all age groups, the employment-population ratio for persons with a disability is less than half that of those with no disability.[1] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr Employers often hesitate to hire disabled individuals and can be challenged by the need to accommodate employees who develop a disability while employed. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires any employer with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, unless doing so would cause undue hardship. A reasonable accommodation is any change…
  • CSR: Doing Good is Not Enough

    Stephanie Reyes
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    When it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), doing good is not enough—one must also be seen to be doing good. Awareness is essential and perception is everything. For most people, the default expectation of corporations is that they are motivated by profit, often at the expense of all else. When Google founders included “You can make money without doing evil.” in their list of 10 Things We Know to Be True, they were deliberately swimming against the current of popular opinion. SuiteImpact Team in action, Flickr In the past fifteen years a series of corporate…
  • Excessive Business Travel is Unhealthy

    Stephanie Reyes
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Anyone who travels extensively for work knows it can be hard to stay healthy on the road (or in the air). Some of the factors that can erode the well-being of travelling employees include: Photo by Jessica Spengler, Flickr The contained environment on flights that efficiently recirculates virus-laden air. Too much sitting (whether driving or flying). Unhealthy food. Increased alcohol consumption at business functions. The stress associated with travel and being away from home. Breaks in regular fitness routines making it hard to maintain good habits. Exposure to unfamiliar health and safety…
  • Centralized Versus Decentralized HR

    Stephanie Reyes
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    For companies with multiple, geographically distributed locations, deciding whether or not to centralize HR is a decision with broad operational and strategic implications. A centralized approach enables an organization to streamline departmental functions across a complex system. It also ensures that HR policies are applied consistently and that information is managed in a unified way. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain On the other hand, different locations are typically subject to distinct human resources regulatory and payroll tax environments, not to mention unique recruiting cultures;…
  • A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

    Stephanie Reyes
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Pumpkins by stevenW6, Flickr Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada – seven weeks earlier than American Thanksgiving, and way too soon to be considered a logical extension of the holiday shopping season. No doubt our hasty celebration of Thanksgiving has something to do with the shorter growing season and earlier harvest provided by our more northerly latitude. Proclaimed by Parliament in 1879 as "a day of General Thanksgiving,” the celebration was not tied to the second Monday in October until 1957. The origins of Thanksgiving in Canada are variously credited to Martin…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • 2014 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces: Trends for Thought

    China Gorman
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Here at Great Place to Work we're getting ready to reveal the 2014 World's Best Multinational Workplaces list, so there seems like no better a time to talk about a positive organizational trend that's been occurring among many of the less encouraging trends we consistently hear about (for example, the war on talent, low levels of employee engagement, or no work/life integration).
  • CEO Insights: The Bumpy Road to ALWAYS ON

    China Gorman
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    PWC’s 17th annual global CEO report “Good to Grow: 2014 US CEO Survey”, provides a thorough snapshot of executive leadership perspectives and approaches at the current moment. PWC’s report includes perspectives from over 1,300 CEOs from 68 countries, including 162 CEOs with US-headquartered organizations. It’s clear from the responses that, globally, CEOs are making many changes within their organizations.
  • HR: How Disconnected Are You From Employees?

    China Gorman
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    ADP recently released a report which, based on data they’ve collected from several studies, examines the causes and implications of a persistent disconnect recorded between HR’s and employees’ perceptions.
  • Pump Up Your Change Management Competencies

    China Gorman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IBM recently released an executive report: "Making change work... while the work keeps changing – How change architects lead and manage organizational change." The report, based on data from their latest "Making Change Work Study" seems a very pertinent one for the times.
  • Exceeding Expectations

    Lillian J. LeBlanc
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How Best Companies create customer and employee loyaltyWhat are your expectations as an employee or as a customer? If you’re like most, you want to be treated honestly and fairly. You want to receive something of value in exchange for your time or money. You want to be satisfied.
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    Human Resources Blog

  • What You Need to Know About Running a Home Business

    Lauren Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Running a home business can save an entrepreneur a significant amount of money on overhead, however it’s important to acknowledge that this setup isn’t ideal for everyone. Before you decide to quit your job and launch your company from your living room, take a minute to consider these points: Is it right for your personality type? For some people, working from home is ideal. However, for others it quickly becomes hard to focus and productivity goes out the window. Before you begin a home-based business, take a few minutes and do an inventory of your personality type. Will you truly be…
  • 3 Ways Human Resources Can Contribute to the Bottom Line

    Guest Post
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In every company, there are 2 departments: sales and marketing, and all the rest. The marketing department drives units and revenues. The other departments are to run as efficiently as possible. Their primary goal is to save money, and every dollar saved is used to allow sales and marketing to advertise and sell more units. The only department not asked to come up with creative ideas to save money is human resources. Those days are over. All departments are being asked to contribute to the bottom line. In the past, the mere mention of such a thing to human resources was thought to be taboo.
  • 4 Ways to Attract Candidate Referrals

    Julia Weeks
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Talent acquisition is more than just candidate sourcing and applicants.  If you do not have a referral system in place at your business, now is the time to look into creating and implementing your own system. Even the largest and best known companies struggle with getting good candidate referrals at times and when creating your referral system, there are several things you should consider. 1. Get the word out The first step to attracting candidate referrals is to make it known that you have an opening and that you are accepting referrals.  Let your current employees know that you are…
  • How to Toe the Line Between Friend and Business Partner

    Lauren Levine
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ideally, you want to work with clients who share your values and with whom you connect. If every interaction with a client is like pulling teeth, your job quickly becomes tiresome. However, when you become friends with a business partner, you must be aware of maintaining a sense of professionalism despite your newfound connection. Here are some ways that you can effectively toe the line between friend and business partner: Be aware of what you say on social media It’s great if you want to friend your client on Facebook or follow each other on Instagram. But once you do that, you must be…
  • Video Interviewing: Not a Tool for Discrimination

    Camelia Rodriguez
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The global workforce has had to deal with discrimination issues for many years. Ever since video interviewing technology came into the picture, there has been an ongoing discussion as to whether or not it is discriminatory. Some people assume that video interviews would make it faster and easier for companies to discriminate against a candidate based on his or her race, age, gender, and/or disability. The fact of the matter is that technology of any kind does not hold discriminatory points of view. Only people have the capability to discriminate. Unfortunately, a candidate faces an equal…
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    Staff Motivation Matters

  • In The Press: Playing for keeps

    Darren Tracey
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Loyal employees are an asset to any business – and building that loyalty needn’t cost the earth. As the economy begins to recover and employees become more confident about looking for new career opportunities, encouraging staff to stay is high on the agenda for many employers – but what is the cost of an effective […]
  • Benefits of “inside” networking

    John Sylvester
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    Networking is simply about making connections with people and building relationships. So what is “inside” networking? Well, simply put, it is the application of networking ‘inside’ your current company or organisation. Connecting and networking with other colleagues in your organisation, even if your role doesn’t necessitate it. What is the point behind it? Inside networking […]
  • Motivating the negative employee in your team

    John Sylvester
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Have you ever worked with a negative employee? Well, for those that are in the happy circumstance of not having to put up with a negative colleague, let me tell you what it’s like. When you have a negative employee on your team you just feel constantly drained. Nothing is ever good enough for this […]
  • Guest Post: 5 benefits your potential employees look for when job-seeking

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    When you begin the hunt for a new employee, the candidate in mind is highly skilled in their profession, has experience in their industry and is qualified – but how do go about attracting this person to your job advertisement? Consider what it takes to retain and motivate your current high-calibre employees, they have certain expectations that […]
  • Training managers on recognition is essential to your business

    John Sylvester
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Being a new manager can be extremely daunting, especially if you’ve received no training. It isn’t just about getting the job done and making sure your team complete their tasks on time, it’s also about managing people and your relationships with those people. As a manager you need to be able to help your employees […]
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    Safari Solutions

  • Warren Buffet’s Top 3 Soft Skills of Great Talent

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    You have probably heard the adage, “Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills.” What the saying is really prescribing is that soft skills are absolutely essential for high performance in the work place. Warren Buffet’s top 3 soft skills:  Intelligence – Critical thinking & Emotional intelligence High Energy – Initiative & Attitude High Integrity – Work Ethics Safari’s personal favorites are Ambition & Drive, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Determination.  Similar theme as Buffet’s, yet expressed in in different terminology.
  • 3 Keys to the Right Soft Skills

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Soft skills, non-technical competencies such as critical thinking, communication, emotional intelligence, and integrity are essential to job performance success. To determine which soft skills are most important to a specific position, first consider the following: Type of Position: Strategic or tactical?  Manager or non-supervisory? Company Culture: Innovative, Quality, Accountability, Pace, or Team? Stage of Business: Entrepreneurial with rapid change or mature with standardized processes and procedures?
  • Think & Communicate to Success

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    It’s never just one thing that makes a person successful.  Yet if I had to pick just two soft skills that can make or break an employee’s success, I choose “critical thinking skills and “communication skills.”  It seems, one without the other, I just not enough.  Combine them and you have a recipe for success. Business owners frequently tell us that they want employees who can think on their feet.  Basically not have to ask the boss how to do everything.  Most business owners display a high level of critical thinking skills so it is natural that they are treasure these traits…
  • Positive Side of Turnover

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    As difficult as it is, turnover is not always bad. It can be an opportunity to revise an outdated position or to hire someone new with fresh ideas. To decrease the panic and pain associated with the resignation of a key employee, follow these advance planning tips: Transfer the knowledge Cross-train employees Document important procedures Hire a support person to learn key aspects of the role
  • 5 Ways to Stop Turnover

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Two million American’s quit every month. 7 out of 10 employees are not engaged at work and are open-minded to new opportunities. Yet, engaged employees put 57% more effort into their job and are 87% less likely to resign. These statistics might motivate employers to develop a plan that increases retention. Use the following recommendations to kick-start your retention plan. Know your employees: Spend time with employees and ask what’s on their minds. Empower your people: Create a sense of ownership with a smaller degree of intervention and oversight. Eliminate negative…
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    Async Interview

  • Three Tips for Retail Recruiting

    Christopher Young
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Retail recruiting can be difficult.  With employee turnover near an all-time high in the retail industry and the average cost of $3,328 to hire and train a $10/hour employee, finding the right employee is crucial. Not only will hiring the right candidate reduce your costs, it will also reflect well on you. The interview process is time consuming for both the applicant and the hiring manager. These three tips will help you streamline the first interview and find the right candidate. On average, it takes employers 25 working days to find the right candidate for the job. It’s time consuming…
  • Using Video Interviewing to Hire Real Estate Agents

    Christopher Young
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two-thirds of companies use video interviews when they hire new employees, according to a 2012 Officeteam survey. Recruitment efforts for real estate brokers tend to be different than for other parts of Corporate America. Real estate agents are required to meet certain licensing requirements and must possess very specific personality traits. Video interviewing has a place in real estate brokerages as a hiring tool, especially for fast-growing brokerages seeking to expand regionally or large brokerages with multiple offices. Save Time and Money Instead of meeting over lunch or coffee, brokers…
  • Pros and Cons of Video Interviews

    Christopher Young
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Employers and job seekers alike are learning the pros and cons of video interviewing and how to best use the available platforms in the hiring process. In 2011, market research firm the Aberdeen Group learned that 10 percent of employers overall used video interviews; contrast that with their latest report, which demonstrates a 22 percent jump. Additionally, 52 percent of best-in-class companies utilize video-enabled applications, with 95 percent of them experiencing excellent employee retention. Clearly, employers are embracing video hiring practices in greater numbers and with positive…
  • Improved Campus Recruiting with the Convenience of the Cloud

    Christopher Young
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that up and coming graduates in demanding fields are acutely aware of how valuable their degrees are. These candidates have been prepared to blaze their own paths and can afford to evaluate job offers. Unfortunately, this can make the campus recruiting process demanding and costly. Keeping the expenses low while attracting top talent can keep hiring managers on their toes, but video interviewing can be the key element in eliminating these woes. The typical hiring manager can spend a great deal of time visiting different colleges and setting up in person interviews with…
  • Stand Out and Recruit Hard to Fill Positions

    Christopher Young
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    In today’s job market, it is no longer about what a candidate can bring to a company, it’s about what a company can provide the candidate. Candidates with specialty skills in medicine, technology and engineering are in high demand, and for this reason candidates can afford to shop around for the best companies their fields have to offer. Recruiters understand this demand and pay top dollar for print advertisement and job fair appearances to persuade them. Since print marketing is prime real estate to showcase benefits, the cost per word has increased significantly over the years. All of…
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  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    We’ve finished the final touches for our customer event tomorrow. Presentations are ready, banners and ‘take homes’ created and packed and everyone’s excited for a great day at the Museum of London! Among the topics covered will be: Winning the ongoing battle for talent Protecting your people data Beyond the Org Chart Taking your seat in the Boardroom – Raising HR’s profile with business analytics An agile approach to flexible working Tomorrow’s event promises to be the most popular to date and we’re all looking forward to sharing all the latest…
  • The Two Faces Of Social Media In The Workplace

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The two faces of social media in the workplace require policing and careful thought by HR and leaders alike. It’s proved to be of huge benefit to businesses when used correctly, but also the bane of HR departments when abused. First, the potential issues which can occur: Employee’s social updates can be a reputation management nightmare With the potential scenario of every employee updating multiple social networks a number of times per day, it’s easy to see how quickly something can spread at an alarming rate. This is great when the content shared is a glowing review of…
  • Want To Telecommute? Here’s What To Consider

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Working from home sounds like the perfect answer to balancing work and life, but it may not be for everyone. Do you want to telecommute? Here’s what to consider: Do you have the necessary equipment at home? If your office is anything like ours, then most, if not all, employees will be equipped with laptops. This is partly due to security considerations, but also for flexibility in allowing employees to work from anywhere; particularly useful, not just for the odd occasion that it may be easier to telecommute, but also for practical reasons, especially given the time of year and the…
  • The Future Is Now And HR Should Be Ready

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Technology’s moving faster than ever and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The future is now and HR should be ready, here’s some things to prepare for. Recruitment’s becoming a ‘buyers market’ Recruitment will become as much a ‘buyers market’ as a ‘sellers’ one. Top talent will choose where they work and who for. Brands will have to prove that they offer the environment and culture that beats the competition or risk losing the best applicants. Ensuring that employees have access to benefits that are useful in the real world is key.
  • 10 CV Templates Guaranteed To Get You Noticed

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Thanks to the internet, personal branding and electronic communication creating your CV has become more of an art than simply documenting your experience and qualifications. Here are 10 CV templates guaranteed to get you noticed. Below are 10 great examples of ready built CV templates. 3-Piece Resume CV Cover Letter Clean Resume Clean Resume/CV Resume Simple Resume Resume 3-Piece Swiss Style Resume set Professional Resume/CV Clean Infographic Resume Vol 2 & Cover Letter The post 10 CV Templates Guaranteed To Get You Noticed appeared first on CIPHR.
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  • California Requires Paid Sick Leave

    Michele O'Donnell
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    California recently enacted AB 1522, called the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which requires most California employers to provide paid sick leave to its employees effective July 1, 2015. California employers already face complex employment laws, which prove to be a challenge for… The post California Requires Paid Sick Leave appeared first on MMChr.
  • Boo! 4 Ways to Make Marketing Less Scary

    Jennifer Shaw
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It is not uncommon to see companies fearful of engaging in marketing. By itself, marketing is complex because of the multiple functions it encompasses. From social media to mobile marketing to traditional marketing, there is no one size fits all solution. However, marketing is essential… The post Boo! 4 Ways to Make Marketing Less Scary appeared first on MMChr.
  • Overcoming Fears

    Charles Chatelain
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Ghosts, ghouls, goblins. Halloween is approaching and fun festivities are in place, bringing about a sense of fright.  Outside of the upcoming holiday, many of us show fear in our professional lives. Managing apprehension is often easier said than done. Many companies offer ways for… The post Overcoming Fears appeared first on MMChr.
  • California Governor Signs Sick Leave Bill

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown stated that he would sign a bill requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to employees. The bill would require employers to provide at least three days of annual paid sick leave to workers. Read more about it here. The post California Governor Signs Sick Leave Bill appeared first on MMChr.
  • Direct Success with Performance Management

    Charles Chatelain
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Performance management is a primary tool used to communicate with employees, such as rewarding them for good performance, and to measure how well they have done in completing tasks over a particular period of time. How well do your employees follow directions? An important thing… The post Direct Success with Performance Management appeared first on MMChr.
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    HiringThing Blog

  • Finding Hires that will Embrace New Technology

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Next time you visit your favorite store or restaurant, take a look around at the way technology has changed the way employees interact with customers. People can pick up food they ordered online, folks are swiping their cards on tablets at tables and front counters, even tips can be given electronically with the push of a button.
  • 3 HR Blogs Every Manager Should Read

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    With so much information available, it can be hard to stay on top of what’s important. We make it our job to stay on top of the latest HR trends, so we’ve put together a list of the most valuable (and most interesting) HR blogs that every manager should be reading.
  • Optimizing Your Job Post for Mobile

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mobile devices. In this day and age, it's nearly impossible to live without them. And as the hiring process evolves, so does its inclusion of mobile devices for finding the employees you need.
  • Promoting your job postings online to get in front of qualified applicants

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Once you've posted open positions in your HiringThing account, it's time to define your online promotion strategy to make sure you are getting your job opportunities in front of your target candidate audience.
  • YouTube, a Powerful Next Generation Recruiting Tool

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you are recruiting to fill open positions at your company, YouTube is a great way to tell the world about your company and showcase your culture, benefits and talent.
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    HR Payroll Systems

  • 4 Tips for Success as an HR Department of One

    Dave Rietsema
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Ready, set, take everything you’ve learned about being an HR professional and see to the hiring, training, compensation, retention and inspiration of every employee in the company, all while protecting the interests of that company, all by yourself. Not many would consider such a role a piece of cake. Here are a few tips to help make the role of sole HR professional more approachable. 1. Get the Big Picture Get to know the managers in your company and find out about needs and concerns — and what they’re expecting from you. Making yourself approachable and available from the start makes…
  • Clearing up the Confusion on SHRM’s New HR Certification

    Dave Rietsema
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The HR world was taken on a wild ride this past spring when the Society of Human Resources announced a new HR certification program that is set to begin in January 2015. HR professionals dashed to their desks in hopes to find out more information and how this would impact them and their current certifications. The certification program name was recently announced at SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. The two new certifications are; SHRM Certified Professional and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP). The past few months have left many HR professionals…
  • Six Ways to Control Your Workplace Stress

    Dave Rietsema
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Tired of stressing out at work? Three studies that span more than a decade show findings that are very much the same. It looks like learning to control the environment may be the key. Or, at least, a really good place to start. The three studies done about workplace stress demonstrate the overlap with control of the situation and the stressor. The American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence did a study in 2013 that showed the top five stressors were low salaries, lack of opportunity, workload, long hours, and undefined job expectations. A report released by The…
  • Changing HR’s Image: We’re More Than Terminators

    Dave Rietsema
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:52 pm
    I was inspired to write this post after attending a dinner party where the topic of my profession came up in get-to-know-you conversation.  After some brief small-talk, here’s how it went down. Me: So, what do you do for a living? Her: I work for the airlines? Me: Oh, cool, that must be fun to travel all over the world, huh? Her: Yes, I really enjoy it. What do you do? Me: I work in human resources. (Insert sound of figurative gun loading and the Great Wall of China going up between us). Her: Oh, so you fire people. So this is the point of the conversation where I had to hold back…
  • Creative Recruiting – It’s Time to Think Outside the Box

    Rebecca Whiteside
    28 Jan 2014 | 7:27 pm
    America is coming out of a long period of recession and virtually no hiring. For companies, that means that there are many eager candidates as their hiring picks up this year. After years of trying to find jobs in the same places, many eligible candidates no longer bother to check the same newspapers and internet websites that were popular nearly a decade ago. Many of the highly trained candidates that companies are interested in have stopped looking for better opportunities, making it difficult to find good employees. That means that companies will need to get creative if they’re going…
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    HRE's The Leader Board

  • Lutz on Leaders: Why So Nice?

    Mark McGraw
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Retired automotive executive, former Marine and best-selling author Bob Lutz is also fluent in several languages. And he’s probably pretty outspoken in all of them. Never known for holding his tongue, the former vice chairman of General Motors took part in a Q & A with the Washington Post earlier this week. And he offered up his usual, unvarnished take on subjects ranging from Mary Barra’s performance as GM’s chief executive so far (“too early to tell,” but “the early signs are outstanding”) to the increasingly guarded stance taken by executives when addressing the public…
  • Sniffling While You Work

    Michael J. O'Brien
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    For the first time in five years, the number of employees who said they go to work with the flu has dropped to 60 percent, after four straight years of increases, according to the fifth annual Flu Season Survey from Staples. The 60-percent figure marks a drop from last year, and yet many employees still feel they can’t take a sick day, according to the office-supply retailer. Indeed, despite 88 percent of managers encouraging sick employees to stay at home, 40 percent of workers feel there is too much going on at work to stay away, and 31 percent show up sick because they think their boss…
  • Cannabis Business Charges Full Steam Ahead

    Kristen Frasch
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It came to my attention recently — actually in the writing of a news analysis last month — that there’s a big business growing around marijuana, with 23 states now allowing for its medical use and two, Colorado and Washington, allowing for its recreational use. (For the record, here’s that Sept. 29 news analysis — which actually aired Sept. 30 — examining the issue and what employers can really expect as more laws are passed. It was written just before the Colorado Supreme Court was to hear the case of Coats v. Dish Network and the issue of…
  • Steele Receives HR Exec of the Year Award

    Michael J. O'Brien
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    John M. Steele, right, receives the HR Executive of the Year award from Editor David Shadovitz and Publisher Rebecca McKenna. John M. Steele, senior vice president of human resources for the Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America, received HRE‘s 26th annual HR Executive of the Year award at an awards ceremony and banquet held at the Trustee Ballroom at Boston University last night. In his remarks upon receiving the award, Steele recounted the many lessons he learned from each of the CEOs he’s worked with at HCA, including current CEO Milton Johnson. “Milton walks…
  • Non-Competes for Sandwich-Makers?

    Andrew McIlvaine
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Fast-food chain Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shops bills itself as a place that makes good sandwiches “freaky fast.” Perhaps the formula behind “freaky fast” is so vital and unique that it’s worthy of being shielded behind the walls of Fort Knox, Ky.? That seems to be the gist behind an interesting issue revealed via a class-action lawsuit filed against Jimmy John’s and its franchisees: They apparently require employees to sign a non-compete agreement stipulating that, should they leave (or be fired from) Jimmy John’s employ, they will not seek…
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  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    We’ve finished the final touches for our customer event tomorrow. Presentations are ready, banners and ‘take homes’ created and packed and everyone’s excited for a great day at the Museum of London! Among the topics covered will be: Winning the ongoing battle for talent Protecting your people data Beyond the Org Chart Taking your seat in the Boardroom – Raising HR’s profile with business analytics An agile approach to flexible working Tomorrow’s event promises to be the most popular to date and we’re all looking forward to sharing all the latest…
  • The Two Faces Of Social Media In The Workplace

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The two faces of social media in the workplace require policing and careful thought by HR and leaders alike. It’s proved to be of huge benefit to businesses when used correctly, but also the bane of HR departments when abused. First, the potential issues which can occur: Employee’s social updates can be a reputation management nightmare With the potential scenario of every employee updating multiple social networks a number of times per day, it’s easy to see how quickly something can spread at an alarming rate. This is great when the content shared is a glowing review of…
  • Want To Telecommute? Here’s What To Consider

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Working from home sounds like the perfect answer to balancing work and life, but it may not be for everyone. Do you want to telecommute? Here’s what to consider: Do you have the necessary equipment at home? If your office is anything like ours, then most, if not all, employees will be equipped with laptops. This is partly due to security considerations, but also for flexibility in allowing employees to work from anywhere; particularly useful, not just for the odd occasion that it may be easier to telecommute, but also for practical reasons, especially given the time of year and the…
  • The Future Is Now And HR Should Be Ready

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Technology’s moving faster than ever and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The future is now and HR should be ready, here’s some things to prepare for. Recruitment’s becoming a ‘buyers market’ Recruitment will become as much a ‘buyers market’ as a ‘sellers’ one. Top talent will choose where they work and who for. Brands will have to prove that they offer the environment and culture that beats the competition or risk losing the best applicants. Ensuring that employees have access to benefits that are useful in the real world is key.
  • 10 CV Templates Guaranteed To Get You Noticed

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Thanks to the internet, personal branding and electronic communication creating your CV has become more of an art than simply documenting your experience and qualifications. Here are 10 CV templates guaranteed to get you noticed. Below are 10 great examples of ready built CV templates. 3-Piece Resume CV Cover Letter Clean Resume Clean Resume/CV Resume Simple Resume Resume 3-Piece Swiss Style Resume set Professional Resume/CV Clean Infographic Resume Vol 2 & Cover Letter The post 10 CV Templates Guaranteed To Get You Noticed appeared first on CIPHR.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Companies That Really Get Onboarding

    Jeana Quigley
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Bringing on new employees is an exciting time. It’s exciting for the new employee but also for the company who is bringing a new team member into the fold. Most new employees—no matter how confident—will feel a bit nervous having to meet new people and understand a whole new company culture. It’s the company’s job to […] The post Companies That Really Get Onboarding appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Dress Code: Can You Do Great Work in Jeans and Flip Flops?

    Jeana Quigley
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Back in college, I used to wear sweats or comfy jeans and a hoodie to the testing center when I had to take a test. I knew others who would dress in suits or dresses to take the same test. They said it made them feel more confident, but I shook my head. Comfort was […] The post Dress Code: Can You Do Great Work in Jeans and Flip Flops? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Common Perceptions of Productivity

    Anna Lim
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Perception is reality. Perception is everything. But is it? If you could choose, what would be more important? Productivity or the perception of being productive? In offices all around the world, people are doing things to make themselves seem more productive to their teams and managers. In fact, I Google’d “How to look productive at […] The post Common Perceptions of Productivity appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Having Communication Problems Across Departments?

    Jeana Quigley
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    I have childhood memories of sitting on the bench alone, my legs swinging back and forth as the rest of my softball team was playing the field. When I did get out there, right field was an expansive wonderland, ripe with day dreams, my choice of dandelions to pick and the softest grass that was […] The post Having Communication Problems Across Departments? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • How We Boosted Our Twitter Impressions by 397% in 4 Weeks

    Leena Thampan
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Just like our product tagline, “the simple, fast and friendly way to pay your employees,” we also want the Wagepoint brand to embody those three characteristics. Simple means easy to understand. Talking in traditional B2B speak, unfortunately, would not achieve that. Fast is about being responsive. When you want to talk to us, you know you’ll get a speedy answer. Last is friendly. Not super stuffy, but instead, upbeat and positive. Wit and humor doesn’t hurt, either. Something many of us are not accustomed to in the payroll space. The best way to hit on these three…
  • 18 Fun Facts for National Payroll Week: Infographic

    Leena Thampan
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Happy National Payroll Week! The National Payroll Week is an annual awareness campaign that is hosted by the Payroll Associations across the United States, Canada and the UK. The intent of this campaign is to both celebrate the efforts of payroll professionals as well as to educate people about their pay check and the payroll system. As a payroll startup, it would be shame for us not to get into the festivities ourselves, so we’ve put together a fun infographic covering 18 payroll facts for National Payroll Week – the fun, the weird and the not-so-weird facts. If you have any…
  • Women Trading Skills and Kicking Ass with Swapskis

    Leena Thampan
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Next up in our series of shining spotlights on our awesome customers: Swapskis, the world’s first skills swapping website exclusively for women (sorry guys!). This is a great new website for women trading skills and kicking ass. The guys at Wagepoint are jealous of this one – us women are psyched, we think its going to really take off, so we can’t wait to sign up. Swapskis is the creation of Katelyn Bourgoin, who’s also the Co-founder of Red Riot, a fantastic little marketing and PR agency based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Katelyn and her team have a well earned…
  • Growing a Software Company starts with a Great Website

    Leena Thampan
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Let’s face it. We live in a time where ‘dated’ websites have become a major decision factor when considering whether to work with someone or not. It’s especially important if you are thinking about growing a software company in a cluttered and competitive space. Websites do a lot more than inform people about what your company does, they convey your personality in the style, fonts, colors and in the tonality of your copy. Added to that, if you are considering optimizing your website for conversions, you might find it better to start with a blank slate vs. testing elements on your…
  • Customer Spotlight: 3D Printing & Structur3D

    Leena Thampan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    At Wagepoint our customers are like family to us, and now that we have a hit a major milestone in our startup journey, the time has come to shine the light on each and every one of our awesome customers. So every month, we are going to sit down with one of our rockstar customers and chat about all the interesting going-ons with their business. This month’s feature is dedicated to Structur3D, who are the makers of the Discov3ry Extruder, a nifty add-on for popular 3d printers, which will let people print with, well… pretty much anything. Structur3D was founded in 2013, by two-person team…
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    The Pachera Group

  • Now more than ever, time is of the essence!

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

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

    Gwen Moore
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    In Silicon Valley 2014 has seen a level of competition for talent not experienced in years.  The wealth of opportunity has created a buyer’s market with top talent receiving upwards of 10 requests a week to consider a ‘great new role with an innovative company’. Peel that back and you often find some of those requests are from multiple recruiters sourcing for the same role, for the same company.  Using agencies to augment your recruiting efforts is a valuable component of your overall strategy, but how you engage and utilize agencies needs to change. There is no margin for error in a…
  • Dating Tips for Interviewing

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Wishing you a happy and safe Diwali. Avoid crackers and sweets. Donate some money to needy people. It's time to make some resolutions. It's time to work on your career and health. Many people avoid health for the sake of their career, job, or business. I request all of you take care of your health. Do workout at least 5 times a week. I have a Diwali gift for all of you. I am going to launch a free android quiz app (TEST PANDA Quiz) for Banking exams. This app will be updated every week with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Playing with Percentages - 7 Techniques to Learn

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    The old idiom goes, ‘there are no shortcuts to success’; we have probably heard this one at least a hundred times in our life already. But times are changing and in our present situation, where we are students and candidates of competitive exams…shortcuts are the only way to success! Think Math – think shortcuts; whether the shortcuts are your own methods or taught by someone, or learnt from a book – they need to be remembered and inculcated into your normal ‘mathematical’ thought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    IBPS Clerk CWE exam is coming closer and this competition is harder. Candidates are very confused regarding the study material. Many students fails to crack IBPS exam due to lack of quality study material. I have already provided study notes and previous question papers but students need quality books. Also give a look to Quantitative aptitude series to find shortcut tricks to solve quantitative aptitude questions. You will also find practice tests and videos to help you better for the exam. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Vocab Dose for today 1. Brittle – easily breakable antonym = unbreakable example : Chalks are very brittle. 2. Bedlam – noise/confusion/disorder example : The bedlam created by the sound of firecrackers is very uncomfortable for old people. 3. Bemoan – to regret strongly/lament example : After losing the general elections Arvind Kejriwal must have bemoaned leaving the Delhi CM post! 4. Benevolent – showing kindness/charitable/ good-hearted ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How does HR use Social Media

    Bob Teasdale
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    Social Media in HR doesn’t have to be a bad thing, there are many ways in which HR Managers can use social media. Understanding the way empolyees use tools such as social media can encourage engagement and help them feel part of the company, and brand. HR managers can embrace social media for team building, recruiting, onboarding and even training. When asked, most HR professionals feel that their use of HR will increase next year, so how does HR use Social Media? The post How does HR use Social Media appeared first on Myhrtoolkit.
  • An Introduction to Online HR

    Bob Teasdale
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Bob Teasdale, General Manager of gives us some insights into the world of online HR software systems.   Online HR gives small and medium sized organisations a great opportunity to benefit from what until recently had been the preserve of only large corporations and recent research from Constellation has highlighted that online human resources systems are one of the most popular cloud based apps currently being adopted by business.   So how does it work?   Essentially, HR packages are a database of employees with some tools attached. At its best, it offers…
  • HR tips for small businesses

    Bob Teasdale
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    As a small business, you could be forgiven for assuming that dealing with Human Resources would be fairly straightforward. However, as we’re sure you’ve already discovered, in many ways it can be even more of a headache than it is for larger organisations. You have all the same issues to deal with, with far fewer personnel to deal with them. Here are some top tips to help you keep on top of things: 1) Hiring the right people For a small business, hiring the right people is essential. A poorly done job can mean the loss of business you can’t afford to lose, and you’re…
  • What you need to be a good HR Manager

    Bob Teasdale
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    The CIPD have recently been looking in into what qualities and skills a HR manager will need now and in the next 5 years. As we cautiously step out of the recession, companies are investing in new staff, many businesses understand that happy staff helps for a happy and successful business and it is up to the HR manager to ensure staff morale and engagement is good. Social Media Of the HR professionals asked, many felt that social media will play a bigger part in the next 3 years for staff engagement, boosting morale and company pride. They also felt that by embracing social media many staff…
  • Data Driven HR

    Bob Teasdale
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    The term “big data” is thrown around a lot in business and marketing, but does it really apply to HR? Learning from marketers – Using data to understand behaviours   As technology improves the ability to collect data on everything becomes easier and easier. But HR is dealing with people, not IT or data, so how is this really going to help HR managers? Well many marketing teams collect huge amounts of data all the time, and they’re not IT people. However they are very good at understanding behaviour and insights from data analysis, and this helps them make important decisions to…
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    360 Degree Feedback Tool

  • 3 Early Signs Your Department Needs To Be Restructured

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    Working in human resource management (HR) can be challenging, especially when it comes to department restructuring. You are responsible for employee performance, training, payroll, benefits and industrial relations. As one of the most essential positions in any company, you are required to manage several aspects of the business regarding overall employee performance. It is a daunting task for even the best HR manager but knowing what to look for can save you both time and money. Here are three early warning signs that you may need to engage in department restructuring. Employee Confusion Your…
  • How To Build An Employee Evaluations Report You Can Be Proud Of

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Employee evaluations are important as they help determine the overall performance of employees. Before you can determine this, you need to build a system that will help measure their performance. For every employee, you need to have performance standards, which are descriptions of what you want your employee to accomplish for the jobs they have been assigned. These standards also apply to other employees with the same job specifications. Goals are another aspect of employee evaluations. These are based on the individual weaknesses and strengths of the employees. After you have defined the…
  • Imagine If You Didn’t Have To Evaluate Your Employees

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    Any HR manager would love a better way to evaluate employees. Evaluating employee performance can be an expensive and time-consuming proposition. But and until someone finds a better way of measuring an employee’s progress, the HR manager must endure this hardship. … unless Using web-based software to evaluate employees Well, it just so happens that somebody has found an answer to this tedious, but necessary, enterprise: Grapevine Evaluations. This 360 degree feedback system is a web-based evaluation tool that takes the drudgery, as well as demands on your time, out of employee…
  • 5 Things To Learn About Your Employees

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Knowing who your company’s employees are on a personal level is just as important as knowing who they are on a professional level. So considering things to learn about your employees is a good place to start. If an employee has good personal values, it will certainly show in their work habits and performance. Five Things To Pay Attention To: Problem Solutions How does each employee solve common and not so common problems in the workplace?  Does the employee keep a cool head while in the solving process?  Solving problems are a big part of every job and having skilled problem solvers…
  • A Great Way To Manage Relationships Between Employees

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Managers should know how to deal with employee relationships. Monitoring all the employee interactions is essential in managing their relationships. Human resource managers should play an important role in managing these relationships by nurturing and monitoring them. Good relationships in the workplace are beneficial for your business. They result in improved communication thus increasing the productivity and efficacy of any business. When people are comfortable in their work environment, they are more likely to want to stay, consequently improving staff retention. The following strategies…
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    HR Success Guide

  • Are your Leaders Talent Trappers or Talent Builders?

    Parinita Bahadur
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Anne Fulton Here at Fuel50 we spend a lot of time talking about talent.  How to identify it, how to develop it, and most recently, how to leverage it.  Clearly, talent leverage is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 SEO and Social Secrets Every Entrepreneur Must Know

    Parinita Bahadur
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Author: Vijay Gaikwad Why should entrepreneurs and business owners care about integrating search and social into a marketing plan? They can’t afford not to. Let the statistics speak for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Strategies for Bridging the Gap between the Employee and the Manager

    Parinita Bahadur
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Author: Antony Xavier Maintaining healthy employee relations is very vital for the success of any organization. In many organizations it is unclear what employees want from their Manager. Not having... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Welcome Back

    Parinita Bahadur
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Antony Xavier In today's scenario Job hopping has become so common. This is one phenomenon once which was seen frequently in few industries earlier, is now happening across the industries.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hiring for Safety in Industrial Companies

    Parinita Bahadur
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Author: Ryne LandersAt long last, the recession is receding and the mining, construction, and utilities industries seem to be recovering and expanding again. At the same time, many of the experienced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DATIS Blog

  • Automated HCM for SMBs

    Toni Aliberti
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Do you… use spreadsheets to track employees’ time onboard new hires with Word documents give performance appraisals on paper It’s ok. You are not alone. There is hope. Many small to medium sized organizations are still completing HR functions through...
  • Practices, Not Platitudes

    DATIS Guest
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    I recently took part in a conversation about compensation of employees. Some readers offered criticism on the Merit Money practice, described in my new Workout book, claiming that Merit Money is just another way to incentivize people. The feedback I received was, “Money doesn’t motivate people”,...
  • A Work in Progress

    DATIS Guest
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    This DATIS blog article, “A Work in Progress“, was originally written by Sebastion Williams, in October 2011 and was reposted with permission. I have never wanted to be a leader. I believed you had to have charisma, be willing to take on...
  • Emotional Intelligence is Crucial to Effective Leadership

    Marchena Chendeka
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Throughout the years, there have been many skills and techniques suggested to successfully lead an organization. Some say that the best leader is one who is strictly authoritarian and does not engage with employees beyond the realm of work. Others...
  • 5 Ways to Give Your Culture a Helping Hand

    DATIS Guest
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    This DATIS blog article, “5 Ways to Give Your Culture a Helping Hand“, was originally shared by Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on October 14, 2014 and was reposted with permission. More than nine hundred years ago the Clan MacDonald and Clan McLeod found themselves...
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    Employee Engagement Blog

  • Output Increases with a Collaborative Work Environment

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Work environments differ from organization to organization and from industry to industry. This difference is largely driven by the nature of work involved as well as the types of individuals employed in terms of the types of personalities suited to these jobs. As opposed to ensuring success with productivity in regular cohesive work environments, managing emotionally disconnected workers can be a stiff challenge. In both scenarios, the management must ensure that goals are being achieved. Boosting Collaboration for Greater Communication at Work In a cohesive work environment, it’s easier to…
  • Employee Development Drives Organizational Performance

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    There are different perspectives regarding performance development. Business leaders tend to share some common views due to their experience within their industries. Generally, though, they assert that the only factor that stifles organizational growth is the ability to recruit a superior workforce. Instead, it would be more efficient and cost effective to grow existing talent from within your organization. Make the Performance Development Planning Meeting Successful It’s crucial to actually plan out performance development. Conducting meetings regarding this periodically is important.
  • 12 Factors that Drive Collaboration in Organization

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    When anyone talks about collaboration in an organization, it’s obvious that there is strong reference to cohesive work organization. There are many factors that come into play, and each one is important for ensuring proper and successful collaboration. The post 12 Factors that Drive Collaboration in Organization appeared first on Employee Engagement Blog.
  • 4 Major Requirements that All Leaders Must Adhere to

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Not all managers are known as good leaders. In fact, there are very few managers that actually turn out to be good leaders. This is simply because many lack certain key features of leadership, and without these, leadership can’t be achieved. The ability to be flexible, think out-of-the-box, adaptability, etc. are all important for a manager to become a good leader. The post 4 Major Requirements that All Leaders Must Adhere to appeared first on Employee Engagement Blog.
  • Employee Retention is Mandatory to Ensure Organizational Productivity

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Turnover is considered a major problem for any company. Progress will always remain stifled when there is high turnover. Therefore, every company strives to secure their employees, and they implement various strategies to ensure better employee retention. The best strategies include those that implement a performance appraisal system. With this type of performance system, organizations can keep a keen eye on employee performance in order to work out ways for increasing employee engagement. The post Employee Retention is Mandatory to Ensure Organizational Productivity appeared first on…
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • Why empathy is the key to a creative, productive and profitable organisation.

    Perdie Alder
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Historically, someone’s IQ (intelligence quotient) was viewed as the major determinant of success. People with high IQs were assumed to be destined for a life of accomplishment and achievement, with researchers debating whether intelligence was the product of genes or the environment (that old nature / nurture debate).However, critics began to realise that not only was high intelligence no guarantee for success, it was also too narrow a concept to fully encompass the wide range of human abilities and knowledge.It’s common knowledge that the brain is an extremely complex organism. It can…
  • 5 tips for work-life balance: An employer’s guide.

    Federica Silvi
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    “People want time more than they do money.” Arianna Huffington, Inbound 2013Arianna Huffington’s statement, taken from an inspiring speech about wellbeing and work life balance, is an interesting one. At first, it may seem controversial, but if you take a closer look at what employee wellbeing means to you, you may realise it rings true.In a world bursting with inequality, time is the only resource we all get the same amount of every day. It grants no exchanges or refunds: nothing matters more than making time for the things we care about, as the hours we waste are forever lost.
  • How to get the most out of Employee Benefits Live 2014.

    Amy Turner
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    With a programme full of key speakers, the Employee Benefits Live trade show is a great opportunity to hear about the latest innovations and to network with industry peers.To get the most out of the event you need to understand what you are hoping to learn. Identify which areas of your business or job role you need to focus on. Is there a key area that needs a refresh? What new technology is available to help you engage your workforce? Make a list of questions that you hope to answer, this will help you navigate your way around the event. Be Prepared.Make sure you read through the agenda…
  • The Spice Girls had it right.

    Robert Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Recently I had a conversation with two coworkers of mine.  The topic turned to #banbossy and #ShineStrong.  In case you don’t know, #banbossy was started by Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg.The key message is, “Words like ‘bossy’ send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up”, so we should avoid using this word with young girls.  #ShineStrong is the key message of a Pantene advertisement encouraging woman not to over-apologize.  Both campaigns are focused on empowering women, but centered around removing the use of certain words. Banning…
  • The Apple Watch and what it could mean for HR and Reward Managers.

    Alex Bailey
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The launch of the Apple Watch today was viewed by millions of people, and got the world talking about how the health and fitness agenda is being brought into the age of convenience.Health and wellbeing tracking has never been more accessible, and today’s presentation heralds a new era of technology that takes the wearable device out of geekdom and into the mainstream. Showcased by Jony Ive as “a compelling beginning to design technology to be worn,” the watch comes in a range of styles to suit everyone. It is now easy to imagine a world where everyone has a device on their wrist to…
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    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

  • Effective management of virtual teams requires good leadership training

    Team Ceridian
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    While all modes of workplaces have an interesting in maintaining high levels of employee retention and productivity, this can become especially challenging in situations where numerous workers are remote and their managers are stationed in-house. When your team ceases to be a real, physical one and evolves into a geographically scattered “virtual” team, it can […]
  • 3 ways the workforce might look different in the year 2022

    Team Ceridian
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    For most professionals on the daily grind of human capital management, the job is one largely focused on the here and now. There are usually a lot of employees under their watch who need to see their paychecks and benefits processed immediately, and this routine is continuous with no vacations. There is rarely an opportunity […]
  • In any workplace, sleep deficiency is a productivity killer

    Team Ceridian
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    by Estelle Morrison, Ceridian LifeWorks Vice President of Clinical and Wellness Services Typically, when talent leaders think about the different aspects of health affecting their employees,  they often consider the more commonly targeted lifestyle concerns – diet and exercise. They often assume that if their employees are eating well and staying active physically, the positive […]
  • 4 ways to create a long-lasting culture of motivated employees

    Team Ceridian
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Every HR professional dreams of fostering a work environment where high levels of employee engagement and productivity are the norm. Unfortunately, though, they often find that making this happen is easier said than done. How do you take an entire workforce – especially a large one – and empower everyone at once? HR experts are […]
  • Infographic: The effect of good sleep habits on employee health and wellness

    Team Ceridian
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    by Estelle  Morrison, Ceridian LifeWorks Vice President of Clinical and Wellness Services Companies’ wellness efforts these days tend to focus on traditional and recognized initiatives – flu vaccine clinics, promoting healthy eating and exercise and the like. While these are all worthwhile efforts, there’s one element of people’s health that’s just as important and often […]
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  • Three Reasons You Must Take Corrective, Not Disciplinary Action

    Mindy Flanigan
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Fear! It is what constrains us the most. And it is definitely what prevents supervisors, managers and leaders from fulfilling their responsibility to counsel (take corrective action) against employees who are underperforming or violating workplace rules.   What do I say? How do I prepare? When should I do this? Who should be present? How […]
  • How the Creation of Jobs, As Opposed to the Loss of Jobs, Affects Your UI Tax Rates

    Sarah Frye
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    In June the number of full-time jobs in the United States finally got back to the same level as the beginning of 2008. It has taken a long time. Since full-time jobs are now back to ground zero and increasing, this is a good time to consider how job creation impacts your exposure to UI […]
  • Six Steps to Improve New Employee Onboarding

    Mindy Flanigan
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Have you ever seen a new employee leave after just one day of work? What was your first thought when that happened? Probably somewhere along the lines of “Wow, it must have been bad”. Unless there was some type of unexpected challenge or emergency, this is not a good sign for a company. And it […]
  • The Three Most Common Job Offer Mistakes

    Mindy Flanigan
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever heard “be careful what you put in writing?” This phrase is especially true when making written offers of employment. Perhaps you were lucky enough to find ideal candidates to fill unique positions; some of which may have been difficult to fill in the past. While this is good news, these sharp candidates […]
  • PEO for HR Support and Peace of Mind

    Mindy Flanigan
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Doctor Z.  Poor Doctor Z.  Three months later he still has mass anxiety about another wage and hour investigation. Last time the end result was more than $30,000 in back wages, back taxes and fines. How?  It only takes one unhappy current or ex-employee to start an investigation, and the results are usually unfavorable.  Doctor […]
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    Potknox Blog

  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Choosing an IT Solutions Provider is no joke, whether you’re a big company (and your every move is being watched), or a small company (where every seemingly invisible move can cost a fortune). There is no dearth of literature on the factors to consider when choosing an IT solutions provider, but most of these focus on the company as whole. Hidden under the reputation and performance history however, is a team of developers who are currently employed to satisfy every individual client’s needs. You may know everything you need to about the company itself- but how much do you know…
  • Are Your In House Screening Tools Failing You?
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Using Skill Tests- either online or offline- to screen coders and programmers and shortlist them for interviews is hardly a new practice. Technical recruiters all over the globe use them in some form or the other, never relying entirely on resumes and interviews for such a skill-based role. A large number of them- especially in startups, as we’ve discovered- still depend on in-house tools, which begs the question, is that really the right move? Related: What Good Is A Coder Who Can’t Code? As recruiters, we use Screening Tests to test the coding and programming skills of a…
  • The Latest, Smartest Anti-Cheating Mechanisms
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Jack is going through the Java test scores of the 100 or so job applicants who took the online screening test he created with Potknox. 30 candidates scored above 80%, 12 above 90, and 2, a whopping 100%. He is tempted to call in those two- Drake and Josh- for interviews, immediately. But then he sees something strange. At the 33rd minute of the test, a generated screenshot shows Jack that Drake was looking at Wikipedia to answer an MCQ question. At the 47th minute, he notices Drake is having a telephone conversation with someone and noting down what he is being told. At the 56th minute, Drake…
  • Up In The Clouds: The Rise of SaaS
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Cloud computing has revolutionized the way people store and access data, making life unimaginably simpler for a large number of us. People can now store their data on an offshore server and access it from anywhere at any time, which means there is no need to carry bulky storage devices around to make sure you have the data you need. Cloud computing is all about accessing data at the exact moment you need it, and not a moment later. But for many of us, the transition is too big to stomach up so soon, and there are still some gaps in our understanding. Well, let’s jump on the knowledge…
  • Lateral Hiring: How Online Skill Assessment Helps
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Hiring experienced professionals is an incredibly demanding task for any recruiter. The most important thing when making an impactful decision such as this, is: Am I missing out on Talent?  So how can you reduce the risk of making a bad hire, or worse, missing out on a good one? Can a Skill Assessment Tool like Potknox really capture the essence of an experienced candidate’s abilities- not just the possession of a faculty, but the ability to productively apply it? Yes, and here’s how: 1. Multi-Competency Assessments Tests created with Potknox test technical, aptitude,…
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    Rikka Brandon Recruiting & Hiring Expert

  • What’s the Difference Between a Leader and a Manager?

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    You could probably find a good, heavily researched answer on Wikipedia. But, you’re on “Rikkapedia” so, I’m going to give you the Rikka answer. For me, the difference is that a manager believes deeply that people do what you inspect, not what you expect.  A leader, on the other hand, expects people to do what they’re expecting them to do. And that is the fundamental difference. Managers are great at the following: Setting goals, setting tasks, holding people to expectations, holding people to task goals, and doing all the ongoing day-to-day supervision of that person and…
  • Don’t Clone Yourself

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Okay, I’m going to warn you right off the bat: I am pretty passionate about this topic. So many well-meaning people give trite advice without realizing the advice they are giving is flawed.  One of the pieces of advice that is often erroneously given to entrepreneurs who are hiring is to “Clone Yourself”. Cloning yourself is one of the worst things you can do for your business. Here’s why: We all have strengths, we all have weaknesses, we all have things we’re awesome at and things we can’t do (or just really don’t want to do).  Part of being an entrepreneur is to be able to…
  • Contrary Evidence: The Trick I Use to Reduce Hiring Mistakes

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    One of the best trainings I’ve ever had happened when I was a new management trainee at a department store. They had us watch a video about contrary evidence. It discussed how interviewers make up their minds within a minute of the interview.  At the start of the interview, they would think, “oh, I really like this person, they’re a great fit”, or, “nope, not a fit”.  And what they do would do for the rest of the interview is stack up evidence to prove they’re right. Because, hey! We all enjoy being right. Typically you’d sit down, review the resume, and think, “this is a…
  • 10 Simple Steps to Social Recruiting

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Want to use social media to find your next rockstar? Where do you start?  What should you do? Let’s discover. 1. New to recruiting online? Figure out where your “target” recruits are online and go there.  For many people this is Facebook or LinkedIn.  For others it will be Twitter or Pinterest.   You can also start with the social media you are most comfortable with and go from there.  Don’t take on too much, trying to launch a Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram account all at once is a surefire way to burn out and give up. 2. When possible –…
  • 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Friend

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    There’s no doubt about it: finding new, high potential talent to hire can be a bit daunting. A ton of factors are at play beyond just resumés and recommendations. You need to make sure you hire a trustworthy person who learns quickly, does their job well, and gets along beautifully with you and the rest of your staff – almost always a tricky task, even under the best hiring conditions. This is where a lot of entrepreneurs fall into the same trap: They decide to take the “easiest option”, and hire someone they know – a friend, family member, acquaintance from church, etc. Have…
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  • Ontario’s Newest Types of Unpaid Leave

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    On October 29, 2014 changes to the Employment Standards Act will provide employees with access to three new forms of unpaid leave: Family caregiver leave offers employees, whom provide proof from a qualified medical practitioner of a family member suffering from a serious medical condition, with up to eight (8) weeks of leave. Critically-ill child care leave offers employees, who have been with their employer for at least six months and can provide proof from a qualified medical practitioner stating that the child has a critical illness, with up to thirty-seven (37) weeks of leave.
  • Christians Need Not Apply: Religious Discrimination at Work

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Recently our firm commented on the questionable judgment exercised by an Ottawa-based company in its process of refusing employment to an applicant based on race. For many, this case may have been easily dismissed as a one-off, not indicative of the modern Canadian employer. Unfortunately, such conclusions may require re-consideration. Last month Bethany Paquette, an experienced river rafting guide and graduate of Trinity Western University (a Christian University that makes admission contingent on acceptance of a covenant prohibiting sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage),…
  • Get Them Up: Six Critical Workplace Posting Obligations

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    In Ontario, employers have a number of workplace posting obligations. Failure to meet these requirements can result in an Order from the Ministry of Labour, a fine or even provincial prosecution. As such, every employer should have posted in a conspicuous location (like a Notice Board in the lunchroom) each of the following documents: 1. “What You Should Know about the Ontario Employment Standards Act” – this poster sets out some of the most common rights and responsibilities provided for under the Employment Standards Act. 2. “In Case of Injury at Work” – this poster sets out the…
  • Look Before You Leap: Two Things to Consider Before You Sue

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Employees who lose their job often want to take immediate legal action. While timely action is important, it is necessary to carefully canvass the situation before jumping into a lawsuit. Two common scenarios that can arise with respect to a claim for wrongful dismissal are counterclaims and claims for after-acquired cause. Each represents an issue that may dramatically affect the viability of a lawsuit. As such, employees should always assess whether either is likely to arise before commencing litigation and savvy employers should preserve them as effective tools to limit liability.
  • Lessons from Ottawa Valley: How Not to Treat Prospective Employees

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    On September 3, 2014 the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered Ottawa Valley Cleaning and Restoration (the “Company”) to pay $8,000 to Mr. Malek Bouraoui. The award was made after Mr. Bouraoui telephoned the Company to enquire about possible employment. He was asked by a representative (“Jesse”) if he was black or white and then informed that a decision regarding employment would be issued shortly by text message. Mr. Bouraoui subsequently received the following text message: “try learning English you will have better luck I don’t hire foreners I keep the white man working.”…
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  • The Overlooked Elements Of Profound Leadership Presence

    Shawn Murphy
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sitting at a table tucked in the back of the coffee shop, Ari Weinzweig can observe most of his employees’ customer interactions. Co-founder, partner and CEO of Zingerman’s, Ari is dressed in black, with slick-backed salt and pepper hair-slightly curly-wearing black and clear plastic-rimmed glasses. His frame is slender, his smile wide. Customer after customer came up to greet Ari. He said good morning to every employee, by name, who walked by where we were seated. Even young children came up eager to talk with him. A four year old drew a fantastical picture with flying unicorns, yes, for…
  • The Direct Effect Customer Experience

    SAP Guest
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    by Rick Chavie, Vice President, Omnicommerce, Hybris It’s great to be able to tap into the collective company intelligence and access the shared understanding of every customer interaction you’ve had across any channel. Modern commerce is not about mass marketing; it’s about cultivating a personalized, consistent, channel-independent customer engagement. Knowing a person’s preferences, buying history, credit profile—even the history of their returns and complaints—is critical if you want your customer-facing teams to succeed in omnichannel engagements and drive superior customer…
  • Tremors Of A Youthquake Felt At TEDxTeen

    SAP Guest
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    by Angela Dunn, Senior Director, Global Corporate Affairs, SAP Think about it. A 17-year-old girl wins the Nobel Peace prize becoming the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious award. The cover of TIME magazine features a teenage activist in the democracy movement in Hong Kong. Vogue magazine coins a new term, featuring a generation of “InstaGirls” on its September cover. And staff at Nike’s megashop on Oxford Street in London wear t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan Youth is Our Energy. There’s no denying it: A youthquake is shaking the world. Companies and organizations…
  • The Future Of Marketing Technology (According To Marketing Leaders)

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If our big funding news is anything to go by, investment activity around the marketing cloud is expanding. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has expressed bullish interest in the marketing technology space (AdAge). As the race for the marketing cloud intensifies, we’re exploring why CMOs are such a hot prospect these days. We asked a few prominent marketing leaders in the world of marketing technology why they think investors are so excited about The Marketing Cloud, as well as which areas of marketing will see the biggest injections of cash in the next year or so. Matt Marshall, CEO, Venturebeat…
  • 21st Century Secrets Of Leadership Gravitas

    David Shindler
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You know if you are in the presence of someone with gravitas because they hold everyone’s attention instantly and hypnotically, even if you don’t always know why. There are now two rooms in the 21st century. How does a leader own the room when the room is virtual and the audience can be global? Let’s contrast two different yet related scenarios. First, the CEO – a Mark Zuckerburg or a Tim Cook – who presents an eagerly awaited new product on stage at a launch event attended by hundreds of employees, partners, suppliers and industry commentators. The place erupts and the CEO’s…
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