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  • The Future Success of Talent Acquisition Starts with Partnerships within Your Company

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
     By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen executives talk about what makes a company successful, they often use terms like profit, sales and revenue, but when it comes down to the critical conversations of how to make it all happen, the talks soon turn to people. I guarantee that at the heart of the majority of C-suite conversations is the issue of people. How to get the best, where the best are working, how to keep employees satisfied, the skills and abilities of key players, and I could go on and on. It isn’t money that makes the world go round. It’s people. However, all too often we see that…
  • The week in HR: Candy crushed

    Complinet HR
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Recent statistics show that the average person in Britain spends just under two hours a day on their smartphone.
  • Friends at Work

    Laurie Ruettimann » Laurie Ruettimann -
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    I just told a reporter that I might still have a job in human resources if I had friends at work. That feels true, on the surface, because I always had more enemies than buddies. Work was a hassle, and nobody liked me. I came back from getting married, and only one person congratulated me. I looked around and thought, my god, these women are monsters! I know two things to be true now that I’m a little older and calmer. Nobody wants to befriend a toxic whiner who hates her job. Nobody wants a needy friend. Trying harder to be “likeable” only made it worse. I also know that,…
  • Are You Playing Chess or Checkers With Your Career

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    Sharlyn Lauby
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    At this year’s SilkRoad Connections conference, Ryan Estis asked a question that stuck with me. Are you playing chess or checkers with your career? Think about it. Playing checkers implies that we’re only thinking one move ahead. Chess means that we’re thinking several moves ahead. There’s nothing wrong with either one of them. There have been times in my career when I’ve played checkers. I wanted more money, better benefits, shorter commute, etc. The next job accomplished those things. I’ve also played chess. I’ve taken a lateral in pay in exchange for new responsibilities.
  • Top 5 #Workplace Blogs of the Week

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    Each week Blogging4Jobs brings you the Top 5 Blogs in the #Workplace. These blogs come from all across the internet and highlight important topics being discussed in the space. We serve as your weekly recap of top blogs that we’ve read throughout the week. If we’ve missed any, let us know. TOP BLOGS OF THE WEEK Why Your HR Lady Likes to Tell You “No”  Does your HR lady like to tell you no all the time? Find out the secrets as to why she loves saying no!  Read More. What is a Technical Recruiter?HackerRank recently started a technical hiring series over on their blog. The first blog…
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  • Top 5 #Workplace Blogs of the Week
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    Each week Blogging4Jobs brings you the Top 5 Blogs in the #Workplace. These blogs come from all across the internet and highlight important topics being discussed in the space. We serve as your weekly recap of top blogs that we’ve read throughout the week. If we’ve missed any, let us know. TOP BLOGS OF THE WEEK Why Your HR Lady Likes to Tell You “No”  Does your HR lady like to tell you no all the time? Find out the secrets as to why she loves saying no!  Read More. What is a Technical Recruiter?HackerRank recently started a technical hiring series over on their blog. The first blog…
  • Baby Steps Towards a Social Media Prescence
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    There is a time when everyone is terrified of social media.  If you are just getting started, don’t be afraid to start slow.  It is probably something new to you.  There will be a lot of things you don’t understand, and things you need to learn before putting your voice out for the world to see. The problem with social media is that is whatever you put out on the internet can be seen by anyone at any given point in time.  If I were to put a positive spin on it though, people have short term memory.  It is good to start slow and learn from others.  Don’t be afraid of…
  • The Reason to Hire the Unemployable
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Join me in two weeks when I talk about 5 how-tos on hiring the unemployable in 2015.  The other night my husband and I were having a pretty intense conversation.  Well, it was more like Monica was having an intense conversation and my husband was doing the “try to get a word in” well……..see…..Monica…..Please understand that when you have been with someone for 25 years the conversations no longer require boots.  The two of you are more than willing to save the bull and have a realistic conversation about what the blazin’ is going on with you on that particular day.  The…
  • Tips for Talking About Compensation
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    According to common wisdom, there are three things you should never talk about in public—religion, politics, and of course, money. Unfortunately, the taboo against talking about money even extends to not-quite-public spaces, like the workplace. And that’s ironic, because most people assume employment to earn a living, and yet the standard rule is to avoid saying the “m” word at all costs! That’s why many employees find that asking for a raise is about as easy as doing a back handspring. But employers aren’t immune from feeling discomfort when talking money on the job, either. Even…
  • You’re (Not) Doing it Wrong!
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    “Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.” - Charles Stanley I googled the phrase “you’re doing it wrong” and was surprised to find a thorough historical account of its use on the website, The entry described “…a catchphrase commonly associated with FAIL images and videos.” The site lists January of 2004 as the earliest known reference,…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • The Future Success of Talent Acquisition Starts with Partnerships within Your Company

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
     By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen executives talk about what makes a company successful, they often use terms like profit, sales and revenue, but when it comes down to the critical conversations of how to make it all happen, the talks soon turn to people. I guarantee that at the heart of the majority of C-suite conversations is the issue of people. How to get the best, where the best are working, how to keep employees satisfied, the skills and abilities of key players, and I could go on and on. It isn’t money that makes the world go round. It’s people. However, all too often we see that…
  • Recruiting, Like Business, Must Be Flexible and Adaptive

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellSometimes in life you have to learn things the hard way. I had the pleasure of doing just that early in my career when my team was entrusted with an enormous task and simply weren’t able to pull through. It was no small matter, either. My division experienced quick growth and was suddenly faced with the need for an expanded workforce that could move $40,000,000 worth of accounts in under 30 days. My team worked hard to staff the division, but at the end of the day, we weren’t prepared to jump when the division said “jump.” We simply weren’t able to adapt…
  • Knowledge is at the Center in the Battle for Best-in-Class Candidates

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell From one expert article to the next, there are plenty of methods and suggestions for recruiting the best candidates. However, one thing that not many industry leaders touch on is the recurring theme that is found in nearly every one of those recommendations and tactics: knowledge. It seems so simple, but knowledge is the underlying support that makes the wheels turn and produce results. Consider one of the most effective and popular aspects of modern recruiting: employment branding. Your employment brand is the sum total of all the ways today’s workforce sees…
  • Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Job seekers know what it takes to stand out among the many candidates that are vying for jobs. And while they typically could learn a thing or two from the companies they’re interested in, job seekers may have a bit of knowledge to pass along to employers as well. If your company isn’t taking big steps to stand out with candidates and even to your current workforce, there might be a few lessons for you to learn as well. These days, it takes more than a plan and moderate effort to recruit and retain the best talent. What it takes is standing out in a sea of…
  • The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick: A Handbook for the Art of Today's Eloquence

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    By Marylene Delbourg-DelphisMost of us are frequenting social networks. However, 1) habit sometimes makes us become careless or sloppy and 2) we usually have signed up on sites at varying times and as a result we often end up coming across as a composite character. Being social is more than just signing up on social platforms: it is about understanding the "Art of Social," which entails leveraging the idiosyncrasies of each platform, honing our skills on each of them as well as managing our social life with a purpose.The twelve chapters of The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg…
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  • Then Life Got in the Way

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    Last week I attended a celebration of life service for a very special man. It was a sad, sad occasion. Even though it was stated by a family member that the service was to be a celebration of life, I...
  • Career Transition: If You Can Take It, You Can Make It!

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Let’s say you are going through a nasty divorce and your lawyer (and/or soon-to-be ex) advise you that you need to “get a job” – a “real one.” Let’s say that you have been a stay-at-home Mom for 30 years,...
  • A Thanks + Giving 2014 Story

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Flying home from Charleston last evening, the stranger next to me asked me what I did for a living. I told her and we talked about our careers for a bit. The conversation moved from occupations to Thanksgiving. I told...
  • Mayor Menino's Little House: Musings on Money and Career

    Jean Cummings
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Mayor Menino in front of his home in Hyde Park section of Boston Boston and Masschusetts were honoring the life of Mayor Tom Menino last week. It is said that he had met 60% of Boston's residents and had had...
  • Great Question From A Job Seeker

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Are you…. an internationally renowned E X P E R T? a nationally-recognized expert? a world-leading expert? a world-famous expert? a world-class expert? the world’s most influential expert? a thought-leadership expert? a self-styled expert? a leading-edge expert? a subject-matter expert?...
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    Human Resource News

  • Personal Banker / 46217858

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
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  • Retail Marketing Associate

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
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    20 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
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  • Area Sales Director & Publisher

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
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  • What did you get for Christmas in 1981?

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    With Christmas only a few days away, Remember When looks at a couple of popular gifts from Christmas 1981. The first is possibly the first fantasy tabletop role-playing game involving a Dungeon Master, some multi-sided dice, and players who act out the roles of their fictional characters.
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  • Jimmy Rollins offers classy goodbye

    Jared Shelly
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    It's official, Jimmy Rollins will be wearing another uniform next season. For the first time since 2001, the Philadelphia Phillies will start the season without Rollins as its everyday shortstop. Not only did he get the most hits in Phillies history, he won the MVP award in 2007 and led the team to five straight division titles, two world series appearances and one championship. He's never played for another team. In a full page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rollins thanked the fans, the organization…
  • UPS faces test with record 34M deliveries expected Monday

    Carla Caldwell
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Atlanta-based United Parcel service expects to deliver 34 million packages on Monday, the most delivered on a single day in the company's history. Meanwhile, UPS is working to avoid the disaster the company experienced last year when millions of packages did not arrive in time for Christmas. UPS has spent about $500 million to install an automated sorting system to identify ZIP codes and reroute packages if there is bad weather, reports The Wall Street Journal. On Monday, the new system will be…
  • Laclede's Sitherwood gets 24 percent raise

    Jacob Kirn
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    Laclede Group revealed in regulatory documents Friday that its CEO, Suzanne Sitherwood, received a 24 percent pay raise in 2014. The 54-year-old CEO got $2.6 million this year, up from $2.1 million in 2013 and $1.9 million in 2012. Other executive compensation included: Steven Rasche, executive vice president, CFO: $967,355 in 2014. Steven Lindsey, executive vice president, COO of Distribution Operations: $1 million in 2014, down from $1.7 million in 2013. Mark Darrell, senior vice president,…
  • Five things you need to know today, and these Cincinnati companies had the worst 2014

    Rob Daumeyer
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    Good morning, Cincinnati! And good early news if you you're holding a lot of rubles. So far today it's not sinking like a ship. Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day: Allegiant to add still flights at CVG Allegiant Travel Co. will boost its offerings from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to a popular vacation destination, Lisa Benson reports. Starting in May, the low-cost carrier will grow service to Orlando/Sanford,…
  • 8 things you need to know this morning

    James Briggs
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Good morning. It's going to be cloudy with temperatures in the 30s and rain likely in the afternoon today in Baltimore. Here's what else you should know as you start your holiday-shortened week: Former Howard County executive Ken Ulman has formed a consulting firm, Margrave Strategies, and is working with the University of Maryland to turn College Park into a tech hub. The Washington Post After losing to the Houston Texans, 25-13, the Ravens' playoff chances have fallen to 32 percent according to…
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  • Industry Leader Joins Employment Background Investigations, Inc.

    HR Vendor News
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) is very pleased to welcome Larry White as the company’s new Chief Operations and Compliance Officer. Mr. White has more than 15 years of experience in the background screening industry. During that time, his organizations have been responsible for more than 35,000,000 background investigations and have assimilated 10 industry acquisitions. Most recently, White was the Vice President and COO of eVerifile in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served as VP of Strategic Planning for Yale Associates, as well as VP of the Workforce Solutions Unit for…
  • Interaction Associates Commits to Support Women in Business – IA Takes The Corporate Challenge pledge sponsored by Governor Deval Patrick and Bentley University

    HR Vendor News
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Interaction Associates, the global innovator of advanced methods to create collaborative workplaces and develop leadership for change, has signed on to advance women in business by taking December 22, 2014. BOSTON, MA – The Corporate Challenge, an initiative intended to enlist businesses to foster the advancement of women at all levels, including board positions. The Corporate Challenge is an invitation issued by Governor Patrick in cooperation with Bentley University and its Center for Women and Business (CWB). The Challenge is largely about being part of a community of companies…
  • ClearStar Announced as Platinum Sponsor of Profiles International 2015 World Conference

    HR Vendor News
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Waco, TX. December 18, 2014 – Global assessment solutions provider, Profiles International, will host their 23rd Annual World Conference, January 15-17 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Several sponsors are affiliated with this year’s conference. Background screening professionals, ClearStar have been announced as Platinum level sponsors. Other sponsors include RackSpace as a Gold sponsor, HR Smart as a Silver sponsor, and eSkill as a Bronze sponsor. Attendees will consist of clients, partners, and national directors from over 120 countries around the world. Guests will hear updates…
  • KellyOCG(R) Ranked in the Leader Segment in the NelsonHall NEAT Evaluation for Managed Services Programs (MSP)

    HR Vendor News
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    TROY, Mich. – (December 19, 2014) – KellyOCG(R), the outsourcing and consulting group of Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA, KELYB) has been ranked as a Leader in the NelsonHall NEAT Evaluation for Managed Services Programs (Wider Talent Management Focus market segment). “KellyOCG placed in the MSP Leader segment for its strength in providing clients with labor research to support sourcing decisions as well as transition and technology capability, analytics, workforce planning, and talent management consulting services,” said Elizabeth Rennie, Research Director at…
  • Wellness Corporate Solutions Hires Brendan Miller as Executive Vice President of Business Development

    HR Vendor News
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    BETHESDA, MD. – Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce that Brendan Miller joined the organization December 1, 2014, as Executive Vice President of Business Development. In this role, he oversees the company’s business development and sales efforts. Over the course of his extensive healthcare career, Miller has acquired extensive knowledge of the wellness, health insurance, employer, pharmaceutical, IT, and hospital industries, and earned a track record of forging strong business partnerships and generating significant revenue growth. For 13-plus years he has led…
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  • Unplugging From Social Media During the Holidays

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Lots of friends are burned out by Twitter, Facebook and all the assorted social media sites on the web. I get it. It’s the holidays. And even on a normal day, it’s weird. I’m on the social web for a living, and I get scared off by people who come at me like a heart attack. Especially men. Frequency gets mistaken for intimacy. Presence gets confused with availability. And it can get messy. Remember that it’s not a device or platform that is driving you bananas. It’s human behavior. Right now, your phone and tablet devices are making you crazy. In 20 years, it…
  • Friends at Work

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    I just told a reporter that I might still have a job in human resources if I had friends at work. That feels true, on the surface, because I always had more enemies than buddies. Work was a hassle, and nobody liked me. I came back from getting married, and only one person congratulated me. I looked around and thought, my god, these women are monsters! I know two things to be true now that I’m a little older and calmer. Nobody wants to befriend a toxic whiner who hates her job. Nobody wants a needy friend. Trying harder to be “likeable” only made it worse. I also know that,…
  • “Volunteering for My Homeowner’s Association”

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    I remember being a punk-ass 22-year-old kid and laughing at people who included “volunteering for my homeowner’s association” on their resumes. That’s so lame. Who puts that on a resume, right? Well, since that time, I’ve bought and sold a few houses. While some homeowner’s associations are full of fundamentalist weirdos, my neighbors are okay. Well, as much as I know about them. I keep my distance. I don’t have children. I don’t want to be that weird woman at the 4th of July party who is a little too friendly with the elementary school kids.
  • HR Technology Trends in 2015

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    I just leafed through a report on “HR Technology Trends for 2015″ that made me laugh so hard. Apparently, everything is going So+Lo+Mo … because we live in an episode of Silicon Valley. I can’t wait to tell the teacher in Indianapolis or the oil worker in Billings that 2015 will be the year when their employer invests in recruiting, onboarding and talent management platforms that are social, mobile and local. I am sure most American workers would say thanks but no thanks. You can take that capital investment and give me a decent raise, instead. Let me be the first to…
  • Leadership Trends in 2015

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    There are some days when I think leadership is about character. Then there are some days when I think leadership is all about developing unique skills and exercising adept, creative thinking. But after having spent time around leaders in 2014 — and appointing myself as leader of a merry band of miscreants in the HR consulting world — I know that leadership goes beyond articles in Fast Company and Forbes. Here are my thoughts on leadership trends for 2015. Diversity Matters I always tell my clients, “You can’t grow if you don’t know.” You think your company…
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  • Blog Post: People Management end of year quote quiz

    Cathryn Newbery
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:13 am
    Take a break from the festive frivolities with our end of year quiz Can you remember who said what in 2014? Answers can be found at the bottom of the page – but no cheating! Tweet your results to us @PeopleMgt using hashtag #PMquiz 1. On work-life balance  "Working 24/7 is the same as coming to work drunk" A. Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post B. Actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow C. Facebook COO and Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg   2. On nightmare job candidates "Somebody who walks in with a kick-ass CV, but hasn't bothered to wash…
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  • As prices of natural resources drop, GCC must invest in human resources - Zawya (registration)

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    As prices of natural resources drop, GCC must invest in human resourcesZawya (registration)First, build better HR departments. Research by OSC suggests that world-class HR departments would yield an extra $14 billion in GCC-listed company profits per year. According to OSC's 'HRM in the GCC' report, a world-class HR team adds 12% to a ...
  • Martha Desmond named Apollo Tyres' new head of human resources -

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    Martha Desmond named Apollo Tyres' new head of human resourcesTyrepress.comMartha Desmond has been appointed Apollo Tyres' new chief human resources officer. She replaces Tapan Mitra, who retires from the role at the end of the year, and is based in the company's office in London, reporting to vice-chairman and managing ...
  • Getting to know ... a human resources director - Delphos Herald

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Delphos HeraldGetting to know ... a human resources directorDelphos HeraldTwenty-years ago she moved into the office of human resources director and has been there ever since. “I enjoyed working for Community Health Professionals,” Boggs said. “I knew a lot about the position. I enjoyed working with my co-workers and Donna.and more »
  • Human Resources Manager - Pro Bono Australia

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Human Resources ManagerPro Bono AustraliaThis challenging Greenfields role in the not-for-profit sector will suit an experienced, collaborative and versatile Human Resources Manager who can influence and inspire, and realise workforce potential in pursuit of a stated organisational objective
  • Commissioners approve human resources raise, reclassification - Coos Bay World

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Commissioners approve human resources raise, reclassificationCoos Bay WorldCOQUILLE — Coos County commissioners on Friday approved a 5 percent raise and job reclassification for the county's human resources position during a special work session designed to address the long-standing issue. Shari Jackson, who has served as ...and more »
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  • This social media policy sure seems shaky, don’t you think?

    Christian Schappel
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    It seems policy makers for the town of South Pittsburg, TN, may not have been paying attention.  Overly-restrictive social media policies have been getting shredded recently, mostly by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition, they’ve been sparking a number of First Amendment debates in courtrooms across America. As a result, it’s a dangerous time for employers to be freewheeling and heavy-handed when creating social media policies. But that didn’t stop South Pittsburg’s administrators from crafting an official resolution banning the town’s…
  • Absenteeism could be eating up 22% of your total payroll costs

    Tim Gould
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Everybody’s aware of the disruptive effect of employee absenteeism. But how much does absenteeism really cost?   Employee absences have a moderate to large impact on productivity and revenue, according to 75% of respondents to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) study. The Total Financial Impact of Employee Absences Survey was conducted in collaboration with and commissioned by Kronos Incorporated. It found that the direct cost of paid time off for full-time employees in 2013 — accounting for wages, overtime and replacement workers — was equivalent to 15.4% of…
  • Brace for new OT rules now, says former DOL admin

    Christian Schappel
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    The FLSA’s new “white-collar” exemptions that are expected to drastically expand who’s entitled to overtime pay are expected to be released very soon — and a former DOL administrator has offered a sneak peak at what they’ll look like.  Tammy McCutchen was instrumental in drafting the most recent changes to the OT regs (enacted in 2004), she also participated in a number of recent “listening sessions: with DOL Secretary Thomas Perez on the current rulemaking. And recently, she shared with SHRM Online some advice for employers regarding the upcoming…
  • What were they thinking? Charity used the homeless as unpaid labor

    Tim Gould
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    Here’s a story that could kill your holiday spirit: A charity for the homeless has been sending its clients to work the concession stands at Tampa Bay Buccaneers football games — for no pay.  According to a story in the Tampa Bay Times, the charity, New Beginnings, was sending its destitute residents to work unpaid concessions shifts at local professional sporting events and concerts to bring money back to the program. The homeless individuals apparently worked at Raymond James Stadium in exchange for their shelter. Apparently, New Beginnings had similar deals with other Tampa…
  • Top 5 Applicant Tracking Software – Get Reviews, Free Demos & Price Quotes

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    The recruitment process can be arduous for both employers and candidates. From sourcing candidates to tracking current applicants and ultimately hiring the ideal candidate, an ATS will reduce the time and expense of hiring new employees for both HR departments as well as recruiting and staffing agencies. There are hundreds of ATS solutions currently on the market, with different solutions for organizations of different sizes, industries and hiring models. Software Advice’s team of independent experts have reviewed more than 60 applicant tracking systems and are ready to provide you with…
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  • my boss lies about deadlines, my work crush is upset with me, and more

    Ask a Manager
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My boss lies about deadlines I’ve noticed that my boss uses lying about deadlines to members of our team and external service providers as his tool to get things done… and I hate it. It’s effective because folks are working to meet a false deadline that, even when missed, will meet the real deadline. Unfortunately, it creates this energy of chaos/being overwhelmed plus in my opinion, incompetence (folks miss the fake deadline with no repercussions) and lack of integrity. I realize that a good manager gets results, so do…
  • Sunday free-for-all – December 21, 2014

    Ask a Manager
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly non-work only; if you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.) Have at it. Sunday free-for-all – December 21, 2014 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • update: a company I want to work for blocked me on social media

    Ask a Manager
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Remember the letter-writer who got blocked on social media by a company she wanted to work for (after blogging about them and tagging them on Twitter)? Here’s the update. For those who wondered, I applied and did land an interview. I was pretty excited, as it was a job posting from this company that originally brought the desired industry to my attention in the first place. Unfortunately, the experience once I got there was quite disappointing. I felt out of place from the minute I walked in the door (the building was very artsy, and mostly occupied by techy hipsters). It took several…
  • 4 updates from readers

    Ask a Manager
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Here are four more updates from letter-writers who had their questions answered here this year. 1. How to respond to an anonymous note that says a temp is stealing Unfortunately my update is not all that exciting. The person who was accused of stealing resigned a few months after my letter, entirely voluntarily. We hired a new admin who controls all of the receipts, and at my request I was able to hand off all purchasing to that person. We never got to the bottom of who sent those emails. I have my guesses, but no concrete evidence. As far as I know, no further anonymous emails have been…
  • is this request from a networking contact weird?

    Ask a Manager
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    A reader writes: I am transitioning out of my current career (military) and am in the job search process. I recently received a LinkedIn connection request from someone who claims to run a nonprofit to help veterans in my particular skill area find civilian jobs. From his profile, he looks pretty legitimate, with lots of recommendations from people he’s helped in the past. However, I can’t really find any information about his nonprofit on the web, except for a couple of blog posts that only mention his name and the nonprofit’s name. He then sent me a message telling me to…
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  • Your supervisor doesn’t have to stop your mean co-worker

    Evil HR Lady
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am having an issue at work with a coworker at work that I am hoping you can help me with.  This coworker is constantly coming to assumptions that I am doing my job wrong and blaming me for things.  Most of the time she is blaming me for things that are not my fault.  After I do my research about an incident she is blaming me for I find out I am not the one to blame.  She assumes the worst in people and is constantly blaming people for things without doing her due diligence.  Her accusations and rude comments are effecting my confidence at work. I emailed her and explained my thoughts…
  • How You Should Manage Depression in the Workplace

    Evil HR Lady
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    While holiday cheer is a great thing for many of us, some of us suffer from depression, and the holidays can be an additional stressor. “High expectations, money woes, and other holiday hazards can spell trouble for anyone, but especially those prone to depression,” according to So, what should you do in the office? What warning signs should you look for in your employees? I turned to Licensed Professional Counselor, Stephanie Meldrum, to help guide managers through what can be a difficult situation. She immediately set me straight: “We wouldn’t write an…
  • Will asking for a bullying policy make me a target?

    Evil HR Lady
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    After a nasty episode with a Director at our organization (I am not a director so there is a power imbalance here), I am considering asking our HR department to adopt a workplace bullying policy similar to the one SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) has in their archives of samples and templates. I reviewed our employee manual and I saw that only legal, protected classes and categories are actionable by our organization — race, disability, gender, nationality, etc. There is no existing policy on bullying and uncivil behavior in general. My question: will I be potentially seen…
  • 5 Ways to Maximize Productivity During the Holidays

    Evil HR Lady
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    While on the one hand, December can be an extremely productive month when you consider all aspects of your life, it can be a complete drag at work because you’re doing so much shopping, cooking, and party organizing outside of work. This can make you tired and tempted to slack off at work. Unfortunately, though, that’s not great for business. What can you do to maximize your productivity, even when jingle bells are ringing? Laura Stack, the “Productivity Pro” has 5 suggestions for keeping productivity high when time and energy is low. To read Laura’s tips, click…
  • Getting into a fight with your boss

    Evil HR Lady
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    My employer and I got into an argument because he accused me and another employee of being nonproductive. At the end of the day, he called me into the office and asked me why do I follow behind people etc…. He was acting unlike himself. I said if you don’t like the way I work fire me he said OK your fired don’t return tomorrow. I said OK he then followed me calling me back into the office saying I’m a good employee, but he is going to be cracking down on everybody. I walked out he pushed me I screamed and cried. He said I pushed you out of love to make you better. He…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • Hackers Suck! Sony Can’t Win.

    Jason Pankow
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m feeling really bad for Sony right now.  They didn’t ask for all of this.  All they did was make a movie about a scum bag dictator in order to score some laughs.  Now, here they sit in a no-win situation. Let’s recap.  Because of an upcoming movie called The Interview, hackers crack into Sony.  They steal a ton of e-mails and make it public.  Bad PR ensues.  Soon after, the hackers turn into terrorists and start making threats to movie theaters and the patrons who frequent them should The Interview be released.  Movie theater chains refuse to show the movie.
  • RESOLVED: Working Less in 2015

    Steve Boese
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    As we wind down 2014 and you as an HR/Talent professional naturally take some time to assess the performance and productivity of the assembled talent in your organization (as well as review your own personal performance), there is one piece of workforce management advice that I would like to give that might seem counter-intuitive. Here it is: In 2015 you (and the people in your organization) should resolve to work less. Some backstory that leads us to that recommendation: For some time now, researchers (as well as many of our own experience and anecdotal evidence), suggest that after some…
  • Kris Dunn asks Feeling Flat on Performance Reviews? You Need Stacked Ranking…

    Kris Dunn
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    It’s December and it’s time to do performance reviews.  You’re tired.  You just want to go on vacation, and you really don’t know where to start to distinguish between Johnny and Jenny from a performance perspective. Sucks to be you. You need Stacked Ranking. A lot of you just flinched because you’ve been trained that stacked ranking is dirty and ultimately gets your company sued.  You’re right, but only if it’s done a certain way – the JackWelch way – which says that someone on the bottom has to get fired. But throwing Stacked Ranking…
  • Hired 4 Life

    William Tincup
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    This article will make your brain hurt, but the payoff will be… well, hopefully… worth it. Imagine a different world for the next 5 minutes. Imagine that with every single hire you made, you did so for life. Yep, lifelong appointment! So any open position becomes a decision that you’ll live with until you or that hire dies. In particular, what would be different about whom and how you hire? I’ll throw out some ideas, but I won’t hit them all. - Candidate Experience – The candidate/employee won’t be transitory… what do you want them to feel, see,…
  • Laurie Ruettimann talks HR Technology Trends in 2015

    Laurie Ruettimann
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    I just leafed through a report on “HR Technology Trends for 2015″ that made me laugh so hard. Apparently, everything is going So+Lo+Mo … because we live in an episode of Silicon Valley. I can’t wait to tell the teacher in Indianapolis or the oil worker in Billings that 2015 will be the year when their employer invests in recruiting, onboarding and talent management platforms that are social, mobile and local. I am sure most American workers would say thanks but no thanks. You can take that capital investment and give me a decent raise, instead. Let me be the first to pat myself on the…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • Trumptonshire 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Many people were dismayed to find out that Trumpton has an active UKIP branch and a number of other extreme parties. It’s not really surprising, though, because, like everywhere else, Trumptonshire has changed quite a bit in the last few decades. Camberwick Green At first sight, Camberwick Green looks the same as it did 50 years ago. It’s only when you go into the village and look closely that the changes become apparent. The old cottages are much tidier now. No peeling paint or badly fitting doors. That’s because most of the inhabitants are now weekenders or wealthy…
  • The rise of the highly skilled but low paid worker

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:25 pm
    More weird stuff from the labour market. This chart from the OBR’s recent Economic and fiscal outlook shows how the wage distribution has shifted downwards over the last four years. Although, the number of people in work is higher than it was four years ago, there are now fewer people earning over £20,000 a year (at 2014 prices) than there were in 2010. That’s really odd when you look at the growth in employment by occupational group over the same period. The OBR chart is based on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), which is produced in April. If we take the March…
  • The legend of the free labour market

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    In a piece on the death of liberalism last week, Ed West wrote: English liberalism….grew out of parliamentary tradition [and] a free market in land and labour… I wouldn’t normally take issue with a tangential line in an article which was mostly about something else but this idea that there was once a time when this country had free and unregulated markets is a persistent one. I’ll leave someone else to deal with land, if they feel inclined, but when it comes to labour, state intervention in the market is nothing new. Almost as soon as the feudal laws tying people to…
  • Watercooler notices

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    New search button I keep getting emails and notes on Twitter asking me where to find posts I wrote months or even years ago. Proper bloggers tend to put things in categories but I never got round to it and it’s too late to start now. Eventually, it got to the point where even I couldn’t find stuff so I’ve installed a search button in the top right hand corner. This should help people (and especially me) dig out my ramblings from days gone by. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get round to it. Blog celebration Next March will be this blog’s 8th anniversary.
  • In defence of the OBR

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Treasury Select Committee were grilling the Office for Budget Responsibility last week. Rudely, by the sounds of it. Asa Bennett quoted this from OBR boss Robert Chote: Getting economic forecasting right is like “trying to pin a tail on a very rapidly moving donkey”, OBR’s Chote tells MPs. Quite the image… — Asa Bennett (@asabenn) December 10, 2014 With impressive speed, Simon Heath drew this: The OBR comes in for a lot of criticism but some of it is unreasonable. It always makes makes it clear that its forecasts could change and that any number of factors could…
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  • HR Technology Conference 2014: HCM Roundtable

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

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

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

  • New assignment - focused on employer branding leveraging social media

    Gautam Ghosh
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    Here's an update - I have joined Flipkart as Director - Talent Branding. In this role, I would be driving the Talent Branding initiatives of Flipkart across various talent segments. I would also be responsible for creating, enhancing, maintaining virtual presence of Flipkart's Talent Acquisition team through channels like career site, job portals, and social platformsHere's the coverage on Social SamosaAnd yes, I have relocated to Bangalore and looking forward to my third stint in the city :)If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on…
  • HR Director salaries in India

    Gautam Ghosh
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    So I was poking about the Payscale site yesterday and discovered this chart about HR Director salaries in India reported by 260 individuals apparently with that designation.Human Resources (HR) Director Salary (India)Compare your salary. Get a FREE salary report »My first thought, some thing is wrong.Yes, it is a crowdsourced report and there can be people overstating their designations (and as someone pointed out) maybe smaller firms gave fancier designations and low salary.But the low end and the median look too low - or maybe the data is skewed. What do you think?If you want to talk to me…
  • "Like" my Facebook page - 2000 and counting

    Gautam Ghosh
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:18 am
    In case you don't know, I operate a Facebook page called, er, quite unimaginatively "Gautam Ghosh" where I share interesting news and updates linked to HR, the future of work and careers.So if you want to be updated about what I am reading and finding interesting these days - just head over to that page and "like" it :)At the most I post twice a day - and with Facebook's algorithms working the way they are, it's likely you might not even see an update :) If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page |…
  • Top 50 HR Blogs to read in 2015

    Gautam Ghosh
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    The folks at HR Software Insight compiled a list of top 50 HR Blogs to read in 2015 and this blog was listed there :)Yeah, that makes me happy :)Go ahead check out the list - there are many high quality blogs that you might love subscribing to ! If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • The collaboration code. #ihrchat in the news

    Gautam Ghosh
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    If you're in HR and active on Twitter then you know that there's an active Twitter chat called #ihrchat moderated by Tanvi Gautam. Last week the topic was on collaboration and the guest was Essar Group's HR Head Aadil Malia.Tanvi then also wrote an article recaping the chat for Mint. And yours truly is quoted :)Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh), a social media HR leader, noted how the archetype of the lone creator was a myth, yet organizations often didn’t reward collaboration. Ghosh shared the way to an information and image management model that lays out the life cycle of…
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  • Telecommuting Is Not a Profession

    Sharlyn Lauby
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    I recently ran across an article talking about the “honest truths of the telecommuting profession.” The article went on to explain that individuals who telecommute need to be self-motivated, have excellent prioritization skills and exceptional communication skills. The reason that I’m not sharing this article with you is because telecommuting is not a profession. We don’t say, “I want to be a telecommuter when I grow up.” We don’t run job openings for “telecommuters”. A profession is defined as a paid occupation that usually involves some sort of training, education, or…
  • Know Your Limits – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries — including more than half of the Fortune 1000 — use Kronos to control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity. Learn more at Enjoy the post!) Now that the U.S. mid-term elections are over, I figured it was safe to post this Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos. It made me smile. Political humor aside, it also spoke to me about…
  • Are You Playing Chess or Checkers With Your Career

    Sharlyn Lauby
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    At this year’s SilkRoad Connections conference, Ryan Estis asked a question that stuck with me. Are you playing chess or checkers with your career? Think about it. Playing checkers implies that we’re only thinking one move ahead. Chess means that we’re thinking several moves ahead. There’s nothing wrong with either one of them. There have been times in my career when I’ve played checkers. I wanted more money, better benefits, shorter commute, etc. The next job accomplished those things. I’ve also played chess. I’ve taken a lateral in pay in exchange for new responsibilities.
  • Everything #HR Needs to Know About “The Cloud”

    Sharlyn Lauby
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Over 12,000 organizations run in the KronosCloud including Briggs & Stratton, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. Enjoy the post!) There’s lots of talk in the business world about “the cloud.” Companies say we should “move to the cloud” or “store stuff in the cloud”, etc. But I wonder if everyone knows what that means. Honestly, I have to admit, there are…
  • The Fine Line Between Job Hopping and Career Growth [infographic] – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    12 Dec 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!) Let me tell you a little career secret. Sometimes the way to earn more money is to change jobs. I know – it may sound counter-intuitive but it’s true. That being said, there’s a fine line between job hopping for the sake of a few dollars and making the strategic decision to change…
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    Symbolist Intelligence

  • My Wishes for 2015

    paul hebert
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
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  • Engagement, Satisfaction and Happiness At Work – The Devil’s Triad

    paul hebert
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
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  • Top 5 Recognition Predictions for 2065

    paul hebert
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
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  • Even Google Needs Some Humans In Its Human Resources

    paul hebert
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
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  • Guiding Employee Behavior – The 3 Things to do in 2015

    paul hebert
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • The Canary Trap, or, how to plug an information leak

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    This is possibly, actually almost certainly, my favorite story of 2014. It involves basketball, information security, organizational intrigue, and espionage tactics. And it just might be a helpful example for you if you are faced with a 'leaker', i.e., someone on the team who can't seem to keep private and proprietary information private. So here is the story, recounted in this piece from Business Insider: The NBA Used an Espionage Trick Known as 'Canary Trap' to Catch Teams Leaking to the Media The National Basketball Association fined Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe…
  • The disconnect between the skills that get you hired and the jobs most workers have

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Wow, that was a long post title. Sorry. The post won't be that long at all, trust me. All I want you to do is look at two charts and then draw your own conclusions about the significance, if any. The first, courtesy of the world's largest professional network, LinkedIn, who published some data they call 'The 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired in 2014', (from an analysis of member skills, employment changes, and recruiter interest on LinkedIn).  Here is the chart: Now for the second chart I'd like to bring to your attention, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics a look at the Top 10…
  • Show and tell

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    The 'Steve Jobs was an amazingly creative thinker and leader' anecdotes will seemingly not be stopping anytime soon, and that is probably just fine. One of the latest, and that particularly caught my attention was related in this recent piece on Business Insider, Here's the Simple Yet Brilliant Challenge Steve Jobs Posed to Employees During Product Meetings. Here is an excerpt from the BI piece: Ken Rosen, a managing partner at consulting agency Performance Works, which worked with Jobs at Apple and at NeXT, shared one way Jobs was able to get the NeXT team thinking about…
  • UPDATE: The ADP Workforce Vitality Index

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Back at the HR Technology Conference in October, the folks at ADP introduced their latest measurement of the pulse and health of the American workforce and labor market, called the ADP Workforce Vitality Index. The Index is compiled by the professionals at the ADP Research Institute and provides quarterly measure of U.S. workforce dynamics that looks at key labor market indicators, such as employment growth, job turnover, wage growth and hours worked. This free report yields insights into workforce dynamics and trends than previously available -the index includes lots of key metrics on…
  • LEAKED: Two observations from the Sony Pictures hack

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    I am sure you have heard or read about the widespread hack and subsequent leaks of massive amounts of corporate information like email archives and other sensitive organizational (and HR) data at Sony Pictures. If you would like to be familiar, or at least caught up, a useful timeline of the hack and the leaks, (which appear to be ongoing), is here. Embarrassing email exchanges, written potshots being taken at various industry players, and even a dump (in the form of an Excel spreadsheet), of salary and other HR data for the organization's executives. A mess. And seemingly not going anywhere,…
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  • Why Your Social Recruiting Isn’t Working

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Question: Recruiting top talent has always been a challenge in my company. But with the emergence of new social recruiting tactics, we’re turning to online communities and platforms to source candidates faster and easier. But despite all our efforts, our social recruiting strategy is still not working as we’d like it to. Where have we gone wrong, and how can we make social recruiting work for us? Thanks! Hussain S. Answer: Hi, Hussain. These days, social recruiting is the new norm. In fact, it’s more important now than ever to have a great presence online and use online platforms for…
  • ما الذي يجب أن تعرفه حول لوحة معلومات أصحاب العمل الجديدة؟

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    ليس لديك وقت كافي للقيام بكافة المهام؟ يمكنك الآن القيام ببحث سريع عن السير الذاتية من خلال لوحة المعلومات مباشرةً. ستتمكن، من خلال أداة البحث السريع عن السير الذاتية، من الإطلاع على قاعدة بياناتنا الضخمة التي تتضمن أكثر من 18 مليون باحث عن عمل وذلك عبر استخدام كلمة رئيسية معينة، أو المسمى الوظيفي المستهدف، أو مكان السكن و/أو…
  • صفات موظف المبيعات المتميز

    Reem Boudraa
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    1. التمتع بالشغف والحماس 2. التمتع بمهارات استماع جيدة 3. تحمّل الضغط 4. الشعور بالملكية 5. متابعة العملاء باستمرار
  • The Five Traits of a Great Salesperson

    Reem Boudraa
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Photo credit: Reyner Media Even in these digitized times, business processes still require sound people skills. That’s particularly true in sales, the pillar of all successful companies. Salespeople can reap significant professional rewards if they display the right traits. So what separates a good salesperson from a great one? Here are some common traits of the most successful salespeople: 1. Enthusiasm Great salespeople are always in a good mood – even during difficult times – and their enthusiasm is contagious. They never talk poorly of their company or their clients. When faced with…
  • What You Need to Know About the New Employer Dashboard

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am is rolling out a brand-new new dashboard for its employers. The new Employer Dashboard will make your hiring process much faster, easier and smarter, and will give you an at-a-glance view of the activity on your account. Here is a simple guide on how to use the new Employer Dashboard: Do a Quick CV Search Don’t have too much time on your hands? Now you can perform a quick CV search right on your dashboard. With the Quick CV Search tool you can sift through our vast database of over 18 million job seekers simply by using a keyword, target job title, residence location and/or…
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    The Human Resources Field Guide

  • Infographic: 'Tis The Season

    Erik Smetana
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The office holiday party can be a highlight of the winter season or a dreaded "event" depending on where and who you work with; and if you work in my office its planning and logistics are a form of initiation if you've joined our team since the previous year's celebration. With that in mind as I watch my colleagues and employees ramp up for this year's party, I wanted to share the following infographic courtesy of Tiny Prints to help party planners new and old as they choose between catered or potluck, ugly sweaters, onsite or off, and the multitude of other decisions that go into a…
  • Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three

    Erik Smetana
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a matter of honesty, I'm historically awful when it comes to test preparation. It's one of those areas that despite knowing the criticality of being at my best, I tend to be lackluster. Give me a project or a team to lead or a strategic challenge and I'm nose down, laser focused, full-on ninja mode. Give me an exam, I start skipping through fields of pretty flowers a la Sound of Music in my head looking for anything to do that isn't test preparation. This bad habit has been with me since high school when I was fortunate to not need extensive prep time for most of my classes, it carried…
  • 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…
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  • Mentoring That Scales: Avoid 6 Common Mistakes

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In this white paper, you will learn how to solve the greatest challenges we see organizations face as they attempt to scale their mentoring program, while at the same time improving employee engagement and satisfaction.Read this white paper and you will take away:The six greatest hurdles a growing mentoring program facesActionable solutions to overcoming each of these challenges How mentoring can help human resources attract and retain top talentRequest Free!
  • Mentoring That Works: Avoid 6 Common Mistakes

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In this white paper, you will learn how to solve the greatest challenges we see organizations face as they attempt to implement an effective mentoring program that can improve employee engagement and satisfaction. From this white paper, you will take away:The six greatest mentoring program hurdlesActionable solutions to overcoming each of these challengesHow mentoring can help human resources attract and retain top talentRequest Free!
  • Why HR Technology Design Matters: 5 Things to Look for in a Solution Your Employees Will Love to Use

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This brand new visual guide spotlights five UX features to watch out for in a solution your employees will love to use. From more information with fewer clicks to gamified elements that engage employees, these cornerstones of UX design will be found in the devices and software we rely on every day to “just work.”Look for these five things in an HCM solution your people will love.Request Free!
  • Global Data Privacy

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    With very different laws governing the U.S., the EU, and a variety of individual countries, keeping up with the latest regulations can be a full-time job in itself. It's now more important than ever to expertly navigate the maze of global data privacy laws in order to ensure compliance for your organization worldwide.Learn how your business can be proactive in complying with international regulations like the EU Data Protection Directive, Safe Harbor, PIPEDA in Canada, and more.Request Free!
  • 10 Questions to Ask About Human Capital Management in the Cloud

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Moving an entire aspect of your organization's infrastructure to the cloud might seem like a daunting proposition. Use these must-ask questions as a checklist and you can learn everything you need to know to make an informed, confident decision.Request Free!
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    Staffing Advisors

  • Nonprofit VP of HR: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who is your competition for that association or nonprofit VP of Human Resources job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the…
  • Nonprofit HR Director: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Who is your competition for that association or nonprofit Director of Human Resources job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on…
  • Nonprofit HR Manager/Generalist: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Who is your competition for that association or nonprofit Human Resources Manager or HR Generalist job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we’ve collected from our executive searches for Human Resources…
  • Nonprofit HR Coordinator: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Who is your competition for that association or nonprofit Human Resources Coordinator or Administrator job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we’ve collected from our searches for Human Resources…
  • Career Development and Advancement Aren’t the Same Thing

    Mitch Corlett
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most of us still associate career development and advancement very strongly — that the only way to develop your career is to keep climbing up that ladder. We even imply someone’s in a failed career when we say they are in a “dead-end job.” Yet other professions remain satisfied with their jobs, despite minimal available advancement. Such as professors, once they’ve reached tenure.  Or entrepreneurs that opened a small company that they love, but feel no need to forever expand. Or medical professionals – my wife is a physical…
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    Employment Intelligence

  • Exclusive Survey Forecasts Pay Raises of 3% in 2015

    Peggy Carter-Ward
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many Employers Tying Pay to Performance, According to New XpertHR US Pay Planning Survey Two in every three employers are set to increase pay rates in the year ahead, with most looking to award an extra 3% in 2015, according… continue
  • HR’s Five Biggest Year-End Employee Termination Mistakes

    Michael Jacobson
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bah humbug. It takes a special kind of Scrooge to terminate employees during the holiday season, but alas, the end of the Gregorian calendar often coincides with budget reevaluation and/or employee performance appraisals, making the holiday season a potential minefield… continue
  • Key Payroll Reminders for Employers in 2015

    Rena Pirsos
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    With the holiday season upon us, HR and payroll departments are heavily focused on closing out the year’s payroll and preparing for 2015. Employers must update various processes and systems in order to implement annual changes in employment tax forms… continue
  • Five Key Employment Law Differences Global Employers Need to Know

    Melissa Silver
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Since globalization is the new norm, many US-based employers need to manage not only local employees, but employees working abroad who may be entitled to either greater or lesser protections than employees working in the US. As a result, HR… continue
  • Succession Planning: How Deep Is Your Bench?

    Marta Moakley
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Championship contenders know one thing well:  each and every team player must be ready, willing and able to step up to the challenge if a team member should be unable to perform. Having backups that are ready to step in… continue
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Do I Need to Run Background Checks on My Seasonal Workers?

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Most business owners and HR departments know the saying that a happy employee is also a productive one. One well-known psychologist, Martin Seligman,claims that feeling of happiness is 60% dependent on your genetics and environment, while 40% depends on your attitude. The American Happiness Association offers similar numbers, saying 60% of a person’s happiness is […]
  • Staying One Step Ahead of Wage and Hour Lawsuits

    Dianne Shaddock
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Unpaid wages and overtime lawsuits continue to increase as more employees file claims against their employers for not abiding by the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to ADP Research Institute, 90% of employment related lawsuits involve disputes centered on wage and hour related issues. The facts show that […]
  • Managers: Do You Recognize These Five Personality Types?

    Dianne Shaddock
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I truly believe (and it has been my experience) that most employees bring their best selves to work.  Employees are generally very committed to doing a great job for the organization and in many cases will go above and beyond to ensure that the company is successful. But the reality is that as a manager, […]
  • The Tax Implications of Giving Staff Holiday Gifts

    Dianne Shaddock
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The holiday season is traditionally a time when many employers hand out cash bonuses, awards and non-monetary gifts to employees. If you are planning on gifting employees this year, make sure you are aware of all the tax implications when doing so. The Internal Revenue Service treats most cash gifts and awards as additional W-2 […]
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    In Full Bloom

  • A Bloom’s Christmas: Inventory Management And Retail Retold

    Naomi Bloom
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    [Disclosure: If you think you’ve read something very similar before, you’re quite right.  And you may read an updated version in the future.  I learned so much about business, absorbed it through my pores, as I worked at Bloom’s Camera (later, Bloom’s Photo Supply and then just Bloom’s, Inc.), lingered at my grandmother’s kitchen table after Friday night Shabbat meals where all the important decisions were made for that business, and was then apprenticed to all the other small businesses run by various relatives.  I went on buying trips to New York for the fancy ladies wear…
  • A Great Miracle Happened Here! — Chanukah 2014 Wishes For HR Tech in 2015

    Naomi Bloom
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Elegant Dreidel I Always Wanted Take Your Chances, Win Some Gelt Have you ever played the Chanukah game of spin the dreidel?  Did you know that the four letters, one on each side of the dreidel, make up a phrase that translates to “a great miracle happened here.” Chanukah celebrates the miracle of freedom, a celebration not of a military victory but rather of the miracle of G-d’s attention to the details of everyday life.  Although the celebration of Christmas often falls in the same period of the Gregorian calendar as does Chanukah, and although we Jews may have…
  • A Rare (For Me) Commentary On Very Small Market US Payroll Tech

    Naomi Bloom
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Payroll — You Can Laugh or You Can Cry Background This post was inspired by a recent discussion among the Enterprise Irregulars.   It began when one of our members called our attention to a recent story about ZenPayroll’s  impressive roster of successful Silly Valley (my term for the group think or herd instinct often found in the Bay Area) entrepreneurs who had become investors.  His inquiry: “Hyperbole aside, this is an impressive list of Valley investors for a space that’s admittedly crowded already with a number of “next-gen” payroll tech…
  • Applications Integration — Core HR And Talent Management

    Naomi Bloom
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    ALL CREDIT GOES TO JOSH BERSIN FOR THIS GREAT IMAGE. [Looking for an appropriate image to convey the necessity of deep integration across core HR (whose system’s name is HRMS) and talent management (whose system’s name is usually abbreviated TM), I remembered this really terrific graphic from Josh Bersin.  Giving tremendous credit where it’s due, this graphic is from an equally terrific post by Josh entitled: “Workday 10: Talent Management And HRMS Converge and dated in March, 2010 (and doesn’t it seem almost quaint to be referencing Workday 10?).  I…
  • Reprise: Thanksgiving 2014, Marc Benioff’s 1-1-1, And Immigration Reform

    Naomi Bloom
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Classic Windowsill Tzedakah Box Being both Jewish and American presents me with two major opportunities (so Rosh Hashanah and now Thanksgiving) each year to reflect on how very fortunate I am to live in this amazing country and on what I can do to make it better.  For all the problems we’ve got, and they are daunting, we are so very blessed to be here. For my earliest Thanksgivings posts, I focused just on counting my own personal blessings, and I plan to do that again.  But more recently I’ve also addressed the second part of this holiday’s message, the giving part.  And…
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • What Will 2015 Bring? Find out soon.

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

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

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:03 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…
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    Performancepoint, LLC.

  • Engagement Surveys: A little less data, a little more insight please

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    You are finished with your employee engagement survey.  All of the data is collected and reports are run.  Now what? You are going to want to work on what will have the most impact over the next year? There are is only one way to achieve this goal. Connect your engagement factors to performance indicators such as revenue, profitability, productivity, and turnover. Some organizations turn to consulting firms like ours that have already facilitated this process in a generic manner across many data points, and others want to create a more targeted correlation based on their business.
  • Is your hiring process valid?

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    A productive selection process is a valid process. Let me define the term “valid” clearly. In the case of a selection, evidence of validity means the selection process demonstrates that it: Makes sense to all parties including the candidate; Is reflective of the job and the tasks associated with the job; Measures content that is reflective of the job; Is predictive of success; and Measures what it intends to measure. A strong selection process contributes to decisions, positive or negative, that reflect a candidate’s ability to do a job and be productive in the organizational culture.
  • Dear Social Media Peeps

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    Dear Social Media Peeps, If you put yourself out there expect people to respond. Otherwise don’t put yourself out there. Social media is social by nature. People share, discuss, learn etc. We cannot exist in a vacuum. It is okay if you want to be on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. and not engage in controversial topics. Plenty of people do that. I have seen many a picture of someone’s oatmeal they made that morning. AlI I am saying is don’t post stuff that is provocative and expect everyone to agree. I only say this because I know someone who is doing that. He even asks people to…
  • Piss Poor Performance Revews

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    According to SHRM and NCMM most organizations give themselves a poor grade for managing performance reviews.  They cite a number of obstacles including: Time Lack of training More important priorities Varying appraisal standards What grade would you give your organization?  And why?
  • Why I Hate Mission Statements—But Love Missions

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    Ninety-nine percent of the mission statements out there are useless. Have you read them? Indeed, some read more like an essay than a statement. The Global Beauty Leader. We will build a unique portfolio of Beauty and related brands, striving to surpass our competitors in quality, innovation and value, and elevating our image to become the Beauty Company most women turn to worldwide. The Women’s Choice for Buying. We will become the destination store for women, offering the convenience of multiple brands and channels, and providing a personal high touch shopping experience that helps…
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    The Workforce Institute

  • SHRM/Kronos Study Says Absenteeism Hits Coworkers Hard

    Joyce Maroney
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Earlier this year, SHRM and Kronos conducted a study of the impact of employee absence on organizations and employees.  The holiday season is, of course, particularly hard hit with employee absences.  We’ve done research on this topic before, though the emphasis has been largely on the financial impact of absence.  This study, like the prior […] The post SHRM/Kronos Study Says Absenteeism Hits Coworkers Hard appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Didja Know Santa’s a Workforce Management Expert?

    Joyce Maroney
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    The post Didja Know Santa’s a Workforce Management Expert? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Employee Engagement During the Holidays

    Joyce Maroney
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    In the US, employee engagement can be especially challenging in the weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  Many workers want the same days off, and productivity can falter among those who remain on the job.For certain workers, the holidays bring a whole other set of set of variables: including working when other family members […] The post Employee Engagement During the Holidays appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Wearable Technology Tweet Chat Highlights

    Joyce Maroney
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    We had a very lively tweet chat today on the topic of wearable technology at work.  Per our recent global survey on this topic, adoption of this technology is still relatively low in the US, but larger and growing fast in other parts of the world.  Our survey respondents believe wearable tech may have benefits […] The post Wearable Technology Tweet Chat Highlights appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • When will (or did?) wearable technology come to your workplace?

    Joyce Maroney
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Wearable technology is not new, but the increasing functionality and decreasing size of wearable devices are spawning a growing industry.  Devices are increasingly smaller, more intelligent, and more wearable than in the past. They can collect more information including location information through GPS or access points and employee biometric data such as movement, heart rate, sleep […] The post When will (or did?) wearable technology come to your workplace? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • Do Service Awards Still Matter?

    Michael Haberman
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a sponsored blog post written by Jenny Watkins of the Terryberry Company.    I read an article the other day on service awards, and if I’m being honest, it kind of ticked me off.  The author starts out: “No worker has ever received an engraved plaque that read ‘Thanks for keeping your seat warm for 10 years.’  Yet that is the message employers send with awards for employees’ five, ten or 20-year anniversaries…”  I’ve read a few posts and articles now picking up on a similar theme– questioning the value of recognition for service milestones. I’d like to…
  • Future Friday: Looking forward to SHRM Atlanta and 7 steps to being a practical HR Futurist

    Michael Haberman
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have a presentation that I have done several times called “7 Steps to becoming a practical HR futurist.” I think it is important for Human Resources professionals to have an eye toward the future. And I am happy to announce that I will be presenting that as a session at the 25th Annual SHRM Atlanta on April 20 and 21, 2015. That is also why I write Future Friday. So it was interesting when I came across a post by futurist John B. Mahaffie of Leading Futurists LLC. entitled  “7 first steps for building an organization’s foresight”, it has some great steps and is not dissimilar to…
  • Seven ways working for a good company is like having a good marriage

    Michael Haberman
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    A good job can be like a good marriage. Today is my wedding anniversary! Now you may think was does this have to do with anything in HR? As I have reflected on my marriage I found a lot of similarities with working for a good company. I share these with you below. Seven similarities # 1- Courting In a good marriage you spend time courting each other. My wife and I dated for over two years before we married. That allowed us to get to know each other before making a commitment. Companies and prospective employers should do the same. I am not recommending you spend two years but I am suggesting…
  • Are you communicating correctly for your audience?

    Michael Haberman
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. In the old SHRM learning material, in Module 3, we learned that there are three routes by which people learn or acquire information. These are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Generally everyone uses all three, barring some disability, and which one is best for learning depends on the task being taught or communicated. For example, it is tough to learn auto mechanics through listening to a lecture. The question is do you think about that as you are communicating to people? Or are you communicating in the style you prefer? Most of us are visual Research…
  • Balancing on the Tightrope of Corporate Transparency

    Michael Haberman
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Corporate transparency can be difficult Today’s post is courtesy of my friends at It’s a common predicament in the workplace. Employees clamor for more information, after feeling blindsided by an abrupt change in HR policies. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, the management sends an endless cache of documents to your staff to keep them in the know, and they’re at their wit’s end thanks to the barrage of information. It seems you can’t win. If you withhold internal company information, you can end up with an unhappy workforce that feels shut out. But if you…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Critical Thinking University- Special Discount Through Dec 19th

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

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

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

    Breanne Harris
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Every once in a while we need to hit the reset button. When life gets too hectic, our days are over-scheduled, and information is coming at us faster than we can process it, we need to STOP and RESET. It’s like hitting the Ctrl+Alt+Del command on your computer when you have too many tabs and file folders open to be productive. The computer starts moving slowly and errors start popping up. Life works the same way. Taking a moment to wipe the slate clean gives us the opportunity to re-focus and re-prioritize our thoughts and actions. While we typically reference the RED Model of Critical…
  • 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…
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    BlogNotions - HR

  • Top 10: HR Daily Advisor 2014 Year in Review

    Steve Bruce
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    As we reach the end of 2014, we take a look back at some of your favorite articles. Here’s a list of the top 10 posts on the HR Daily Advisor website this year. ‘My Exempt Employee Has No PTO but Needs Time Off’ PTO banks can be a great way to simplify time off requests. They can also be a way to ensure that salaried employees do not take advantage of their salaried status and take time off without boundaries. However, when poorly administered, PTO can cause employees to lose their exemptions. ‘I am appalled’ by SHRM/HRCI Brouhaha (Talk-Back) We got a large…
  • Tips for Preventing Fraud in Workers’ Compensation Claims

    Steve Bruce
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Most employers understand the benefits of workers’ compensation insurance. If an employee is injured on the job, the insurance kicks in to pay for the medical bills and at least a portion of the lost wages while the employee recovers. The employee doesn’t have to fear losing his or her livelihood after reporting the injury, so there is less incentive to keep injuries quiet. The employer doesn’t usually have to fear negligence lawsuits (except in extreme cases) for simple work injuries. (In the past, these suits were the only way for an employee to get bills covered, so they…
  • Giving Employers What They Really Don’t Want

    Dan Erwin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Sometimes what we think other people think is not what they think. Michael Barnes and Bob Sternberg studied the extent to which partners in an intimate relationship understood what each other wanted. What the study revealed was that people in intimate relationships don’t know very well what each other wants. Research also reveals that same problem between colleges and businesses. Here’s what educators think employers want: –Students who have readily transferable job knowledge and skills. Especially professional skills. –Students who have had access to the best and most…
  • Why What You Believe About The Employee Engagement Research Is Wrong

    Robert Bacal
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Value of Employee Engagement Over-estimated By Lack of Understanding Of The Research Why What You Believe About The Employee Engagement Research Is Wrong By Robert Bacal One of the reasons that employee engagement efforts are not justified by their return, AND why companies are spending so much on them anyway (est. one billion dollars a year), is that the research is almost always misinterpreted, some times in subtle ways, sometimes in very extreme ways. Not only are readers and decision makers not reading the source research, but they rely on journalists to provide summaries, but there is a…
  • Most Unusual Holiday Gifts Exchanged at the Workplace—2014 Edition

    Steve Bruce
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of year again for CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey that asked workers to share the most unusual gifts they’ve received from a coworker during the holiday season. While many gift-bearing workers stick to more traditional holiday offerings, such as ornaments and candy, others get a little more creative with their definition of the word “gift”: A box of Hot Pockets® A chess piece (just one piece, not a set) A fire extinguisher A voucher for a free lawn game at the coworker’s own invention A turquoise leather vest Zombie action figures A…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • Elevator Speech

    Vanessa Burns
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    You have 10 seconds to impress a business owner, can you do it? What’s your Elevator Speech? You are at a networking event, and the owner of a large well-known company in the city walks up to you, shakes your hand and asks what you do. You have a brief window to impress and not bore them, what’s your next step? The following goes through your head in a matter of seconds: You realize that this individual is extremely influential in the community; they are business minded and only have so much time. You only have a few moments to speak with the business owner and you have to be concise and…
  • Interview Etiquette 5 Golden Rules to Success

    Michelle Hennick
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s a competition out there! Especially for recent graduates who are looking to launch their careers. Landing that big job is like fishing. You put yourself out there and you hope that someone will bite your bait. So after all of your perseverance, patience and many attempts you finally get a nibble… So now what? My suggestion is go through the motions but keep in mind that there is something called interview etiquette. Recruiting is about finding the right candidate for the job and that means that your integrity and character is being compared to that of someone else who is equally…
  • HR Lessons from Wolf of Wall Street

    Elaine Cruise Smith
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The award-winning film, The Wolf of Wall Street tells the fascinating true story of stock broker Jordan Belfort, his rise to unbelievable wealth, and his eventual fall through crime and corruption. Belfort’s moral compass was completely out of whack, as demonstrated not only through his criminal activities in the workplace but in his personal life, with his addiction to hookers and blow wreaking havoc on his family. Despite Belfort’s criminal background and questionable judgement, there’s no doubt he was smart. Fraudulent activities alone would not have led him to reach his goals, make…
  • Creativity… Who are you to say I am “from Mars”?

    Sherri Rossi
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog is the final post of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice series offered this Fall. Creativity. The word scares me a little bit. I don’t think I am a creative type on a daily basis. Sure, I come up with some great ideas sometimes but when I think of the meaning of creative, I don’t see my picture beside it in the dictionary. I can’t draw and I can’t picture myself working in a truly, in your face type of creative role. I am more of a process person, an organization person who likes documentation a whole lot (could be my background in HR perhaps?) and who likes to help…
  • A Rant Against the Rise of the Rookie

    Leona Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog is part of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice series offered this Fall. I read recently of the advantages of having the rookie mindset. This was translated into hungry to learn and unencumbered by rules, history and constraints. I bristled as I read this article and not just because I am a few decades past “rookie.” Let’s face it, human resources is a murky place to be. Our days are fraught with shades of grey, endless situational analysis and trying to keep up with the impact of case law on our policies and practices. The answer to all this is “rookie mindset?” Really?
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    Pivotal HR Blog

  • How to Get the Most from Your Temp Staffing Agency

    Rosalyn Commisso
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Working with a temp staffing agency is a great way to keep your business operating smoothly. Whether you’re facing a busy season, maternity leaves, or just need a little extra help from time to time, a temp staffing agency is ready to help. But how do you get the most from your temp staffing agency? […]
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    HR Ringleader

  • Don’t Blame HR for Making all the Bad Policies

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    Policy manuals have been a topic of contention for years.  There are those firmly in the camp that they are not needed.  There are those who believe in a minimalist approach, only including what is absolutely legally necessary to add clarity (I fall in this camp).  Then there are those organizations who have a policy for everything.  I’ve worked in all types of organizations and no matter if the manual exists or how long it is, I’ve heard employees comment that they do not like “HR’s policies”. I can tell you from experience that HR is not writing all of your organization’s…
  • Christmas Re-Gifting: Good Idea or Torture?

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    *From the dusty archives… The Frowl- photo courtesy of Chris Frede (@HR_Buoy) Well, we’re full on in the gift giving season and I’m wondering about re-gifting.  I don’t do it BUT, I have received several presents over the years that still sit in the closet, unopened.  Maybe I should give them to someone else. Let’s see, I have: Several strange ornaments Some nice binoculars.  These are cool, but I really haven’t found anything I need to see that close up. A puzzle of New York City.  I like to travel to NYC, not make puzzles of the skyline. A bible.
  • What’s Killing Creativity in our Students?

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    It’s been a week since #HRevolution 2014 wrapped and I’m just now coming down from the high of being around such brilliant people.  It is always the one event that I can’t write about immediately because there is so much information to process.  While there is great value in each session, one that touched me personally was “Sally Can’t Doodle and it’s Your Fault” led by Lois Melbourne. Lois, Chief Story Officer at My Future Story and thought leader in the industry, has embarked on a career path where she helps students learn about various…
  • HCMx Radio- My New Podcast Brings Research to HR Pros

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    Today is an exciting day at Brandon Hall Group; it’s launch day for our radio podcast, HCMx Radio. It’s the only podcast in the HCM arena that weaves current market research, HR technology, and industry leaders into each episode. As the show’s host, my goal is to bring something unique to the HR industry. When I was an HR leader and practitioner, one of the things I always needed was data and understanding how to use it. Now, with this show, that is what we’ll be giving to our listeners. HCM practitioners such as CHROs, CLOs, CTOs, VPs, directors, and managers will find value in the…
  • HR Happy Hour #194: Small Improvements

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Recorded Wednesday October 29, 2014 Hosts: Trish McFarlane, Steve Boese Guest: Linda Jonas This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and I were joined by Linda Jonas, International traveler, and Director of Marketing for Small Improvements, an HR technology provider of tools that provide a simpler, easy to use, and more engaging approach to performance management, workplace feedback, 360-degree reviews, and more. We talked about Linda’s annual 6-week world tour where she meets with customers and partners, her Small Improvements colleagues, and attends events like the HR…
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Naughty and Nice
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    We have all dealt with a “naughty” or problem employee. Most of us can close our eyes and remember at least one person we worked with that contributed little, yet stirred up controversy and consumed a disproportionate amount of time of the human resources and management staff. They tend to be disgruntled, suspicious, and apathetic employees that have chronic attendance, performance, and disciplinary issues. Put simply, they really just want to be anywhere, but at work. Although the naughty come in a variety of types and combinations, two key characteristics provide the most simplistic…
  • Who is Missing?
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    As we near the holiday season, the temptation to have a “recovery day” or just an extra prep day for holiday festivities becomes greater. Based on a recent CareerBuilder survey, December is the most likely month for employees to be absent. Although one might assume that a few extra days of unscheduled leave matter little to the overall health and productivity of an organization, the reality provides a very different picture. When the average employee fails to come to work, the organization accrues direct and indirect costs. The direct costs include: • Wages paid to the absent employee;…
  • History and Value: Causation
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Causation provides the foundation for action. If we know what event results in another, we can increase the chance of realizing the outcome that we desire. Put simply, causation demonstrates that one event is the result of another event or that a cause and effect relationship is present. When we use analytics for this purpose, the value of the data and its utilization become considerably more valuable. Through analytics, we can test: • if event a causes event b • when event a causes event b • how much event a causes event b In order to demonstrate causality, we have to meet certain…
  • History and Value: Association
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Although there is considerable value in producing measures, greater rewards result from connecting data with other data. When we compare to two variables or the same variable for two different points in time, greater perspective occurs. Put simply, when we understand which things go together, it simplifies the world around us. By joining things and comparing them, we can form explanations, create typologies, and refine or improve our actions. The two parts of association that we need to be the most concerned about are comparison and dependence. Comparison provides perspective by exploring if…
  • History and Value of Analytics (Measurement)
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Figure 1: Analytics Value Contribution Most of us have lived through more than a few fades in our personal as well as professional lives. There seems to be a new “hot” idea or method for leading, managing, or improving every year and they just keep coming. One might argue that new approaches have become a market unto themselves instead of real tool for productive change. Moreover, we live in a time when knowing and using the latest and greatest is a sign of prestige than effectiveness. Although HR analytics might appear to be a fade on the surface, it creates too much value for…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • Anti-discrimination training: How to harm when you’re trying to help

    Dave Clemens
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    We don’t know what you consider the Prime Directive of Training, but “First, do no harm” might be a good one. Above all, you don’t want training to make things worse!But, according to new research, some well-meaning HR people and managers might be doing just that when they talk to employees about negative stereotypes and discrimination.This research was conducted by professors at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School. The authors noted that behavioral studies have found stereotyping to be built-in behavior in…
  • Terminating problem employees: 4 lousy excuses for failing to fire

    Dave Clemens
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Editor’s note: This week, guest blogger Patrick DiDomenico addresses letting problem employees go.As a manager, you’ll eventually have to deal with a problem employee – either someone who chronically underperforms or habitually misbehaves. While some struggling employees improve their behavior with coaching and intervention, the reality is that some don’t.Despite problem employees’ refusal to change their behavior – not to mention their negative impact on business – many organizations hesitate to let these employees go.Here are four lousy excuses for failing to terminate the…
  • Onboarding: Don’t make that initial assignment TOO simple

    Dave Clemens
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Conventional wisdom about onboarding holds that you should give new employees an initial assignment that will offer them an “easy win” when they complete it, so as to build their confidence.But if that assignment is too simple, it may instead represent a waste of time and the loss of an opportunity, according to onboarding research done by Babson College academics and published in the MIT Sloan Management Review.Here’s the issue: When coming up with that “easy win” assignment, managers sometimes pick a stand-alone project that the new employee can carry out…
  • PTSD in the workplace: Training managers to cope with troubled veterans

    Dave Clemens
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Veterans Day was this week, and what better time could there be to reflect on your organization’s commitment to military veterans — not only employing them, but also helping them negotiate the transition to civilian work?All too frequently, that transition is complicated by the lingering effects of traumatic events that veterans experienced at war. According to the Veterans Administration, anywhere from 10% to 18% of the almost 2 million veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that may manifest in a number of debilitating…
  • Yes, you should space out your employee training — but do you know why?

    Dave Clemens
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Consider two employee training scenarios. In the first, you give people a week of unbroken training, then send them back to their jobs. In the other, you take the same material but impart it in pieces — train people for a day, put them back to work for a week, train them for another day, return them to the job, and so forth.Which group of employees would better apply the training to their jobs? You’d probably guess the second group, and you’d be right. Behavioral researchers have proved it in an interesting experiment.But you might not guess why the second group in the study…
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    Ascentis Blog

  • What to Look for When Choosing Talent Management Software

    Heather Bansemer
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    For more than a decade, technology has been used to simply track goals, administer and track training and other employee information.The workforce is changing, ushering in a generation with an increasing appetite for technology, demanding instantaneous results, and requiring more interaction than ever before. Technology allows workers to communicate quicker and more effectively while also providing instant access to infinite amounts of information. Technology is also revolutionizing how companies educate develop their most important asset, their people, by accelerating and streamlining…
  • Worried About Correctly Taxing Fringe Benefits?

    Heather Bansemer
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    If you're confused by fringe benefits taxation, you're not alone. Just last year the IRS imposed $6,848,308 in civil penalties for non-compliance of the proper payment and reporting of employment taxes, including those from fringe benefits. Download our free guide to taxing fringe benefits today, so you know exactly what you need to do to be in IRS compliance.
  • Are your Ducks in a Row for HR End-of-Year? Get Our Free Checklist Today.

    Heather Bansemer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Download our HR End-of-Year Checklist and see if you're missing any key compliance processes or best practices such as the PPACA requirements of calculation of transitional reinsurance fees and employee benefits terminations, state and federal labor law posters, employee handbook review, and more.
  • California to Become Second State to Institute Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

    Heather Bansemer
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Effective July 1, 2015, California will be the second U.S. state (after Connecticut) to mandate paid sick leave for all employees state-wide.
  • Using Digital Feedback to Show Employees their Value

    Heather Bansemer
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Regardless of whether it’s positive or negative, digital feedback through performance tuning allows your biggest assets to reflect back on their current level of performance. With this your employees have permanent proof that you are paying attention and helping them move forward in their current and future positions.
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    SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Technology Blog

  • #HCIEvents Recap: 2 Days of Innovation in San Francisco

    Christopher Brablc
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    This past week the SmashFly team headed down to the San Francisco Bay area for the HCI Talent Acquisition Innovation Forum. The event was a tremendous mixture of knowledgeable practitioners and leading technology companies and it turned out to be 2 days chock full of innovative techniques and practices utilized for top recruiting organizations. We’ve put together a Storify on the event with key learnings, conversations and images for the event. Click the image below. You can also access the Storify here. Enjoy!  
  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 12.6.14 to 12.13.14

    Christopher Brablc
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. This week we’ll be covering mobile recruiting, employer branding, best companies to work for, recruiting content and better emails. Before we begin, I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog: Where are you on the Recruitment Technology Curve? Webinar: The Trilogy of Modern Talent Acquisition: Recruitment Marketing, Employer Branding and Unified Analytics Press: SmashFly Wins Gold in…
  • Oldie but Goodie: Where are You on the Recruitment Technology Curve?

    Christopher Brablc
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Tomorrow, the SmashFly team will be in San Francisco, CA to participate in the HCI Talent Acquisition Innovation Forum on December 11-12. If you are there, talk with us about all the innovations below and our Recruitment Marketing Platform at Table #1 (and please reach out to set up a meeting at the event!) Also, ask us about our upcoming Webinar with Glassdoor! For this post, I want to talk about technology adoption and take a look at where we are with the technology we use for recruitment and talent acquisition. If you are unfamiliar, here’s the technology adoption life-cycle curve…
  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 11.29.14 – 12.5.14

    Christopher Brablc
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. This week we’ll be covering LinkedIn, recruitment challenges, performance curves, recruitment trends and Career Site. Before we begin, I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog: 3 Innovations Modernizing Talent Acquisition #HCIevents Blog: Throwback Thursday: 3 Key Audiences for Communication in the Candidate Experience Press: Rapid Growth in Recruitment Marketing Fuels Expansion of…
  • Throwback Thursday: 3 Key Audiences for Communication in the Candidate Experience

    Christopher Brablc
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have written over 600 blog posts on the SmashFly blog and many remain as relevant today as they were when we wrote them. On occasion we will share these posts to show how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go with recruitment marketing as an industry.   Last week, I had the privilege to attend this year’s Candidate Experience Symposium in Chicago. The event was the culmination of a year long process with leading recruiting organizations that participated in the 2014 Candidate Experience Awards. You can see the winners here. The conference was a fantastic collection of…
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    Business Fitness

  • Caught in a Vortex of Expectations? Listen to Find Your Way Out.

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

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

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

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


    Rich DeMatteo
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Disclosure: Post sponsored by Spherion, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. If you missed Part 2, you can find it here.   Study Overview As part of Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study, surveys were collected that tracked the the use of social media in the workplace.  The study also looked at employee/employer preferences and the platform’s influence on recruitment and job satisfaction.  This blog post takes a look at some of their important findings from the study and also offers readers…
  • Most popular jobs for students during the winter holidays

    Rich DeMatteo
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    The Winter holidays are a great timeframe for students all around to party, rest and, of course, grab some holiday jobs. Summer holidays brings them a lot of different choices, but winter holidays are also a good time period that has a lot of job openings available – so decided to let you know what the most popular jobs for students during the winter holidays are. Winter Venue Guides: Tour Guides Well, there are a lot of tourist destinations that are only available to visit during the Winter, and as such they only have jobs available during that time. Being a winter venue guide…

    Rich DeMatteo
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Disclosure: Post sponsored by Spherion, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study Check out study here: Spherion has examined the issues and trends impacting the workplace and the employment life cycle for more than 15 years. Their 2014 study examines several primary themes aligned with the major milestones along a worker’s employment journey. The employment life cycle includes attraction, recruitment, engagement,…
  • Are university educations the best you can get?

    Rich DeMatteo
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Work Placements and Qualifications Can Give an Edge in the Employment Market Finding the right type of job is never an easy task, especially in today’s competitive employment market. Making the choice between obtaining a university degree and plunging straight into employment can also be difficult task but obtaining a qualification may give you an edge during that job hunt. No two employers are alike when it comes to the qualities they desire from potential employees but having a mix of qualifications and work experience on your resume may be a winning combination. Work placements and…
  • As the Demand for Nursing Jobs Increase, So Do Options for Nurses

    Rich DeMatteo
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Nursing is hands-down one of the hardest, yet one of the most rewarding professions there is. Ask any group of nurses and they’ll tell you it’s not just a job to them, it’s a life. It’s a calling. And it takes someone very special to answer that call. Nurses are so important, in fact,the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for nurses between 2012 and 2022 will increase 19%. The Baby Boomer population will be in full force with increased health care needs that will need to be met. This increase in demand presents a great opportunity for nurses. Employers are getting…
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  • How to Add Video to eLearning on a Budget

    Gauri Reyes
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    There’s no doubt video is an essential component in your eLearning tool box. Video can enhance learning retention by accommodating multiple learning styles, including aural, visual, verbal, and even kinesthetic learning styles. So, more people can be positively impacted by your online training programs. If you want a polished, corporate look to your videos, be ready to spend time researching the art of film-making and video-editing, building a studio, and buying professional equipment. Or hire professionals. Either way, your training budget might not accommodate these costs. Fortunately,…
  • Silence, in eLearning, is Not Always Golden

    Gauri Reyes
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    If you’re creating your first eLearning course with a new LMS, here’s a tip: Grab your slide deck (PowerPoint, Haiku Deck—whatever you use) and upload it. You can always delete this “test course” later. But in the meantime you’ll get a good feel—very quickly—for how your LMS works. And, you’ll also quickly learn that simply uploading an existing slide deck doesn’t (usually) create an engaging online course in and of itself. Usually, when you give a presentation or facilitate a workshop, you talk to (and hopefully, with) your audience. Your spoken words bring your slides to…
  • The Top 3 LMS Features Requested? Survey Says…

    Gauri Reyes
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    A recent employee survey by Software Advice, a site that researches learning management systems, reveals thought-provoking data on how corporate learning programs can drive employee engagement. It’s logical that studies of employee engagement involve understanding training program satisfaction. Investment in employee training is viewed positively by employees and prospective employees alike, as indicated in lists of “the best companies to work for”, because it is viewed as an investment in people. Consider these three facts: 1) LMS’s support corporate training programs with…
  • What does Mobile Learning Look Like?

    Gauri Reyes
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    This article is the second in a two-part series on mLearning. The first article, Why Mobile Learning is Here to Stay, covered why you should consider embedding mLearning into your overall learning strategy. If you’re just getting started in mLearning, the key is to educate yourself and experiment with technology and content delivery on mobile devices. Before facilitating another person’s mobile learning experience, learn the technology, tips, and tricks—and the lessons learned from others—of the mobile platform. On the other hand, if you’ve already implemented mLearning programs in…
  • Why Mobile Learning is Here to Stay

    Gauri Reyes
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    This article, which covers reasons why you should consider mLearning as part of your overall learning strategy, is the first of a two-part series on m-Learning. The second article covers how to create mLearning programs, and what mLearning “looks like”. Learning is going mobile. That’s not a new idea any more. But, if you haven’t taken your training program mobile yet, it could be daunting to gear up for mobile learning. Or, if you have taken your training mobile in the past, new technology and advances in mobile learning design may require you to rethink your mobile learning—or…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • 18 Warning Signs You Need to Be a Better Manager

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Strong leadership is a key pillar of success at any organization. And we don’t just mean executives; we’re talking about leaders at every level. Since 70-80% of the workforce reports to a frontline manager, it’s critical these managers demonstrate great leadership. So managers, we’re putting the spotlight on you. Here are 18 warning signs you need to be a better manager – and tips to help!
  • Why the 70/20/10 Development Model Doesn’t Always Add Up — Part 2

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    In employee development, before the traditional 3 Es experience, exposure and education can take hold, you need to address a few additional Es. Learn why execution, evaluation and embedding skills are so important to the learning equation.
  • Overcoming Talent Acquisition’s Fear of Accountability

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    As I travel, there's one question I’m constantly asked, no matter what I'm speaking about. It usually goes something like this: "How can we be more effective in attracting talent?" It's a silver bullet question. The person asking typically wants a quick and simple answer that's going to solve all of their problems. So here' my silver bullet answer.
  • Effective Leadership: The Three Types of Intelligence You Need

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    It’s become commonly accepted that both head and heart are critical components in the skill set of an effective leader. What is now becoming apparent is that there is a third factor that’s equally as important as the first two – character. Why head, heart and character are important elements of a leader’s toolkit and the implications of a leader who doesn’t have all three.
  • Why Company Culture isn't a Myth

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Yes, Virginia, there is a culture. There seems to be a myth out there that company culture doesn’t exist. It’s just some Human Resources mumbo jumbo; a made up thing. Or that “culture” is what we talk about when a company’s products and services are unremarkable. But company culture is real, it’s behavioral and it exists.
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    Payroll Tips, Training, and News

  • End-of-the-Year Payroll Checklist

    Mike Kappel
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Holiday parties, annual bonuses, — AND — end-of-the-year payroll tasks are rapidly approaching! Those in payroll know that the end of the year means a major project is closing in. Even those businesses that don’t run their fiscal year with the calendar year have payroll chores to do this month! Many of the tasks that have to be done this time of year involve employees and preparing their tax information. If you’re uncertain about the payroll tasks that you need to do, this checklist can get you started. Verify Employee Information Before you can start doing taxes, you should…
  • What Is Net Pay?

    Michele Bossart
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    Net pay? Gross pay? Net income? When it comes to payroll taxes and other documents that request income information, these can be terms that confuse people. They are often terms that we don’t come across elsewhere. Net pay and net income may be examples of this unfamiliar vocabulary, although many of us see net pay on our pay stubs every month. When referring to a person’s income, you’ve probably seen the terms “net pay” and “gross pay” used. These two terms are not interchangeable. Net Pay vs. Gross Pay: Defined Gross pay, wage, or income can basically be…
  • What Is a Section 125 Plan?

    Mike Kappel
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A Section 125 plan or cafeteria plan is a benefit plan that enables employees to pay for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars. Section 125 indicates the section of the Internal Revenue Code which states this provision. Section 125 plans generally cover the payment of insurance plan premiums, such as medical and dental insurance premiums, and flexible spending accounts (FSA). FSAs can include two types of expenses: dependent elder or child day care expenses and out-of-pocket health care expenses. Employees can contribute a dollar amount from each paycheck into health care FSAs on a pre-tax…
  • What Is Form 8655?

    Mike Kappel
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Form 8655, IRS Reporting Agent Authorization, allows reporting agents to file forms and perform other certain actions on behalf of another party. In order to utilize a payroll tax filing service, for example, an employer must first complete Form 8655 to authorize the relationship. Once authorized, a reporting agent can use a businesses’ EIN (Employee Identification Number) to withhold, deposit, and pay taxes on the employer’s behalf. With a signed Form 8655, a reporting agent can also prepare employment tax returns. Specifically, the reporting agent can: Prepare employee…
  • Avoid These Common Errors on the W-2 Form

    Mike Kappel
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Mistakes on Form W-2 and W-3 can result in a no-match letter from Social Security or other notifications, as well as fines. Carefully review your W-2s before you present them to your employees or file a W2 online, and look out for these common errors. Incorrect Format Using the wrong kind of paper. You can purchase the official W-2/W-3 paper from an office supply store, select an acceptable substitute as listed in IRS Pub. 1141, or choose to file your W2 online. Downloading the W-2 or W-3 form and printing directly from the IRS site. The W-2/W-3 form is displayed on the IRS site for…
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • How to Hook (Source) the Best in Class Candidates

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

    Greg Merrell
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    Does your company use Social Media to recruit potential hires?  If so, what form of Social Media does your company use for recruiting candidates. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are the top 3 Social Media platforms being used for recruitment. Currently over 92% of all companies use some form of Social Media for their recruiting.  In […] The post Social Media Use in Recruiting Reaches Unprecedented Levels appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • 2015 Predictions Recruiting Strategies

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
      Learn the secrets from the masters to find and assess your top technical talent by joining our 12/9 webinar at 1 PM EST. Click here to register.  The old way of recruiting and hiring is no more. We’ve entered a more social and interactive era that is heavily focused on process and facilitated by technology. Recruiting […] The post 2015 Predictions Recruiting Strategies appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • How Recruiters Can Build a Candidate Database with an ATS

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
      Learn the secrets from the masters to find and assess your top technical talent by joining our 12/9 webinar at 1 PM EST. Click here to register.  Most recruiting and talent acquisition teams have a potential candidate gold mine waiting in the midst. It’s overlooked and under utilized because of technology functionality. However, the times are […] The post How Recruiters Can Build a Candidate Database with an ATS appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Take The Recruiter’s Lounge Blog Reader Survey & Win

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Since acquiring The Recruiter’s Lounge in early 2014, we’ve been spending the last few months watching, learning and researching to continue honoring Jim Stroud and this blog’s legacy. We have just launched our first annual reader survey to see what readers are looking for when they come to our site. This survey helps shape the content […] The post Take The Recruiter’s Lounge Blog Reader Survey & Win appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
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    Join a Union

  • How to Start a Union

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    First you contact a union organizer. They can go over the process of how to start a union in your workplace. Next you sign union cards. When a majority of your co-workers sign a union card you can apply for a secret ballot vote to be held at your workplace. (Don’t worry – the union organizer will help you with this step. Finally vote yes to join UFCW 1518! If 50% +1 of your co-workers vote yes at the vote, you will have a union at your workplace. HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AS YOU CONSIDER HOW TO START A UNION Before contacting the union you should talk with some co-workers you…
  • Why join a union in BC?

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Are you a worker in BC that wants fairness and respect at work? If you are on this website, it’s likely because there is an issue at your workplace and you need the support and strength that having a union at work can provide. Why should I join UFCW ? Joining a union gives you and your co-workers power at your workplace. Without a union, workers do not have a legal right to have a say in wages and working conditions. The employer can make these changes unilaterally and if you don’t like it your only choice is to quit. With a union things work different because the BC Labour code sets out…
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • Why Men Won't Ask for Shared Parental Leave

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Last month also saw the introduction of new regulations for Shared Parental Leave which will apply to children expected or adopted after 5th April.Also subject to some criticism from the usual places, eg the IOD call it a nightmare, this is clearly a great move forward.  Firstly because it doesn't mandate the change which is required (at least in terms of enhanced pay) but simply encourages a more progressive response, much more effectively than additional paternity pay managed to do.And secondly because if we're ever going to achieve equal pay, we've got to have more equal treatment in…
  • HR Business Partnering with Symposium Events

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    There was one other great HR conference last month - Symposium's Successful HR Business Partnering.This was the second year of the conference and I had high hopes for a great session after a really excellent first year.  I didn't get to blog on that as I was chairing, but I particularly remember some provocative comments from Graham White at Brighton NHS Trust and Irene Stark at ATS Euromaster.Graham had shared some comments from a manager blog:"I've never had a positive interaction with Human Resources... it starts with annoyance and ends with infuriation...  HR are empathetic…
  • Still a Top 50 HR Blog

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I'll be down to something just over 50 posts for 2014 by the time we get to the end of this year.  That compares to nearly 250 posts in 2009.  Sorry about this - I've been busy and there are so many other things to do on social media these days.  But I do have plans to do better in 2015.Anyway, it's great to know that even whilst I'm blogging less than previously that my blog posts are still valued.So thanks very much to HR Software Insight for including Strategic HCM as the 3rd of their top 50 HR blogs, and Realising Potential for including this as one of 11 UK-based Human…
  • Art of HR, Dubrovnik, Croatia - conference summary

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Here are the tweets from the Art of HR conference last week which I helped organise and chaired.Do take a look - it was awesome!: [View the story "Art of HR" on Storify]Or see: We'll hopefully be doing it again next year - see you there!And in the meanwhile, join in the discussion in our LInkedin group: Consulting - Research - Speaking - Training - WritingStrategy - Talent - Engagement - Change and ODContact me to create more value for your business jon [dot] ingham [at] strategic…
  • The Art of Social Recognition

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    --> On Thursday and Friday I will be in Dubrovnik, Croatia for the Art of HR conference.  We’ve got some great speakers on HR artistry and are also discussing the findings of our Art of HR survey which have been profiled in HR Magazine, and you can find out more about at our Linkedin group. The survey reviewed a breadth of artful activities in order to establish an artistry index and review this against the enablers and benefits of artistry.  And I’ve also provided some detailed results about one of the most artful HR processes we reviewed, social recognition, in this post…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • NLRB Adopts New Election Rules

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

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

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Written by Howard L. Mocerf Three new employment laws will take effect for Illinois employers beginning Jan. 1, 2015: the “Ban the Box” law prohibiting employers from including on job applications inquiries into whether an applicant has ever been convicted of a crime; the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) that imposes new requirements on employers for the treatment of pregnant employees and applicants; and amendments to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) that permit employers to pay employees using payroll debit cards, but with strict requirements on their use. The…
  • Post-Shift Security Screenings Not Compensable Under FLSA

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Written by Laurent Badoux and Christiana L. Signs In a much anticipated decision this week, the Supreme Court held that activities that occur before or after a work shift are not compensable unless they are “intrinsic” to employees’ principal work duties. The decision restored a measure of predictability regarding the scope of compensability for pre- and post-shift activities, and came just in time for the holiday season. Employers who have geared up for a busy season by hiring temporary employees now have a certain level of comfort knowing that most pre- and post-shift activities will…
  • Gaining Whistleblower Protection: Engaging in Activity Protected by Dodd-Frank is Not Enough

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Written by Michael J. Slocum and Eric B. Sigda. A district court recently ruled that an employee simply engaging in activity protected by the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provision is insufficient to gain whistleblower protection. The employee must first qualify as a whistleblower within the Act’s definition. The authors of this Greenberg Traurig Alert discuss the decision in Verfuerth v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., and the scope of Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower protections. Continue Reading
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    HR C-Suite

  • Effective Leadership Tips For A Virtual Workforce

    Deanna Ayres
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The gradual decentralization of the workplace has increased the amount of employees and companies who are conducting their business operations virtually. Modern technologies provide companies with an opportunity to reduce costs, offer greater flexibility to its employees and/or build an organization that is more responsive to changes in the business environment. These benefits have been […]
  • Top HR Focus for 2015

    Tresha Moreland
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:37 pm
    A gift for our readers and members. We have published our popular Top HR Focus Special Report.  We have gathered opinions from HR Professionals as to what their top focus will be for 2015. Could their focus be on recruitment, compensation, regulations or something else? Find out what they had to share with us and get this […]
  • Human Resources Should Care About the Corporate Brand

    Tresha Moreland
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Organizations such as Disney, Southwest Airlines, and Apple have made the corporate brand an underlying key to success. Most recently the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) has launched a new corporate brand strategy. A brand is a promise to customers that a specific level of value, quality and service can be expected. HRCI’s communicates its […]
  • The Effectiveness of Online Training for HR Specialists

    David Miller
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Need HR training for some of your employees? You may be wondering what type of training method to invest in – traditional training methods as opposed to online training. Both methods can provide you with a professional training service but for many, online training for HR stands head and shoulders above the rest now. This […]
  • Maintaining Productivity and Retaining Christmas Spirit

    Ruth Barton
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The holiday season is truly upon us, and a lot of the workforce can be distracted by thinking about, planning for and chatting about Thanksgiving and Christmas Festivities. It can be a difficult time of year for both small start-ups and large corporations, as the festive time gets approaches, employees may start to resemble excited […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • One Way to Revive Tired Old Compensation

    Jacque Vilet
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    I’ve been reading a lot lately about what Compensation will look like in the future and I remembered a project that I had once worked on. It was in Hong Kong --- the Asia Pacific headquarters of a global company.  Word was the employees were not happy with their pay package.  Some wanted more salary, some more medical, some more vacation, etc. For example, one single man told me it wasn’t fair that the company decided everything about his package and didn’t ask him what he wanted/didn’t want. He wanted more vacation and would take less salary in order to get it. I couldn’t see…
  • 2 Things to Get the Most Out of Employee Recognition Programs

    Derek Irvine
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    Recognizing and appreciating employees for efforts, behaviors and results in line with what matters most to your organization is guaranteed to get positive results. But getting the most out of employee recognition programs requires empowering all employees to fully participate in recognition and giving managers actionable oversight of recognition itself through metrics and dashboards. A September 2014 report from Aberdeen, “Next-Level Employee Recognition,” discusses these two needs in greater depth. 1) Trust Employees with Full Peer-to-Peer Recognition Among the top fallacies of employee…
  • Nonessential Work Does Not Require Compensation

    E. James (Jim) Brennan
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    According to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), nonessential work activities can go uncompensated.  Maybe I should worry.  Does this mean I don’t have to be paid when I answer the telephone or make coffee or chat about the games over the weekend during work?  What about going to the bathroom?  Is that not essential?  It seems to be an interesting legal decision, but most everything out of SCOTUS is interesting, in one way or another. The December 9 decision centered on departing warehouse workers required by management to undergo security screening to control shrinkage. …
  • Out of the Box

    Laura Schroeder
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    My book club, in an unexpected departure from its usual fare of grim tales in foreign countries, recently read Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute.  This popular business book offers valuable insights about how interpersonal dynamics impact company performance. It's a simple story about about an executive who attracts the attention of the CEO by behaving badly to a subordinate.  There isn’t anything special about the executive: he’s a middle-aged workaholic with marital problems who alternately cajoles and bullies his team.  He means well enough but his…
  • Is Santa Administering Your Incentive Plan?

    Chuck Csizmar
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    It’s that time again.  The end of the business year, when managers everywhere turn their thoughts to – bonuses!  The calculators are out and every eligible soul from Marketing to Manufacturing to Sales, IT, HR and the Executive Suite tries to figure out how fat that check will be.  For many, it's the gift receiving season. Thus the same bad script repeats itself for the annual management bonus process, year upon year upon year:  objectives created at the last minute, embellished accomplishments sloppily recorded, problems and shortcomings diminished or forgotten and assessment…
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    TriNet Blog

  • What are CEOs Most Worried About?

    David Organt
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    According to a recent study by emedia, CEOs see room for improvement in their HR processes. Many CEOs spend a great deal of time on recruiting and employment, they are concerned about several... Visit site for full story...
  • Eligible FSA and HSA Expenses for Every Stage of your Life

    Teri Lowder
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    By now you know you can use a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) to reimburse yourself for out of pocket expenses that your medical, dental and vision... Visit site for full story...
  • A Scary Experience: Losing Your COBRA Health Insurance

    Tammy Wadsworth
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Losing your health insurance is one of the scariest things you can experience. Sadly, it can happen in an instant due to simple, and seemingly unavoidable, mistakes. In today’s world, we are used to... Visit site for full story...
  • Do Health Plan Networks Matter?

    Teri Lowder
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    What health plan should I pick? Well, there is no easy answer to this and a variety of factors will influence people in different ways. But one factor you should consider when shopping for a health... Visit site for full story...
  • ‘Tis the Season to be Frazzled

    Teri Lowder
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s that time of year again as we approach Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and of course, Festivus. While many people revel in holiday cheer, for others the season brings stress and... Visit site for full story...
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    Fresh Tracks» BLOG

  • 4 Reasons Most Meetings Fail

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    Ever been to a meeting and not really known what it has achieved – or have you ever been to a meeting to talk about going to another meeting? These incidents are common and so what is it that makes a meeting a ‘fail’? Grumbling about meetings for the sake of meetings is something of an art-form in business. Meetings are necessary though. As any manager will know – without a meeting all hell can break loose with miscommunications, undefined goals and missed deadlines. So why is it that so many meetings are seen as a complete waste of time by those who begrudgingly attend them? Unclear…
  • How team building exercises can help relieve stress

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    Work related stress is a common complaint. The latest figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that the total number of cases of stress in 2011/12 was 428, 000 (40%) out of a total of 1, 073, 000 for all work-related illnesses. Team building exercises can help combat some of the reasons and symptoms of stress in the workplace. A picture of stress in today’s workplace Whilst a little stress can push people to achieve – too much stress can have damaging and far reaching effects not only on the individual suffering but for the company and other team members. For instance, here are…
  • 5 leadership mistakes that need to be avoided

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    It’s not always easy being a leader and there are some big ‘no-no’s’ that should be realised when in a position of authority. Which of these five mistakes could be holding your team back? Having an unclear vision. With no clear vision of what the team as a whole and what team members as individuals are trying to achieve, motivation will suffer, leading to poor performance. People might find themselves spending all their time and energy ‘fire-fighting’ the small relatively unimportant stuff whilst missing the work that really matters. What work drives the business forward? The…
  • 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…
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  • Job Search Tips for Those Who Don’t Know What Field to Go Into

    Catherine Palmiere
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The presence of a degree is not necessarily a road map to career futures. So, what are job seekers to do when they do not know what field go into? One key thing to remember is that such uncertainty is normal. Act Confident—Or Remain Confident It is perfectly normal for folks to not know what kind of job they want. Many people spend a few years after college getting a handle on what they want out of their lives and careers. With that in mind, don’t feel guilty or ashamed that you don’t know what you want to do. Otherwise, … The post Job Search Tips for Those Who Don’t Know What…
  • Is it You or Them – How to Determine Why a Temp is Struggling

    Catherine Palmiere
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    If your temp is struggling, you should not necessarily assume that it is their fault. Sometimes the blame can be placed on your business’ own internal practices. To determine where the problem lies, ask yourself the following questions. Are your company’s processes straightforward or are they hard for an outsider to understand? Solution: Review these processes and make adjustments if necessary. You can ask recent hires and temps how easily they got up to speed, how they would rate these processes and any feedback. Look for jargon in materials and unclear or missing descriptions of job…
  • How Long Should It Take to Know if A Temp Would Make a Great Full Timer?

    Catherine Palmiere
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How long it takes your business to know if a temp would make a great full timer varies depending on the temp and on other factors such as your company’s situation and on-boarding practices. In general, however, you should have a good idea within four to eight weeks. Here’s why: 1. How the temp fits with the business and other workers Four to eight weeks generally is enough time for you to determine how well a temp meshes with the business and with other staffers. It is enough time for the temp to have gotten over most of his … The post How Long Should It Take to Know if A Temp Would…
  • The HR Policies That May be Keeping Great Talent Away From Your Business

    Catherine Palmiere
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Social media and sites such as Glassdoor create greater transparency when it comes to your internal hiring practices. This can really complicate things for your business if it has HR policies that could potentially scare off top talent or are simply outdated. Here are some of these potential policies and ways to counteract them. 1. Excessive travel requirements Many jobs require travel, and that is usually fine. However, there may come a point where business travel crosses from standard into overload territory. Employees have seen only snatches of their families here and there and they have…
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  • New Theme: Radcliffe

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
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  • Hottest tech drives hottest HR product development

    Lisa Watson
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:17 pm
    By Dan Harrison, Revelian’s Chief Technology Officer At Revelian we help companies make better decisions about people backed by data. As the people analytics company we build highly available, scalable systems that help people make decisions that affect people’s careers and working lives. It’s a...
  • How strategic values boost business performance

    Lisa Watson
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    By Cherie Curtis, Revelian’s Head of Psychology Have you looked at your strategic values lately? Are they thriving, real principles within your business, or is it time to breathe new life into them? Research shows there is a strong positive link between organisational values and...
  • Crime fighting meets high tech people analytics

    Lisa Watson
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Revelian’s Chief Analytics Officer, Dr. Peter O’HanlonBy Revelian’s Chief Analytics Officer, Dr Peter O’Hanlon The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) are famous for their range of high-tech crime fighting activities and are at the forefront of data analytics to combat organized crime and its involvement with...
  • Webinar: Optimising Recruitment – How to Drive your Graduate Program with Practical People Analytics

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
      Games are fast becoming an expectation for best candidate experience. Attend our free webinar to find out how to position your company to be a cut above the rest and ‘Drive your Graduate Program with Practical People Analytics using Games’. We demonstrate how psychometric-based...
  • Recruitment is Game Play

    Lisa Watson
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Employers are always looking for ways to engage with talent, and what better way to interact and gauge a potential employee than with a game. Over the years, HR professionals have been using psychometric tests as a reliable and scientific way to assess the potential...
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  • Utah Votes via Social Media on The Community Foundation of Utah’s New Look for Love Utah Give Utah Day of Giving Campaign

    Shawn Ryan
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    CLEARLINK donated design and digital marketing expertise as a way to creatively give back to communities across Utah. SALT LAKE CITY, UT — November 25, 2014. After two weeks of voting via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, powered by CLEARLINK and akavit, today The Community Foundation of Utah unveiled the new Love Utah Give Utah logo. Nearly one-thousand votes were cast, with a social media reach of over 100,000 people. Chosen by the online public, the new logo design is part of getting Utah ready for an even bigger and better 2015 fundraising campaign. The new look will help Love Utah…
  • 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…
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    Online Flat Fee Recruitment

  • How To Interview Like a Rock Star

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

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

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

    Nick Williams
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Guest Post By: Nick Williams Asking for a pay rise from an existing or new manager is never easy. Partly because it’s hard finding the right words and partly because knowing what the right amount to ask for, without under or … Continue reading →
  • How Do You Cope When Your Colleagues Take a Holiday?

    Ian Greensmith
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    HR Grapevine today highlighted a new UK report, from a survey of 1,000 British workers, which has discovered that 88% of workers claim they have to carry the load while their colleagues are away on holiday. Isn’t that what everyone does? Was pretty … Continue reading →
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • SCOTUS Rules Screening Hours not Billable

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    In a 9-0 ruling that can be considered controversial, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has said that workers at an Amazon warehouse facility need not be compensated for the 25 minutes they spend undergoing a security screening at the end of their shift. The salient arguments underlying the ruling are that: TheRead full story...
  • Joint Employer Standards May be Revised, Thanks to the NLRB

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    When businesses outsource; franchise or subcontract their operations to franchisees, the two operate as separate businesses. But how separate are they? Although the business may specify standards for packaging, customer service, logo, uniforms and other aspects of the business, the franchisor does not get involved in the day to day operations of the franchisee, likeRead full story...
  • Understanding Long Term Un-employability

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    During the recent recession, thousands of workers experienced long periods of unemployment.   There was little stigma attached to stating that one’s job search spanned six months or more, because everyone recognized the condition to be a reflection of economic conditions. Today, the conversation has changed. Employers acknowledge a bias against hiring individuals who have beenRead full story...
  • Business Necessity Cannot Extend to Past Drug Use

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    The phenomenal success of Steve Jobs as an entrepreneur was undeniable, but how many of us realize what it also protected him from! I refer to his drug use history which became public knowledge through the FBI’s recently released 191 page file on Mr. Jobs. With such a public record, I could not help butRead full story...
  • MSP/VMS to the Rescue in Independent Contractor Misclassifications

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    Misclassifying employees as independent contractors carries huge costs. When caught, employers must pay back wages, tax liabilities, retroactive employee benefits, contributions to unemployment insurance; fines and penalties. Blackwater USA and Handy are among those who learned the hard way that classifying workers as independent contractors means big trouble to businesses. Companies are liable whether theyRead full story...
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    Your HR Buddy !!

  • Recruitment Metrics That Matter – Tiffany Kuehl

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recruitment Metrics That Matter Listen to one of our shows at @DriveThruHR with Tiffany Kuehl, @TiffanyKuehl, Talent Acquisition Manager at MTS Systems corporation where she talks about looking at metrics to strategically recruit your candidates. Click the below link to listen to the show: Recruitment Metrics That Matter – Tiffany Kuehl Know more about… What is the
  • Leveraging Social and Mobile for Training

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leveraging Social and Mobile for Training Sharlyn Lauby’s HR Bartender blog is one of my top favorite HR blogs out there. And I had the honor to interview her at DriveThruHR where she talked about some of the latest trends in the training space by involving social and mobile. Sharlyn Lauby is SPHR, CPLP, President of ITM
  • How should HR collaborate with other business partners

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How should HR collaborate with other business partners! Listen to my Interview with Trish McFarlane,  @trishmcfarlane, VP of Human Resource Practice, Principal Analyst at Brandon Hall Group. An insightful conversation where she urges HR and recruiting professionals in understanding the ins and outs of the business and people strategy. Listen to know more about how internal communication needs
  • 5 Factors that engaged workplaces have in common

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever noticed what all highly engaged workplaces have in common? Well, Building a great work culture that clearly narrates who you are as an organization starts from its own leaders and it should be part of your company’s DNA. But in a race to create that highly engaged workplace and with a goal to
  • Why Recruiters dislike HR and vice versa

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    There has always been a disconnect between HR and Recruiter even as the profession evolved. On one side we have Sourcers and third party recruiters who have a hacker mentality who focus on bringing that purple squirrel, using the boolean search strings and social search tools. But on the other side we have HR and
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • Employee Records: Who Should Have Access To What?

    G&A Partners
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Employers have access to an incredible amount of information about their employees: dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, bank account information, background/criminal history reports, tax forms, medical records, employment histories, performance reviews, compensation histories and much, much more. In the wake of the recent Sony cyber attack, in which information from several employees’ personnel files was leaked to the public, many employers and HR professionals are taking a second look at how secure their employees’ personal information and records are. While parts of some federal…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Office Holiday Party Dos & Don’ts

    G&A Partners
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The season of holiday office parties is in full swing (and apparently on the rise). To help get you in the holiday spirit, G&A Partners created a “Holiday Office Party Dos & Don’ts” infographic to help you and your co-workers survive the potential pitfalls of the annual office soiree.
  • E-Cigarettes In The Workplace

    G&A Partners
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    E-cigarettes are one of the fastest-growing alternatives to cigarettes in the United States, filling the void for smokers who want to kick the habit of a traditional Marlboro. But when it comes to the workplace, Houston employers are up in the air as to how e-cigarettes should be handled. “I’ve only had a handful of people that have made an issue about e-cigarettes, because I feel like there’s still so much gray area in the lack of what they are and what they do,” said Charlotte Ingram, senior human resources advisor for Houston-based G&A Partners. E-cigarettes…
  • How Millennials Are Changing Houston’s Workplaces

    G&A Partners
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you noticed all the youngsters in your office are always on their phones, pushing the limits of the dress code and stressing the need for more time away from the office? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Full disclosure: I am the stereotypical Millennial, so it was interesting — and sometimes a little comical — to hear how my generation was changing Houston’s offices when I spoke to Bonnie Scherry, director of corporate human resources for Houston-based G&A Partners, last week. Houston’s big business growth has brought a new, young generation of transplants…
  • What An Expert Says About Unlimited PTO

    G&A Partners
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The idea of unlimited paid time off may seem like a far-fetched idea to managers — while employees may think it’s the greatest idea ever — one local expert says there are some real benefits to unlimited PTO. It obviously doesn’t apply to every company across every industry, said Bonnie Scherry, director of corporate human resources for Houston-based G&A Partners, but for those who can make it work, there’s a lot of upside. “Obviously, the benefits for the employer are recruiting and retention,” said Scherry. “Who wouldn’t want unlimited paid…
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    The Resumator

  • A Peek Inside The Resumator: Michael Jones

    Dana Hall
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The Resumator is a powerful machine for hiring top performers. But peek inside that machine and find the bizarre, brilliant, and completely adorable people that make up our team. In “A Peek Inside The Resumator,” we pull back the curtain and show you our celebrated company culture and the team members who make The Resumator the best and easiest to use hiring tool on the market today. What is your role at the Resumator? I’m the team lead of the technical support division of the Customer Success Team. Why did you decide to work for The Resumator? I actually thought I was…
  • Hiring the right people: 4 steps to get your recruiters & hiring managers on the same page

    Dana Hall
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    This post was written by Promise Phelon, Chief Revenue Officer of The Resumator If you’re part of the SaaS economy, then the idea of acquisition and retention as a revenue construct is easy to wrap your head around: It’s not the number of customers you acquire, but the number you keep, engage and expand. Success isn’t about short-term vanity metrics or new logos; it’s about the long game of engagement, the value customers get from your product or service, and the long funnel of future potential value. It’s about outcomes. Investors, employees and partners know this, which is why…
  • Don’t miss this live, online discussion. Your next good hire depends on it.

    Dana Hall
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    William Tincup is one of the country’s leading thinkers on social media application for human resources, an expert on adoption of HR technology and a damn fine marketer. He has been blogging about HR related issues since 2007. He’s a contributor to Fistful of Talent, HRTechEurope and HRExaminer and also co-hosts a daily HR podcast called DriveThruHR. Below is a guest post by William:  Say you’re a recruiter, pushing a new job out there on the Internets.  You’re rightfully proud of the shiny new job description… afterall, it’s only mostly lies.  You do your thing within the ATS,…
  • Let’s talk tech… the Resumator API

    Michael Jones
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    With the advent of cloud based software and SaaS applications, customers are no longer forced to purchase costly enterprise systems which take months to implement and learn. Customers can now choose the best software for the job at hand and be up and running in a matter of hours. Customers choose the Resumator because we are the market leader for candidate recruiting software and we offer our customers LIMITLESS potential to help them grow their businesses. However, one question that often comes up from our customers is: Can the Resumator integrate with my existing/other cloud based HRIS or…
  • A Peek Inside The Resumator: Ben Burwell

    Dana Hall
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The Resumator is a powerful machine for hiring top performers. But peek inside that machine and find the bizarre, brilliant, and completely adorable people that make up our team. In “A Peek Inside The Resumator,” we pull back the curtain and show you our celebrated company culture and the team members who make The Resumator the best and easiest to use hiring tool on the market today. What is your role at the Resumator? I am a full-time Account Manager. And a part-time cowboy. Why did you decide to work for The Resumator? It was a really easy decision. I knew I wanted to work in a…
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    Eblin Group

  • How to Avoid the Disaster of Leadership Vertigo

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Is there a gap between how you view the impact of your leadership and the way others view or experience it? If there is, then you're suffering from what leadership expert, speaker and author Tanveer Naseer calls "leadership vertigo." That's actually the title of a new book that Naseer has co-authored with S. Max Brown. As Tanveer explains it in a recent conversation he had with me, leadership vertigo occurs when your brain tells you one thing and the facts tell you another. (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: Reflect, Then Project

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    We're very close to the time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. There’s just something about that blank calendar (or at least more blank than your end of 2014 calendar) that makes hope spring forth that the coming year will be different in the ways that matter most. It’s a good exercise for sure. As the Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” It makes sense to set some goals for a new year and to reverse engineer back from those goals to identify the specific actions that will likely get you…
  • Leaders Behaving Badly

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    You don't have to look very hard in any given week to find examples of leaders behaving badly. This week had a couple of doozies. First, we had the story of Heather Cho, the vice president of inflight customer service for Korean Air. She was travelling on her own airline and as her plane from taxiing away from its gate at JFK, a flight attendant gave her macadamia nuts without asking if she wanted any and, (worse!) left them in the package. Cho flipped out and called the lead flight attendant to her seat to dress him down.
  • Mindful Mondays: A Simple Way to Manage the End Of Year Rush

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. A simple act like taking three deep breaths can make a world of difference in how you show up at work and at home. As the pace becomes more hectic in these last few weeks of the year, slowing yourself down with some intentional breathing is a great idea.
  • Five Things to Do to Find a Great Mentor

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Over the course of my career, I’ve had the good fortune to have a number of mentors who have helped shape my life and career. I wrote about one of them in a pre-Thanksgiving post I wrote last week. I don’t think I ever set out to recruit a particular person as a mentor. The relationships just sort of naturally evolved with the people who ended up being my mentors. At this point in my career, I’ve been both mentor and protégé (I can’t stand the word “mentee” – it sounds like a candy you’d eat after dinner.) Considering both of those perspectives, I’ve identified five things…
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  • Transcript: How to Create Guiding Principles for an Organization

    Allison Julander
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The following transcript is from an interview between Lacey Halpern, HR Business Partner at Xenium HR, Joy McCormick, Senior Payroll Specialist at Xenium HR, and Brandon Laws, Marketing Manager at Xenium HR, on the podcast episode entitled: How to Create Guiding Principles for an Organization Brandon: Welcome everybody! We’re back for another podcast. Today I have with me Lacey Halpern, an HR Business Partner at Xenium, and another guest, Joy McCormick, Payroll Specialist at Xenium. Today we’re going to talk about what guiding principles mean to an organization. Welcome, both of you, I…
  • Business Leaders Discuss ‘Options & Impacts’ of the Affordable Care Act [Transcript]

    Allison Julander
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    On Tuesday, October 7, Xenium invited local business to the Benson Hotel in Portland for a panel discussion addressing compliance strategy and what to expect for 2015. The discussion topics centered around recently passed regulations and how it may impact business. The Affordable Care Act employer mandate, legalized marijuana, Portland Paid Sick Leave and heavier demand for human resources are all on the minds of business leaders and something we felt needed to be addressed. We invited local experts and business leaders to discuss these issues on the panel. They included: Ken Provencher,…
  • Q&A with Xenium President Anne Donovan on Outsourcing

    Allison Julander
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    On November 12, Xenium President Anne Donovan spoke on a panel at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network monthly PubTalk event where they discussed the outsourcing. Below is a transcription of her answers to the Q&A portion of the evening.   What are some potential benefits of outsourcing and examples of success? Quick background on me, the only way I’ve done human resources is through the “HR as a service” model. So I’ve never actually been an in-house HR person, I’ve always delivered services through this model. It’s been my career at Xenium. One of the main benefits, I…
  • Podcast: How to Create Guiding Principles for an Organization

    Allison Julander
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Ever wonder what it is like to create a set of guiding principles for an organization—the type that all employees believe in and live every single day they are at work? Brandon Laws sits down Joy McCormick and Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR to discuss the process of creating a set of principles, from their very own experience. Brandon, Joy, and Lacey discuss Xenium’s set of guiding principles called “The Xenium Promise”, how it came about, what it means to them and how they integrate it into their daily business practices. Discussion points during the episode: - What is…
  • Workplace Impacts of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Oregon

    Allison Julander
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    On November 4th, 2014, Measure 91, the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act, passed in Oregon. This act legalizes recreational marijuana use, while imposing some restrictions such as maximum legal quantities of possession and prohibited use in public places. The Act goes into effect 30 days after the day it was approved by voters; however, it is not until July 1, 2015 that the personal possession stipulations take effect. Many states across the country have medical marijuana laws, and Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska have now enacted personal…
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Voluntary Medical Benefits to Consider Offering Your Employees

    Colin Bradley
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    One purpose of voluntary benefits is filling in the gaps between what health insurance covers and employees’ actual medical needs. Traditionally this has largely consisted of dental and vision insurance, but now there are voluntary benefits that cover specific illnesses, critical illness coverage for nonmedical costs and coverage for trips to the emergency room. More than half of the personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are the result of medical bills, says Phyllis Falotico, the assistant vice president of group marketing benefits at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Many…
  • Voluntary Benefits in 2015

    Colin Bradley
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    2014 is rapidly coming to a close and the question for many employers is how the benefits landscape will change in 2015. The answer: No one really knows. Some studies indicate growth; others indicate a slowdown. The only thing everyone can agree on is that the Affordable Care Act and its many intricacies have been on the forefront of everyone’s mind for so long that voluntary benefits have fallen by the wayside. 2015 should be the year you reevaluate your voluntary benefits offerings, particularly if you’ve switched to a high deductible health plan in the wake of the ACA. To help you…
  • Compliance Corner: What’s Next for the ACA? Information Reporting

    Colin Bradley
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    This is a guest post with employee benefits compliance advice from Winston Benefits partner Joe Lazzarotti, a benefits attorney and practice group leader at Jackson Lewis P.C. He specializes in employee benefits counseling, with a heavy emphasis on health benefits and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By now, if you have a calendar year health plan, you’ve completed your open enrollment and may be taking a deep breath, perhaps even toasting the completion of some significant hurdles toward full ACA compliance. But more lies ahead. Around this time next year, “applicable…
  • More Employers Are Looking to Private Exchanges for Health Insurance

    Colin Bradley
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    More and more small- to mid-sized businesses are turning to private exchanges as a way to offer their employees insurance while shifting more administrative hassles to the companies participating in the exchange. Switching to an exchange doesn’t guarantee companies will save money on employee benefits or provide better service to the employees using those benefits. Before changing your insurance provider, you should do your research and consider all your options. These articles can help you get started better understanding the potential pros and cons of going with a private exchange for…
  • Lasik Coverage Adds Value to Vision Insurance

    Craig Butler
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Protecting your eyes is an important part of caring for your overall health, and vision coverage is a vital element of a strong employee benefits package. Most health insurance plans don’t cover essential vision care, such as eye exams, glasses and contact lenses, so without vision insurance people must pay for these expenses out of pocket -- and many simply go without regular vision checkups to avoid the cost. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 150 million Americans use some kind of corrective eyewear, and they spend more than $15 billion a year on it. Poor…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Beating the Odds of the Beauty versus Brains Battle

    Greg Moran
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Time and time again, we’ve heard that good looking people tend to fare better in their careers than their more average counterparts, but do we really believe this to be true? According to some stats put together by Richard Madison, marketing executive of the online Brighton School of Business and Management in Britain, you’d better buckle up, because beauty trumps brains –from landing the interview to negotiating salary.Madison’s research shows that the average call-back rate on resumes is 30 percent. For attractive women, it is 54 percent. Only seven percent of the less than…
  • At the Intersection of the Internet of Things and HR

    Greg Moran
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    You’ve likely heard the term being tossed around – the Internet of Things (IoT) – but do you know what it means? Let’s reflect first. The 1990’s Internet connected one billion users via PCs; the early 2000’s Internet connected two billion users via smartphones; and by 2020, the IoT is expected to connect 28 billion “things” to the Internet. So, where does HR fit in?According to an article on, a magazine focused on the people, technology, ideas and careers of senior leaders in Human Resources and Human Capital, more and more, the role of HR is to…
  • Are you ready for 2015’s Workplace Trends?

    Greg Moran
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    It’s right around the corner, but are you ready? For the past three years, Dan Schawbel, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success,” and contributing author to Forbes & Inc. has put together a top 10 list of workplace trends. He bases these reports on numerous industry-related surveys and research. Here are the highlights of what he thinks is in store for 2015:1.) Generation Z is ripe for internships. The oldest Generation Zer will be a college senior in 2015 and companies are after them. He says this is…
  • Put on Your Boxing Gloves

    Greg Moran
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Many HR departments have to put up their dukes when it comes to showing their worth. Why? A good deal of their efforts are made behind the scenes and while speed of hire, percentage of reviews completed and number of managers trained are all good things, HR departments need to prove their efforts are contributing to the bottom line. As a result, metrics matter.A New WorldIn order to have a business impact, HR author, Louis Efron, says HR department should focus on the following five critical areas:1. Define & Align. All employees should be able to define and explain why the company…
  • Rule #1 to Destroy a Candidate Relationship

    Greg Moran
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    What’s the right amount of information to ask from a candidate? According to this new LinkedIn post by CEO Greg Moran, it depends. But asking too much information prematurely can spoil the whole relationship. Read the post here … And, if you like the post, be sure to Follow on LinkedIn by clicking the button below to stay connected.
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • Educating the Organization on Recognition – Recognition Radio #5

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

    Sharlyn Lauby, Guest Blogger
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    One of the most important events in an employee’s career is their first day of work. There’s a constant conversation about making sure an employee is welcomed and made to feel a part of the company on Day One. Every year, employees remember their work anniversary. Anniversaries are special and important events in a person’s life. Whether they are personal anniversaries or professional ones. For just a second, think about what it would feel like if a special someone forgot your wedding anniversary or the anniversary of your first date. It might hurt. It would definitely be disappointing.
  • SHRM Webinar: 5 Strategies for Moving Beyond Engagement Surveys

    Darcy Jacobsen
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Tomorrow I’ll be chatting with Madeline Laurano from Brandon Hall Group as she shares some strategies for getting past surveys and building engagement in your company.  I hope you can join us for this informative webinar–part of the SHRM Webinar series! SHRM Webinar: Five Strategies for Moving Beyond Annual Engagement Surveys Dec. 3, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT Although most companies talk about engagement, few have a strategy that extends beyond measuring it. Annual surveys are intended to provide a snapshot of engagement levels, but they are often ineffective because they provide no…
  • Thanks, Workday, for the Recognition… and the Reminder

    Brian Schwartz
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    I like to think I’m a pretty experienced practitioner in recognition.  With nearly ten years at Globoforce, I’m probably as close to a professional recognizer as it gets.  I talk about it every day. I’ve given out hundreds of recognition awards, and I’ve definitely received my fair share in return. As the creators of the world’s most effective program for employee appreciation and engagement, we do a LOT of recognizing in our organization. And you might think that would make me a little blasé about recognition.  Like I might have built up an immunity or it might not impress me…
  • Are You Saying Thanks?

    Mike Wood
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    Just in time for Thanksgiving – the annual holiday where you not only gorge yourself on food and family, but give thanks for what you have in your life – Facebook recently launched a new way for people to thank their friends. Logging on to their special #SayThanks campaign tool, people can select a friend and send them a quick video that highlights their relationship, and what they’ve been through together. As Facebook puts it, “Your friends are at the core of your Facebook experience, and we are always looking for new ways to help you celebrate those friendships.” We’ve seen in…
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    Human Resources Software

  • Informal Communication at Work

    Stephanie Reyes
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    Watercooler Conference by Jean, Flickr The idea of an office “grapevine” and the notion of watercooler news exchange is not new or revolutionary. Many studies have been done about the existence of the workplace “bush telegraph” and its influence on the completion of daily tasks as well as the development of workplace culture.[1] You’ll also find reams of management advice on the topic. You can even take courses on accepting the existence of this type of communication and how to best use it to suit your needs as a manager or leader.[2] Impromptu, unmonitored…
  • Never Say Never – When a Key Employee Leaves

    Stephanie Reyes
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Tsunami Zone by Coco and Jo, Flikr When a key employee decides it’s time to pursue different interests and ambitions, it generates ripples in an organization. If that person takes a lot of organizational knowledge out the door, those ripples can morph into a tsunami. As leaders, we can do everything possible to keep our best talent—provide onsite fitness centers, unlimited vacation, a clear path for growth, insightful leadership and more—and some people will still choose to leave to achieve their personal goals. Rather than railing against an immutable reality,…
  • Six Tips to Help Employees Survive the Holidays

    Stephanie Reyes
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    The holiday season is meant to be a time of celebration. A time for families and friends to gather and observe their own unique traditions. In spite of this (and sometimes because of it!), for many, the holiday season is also a time of great stress. Increased personal and family demands associated with the season can leave your employees run ragged. Velas Candles by Guillermo Viciano, Flickr Aside from providing the ubiquitous holiday party, employers can help employees get through the holiday season unscathed and unruffled with a variety of simple, thoughtful acts. Here are a few examples to…
  • Managing Employee Expectations - Part 2

    Stephanie Reyes
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Last week we published Managing Employee Expectations - Part 1 from guest author, David Drennan. Today's post complete's the picture. Managing Negative Expectations No-one likes to communicate bad news, but sometimes it has to be done. Unlike managing expectations about positive news, it’s a situation that needs quite different treatment if you're going to manage expectations effectively. Generally, when people have been expecting some negative event in their lives, anything better than what was expected will bring feelings of relief. I well remember in my early thirties…
  • Preparing for the Holiday Sugar Rush

    Stephanie Reyes
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    Photo:MacedonianBoy, Wikimedia Commons It’s the middle of the afternoon; an hour or two since lunch and there are still a few hours of work left in the day. You can barely keep your eyes open and find yourself continuously looking at the clock. Really, all you want to do is put your head down on your desk and take a nap. Sound familiar? The solution of choice for the mid-afternoon doldrums is often caffeine, or some sort of “sugar fix.” What’s your usual? Coffee? A muffin? A donut from the break room? All of the above? Nutrition experts say the reason for this feeling…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Model the Change You Want to See

    John Michel
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Greece's history is replete with tales of heroes and the great battles they fought. Platea, Tangra, Coronea, and Chaeronea are but a handful of the battlefields that litter the small island nation. However, on a single spot marked by only a stark, white marble column in the middle of a grain field, you'll find arguably the most significant battlefield of all. It's a little-visited place called Leuctra, in the region of Boeotia, where in 371 BC General Epaminondas and his army from Thebes defeated the previously unconquerable army of Sparta.
  • Thanks for Joining Us

    Ed Frauenheim
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We hope the 12 Days of Great Rated! has lifted your holiday spirits. The companies we’ve discussed since the start of the month are inspiring—organizations working hard to create workplaces that work for employees and management alike.
  • Teach for America: A Nonprofit Workplace Keeping Pace with its Corporate Counterparts

    Peter Barnes
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    People at Teach for America are all about the kids. By supporting the educators participating in this celebrated program, TFA employees are deeply proud of their part in a nonprofit that seeks to make high-quality education accessible to all. To accomplish that work, the organization must attract not only its teaching recruits, but also the dedicated staff members who keep the program running.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements Fever

    China Gorman
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    How would you describe flexible scheduling? Does a standard definition come to mind? In a new SHRM survey on FWAs (flexible work arrangements), which surveyed 525 HR professionals from a randomly selected sample of SHRM’s membership, “FWAs,” “flextime,” “workplace flexibility,” “flexible scheduling,” etc. are defined under the following definition: “… a dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for everyone involved (including families, clients and other stakeholders).”
  • Great Companies Show Finance Can Be Fun

    Peter Barnes
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    From talking ducks to giant flagpoles, companies in finance and insurance work hard to differentiate their brands in the eyes of potential clients. At the same time, some of the most successful organizations also realize the potential in promoting the unique and supportive workplaces of the people who make their policies possible.
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    Human Resources Blog

  • Handling Inclement Weather Warnings and Maintaining Business

    Julia Weeks
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you live in an area that typically receives inclement weather warnings during the winter months, it is important that you have a plan for your business.  This plan should ensure the safety of your employees, while also ensuring that business is still conducted.  Inclement Weather Policy First, before you respond to any inclement weather, you should check your company’s inclement weather policy.  As Employers’ Lawyers Blog mentions, most companies will have policies regarding how their business operates during inclement weather, who is the decision maker when it comes to closing the…
  • Helping Your Employees Manage Holiday Stress

    Lauren Levine
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    As fun and exciting as the holidays are, they can also be extremely stressful, particularly when work-related deadlines loom. Add in the fact that employees may be vacationing and that holiday-related days off are a-plenty and it’s no surprise that holiday cheer often feels like an oxymoron. Help your staff stay on-task without feeling frazzled by using these strategies to manage holiday stress: Know exactly what the coming months look like Map out the coming weeks and months on a calendar so you have a visual of upcoming deadlines, including work that needs to be wrapped up, proposals…
  • Video Interviews for Making Personal Connections with Candidates

    Camelia Rodriguez
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    More and more companies are coming to understand the importance of making personal connections with candidates. It allows them to gain valuable insight on a candidate to truly determine their potential as an employee. Furthermore, connecting personally with candidates earlier on in the hiring process can save companies the trouble of wasting time and resources when bringing people into the office who turn out to be less than stellar. The traditional hiring method of conducting phone interviews doesn’t give hiring professionals or recruiters the ability to assess a candidate’s facial…
  • 3 Ways to Handle Holiday Time-off Requests

    Julia Weeks
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    During the holiday season, business may be slower than normal, but it’s important that your department has the support needed when customers call.  While some businesses are able to justify closing for the holidays, this may not be an option for you. When your employees begin to submit time-off requests around the holidays, you may feel like a circus clown, juggling schedules.  However, there is a simple plan to put in motion that will make this time of year go much more smoothly for you and your business. Prepare Ahead of Time One of the best ways to handle time-off requests during the…
  • How to Recruit for Seasonal Workers More Effectively

    Lauren Levine
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Seasonal workers play an integral role in a business’s success, but finding the right people to fill these spots is no easy task. As your company heads into the busy holiday season, use these tips to recruit skilled seasonal employees who you’ll be thrilled to ask back next year: Make sure your job posting is up to date: In order for a seasonal employee to perform well, they need to know what is expected of them. Help make this possible by providing a job description that’s detailed and accurate. It’s okay to use last year’s posting, as long as you make sure to spruce it up and…
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    Staff Motivation Matters

  • In The Press: Evolving your sales incentives schemes

    John Sylvester
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    An article by John Sylvester, first published on  Sales managers and directors need to look beyond traditional sales incentive schemes to boost their team’s productivity. Measuring sales success has become about so much more than simply looking at sales figures achieved. Performance improvement programmes (PIP) are the new sales incentive schemes – the new […]
  • Guest blog: How motivational speakers can help your business flourish

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    Would you like to add a spark of inspiration to reignite the zeal and passion amongst your employees? If so, then a motivational speaker can do great job. A motivational speaker doesn’t just deliver a great speech but they can lead a team to success, help an individual achieve a goal, and even turn a […]
  • The wrong way to recognise employees

    Darren Tracey
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:28 am
    Employee recognition is a powerful tool that managers can use to motivate, engage and retain their employee. Appreciating the effort your employees put in should be simple, but some organisations seem to excel at making it difficult. There’s been a lot written on how to get recognition right, so I thought I would share with […]
  • Recognition schemes and the importance of internal business communication

    John Sylvester
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    Internal communication is the lifeblood of any business: it’s equally important to control the day-to-day operations of the business, as it is to market the business and its services. Yet in a lot of businesses their internal communications are usually less than ideal. Internal communications can take many forms such as: Notice boards Newsletters Town […]
  • Are you married to your work?

    John Sylvester
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    We have all heard the phrase ‘work-life balance’, but can we honestly say that we are following this advice, or are we still falling short of a healthy mix of work and free time? It’s easy to talk about striking a work-life balance, but in reality it can be quite difficult to implement effectively. This […]
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    Safari Solutions

  • 5 Reasons Why Candidates Reject Offers

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Companies that are experiencing growth may not have the luxury of waiting to hire until the ideal candidate surfaces.  When hiring the ideal candidate seems impossible due to a limited market supply, adjustments may be necessary in your search parameters.  Here a few recommendations for positions that must be filled. Start your search 90+ days before required start date. Adjust job requirements to fit available talent pool. Expand your sourcing strategy.. Improve the quality of your job marketing material.
  • 3 Negative Effects of a Tight Market

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The tides have turned and it is now a candidate employment market. Companies are competing for talent and are finding that their top candidates are receiving multiple offers. A recent Monster survey indicated that it is taking up to 65% longer for companies to fill positions. Here are a few pitfalls that may occur when hiring for a difficult-to-fill position. May have to pay more for quality candidates. May have to settle for junior level or “B” candidates. May need to expand your recruiting budget. May over-stress existing staff while positions go unfilled.
  • 2 Reasons to Hire Ahead of the Pack

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Businesses tend to retract during recessions. Then once the recovery begins, they expand. Unfortunately, many businesses fail to expand soon enough and thus are unable to take advantage of the upswing to its fullest potential. Companies that wait too long FAIL on two counts: 1) More progressive companies (Leaders) have already cherry picked top talent. So, if you are following the pack, the cost to hire will increase. Not only will you pay higher salaries, you will also spend more in recruiting costs to find top talent. 2) The length of time it takes to hire successfully will also increase…
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    Async Interview

  • Identifying Rudolph to Lead the Team

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

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

    Christopher Young
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Hassle-Free Hiring for Hourly Roles Demand for goods and services is up as more people have disposable income to spend at retail stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Sales in restaurants alone were up almost 2% in October 2014, compared to the prior year’s period. The increase in buyer demand means the number of employees and staff must rise to take care of customer service, increased production, and launch new ideas. The one thing that doesn’t increase is the time that hiring managers and business owners have to conduct interviews. Time management help…
  • Solving Restaurants’ Poor Employee Retention Rates with Video

    Christopher Young
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    The restaurant industry has experienced strong growth during the third quarter of 2014, with sales figures reaching their highest in two years. This growth has been accompanied by a 4.3 percent increase in restaurant jobs. However, restaurant managers are still struggling to recruit suitable employees, and staff turnover remains high. A new approach to recruiting could help restaurant managers in selecting the right employees without spending too much time on the recruitment process. A New Approach to Restaurant Recruiting There’s a growing trend for video interviewing among the restaurant…
  • Truly Universal Recruitment with Video

    Christopher Young
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Video interviewing is the wave of the future for both recruiters and candidates. Imagine having the whole world as your job search landscape. Or, if you are an employer, imagine truly universal recruitment. has given video interviewing the thumbs up, calling it “one of the hottest HR technology trends in the past few years.” U.S. News and World Report has said that video interviews are good news for both candidates and employers, offering employers cost-effective universal recruitment and providing candidates with a worldwide showcase for their skills from the comfort of…
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    Make HR Happen by Tom Bolt

  • Who Needs Social Media?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Team Trust is Like a Three Legged Stool

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

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

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

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA sanctions…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
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  • Our Favourite CIPHR Blog Articles From 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Here’s our favourite CIPHR blog articles from 2014. It’s been a great year for us and we look forward to 2015! It’s been a busy year for the CIPHR blog and with so many articles to choose from the list became bigger than expected. With articles from offboarding, to using LinkedIn, to finding a new career, we think we got everything covered! Here it is: 9 Ways To Grow Your Company Culture We all want to work in a happy, productive and rewarding environment. We all want to get up and be happy to go to work, every day. Company culture is a vital ingredient to achieving true…
  • S4C move to CIPHR SaaS

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    S4C has been operating for over 30 years and is the only Welsh language TV channel in the world, broadcasting 115 hours of programming, across a range of platforms, including online. The post S4C move to CIPHR SaaS appeared first on CIPHR.
  • Your Personal Brand Strategy For 2015

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    As social networks evolve and a different article each week reveals the next big thing that you should be part of, how can you keep up and know what’s best for your personal branding efforts? Fear not, here’s our guide for your personal brand strategy for 2015. Be targeted, consistent and disciplined Trying to spread yourself too thinly and sharing content on every social network is counter productive. The sheer amount of information that you’ll have to create, find and post will mean that you’ll soon either run out of time or start to compromise on quality in order…
  • What Will The Workplace Be Like In 2015?

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    What will the workplace be like in 2015? Will there be a huge difference compared to today or will next year herald the introduction of a new way of working? Back in October 2013 I made 5 predictions of what our workplaces would look like moving forward. I made 5 predictions, which were: An increase in flexible and remote working Hand held technology competing with more traditional equipment Greener offices An increased use of video and social media by brands The utilisation of cloud based tech to increase During 2014 there’s been a definite rise in each of these trends and…
  • 11 Things You Can Do Today To Turbocharge Your Career

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Getting noticed or knowing what to do for the good of your professional growth isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’ve put together 11 things you can do today to turbocharge your career. Smarten up (even if it’s a little) Many brands operate a relaxed dress policy (we do at CIPHR for office-based staff). You don’t need to come to work every day in a 3 piece suit, just spruce yourself up a bit with a casual shirt and trousers. The same goes for footwear, scruffy two year old trainers can be replaced with a pair of casual shoes. Looking like you’ve just fallen out of…
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  • Stop Multitasking and Start Prioritizing!

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

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

    Jennifer Shaw
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Being focused in the workplace is taking center stage now that we are heading into the end of the year and 2014 is coming to close. However, with the onslaught of news and pings of social media calling your attention, staying focused is becoming more… The post Be Mentally Present appeared first on MMChr.
  • IRS Increases 2015 Health FSA Election Limit

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    On October 30th, the Internal Revenue Service announced the Health FSA inflation adjustment effective January 1, 2015. The Health Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) maximum election amount will be $2550 (up from $2500) starting with January 1, 2015 plan years. Dependent Care FSA limits are not… The post IRS Increases 2015 Health FSA Election Limit appeared first on MMChr.
  • It’s That Time Again…

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    MMC’s Annual Open Enrollment for Global Plans! Open Enrollment for MMC’s Global Medical (Blue Shield HMO, Blue Shield PPO, and Kaiser Permanente), Aetna Dental (Freedom of Choice PPO & DMO), Vision Service Plan (VSP), and Flexible Spending Accounts (Health, Dependent Care, Mass transit/parking) is going… The post It’s That Time Again… appeared first on MMChr.
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    HiringThing Blog

  • The Fine Art of Following up

    2 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    So you just finished interviewing a candidate for your open position. Whether you've discovered your dream hire or immediately knew the candidate wasn't a right fit for the job, the next step is to follow up. Following up is an essential part of the hiring process and establishing great habits can make it easier for you to do. Check the following off your list next time you’re making contact after an interview
  • Organic Indeed

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Get the Scoop on Indeed’s Organic Visibility (Free) Option. At select plan levels, HiringThing offers you the option to post your active jobs to to reach out to Indeed’s 140 million unique visitors each month through organic visibility. We get asked a lot of questions about how this works by employers so we thought to ourselves, there’s no time like the present to share as much info as we can with our employers about how the organic visibility option for Indeed works.
  • Revolutionizing Candidate Experience

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    An overwhelming majority of candidates deem communication and responsiveness to be the most important indicators of their overall experience during the hiring process, according to a recent report published by CareerBuilder. Sixty-one percent of candidates place the most emphasis on both the importance of receiving timely responses from employers throughout the process and being notified if the candidate is not the correct fit for the job. The majority of candidates also feel strongly that employers should update them on where the candidate is in the application process. What this means is…
  • 3 Ways to Save Time Hiring Great Employees for Your Clients With an ATS

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Whether you’re hiring internally or sourcing candidates for your clients, we’re sure saving time during the hiring process is at the top of your list. Utilizing an ATS can be a lifesaving tool for recruiters, as your inbox is flooded with resumes and applications. Not only can an ATS help you stay organized, it can improve communication with your team internally as well as externally with your clients. Additionally, it can speed up your time to hire, ensuring you don’t miss out on the best candidates. This time savings translates directly into financial savings, as well as the ability…
  • Plan and Pricing Updates

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We have had the same plans pricing for our customers for over two and half years, and as we've added features we've realized the need to adjust our pricing to better match our value proposition.
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    HR Payroll Systems

  • Navigating Big Data

    Brett Shaffer
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Now more than ever, knowledge is power to every type of company that exists. With data increasing at exponential rate every few years, however, it can be difficult to mine all of that data and extract information that is pertinent to your business. It is important to implement effective systems for mining through big data in order to glean the freshest and most helpful information without placing undue stress on employees and staff. What is Big Data? The massive influx of new data that is being created is referred to as “big data.” Data is created every time a social media interaction…
  • Tips for Seamless Benefits Open Enrollment

    Dave Rietsema
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    The year’s end is approaching and the benefits enrollment floodgates have opened. (That is, after all, why they call it “open enrollment.”) New health options and requirements are surely a constant game-changer for you and your team. Your employees might need to consider your company’s new benefits plans, a change of plans, or their level of plan participation. In any event, follow a few tips to make sure you’re prepared to deliver, capture, and execute information as smoothly as possible. Align Your Systems and Technology Benefits enrollment is hectic. You and your team have a lot…
  • 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…
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    Social Recruiting Blog - CareerCloud

  • Join Chris Russell and Hannah Morgan as they recap the year in...

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Join Chris Russell and Hannah Morgan as they recap the year in job search. You’ll hear about all the important trends, tactics and tools that made news this year in the job market. (49 min) Special thanks to Carly for the album artwork!
  • 5 Reasons Job Hoppers Make Great Sales Reps

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    5 Reasons Job Hoppers Make Great Sales Reps: hiregreattalent: Although recruiters are traditionally warned to stay away from job hoppers, many employers now expect candidates to have a history of job hopping. In fact, a recent survey from CareerBuilder shows that 55 percent of employers reported hiring a job hopper. Why are recruiters ignoring… Job hop
  • The Network notification switch on Linkedin is now more easily...

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Network notification switch on Linkedin is now more easily turned on/off. Look for it in the lower right column on your profile. Then your boss wont see any changes while you job hunt.
  • Top 10 States for Hidden Job Leads - 2014 Edition

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Top 10 States for Hidden Job Leads - 2014 Edition: Check out our 2014 list of the states with the most hidden job leads. ‘Hidden job leads’ mean jobs that have been announced by companies who will soon be hiring. This list is a snapshot of whats happening in today’s job market here in the USA.  The big list who’s planning to hire.
  • Your social recruiting should be visual.

    7 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    Your social recruiting should be visual.
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    HRE's The Leader Board

  • NLRB: Targeting McDonald’s as ‘Joint Employer’

    David Shadovitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I suspect most of you have been following, to some extent, the fast-food worker protests of the past couple of years. As recently as December 4, fast-food workers from around the country demonstrated in front of their restaurants, continuing their fight for a $15 an hour wage. Well, the latest update in the story came on Friday, when the National Labor Relations Board issued complaints against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, as a joint employers, alleging that they violated the rights of employees participating in the protests by making threats and…
  • DOJ’s Move to Protect Transgender Individuals

    David Shadovitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Even if you’re not a state or local public employer, you still might want to make note of the following news out of the Justice Department yesterday. In a memo to the DOJ’s component heads and United States Attorneys, Attorney General Eric Holder said the DOJ is now taking the position that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status, thereby clarifying the Civil Rights Division’s ability to file Title VII claims against state and local public employers on behalf…
  • Five Important Steps for Retirement

    Andrew McIlvaine
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Mercer has just released its annual “10 Steps DC Plan Sponsors Should Take” for the coming year, or things employers should do to ensure their defined-contribution plans are meeting the needs of plan participants while staying in compliance and taking advantage of recent innovations. Some of these recommendations include the usual about financial-wellness education, monitoring participants’ progress against their retirement goals, reviewing plan fees and checking up on providers to make sure they’re staying compliant. Rather than list all 10 steps, I’ve focused…
  • Home (From Work) For the Holidays

    Mark McGraw
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s that time of year, when workloads lighten and the holidays are just ahead, and employees begin to cash in the blocks of paid days off they’ve been banking all year long. At the risk of getting all Grinchy just eight days before Christmas, we invite you to take a look at SHRM’s new Total Financial Impact of Employee Absences Survey, which finds 75 percent of 1,280 HR professionals saying employee absences “carry hidden costs that can [affect] an organization’s productivity and revenue,” according to a SHRM statement. That’s not all that surprising, and the survey was…
  • For Women, ‘Assertive’ Still Means ‘Mean’

    Kristen Frasch
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    We really haven’t come that far, fellow females. Not when recent polls show too many women in business — whether by their own fault or by their being mislabeled — are still being perceived as too gruff, too assertive, too downright mean when they’re in positions of authority. When Lawrence Polsky wrote an article about “bitchy bosses” earlier this year, he garnered hundreds of responses, clearly touched a nerve and sparked a nationwide conversation about why women leaders are perceived differently than men, according to one release I read about…
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  • Our Favourite CIPHR Blog Articles From 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Here’s our favourite CIPHR blog articles from 2014. It’s been a great year for us and we look forward to 2015! It’s been a busy year for the CIPHR blog and with so many articles to choose from the list became bigger than expected. With articles from offboarding, to using LinkedIn, to finding a new career, we think we got everything covered! Here it is: 9 Ways To Grow Your Company Culture We all want to work in a happy, productive and rewarding environment. We all want to get up and be happy to go to work, every day. Company culture is a vital ingredient to achieving true…
  • S4C move to CIPHR SaaS

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    S4C has been operating for over 30 years and is the only Welsh language TV channel in the world, broadcasting 115 hours of programming, across a range of platforms, including online. The post S4C move to CIPHR SaaS appeared first on CIPHR.
  • Your Personal Brand Strategy For 2015

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    As social networks evolve and a different article each week reveals the next big thing that you should be part of, how can you keep up and know what’s best for your personal branding efforts? Fear not, here’s our guide for your personal brand strategy for 2015. Be targeted, consistent and disciplined Trying to spread yourself too thinly and sharing content on every social network is counter productive. The sheer amount of information that you’ll have to create, find and post will mean that you’ll soon either run out of time or start to compromise on quality in order…
  • What Will The Workplace Be Like In 2015?

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    What will the workplace be like in 2015? Will there be a huge difference compared to today or will next year herald the introduction of a new way of working? Back in October 2013 I made 5 predictions of what our workplaces would look like moving forward. I made 5 predictions, which were: An increase in flexible and remote working Hand held technology competing with more traditional equipment Greener offices An increased use of video and social media by brands The utilisation of cloud based tech to increase During 2014 there’s been a definite rise in each of these trends and…
  • 11 Things You Can Do Today To Turbocharge Your Career

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Getting noticed or knowing what to do for the good of your professional growth isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’ve put together 11 things you can do today to turbocharge your career. Smarten up (even if it’s a little) Many brands operate a relaxed dress policy (we do at CIPHR for office-based staff). You don’t need to come to work every day in a 3 piece suit, just spruce yourself up a bit with a casual shirt and trousers. The same goes for footwear, scruffy two year old trainers can be replaced with a pair of casual shoes. Looking like you’ve just fallen out of…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • BambooHR and GoalSpan Team Up

    Dave Barnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Only one in eight workers feels engaged at work. So not only do you probably have more than a few of them taking up space at your office, but they’re affecting your company by being less productive, taking more sick days and they’ll be staying a lot less time (which is probably a good thing […] The post BambooHR and GoalSpan Team Up appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Who Should Keep Employees Happy and Productive? [HR Time Challenges]

    Jeana Quigley
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Did you know that only 13 percent of employees around the world claim to be engaged at work? That’s only one in eight workers who feel connected with the company they work for. Chances are pretty good some of them are lurking around your office. Engaged employees understand what they need to do to help the company […] The post Who Should Keep Employees Happy and Productive? [HR Time Challenges] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • BambooHR and Coursetto Integrate

    Dave Barnes
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    We know how important training is to HR. But not just HR. Every single employee benefits and grows from ongoing training. HR watches over all employees in their quest to become the very best at their jobs and always do great, fulfilling work. As if that isn’t enough, training is also a huge part of […] The post BambooHR and Coursetto Integrate appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Product Update: Multi-Level Approvals

    Tyler Margetts
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Communication in the office is vital. But unfortunately, sometimes it feels like it’s so much more work to stop everything you’re doing to include everyone on what’s going on. Because we heard some of our customers were experiencing pains in this area, we at BambooHR have updated our HR software to include multi-level approvals. This […] The post Product Update: Multi-Level Approvals appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • How we settled on a customer-centric structure

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

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

  • Kaveri Grameen Bank Recruitment 2015 - IBPS RRB III

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    Kaveri Grameen Bank released notification for recruitment of various posts. Interview calls will send on the basis of IBPS RRB III scores. Date to apply - 22-12-2014 to 06-01-2015 Post SC ST OBC General Total Officer scale III 1 - 1 2 04 Officer Scale II 7 4 13 27 ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 22 December

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:47 pm
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- Questions 1. Who won ICC Cricketer of the year as well as ICC Test Cricketer of the year awards 2014? 2. 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Award was given to 3. Name the book on the autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar 4. How much has been allocated for AYUSH Mission? 5. European Golden Boot Award 2013 -14 was given to 6. Who was mentioned in “Playing It may Way” as the Childhood coach of Sachin? 7. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Life and Times of Kingfisher Airlines

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Some two years back it used to be common sight at the airports to see flight attendants in blood red crisscrossing the airport floor and the bright red ticket booth – always reminded me of festive cheer; now days the airports look a little less colorful. The Kingfisher Airlines have been grounded since October 2012 – and as of now with the Mumbai International Airport Ltd. deciding to sell a mid-sized carrier – the red bird looks like it’ll remain flightless in the near future too. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 22 December

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Current Affairs Update for today :- Deaths S. Balasubramanian, the chief of Vikatan Group, died on 19th December 2014.  Appointments Rajinder Khanna appointed as Director of Research and Analysis Wing. Prakash Mishra appointed as Director-General of Central Reserve Police Force on 20th December 2014.  SportsElano Blumer won Golden Boot Award in Indian Super League on 20th December 2014. Arjun Atwal of India won Dubai Open in Golf at Els Club in Dubai, United Arab... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GA questions asked in IBPS Clerk IV (21 Dec 2014 Evening Shift)

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    General awareness questions asked today QuestionsISDN- Integrated services digital networkKotak mahindra acquired by - ING VyasaMMID - Mobile Money IdentifierFull Form of URL - Uniform resource locator (Repeated)Organization that lenmds money for rural development - NABARDWhat does MICR middle 3 digits represents- BankBook by by Rajamohan Gandhi - Prince of GujratIndo US joint military exercise - Yudh AbhyasRTGS - Real Time Gross Settlement (Repeated)Book... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Improving Staff Engagement

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

    Bob Teasdale
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    The Apprentice 2014 has proven to be exciting viewing as 20 hopefuls started 12 weeks of tasks; aiming to become Lord Sugars next Apprentice / Business partner. In the last few weeks, we have seen the apprentices tackle projects and go up against each other; seeking to be the most successful when the results are announced in the board room; after which a member of the losing team gets fired, with immediate effect. Lord Sugar’s HR Manager Obviously the TV production of the Apprentice is sensationalist and we are sure that the BBC and Lord Sugar have an HR team working tirelessly in the…
  • HR for Nurseries

    Bob Teasdale
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Childcare and Nursery work is a fun and caring vocation, but as well as painting, singing and storytelling, nursery staff have to meet certain standards and compliance making hr for Nurseries a very exacting job. HR, Ofsted and EYFS   Staffing Ofsted and EYFS have standards and expectations that need to be met, this is for safeguarding children, protecting the children and also protecting the staff. In a Nursery staff levels must be acceptable for the age range of 1:3 for children under 2 years, 1:4 for children aged 2 to 3 years and 1:8 children aged 3–7 years. It is important that…
  • 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…
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    RAPIDBI - Training, Leadership & Change

  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #237

    Lesley Morrison
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
      ” I’m not selling lemonade. I’m selling the lemonade experience.” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor   Tweets by @RapidBI See some of our products to help develop your people and your business: Coach People £50.00 Add to […]
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #236

    Lesley Morrison
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    V   “Eternity has no calendars, no days, no weeks, no years…but still I have trouble managing my time!” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor   Tweets by @RapidBI See some of our products to help develop your […]
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #235

    Lesley Morrison
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
      “I can’t think of anything interesting to talk about. I’m so boring! She must hate me.” “A man who actually listens to me! I think I’m in love!” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor   Tweets by […]
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon 234

    Lesley Morrison
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
      “I think we can charge more if we calculate our billable hours in dog years.” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor   Tweets by @RapidBI See some of our products to help develop your people and your […]
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #233

    Lesley Morrison
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
      “Gosh, I’ve been so busy lately I didn’t even notice that I gave birth last week!” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor   Tweets by @RapidBI See some of our products to help develop your people and […]
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    360 Degree Feedback Tool

  • Why Is Measuring Employee Performance Essential?

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Measuring employee performance benefits organizations in a variety of ways. While regularly scheduled reviews are beneficial to the employees, they can benefit the company even more. Below, we take a look at some problems that can transpire when organizations fail to conduct employee evaluations. Measuring Employee Performance Ensures That Employees Don’t Feel Neglected When an organization fails to routinely evaluate its employees, many workers feel as though their contribution isn’t valued. Some will go as far as searching for a new job. It is imperative that employers offer…
  • 3 Benefits of Honest Employee Feedback

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Many business owners and managers offer constructive criticism to employees but do not request honest employee feedback. Oftentimes, it is prudent to seek employee feedback in an anonymous manner as it ensures that employees will offer truthful opinions and reports. Let’s take a look at the top 3 benefits of honest employee feedback. Honest Employee Feedback Offers Unique Insights Business owners and managers are oftentimes disconnected from the cubicles and work stations where employees get most of their work done. Employees spend most of their time working in the office. Therefore,…
  • Building Employee Evaluation Forms: Part VIII – Assessment from Vendors/Suppliers

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    We have already looked at one form of external feedback in Part 7 of this series –client/customer reviews. But, it doesn’t end with the end user. Some employees spend a good amount of time dealing with vendors and suppliers, who should be seen not as expendable commodities but as valued, trusted members of the extended team. Thus, employee evaluation forms from vendors and suppliers are another type of external feedback that comprises the 360-degree feedback paradigm. It can be a crucial clue into how well the employee plays with others. As you know, the performance appraisal model is…
  • Building Employee Evaluation Forms: Part VII – Assessment from Clients/Customers

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    External customers are defined as those outside the organization including, but not limited to, the general public. The interesting thing about obtaining their feedback as a performance indicator is that employees are often stunned by the results. Anyone who has cringed at an episode of Hotel Hell can understand the typical reaction at being told that your cherished product and white glove service is, in reality, appalling. Equally, little brings a smile to your face like employee evaluation forms saying how your service made someone’s day better. Active solicitation of customer feedback…
  • Building Employee Evaluation Forms: Part VI – Assessing Top/Senior Management

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you watched the movie Horrible Bosses and thought ‘Why doesn’t someone just evaluate them, for heavens sake?’ then you probably already see the value of rating the boss on his or her performance. Traditionally, there was no one keeping score but the top brass: the Board of Directors, maybe a couple of brave near-peers like the COO and CFO. Other than that, it was up to the leader to decide what part he had to play in the company’s overall performance. Fortunately, the paradigm of performance appraisal is shifting to a more holistic approach whereby company leaders can be…
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    HR Success Guide | Top Human Resources Blog

  • LinkedIn Vs Facebook for Professionals

    Parinita Bahadur
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Richard Madison Click Here to visit similar Presentations. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Just working isn’t enough to Succeed

    Parinita Bahadur
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Author: Nishit Lal “Success comes to those who act” is a commonly heard phrase. But the irony is that people work every day yet they don’t succeed. There are people who work on their enterprise yet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Team Events by Gauri Technologies (Apr'14 - Dec'14)

    Parinita Bahadur
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:21 pm
    ♦ Town Hall Meet   ♦ Eid   ♦ Birthdays   ♦ Potluck   ♦ Independence Day   ♦ Presentations ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recruiter's Role in Building Successful Organization

    Parinita Bahadur
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Author: Antony Xavier Would you like to work as a Recruiter? Do you want to know what is the role of a recruiter in building a successful organization or Are you already a recruiter but would like to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Corporate Culture - How does your Company Behave?

    Parinita Bahadur
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:32 am
    Author: Linda C. Lucarelli (Paychex Inc.) Would you know how to define corporate culture? If asked, could you tell someone about the culture of your organization? Simply put, culture it is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DATIS Blog

  • How Your Lack of Transparency is Destroying Your Team

    Kevin D. Cassidy
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    This DATIS blog article, “How Your Lack of Transparency is Destroying Your Team“, was originally shared by Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on October 8th, 2014 and was reposted with permission. People want to know what’s going on.  They expect their leaders to be up...
  • The CEO and the Board: Building an Effective Partnership

    Kevin D. Cassidy
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    Many nonprofit organizations have a very structured organizational hierarchy that ends with the board of directors. Before boards, a CEO had complete authority in managing the company and making impactful decisions. Today, the Board of Directors must first approve large...
  • How to Avoid Stress: The Proven Strategy

    DATIS Guest
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    This DATIS blog article, “How to Avoid Stress: The Proven Strategy“, was originally written by Donald Latumahina, Life Optimizer, in October 2014 and was reposted with permission. Like it or not, stress is a potential problem for all of us. Stress can reduce...
  • Can Leadership Be a One Size Fits All?

    DATIS Guest
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    This DATIS blog article, “Can Leadership Be a One Size Fits All?“, was originally posted by Tom Schuite, Linked 2 Leadership, in December 2014 and was reposted with permission. When I was 20, I was given my first formal leadership...
  • Leading Through Change

    Ally Edwards
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Change is constantly occurring in all organizational environments, forcing many to restructure, cut costs, and reorganize in order to meet the overall goals of the organization. Though it is often difficult, the change process is vital to an organization’s survival....
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    Employee Engagement Blog

  • Manage Employee Time with 7 Useful iPhone Apps

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Keep a strict check on time consumed by using a device that employees already possess. Devices such as iPhones can be used easily for managing time, and you no longer need clunky time clocks. With new mobile apps, managing your employees is far more convenient, and even remote staff can be managed effectively for all your projects. The seven apps listed below allow mobile software to update your traditional punch card. You can implement a virtual version of the old standard, and you can also have your remote workers track their time on their own. You can even monitor the time your employees…
  • Ensuring Employee Growth and Development Opportunities

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    While organization growth is dependent on a variety of factors, among the most important ones are employee growth and development opportunities. Without these, an organization’s progress will be stifled. When employees know that there are opportunities available for their career growth, they are automatically motivated to perform better. They remain optimistic knowing that they will be appreciated and promoted in accordance with their performance. Measure Employee Performance with an Appraisal System In an organization that comprises various departments within which there are many…
  • Performance Review Software Rectifies Your Teams Direction

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Reviewing and monitoring performance in any type of organization is of immense importance. It helps to determine progress, based on which corrective action can be taken for optimized performance. There are many ways in which performance can be monitored, but it’s important to have a standardized means of doing this. One of the most important tools implemented in organizations for measuring organizational progress is employee performance measurement systems, whereby the performance of the organization is gauged through gauging individual employee performance. Employee Efforts is What…
  • Use Performance Appraisal Software to Build a World-class Workforce

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    A world-class workforce can only be determined through previously established benchmarks, and by following the development and progress of a workforce up to achieving world-class status. This is a lot of work and it must be done accurately. There are many organizations operating in highly competitive environments that hope to achieve world-class ranking in their performance. However, most of them struggle with the metrics, and this is simply because they don’t possess a way of gauging employee performance and the individual and at the collective level. In order to measure any type of…
  • Business Dashboards with KPIs Can Help You Determine Future Progress

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Conducting performance reviews of employees is crucial for understanding how your workforce is progressing. It These reviews can help you learn about task performance and goal achievement over time wand with regard to expense on resources. Based on these major variables, you can determine how your organization is performing. Carrying out a performance review entails a lot of things that sometimes may not be easily understood by the upper management. This means that all the data compiled during a review must be analyzed and presented in an easily understood format. Business Dashboard Software…
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • What happens when you combine 5 countries and a mashup of well-known Christmas tunes?

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

    Lisa Turnbull
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    It can be tricky to get your employees to use your employee benefits platform the first time. You know the product’s good, and once they see it they’ll come back. But getting employees there initially can be a real challenge.As Communic8™ Manager here at Reward Gateway, a large part of my role involves looking at all of our existing comms strategies and looking at what works, what doesn’t and how we can improve. Better yet, I look at how we can make our communications heard over all the other marketing noise your employees are bombarded with.There are several employee communication…
  • 7 steps to creating the perfect benefits brand.

    Amy Turner
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:20 am
    We understand how important it is for HR teams to present their employee benefits program to the rest of the business in the right way. They need to make sure that it’s impactful, well thought-out and stimulating. Benefits are hugely valuable to your employees and we want to create a positive experience to encourage your employees to maximise them.Branding is something that we have thought about a lot recently with the launch of our new employee engagement platform SmartHub™ and we wanted to share some of our ideas to help you create the perfect benefits brand. 1. Think about your…
  • 2 major HR technology trends for 2015

    Tom Lockyer
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Today our consumers demand more – your employees demand more. The way that consumers use technology has evolved for good, so it’s inevitable that the way your employees access their reward and benefits platforms has changed too. This article looks at two tech trends for HR that should be top of your consideration list when choosing new software providers.“The biggest challenge that HR software buyers face is that people won’t use their systems.” Josh Bersin, Bersin by Deloitte, writing on Forbes Online – May 2013 Well-run employee benefits that people use are a…
  • Client preview of our biggest ever product launch, SmartHub™

    Alex Bailey
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:23 am
    At the end of October, Reward Gateway hosted an event mysteriously titled ‘Our Biggest Ever Product Launch’ at the Hellenic Centre in London. Here’s what some of our UK clients had to say. Watch the video:“I think it’s going to really have a positive impact on the way we run our reward and recognition system, and the way we can instantly update it. I think that’s really going to help us a lot.” Harry Tugwood, DHL “I can see it not only being a benefits hub; it’s part of a communication hub as well.”Kieran Grundy, Interfleet “Really really impressed with…
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    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

  • 5 tips for delivering difficult pieces of employee feedback (A Top 10 Blog Post in 2014)

    Team Ceridian
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    From employee engagement to the Affordable Care Act, there were a number of trending HR topics on the Ceridian HCM Blog this year. For the rest of December, we will be revisiting each of the Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014. Enjoy! While human resources can be gratifying when everything within the workforce is going well, there […]
  • 5 ways to get great engagement out of ‘temporary’ seasonal employees

    Deb LaMere
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    By Deb LaMere, Vice President of Employee Engagement at Ceridian. Typically, the goal in human resources is to ensure employee retention and productivity with every worker under your roof. No matter what type of talent you’re working with, you want people to stick with the organization for a long time and put in high-quality work. […]
  • 4 ways that HR can gain ground in the ‘battle for analytics’

    Jayson Saba
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Jayson Saba,VP of Strategy and Industry Relations at Ceridian. Nearing the end of 2014 and heading into 2015, we’re now firmly entrenched in an era in which widespread technology and the availability of data are changing just about everything in business. Now that professionals of all kinds can so easily access relevant information about […]
  • 4 trends that may impact HR strategies in 2015 (A Top 10 Blog Post in 2014)

    Team Ceridian
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    From employee engagement to the Affordable Care Act, there were a number of trending HR topics on the Ceridian HCM Blog this year. For the rest of December, we will be revisiting each of the Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014. Enjoy! For many of the best and brightest minds in human capital management today, there’s a constant […]
  • 5 areas worth revisiting in your company’s 2015 employee handbook

    Team Ceridian
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    One of the most basic aspects of human capital management that you always need to be mindful of is the need to set the ground rules for your employees – what they can and can’t do, and what basic norms they need to observe in order to keep the workplace “up to code” and productive. […]
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    » Infiniti HR Blog

  • The Value of Performance Reviews

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

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

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

  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    We know how terribly hard it can be to focus on your work when you aren’t in office. When you’re away from office, your boss and your colleagues, it’s harder than ever to concentrate and keep the faith that what you do, matters. Productivity hacks are one things, but the freedom of being in the comfort of your own home, wearing, eating and doing whatever you want whenever you want to, offers pure, unadulterated distractions which are a whole other ballgame, one that can throw you off yours. Not only are freelancing and working-from-home becoming commonplace practices, there…
  • Why is hiring programmers so difficult?
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    This was a question asked on Quora that we just couldn’t help but answer because it essentially questioned our existence as a whole. Our Marketing Major gave an insightful, well thought out reply, that we’d love to share with you: So, why is hiring engineers so G$% D#$% difficult? 1. Everybody wants them As JP Rastrullo forner staffing agency Sourcer and Recruiter. Current Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Software/Advertising industries, said on Quora, “Engineers are in high-demand. Across the board (software, hardware, mechanical, electrical etc), there are fewer…
  • Psychometric Tests in Hiring: What, Why and How
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    To say that the importance and relevance of psychometric data is a matter of debate would be a gross understatement- parties on both sides of the issue have diametrically opposite viewpoints, but there’s no denying that there is something to talk about. Source: Clearlife UK  What Psychometric? The word psychometric essentially means “the measurement of the mind”; what Psychometric Assessments attempt to do is remove some of the ambiguity in screening processes by making it less dependent on variable factors, and more on easily quantifiable factors. Psychometric testing…
  • 4 Most Exciting Things About Working at a Startup
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Being startup enthusiasts ourselves, and having more than a few serial entrepreneurs in the house, we have had our fair share of the excitement and thrill of adventure that comes only with working in a startup- you gotta live it to believe it.  Here are 4 super exhilarating things about working in a startup, that make us want to get out of bed every morning: Got Ilk? When you’re sitting at the same table or in the same room for hours at a stretch, you’re bound to find out things about each other that you wouldn’t in a regular office with cubicles and distance, like the…
  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
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    Rikka Brandon - Recruiting & Hiring Expert

  • Don’t Ask! Illegal Interview Questions (and how to still get the answers you want)

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:21 am
    Interviews…they’re on their best behavior, but are you? I’ll leave Rikka to be the “what to ask” expert, but I can definitely share what NOT to ask and why you will want to avoid them like the plague. Asking illegal interview questions will lead right to discriminatory charges if they can be led back to: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, birthplace, age, disability and martial/family status. The ability to match the question to a specific job requirement behind the question would need to be pretty clear in order for a charge not to be filed. Some common illegal interview…
  • How To Find And Hire The Right People Every Single Time

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I’m mingling and charming and asking questions at networking events, I nearly always hear one of two things: 1. “Rikka, where did you get that awesome haircut?” 2. “How do you actually find the right people to hire?” If I’m being honest, I hear the latter with a bit more frequency – and there’s a reason. One in three small businesses have unfilled job openings due to lack of qualified applicants and 43% of small businesses say their growth is impeded due to lack of qualified applicants. That’s a loss of millions of dollars and huge, unimaginable amounts of stress…
  • How to Leverage Your LinkedIn Account

    4 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Want to find people in with experience in your industry and see relevant professional information about them? Visit LinkedIn. LinkedIn is, without doubt, the social networking site that tops the list when it comes to business networking. It was made specifically for that purpose. It’s easy to use, produces quick results, and is the safest bet for people new to online recruiting. New to LinkedIn? Let’s get started. 1. Setup your profile You will be able to start connecting with people already on your mailing list and existing members of the site. Your former co-workers, business partners,…
  • Functional Interview Questions

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
      Functional interview questions are a simple tool to use to determine if a job applicant can do the job you are hiring for. They are focused on what the individual has done in the past. On their base level, functional questions only require a yes or a no answer, however, savvy interviewers know that valuable information can be gained by asking a functional interview question and then asking follow up questions to get a clear understanding of the candidate’s level of knowledge and experience. So, here is a list of 10 Functional Interview Questions – but remember to ask follow up…
  • Behavioral Interview Questions To Ask

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Behavioral Interview questions have long been a favorite of HR Managers and Hiring Managers. The idea behind Behavioral Interview Questions is that they give you a glimpse into the job applicant’s work ethic, their approach to challenges, and their ability to work as a team. I believe Behavioral Interview Questions should be part of your selection process. Behavioral Interview Questions can’t stand alone though. They need you to be an active listener who asks for clarification or qualification until you understand. Often, the greatest value comes from outside the scope of their initial…
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    Ottawa Employment Lawyers - Vey Willetts LLP

  • Good Grief: How to Respond to Frivolous Human Rights Claims

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Human rights protections are among the most important in law. Being constitutional or quasi-constitutional in nature (depending on the context), most employers and service providers rightly pay close attention to their obligations with respect to avoiding instances of discrimination. However, sometimes no matter how good your people or process, a frivolous human rights complaint may come to visit your business. A recent example of one such claim was the Queen v. Pro Bono Law Ontario. In this case, the applicant had sought the assistance of Pro Bono Law Ontario. The Tribunal described the…
  • Constructive Dismissal 101: What You Need to Know

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    We regularly speak with individuals who require advice as to whether they have been ‘constructively dismissed’. Constructive dismissal is a legal term used to describe conduct, or requirements made of you, which are so at odds with your job that it amounts to a fundamental breach of your employment contract. This breach allows you to act as though you have been fired and seek damages. Constructive dismissal can apply to a number of different ‘unilateral and fundamental changes’ to your employment contract. It is generally accepted that it may result in any of the following situations:…
  • Vey Willetts LLP Profiled in HR Update

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Our firm was recently profiled in the inaugural issue of HR Update. HR Update is a bi-annual magazine which resulted from a merger of publications by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association. HR Update seeks to provide information on the latest issues and trends in human resource management. The article emphasizes the necessity for the legal profession to conceive of itself as a business, embrace change and improve service delivery. In this context, the author discusses our firm’s focus on client service; flexible approaches…
  • Wrongful Dismissal 101: What to do if you lose your job

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Regardless of what you call it – ‘losing your job’, ‘being laid off’ or ‘being fired’, having your employment terminated is a stressful and upsetting event. If it does happen, however, you need to put a plan in place. The following 10 tips will help you navigate and take control of this difficult situation. Remain polite and courteous:  This can be much harder said than done. When you get fired, you may feel angry, sad, betrayed, fearful, rejected, resentful, relieved – or perhaps a mix of everything. Despite this, you need to stay calm and professional in your dealings with…
  • Unlimited vacation: flashy gimmick or prudent policy?

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Sir Richard Branson recently announced a change to Virgin’s vacation policy. According to the policy: permits all salaried staff to take off whenever they want for as long as they want. There is no need to ask for prior approval and neither the employees themselves nor their managers are asked or expected to keep track of their days away from the office. Branson decided to implement the policy after learning that Netflix had experienced a marked increase in morale, creativity and productivity from a similar model. Unlimited vacation policies, it has been argued, better reflect…
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  • Create Compelling Content For Inbound Marketing (Part II): Map The Decision

    Tim Minahan
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Tim Matthews, VP of Marketing, Incapsula A best practice in pull, or inbound, marketing is aligning your content with the purchase process—often called “the buyer journey.” Think about how buyers first become aware of your product and then ultimately make their decision to buy. A common framework for outlining the buyer journey consists of four phases—awareness, research, consideration, and purchase. Think about the last major purchase you made—perhaps something over $10,000. Most adults have bought a car, so let’s use that as an example. How did you make your buying decision?
  • Legal Hangovers After The Holiday Party

    Jonathan Segal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Every January, after the holiday season, I receive at least a half-dozen calls from clients whose employees have raised, formally and informally, complaints about conduct occurring during the holiday party. Can all risks be avoided? Of course not. But the legal and employee relations risks can be minimized if you follow these 7 recommendations: Call it a holiday party rather than a Christmas party. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. But it is okay to mention “Christmas” in the invitation. Please don’t exclude Christmas (says the Jewish guy). Just include other holidays, too, such as…
  • Will We Ever Get To Talk To Our Apps Using Siri? [VIDEO]

    Ask A Dev
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    iOS Engineer, Dan Murrell, gives us the inside scoop on how to get around Apple’s lack of a Siri API.   New to development or a pro who needs help? Just tweet your question to #AskADev. We’ll pick the best ones and have a developer answer them. The post Will we ever get to talk to our apps using Siri? appeared first on Mutual Mobile.
  • 15 Factors For Creating Great Videos (Part 2)

    Randall Craig
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Last week’s Tipsheet focused on the top eight factors in creating a great video.  This week’s Tipsheet takes it home, with practical advice gleaned from hosting 180 hours of Professionally Speaking TV, being interviewed hundreds of times in media, and filming 100s of short promo videos for clients. I only wish I knew then what I know now! 9) Make-up:  High definition video shows every pore on your face and every hair on your head, so heavy TV make-up is no longer advisable.  Instead, aim to have a natural look: imagine someone is standing immediately in front of your face, having a…
  • The Social CEO Infographic

    Mark Babbitt
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    According to a study by Weber Shandwick, the large majority of Fortune 500 CEOs know that being active in social media helps them build the company brand, make connections with employees and customers, and appear more approachable. So how many of those CEOs are actually leveraging social to build brands and relationships while serving as the face of the company? To answer that question, Domo and reviewed the social activity (or lack thereof) of every Fortune 500 CEO. Here’s just some of what they found: 68 percent of CEOs have zero social presence on the top five social platforms Of…
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    WinterWyman Blog

  • Holiday Party Dos and Don’ts

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Michelle Roccia - EVP of Employee Engagement Networking Workplace Do attend. While the event may seem “optional,” the holiday party is a work function, and not attending can leave a bad impression with your co-workers and the senior managers.Do wear something festive and tasteful. Save the skimpy or tight fitting outfits for your non-work celebrations.Don’t talk shop. Yes, the party is a work event, but it’s a time to interact with your co-workers in a relaxed way. Save the discussion about the new software or your questions about a policy change for in the office.Don’t corner…
  • Six Reasons to Continue Your Job Search During the Holidays

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Cesar Ulloa - Principal Staffing Manager, Accounting & Finance Contract Staffing Career advice Finding a job Job search advice Networking In the classic 1979 Oscar-winning film “Kramer vs. Kramer,” a determined Dustin Hoffman insists on getting an interview for a job he desperately needs – all while the company holiday party is taking place.  While we’re not saying you should take such drastic action to interrupt some office downtime, we do believe you shouldn’t be deterred in your job hunt just because it’s the holiday season.Here are six reasons this is a great time to…
  • Ready To Take a Business Risk? Answer These Five Questions to Find Out

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Stu Coleman - Partner / Senior Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Contract Staffing Career advice Finding a job Job search advice Resigning Starting a new job Work/life balance No risk, no reward. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Every strikeout gets you closer to a home run. The clichés abound, but you get the point. Sometimes you have to grab the bull by the horns and reach for the brass ring; sorry, I can’t stop myself. At one time or another, we are all presented with an opportunity that poses risk, and we have to decide what to do about it. In my case,…
  • Early Salary Talks Are Not Always Taboo

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Scott Ragusa - President, Contract Staffing Compensation & salary Interviewing tips for employers Interviewing tips for job seekers Negotiating salaries Working with recruiters Attend any negotiating seminar and likely one of the first absolutes you’ll be presented with is this, “Whoever speaks first loses.” When it comes to negotiating salaries however, that may no longer be the case. In certain circumstances, broaching the compensation topic earlier in the dialogue can benefit both the hiring manager and the candidate.The Salary Talk EvolutionHere are three reasons driving the…
  • Press Release: Top Places to Work 2014

    Elizabeth Spayne
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    by WinterWyman WinterWyman WinterWyman Named A Top Place to Work by The Boston GlobeRanking Marks Seventh Consecutive Year Firm Has Been Recognized Boston, Massachusetts (November 13, 2014) — WinterWyman has been named a “Top Place to Work” in the seventh annual employee-based survey project from The Boston Globe. WinterWyman has been recognized for each of the seven years in which The Globe has ranked the top workplaces. WinterWyman topped the 2009 small-employer category. Read more about The Boston Globe Top Places to Work here.The Top Places to Work honors the state’s most…
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    Glen Harrison
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    It’s Friday again, only 21 more sleep ’til Christmas and time for 3 Good Reads. IN LEADERSHIP 9 Reason Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders.   Kevin Eikenberry writes about “some of the reasons I have heard, and more accurately the reasons that are unspoken, as to why so many provide so little to support the development of their leaders. Taken individually, they have merit. Put together, they paint a picture of excuses – because most everyone would agree that leaders can be developed and most feel their leaders could improve, yet, many don’t take any action at…
  • 3 Ways to Use Social Media to Recruit Better Tech Talent

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

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

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

    Glen Harrison
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Canadian Business Magazine recently published their 2014 CEO of the Year Issue.  There is a great leadership lesson to be learned in each profile of this year’s top CEOs. 1.  If It Is Not Worth Doing Well, It Is Not Worth Doing National Bank of Canada’s Louis Vachon talks about giving up practicing Kendo (a Japanese Martial Art) simply because he could not dedicate enough time to do excel in it.  The author writes that “He’s a guy who knows his strengths, and if he can’t make the commitment to excel at something, then he won’t waste his energy.”…
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  • 10 quick tips to improve efficiency at work

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

    Lalit Bhagia
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    Hiring has become a cumbersome process in modern times. With the rise in the number of people applying for jobs and the vast multitude of candidates waiting to get hired. The whole process of hiring has to be revamped in order to keep up with the modern times. The old school approach of let's interview a thousand and select ten doesn't work anymore! Read on. The post Innovative ways of hiring today appeared first on Official blog of
  • Job Referrals – A great bet to work from home

    Lalit Bhagia
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    Job referrals are a great bet to work from home. All you need to have is a dense network of working professionals, who might or might not be looking for jobs. Simply help them find jobs, and make money right from home! Read more to know how... The post Job Referrals – A great bet to work from home appeared first on Official blog of
  • Want to be a SUPER RECRUITER?

    Lalit Bhagia
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Want to be a  SUPER RECRUITER? Get ready to ROCK! These days very few youngsters would be drawn to the idea of being on the phone for an entire day pitching jobs to complete strangers. […] The post Want to be a SUPER RECRUITER? appeared first on Official blog of
  • 5 resume mistakes to avoid

    Lalit Bhagia
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    It's very easy to make these mistakes on your resume, but they can cost you the most coveted job! This post suggests some resume mistakes you should definitely avoid to save yourself from getting rejected... The post 5 resume mistakes to avoid appeared first on Official blog of
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