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  • To The Point Job Interviewing

    Career Hub
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Every second is of infinite value. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I love working with clients! They are always teaching me something and giving me ideas for yet another blog post. Today, for example, my client was remarking how he liked...
  • Workaholism: Why We Are Addicted to Work

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    27% of US office workers also put in work between 10PM and 6AM (like this post here…). Nearly one out of every three people are putting in their daily 8+ hours IN the office and then coming home and doing more work before they go back the next day. In Norway, a nationally representative survey showed signs of addiction to working and I’m fairly certain it’d be fairly easy to reproduce (and surpass) those results here in the US. We are addicted to work. The addiction is real.   As the title says, I am addicted to working. I don’t mean that in the “Oh gosh, Ravi…
  • The Nine Faces of Your Workplace Diversity

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen it comes to diversity, the EEOC or Equal Opportunity Employment Commission along with our government has an opinion and expectation on who and what is considered diversity. Those individuals are workers who fall into what we refer to as a protected class as part of the hiring process under Title VII, ADA, GINA and ADEA. Age (over 40), DisabilityGenetic InformationNational Origin Pregnancy Race/Color ReligionSex ...and when it comes to hiring and recruitment there is a 9th, Veterans. Government bodies like the EEOC, OFCCP and DOL exist to help organizations stay…
  • And The Winner Is…Hiring Like Miss America

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    Evil HR Lady
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Going on a job interview is a lot like participating in a beauty pageant, but it absolutely should not be that way. Last night Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, won the 2015 Miss America Pageant, and joins a small but beautiful group of women to wear the crown. As a child, my sisters and I counted down the days and then hours until the pageant, and my mom even let us stay up late to watch it. We had deep discussions about how Miss America was preferable to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because, by golly, Miss America didn’t just have to look pretty, she had to have a talent. As…
  • The Untapped Talent Pool of Candidates with Disabilities

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWe will first define the word disability and discuss how HR professionals often associate employees with disabilities purely within the context of common employment laws like Americas with Disabilities Act. Disabled workers in my experience are some of the most productive and with just a small amount of accommodation at companies I have worked at, I was able to make an impact for the employee and my team. Mind you, I worked in the private sector and where requirements where much different. Even so, I saw an immediate return on investment and the impact one individual…
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  • 10 Work & Life Productivity Traps Will Fall Victim To
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Trying to Outsmart Time & Be Productive? Time tricks are ways we try to get the best of time. We often want to bend time to suit the fantasy that we have more than we do. This gets us in trouble. Time is limited, non-negotiable and for the most part, we don’t know how much of it we have. It levels everyone equally and cannot be bought or sold. Time marches forward, immune to our imaginative attempts to change it. The more graciously we can accept this and work with time, the better our relationship with it will be. Time Suck – Don’t Do it! These time and productivity tricks…
  • Are Your Starting Pay Rates Hampering Performance?
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    The recruitment process can be grueling in a competitive market where the demand for top talent is just as high as the skills gap. Finding employees with the qualifications you need before other companies can hire them out from under you can prove to be the most challenging part of the onboarding process. An effective solution to this problem could be to offer your candidates larger starting salaries in comparison to your competitors, but does this strategy take away the incentive to do good work? Salary Comparison a Key to Competitive Compensation Salary comparison is a common tactic and…
  • Workaholism: Why We Are Addicted to Work
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    27% of US office workers also put in work between 10PM and 6AM (like this post here…). Nearly one out of every three people are putting in their daily 8+ hours IN the office and then coming home and doing more work before they go back the next day. In Norway, a nationally representative survey showed signs of addiction to working and I’m fairly certain it’d be fairly easy to reproduce (and surpass) those results here in the US. We are addicted to work. The addiction is real.   As the title says, I am addicted to working. I don’t mean that in the “Oh gosh, Ravi…
  • Workology Podcast Ep-1: Employment Branding with Jason Seiden
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Introducing the first episode of the Workology Podcast powered by Blogging4Jobs featuring employment branding and recruitment marketing expert, Jason Seiden (@seiden). The Workology Podcast is a place where we discuss the science and art of the workplace. Gain powerful insights, resources and perspectives on the industries of human resources and recruiting. Workology Podcast is approximately 45 minutes and distributed 4-6 times a month available here on the blog, iTunes and other traditional podcast outlets. The goal is to provide an in depth and no holes barred look into the future of our…
  • Thanks iPhone6: The Future of Your Paycheck Is Mobile
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week Apple announced a new application, in conjunction with their new phone, called Apple Pay. This application will allow iPhone holders to pay for goods and services by tapping a terminal. The payment is automatically made. Many of us already pay for some things by using our phones. I cannot remember the last time I paid for anything at Starbucks other than through the application on my phone. We are, as a population, getting more accepting of handling financial issues through our phones. Will this open the door our paychecks being handled through our mobile phones as well? Mobile…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • What is Workforce Diversity in the Context of Recruiting & Hiring

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellDiversity at your workplace is more than just checking off those government boxes when it comes to your annual Affirmative Action Program or asking candidates to complete their voluntary self-identification questionnaire. As business leaders and recruiters, we must go beyond the standard view of workplace diversity. It isn’t some ill-funded and obligatory program that your Diversity Director is enthusiastic about. It isn’t just fulfilling your affirmative action plan requirements by advertising your job openings with a women’s or veterans job board or magazine.
  • The Untapped Talent Pool of Candidates with Disabilities

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWe will first define the word disability and discuss how HR professionals often associate employees with disabilities purely within the context of common employment laws like Americas with Disabilities Act. Disabled workers in my experience are some of the most productive and with just a small amount of accommodation at companies I have worked at, I was able to make an impact for the employee and my team. Mind you, I worked in the private sector and where requirements where much different. Even so, I saw an immediate return on investment and the impact one individual…
  • The Nine Faces of Your Workplace Diversity

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen it comes to diversity, the EEOC or Equal Opportunity Employment Commission along with our government has an opinion and expectation on who and what is considered diversity. Those individuals are workers who fall into what we refer to as a protected class as part of the hiring process under Title VII, ADA, GINA and ADEA. Age (over 40), DisabilityGenetic InformationNational Origin Pregnancy Race/Color ReligionSex ...and when it comes to hiring and recruitment there is a 9th, Veterans. Government bodies like the EEOC, OFCCP and DOL exist to help organizations stay…
  • HR Tech & US Law Must Evolve When It Comes to Candidates & the ADA

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellThe Americans with Disabilities Act is hands down the biggest and most important piece of employment law legislation that has occurred in the history of employment law. The legislation which was first became law in 1986 continues to be of important as more than 22 million American workers have a disability according to a 2010 study by Kessler Foundation and Harris Interactive. Twenty-two million eager to work candidates is a talent pool worth considering and yet many employers do not. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed believe their disability is keeping them…
  • 5 Myths About Hiring Workers with Disabilities

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen candidates identify themselves as being disabled its sometimes triggers human emotions and thought processes that simply aren’t true. When it comes to the disabled workforce there are lots of myths out there about the downfalls and obstacles employers have to overcome and jump through to maintain a profitable and smooth workforce. These myths create the wrong impression for new business owners and those who have zero to little experience in disability hiring. Take it from me; it’s not bad as they say it is. 5 myths dispelled about hiring workers with…
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    Career Hub

  • To The Point Job Interviewing

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Every second is of infinite value. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I love working with clients! They are always teaching me something and giving me ideas for yet another blog post. Today, for example, my client was remarking how he liked...
  • Example of a Great Personal Brand Story - What's Yours?

    Jean Cummings
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Image attribution: One great thing about holidays like Labor Day is the chance to get together with new folks as as well as old friends and family. I met a new person at a party this summer I'd like...
  • Job Searching With Me, My Shadow and I

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    I stand here beside you My shadow, my friend Such a little tag along From start to day’s end. You never tell me what to do Yet you show me the way You lift up my spirits When they’re cloudy...
  • Sleuthy the Spider and Your Job Search

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yesterday morning was foggy outside, overcast and in the 70’s – a great day for taking a long walk which is exactly what we did. This time, I grabbed my phone – not the digital camera -- as I have...
  • Don't Let the Coming Tsunami Sink Your Job Prospects!

    Jean Cummings
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A couple of years ago, I reported that the number of contractors (consultants/self-employed persons) in the workforce was 23-30% of the total workforce. I did a double take when I read that predicts that contract workers will be HALF...
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    Human Resource News

  • HISD should not be on the hook for North Forest's liabilities

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Fourteen months after the Texas Education Agency ordered Houston ISD to take over the long-troubled North Forest school district, some unexpected disputes over funding have surfaced. The Houston school board has authorized its attorneys to challenge a Texas Workforce Commission ruling that the district owes more than $3.7 million in unemployment benefits to former employees of the North Forest Independent School District.
  • SRA Announces Appointment of David Keffer as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    SRA International, Inc. , a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, today announced the appointment of David Keffer as the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer . Keffer will report to SRA President and CEO Bill Ballhaus.
  • SRA International names David Keffer executive vice president, chief financial officer

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Fairfax-based SRA International announced two promotions Wednesday, which are effective immediately. David Keffer has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, while Theresa Golinvaux is now vice president and corporate controller.
  • What did Scotland ever do for the world?

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    CORNFLAKES. The Loch Ness Monster. Television. We'd be lost without the Scots. As they prepare to vote on independence we look at the things Scotland gave the world.
  • Expense-management tech firm Concur plans move from Eden Prairie

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Concur will relocate its Twin Cities office from Eden Prairie to the 1500 Tower at 1550 Utica Ave. S. The 236,645-square-foot building was previously called MoneyGram Tower. Travel and business expense management company Concur Technologies Inc. leased 51,000 square feet of space near The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, CBRE Group Inc. said Tuesday.
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  • Entrepreneurs predict revenue, startup jobs will increase

    Brian Feldt
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    More than three-quarters of St. Louis-based entrepreneurs said they saw a boost in revenue in the past six months, according to new research published by the St. Louis chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). That figure is better than the 68 percent of entrepreneurs worldwide who said their revenue increased over the same time period. And entrepreneurs in St. Louis have a good outlook for the next six months, with 80 percent of survey respondents expecting to increase revenue over the…
  • Microsoft announces second round of layoffs, 747 in Puget Sound affected

    Rachel Lerman
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Microsoft’s second round of layoffs hit today, affecting 747 employees in the Puget Sound region. That brings the total number of cuts in the area to 2,098. The Redmond-based tech giant announced in July it would cut 18,000 employees from its workforce, the biggest round of layoffs in its history. The first 13,000 were notified in July, which included 1,351 employees in the Puget Sound area. Microsoft said it plans to notify the vast majority of employees by the end of the calendar year. The…
  • North Alleghency switches to UnitedHealthcare

    Kris B. Mamula
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    North Allegheny School District has dropped Highmark Inc. health insurance, choosing instead to go with UnitedHealthcare coverage for teachers and staff effective Jan. 1, 2015. The switch was prompted by the pending divorce of Highmark and rival UPMC, which will restrict Highmark member access to UPMC hospitals and doctors, according to a memo to school staff from Human Resources Director Laura Jo Welter. The school board approved the switch Wednesday. North Allegheny’s switch coincides with…
  • Chalmers & Kubeck expands, creating 50 jobs

    Kris B. Mamula
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Beaver Falls-based Chalmers & Kubeck Inc. has expanded into a 50,000-square-foot building to accommodate growth while creating at least 50 jobs. The machine shop employs 240 skilled employees and the company has committed to retaining 80 jobs as a condition for receiving state aid totaling $222,500. The money comes from the state Department of Community and Economic Development in a grant, tax credits and workforce training assistance. “To keep manufacturing moving forward, we will continue making…
  • Florida among least fair tax systems in U.S.

    Shaun Bevan
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Tax systems vary dramatically across states and although Florida has no sales tax, it still ranked among the least fair tax systems in the nation, according to a new report. The annual report comes from WalletHub, which analyzed and ranked the 50 sates based on the fairness of their state and local tax policies. The research firm conducted a national survey to assess what Americans think a fair state and local tax system should look like. WalletHub then ranked the states based on how closely their…
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    HR Vendor News

  • Great Place to Work(R) Releases 11th Annual Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

    HR Vendor News
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Great Place to Work(R) today revealed the 2014 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, which includes Etsy, ZocDoc and Lincoln Industries among the 50 employers on the list. Published by media partner FORTUNE magazine, this 11th annual list is the premier, nation-wide list of best workplaces with fewer than 1,000 employees. “It’s harder for smaller companies to attract top talent, so even more than their larger counterparts, they need to get recognized for being outstanding employers,” said China Gorman, Global CEO of Great Place to Work(R). “Brand recognition goes a…
  • New Reviewsnap White Paper Examines How Employers Are Transforming the Performance Review Process

    HR Vendor News
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    JOHNSTON, Iowa, September 18, 2014– After years of allowing their performance appraisals to degenerate into a fruitless annual formality, dozens of organizations are now transforming their appraisal processes to help them better measure, manage and maximize the performance of their people. This much-needed transformation is the subject of a timely new white paper from Reviewsnap titled, “The Truth About Performance Appraisals: They’re Not Being Abolished. They’re Evolving.” The paper examines: - Why this transformation has become so necessary–and the key…
  • New White Paper Released about the Costs of Cutting Assessments

    HR Vendor News
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Waco, TX. September 16, 2014 -Talent management solutions provider, Profiles International, has made available a new white paper by Dr. Kurt Hulett titled, “What You Lose When You Try to Save Money on Employee Assessments.” “This white paper succinctly outlines the various hidden costs companies face when they try to save money by cutting assessments from their corporate budget,” said Michael Wilk, VP of corporate marketing at Profiles International. “If you’re considering striking assessments to save on your bottom-line costs, I recommend you read this…
  • Background Screening Expert Jason B. Morris Presents “My Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?” at the 2014 North Carolina SHRM Conference in Denver on September 18

    HR Vendor News
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    EmployeeScreenIQ ( president and chief operating officer, Jason B. Morris will present, “My Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?” at the North Carolina State SHRM’s 2014 “Hooked On HR” Conference in Greenville, North Carolina on September 18, 2014. As scrutiny of background screening companies has steadily increased from both the media and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers must keep up with the latest legislation in relation to the background screening process. Employers want to make the best hiring…
  • BIG Data and Recruitment: Managing Data in Light of the New Section 503 and VEVRAA Requirements

    HR Vendor News
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    COLUMBIA, MD–September 17, 2014 Berkshire Associates, a leading human resources consulting and technology firm, releases its latest white paper, “BIG Data and Recruitment: How to Collect and Manage Applicant Data in Light of the New Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities Requirements” which discusses how Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations have impacted recruitment data collection requirements, and what contractors need to do to ensure compliance. OFCCP’s new regulations contain much information about the…
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  • Get a Hobby (& Other Obvious Life Advice)

    Laurie Ruettimann
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Nobody with a vibrant hobby has time to be crabby about work. Relationships are a two-way street. Your friends and colleagues are happy that you have a great job, but they have stuff to talk about, too. If you’re so smart, why aren’t you your own boss? If you are frustrated and your work isn’t appreciated, the answer isn’t to do more. It’s possible to both be happy and have a mediocre job. But if you are happy, Forbes can’t ask writers to write for free and sell advertising on those articles. Stop the insanity. Stop reading Forbes. Need I say more?  …
  • #HRTECHCONF Marketing Strategies

    Laurie Ruettimann
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    I want to hear how technology works for the HR professional in the trenches, and I have two spots available for HR Tech briefings on Wednesday. Let me know if you’re in, okay? I don’t want to talk about marketing. I know, I know, I know. It’s all about marketing. Too bad, though. I am turning down those requests. Although I worked at a marketing agency for a hot minute, no 30-minute briefing with me (or anyone else) will help solve your sales and marketing challenges. If we ever did talk about your marketing strategies, your problems would get lumped in one (or all) of…
  • HR, Coaching and Therapy-Lite®

    Laurie Ruettimann
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Every summer, I earn money by working with human resources professionals who are on the bubble. Some of these women make it. Some find new work on their own. Some of them are asked to leave. I try not to engage in Therapy-Lite®. My coaching focuses on deliverables and outcomes. But in reviewing my notes from the summer, I can see that I am asking three types of questions of my clients. WHEN? When was the last time you worked hard? When was the last time you tried something new? When was the last time you didn’t have an answer to something? When was the last time you were quiet and…
  • Marathon Monday: Yoga Toes

    Laurie Ruettimann
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Every summer, I belch and gag my way through Instagram and Facebook as I try to avoid pictures of your feet. For real. You are all adults, and you should stop taking photos of your feet. This includes the men, by the way. I don’t mean to buy into gender stereotypes, but most dudes have no business snapping pictures of their toes. (Even hot dudes.) I always ask myself, “What are these feet photos all about? What’s the point? Is it sexual? Is it meant to display some kind of inner beauty?” Then I throw up into a bucket and get on with my day. Since y’all have…
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    Laurie Ruettimann
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Looking back on Summer 2014, it wasn’t too bad. I started off in Grand Cayman at a human resources conference. Then my friend, Don MacPherson, came to town for a wedding. Then I saw my former boss, Vadim Liberman, in New York City. A few days later, my other-former-boss, Matthew Budman, came to town. He brought his awesome wife, which was fun. Scrubby got some chin acne and went to the vet. Then I went to Orlando and saw some friends for #SHRM14. I rescued a dog and reunited her with her owner. I went to a wedding with some friends. Dawn Rasmussen came to town. My husband and I ate…
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  • Beware: New DOL action makes using independent contractors even riskier

    Christian Schappel
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    To all those using independent contractors: The Department of Labor (DOL) is no longer looking to just strengthen its own enforcement of employee classification rules, it’s now strengthening states’ enforcement efforts as well.  That means expect even more audits of employer relationships with independent contractors. The DOL just announced that it’s providing a total of $10.2 million in funding to 19 states to enhance misclassification auditing programs and other initiatives aimed at cutting down on classification mistakes — both unintentional and willful. This marks…
  • 8 goal-oriented steps to a more engaged workforce

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Employee engagement is this year’s buzzword – so much so, people are getting tired of hearing it. Buzzword or not, however, there’s no denying that an engaged employee is a productive employee. In this guest post, Andre Lavoie, CEO of ClearCompany, weighs in on real-life tactics that can lead to a committed, loyal workforce.  ______________________________________________________________________________________ According to estimates from Gallup, low engagement is costing the economy close to $550 billion annually. Is there an answer to overcoming this growing employee engagement…
  • California passes mandatory sick leave law — is your state next?

    Tim Gould
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    It’s said that in matters of employment law, California is often indicates what the future holds for the rest of the country. That’s why HR pros everywhere probably should become familiar with a new sick leave statute that was just voted into law in the Golden State.   The Healthy Workplace, Health Families Act of 2014 was recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown. California-based companies of all sizes have less than a year to prepare for this law to take effect. Three paid days per year The law will take effect on July 15, 2015, and all employers across the state — regardless of…
  • Employers pumping the brakes on dependent health coverage

    Christian Schappel
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    To either help you decide how to adjust your benefit offerings this open enrollment season or justify some of the decisions you’ve already made, here’s a look at what other employers are doing with dependent health coverage.  With healthcare costs continuing to climb into 2015, employers are scaling back how much they’re willing to pay for dependent coverage — particularly spousal coverage. In fact, about one-fifth (22%) of employers said they have already reduced the amount of money they’re willing to contribute toward dependent coverage. And a whopping 50%…
  • Employee Wellness and the Next Generation of Workplace Benefits

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The estimated cost to employers of absence and performance loss from physical health issues is $225.8 billion per year, and each year it continues to increase. Wellness programs undeniably benefit both the organization and its employees. TharpeRobbins has the expertise to develop and manage an outcome-based solution that can take your wellness initiatives to the next level. By using the TharpeRobbins enterprise technology platform, our clients can see their return on investment as they track, measure, and report on productivity, reduced absenteeism, and increased employee retention. Click…
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  • 4 keys to building a team that delivers results

    Ask a Manager
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lots of managers are fond of talking about how they’re only as successful as their people. And it’s true — but startlingly few managers (including plenty of the ones who like to repeat this phrase) actually practice the behaviors that should stem from that belief. If you truly believe your success hinges on your team, you should be putting a hell of a lot of effort into building and maintaining a great one — in how you hire, how you treat high performers, and how you handle problems. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about four keys to doing…
  • my interviewers seem like they haven’t read my resume, my coworkers keep rummaging through my papers, and more

    Ask a Manager
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My interviewers seem like they haven’t even read my resume I started interviewing a few months ago for jobs and have averaged anywhere between one interview to five interviews in a week. In about 10 situations, maybe more at this point, it doesn’t seem like the person setting up the interview or interviewing me has looked over my application materials whatsoever. For example, I’ve had numerous managers seem surprised when I told them I wasn’t a local candidate during the phone interview, even though it’s…
  • my coworker is tracking my hours

    Ask a Manager
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    A reader writes: There is a person in our office who likes to keep track of other employees’ schedules. I am not sure how long she has been doing this, but I was near her desk today advising her of her schedule. I noticed that she had a calendar open that on her desk top that she made herself. On one of the days in the calendar, I noticed my name and the name of our supervisor. For me it says that I left early that day, and for our supervisor it says that she was late that day. I am this person’s lead on our team, and it agitates me that she feels the need to track the schedule…
  • how to earn respect as the new hire

    Ask a Manager
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    It can be tough to start a new job: No one knows much about you, the reputation that you spent time building in your old company might not have followed you, and to most of your coworkers you’re still an unknown quantity who might or might not turn out to be great. But with the right moves, you can quickly begin earning respect and establishing yourself as a valued member of your new team. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about eight ways to do it, including looking for an immediate win, asking for feedback, not bringing in cookies on your first day, and more. You can read it…
  • as a new manager, am I saying “I’m sorry” too much?

    Ask a Manager
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A reader writes: I’m a new (2 weeks) manager at a ~50 person company where I’ve worked for years. In trying to adjust to the role, I’m realizing that I’m the sort of person who says “sorry” a lot. I’m not always doing it to take the blame on myself; I’m often doing it because I think it shows empathy and sometimes makes a situation less confrontational. Do you think this will hurt my effectiveness if I don’t change? I think I can apologize in ways that are still appropriately firm (e.g. “I’m sorry, I know this is piling onto an…
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  • Everything You Do in Compensation is Communication: 3/8 of the Compensation Cafe Publishes a Book!

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

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

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

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

    Ann Bares
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    The use of sign-on and retention bonuses appears to be at an all-time high, according to a recently released WorldatWork survey on Bonus Programs and Practices.  The research, which highlights the practices of 713 organizational participants, is the fifth iteration of a series that dates back to 2001. Among other things (like the volatility of today's labor market), these findings tell us that an increasing proportion of the reward dollars needed to attract and retain talent are being channeled into things other than fixed base salaries. Take a look at these trend lines.  Note in…
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  • And The Winner Is…Hiring Like Miss America

    Evil HR Lady
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Going on a job interview is a lot like participating in a beauty pageant, but it absolutely should not be that way. Last night Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, won the 2015 Miss America Pageant, and joins a small but beautiful group of women to wear the crown. As a child, my sisters and I counted down the days and then hours until the pageant, and my mom even let us stay up late to watch it. We had deep discussions about how Miss America was preferable to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because, by golly, Miss America didn’t just have to look pretty, she had to have a talent. As…
  • Bad Boss of the Week: When You Shouldn’t Ask Employees What They Think of You

    Evil HR Lady
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Employee surveys are awesome. You can find out what your employees are thinking. But today’s Bad Boss of the Week? He shouldn’t have asked. Here is what happened: I, and everyone in my department is salaried exempt. We all have at least 20 years experience and advance degrees. Every year the company does a “company morale survey.” The survey is supposed to be anonymous, but I’m guessing everyone in my group gave bad comments, because since the results were released, the boss has been an absolute jerk to everyone. So, yesterday he sent out an email requiring…
  • Free Food Makes Employees Happy, So Naturally the IRS Wants to Tax It

    Evil HR Lady
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    If there’s food at a meeting, you’ll get higher turnout. OK, I just made that up, but I think a government grant is in order for me to study that very principle, and I suspect that when the results come back indicating that my thesis is correct, everyone will say, “Duh.” People love free food. And free food has long been a perk of the startup world. But the IRS has started to take note that food that is free to the employee actually costs money. And furthermore, employees need to eat anyway, so if employees are eating at the office, they are saving money by not having…
  • Finding the Perfect Fit

    Evil HR Lady
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    About 70 percent of my team are introverts, and all of them were here when I came on board as a manager. They won’t come together to solve problems. We have weekly staff meetings and give everyone an opportunity to speak so we can coordinate and work together, but I get the sense that they don’t have time to involve someone else. In fact, one of my employees told me, “I like to figure things out on my own.” It’s like each one of them lives on an island, and it’s too hard to take their boat over to collaborate. Any advice? To read the answer, click here: Finding the Perfect Fit
  • Why Good Leaders Fire People

    Evil HR Lady
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Can we please just fire people? Every week I get two or three emails like this one: “I was just told, I must resign by October 1st, due to a policy change. Can they actually do that even if I haven’t seen the new policy hand book? Will I be able to file for unemployment? They’ve even written up a resignation letter for me to sign.” Why do I get any of these emails? Because this is sleazy, slimy behavior, and it is things like this that give managers and HR their well earned reputation for being untrustworthy, underhanded and mean. I am sure there is more to the story…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • 5 Ways to Botch a Hiring Decision

    Kathy Rapp
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    The tide has turned.  It’s officially a candidate’s market, which means you need to be even more on your game when it comes to hiring decisions.  Think you’re going to woo that mechanical engineer with a 9/80?  That’s sooo 2010.  A sign-on with a year pay-back clause?  Whatever. Harvard Business Review ran this post spelling out the habits of bad decision-makers.  They took “360-feedback data from more than 50,000 leaders and compared the behavior of those who were perceived to be making poor decisions with that of the people to be perceived to be making…
  • Kris Dunn talks PURE GOLD: When Employees Create T-Shirts That Identify Them as “At Risk”

    Kris Dunn
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    “It’s always the employees who are brave enough to leave you most want to keep.” What about the ones who would wear a tasteful t-shirt stating their intentions/psychological state to their co-workers? Yeah—I’d probably want to keep them even more… But I digress… Got this note from a guy named Brandon Jameson this week: “My “Flight Risk” T-shirt <> was inspired by the designation of an employee poised to leave a company. I embraced this idea to be worn with confidence by people…
  • The 10 Commandments of HR

    William Tincup
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    As an interesting experiment, I decided to create a list of “thou shalts/thou shalls” for HR pros. The list is similar to the “original” 10 Commandments List, of course. That said, my list is completely subjective… please use the comment section to strike ones off my list… but… add better ones while doing so. Meaning, your list should contain 10 commandments. Here we go. The short form version of the 10 Commandments is in italics. (01) You shall have no other gods before Me. Translation for HR professionals: Thou shall put company objectives before…
  • Steve Boese talks Job Titles of The Future #11- Minecraft Coach

    Steve Boese
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Directing you to this super piece on the Library of Economics and Liberty site, (Boy, that is a NAME for a site. I have no idea what this site is really about, someone just forwarded me the link), titled‘Will Minecraft Coaching be a 21st Century Job?’ In the piece, author Art Carden runs down some of his and his kids’ recent experiences playing and building in the interactive game Minecraft, which has been in the news this week more for the impeding acquisition of Mojang, the company that created and owns Minecraft by enterprise behemoth Microsoft. Read the whole post…
  • The Real Reason HR Is Hated: CEO Commitment Phobia

    Dawn Burke
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the Fistful of Talent/SumTotal Hangout with Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett where we had a fabulous HR rant session. I closed out the session with my “everybody hates HR” pet peeve, which I think is a gross overgeneralization. More importantly, I questioned if employees really do “hate HR,” how is HR getting the sole blame for this? Where is CEO culpability and how are CEOs getting a free pass with this outcome?  If employees are dissatisfied, underdeveloped or underperforming, that is a systemic problem. If a company has a systemic problem,…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • Breaking up the UK – everyone’s a loser

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The rest of the world thinks we are mad, as well they might. Viewed from outside the UK, the minor differences which separate the Scots from the rest of us don’t look like that big a deal. Why would you want to break up a prestigious well functioning state with a good credit rating on a whim? New York Times economist Paul Krugman has written several posts in the last week, starting with Scots, What the Heck? and the most recent Maastricht in a Kilt.  It would be one thing to make the sober case that independence is worth it despite the economic costs and risks; but the SNP has…
  • The brutal maths of public spending

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    More on the OBR’s Crisis and consolidation in the public finances report. (See yesterday’s post.) Chapter 6 contains lots of information and commentary on the government’s proposed deficit reduction strategy. The OBR’s charts neatly sum up a lot of what I’ve been trying to say about the outlook for public spending. Debt interest is set to rise and social security costs to fall very slowly, so most of the deficit reduction has to come from cuts to public service spending. The government is not planning to raise much additional tax so, to get the public…
  • Who saw the crash coming?

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    It was Mark Radcliffe (I think) who said of the Sex Pistols famous gig at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall, if everybody who says they were there really was there, they’d have had to hold it at Maine Road. People like to say they were in the know and, more importantly, that they saw things changing before everyone else did. This applies as much to politics and economics as to music and fashion. Nowadays, it’s hard to find anyone who was in favour of invading Iraq, even though the opinion polls at the time said that the majority of people were. I wouldn’t be…
  • Are we really about to split up our country?

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Suddenly, London has woken up to the prospect of a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum. Its two centres, the City and Westminster, are both in a panic. Even opinion poll guru Anthony Wells, who, until last week, was convinced the No camp would win, is now not so sure. There is a serious chance, then, that we could be about to witness one of the most catastrophic acts of self-sabotage in our nation’s history. This country faces some difficult challenges over the next decade or so. We are still reeling from a severe economic thumping during which one of our most profitable industries…
  • The Old Rectory Syndrome

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The more data we crunch about the self-employed, the more complex the picture becomes. Ben Dellot has compared the earnings and assets of the self-employed. He found that households totally reliant on self-employment earnings are far more likely to have below average incomes than those where at least one person in the household is an employee. This is true across all age groups, though particularly so among the under 25s. This is consistent with what we know about self-employed incomes falling further and faster than those of employees. But, despite their low levels of income, the…
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  • Common Sense KPI’s Gone Wrong

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

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

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    So my wife has been on a homemade donut kick lately.  That’s right, every weekend I get to sample another dozen donuts.  Those of you who read often know that my constant struggle to stay fit must work really well when there is a new batch of donuts sitting around the house every Saturday morning.  We’ve got the chocolate dipped, the glazed, the orange glazed.  She says she is going to try a custard filled next.  I’ve sampled a quite a few dough recipes so far.  It started pretty poorly.  She tried to source a recipe off of some random website that sounded reasonable.  The dough…
  • The new HR Portal is not an HR Portal

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

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

  • Indian HR is ready for the Tech Revolution - thoughts from #TechHR14

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

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

    Gautam Ghosh
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    During the recent TechHR Conference organized by People Matters I had the pleasure of interviewing Constellation Research's analysts Alan Lepofsky and Holger MuellerHere's the Google Hangout video of the conversation with Alan and HolgerIf you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • Attend the #TechHR14 expo and Unconference for free on 22nd Aug at Gurgaon

    Gautam Ghosh
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    Am so excited that the People Matters' team is organizing India's first conference focused on HR technology called The Tech HR Conference on 22nd August at The Leela Gurgaon.If you're in the Delhi/NCR area and can't pay for the conference don't fret! You can still attend the Expo and the Unconference for free! Details hereI would be doing some stuff in the unconference :) For one I would be moderating a Google Hangout with Constellation Research Group's Alan Lepofsky and Holger Mueller and we are going to discuss about the Global emerging trends in the area of HR Technology and how future of…
  • Apps to get the best Twitter experience

    Gautam Ghosh
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Getting to understand Twitter and using it well is not easy, since it is not a "social/professional networking site" but rather an "information stream". Here are some of the tools that I use along with Twitter to have a great Twitter experience.1. TweetdeckTweetdeck was one of the third party clients which got acquired by Twitter. And it is the primary interface by which I use Twitter on the desktop. As you can see it makes your different streams visible on the same screen and you can add various columns to make twitter work most usefully for you. Tweetdeck also helps you post from multiple…
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  • New Video Interviewing Capabilities Could Translate into Better Hiring

    Jason Buss
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    When I last checked in on video interviewing nearly a year ago, the concept was still an emerging best practice in recruiting. That’s changed quite a bit as more talent acquisition professionals have adopted the technology and found ways to integrate it into their hiring. Providers in the video interviewing space haven’t been sitting still either. The industry frontrunners continue to introduce refinements and new functionality for their solutions. One of the market leaders, Montage, recently won HRO Today’s 2014 Tektonic Award for Talent Management for its innovative development in…
  • TextRecruit Simplifies and Streamlines #Mobile #Recruiting

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

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

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

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

  • To name, or not to name, that is the question...

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    "Do you think that I should have announced my successor?", asked the Senior HR professional. This was my third 'encounter' with this gentleman (See 'Passion for work and anasakti ' & 'Appropriate metaphors for organizational commitment '  for the outcomes of my previous interactions with him). "Well, it depends on what you were trying to achieve", I replied in a 'consultant-like' manner. Similar to what had happened during my previous encounters with him, this interaction also prompted me to think a bit more deeply about the underlying issues.In this particular case, the situation…
  • Polarities of leadership

    11 Jan 2014 | 6:05 am
    To me, leadership is primarily about achieving the optimal balance between the various polarities in organizational life. You are a leader if you can find the right balance between polarities like Being confident & making a vulnerable connectionProviding hope & being realisticDriving change & maintaining stabilityShaping the organization culture (and the definition of 'good' in the organization) & adjusting to the organization cultureTaking too much risk & taking too little riskFocusing on the long term & responding to immediate challengesTaking charge &…
  • Of Leadership training and Corporate Rain dance

    29 Sep 2013 | 9:22 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I came across a report which said that in the current difficult economic scenario, Indian companies are investing more in leadership training programs for their senior managers. The ‘espoused interpretation’ for this was that it will help the senior managers to be better leaders, enabling them to respond more effectively to the challenging scenario. While this was certainly a possibility, it did make me wonder if there are other interpretations possible. That is where rain dance comes in.Let us begin by taking a closer look at the terms. Rain dance is a ritual…
  • Sight, Insight and Foresight method for managing non-performance

    28 Jul 2013 | 7:23 am
    This post was triggered by an interaction on Twitter that I have had with a senior HR professional on 'addressing non-performance'. We agreed that the focus should be on 'getting rid of non-performance in non-performers' as opposed to 'getting rid of non-performers'. Then, he asked me how exactly would I accomplish this. This put me in a fix; how will I say something worthwhile in 140 characters in response to such a fundamental question considering that our senior HR professional would have read (and even created) tons of material on performance management? That is when I came up with…
  • Of Rewards, OD and passing the buck

    27 Apr 2013 | 7:05 am
    “Compensation decisions are based entirely on the market and business situations. Our objective is to achieve the right balance between ‘need to pay’ which is based on the market scenario and the ‘ability to pay’ which is based on the company scenario”, said the Rewards Manager. “Wouldn’t that make the Rewards function very transactional? Shouldn’t you look at the ‘want to pay’ aspect which is based on the overall people management philosophy of the organization, in addition to the ‘need to pay’ and ‘ability to pay’ aspects that you have mentioned?”,…
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    Undercover Lawyer

  • New Hostile Workplace Book Cover Reveal: How You Voted

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Thank you all so very much for voting on which cover to use for the new, greatly expanded version of my book.  Without further ado, here’s the winner: The book cover image that I liked best and would have chosen came in third place!  The cover that came in first place by a wide margin and won the contest was “Breaking free of shackles”, as pictured above.  Second place in the cover voting was “Stressed worker”, which is the current cover on the book and is pictured here: This surprised me too. It obviously works as a cover, since the book as sold well over time. But, it looks…
  • The Hostile Work Environment That Brought Down Paula Deen

    22 Jul 2013 | 8:07 pm
    Many people do not realize that Paula Deen’s troubles do not just stem from her admitting that she used the N-word, but that she admitted using the N-word during a hostile work environment lawsuit filed against her.  Even if you are a huge Paula Deen fan, you probably have more in common with the employee than you have in common with Paula Deen.  Do any of these things sound like something you’ve experienced at work? You suffer through work days under a supervisor who: Makes sexual comments Utters racist remarks Looks up dirty jokes and pictures on his office computer Promotes…
  • Do Nurses in a Hostile Work Environment Have a Duty to Second Guess the Doctor?

    15 Jun 2013 | 4:46 pm
    When a patient sues a doctor, the patient often wants to sue the nurses too. Why? Because if the patient can convince the jury that not only the doctor, but also the nurses, made a mistake then the doctor’s insurance and the hospital’s insurance are on the hook. It’s about finding as many deep-pockets as possible. Often times, the nurses didn’t make any mistakes. The nurses are supposed to follow the orders given by the doctor. And they usually do. So how can a patient and his/her lawyer sue a nurse who simply followed doctor’s orders? One of the most frequent tactics is by claiming…
  • Hey Grinch Bosses: No Holiday-Time Terminations!

    26 Nov 2012 | 4:49 pm
    No employee should be terminated after the first week of December until after New Years. This is because any employer who fires an employee during this period will be the embodiment of Scrooge in the eyes of a jury. There’s really no acceptable reason for an employee to get terminated during this holiday time period, outside of theft. And even then, if the employee was stealing in order to put food in the mouth of Tiny Tim, the employee still gets a pass. In other words, no terminations during December. Period. If the employee does something so incomprehensibly bad that they must be kept…
  • Your Comments: Does Living Through a Hostile Work Environment Feel Like Being a POW?

    15 Jul 2012 | 7:02 pm
    So many of you replied to the my last article, about how living through a hostile work environment feels like living through a prison camp, that I decided to post some of the most insightful and heartfelt responses.  (I asked their permission too).  Some people think I went too far, but most of you were supportive of the point I’m trying to make: that feeling trapped by a bullying abusive boss leads to the same feelings of panic, desperation, and even PTSD that prisoners of war feel. The actual physical experiences are NOT the same. The feelings are very similar. Without further ado,…
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    hr bartender

  • Why Job References are Important – Part 2 – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    In part one of this series about references, Heather Bussing shared with us the legalities associated with references. Today, I want to focus on how to best use references during a job search. Because the reference process isn’t going away. We need to be educated on the best way to select and use references. Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter is a Master Resume Writer (MRW) and owner of CareerTrend, a professional resume writing service. Jacqui has shared her expertise with us before and I’m delighted she agreed to help us out again. First off, are references important? I mean doesn’t…
  • Viva Las Vegas and #HRTechConf – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    Yesterday, I mentioned that I’m attending Human Resource Executive’s HR Technology Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Well, the conference organizers sent me a promo code so you can attend and get the best rate possible. Just use BARTENDER14 to save $500 off the onsite rate. Act quickly, because the code expires on Monday, September 22. While you’re planning your trip to Vegas this weekend, HR Bartender is going to do a little technology project. We’re hoping to migrate our server for this site. The new host provider should allow us to run faster and stop those pesky 500 error…
  • The Impending Leadership Crisis

    Sharlyn Lauby
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    I’m getting ready to attend this year’s Human Resource Technology Conference in Las Vegas. Let me know if you plan to attend – would love to see you there. And if you’re not going, you can check out the details here. But planning for this year’s trip reminded me of a comment made at last year’s event. One of the speakers said that companies were experiencing a crisis in leadership because they haven’t developed leaders over the past five years (i.e. during the Great Recession). I believe that’s absolutely the case.   In Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report,…
  • Organizational Charts Shouldn’t Be a Secret

    Sharlyn Lauby
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    I recently heard this conversation that (no offense) struck me as odd. It was about organizational charts. First, in case you didn’t know, organizational charts (aka org charts) are a visual depiction of the organization’s structure. Basically, it outlines who reports to whom. Here’s an example of a SmartArt org chart from Microsoft PowerPoint: The reason companies use org charts is to quickly and clearly see hierarchical structure. This is helpful in company communications, job analysis, workforce planning, change management, and organizational restructuring. Back to the conversation.
  • Why Job References Are Important – Part 1 – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    I received an interesting note from a reader asking how to handle someone providing a bad reference. It’s a great question. References are a part of the hiring process. But they’re a part we really don’t control. Well, except for providing the names and contact info. The rest is between human resources and the reference. So I thought it might be good to offer some insight about job references. As I was getting information, I discovered that there’s a lot more to job references than meets the eye. So I’m going to break the information into two parts. Today we’ll talk about the…
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    Symbolist Intelligence

  • Recognition and Reward Autopilot

    paul hebert
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
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  • These Cobbler’s Kids Got Shoes – Recognition at Symbolist

    paul hebert
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
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  • Remembering

    paul hebert
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
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  • When Losing $2 Billion is the Right Way to Make Money – CVS Walks The Talk

    paul hebert
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
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  • Brainwashing Employees For Engagement

    paul hebert
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • HBS Grads on Competitiveness, Jobs, and American Workers

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Is there a better cohort might to survey about the state of American business, workforces, and competitiveness than Harvard Business School grads?  Chances are a whole bit fat bunch of us are taking direction today from a grad of the famous business school. It does stand to reason that if you survey enough HBS grads you will get a pretty decent understanding of what business leaders are thinking, saying, and doing, (or importantly, not doing). This is a long read, so you might want to save it for the weekend, but I definitely encourage you to check out An Economy Doing Half Its Job:…
  • Job Titles of the Future #11 - Minecraft Coach

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Directing you to this super piece on the Library of Economics and Liberty site, (Boy, that is a NAME for a site. I have no idea what this site is really about, someone just forwarded me the link), titled 'Will Minecraft Coaching be a 21st Century Job?' In the piece, author Art Carden runs down some of his and his kids' recent experiences playing and building in the interactive game Minecraft, which has been in the news this week more for the impeding acquisition of Mojang, the company that created and owns Minecraft by enterprise behemoth Microsoft. For the uninitiated, (or, people that are…
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Read this while you're eating lunch by yourself

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chances are if you are catching up on blogs on your lunch break today, you are probably at your desk, alone, while you read and munch on that tuna sandwich. Today's Chart of the Day comes courtesy of the retail and consumer goods research and advisory firm NPD Group that took a look at American's eating habits - specifically examining just how often people are eating alone. Turns out, you are not alone in eating alone. Take a look at the data and then some FREE commentary from me after the chart: A quick read of the data shows that we are eating alone about 60% of the time for breakfast and…
  • SLIDES: Culture-Strategy-Talent and Rock-Paper-Scissors #HSCC14

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    I had a great time yesterday presenting at the Halogen Software Annual Customer Conference in Washington, DC. The team at Halogen always puts on a fantastic event for their customers and this year's event was no exception. My presentation, the slides from which I am sharing below, (if the embed doesn't work for you please click the direct link here), was titled Culture-Strategy-Talent: Organizational Rock-Paper-Scissors, and was created from an idea I had a year or so ago about how it has gotten really trendy and popular to focus almost irrationally and singularly on organizational culture at…
  • HR Happy Hour 190 - LIVE From Achievers ACE

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    HR Happy Hour 190 - LIVE From Achievers ACE: Reskilling Your HR Team Broadcasting LIVE from the Achievers ACE event in Toronto, Canada Wednesday September 10, 2014 - 1:00PM ET Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guests: Achievers ACE Attendees Join Steve and Trish tomorrow, Wednesday September 10 at 1:00PM EDT, for a special LIVE edition of the HR Happy Hour Show being broadcast live from the stage at the Achievers ACE 2014 event in Toronto. Titled: Reskilling Your HR Team for the Modern Workplace, Steve and Trish will take on some of the most pressing and important…
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    Federal Employment Law Articles

  • eLABORate: New Pay Transparency Requirements Proposed for Federal Contractors

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On September 17, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published a proposed rule to implement pay transparency requirements for Federal contractors and subcontractors. The proposed rule comes as a result of Executive Order 13665, entitled “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information,” signed by President Obama on April 8, 2014.
  • FMLA FAQ: Can We Terminate an Employee for Working a Second Job While on FMLA Leave?

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Q: One of our employees has taken FMLA leave for anxiety attacks. Recently, we found out that she is working a similar job for another employer at precisely the same time she should be working for us. Can we deny her the right to return and terminate her employment because of this leave abuse?
  • Why Child Care Is the Economy’s ‘Invisible’ Driver

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So you’re going to have a baby. Congratulations! It goes by fast, so enjoy it. Oh, and pardon the unsolicited advice, but start saving. Now.
  • White Collar Exemptions: Paying Employees Wages in Equity, Rather than Cash

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The saying goes that “Cash is King.” However, entrepreneurs often quickly learn (sometimes in painful ways) that it is Cash Flow that is really King. Run a quick Google search for “accounts receivable” financing or factoring to get a sense of how important that market is for businesses.
  • President Nominates Charlotte Burrows to be a new EEOC Commissioner

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Days after President Obama stated he was naming Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Vice Chair Jenny Yang (D) to fill departing Chair Jacqueline Berrien's seat on the Commission, the White House announced that it was nominating Department of Justice (DOJ) Associate Deputy Attorney General Charlotte Burrows to become a new member to complete the five-member board.
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    Capital Jobs

  • Orissa High Court ASO Exam 2014 Questions of English, Arithmetic and General Knowledge

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Orissa High Court Has conducted its Assistant Section Officer Examination 2014 for the recruitment of 100 ASO to the Orissa High Court, Cuttack. The Examination was held on 14 September 2014 ( Sunday ). The Examination was of three sitting. First sitting 10am to 12pm English, 12:30pm to 1:30pm- Arithmetic and 2:30 to 3:30- General Knowledge. The question was all subjective, means a candidates has
  • How To Check Your Own Tata Docomo Mobile Number

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    How To know or Check Own Mobile Number in Tata Docomo SIM ? If you want to find the Mobile number of your own DOCOMO SIM then follow the below given steps. It is free of cost and working almost in all over India. Check Own Mobile Number in Tata Docomo : Steps to know your own number Dial *580# from your own mobile  Then CLICK on the CALL Buttom You Can See your Own Mobile Number If the
  • How To Know TATA DOCOMO SIM or Mobile Number Activation Date

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Are you searching for the own Tata Docomo SIM Card or Mobile number activation date ? Then it is very easy and free of cost. You have to follow the below given steps to get your activation date as well as the total days spend in Docomo network. CODE To Know The TATA DOCOMO SIM Activation Date : Dial *121*12# OR *121*1# (Both CODE is working and it is free of cost) Then CLICK on the CALL
  • Merit Cum Means Scholarship 2014-15 Online Application Form (Fresh/ Renewal) for Minority Community

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Merit cum means based scholarship 2014-15 For Minority Student Minority Scholarship Department has published the Merit cum means based scholarship for 2014-15 session  to students belonging to minority communities. The students those are perusing technical, Management education or and education by qualifying an entrance examination can avail this scholarship. The applying procedure is via
  • Orissa High Court (ASO) Exam 2014 Admit Card Download & Time Table

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Orissa High Court (ASO) Exam 2014 Admit Card Download & Time Table or Exam Schedule : Orissa High Court, Cuttack is going to conduct its Assistant Section Officer (ASO) Examination on 14 September 201 that is 14-09-2014 (Sunday) in two centers of cuttack.  This recruitment was advertisement was published in the Odisha High Court Website vide the Advt No : 35/2014-5477 dated 10-04-2014 . The exam
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  • NLRB Pushing for a Joint Employer Liability Model for Franchisors?

    Akerman LLP
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    In a move that has caused great concern in the franchising industry, in pending cases filed by employees against McDonald's franchisees, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has authorized the filing of complaints against the franchisor,...By: Akerman LLP
  • Can't You Hear Me Knocking? Amending ERISA

    Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    On October 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., 134 S.Ct. 604 (2013). The specific question before the Court in that case, as expressly stated by Justice Thomas, was whether...By: Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
  • Penalty for Employer Missed COBRA Notice Affirmed

    Stinson Leonard Street - Employee Benefits &
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Almost two years ago I blogged about a federal district court decision from Alabama that imposed a penalty of $37,950 ($75 a day) on an employer that failed to provide a COBRA notice for a dental plan to a former employee. With attorneys’ fees and...By: Stinson Leonard Street - Employee Benefits &
  • Frequent Flyer Miles–Sometimes Taxable, Sometimes Not

    Charles (Chuck) Rubin
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    A recent Tax Court case adds to the rules that now exist whether frequent flyer miles will be considered taxable income. Below is a summary. 1. The general rule under Announcement 2002-18 is that awarded miles, whether issued by an airline for...By: Charles (Chuck) Rubin
  • Third Circuit: Federal Court Should Decide Whether An Arbitration Clause Authorizes Classwide Arbitration – Not The Arbitrator

    Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Third Circuit recently was presented with the question of whether, in the context of an otherwise silent contract, the availability of classwide arbitration is to be decided by a court rather than an arbitrator. The underlying dispute involved a...By: Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Webinar Announcement] The Secret Weapon for Sales Recruiting

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The most successful sales organizations have the best salespeople, so it is critical to avoid bad hires and to have the best talent working for you and with you. Join Brad Wilkins and RoundPegg’s VP of Sales, David Lyon, on September 25th at 12:00pm ET for “The Secret Weapon for Sales Recruiting” where you’ll learn firsthand how to attract, hire, and retain your own high performing sales team. When it comes to sales teams, hiring is critical. High performing sales reps seem to be driven by their own energy and, as a result, elevate the performance of every member of their team. The…
  • [Infographic] Unlocking the True Value of Your Sales Culture

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Focusing on your sales culture isn’t a “fluffy” or “soft” concept, it is one of the easiest ways to drive more sales and build a lasting, predictable sales system. See the difference between a sales team using RoundPegg to build, manage and optimize their sales teams vs. one that is not.It’s no secret that sales teams are critical to organizational success. No matter how cutting-edge your technology is, how tight your financial goals are or how effective and forward-thinking your management techniques are, you must still have a well-oiled sales mechanism in place, or everything…
  • RoundPegg #TChat Recap: The Talent Science Of Cultural Change

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    On 8/13, our co-founders Brent Daily and Dr. Natalie Baumgartner had the pleasure of sitting down with the show’s co-creators and hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, to talk about how data and analytics are shaping organizational culture. TalentCulture’s #TChat show is a weekly net-based discussion that delves into what is going on in the rapidly evolving world of work. Last week, our co-founders Brent Daily and Dr. Natalie Baumgartner had the pleasure of sitting down with the show’s co-creators and hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, to talk about how data and…
  • #TChat 8/13: The Talent Science Of Cultural Change Ft. RoundPegg

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This week on #TChat, RoundPegg Co-Founders Brent Daily and Natalie Baumgartner talk “Talent Science” — the science of using quantifiable data to find and hire employees that will be most engaged with the company, therefore contributing more to the bottom line.The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET.This week Brent Daily and Natalie Baumgartner will be featured on the TalentCulture #TChat show,…
  • [Video] How Do You Address Culture in M&A Due Diligence: 100 Culture Questions

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Address Culture in M&A Due Diligence?”Due diligence, in the context of mergers and acquisitions, has to be focused on organizational culture. Since organizational culture is by far the biggest reason that mergers and acquisitions fail, it's imperative for individuals who are managing that transaction to understand where they're starting from.What sits at the core for each of the two organizations? What's appropriate or acceptable from the leadership standpoint in terms of where…
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  • Five Ways to Hire Better People

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Q. I’m an HR manager of a medium-sized company in the UAE. I find it a struggle to attract top quality professionals, and to judge them properly before hiring. It would be great if you could give me some tips on how I should do this. – Jia. R A. An organization is only as good as its employees. Today’s job market is so competitive that it can get difficult to pinpoint talented professionals. Finding top talent could feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but it doesn’t have to. Here are five easy ways to help you hire great candidates for your company: 1. Clearly define your…
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Water That Can Make You Healthier, Happier and More Productive

    Bana Salameh
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    Water makes up more than two thirds of human body weight, and without water, we would die in a few days. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. Following her last blog on easy ways to have a healthy lunch, dietitian Bana Salameh shares some tips on how much water you need to increase your…
  • 10 Ways to Use a Premium Company Profile to Attract Talent

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Numbers never lie. Did you know that nine out of every 10 job seekers look up companies online before applying for a job?*  To appeal to stellar candidates, your web presence needs to extend beyond your corporate website. Job seekers want to know more about your organization’s culture, values and work environment. It’s important to be perceived as an employer of choice. To help you become a top employer, has created a Premium Company Profile. You can now build a branded, customized space for your company on With additional sections for News, Jobs, Photo Gallery,…
  • يوم في حياة فداء شعبان، رئيسة تحرير مجلة Entrepreneur ME

    Reem Boudraa
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:11 am
    EntrepreneurEntrepreneur RAGMAGفي يناير 2014BNC PublishingEntrepreneur@fida 7:30 – 8:30 صباحاً 8:30 – 9:00 صباحاً 9:00 صباحاً – 1:00 ظهراً 1:00 ظهراً – 7:00 مساءً 7:00 – 11:00 مساءً أمارس في المساء “يوغا الاشتنجا” لاستعادة نشاطي وتعزيز قدراتي الفكرية. كما أراجع العمل المنجز في خلال اليوم لمعرفة الأمور المثمرة وغير المجدية، وأحرص على اعداد خطة لكافة الأمور التي تتطلب…
  • Day in the Life of an Editor in Chief: Fida Chaaban of Entrepreneur ME

    Reem Boudraa
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Fida Chaaban is Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Middle East and Entrepreneur Qatar magazines. She joined BNC Publishing, the publishers of Entrepreneur ME, in January 2014, having previously been Editor In Chief of RAGMAG magazine. Fida relocated to Dubai in February of this year to launch the MENA editions of the U.S.-based business and growth publication Entrepreneur. You can follow her on twitter at @fida. In this quick interview with, Fida shares a typical day in her life: Before 7:00 AM I do some of my own writing. It’s the only uninterrupted time of day for me, so this is…
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  • Payroll Checklist: A step-by-step compliance guide to each pay period, month and calendar quarter of the year

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Year-end for Payroll and Accounts Payable doesn’t just begin in the third quarter, ramp up in the fourth quarter and wind down at the end of the first quarter of the next year. It’s often said that the ultimate goal is an uneventful year-end. One key way of achieving that goal is to understand that year-end is, really, a year-long process. Best advice: You can never overcheck for accuracy. Here’s a checklist you can use to help guide you through each pay period, month and calendar quarter. Since year-end is a long and arduous process, you should jot down your year-end…
  • Human Resources Kit For Dummies, 3rd Edition -- ebook (usually $22.99) FREE for a limited time!

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A company's ability to grow and stay on top of customer demand has always depended heavily on the quality of its people. Now, more than ever, businesses recognize that finding (and keeping) a highly skilled and motivated workforce is pivotal to success. Maybe you're a business owner and your company is growing, or you're an employee at a small- to midsize-company and management has asked you to take on some—or all—of their HR functions. Either way, knowing how to set up and implement successful HR practices (not to mention navigating the legal minefields in today's increasingly…
  • Foundations of Human Resources Development

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Foundations of Human Resource Development:• Establishes the contribution of HRD to contemporary organizations• Presents the profession's essential theoretical foundations• Charts basic HRD models and processes• Furnishes a historical timeline of HRD events and key contributors• Demonstrates the connection between learning and performance• Presents the essence of personnel training and development• Presents the essence of organization development• Offers study questions for each chapter• Guides readers to the core literature of the HRD…
  • The Essentials of HR & Talent Management

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    The Essentials of HR & Talent Management ,brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your HR and Talent Management related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your HR research:The Absolute Must-Do's to Build an Agile OrganizationThe Art of the Self-AssessmentEmployee EngagementEnabling New Hire Success: SuccessFactors Takes Onboarding to the Next LevelA Manager's Guide to Perfecting Performance Management: How to Transform Your Employee Review ProcessRequest Free!
  • Human Resource Management - Developing Your Project Skills

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    There are many reasons why managing people in a project environment are different from managing them in a departmental setting. These differences make this aspect of the project manager’s job more complex than his or her departmental equivalent even though they may be responsible for similar numbers of people.This means that a good project manager requires all of the people skills of a line manger together with an appreciation of the additional issues that exist in the project environment.You will learn:Why human resource (HR) management is such an essential component of project…
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    Employment Intelligence

  • Back to School and Back to Helping Employees Balance Work and Family Responsibilities

    Beth Zoller
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    While employers need to maintain a productive and efficient team of hardworking employees, it also is important for organizations to be sensitive to the needs of working parents. That can be especially true at this time of year, with the… continue
  • Performance Appraisals’ Changing Requirements

    Marta Moakley
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Performance reviews can be a challenging topic for employers. With every legislative session, administrative rulemaking or local council meeting comes the potential for new legal requirements affecting an employer’s performance management process. At a minimum, an employer must be aware… continue
  • Hiring Job Candidates Without Landing in Hot Water

    David Weisenfeld
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    More than 90% of employers conduct background checks on job applicants at some point in the hiring process. A failure to do so today could lead to a negligent hiring lawsuit tomorrow. But employers that fail to pay attention to… continue
  • Protect Your Workplace from an Ebola Outbreak

    Ashley Shaw
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    An employer with workers in West Africa is undoubtedly aware that the region is being ravaged by the deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. And some experts say an Ebola case could soon be diagnosed in the US. In light… continue
  • Multistate Chart: Timing of Final Paychecks Depends on State Termination Pay Laws

    Rena Pirsos
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    In today’s corporate environment of multistate operations and frequent layoffs, it is vital for employers that pay employees in more than one state to stay abreast of the termination pay laws. State laws and regulations dictate when an employer must… continue
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  • Maximizing the Impact of HR Programs

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

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

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

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

    Abhishek Mittal
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Google’s SVP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, wrote on the HBR Blog Network about Google’s Scientific Approach to Work-Life Balance (and much more). It is an insightful read about how the company is using evidence-based approaches in their people programs. For instance, initial results suggest that 31% of their workforce are “Segmentors” (those who are able to draw a clear line between work and personal life) and 69% are “Integrators” (those who find it hard to blur the lines). Google also found that over half of the Integrators wanted to get better at…
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Mitigating Exposure To Employee Harassment Claims

    Dianne Shaddock
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    New statistics released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) present a somewhat mixed outlook for employers on the harassment front. On the positive side, the total number of harassment charges filed against employers remained relatively steady over the last three years while the number of determinations against companies actually fell during the same period. […]
  • Are You Properly Hoarding Employee Records?

    Josh Viau
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Many human resource departments could lay claim to an episode of the television series “Hoarders,” which chronicles the tribulations of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding. But the tendency to hang on to employment-related documents is completely understandable given the myriad of laws and regulations governing the maintenance and destruction of these records. On top […]
  • When Employees Cross The Line – Managing Boundaries With Staff

    Dianne Shaddock
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    My backyard opens up onto a main thoroughfare with a walking path. It’s not a fenced-in yard; and because it is not fenced in, it basically has no boundaries. Some of the teens and even more surprisingly, adults in the neighborhood, have felt emboldened to use the yard as their own personal pass through to […]
  • EHarmony To Launch Employment Matchmaking Service

    Dianne Shaddock
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Dating website EHarmony plans to leverage its online matchmaking skills in the careers marketplace. Starting this December, the company will offer a new platform called Elevated Careers by EHarmony for matching job seekers with their future bosses. The platform will use many of the same algorithms and compatibility assessment tools that EHarmony relies on to […]
  • Persuasion Management – Influencing Staff Who Don’t Report To You To Help You Accomplish Your Goals

    Dianne Shaddock
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Some may argue that delegating and influencing employees that do not have a direct reporting line to you is much more difficult than managing direct reports. I would tend to agree. Let’s start with the obvious. Employees who aren’t dependent on you for their performance evaluation may not feel an urgent need to respond to […]
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    In Full Bloom

  • Reprise — #HRTechConf And #HRTechEurope 2014 Attendee Tips

    Naomi Bloom
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    This comes to you from our Viking Longship, Forseti, tied up in the very heart of the City of Bordeaux on its completely renewed waterfront.  We’ve had a wonderful three weeks of travel in France, including a week’s wine tasting cruise through the rivers of Bordeaux, but it’s time to get back to work.  And since I know I won’t have wifi on the flight across the pond tomorrow, please excuse my attempt to get this done before we leave. If you’re anything like me, from the time you arrive in Las Vegas and/or Amsterdam, it will be: non-stop vendor/industry meetings, exhibition…
  • 2014 Edition: Do You Know How To Answer These HR Technology Questions?

    Naomi Bloom
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    [ It's HR technology conference season, and we'd better get our shit together if we're going to get the maximum value from our time spent at these conferences.  That means knowing what questions we're trying to answer before we're bombarded with vendors telling us that whatever they're selling is the answer to our not-yet-formulated-clearly questions.  That's why I published the original version of this post on 9-12-2011, just in time for the 2011 HR Technology Conference, and I did an updated edition for the 2012 conference.  I had planned to do another updated version for the 2013 HR…
  • Annual Reprise — Father’s Day Thoughts: Remembering Jack Samuel Bloom

    Naomi Bloom
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    Yahrzeit Candle [When I wrote the original version of this post for Father's Day 2010, I never planned to update and then reprise this post annually.  But as each Father's Day has approached, my sense of loss increases.  I so wish my Dad were still here to share with me and my sister the laughter and tears of everyday living.  And, now that I can afford to do it, with my time and not just money, I would so love to spend more time with him, hearing the stories of his childhood as well as of mine.  Ron and I have large paintings of our two fathers above a archway in our home built for…
  • Reprise 2014: SAP, SAP, Wherefore Art Thou SAP?

    Naomi Bloom
    31 May 2014 | 6:03 pm
    SAP Founders 1988 — Klaus Tschira On The Left [The first version of this post was published May 25th, 2013 during the run-up to SAPPHIRE NOW 2013 and very shortly after SAP announced Lars Dalgaard's departure and Vishal Sikka's increased responsibilities -- and very important responsibilities they were.  Now here we are, nearly one year later, with Vishal gone, Bill McDermott as solo CEO, Shawn Price gone, Mike Ettling now head of SaaS and on-premise HCM, and so many more organizational changes which you can read about by skimming a year's worth of SAP's press releases. …
  • Hidden Talent

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

  • Why Employee Engagement is Your Employment Brand

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

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

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

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

    11 May 2014 | 5:25 pm
    People love to write insulting articles about Human Resources. The most famous was "Why We Hate HR" from FastCompany in 2005. A recent one here in LinkedIn comes from Bernard Marr, who dislikes the title of the department and then talks about why we need "people analytics." An article in the Wall Street Journal recently highlighted companies that have chosen to do away with the function entirely. Remember Toby Flenderson, the HR manager from "The Office?" He seems to represent most people's idea of the human resources manager: a fairly quiet, passive person…
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  • The Researcher – Talent Acquisition and Recruiting’s Deepest Darkest Best Kept Secret Weapon

    Michael Glenn
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Three things in life are certain. Death, Taxes and you will be in a Database. As soon as the Doc slaps your fanny and your mom cries your name – Boom in you’re in a Database. Get a loan, a credit card, buy a house or a car – Boom in you’re in Database. About the only thing you can do to escape being entered in a database is to be raised by wolves in the wilderness. But then you risk some scruffy environmental scientist discovering you, shooting you with a tranquilizer and hauling you back to civilization. Boom! Databased! Everything you do and everything you don’t do is entered in…
  • Dude, Where is My Cube!

    Michael Glenn
    21 Feb 2014 | 10:50 am
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever been here before: The front receptionist calls. Your new hire is waiting in the lobby since 7:30 AM and he doesn’t know where to go because nobody told him. The Receptionist and your new hire are looking at you like you’re a complete D-bag. You have a no choice. You take the blame when it’s really the hiring manager’s fault. So hey, it get’s even worse. You make your way through the halls to the manager’s office and he hasn’t even shown up for work yet and it’s already 10 AM. Again, you have no choice. You make up some lame story for the hiring…
  • How to Improve your Employee Referral Program

    Michael Glenn
    6 Feb 2014 | 11:45 am
    Some time ago I worked for a company and the VP of HR just flat out said he didn’t believe in having an Employee Referral program. He said never had any success in it and it was a waste of time, money and resources.  Wow. I couldn’t believe it.  I tried to explain how an ER program works, he just shook his head no and foolishly dismissed it. And what made matters worse at the time was the ENORMOUS attrition, a revolving door, massive hiring needs and he had no problem in paying agency fees.   I learned something back then. I will never recruit for a company that does not have an ER…
  • MREC – The New Mobile Recruiter

    Michael Glenn
    24 Sep 2013 | 7:50 am
    Be honest. You had a pager once. Admit it. It was your alarm clock in the morning. You had proudly clipped it on your belt everyday. You asked all your clients, candidates and friends to page you. You were a sophisticated jet setting recruiter. If only your pager were a human, you would’ve made love to it nightly. Then one day somebody got a mobile phone. You had to have one too. It was huge and weighed 15 pounds but you didn’t care, you bought it anyways. Your first bill came. You needed to make cutbacks in other areas. You tried to cancel your Columbia House CD club. No go. Locked in on…
  • 2013 Mobile Recruiting Conference – WHY You Need To Go!

    Michael Glenn
    27 Aug 2013 | 8:55 am
    You think you know everything about Recruiting until something new comes along and then you’re embarrassed and like, “um, yeah yeah, I knew about that App” but you really didn’t. What’s even more embarrassing is that you have a team of Recruiters that sit in a cube all day getting beat up by a mob of hiring managers. Weekly. Daily. Hourly too. And why?  Because you and you’re A-team Recruiters submitted some crusty old candidates to get the Hiring Managers off your case while you try and complete Level 65 on Candy Crush (damn you Candy Crush!). This is the deal. Things change.
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    Performancepoint, LLC.

  • Perception of Pay: Powerful Engagement Factor

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Check out these numbers… Employees who understood how their pay was determined.  67% engaged Employees who didn’t understand how their pay was determined. only 32% engaged Workers who knew how to maximize their pay.  73% engaged Workers who did not know how to maximize their pay.  only 33% engaged Employees who believed pay was related to performance.  77% engaged Employees who didn’t believe pay was related to performance. only 40% engaged Source:  HR Magazine, September 2014 Pay may not be the best motivator, but it is truly a powerful engagement detractor.  The lesson:…
  • FMLA Concerns

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    69% of employers are concerned that employees will abuse leave granted under FMLA and similar laws. What do you think? How are you getting ahead of this curve? Take Our Poll
  • People analytics: ‘Moneyball’ for human resources

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Lord knows it’s expensive and time consuming, and even when they get it, it’s not clear how much students actually learn. But the one thing you could always say about a college degree was that it led to better jobs because it served as a reliable and invaluable signal to employers about a job applicant’s intelligence and persistence. Or maybe not. Michael Rosenbaum knows from fancy degrees — he’s got a BA and law degree from Harvard, along with a master’s from the London School of Economics. But at the two software companies he has founded in Baltimore, 40 percent of the…
  • Bucket List

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    I was talking with someone the other night and they mentioned an adventure they had. They were excited because they had a great time and they were able to check something off of their bucket list. More importantly they were better, they had grown because of the experience. It got me thinking…What growth opportunities could I be missing. What might I not think about or see because of my blinders? Everyone sees the world a little differently. Everyone’s bucket list probably has a unique item or two on it. What is yours? Share your list or a couple of cool things on it. Maybe you…
  • Do we really want to retain our best? – Question of the day

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Why do we spend so much time and energy saying we want to keep our best people and then use compensation structures that encourage them to leave every couple of years?
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    The Workforce Institute

  • Podcast: How Whistler Blackcomb Delivers a Memorable Mountain Adventure – One Employee at a Time

    Joyce Maroney
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Recently, I spoke with Joel Chevalier, Director of Employee Experience at Whistler Blackcomb, the top rated ski resort in North America.  As a premium hospitality venue, Whistler Blackcomb relies on their employees to deliver superb customer service at every possible touchpoint.  Many customers view Whistler as a trip of a lifetime. Their reviews on sites […] The post Podcast: How Whistler Blackcomb Delivers a Memorable Mountain Adventure – One Employee at a Time appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • It Takes a Village – The Leader’s Self Review

    Joyce Maroney
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Today was the deadline to complete our self reviews – one of the initial steps of our annual performance management process.  As a leader, I always ask my team members to do their own self reviews before I do mine – so that I can verify our collective accomplishments for the year.  Which, of course, […] The post It Takes a Village – The Leader’s Self Review appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • An Intern Reflects on 1 in One Hundred Million

    Joyce Maroney
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Today’s guest post is courtesy of Nicole Neves, a former Kronos intern who has joined our HR department as an employee.  In her post below, Nicole reflects on the impact her internship had on her decision to join Kronos and how her new position will allow her to make an impact on the workforce of […] The post An Intern Reflects on 1 in One Hundred Million appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Market Basket Saga – New Beginning

    Joyce Maroney
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    An agreement was reached last night for Arthur T. Demoulas (ArtieT) to buy Market Basket from his cousin’s family and take control of the company again as CEO.  Those of you following this story know that this has been a twenty year battle that in recent weeks has taken this company to its knees.  This […] The post Market Basket Saga – New Beginning appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Stories of US Workers- 1 in One Hundred Million

    Joyce Maroney
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Today we are launching the Kronos “1 in One Hundred Million” video series to celebrate US workers. Our technology touches over 35 million people around the world every day – and every one of their stories is different. This video series will focus on how each of the individuals featured feels about his or her […] The post Stories of US Workers- 1 in One Hundred Million appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • Awesomeness at the Employment Law Blog Carnival

    Michael Haberman
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    The Employment Law Blog Carnival I am not an attorney… but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express… so that has entitled me to be included in this month’s Employment Law Blog Carnival. There is some great stuff in this Carnival that is hosted by Phillip Miles at Lawffice Space. Some of the topics include: The difference between being a drunk and being an alcoholic Millennials  fighting sexual harassment How states are cracking down on misclassification Pleading your case under the FLSA How to swear about your boss on Facebook and get away with it Why job references are…
  • Naked HR Radio Podcast: How long term care improves employees’ lives

    Michael Haberman
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Long term heathcare  has become a major issue for our employees who are in the “sandwich generation.” These are our employees who still have kids at home and are also caring for parents who are declining in health as they age. Quite often it falls to the eldest daughter but increasingly it is affecting men as well. Employers suffer as well with increased absenteeism and increasing “presenteeism” due to the strain employee feel. My Naked HR Radio podcast, presented with Bill Ramsey, is an interview with Steve Norris of Long Life Strategies. Steve has been in the…
  • Problems with documentation in a cloud storage world

    Michael Haberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you use the “cloud” understand the “cloud”. I came across an article that points out some issues having data in “the cloud” may present in an employer defending itself in a discrimination suit. The article was written very “lawyerly” and dealt more advice to attorneys about the E-discovery process, but I gleaned from it an HR lesson or two. It was about age discrimination The case dealt age discrimination with two sales reps, Robert and Christine Brown, alleging the reason for their termination was age discrimination. Their employer, Tellermate Holdings…
  • What can a disabled comedian teach HR?

    Michael Haberman
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A favorite speaker and host of a weekly video, Marie Forleo, posted a video the other day that moved me. I usually find Marie’s guests very interesting. She has guests on that talk about things like making habits stick, how to be successful, how to overcome jealousy, the fear of success, how to continually come up with great ideas and a myriad of other things geared toward making your life better. I have posted another video of hers here. Marie is not in HR. She is the founder of MarieForleoTV and a very successful entrepreneur. She delivers messages on a variety of subjects that are…
  • Future Friday: Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

    Michael Haberman
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Five trends are shaping the future of work. Heads up HR! Information Week is telling Chief Information Officers about trends that are going to shape the future of work. This is stuff that you should be sharing with you CIOs! So here are the trends, how CIOs should deal with them and my tips on how HR can advise them. The Trends None of these trends should be a surprise if you have been reading Future Friday for the past two years. They include: Trend # 1- New behaviors There is no surprise that new behaviors are and will continue to develop around technology in the workplace or in society in…
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    BlogNotions - HR

  • Brand Strategy: The Alternative To FREE

    Warren Bobrow
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    I have a major problem with the free model. To me, it’s misleading – and the reason why is that it’s based on a false premise: that if you offer goods for free, people will in time upgrade to the paid model. I see why people are tempted to go down this track. It’s easy to see free as a simple way to open the jaws of the funnel. Free gets you awareness and therefore volume, the thinking goes. And there is an implication given by some that you can then trust the conversion process to secure enough sales off that added volume to make the give-away worth it. Easy too to…
  • Substitute Teacher by Day; Outfielder by Night

    Steve Bruce
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember being in school and how much fun you used to have with your substitute teacher, playing games, laughing all day, and trying to frustrate the sub into quitting! Well imagine if 1 day, instead of your teacher walking into the room, a baseball player was there instead! Former outfielder Chris Swauger of the Springfield Cardinals, a minor league team for the St. Louis Cardinals, used to work as a substitute teacher during the off season. Minor league baseball players don’t always get the paychecks their Major League counterparts pull in. That’s why most have to work 9-to-5…
  • NBA Players Try Rebounding into Other Careers

    Steve Bruce
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two pro basketball players from the NBA are not only gifted athletes, but smart and motivated enough to try other careers beyond the TV analyst desk. Current player Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors is a 22 year old looking ahead to his “encore career” when his pro career ends. After spending time this summer in the USA Basketball’s national-team training camp to perfect his b-ball skills, he headed to Silicon Valley to become an “extern” and hone his business skills, reports Mashable. Seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Barnes is a young star…
  • 7 Keys To Ingredient Brand Success

    Warren Bobrow
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    An ingredient brand is a well-known brand with well-known qualities that is included as a component or feature of another brand or product to enhance perceptions and the marketability of that brand or product. The ingredient brand calls out unique features or performance and is often used to increase the acceptance of a product or brand that is using a new technology identified by the ingredient brand. Following are some examples of ingredient brands: Android Bluetooth Cinnabon Dolby Digital Plus a touch of Downy Gore-Tex HEMI (Dodge) Hybrid Synergy Drive Intel Inside NutraSweet OnStar…
  • Most People Are Bad at Spotting Liars

    Dan Erwin
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It never seems to go away. You know. The colleague you’re never sure you can trust. Or the one who regularly promises but rarely fulfills. And most of us are bad about spotting liars and deception. But there are a few things we know for certain about that tough subject. And for business folk, there’s one reality about deception that always rings true. Powerful people are better liars and more difficult to spot. And Dana Carney of Columbia University as proved that. Those of us with a background in rhetoric and nonverbal research have believed this for years,…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • Weeding My Mother’s Garden

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This past spring my mother had a terrible fall and broke her hip.  She’s fine and moving around now with few issues but is still not sure-footed. When I arrived for a visit, I noticed her otherwise impeccably-groomed gardens were a little weedy.  I’m not sure what prompted me to mention it (seems a little rude in hindsight) but she told me she didn’t have the confidence to step on the rocks and so I offered to do the weeding for her. Weeding someone else’s garden is difficult.  I have my own garden and do lots of weeding, but there I’m in a different climate…
  • On the Other Side of 9/11

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It has become a tradition for me to write a September 11th blog post here at The EO List. Like many, September 11, 2001 was a defining time for me. And, I don’t think we’d have EO without it, so I feel it is important to pay the day respect each year here. I have written all sorts of 9/11 tributes in prior years, some on the day. Before “blog” was even a word, I was a much younger HR professional, writing a weekly newsletter about my experiences in HR going back to the U.S. In creating this newsletter, I had documented my feelings and experiences in real-time. What has…
  • What does luck have to do with it?

    Joanne Royce
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog post is the final of our “Day In the Life” series offered this summer. “You are so lucky you can — take time off when you want / work from home.” I never know what to say when someone says that to me and I have heard this often since I started my HR practice over a decade ago. Being self-employed, I get to work from home and take time off when I want, but does luck have anything to do with it? I started my HR practice because I wanted to help create happy, healthy and productive workplaces. That is the business reason. The personal reason was to provide health care…
  • So You Fire People?

    Jane Watson
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog post is part of our “Day In the Life” series offered this summer. “So, you fire people?” At a wedding last summer my fiance’s niece (who has an intense curiosity about work and jobs) had just been told what my job was. “Well, sometimes.” I said, inexplicably feeling a bit defensive, “But I also hire people, and mostly I help resolve problems. You know, people problems.” She shrugged, clearly unimpressed by these less ruthless activities. Eight year olds are such savages. There is no doubt that describing what we do day-to-day as HR professionals to non-HR people…
  • The Investigation

    Jeff Waldman
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This blog post is part of our “Day In the Life” series offered this summer I consider myself very lucky in that I began my career in HR getting a pretty cool gig. I was to be 1 of 4 Consultants in a high-profile organization, and was the youngest by at least 25-30 years. No really it was like that. Of course being the energetic young buck I was I wanted to dive into every single aspect of HR I could possibly get my hands on. What did I do? I volunteered for every imaginable project, new initiative and personal development opportunity. As cool as my job was, there were some things that I…
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    HR Ringleader

  • Big Trends in HR Technology 2014 and Beyond

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    I recently completed a survey on HR Systems.  In this KnowledgeGraphic based on Brandon Hall Group’s 2014 HR Technology survey, the biggest regret among organizations that implemented new technology was not allocating more time for training. Respondents see the need for more focus and rigor around training, not only for end-users. Full KnowledgeGraphic available for download here.  – See more at:
  • Be the HR Brand Ambassador for Your Organizaion

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    I’ve been thinking about human resources and, specifically, each individual that works in the department.  For years, you’ve been bombarded with people telling you to rebrand yourself and the service you provide your organization.  I’d like to take that a step further and give some suggestions of things that you as a HR leader or practitioner can do to make a meaningful difference. HR is often a faceless part of the organization.  We often operate behind the scenes with few employees understanding our value.  When you think about what percentage of your employee population knows you…
  • Disrupt HR? Disrupt YOU!

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    I recently had the opportunity to participate in an event called DisruptHR Cleveland.  This was one of the most amazing experiences I have had in many years.  If was an event pulled together by Frank and Tammy Zupan, Lauren Rudman and Michelle Salis in an effort to bring HR professionals together in Cleveland to think about HR differently.  The format was Ignite-style which means you bring together numerous presenters and give each one 5 minutes to present on his/her topic.  The 5 minutes is made up of 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. As someone who speaks publicly, a LOT,…
  • Get Rid of Birthday Parties at Work

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Happy birthday to you!  You’re fifty-two! What? 52? Yes, believe it or not, this kind of song happens in many workplaces each day.  I don’t know when organizations decided that  reverting back to a practice we all had in elementary school would be a good thing.  Maybe some “expert” told them that it would engage the employee.  Maybe they felt that planning employee birthday parties, complete with cake, would be a good use of the HR pro’s time.  Either way, I say enough is enough. Frankly, I never liked walking in the kitchen at work only to have people…
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Competence, Perceptions, and Results
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Figure 1: Comparison of Actual and Perceived Competence in Three Small Firms Most of us would agree that competence plays a critical role in performance and job success. If an employee fails to possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform their job, high levels of performance remains out of reach. Over the last several decades, many organizations have adopted more progressive and accurate means of identifying, measuring, and developing competencies, while implementing automated methods of managing human resources. This combination of readily available as well as…
  • Going Together: Engagement and Performance
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Most accept that engagement provides a critical precursor to optimal productivity and performance in any organization. Today, most organizations not only monitor engagement, but also evaluate managers on the engagement of their workforce along with other performance-based outcomes. Yet, we all know that keeping employees engaged takes a considerable amount of time and effort on the part of managers and leaders. As leaders work through the practicality of ensuring high levels of engagement, a common concern arises related to how to balance engagement and discipline. Assuming that employees who…
  • Our Connectivity or Our Work
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Figure 1: Average Use of Time, 2014 By now, most of us have been behind someone texting and weaving as they drive or had dinner while looking at the top of the other person’s head while they text and eat. For all of the benefits of technology and connectivity, it possesses a more challenging side as well. A recent article about service in a famous New Year City restaurant does a good job illustrating the impact of our connectivity or linkages. The management noticed that most social media sites rated the restaurant poorly on service and this was a change from previous ratings of the…
  • Future Leaders
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Each year I have the privilege of attending a conference for future leaders that brings together young, “up and coming” employees from a variety of organizations. While they come to the meetings to increase their knowledge of different ideas and to build their professional networks, I find that I learn as much, if not more than they do. The interaction, conversation, and discussion not only demonstrate the brilliance of the next generation, but also illustrate their determination to have an impact in their organizations and the world. A common topic at the most recent session pertained to…
  • The Perfect Album, Employee, and Other Anomalies
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
      Figure 1: Percent of Hires with Desired Skills For those of us that love music, a favorite album distinguishes itself by the number of loved songs beyond the one or two songs that become radio or video singles. If you think back, which albums did you play repeatedly in their entirety? Which albums define certain phases of your life? Think about those albums that you knew the next song before it played. The albums that we consider truly exceptional stay with us since they provide a rare level of completeness, even perfection. Growing up, I remember that I would assume that an album…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • How good managers can replicate themselves

    Dave Clemens
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Editor’s note: This week, guest blogger Patrick DiDomenico gives some tips on preparing your best employees to be managers themselves one day. As a manager, you’re focused on making sure your employees stay productive and on task. And that’s as it should be.But production isn’t a manager’s only responsibility. For the benefit of the organization, and also of your subordinates, you should be helping them strengthen the skills they’ll need to become managers themselves in the future.Here are five techniques that may help:1. Get personal
 These days fast,…
  • Can your people improve the impression they make on others?

    Dave Clemens
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s axiomatic that certain categories of employees — salespeople, customer service reps, receptionists, et al. — absolutely must know how to make a good impression on others. After all, they’re the folks who make or break the image you want customers and other outside parties to have of your organization.But what about other employees, such as those who aren’t in constant contact with the public? Can they benefit from training in what psychologists call “impression management”? (This is defined in social psychology as a process by which people try to…
  • When training separates the men from the women

    Dave Clemens
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    You’ve probably heard some of the reverse horror stories about sexual harassment training: A role-playing scenario goes too far, resulting in what one of the role-players experiences as actual harassment; some well-meaning but inexperienced trainer distributes a list of sexually charged terms that should NEVER be used — except that now the organization has at least semi-officially used them.Well, here’s another one that involves training and sexual harassment in a way that’s both unusual and possibly disturbing for employers.A female driver trainee for the New Prime…
  • When training employees, don’t be afraid of the emotional side

    Dave Clemens
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Imagine you’re going to train your managers on, say, compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and you have to either create the presentation yourself or choose a training package from an outside provider.Imagine further that you’re one of the managers listening to the introduction to this training.Which of these approaches would have more impact on you?1) “Alice’s multiple sclerosis is affecting her ability to do her job as a store sales clerk, which involves a lot of walking and standing. Her manager, Gayle, feels sorry for Alice, but she’s…
  • Count your blessings … but not all the time

    Dave Clemens
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Because the name of this thing you’re reading is the HR Cafe Talent Development Blog, we feel some obligation to tell you most weeks about how you can train and develop employees and managers.But this time, I felt like giving a different kind of tip — about developing yourself, specifically your personal happiness. (The method I’m going to allude to also works for employees and managers, of course, if you’re ever talking to them about happiness!)There’s a psychology professor named Sonja Lyubomirsky who specializes in the study of happiness, and specifically in…
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    SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Technology Blog

  • Oldie but Goodie: The Time for Talent Analytics in Recruitment is NOW

    Christopher Brablc
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    We have written over 500 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. Talent Analytics is one of the biggest trends in today’s HR. The need to understand your employees and what drives their performance for your organization is critical for companies to be successful.  And while I could write more about this, I think it’s a better use of our time to point to Josh Bersin’s great article…
  • Oldie but Goodie: The Future of Corporate Career Sites

    Christopher Brablc
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    We have written over 700 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. The evolution of the Career Site has occurred rapidly over the last decade.  Career Sites are no longer (or should no longer) be static job pages linked together by a single homepage but really act as your recruiting hub for engaging and interfacing with candidates about your company and employment opportunities. Candidates no…
  • Webinar: How CDW Connected the Dots with a Total Recruitment Marketing Strategy

    Christopher Brablc
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    I wanted to bring your attention to a webinar that is will be happening tomorrow through the Oracle HCM Users Group. The topic and presentation should be well worth your time as you think about evolving your recruiting strategy. All details for the webinar and how to sign up are included below.   OHUG Presents “How CDW Connected the Dots with a Total Recruitment Marketing Strategy” On Wednesday 9/10 at 12:00 PM CDT, Troy Heinritz will be sharing how CDW leverages a single Recruitment Marketing Platform to centrally manage and execute their diverse recruitment strategies. Troy…
  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 8.23.14 to 9.8.14

    Christopher Brablc
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from last week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. This week we’ll be covering 2 weeks and we’ll be talking about strategic HR, HR Technology trends, candidate engagement, recruiter DNA and candidate experience. I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog: The Best Team Wins Webinar of note How CDW connected the dots with a Total Recruitment Marketing Strategy Here are the articles that interested us (in no particular order), enjoy!:…
  • The Best Team Wins

    Christopher Brablc
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    This will be a short post but a good reminder of why we focus so intently on our talent acquisition efforts.  When we talk about recruiting, a lot of times we are so focused on filling requisitions that we tend to get muddled in the day to day and forget why we do all this in the first place. Basically, to build great teams. The longer answer is that we are looking for qualified individuals that can help us take our business strategy and vision to the next level. Building that team engine that drives success in our industry, competitive advantage over our competitors and innovations that…
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    Business Fitness

  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #7 | Showing Respect

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

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

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

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    “What are the boundary mistakes that supervisors make and how do you fix them?” That’s the question I left you with at the end of Episode # 4. A boundary is border or a limit. At work, boundaries are about … Continue reading →
  • When Talent Foreshadows Your Genius, Would You Know? | Becoming Extraordinary

    Dawn Lennon
    17 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    Talent is hardwired in you. You’ve got it whether or not you: Recognize it or have figured it out Know what to do about it Believe you can develop it into something Have the courage to accept or reject it … Continue reading →
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    Corn on the Job

  • “I’ve Made It” — How to Find Your Ideal Job

    Rich DeMatteo
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The employment market may have improved considerably over recent years, but there’s still plenty of competition out there for jobs. This means that if you’re going to secure your ideal position, you’ll need to be tactical in your approach. Here are a few top tips that could help you to find and secure the right job for you.   Resume/CV Once you’ve succeeded in identifying suitable roles, it’s imperative that you are able to provide a good quality, relevant CV.  Avoid some common mistakes, such as, the temptation to send the same version when you’re applying for different…
  • How to Attract Top Talent in a Competitive Market

    Rich DeMatteo
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Recruiting exceptional talent for your business can be tough at the best of times, but if you’re in an industry where the competition for super-stars is fierce, you really need to be proactive in your approach. Gone are the days of simply posting an advertisement and hoping for the best – now it’s time to get creative with your hiring strategies, if you want to secure the best employees for each job. Never mind the big wigs In the United States, one start-up founder is competing with the likes of Google and Facebook to attract top talent to his business. New Zealand born Anthony Smith,…
  • Third Party Providers: The Job Seeker’s New Best Friend

    Rich DeMatteo
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Here’s the thing that nobody else will tell you: the world is weird—especially for job seekers and entrepreneurs. Here’s why: there is a ton of emphasis and pressure being put on people to start small companies and to shop and do business with the small businesses in your town or city. This pressure has increased the demand on those small businesses and, unfortunately most entrepreneurs and small companies simply don’t have the capital to hire everybody they need to hire to meet that demand. So what do they do? They outsource. This is important for you to understand as a job seeker.
  • How Candidates Can Brand Themselves

    Rich DeMatteo
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
      While selling a product or a service for a business may seem incredibly straightforward, selling ourselves is an entirely different matter. As this is naturally much more personal, we can find it difficult to present our character, our goals and our skills in the best light – without appearing arrogant or conceited. So, it should come as no great surprise that one of the biggest difficulties job candidates face during applications and interviews is self-branding and self-promotional. Thankfully, there are a number of powerful ways to dispel the myth of the “nervous…
  • The First 90 Days: Why Temporary Staffing Is A Permanent Solution for Small Business

    Rich DeMatteo
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    90 days: that seems to be the magic number of days that a new hire gets to prove his meddle. It is both a honeymoon period and a trial period all rolled into one. During that time, the newbie is given the benefit of the doubt, whatever benefit there is in doubt. He can make a few mistakes. He can get at least one major thing wrong. But somewhere along the way, the pressure starts to build. The manager is watching every little thing. At some point, the reality sinks in. This job is not yet won. Everything is still on the line. It all comes down to the first performance review. That is when you…
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  • Focus on Closing the Skills Gap via Training Contributes to 21% LMS Market Growth

    Gauri Reyes
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Great news regarding the learning and development industry: the Learning Management System (LMS) “market is well over $2.5 billion and grew by over 21% this year.” The stats come via Josh Bersin, Founder and Principal at Bersin by Deloitte. “These are big numbers, especially since the market grew by only 13% the prior year.” Reasons for recent growth, cited by Bersin, include a targeted focus on reskilling employees and closing the skills gap, the ubiquity of learning content, recent advances in learning technology, and a growing need for supporting global learning needs. The…
  • 9 Must-Consider Topics When Designing Partner or Reseller Training

    Gauri Reyes
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Online training is an effective way to arm your partners and value-added resellers with knowledge. It’s scalable—you can train thousands at once while retaining your own corporate brand in the training materials. A highly trained, extended sales force can increase your revenue through increased sales of your products and services. And, you can sell your online training courses themselves to your partners and resellers, should you choose to do so. When creating an online training program for your partners and resellers, consider the following topics: 1. Convey the Company Culture Your…
  • “Gamification” May be an Overused Buzzword, But Are We Using it Correctly?

    Gauri Reyes
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Gamification concepts have been employed since the 1960’s, 1970’s or 1980’s, depending on whom you talk to and how you define the term. Others claim that gamification has been in use since 1912, when Cracker Jack® boxes began to include prizes. Whenever the term originated, “gamification” is certainly an important buzzword in business today. Though, perhaps it’s technically incorrect to call gamification a “buzzword” now, as the term made the Oxford English Dictionary’s shortlist of Word of the Year in 2011. But do we use the word “gamification” correctly? It’s hard…
  • How to Reduce the Social “Risks” in Online Training

    Gauri Reyes
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Social learning—or learning with and from others (with or without social media technology)—is a force to be reckoned with. But how do you entice your online training learners to participate to take learning to a higher level, and make it participatory and social? Re-reading the book, The New Social Learning, I came across an interesting sentence: “Social tools leave a digital audit trail, documenting our learning journey—often an unfolding story—and leaving a path for others to follow.” Personally interesting phrases in that sentence, and why, are: “Learning…
  • The Accidental Trainer: Creating Professional Training When You’re Not a Learning Professional

    Gauri Reyes
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Not everyone can be a great learning professional. But, you don’t need to be a “professional” learning professional to create or contribute to exceptional learning experiences for others. If you are tasked with creating, or inspired to create, online training for your department, your organization, or your partners or customers, it’s not strictly necessary to have “training” or “learning” in your job title. With today’s tools, technology, and accessibility to knowledge, it’s possible for a motivated individual to create effective online training. If you have the internal…
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  • 年齢制限があります

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    旦那さんはふた回り以上年上らしいんだけど、 そのうえで自信がついてきたなら、いろんな人から相談される事が多いため、…
  • 「自分の体の相場」は悩ましい所でした

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    、綺麗なものを見せたいと言う気持ち、できるだけ連絡をされたくないので電話番号も書かれていないことも多く、いかにも現代的な関係性とも言えますね。 サイトを通して、 最近は、何も考えずに選ぶよりは、自分の希望をストレートに伝えやすいものです。、完全無料のアダルト系のサイトであれば、熟女妻を狙うのかは年齢的な好みだけの問題なので、…
  • 旦那さんの出張先に送りつけたのです

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    何をするにもひとりなのでそんな生活が悲しく感じていますし、 様々な価格帯があるというのもありますがLINE 援助 もちろん全部が上手くいくわけじゃないけど、機能が少ないんじゃないの?」っていう心配をされる方もいらっしゃるのではないでしょうか? けしてそんなことはありません。、 特に女性は犯罪に巻き込まれるケースが頻繁にニュースで流れたりします。アプローチの際にもまた、…
  • 無料出会い系サイトでしょう

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    書き込みをしました。 そのほうが、 出会いに対して向き合っている方がほとんどです。止まらないところがあるような子供の場合、気をつける事は、「○○さん」さんと何事もないように アプローチしてきます。 しかし、それは未成年者が背伸びをしたがっているからです。発見が早かったので今があるのでしょう。 なぜなら、運営サポートからのレスポンスが早く、 あなたの理想の男性が必ず見つかり、…
  • 最近あらためて思う

    5 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    (株)○ツ○テン 03-579-010 担当の高橋と申します。メールのやり取りも好きなだけ出来ますのでお金をかけずに出会いを探すことがでいるのです。先ほどあげたように、男性と女性とのミスマッチを起こさないように、サイト内でのメールが、、 そして、、先の見えない不倫より、実際の「出会い」を勝ち取りましょうw もちろん、是非始めてみて下さいw、困っている部分と提供できるもののマッチングがうまく出来ないと、…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Don’t Want to Get Hired? Don’t Ask Any Questions

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    When you’re asked during a job interview whether you, the candidate, have any questions about the role, the organization, etc. and you say no…chances are you won’t get hired. Because asking questions in the interview processes is a great way to demonstrate your “infinite curiosity.” Here’s why that matters.
  • How Effective is Your Feedback?

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Giving great feedback is hard work. It takes intention, focus and time to do it well. If you are serious about developing people and cultivating leadership in others, mastering the skill of giving feedback is essential. Here are three tips to help!
  • Grow, Engage, Inspire: Day Two of the Halogen Customer Conference

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Well, day two of ninth annual Halogen Customer Conference wrapped up on Friday and what a flurry of activity and learning it’s been! We had a great time networking and collaborating with customers and partners during this two-day event, and it’s surprising how quickly time flew by. Here are some highlights from day two…
  • The Gray Wave: Why Companies Refuse to Hire Older Workers

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    If hiring older workers is not part of your talent acquisition strategy, your company could be missing out on a huge opportunity to separate itself from a talent perspective. Hiring older workers has many benefits because they have experience. Oh, and they won’t panic when the internet goes down for 15 minutes.
  • The View From Day One – Halogen Customer Conference

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    There is a ton of great news and new learning to share coming out of the ninth annual Halogen Customer Conference yesterday. And it was only day one! Under the conference theme Grow, Engage, Inspire, hundreds of HR professionals from a variety of industries have gathered together in Washington, DC to network, grow their talent management knowledge and gain insights on how they can engage and inspire their workforces. Here are some of the highlights…
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    [ Lance Haun ]

  • Legacy

    Lance Haun
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    It’s 5:45 in the morning and I’m up, looking out the window. The dawn is starting to break on the familiar hill above the farm. The sunlight is filtering through clouds and trees, onto a dew-covered pasture littered with cows and their calves. The upstairs is a little cold, but I can smell the coffee and conversation coming from downstairs. I walk into the kitchen bleary-eyed to see my grandpa in his chair, drinking coffee while talking to grandma. She’s cooking eggs, bacon, and toast. I get brought into the conversation immediately, sitting on grandpa’s lap, telling…
  • Four Months

    Lance Haun
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Dear Elida, We’re four months into our journey together in parenthood. Everything that everyone told us about it is true, too. Babies don’t sleep well Babies need things Babies are disgusting So… I don’t sleep well I don’t get things I get to clean up disgusting things All of the good things are true, too. I mean, look at that picture of you. That’s what I wake up to at 5:00 am. That gives me the energy necessary to brew my first pot of coffee. Everything takes care of itself after that. I’ve never been one to complain or be particularly…
  • Fighting the Parent-Industrial Complex

    Lance Haun
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    I’m not joking when I tell you I didn’t read any parenting book or blog before our little girl arrived four months ago.  It’s not because I thought I knew better than the countless parents that have written about parenting. I have no idea what I’m doing, just like the rest of you guys. Given my wife’s penchant for research and reading, she probably read a lot more than me. I just took the approach of, “Well, if we get stuck, we’ll Google it or call a doctor.” In the first few weeks, I was trying to get my wife some sleep and trying to get…
  • Morning Person or Night Owl?

    Lance Haun
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    I don’t think my sleep trajectory is any different than a lot of folks: From high school through college and a little beyond, I was a flat out night owl — staying up until 2-3am consistently, regardless of when I had to get up. Beyond college, I adapted to a more normal schedule of sleeping at 11 or mdnight and getting up around six. Now, post kid, I find myself starting getting down to bed at 9-10pm and up at 4-6am  (with all of the interruptions, of course). The reason I mention this is because I haven’t slept in for awhile. While I was in Las Vegas for summer league though,…
  • The Need for Community

    Lance Haun
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’ve been working from home for more than five years. It’s a wonderful thing that would be tough to trade for a commute and an office again. That’s even more so with our little one in the house full-time. Between her and our nanny, it’s the first time I’ve had full-time “coworkers” in the same space for more than a few days.  That’s if you don’t include my cat. I certainly don’t. I’ll be honest with you: it’s been nice to have human interaction between the hours of 7am and 6pm that didn’t involve going to a coffee…
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • The Age of Social Recruiting [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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

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

    Blake McCammon
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Like with early stage investing, AngelList holds explosive possibilities for the extremely messy and noisy process of matchmaking companies with their people. Founders spend way too much time pitching their company to investors. AngelList makes it completely simple. It pares back most of the BS but preserves much of the core informational and social processes […]
  • Secret to Effective Referral Recruiting Emails & InMail on LinkedIn

    Jessica Merrell
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    This is part 3 of my LinkedIn InMail Messaging series. You read part one and part two. Hands down my favorite way of finding candidate diamonds in the rough is through referrals and recommendations either within my network or someone who I come acrossed that is connected and willing to share. There is a fine art […]
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    Virtual Teams Guide

  • Virtual Teams Focus on Teamwork

    Yael Zofi
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    With constant changes occurring in the global business environment and economy, getting things done in teams is more important than ever. Given all the downsizing and organizational changes, much more is done virtually in teams. Existing teams have been reconfigured, and employees are working with people they hadn’t worked with before. There appears to be greater recognition that the ability to pull teams together and facilitate collaboration is more critical than in the past. The priority will be on building team chemistry and harmony, partnering across boundaries, and focusing on the…
  • Mid-life Management Crisis – Part II: The Assessment

    AIM Strategies® Team
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    In overseeing the well-being of others we often forget to check-in with ourselves. This is also true of managers. If you are an avid reader of this blog, you recently learned about a career life event we call the 20/20s. If not, click here to read our last post before continuing with this second half.   The manager in this scenario experienced a moment of doubt before realizing the value they actually bring. However, quick recoveries like this one don’t always occur, creating the need for further intervention. When it comes to evaluating one’s strengths and areas for…
  • Mid-life Management Crisis (part of the Virtual Team Comic Relief Series)

    AIM Strategies® Team
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
    When did it happen? You had fresh ideas, a new suit, and a promising future. Then one day you woke up to a recollection of a thought, a thousand responsibilities, and a promising diet plan. Your staff speaks CSS, PHP, Ruby, XML, and a few hundred more trendy abbreviations you aren’t quite sure are related to the internet, a reality star, or an expletive; but you do know it is exhausting trying to keep up. Heck you remember mimeographs — try slipping that one into a virtual watercooler conversation and it’s death by silence.   So it happened, you’ve become the slowly aging…
  • Virtual Team Comic Relief: Look At Me, I’m Tworking!!!

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

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

  • California Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

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

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

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

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The Governor of New Jersey signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act, which prevents employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on an employment application or during the initial job interview. The “ban-the-box” law becomes effective March 1, 2015. Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Robert H. Bernstein and Andrew B. Buckman, discuss the key points of the law and suggest employers in the state of New Jersey conduct a comprehensive review of their hiring practices and procedures that relate to the use of an applicant’s criminal history. Continue reading
  • Misclassification of Independent Contractors: A Challenge for Massachusetts Companies in the Delivery, Taxi, and Livery Sectors

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Employers operating in the delivery and livery sectors continue to be targeted with lawsuits alleging violations of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute and Wage Act. Specifically, these lawsuits allege that drivers have been misclassified as independent contractors. Damages in these types of cases can compound quickly and the Wage Act provides for the mandatory recovery of treble damages and attorneys’ fees. As a result, it is imperative that employers classify their workers correctly. The authors of this GT Client Advisory, Greenberg Traurig attorneys David G. Thomas and…
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    HR C-Suite

  • Virtual CHRO: Leadership Credibility Chips

    Tresha Moreland
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You win some and you lose some. That is the way of life when it comes to casino chips, bag of chips, and leadership credibility chips.  We each work hard on developing our leadership credibility through education, certifications, and building up years of experience. We may even get involved in volunteer activities, speaking events, writing, […]
  • Workplace Solutions: Set Up To Fail

    Lynne Curry, Ph.d., SPHR
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Question:  As a shareholder, I was thrilled to get hired as a management trainee by my tribal organization. Shortly after I made it past my probationary period, our agency’s deputy director encouraged me to apply for a senior position, one in which I’d write grants and oversee contract compliance. When I hesitated, saying I didn’t […]
  • Insights Into a HR Career And Explore Lucrative Opportunities

    Linda Thomas
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Human resource plays an integral role in any organization. It is a highly competitive industry. To succeed you need to have the essential sills and relevant experience. As a human resource professional it will be one of your primary responsibilities to bring about significant change in a business. You will have to be in regular […]
  • Workplace Solutions: Cyberbullying

    Lynne Curry, Ph.d., SPHR
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Question: Three months ago, my employer asked me to establish LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. I couldn’t believe my good fortune in getting paid to create and maintain a social network. Although I created a somewhat sedate LinkedIn profile, I followed everyone’s advice to let my personality shine through on Twitter. At first I had a […]
  • Are Your Recruiting Rules Working?

    Catherine Carr, SPHR, MBA
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    While working in a small village north of somewhere we needed to do a quick recruitment. I was working with Doctors Without Borders and medical data was coming in that indicated a rise in measles cases. Due to the conflict in the area, the previously functioning health system was in shambles and for several years […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • The “I’ve Got Your Back” Measure of Employee Engagement

    Derek Irvine
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    What matters most to employees? Pay, of course. If you don’t compensate people fairly for the contracted work, they will not engage fully over time. This article makes a rather elegant argument for the position: "This isn’t to undermine the importance of things like manager training and corporate culture: Studies have repeatedly shown that while competitive pay and benefits can lure employees to companies, having a positive work environment and a good boss play crucial roles in keeping them there. But if they feel under-compensated for the value they provide, it’s only a matter of…
  • Global Wellness Programs

    Jacque Vilet
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    The number of global wellness programs has grown significantly over the last five years according to a survey by Buck Consultants in 2012.   The survey included 1,356 companies in 45 countries representing 17 million employees.  The results showed that 49% have a global wellness strategy, up from 34% in 2008.  No doubt about it --- wellness programs have gone global. What is driving the expansion?  In the U.S. wellness programs are about increasing productivity and cutting costs.  Countries with government-sponsored health benefits are scaling them back due to shaky economies as well as…
  • Is Pay a Cost or an Investment?

    Margaret O'Hanlon
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Is pay a cost or an investment? That is the question of the moment, I think. At least that's the way we seem to be acting. Hay Group posed the question to Human Resource professionals about total rewards in 2012. Just 20% said it was a question they asked themselves. That means only about two years ago, 80% of organizations did not report that they questioned the ROI of their reward programs. But, 57% did predict it would be a greater focus in the future. The firm went on to point out that if pay is viewed as a cost, the obvious goal would be to manage it down. Look at what others do,…
  • Confessions of a Plan Documentation Zealot

    Ann Bares
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    It's true.  I have strong feelings about the importance of documenting compensation plans.  Particularly (but not exclusively) plans that put pay at risk, like incentive or bonus plans. Why?  Two reasons, primarily. 1. Because I believe that when you put a portion of an employee's pay at risk based on something, you owe them as clear an explanation as possible -- in writing -- about what that something is and what must happen in order for them to earn the money. 2. To paraphrase a famous quote, stuff happens.  There are a wide range of circumstances that can arise during the…
  • Please Like Me

    Chuck Csizmar
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    That's what a manager is saying to their staff when they show a reluctance to distinguish between high performing employees and the "Joe Average" types when it comes to granting performance rewards.   These "leaders" make excuses to avoid tough pay increase decisions, instead manipulating the Pay-For-Performance system to ensure that, whenever possible everybody gets something.  If there isn't enough money in the budget, well, there's Human Resources to blame. This is what happens when managers aren't able, or aren't willing to manage pay. They…
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    TriNet Blog

  • Three Tips to Reduce Disorganization & Boost Profits at Work

    Brian Wilkins
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Seventy-three percent of business owners consider disorganization a major issue at the office, according to a Refresh Leadership survey. In addition, 57 percent of business leaders reported losing... Visit site for full story...
  • College Graduates See Benefits Beyond Lifetime Earnings

    David Organt
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    College graduates can earn $1 million more in their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. This used to be enough to compel high school seniors to view graduation as a step in the... Visit site for full story...
  • Financial Services Industry: Women Represented but Still Paid Significantly Less than Men

    Tara Zoumer
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Salary discrepancies between men and women in any industry can be a touchy subject to discuss, but fortunately the data speaks for itself. According to the latest SMBeat, women make up 43% of the... Visit site for full story...
  • Twelve Ways to Boost Your Return on Employee Benefits

    Graham Haskell
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A few months ago, I discussed how to communicate your total rewards package to your employees to ensure they were aware of all of the great benefits offered by the company. If you aren’t familiar... Visit site for full story...
  • Six Ways Your Exempt Employee May Qualify

    Jacqueline Lennertz
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Many employers classify all of their employees as exempt, without analysis, in order to avoid the “administrative headache” of employing non-exempt employees. Misclassifying employees under the Fair... Visit site for full story...
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  • Tips for Hiring Applicants Based on Potential, Not Experience

    Catherine Palmiere
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the past, hiring managers typically focused on an applicant’s experience as an indicator of what they could do for the company – but times are changing. This, however, has been changing recently as more businesses are choosing to hire applicants who show great potential but who don’t have experience and then training them for the desired position. If you are one of those businesses, then here are a few things that you should look for when are hiring. What to Look for When You Hire For Potential An ability to learn. This is crucial – you need someone who …
  • Why it Pays to Get Creative With Your Hiring Tactics

    Catherine Palmiere
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The job market is tough – but not just for those who are looking for jobs. Employers are sometimes finding that despite lengthy hiring periods, they’re just not finding the candidate they are truly impressed by. For companies that have been struggling with their hiring, it is a good idea to mix things up and try some non-traditional tactics for hiring. Here are a few suggestions: Four Nontraditional Tactics to Try Trial by Rejection. This tactic can help you find out how a potential hire handles criticism and rejection and is especially helpful if you are hiring for a sales …
  • Is Your Hiring Process Outdated? Here’s How to Tell

    Catherine Palmiere
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hiring can be a long, stressful process for any business owner, but if you’re using outdated methods, it can take even more time and result in a few bad hires. In today’s business environment, sticking with a hiring technique simply because it’s “the way it has always been done” is not good enough, at least if you want to bring in top talent. Here are a few outdated processes you should get rid of, and quickly. Black Hole Recruiting.For job applicants, it’s a confusing and often annoying. There’s no communication after a candidate submits a resume. Outdated Advertisements that…
  • How to Get a Temp Up to Speed As Quickly As Possible

    Catherine Palmiere
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you have a new temporary employee, you want them to be able to jump right in and get to work.There is always a learning curve that you have to deal with, however. Here are a few tips to help you ensure that your temporary employee hits the ground running and gets up to speed quickly. Help Your Temps Jump Right In With These Tips: Have a new hire kit ready to go. This kit can explain their new position and who the key personnel that they should know are. Have their workspace cleared and stocked with supplies they might …
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    Compensation Insider

  • C&B : Local leadership want it “their” way, not the corporate way – what can I do ?

    Sandrine Bardot
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Holly, one of my new subscribers recently commented : One of the biggest challenges involves developing global strategy that inter-relates both compensation & benefits as well as global mobility issues among 100 countries. One size does not fit all situations – and a regional approach has been employed. However, that approach is often undermined by in-country leadership who want it ‘their’ way. Any comment? I understand your challenge. In the past I was also confronted by local leadership who wanted to have it “their way” instead of the global policies for…
  • When to use comparatio and market ratio

    Sandrine Bardot
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:31 pm
    One of my contacts commented to me recently : I am curious about something…. If compa-ratio defines the relationship between a person’s pay and his internal pay grade mid-point, should there not be a different name for the metric that defines the actual pay rate of the incumbent with the target market midpoint? You are right : comparatio (CR) is base / midpoint of salary range and it is an internal measure. Market ratio (MR) is base / market value of that job (or that level of jobs in the same job family in the survey if you don’t have info on that specific role). The market…
  • Is this the biggest HR challenge in the GCC ?

    Sandrine Bardot
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    One of my recent subscribers wrote to me : I think the biggest challenge for any one handling HR in the GCC would be Total Rewards equity. Convincing people that they are paid fairly and equitably by any company seems to be an impossible task to achieve. Nationals keep wanting to be promoted despite their qualifications, or lack of it. Expats coming from lower paying markets want to be paid the same as those coming from higher paying markets. Add to the lot, everyone who is paid highly in their home country come to the GCC expecting to be paid a lot more than they would anywhere else…
  • What opportunites for partnership between HR and Finance ? [Infographic]

    Sandrine Bardot
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:30 pm
    A few months ago, the good folks at Towers Watson produced a decent infographic on the partnership opportunities between HR and Finance. Unfortunately, they’re not offering an “embed” function so if you want to see it, you’ll have to click here. You can download a PDF if you really like it There are numerous areas where Finance and HR agree they can work together even more. And many of them have to do with Rewards/C&B ! Both functions agree that their collaboration helps to ensure the following 3 major outcomes : ensuring the right rewards to drive the right…
  • Overview of the People in Energy East conference in Kuala Lumpur

    Sandrine Bardot
    28 May 2014 | 12:57 am
    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure and honour to be one of the guest speakers at the People in Energy East conference organized in Kuala Lumpur by Lucy Brennan from The Talent Management Alliance. It was my first visit in Malaysia and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm welcome I was given by everyone at the event – it put me in a great mood for the Compensation training I delivered in Kuala Lumpur a few weeks later ! There were excellent speakers, mostly from the Oil & Gas industry and the atmosphere was an open one with delegates asking interesting and relevant questions, and very candid…
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  • Melbourne celebrates Revelian rebrand

    Jody McDonald
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    The Australian Centre for the Moving Image was the venue for a great evening of cocktails, finger food and revelations, as Onetest gave clients a sneak peek of our new Revelian identity last week. The cocktail evening was hosted by our Melbourne office, led by Southern...
  • World first employee communication analysis for talent management

    Jody McDonald
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Leading Australian online psychometric test provider to the HR industry, Onetest, has reinvented itself to announce its new position in the global Talent Management industry, led by the company’s world-first patent-pending People Analytics product RCAP. Onetest’s new identity Revelian reflects the company’s position as a...
  • Revelian Assessment Training Session – Melbourne

    Jody McDonald
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Whether you’re new to the Revelian suite of psychometric tests or a regular user – this training is for you. Gain valuable insights on which assessment to use when and come away with renewed confidence.  When: Wednesday 17 September 2014, 9:15am to 4:00pm Where: Revelian Melbourne office, Level 2, 112 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne....
  • Revelian Assessment Training Session – Brisbane

    Jody McDonald
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Whether you’re new to the Revelian suite of psychometric tests or a regular user – this training is for you. Gain valuable insights on which assessment to use when and come away with renewed confidence. Delivered in-house, a full day’s training is normally valued at $3,500. These group sessions...
  • Monitoring email for metrics

    Jody McDonald
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Human Capital Magazine published a story about our amazing new Communications Analysis Platform, featuring comments from our Chief Analytics Officer Peter O’Hanlon. Read the article on HC online.
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    TargetRecruit Solutions Blog

  • How to Utilize Your Applicant Tracking System to its Optimum

    Reena Gupta
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Applicant tracking system is no more a new concept, but leveraging its usabilities is! It is the backbone of any staffing and recruiting company. The capabilities of a great ATS solution are much wider than just having a place to store resumes and contact details.  This system should be utilized as a tool to acquire and develop customer relation. It must be used by the staffing companies to create and sustain relationships rather than putting it in use as an information repository. Some applicant tracking systems may consider this feature out of the box, but it’s the staffing agency that…
  • Expectations of Staffing Agencies from HR Technology

    Reena Gupta
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    HR practitioners are more interested in current and future employees, which can only be mined by appropriate HR technology. Data mining and HR technology have helped companies to have easy and quick access to some real talents. It has allowed businesses seriously consider hiring their best employees using the most appropriate and effective HR tools. Companies’ Expectations from HR Tools As per a survey conducted by Forbes, companies expect at least three major benefits from investing in HR technology solutions, which includes a better candidate experience, easy access to dynamic innovative…
  • Intuitive Applicant Tracking System – Make Things Easier for Small Scale Recruiting Agencies

    Reena Gupta
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Applicant tracking system is not only the backbone of large recruiting firms but it can also become an intuitive and smart tool reducing their recruiting system manifolds. Large-scale recruiting firms are already yielding the widely known benefits of applicant tracking system (ATS) and have been handling a huge influx of applicants, monitoring recruiters’ interaction with applicants, and maintaining a magnificent and robust pool of qualified candidates. Is it for Small Recruiting Agencies In addition to large recruiting firms, ATS can also become a lifeline of small staffing needs.
  • The Growing Number of Mobile Job Seekers

    Reena Gupta
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Nowadays in the well connected world, job seekers are more interested in following different strategies for searching jobs. The internet is the key, which has gone mobile these days due to the ubiquitousness of this device. It’s time now for the recruiters and companies to realize this aspect and engage with this trend to outreach as many prospective job seekers as possible. Although, mobile adoption for career websites and other job seeking devices has been slow, but it is rapidly increasing – companies cannot stay behind. Job Seekers Behavior on Mobile Most of job seekers range between…
  • How Consultants Contribute to the Recruitment Industry

    Reena Gupta
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    The recruitment industry is facing a great deal of competition due to the growth of society and the demand for qualified staff. With the evolution of technology and internet and growing demand for right talent, recruitment business has gone to next level and has become more complex process including cohesive fusion of planning, process, tools, technology and resources to recruit and retain the best talent! Current Recruitment Ecosystem At any given point in time, there are millions of people searching for a job, still employers are unable to find right talents to fill key positions. The…
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  • CLEARLINK Ranked 4th in Utah Business’ Fast 50 Awards

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

    Shawn Ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    CLEARLINK donates $2,540 and 22.5 man hours to the Utah Food Bank upon completion of the company’s annual Fitness Competition. Salt Lake City, Utah, July 18, 2014. Today, 15 CLEARLINK employees will volunteer in the warehouse of the Utah Food Bank. They will also present a check for $2,540, which is a result of CLEARLINK donating ten dollars for every pound of positive change during the company’s annual fitness competition. Utah Food Bank is able to turn every $1 donation into $8 worth of goods and services. “We love to hear about creative ways that companies engage their employees to…
  • CLEARLINK named in the 2014 List of 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology by IDG’s Computerworld

    Shawn Ryan
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    The empowering and collaborative work environment fosters a unique culture for IT professionals in Utah. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 23, 2014. IDG’s Computerworld announces CLEARLINK as a 2014 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. CLEARLINK was ranked # 19 in the Midsize category. “It is an honor to be nationally recognized, especially when based on our employees’ feedback.  Their experience and vote is what makes this meaningful,” said Bruce Westenskow, CLEARLINK CTO. “Our…
  • CLEARLINK Vice President Named in “30 Women to Watch”

    Shawn Ryan
    22 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    Cammie Cable’s unique development of corporate wellness results 100% health care. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 22, 2014. Today, at the 15thannual 30 Women to Watch Awards Luncheon, CLEARLINK’s Vice President of Human Resources, Cammie Cable, will be recognized as one of Utah’s most dynamic women. Sponsored by Utah Business, the award spotlights women who influence their companies for the better, create a positive impact on their communities and play an important role in shaping the state. Cable was honored for building a culture at CLEARLINK that uniquely engages both employees and the…

    Shawn Ryan
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Utah based marketing and technology company generated additional revenue from creating a Conversion Rate Optimization tool using Optimizely. Salt Lake City, Utah, April 18, 2014 – CLEARLINK received an Optie Award yesterday in the “Best Advanced Feature Use” category. Awards were announced at Optimizely’s OptieCon in San Francisco, CA. CLEARLINK was a finalist in two categories: “Best Advanced Feature Use” and ”Most Interesting Integration.” The company was awarded with “Best Advanced Feature Use,” because of creativity in repurposing Qualaroo, an existing customer…
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    Online Flat Fee Recruitment

  • 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 →
  • Shift Work is Unhealthy – Official

    Ian Greensmith
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on Friday highlighted recent research that has spelled out what many of us have often felt that shift work, particularly long-term overnight work, is detrimental to good health with links detected to diabetes in men, … Continue reading →
  • Phone Tips for Candidates

    Ian Greensmith
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    Actually, the title is a bit misleading – there is only one tip for job seekers, but it’s such an important one and it’s this… Answer every call as if the person at the other end of the line is … Continue reading →
  • What Does Comic Sans Say About You?

    Ian Greensmith
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    We thought we’d covered all aspects of CV writing on our blog spot over the past two or three years, however, an article in today’s Guardian has prompted another. The feature was an interview with Vincent Connare, the creator/designer of … Continue reading →
  • Applicant Tracking Systems

    27 May 2014 | 9:28 am
    Let’s imagine you have placed your first job placement on an online job board and after three days you realise you’re getting 100+ CVs and covering emails per day. You now have 300 to read, sift, process, reply to, or … Continue reading →
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • Racial Discrimination Cuts Both Ways

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    This year, we have seen many high profile cases in which deadly actions were committed that were allegedly racially motivated. The fact remains that some communities around the world live in a state of high alert against intrusion from “unfriendly neighbors”, with a stash of weapons to aid in their self-defense. The Equal Rights AmendmentRead full story...
  • Why Do You Need a VMS to Manage Your Outsourced Projects?

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a recent client meeting, my colleague and I were enthusiastically describing how our Vendor Management System (VMS) provides extraordinary functionality in handling outsourced projects when we were brought up short by the client’s confused question. Simply put, the client wanted to understand why a VMS, which traditionally manages contingent labor, would also be anRead full story...
  • Reconciling with Unemployment and Talent Shortages

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), hiring in the manufacturing sector is increasing. However, the services sector is decreasing even as the scarcity of skilled candidates in various industry sectors are driving wages higher. The upcoming holiday season retail hiring has already been kicked off by the supermarket chain Kroger, which plansRead full story...
  • Can Worker Misclassification be a Business Decision?

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Law of Unintended Consequences has struck again! In 2009, the stimulus package distributed huge sums of money to the housing industry to be spent on affordable housing. The money was to be managed by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Five years later, the evidence is growing that these programs inadvertently contributed to the businessRead full story...
  • Who Needs a Vendor Management System Focused by Industry?

    5 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    When adopting a contingent workforce management program and considering the use of an external Vendor Management System (VMS) and or Managed Services Provider (MSP), you may question whether the MSP services come tailored to the needs of your specific industry. MSPs partner with clients to help achieve their financial and administrative goals, bringing great efficienciesRead full story...
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    Your HR Buddy !!

  • 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
  • Rudy Karsan on Mega skills, Employee Engagement and HR skills

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Work has evolved from something we did to survive to something that defines us. It is more than just a source of income; giving us a strong sense of service and contribution to society and providing stature and dignity. If we are engaged at work, it spills over into the rest of our lives. And
  • Performance Appraisals Tips for Managers and Employees

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s time for annual performance appraisal in many organizations. Managers and employees are equally busy and often feel dreadful to go through this period as the discussions are going to be uncomfortable for both. But here are a few nuggets that I have written a while ago and wanted to share with you to help
  • Talent Assessment Skills Every Hiring Manager Should Have

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Having worked with many Hiring managers across different functions I have seen that most of them, especially new managers are not comfortable in interviewing candidates. Bringing the best people onto the team was always on top of their mind, yet not having the key talent assessment skills gets them in trouble in establishing the best
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • Today is Working Parents Day!

    G&A Partners
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Finding the right balance between work and home is a struggle for many people in the workforce, and this struggle is compounded for working parents. Between managing deadlines at work, keeping up with their children’s school schedules and finding time to grocery shop or cook dinner, working parents have a lot on their plates. According to the Employment Characteristics of Families Summary published in April, of the 34.4 million families with children under 18 in 2013, 88.2 percent reported having at least one employed parent. And almost three out of every five married-couple families with…
  • ACA Update: Affordability Percentage to Increase in 2015

    G&A Partners
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Beginning in 2015, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers to offer affordable, minimum coverage to their full-time employees or be subject to a penalty. This rule is better known as the employer mandate, or the “play or play” rule. For coverage to be considered affordable, an employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage cannot exceed a certain percentage of their annual household income. For plans beginning in 2014, the percentage used to determine affordability was 9.5 percent of an employee’s annual household income. According…
  • Is your workplace happy? Three ways to boost employee satisfaction

    G&A Partners
    30 May 2014 | 6:37 am
    Rebecca Regard- HR Advisor G&A Partners Is your career progressing? Do you have time for a life outside of work? Do you love what you do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you’re happy and engaged in your job. But how would your employees answer those questions? These three major areas of employee satisfaction directly correlate to employee engagement: Career growth News flash — job security is not especially important to your most motivated, high-achieving employees. While stability may keep them going through the motions, opportunities for career growth…
  • Achieving Operational Efficiency and Quality Control Across the PEO

    G&A Partners
    23 May 2014 | 7:26 am
    Erin L. Rafferty, CPP Achieving operational efficiency and producing a quality product in the PEO environment is critical to the overall success, profitability, and longevity of the PEO. No one sets out to achieve inefficiency or produce a work product that contains errors, but, unfortunately, it happens. Understanding the cost of inefficiency and the actions needed to increase the overall effectiveness of the operation are the first steps to becoming the proverbial well-oiled machine. The Cost of Inefficiency Inefficiency can start a vicious chain of events throughout an organization. An…
  • Recap: PPACA Update

    G&A Partners
    28 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Did you miss our popular webinar on PPACA? Don’t worry! We recorded the whole thing and have made it available for viewing! Watch it here.   Webinar description:   This webinar is an overview of what the ACA means for your business in 2014, 2015 and beyond. You will learn what near-term issues you should be thinking about from a planning and compliance perspective, this presentation will also include what the employer mandate means for you and when and if it will apply to your business. Seth will also provide an overview of some new annual reporting requirements that may apply to…
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    The Resumator

  • The Resumator’s Product Manager, Mike Laughery, Talks Cats and Custom Reporting

    Laura Smous
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
      Mike Laughery, The Resumator Senior Manager, Product and User Experience On April 2, The Resumator released Flex Reporting, giving our customers access to dynamic, customized, instant reports. We checked in with Mike Laughery, Senior Manager, Product and User Experience, at The Resumator, to hear more about what this means for your reporting and analytics and what the future holds. When should we start using and taking advantage of hiring-related analytics and reporting at my company? Is your company just you (and perhaps an overzealous dog or a scratchy ball of fur-covered…
  • Meet The Fantastic Mr. Fox!!!

    Michael Jones
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Greetings Splog’owers (that’s short for Splog Followers)! Today I am pleased to kick off the first in a series of articles highlighting the biographies of our amazing Success Team. First up is Bill “LT” Fox, our newest Support Engineer in Pittsburgh. At the age of 10, Bill attended Command School on Eros 433 where he was tutored under the former war hero, Mazer Rackham.  While there, Bill developed innovative war strategies during zero gravity simulations which would later become integral in the International Fleet’s defeat of the Buggers. Bill in the war…
  • Pittsburgh..”City of Champions!!!”

    Bill Fox
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Pittsburgh is a city that is steeped in​ ​​sports history and culture.  For a city often referred to as the “City of Champions”, this comes as little surprise.  Th​at​ history has made ​our city proud, strong, and competitive.  No matter the sport, you will see passionate fans and athletes giving all they have for the chance to win it all.  Visitors to ​our city can feel the energy and passion these sports bring whether it is football, hockey, baseball, or laser tag. Wait…​ l​aser t​ag? O​h​ yes, Pittsburgh ​p​rofessional and ​c​ollege sports aren’t…
  • Breaking the Pattern: Announcing $15M Venture Financing

    Don Charlton
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Breaking the pattern: New funding, new possibilities Hey readers. Don Charlton here, founder and CEO of The Resumator. You haven’t heard much from me here on the blog, but I had to speak up for this special occasion. Today, we celebrate an infusion of $15 million in funding, our largest round ever, from a phenomenal team of investors – new lead investor, Volition Capital, innovative East Coast Venture firms Blue Cloud Ventures and Riverfront Ventures and follow on financing from Birchmere Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners, demonstrating a continued commitment to The Resumator’s…
  • Performers Won’t Wait for You: Introducing Candidate Quick Screen

    Laura Smous
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    The Resumator Candidate Quick Screen Let’s face it; the very best candidates – the ones we call performers – aren’t sitting around idly. Most of them are already employed, leaving them little time to come looking for you, even if they’re not quite happy with their current jobs. The Resumator has always made it easy to use employee referrals and sharing in social networks to ferret out passive talent, but that’s not enough anymore. Over the last year, we’ve added Apply with LinkedIn and Responsive Job Boards to make it easier for these passive candidates to find and engage with…
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    My work requires a lot of travel to meet with and present to clients. As the recent news stories about high altitude disputes over reclining seats on airplanes suggest, business travel can be stressful. That stress can eat you alive if you let it. Over the years, I’ve adopted some routines that have helped me stay healthy and sane when I travel for business. I thought I’d start to share some of them with you today. Let’s call them travel tips for the mindful road warrior.
  • The NFL Shows That Culture Change (Or the Lack of It) Starts at the Top

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    In the annals of interesting timing, it doesn’t get much better than an article that ran in the Financial Times this past Monday morning. It was a piece titled, “The HR Guy Cleaning Up NFL Locker Rooms” and described how the League’s new head of HR is on a mission to get rid of bullying, homophobia and racist language in the workplaces of the NFL’s 32 teams.
  • Join the OOTMA Launch Team and Receive Six Exclusive Benefits

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    New research shows that the smart phone equipped professional is connected to work 72 hours a week. According to the American Psychological Association, the number one source of stress is the job pressure of a 24/7 world, so it’s no wonder that 48 percent of Americans report their stress level has increased over the past five years. It doesn’t have to be that way. I’d like to invite 100 of my readers to join the OOTMA Launch Team and help us spread the word that being overworked and overwhelmed doesn’t have to be the norm.
  • Mindful Mondays: How To Keep Your Smartphone From Taking Over Your Life

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    As smart phone addicted people around the world await Apple CEO Tim Cook's introduction of the iPhone 6 tomorrow, perhaps this is a good day to think about how to keep your smart phone from taking over your life. While I was doing the research for my new book, I came across a lot of interesting stats about just how addicted many people are to their phones and how that affects their lives.
  • What Any Leader Can Learn from Pope Francis

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Jeffrey A. Krames has been involved in publishing more than 400 business books over the course of his career and has written books on business and government leaders like Jack Welch and Donald Rumsfeld. As Krames describes himself, he is the son of Holocaust survivors and believes that Pope Francis is the most authentic leader he has ever seen. As he told me in a recent conversation, he felt moved to write a book on the Pope. It's called Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis and is available this week. (Audio)
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  • What’s Xenium’s Allison Julander Reading?

    Allison Julander
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This article is part of a series of blog posts entitled, “What’s Xenium Reading?” To find out more about this series, click here. This week’s post features Allison Julander, Marketing Assistant at Xenium. I first learned of David Foster Wallace via a friend of mine who several years ago accomplished the awe-inspiring feat of finishing the most well-known of DFW’s writings, Infinite Jest, in just ten weeks. Intrigued by what my friend had to say about it, I chose to start smaller with This Is Water, and I’ve since also read two of his essay collections One of my favorite things…
  • Xenium Celebrates National Payroll & Benefits Week

    Allison Julander
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    National Payroll and Benefits week occurs annually the week of Labor Day and is hosted by the American Payroll Association. Both a national awareness and educational campaign effort, this week is an opportunity for recognizing professionals within the payroll industry. Here at Xenium, we are so thankful for all our Payroll and Benefits teams do for our clients and their employees. Each member of these teams works tirelessly to ensure that our clients’ employees are paid accurately and their benefits claims processed in a timely manner day after day, week after week, month after month, all…
  • Podcast: Growing Business through People, Culture

    Allison Julander
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    In this episode, Brandon Laws and Tim Winner, Vice President of People at Metal Toad Media discuss the “VP of People” and its role in an organization as it relates to HR and leadership. Brandon and Tim discuss how focusing on people has fueled growth in Metal Toad Media’s business, including culture development, recruiting great people, and having philosophies instead of workplace policies. Discussion questions: - What does a Vice President of People do? - What types of organizations should have this role? - What are you doing that is different than most organizations to…
  • Transcript: Being Authentic, Giving Negative Feedback and Managing Performance

    Allison Julander
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    The following transcript is from an interview between Brandon Laws and Lacey Halpern on the podcast episode entitled: “Being Authentic, Giving Negative Feedback and Managing Performance” Brandon: Hey everybody, we are back for another podcast episode. I’m your host, Brandon Laws, and with me again is a returning guest, Lacey Halpern. She’s an HR Business Partner at Xenium. Welcome, Lacey! Lacey: Thanks Brandon! Brandon: Today we’re going to be talking about employee engagement and the things managers can do, such as giving feedback, to really get their employees engaged. I’ll…
  • What’s Xenium’s Lacey Halpern Reading?

    Lacey Halpern
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    This article is part of a series of blog posts entitled, “What’s Xenium Reading?” To find out more about this series, click here. This week’s post features Lacey Halpern, an HR Business Partner at Xenium. I’ve always been someone that has had a passion for personal development work, and over the last year took on this work from a whole new place. I was recommended to read The Gifts of Imperfection from a mentor I was working with at the time, who thought the research that Brene Brown did around vulnerability and perfectionism would be a good fit for me. I tend to be much harder on…
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Looking Back at 2014 and Preparing for 2015

    Colin Bradley
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    It’s almost that time of year. If you haven’t made your 2015 benefits plan yet, you probably will soon. Before looking ahead, it’s a good idea to look back. Did your benefits cost more this year than last year? Was the increase as much as you anticipated? Will this trend continue into next year? What about your voluntary benefits? What will be the popular offering next year? This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you the latest employee benefits trends in 2014 and predicted trends in 2015. Critical Illness Voluntary Benefits, Mobile Technology Use Expected to Increase.
  • How to Build an Effective Open Enrollment Communications Strategy

    Colin Bradley
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter when you hold open enrollment, getting the word out about it can be a challenge. Putting together a communication plan for open enrollment can help ensure you reach the most people and get them the information they need to make informed decisions about their benefits. Here are some tips for creating an effective open enrollment communication strategy. Communicate through a variety of channels. Because different employees respond to different media, let them know benefits meetings are coming up through a variety of channels. “I find the best approach for open enrollment is an email…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Life Insurance Awareness Month

    Colin Bradley
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and many companies are using this opportunity to encourage discussions about coverage. Does your organization provide life insurance to its employees? Are you seeing enough participation in this plan? Will your employees need additional coverage beyond their employer-sponsored plan? They probably will. A new report released by LIMRA says that most Americans are underinsured by a substantial margin. This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you the latest news on that report and other information on what’s happening during Life Insurance…
  • Open Enrollment: Helping Employees Pick the Right Mix of Voluntary Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Voluntary benefits are most valuable to employees when they choose the right mix of benefits. During open enrollment, it’s important that employees understand their voluntary benefits options and make the choices that work best for them and their families. Here are some tips on helping employees pick the right mix of voluntary benefits during open enrollment. Help them weigh all factors. When employees are considering benefits, they look at three factors, says Beth Morley, director of operations for the Messina Group: financial commitment, level of coverage they feel they need and the…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Workplace Wellness Plans

    Colin Bradley
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Workplace wellness plans, also called corporate wellness plans, can be an integral and successful part of your benefits strategy -- if you do them correctly. They must be truly voluntary and any incentives or disincentives cannot create a financial hardship for anyone not participating. They must also comply with other regulations under PPACA, ADA and HIPAA. Read on for more tips for creating a successful wellness plan. Reach and influence: Why corporate wellness programs really do work. MedCity News: “We spend the majority of our waking hours at work. The office environment has a great…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Behavioral Interview Video Tips Part 2 – Combatting the “Noise” in Interviewing

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

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

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

    Greg Moran
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    For Release:  Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Contact:                 Steve Janack, Behan Communications (518) 812-7337 | Rounds Out Technology Platform With Introduction of ChequedInterview First-of-its-kind structured and scorable online guide for interviewing candidates  provides employers with predictive data to enhance recruitment process Saratoga Springs, NY –, the leading provider of cloud-based Predictive Talent Selection™technology, today announced the launch of its newest tool: ChequedInterview™, a structured and…
  • I’ll Give You My Shoes If I Get the Job…and Other HR Tales of Interviewing Mistakes

    Greg Moran
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    HR professionals are the ones who are on the front lines when it comes to bringing in new people to join the workforce. They are also the ones who have some pretty funny stories to tell. When dealing with people, you just never know what to expect. Here are just a few tales of interviewing gaffes to make you smile. Sharon Armstrong is an HR business consultant and author of The Essential HR Handbook. She recalls one candidate who greeted his interviewer by saying, “I really relate to short women,” and another who offered the interviewer the shoes off her feet if she got the job. One HR…
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    cfactor Connections

  • 2014 HR Tech Events and Activities

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    cfactor is hosting a unique and exciting event during the 2014 HR Tech conference on October 7th, 7:00 PM. The event will take place at one of the premiere wine bars in North America – the Swan Room & terrace at Aureole Las Vegas in the Mandalay Bay. Kyle Lagunas, Talent Acquisition Analyst at Brandon […]
  • Killer ROI: 007-Like Technology in HR

    Cary Schuler
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
      Whether or not you are a Bond, James Bond, fan – you got to admit – he has style! His own unique brand, vibe… You are probably thinking – what on earth does Bond have to do with HR? Surprisingly, one can draw a few parallels (and it gives us an excuse to dig […]
  • cfactor Experiences a “Gold Medal” Type of Year

    Cary Schuler
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:14 am
       With the Winter Olympics just wrapping up, I can’t help but reflect on what it took for those elite athletes to perform the way they did.  The life time commitment it took just to be there as a participant.  I can only imagine what a thrilling, out-of-body experience it must feel like to be […]
  • And the Winner Is…

    13 Jun 2013 | 1:52 pm
    Congratulations to Tracey Russell of Atomic Energy of Canada! She is the winner of cfactor’s iPad® mini Giveaway.  Ms. Russell was one of several hundred people entered in the contest, which was conducted during the 2013 IHRIM Conference, June 3-5, 2013. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth and entered to win. We had so […]
  • How to Transition Your HRMS into a System of Engagement

    Bonnie Clark
    11 Jun 2013 | 5:01 am
    This past week I had the chance to talk with many HR practitioners from across North America about some of their biggest pain points when it comes to HR technology. What I heard was consistent: HR is on a mission to reform their HRMS to drive innovative and strategic direction in their organizations. Some of […]
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • 3 Lessons Companies Can Learn from Kindergarteners

    Darcy Jacobsen
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    This was my little daughter’s first week of kindergarten. It was an overwhelming and incredibly exciting experience for her. (And let’s face it, for me, too.) I’m sure a lot of you have been there. During the first week of school, parents are invited to hang out for morning assembly. I spent a lot of time waiting around and observing, and thinking about how, minus all the shouting and tears, the first week of school is a lot like starting a new job. Though obviously employees are not children, in a lot of ways kids are simply a more expressive, honest version of the adults around them.
  • The Black Hole in Your HR Strategy

    Darcy Jacobsen
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
      Image credit: NASA/ESA and G. Bacon (STScI) This post is about years of service programs. Wait. Stop. Did your eyes just glaze over? Are you reaching for the mouse? Let’s make a deal. Give me a few minutes before you click close on this window and you might walk away with a new and transformative idea. Because the more you don’t want to read this post, the more you probably need it. I didn’t call it a black hole for nothing. Service anniversary awards are frankly pretty boring for most of us. Especially for the people getting them. We don’t expect much from them and as…
  • Why Recognition Matters – Recognition Radio #1

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
     Why Recognition Matters: How to Talk to Managers about Recognition   So, you might be wondering what that set of buttons at the top of this post is all about. In a nutshell, we’ve just added a whole new definition for “recognition on the go.” An audio broadcast! Today we are excited to introduce Globoforce Recognition Radio, with our inaugural broadcast: “Why Recognition Matters: How to Talk to Managers about Recognition” You can stream it here (go ahead and click!), or you can stream or download it on iTunes, and listen on your mobile devices. Either way,…
  • Your Succession Plan Stinks: Tips for Finding and Developing HiPos in Your Company

    Darcy Jacobsen
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Okay, okay. You might be in the lucky minority. According to a study by Quantum Workplace, 1% of executives believe that their succession plans are excellent. You might be that rare company that has a fantastic multi-level succession plan, based on substantive, nuanced data, which not only makes your high-potential employees feel invested, but also yields great leadership for your organization. But it’s statistically unlikely. You’re probably more like the rest of the world. You would love, love, love to have that kind of succession plan. It comes up in meetings all the time, but when it…
  • Employee Happiness. Gamification. E-Thanks. Milestones. Webinar.

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In our most recent Workforce Mood Tracker report we tackled some of the latest trends and topics in employee engagement, and what we found surprised even us! Download the recording and join Senior Recognition Strategist Brenda Pohlman along with Content Analyst and Blogger Darcy Jacobsen, as they unpack the findings in our latest Mood Tracker survey and shed some light on how employees really feel about these issues and more! We  shared: Findings on the authenticity of gamification and e-thanks How recognition impacts employee happiness—at work and at home! The inside scoop on service…
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    Human Resources Software

  • Did That Job Posting Say Salesman?

    Stephanie Reyes
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    We’ve recently shared a number of articles on achieving workplace diversity, our efforts to improve gender balance and some thoughts on pay equity, regardless of gender. The other day I came across a job posting that clearly demonstrates just how far short of ideal the current environment is. Here is a screen shot of the job posting in question. I’m ashamed to say that the company who posted it is in our own backyard. Right there, in the first paragraph, two sentences hit me in the face: “Have you never met a better salesman than yourself?” “We are looking for…
  • How to Prepare for One-on-One Meetings with Your Manager

    Stephanie Reyes
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    One of the most commonly cited reasons for staying with (or leaving!) an organization is the relationship employees have with manager or direct supervisors. If you’re fortunate enough to work with a company that mandates or encourages regular one-on-one meetings between employees and their managers, make sure you become an active participant in those meetings. Photo by malouette,Flickr If the company is doing it right, you’ll be given time in each meeting to talk about what’s on your mind. Take some time to prepare for these meetings. Share your ideas, aspirations and…
  • Twenty-one Questions for Great One-on-One Meetings.

    Stephanie Reyes
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    If you believe, as we do, that one-on-one meetings are still the best way to build strong working relationships with everyone on your team, you’ll want to make them a priority. Of course, when you’re distracted or struggling to shift focus from other responsibilities, it can be a challenge to get the conversation started. Photo by Sonny Abesamis, Flickr Socates said "“My way toward the truth is to ask the right questions.” Confuscious clearly believed in the power of good questions too, having written: “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man…
  • One-on-Ones: Making them Work

    Stephanie Reyes
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    We’re a technology company. We create software. And the heart of our software is people: the people who develop it, sell it, support it and use it. Our objective is not to replace people with technology or to build technology barriers between people—the opposite in fact. Our goal is to enhance workplace relationships by making work easier, more connected and more enjoyable for everyone. Developing and maintaining those workplace relationships is one of our top priorities. Photo by ashraful kadir, To make sure it happens, we’ve developed the following best practices for…
  • Bridging the Gap between HR and Finance

    Joseph Fung
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    PayStream Advisors has just released a report called “Driving Critical HR Business Processes: A CFO’s Guide to Human Resource Management Solutions.”[1] Wait a second, does that say CFO? Photo by Alan Cleaver, Flikr The report starts with the following statement: “For some time now, PayStream Advisors has witnessed the growing trend towards increasing the CFO’s role as it relates to human resource management (HRM) and payroll. Human resources (HR) plays a critical role in organizational growth, performance, and profitability, and CFOs are becoming advocates for…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Millennial Employees: Defying Assumptions

    China Gorman
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S today. In my last post on Talent Acquisition Trends I touched on the fact that this group is the largest generation in history and, while the exact percentages vary depending on the research, is expected to make up more than 50% of the workforce by 2020.
  • Lesson 5 of 5: Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #5: When it comes to your employees, be generous.An important lesson we can learn from Best Companies is that employee loyalty, commitment, and productivity are all real byproducts of generosity. Whether that generosity takes the form of transparent communication, increased autonomy, an intense focus on development, or simply the gift of a leader’s attention, all are guaranteed to be wise investments in a successful employer/employee relationship.
  • 5 Talent Acquisition Trends to Watch

    China Gorman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ultimate Software (#20 on this year’s FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for list) just released a whitepaper that looks at 5 top talent acquisition trends in today’s market. As much data as we might see on talent acquisition, it’s a perpetually interesting topic to look at because (and Ultimate Software puts it well), “A company can have the right technology, the right infrastructure, the right products and services – yet still fall short of expectations without the right people.”
  • Lesson 4 of 5: Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #4: Leaders need to be on board for a great workplace culture to thrive.How much money would your company save if turnover were cut in half? Turnover rates at companies with high levels of trust are just a fraction of those of their industry peers.
  • Lesson 3 of 5: Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #3: Being recognized as a Best Company is less about perks and more about the employee experience.What people often think makes a great workplace isn’t actually what makes it so. So say the Great Place to Work® Institute’s Leslie Caccamese and Katie Popp, two of the masterminds behind the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For Lists.
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    Human Resources Blog

  • How to Successfully Promote from Within

    Lauren Levine
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    While it’s great to conduct a nationwide search when you have an opening to fill, sometimes the best person for the job is currently sitting in your office. Promoting from within is beneficial, as you already know this individual’s strengths and weaknesses, giving you a better sense of how they would perform in this new role. In order to successfully promote from within, consider these pointers: Provide growth opportunities in your organization: If promoting from within is something that’s important to you, then make it easy for your team members to rise to the occasion. Regularly…
  • Talent Assessments: An Integral Piece of Cultural Hiring

    Julia Weeks
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
      Talent assessments have been around for some time now and companies are starting to utilize these tools more frequently.  Perhaps you are thinking about implementing a talent assessment into your hiring process, or maybe you wish to better utilize a current assessment that is already integrated within your hiring process.  Either way, it is important for you to understand that talent assessments are extremely valuable tools when it comes to determining cultural fit.   How does a talent assessment work?   You will find that most talent assessments will provide you with a…
  • 3 Ways to be a Great Video Interviewer

    Julia Weeks
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    With the ever increasing popularity of video interviewing, you may have decided to check it out and see what the hype is all about.  While video interviews can be extremely helpful when selecting candidates to move forward in the interview process, many first time interviewers find themselves wondering how they can be a great interviewer via video.  There are several things you can do before conducting any video interviews that will help you have a great interview. 1. Look at your location Think about where you plan to conduct the video interview. In your office?  In a conference room? …
  • Legal Guidelines of Social Media Recruiting

    Camelia Rodriguez
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nearly 95 percent of recruiters currently use or are planning to use social media for their recruiting efforts to better assess a candidate for their personality, experience, skills set and cultural fit. It’d be wise to implement social media recruiting strategies into your hiring process if you haven’t already. However, before diving into the world of social media, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the legalities of recruiting in this digital space.   Legally researching candidates online David Baffa, a labor and employment partner at national law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, suggests…
  • Why Employers Are Becoming Increasingly More Reliant on Video Interviews

    Lauren Levine
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hiring managers are becoming increasingly dependent on video interviews in order to streamline the hiring process, particularly if they’re conducting a nationwide search for talent. What are some of the perks of this technology, which would have been unheard of 15 or even 10 years ago? They include: The ability to recruit from far and wide: It’s typically not practical to fly in candidates from all over the country in order to discuss an open position. However, when a candidate can do a video interview, it doesn’t matter if they’re three or 300 miles away, they’re able to put their…
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    Staff Motivation Matters

  • In The Press: How to select the right Christmas rewards for staff

    Darren Tracey
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    As summer slowly fades into a distant memory, employers are turning their attention to Christmas, setting out plans for festive rewards and incentives for their staff. But more than one-third (35%) of employees have never received a Christmas reward from their employer, according to research published by Edenred in September 2013. Its Saying thank you […]
  • Make engagement through recognition your top priority: join over 50% of HR pros

    John Sylvester
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    With staff engagement being top of the list for HR professionals as the most important issue to address, is it about time to turned your eye to recognition programmes that drive engagement? More than half (56%) of HR professionals see engagement as the top priority for their department, according to recent research. The CEB Global […]
  • Whitepaper: Sales Incentives…but not as we know it

    Darren Tracey
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Over recent years measuring sales success has become much more than looking at sales figures. That is why we are pleased to release a whitepaper which will help organisations to deliver a new generation of incentive schemes. The whitepaper, titled ‘Sales incentives: but not as we know it’, looks at what is prompting the need […]
  • Guest Post: What the best companies get right

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    What do the best companies in the world do better than everyone else? This infographic by explains…  
  • Why is employee recognition such a problem?

    John Sylvester
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 am
    Employee recognition. It’s not rocket science. Employees like to, and want to, do a good job. We also know that employees want to receive recognition and be appreciated for doing a good job, or going the extra mile, and most managers know that there are some great businesses benefits in recognising employees. Yet time and […]
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    Safari Solutions

  • Think & Communicate to Success

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

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

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

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    When starting a new business, entrepreneurs often look to their friends and family as their first source of employees.  Naturally, we want to hire people who we trust and those who believe in us.  Sometimes this hiring practice makes sense, but consider these potential pitfalls before you hire a close friend or family member: Potential Pitfalls:  Skills may be mismatched for the position. Discipline and terminations are emotionally difficult. Favoritism may cause issues with other employees. Company policies may be overlooked. Lack of separation from personal and business life.
  • Stop Hiring the Wrong Candidates!

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Do you really know a person’s capabilities from a resume?  Does an interview reveal the real story?  Often, managers hire mismatched candidates hoping they can mold the candidate into a role.   Or, they have hired professionals who have had years of experience in their field, yet failed miserably?  How could that be if they have been doing the job for years? There is a popular expression that says some people have the same experience year after year.    Meaning they never grow or develop.  They have the same level of expertise that they had when they started the job 20 years…
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    Async Interview

  • Pros and Cons of Video Interviews

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

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

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

    Christopher Young
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most people think of going green as a way to save fuel, oil or water, but there’s much more to it than that. The green movement began as a way to save Earth’s atmosphere, more specifically, the ozone layer. As concern grew over global warming and erratic weather patterns, world leaders solicited a conjoined effort to go green. This effort included getting citizens, businesses and government agencies to reduce their carbon footprints. However, there was an obstacle in the way of businesses wanting to go green. The Problem with Going Green According to Entrepreneur magazine, 61 percent of…
  • Why You Need to Video Interview Candidates for Customer-Facing Roles

    Christopher Young
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When recruiting for a customer-facing role, conducting a face-to-face interview with the candidate is essential to gauging the candidates fit into the company culture. Interviewing in person is not always possible, however. Video interviews are a cost-effective and time-saving way of screening candidates for customer-facing roles. A recent study by Office Team showed that the percentage of HR managers using video interviewing jumped from 14% to 63% in just one year between 2011 and 2012. Customer-Facing Roles That Require an Interview Let’s take a look at three examples of customer-facing…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:14 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.
  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You don't want to miss an opportunity to listen in on an upcoming teleseminar, where I will be sharing three key areas of focus for sustaining high-performance results with your team. As Mark Sanborn has said, "The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will… and then cease to improve.” This will be a 45-50 minute live teleseminar on July 30, 2014 from1:30 – 2:30 pm ET for @kevineikenberry  that will share ideas and take-aways to help you maintain engagement and keep your people energized as contributors. Whether your team has been together…
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 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…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    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…
  • Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

    3 May 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Have you ever work with somebody - or live with somebody – that always seems to be making excuses instead of making an effort? Next time you see them, tell them this story about the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline… Oil was discovered on the northern slope of Alaska in 1968. After the 1973 American oil crisis, and a few legal battles with environmentalists, oil companies started planning the pipeline’s construction. The first section of four-foot-wide pipe was laid in the spring of 1975. By 1977 all 800 miles of pipeline had been welded together at a cost of over $8 billion dollars. About…
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  • SSTL’s mission to recruit

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Surrey Satellite on a mission to recruit with CIPHR iRecruit Several years ago, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) chose CIPHR as its core HR system, replacing old software that was unable to scale with the growth of the organisation. So, when the time came to focus on recruitment, SSTL turned to CIPHR for guidance and opted to implement CIPHR iRecruit. The post SSTL’s mission to recruit appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 13 Android Apps That Help With Every Stage Of Your Day

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Some days can be more difficult than others and we all need a little help. With that in mind, here’s 13 Android apps that can help with every stage of your day. 1) Avoid the ‘Snooze’ with ‘SpinMe Alarm’ “Suck at waking up? Are you the type of person to set multiple alarms a few minutes apart from each other just to make sure you wake up on time? If so, say hello to your new alarm clock. SpinMe Alarm Clock is a super clever app designed to get you out of bed on time. The only way to turn off the alarm is by getting out of bed and physically spinning…
  • Is Your Career Suffering Through Lack Of Sleep?

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    In our lives we feel better after a good sleep and worse without any. Sleep is vital for our careers too – is your career suffering through lack of sleep? Employees who nap at work have lower levels of stress,  improved memory, cognitive function and general mood. Why do we sleep? We all know that we need sleep and that it makes us feel better. We know that just like hunger makes us want to eat, when we’re tired we want to sleep, whether through exercise, a hard day in the office or a day of driving. But why is it that our body needs to get a certain amount of…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Care About Employee Advocacy

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    How much time and effort do businesses put into ensuring their employees sing its band’s praises? Here’s 5 reasons you should care about employee advocacy. A brand advocate is typically described as “a customer who has been officially commissioned to speak on behalf of your brand without compensation”. It doesn’t have to be a customer however, and can just as easily be any one of a brand’s employees. Happy and engaged employees provide free advertising, reduce recruitment costs and improve your employer brand, for free, as well as offering many other…
  • What Are The Benefits Of Apprenticeships?

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Just what are the benefits of apprenticeships? How do they help your business and how do the apprentices themselves benefit? Wikipedia describes apprenticeships as - “Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading). Apprenticeship also enable practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession. Apprentices or protégés build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps…
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  • California Governor Signs Sick Leave Bill

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

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

    Michele O'Donnell
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    As a business owner, manager or supervisor, one of the biggest tasks you have on a day to day basis is to provide direction to staff. This can range from how to provide the best service, complete a project and/or fulfilling an order, all of… The post Useful Direction appeared first on MMChr.
  • To Millennials and Beyond!

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Providing Direction to the Changing Workforce The hiring process in the past consisted of a few steps many of you can remember. A job candidate was interviewed, selected, a job offer was extended and accepted or rejected.  By the job offer stage, the candidate had… The post To Millennials and Beyond! appeared first on MMChr.
  • New Business Owners: Check List For What Not To Do

    Crystal O'Brien
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Many entrepreneurs follow the Phil Knight of Nike, Inc.’s philosophy of, “Just do it” when they begin new business ventures.  While much can be said about the courageous risk taker approach to starting a business, some risk aversion is helpful.  In reviewing Top 10 lists… The post New Business Owners: Check List For What Not To Do appeared first on MMChr.
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    HiringThing Blog

  • Optimizing Your Job Post for Mobile

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

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you are recruiting to fill open positions at your company, YouTube is a great way to tell the world about your company and showcase your culture, benefits and talent.
  • Our New Mobile App and more...

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We've been hard at work here at HiringThing, and sometimes we don't take the time to pop our head up and let everyone know what we're up to.
  • Exploring the Social Side of Recruiting

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We rely on social media for a variety of reasons - connecting with friends, posting pictures, sharing awesome cat videos, the list goes on and on. But have you ever thought about the role your favorite social media platforms can play in your recruiting process?
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    Better Projects

  • PMO Maturity Model

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    No project plans to fail yet large number of projects fail completely or miss key deliverables, organizations are viewing Project Management Office (PMO) as strategically important to drive performance and achieve value from project investments.  PMO maturity model with data from Gartner. ProZen Global, CalgaryProject Management & Consulting ServicesAccess more resources at
  • Project Vs Program Management

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Project Management and Management of Programs is different in multiple ways. Some of these difference are distinctive while some other may not be so clear at first glance.
  • Why You Should Delegate More

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Work delegation is an art that can be a win-win for both a leader and subordinates. Still rarely you find leaders and managers do it right way.
  • Project Prioritization using Bubble Chart

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Project prioritization is a crucial activity in portfolio / PMO Management for managing project demand pipeline.Bubble matrix charts are used to present this integrated view in easy to understand visual format.
  • Scope definition through User Stories

    5 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The benefits of achieving a working software in less money, better risk mitigation mechanism (because you test early and test often) and dependence on process not individuals is one of the key reasons that Xtream Programming has become one of the most preferred software development within Agile methodologies in recent years. Agile practitioners term User […]
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    Social Recruiting Blog - CareerCloud

  • 3 big seasonal job announcements

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    Got jobs? These companies do. As the holidays approach we are about to get a slew of seasonal job announcements. Here’s the first roundup. 1. UPS to hire as many as 95,000. That jobs number just might take a few percentage points right off the unemployment rate! FULL ARTICLE > 2. FedEx to hire 50,000 for holiday season. Thats 10,000 more than year. FULL ARTICLE > 3. Halloween City will create over 10,000 temporary jobs. Who can say Boo to that number? FULL ARTICLE > Want more job leads like these? Just visit and you can get email alerts for any…
  • 3 Great Looking Resumes - Part 1

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    The visual look of a resume is one of the most critical aspects of its success. It need to look good in order to stand out. So we started trolling the interwebs for some of the best looking resumes from a design standpoint. Here’s the first three. And if you want a cool looking social resume, click here. 1) 2) 3) 
  • Reason #3 job hunting is like dating.

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Reason #3 job hunting is like dating.
  • A Case For Reinventing Job Descriptions

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    larsschmidt: I recently had an opportunity to speak at Glassdoor’s inaugural Employer Branding Summit. I made the case that corporate recruiting is still rooted in dated practices, and explored what recruiting might look like if it was built from the ground up today. One of the points we discussed was job descriptions, and the fact that they’re one of the least evolved tools in our corporate recruiting tool…View On WordPress We’re with you on this one. Time for the next gen job description to appear.
  • Career Coach Roy Cohen Discusses Job Search Relocation

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    As a career coach and best-selling author, clients often reach out to me for job search support and advice. In this ever-changing job market, relocation is a topic that always gets raised. It may not be an option for many but it must still be explored. MP3 File A few thoughts: - It always helps to be closer to the location where you hope, or intend, to work…especially in this still very competitive job market. The key is to convey that you are committed to the move; that you are sincere about your desire to live in the city and that you are not viewing the job “opportunistically”, i.e.,…
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    HRE's The Leader Board

  • New ADP Index to Focus on ‘Vitality’

    Andrew McIlvaine
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Payroll-services provider ADP, which currently puts out a monthly employment report based on its massive trove of payroll data, announced today that it plans to start providing a quarterly workforce index that will offer “deep insights into U.S. workforce dynamics. The first index will be released next month, says ADP. “The U.S. labor market is as dynamic and complex as it has ever been, and this new index will help uncover key factors driving workforce trends,” said ADP president and CEO Carlos Rodriguez in a statement. “The index will provide a clearer picture of the…
  • Men, Women, Competition and Cooperation

    Michael J. O'Brien
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Common stereotypes may tell us that men are more competitive and women are more cooperative, but researchers at Aalto University in Finland recently studied the physiological responses to both competitive and cooperative play in order to investigate respondents’ emotions to see how males and females are motivated to behave in these situations. So, what did the researchers find? While males did enjoy competition more than cooperation, females enjoyed both competition and cooperation equally. (The results of the research were published in an article in the international science…
  • Intuition vs. Analytics

    Mark McGraw
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    For all the talk about data and analytics driving big business decisions, it seems most executives still rely primarily on their guts (and the guts of those around them) when it comes to crunch time. That’s according to a new survey report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by PwC, which found 58 percent of 1,135 senior executives from around the world saying that intuition or experience, and the advice and experience of others, were their decision-making modes of choice. In addition, the study saw 94 percent of respondents saying management is prepared to make significant…
  • Dangers of Social-Media Discipline

    Kristen Frasch
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Employers should be concerned by the National Labor Relations Board’s latest decision pertaining to social media and work. If not concerned, then taking very special note of, at the very least. This ruling, as detailed thoroughly in this posting from Littler Publications, centers around employees’ off-duty social-media posts about work, and what employers can and can’t mandate about that. In the ruling, as the posting puts it, the board came down hard on the employer — Triple Play (a.k.a., Triple D) Sports Bar and Grille in Watertown, Conn. — in that…
  • Drug Testing Index Reverses Direction

    David Shadovitz
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Most employers may have zero tolerance when it comes to drugs in the workplace, but if we’re to believe the latest data from Quest Diagnostics in Madison, N.J., fewer job candidates and workers are taking such policies to heart these days. For the first time in more than a decade, the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers in Quest Diagnostics’ Drug Testing Index increased, climbing to 3.7 percent in 2013 from 3.5 percent in 2012 (based on 7.6 million urine drug tests), according to Quest. The increase was fueled primarily by a rise in positive tests for marijuana and…
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  • VIDEO: The Benefits Of A Test-Drive Before Making A Full-Time Hire

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, you don’t have the time or resources to waste on a lengthy hiring process. When you think you’ve found the right person for the job, you’ll likely want to hire them and get him or her on board as quickly as possible. But first impressions can sometimes be deceiving: A […]
  • VIDEO: Are You and Your Boss a Match?

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dating site eHarmony will introduce a service for job applicants and their would-be superiors. MarketWatch’s Quentin Fottrell discusses on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Getty Images. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Study: Having children is better for men’s careers

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In TODAY’s Take, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Al Roker, and Tamron Hall discuss a sociological study from a University of Massachusetts professor that says that one of the worst career moves a mom can make is having kids, while for men, it can be beneficial. How do you feel about this study?  If you have […]
  • VIDEO: How to Attract Millennial Employees

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here are a few tips on how financial advisers can attract millennial employees. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: U.S. Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly, But Still At Pre-recession Levels

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that probably does not signal a material shift in labor market conditions as claims remain near their pre-recession levels. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000 for the week ended Sept. 6, the highest […]
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  • SSTL’s mission to recruit

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Surrey Satellite on a mission to recruit with CIPHR iRecruit Several years ago, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) chose CIPHR as its core HR system, replacing old software that was unable to scale with the growth of the organisation. So, when the time came to focus on recruitment, SSTL turned to CIPHR for guidance and opted to implement CIPHR iRecruit. The post SSTL’s mission to recruit appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 13 Android Apps That Help With Every Stage Of Your Day

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Some days can be more difficult than others and we all need a little help. With that in mind, here’s 13 Android apps that can help with every stage of your day. 1) Avoid the ‘Snooze’ with ‘SpinMe Alarm’ “Suck at waking up? Are you the type of person to set multiple alarms a few minutes apart from each other just to make sure you wake up on time? If so, say hello to your new alarm clock. SpinMe Alarm Clock is a super clever app designed to get you out of bed on time. The only way to turn off the alarm is by getting out of bed and physically spinning…
  • Is Your Career Suffering Through Lack Of Sleep?

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    In our lives we feel better after a good sleep and worse without any. Sleep is vital for our careers too – is your career suffering through lack of sleep? Employees who nap at work have lower levels of stress,  improved memory, cognitive function and general mood. Why do we sleep? We all know that we need sleep and that it makes us feel better. We know that just like hunger makes us want to eat, when we’re tired we want to sleep, whether through exercise, a hard day in the office or a day of driving. But why is it that our body needs to get a certain amount of…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Care About Employee Advocacy

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    How much time and effort do businesses put into ensuring their employees sing its band’s praises? Here’s 5 reasons you should care about employee advocacy. A brand advocate is typically described as “a customer who has been officially commissioned to speak on behalf of your brand without compensation”. It doesn’t have to be a customer however, and can just as easily be any one of a brand’s employees. Happy and engaged employees provide free advertising, reduce recruitment costs and improve your employer brand, for free, as well as offering many other…
  • What Are The Benefits Of Apprenticeships?

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Just what are the benefits of apprenticeships? How do they help your business and how do the apprentices themselves benefit? Wikipedia describes apprenticeships as - “Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading). Apprenticeship also enable practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession. Apprentices or protégés build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Company Culture Increases Productivity [HR Hero Series #7]

    Kelsie Davis
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Company culture really gets your people involved in something they can care about passionately. Culture affects everything about a company including the direction the company takes. As such, it’s important to think about culture early. Consider everything from hiring practices to reward programs to values. What are the behaviors that you’re going to model? You […] The post Company Culture Increases Productivity [HR Hero Series #7] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Share Your Culture [Recruit and Retain Talent Series #2]

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    You’ve worked hard getting your culture just right. Now you need to make sure people know about it—everywhere. Especially when you want to make a serious impact on recruiting. From an international study done by LinkedIn in 2014, 56 percent of respondents said the most important factor in deciding on a company is whether it […] The post Share Your Culture [Recruit and Retain Talent Series #2] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Remind Me, Why Do Incentives Matter?

    Kelsie Davis
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Employee incentives get a decent amount of attention in HR. You’re told you need them to keep your employees happy and for recruiting. But have you ever asked yourself why incentives really matter? Or if they even work? At BambooHR, we believe its important to know about “best practices,” but not just to adopt blindly. […] The post Remind Me, Why Do Incentives Matter? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Is Social Media Disrupting Employees or Helping You Disrupt HR?

    Jeana Quigley
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I think most things in life can be looked at in so many different ways depending on the time, an experience or the person. I’ve heard plenty of concern from HR about the productivity of their people when social media comes up. And how can HR not be concerned when 64 percent of employees are […] The post Is Social Media Disrupting Employees or Helping You Disrupt HR? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • 18 Fun Facts for National Payroll Week: Infographic

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

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

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

    Leena Thampan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    At Wagepoint our customers are like family to us, and now that we have a hit a major milestone in our startup journey, the time has come to shine the light on each and every one of our awesome customers. So every month, we are going to sit down with one of our rockstar customers and chat about all the interesting going-ons with their business. This month’s feature is dedicated to Structur3D, who are the makers of the Discov3ry Extruder, a nifty add-on for popular 3d printers, which will let people print with, well… pretty much anything. Structur3D was founded in 2013, by two-person team…
  • 3 Ways to Grow Your Startup to 500 Customers

    Shrad Rao
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Ever catch yourself dreaming about what it would feel like when you hit that big customer milestone? Every startup founder dreams of checking their stats one morning, only to find that they have hit a major milestone – 500 Customers! We are proud to say, we hit that exact milestone just recently, about 18 months from when we began this journey to create the simplest, fastest and friendliest experience in payroll for small businesses. Along the way, we have rejoiced, stumbled, fallen down, picked ourselves back up, and kept going with our mission to build the best payroll company ever.
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    Bank Exams Today

  • Banks in India and their Headquarters

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    List of public and private sector banks in India and their head offices :- Bank Headquarter Allahabad Bank Kolkata, West Bengal Andhra Bank Hyderabad Bank of Baroda Vadodara (Baroda), Gujarat Bank of India Mumbai, Maharashtra Bank of Maharashtra Pune, Maharashtra Bharatiya Mahila Bank New Delhi Canara Bank Bengaluru, Karnataka Central Bank of India Mumbai, Maharashtra Corporation Bank Mangalore, Karnataka Dena Bank Mumbai,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IBPS PO 2013 Question Paper - Download PDF

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    In a series of providing useful material for IBPS PO exam, today I am providing previous year paper. In this PDF file, I am providing General awareness section with answers.Download IBPS PO Question Paper here Link 1Link 2Important General Awareness topicsNational movie awardsSports awardsGovernment welfare schemesUnion Budget 2014Financial termsBanking termsVarious development indexesHeads of banksHeads and headquarters of international organizationsTechnology updates (Most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 18 September

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    General Quiz for today :- 1. India to construct a pipeline for supply of ______ from Raxual in Bihar to Amlekhganj in Nepal 2. Name the recently appointed new Deputy Governor of the RBI 3. S.S. Mundra, has been appointed Deputy Governor of RBI for _______ years 4. Name the agreement that was objected to by India at the recent WTO meet 5. In which State of India, world highest piller railway bridge is being constructed 6. Pinkathon Delhi 2014 – a run for cause... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 18 September

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Current affairs update for today :- Politics Xi Jinping, President of China arrived at Ahmedabad, India for 3 days official visit. Three MoUs signed between the countries are : MoU to establish Sister Province relations MoU on cooperation between the local authorities of two cities i.e. Guangzhou and Ahmedabad. MoU between Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) and China Development Bank $105mn granted by the World Bank Group for Ebola Emergency Response Project to fight... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Questions asked in IBPS RRB 17 September

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    List of questions with answers asked in IBPS RRB 17 September paper Which country is at top of Human Development Index - NorwayAt which age a person gets voting right in India- 18 Years Bangkok is the capital of which country- Thailand Parupalli kashyap is related with which game- Badminton India’s rank in CWG 2014 – Five Which country is helping India for Ganga rejuvenation - Japan K. Sanjita Chanu belongs from which state - Weightlifting- Manipur Tiger wood is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Crack down on Employers not paying Minimum Wage

    Bob Teasdale
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    Tough new measures on Employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage There have been a number of new measures brought in by the Government in an attempt to discourage employers who disregard the National Minimum Wage. The first is a tougher naming and shaming scheme that was brought into force on 1 October 2013. Under this scheme employers are publicly named and shamed. The most recent “naming and shaming” was on 28 February 2014. On this date 5 employers were named who owed workers a total of £6,800.00. These employers were charged financial penalties totaling £3,381.40. In…
  • The do’s and don’ts of keeping personnel records

    Bob Teasdale
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    It is important to remember that the contents of an employee’s personnel file are accessible by the employee, HR staff and the employee’s supervisor and manager. Pursuant to section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 an employee can make a data subject access request in order for all personal data relating to them to be disclosed. HR Responsibilities for Personnel Records Personnel records contain extremely confidential information, and it is therefore in everybody’s interests that the records are accurate and secure. Knowledge of this will contribute to better working relationships –…
  • Pensions – A brief overview on Auto-enrolment

    Bob Teasdale
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Following pension reforms that came into force on 30 June 2012, eventually all UK employers will be required to auto-enrol eligible workers in a pension scheme and make mandatory minimum contributions. It is important that business owners and HR managers are aware of the auto-enrolment scheme. What is an auto-enrolment scheme? An automatic enrolment scheme is an occupational or personal pension scheme that meets certain requirements. Who is an eligible job holder? An eligible job holder is defined as a worker who meets the following 4 conditions: • aged between 22 and State Pension Age; •…
  • 5 ways HR software can benefit small businesses

    Bob Teasdale
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    There comes a time when all small businesses outgrow Excel, but what can HR software really do for your company? Besides taking care of all of your HR needs, human resources software has other benefits, too, like employee motivation, staff development and increased productivity. To help you decide whether HR software might be good for your small business, here are five of its major benefits. 1. Efficient on-boarding A warm welcome and the feeling that you were expected goes a long way to getting employees off to a flying start. Using human resources software ensures that your employee is not…
  • 5 big problems for small businesses

    Bob Teasdale
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Myhrtoolkit provides HR solutions for small businesses, as such we feel it is important small and medium businesses face some of the biggest problems head on and find solutions. Cash flow and capital Small businesses often struggle to find start up capital or manage cash flow, this is through no fault of their own but a small business is unlikely to have hundreds of thousands of pounds sitting in the bank as a ready resource for things such as rent, utilities, wages and also investment in marketing and new processes. Getting paid can prove to be problematic as larger companies may put you on…
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  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #170

    Lesley Morrison
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
      “You said I lack critical leadership skills, but I’m being as critical as I can!” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor  
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #169

    Lesley Morrison
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
      “To be an effective team leader, you need patience, strength, insight, tenacity and courage. If that doesn’t work, bribe them with doughnuts.” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor  
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #168

    Lesley Morrison
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
      “What do we make where I work? We make excuses.” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor  
  • Training – the sustainable & cost effective enabling element for business success

    Mike Morrison
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Did you know…facts about training? The cost of training is expensive – but the cost of gaining a new customer is a lot more! A 2% increase in customer retention has the same effect as decreasing costs by 10% – Leading on the Edge of Chaos, Emmet Murphy & Mark Murphy A customer is 4 […]
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #167

    Lesley Morrison
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
      “Nobody can accuse us of lying. The chart is lying.” Office based cartoons, funnies or humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a non threatening way. see more office humor  
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    TargetRecruit Solutions Blog

  • How to Utilize Your Applicant Tracking System to its Optimum

    Reena Gupta
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Applicant tracking system is no more a new concept, but leveraging its usabilities is! It is the backbone of any staffing and recruiting company. The capabilities of a great ATS solution are much wider than just having a place to store resumes and contact details.  This system should be utilized as a tool to acquire and develop customer relation. It must be used by the staffing companies to create and sustain relationships rather than putting it in use as an information repository. Some applicant tracking systems may consider this feature out of the box, but it’s the staffing agency that…
  • Expectations of Staffing Agencies from HR Technology

    Reena Gupta
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    HR practitioners are more interested in current and future employees, which can only be mined by appropriate HR technology. Data mining and HR technology have helped companies to have easy and quick access to some real talents. It has allowed businesses seriously consider hiring their best employees using the most appropriate and effective HR tools. Companies’ Expectations from HR Tools As per a survey conducted by Forbes, companies expect at least three major benefits from investing in HR technology solutions, which includes a better candidate experience, easy access to dynamic innovative…
  • Intuitive Applicant Tracking System – Make Things Easier for Small Scale Recruiting Agencies

    Reena Gupta
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Applicant tracking system is not only the backbone of large recruiting firms but it can also become an intuitive and smart tool reducing their recruiting system manifolds. Large-scale recruiting firms are already yielding the widely known benefits of applicant tracking system (ATS) and have been handling a huge influx of applicants, monitoring recruiters’ interaction with applicants, and maintaining a magnificent and robust pool of qualified candidates. Is it for Small Recruiting Agencies In addition to large recruiting firms, ATS can also become a lifeline of small staffing needs.
  • The Growing Number of Mobile Job Seekers

    Reena Gupta
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Nowadays in the well connected world, job seekers are more interested in following different strategies for searching jobs. The internet is the key, which has gone mobile these days due to the ubiquitousness of this device. It’s time now for the recruiters and companies to realize this aspect and engage with this trend to outreach as many prospective job seekers as possible. Although, mobile adoption for career websites and other job seeking devices has been slow, but it is rapidly increasing – companies cannot stay behind. Job Seekers Behavior on Mobile Most of job seekers range between…
  • How Consultants Contribute to the Recruitment Industry

    Reena Gupta
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    The recruitment industry is facing a great deal of competition due to the growth of society and the demand for qualified staff. With the evolution of technology and internet and growing demand for right talent, recruitment business has gone to next level and has become more complex process including cohesive fusion of planning, process, tools, technology and resources to recruit and retain the best talent! Current Recruitment Ecosystem At any given point in time, there are millions of people searching for a job, still employers are unable to find right talents to fill key positions. The…
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    360 Degree Feedback Tool

  • Take 7 Minutes to Get Started With Sales Team Assessment. You’ll Be Happy You Did.

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Every sales team member has strengths and weaknesses, and like everything else in life, there is always a way to improve. However, without assessing your sales staff, you are never going to know where they can improve. It is possible to: - Identify weak areas of their sales approach - Help them work on their tactics - Significantly improve the number of clients they sign and units they sell. In order to perform the sales team assessment, you need to follow through with a specific approach. One designed to improve your capability of understanding your team members and to determine what the…
  • Sit Back, Relax And Watch Employee Evaluation Perform Itself

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    A 360 survey can be one of the easiest ways to solicit feedback from multiple employee evaluations. Unlike other surveys done through email, you would still need to export and reformat the data to analyze the results. However, the 360 survey process already has the statistical model set up. As answers come in, they are tabulated, graphed, and meaningful results can be viewed at a glance. Once the HR manager has reviewed the results, they can be disseminated to managers to help the entire organization get better at what they do. The Top 3 Ways a 360 Survey Facilitates Employee Evaluations The…
  • Do You Recognize the 7 Reasons Your Best Employees Are Leaving?

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Even though unemployment rates are a bit high, many people walk out of their jobs on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes the best workers who walk out. They know they can turn right around and find employment somewhere else. For you, this means that you need to be on your toes at all times, watching all of your workers and making sure that they are happy. Especially the ones that you treasure the most. Your best employees leaving is never a good thing, so make sure to look out for these 7 signs that one of them may be about to walk out the door. 1) You’re Never Around If…
  • One Major Reason Internal Recruiting is Better Than Hiring Externally

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Many leading companies have an internal first policy – recruiting externally is a last resort. It’s plain to see some of the main benefits of this practice. But one major reason it’s better does not concern the candidate being reviewed, but everyone else around him or her. Surprisingly, hiring internally has a positive effect on everyone else, aside from the candidate. 360-Degree Feedback is Key Modern businesses utilize only the best methods of assessing potential candidates. One such method is 360-degree feedback. A candidate is assessed by gaining a comprehensive picture of their…
  • What Your HR Manager Won’t Tell You About Employee Evaluations

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Even though your HR manager likely won’t ever mention it, poor employee evaluation systems just might be responsible for your business’ struggles. Why wouldn’t that be the case? Employees are the backbone of every organization. The quality of folks you have managing the day-to-day operations of your business influences how the organization will perform. A business with unenthusiastic employees will typically struggle. These aren’t exactly the type of employees that will go the extra mile. Especially of your aren’t standing over their shoulders. More than likely, such a crop of…
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    HR Success Guide

  • The Art of Mentoring

    Parinita Bahadur
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Author: Antony Xavier Mentoring is not the same as teaching. Very often, people misunderstand mentors to be the same as teachers. Employees can find mentors in professional and personal lives. A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How can Communication be Global in the midst of Local Cultures?

    Parinita Bahadur
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Author: Jitendra Madhav Ramchandani Since they were dropped to the earth humans have developed local languages, cultures and societies unique to their part of the world. These cultures influence... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Manage the Talent in an Organization?

    Parinita Bahadur
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Author: Antony Xavier The role of HR in Talent Management is not just hiring the right candidate for the organization but also managing and emphasizing on Retention. Let’s discuss what is Talent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Happy Teachers Day

    Parinita Bahadur
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:57 am
    Click on the image to enlarge and view. We thank all our Teachers, Gurus and Mentors for shaping our lives. Happy Teachers' Day ! Click Here to check out our recent celebrations. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quit Waiting

    Parinita Bahadur
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Author: Antony Xavier A Story is told of a man who goes to church and prays, "God I need a break. I need to win the state lottery. I'm counting on you, God. “Having not won the lottery, the man... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DATIS Blog

  • Building HR Prominence on the Executive Team

    Marchena Chendeka
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    As a human resource leader, it is your role to inform the executive team on how to strategically manage its people as business resources. Responsibilities range from hiring and coordinating employee benefits to creating employee training and development strategies. Along with this, you are expected to provide an environment where your organization’s employees can perform ...More →
  • Think Like a Senior Executive and Ask More Questions

    DATIS Guest
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    This DATIS blog article, “Think Like a Senior Executive and Ask More Questions“, was originally written by Mike Figliuolo, toughtLEADERS, LLC, on September 10, 2014 and was reposted with permission. Do you know the difference between a “worker bee” and a senior executive? Have you ever wondered what it takes to move up in the world to ...More →
  • 5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes Us Miserable at Work

    DATIS Guest
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    This DATIS blog article, Why “5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes Us Miserable at Work“, was originally written by Alex Kjerulf, The Chief Happiness Officer, on July 21, 2014 and was reposted with permission. One German IT company has come up with the perfect solution to whining in the workplace – it’s made cheerfulness a contractual obligation. What’s more, ...More →
  • Vision and Values: Lost in Translation

    Josh Egbuka
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    In today’s corporate environment, it’s the “here and now” that takes the forefront of operations. Many organizations are focused on the mission: what they do and who they serve. Most of those organizations accompany their mission statement with a company vision and company values. Even though mission, vision, and values are typically grouped together, vision ...More →
  • Hey Leaders: Lighten Up a Little

    DATIS Guest
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    This DATIS blog article, Hey Leaders: Lighten Up a Little, was originally written by Andy Uskavitch, Linked2leadership, on September 2, 2014 and was reposted with permission. One of my favorite Walt Disney quotes is, “That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.” Now think about it a minute. You don’t need to “grow up,” in the ...More →
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    Employee Engagement Blog

  • Employee Development Drives Organizational Performance

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

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

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

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

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Leading and managing a company involves action at various levels. Apart from leadership decision-making action, there are other crucial processes that are a must for an organization to progress. Among other cornerstone processes, human resource and talent management are most important. The Importance of Identifying, Recruiting and Training the Right Individuals Human resource departments do not simply recruit and groom just anyone. Their job is to carefully select the right individuals in order to ensure that the selected individuals suit the job they are hired for, and are able to perform…
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • The Apple Watch and what it could mean for HR and Reward Managers.

    Alex Bailey
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The launch of the Apple Watch today was viewed by millions of people, and got the world talking about how the health and fitness agenda is being brought into the age of convenience.Health and wellbeing tracking has never been more accessible, and today’s presentation heralds a new era of technology that takes the wearable device out of geekdom and into the mainstream. Showcased by Jony Ive as “a compelling beginning to design technology to be worn,” the watch comes in a range of styles to suit everyone. It is now easy to imagine a world where everyone has a device on their wrist to…
  • Reward Gateway achieves top 50 placement on 2014 Tech Track 100.

    Alex Bailey
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Reward Gateway has been placed at number 50 on the 2014 Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100, alongside well-known and emerging brands like Skyscanner and SwiftKey.The 2014 Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over the latest three years, from 2010 to 2013, or 2011 to 2014. Growth ranged from 41% pa to 308% pa, with sales typically between £5m and £50m.Glenn Elliott, CEO of Reward Gateway is delighted with the news. “We are thrilled to be placed in the top 50 fastest-growing tech companies. Reward…
  • “Reduce physical inactivity in the workplace.” An interview with David Stalker, CEO of UK Active.

    Amy Turner
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    David Stalker is incredibly passionate about the UK Active mission ‘more people, more active, more often’. After seeing him speak at our Wellbeing seminar in July, I wanted to find out more about the part that employers can play in this mission and how our clients can encourage and empower their employees on a practical level.I asked David what he thinks the role of UK employers is in getting employees fitter and how do they start to put these wellbeing initiatives in place? How can it be measured and are wearables a good idea in the workplace? So many questions!“People do care about…
  • “I didn’t get out of bed last Thursday, but I did organise a small carnival.”

    Charlie Lofthouse
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    So last Thursday I woke up with a heavy cold and knew I needed a day at home to rest up. I picked up my phone to call my boss to let him know I wouldn’t be in and that’s when I saw it – the message.“Hi Charlie, I need your help organising a carnival on the roof. Oh and it’s tomorrow! Thanks.” – It was from my boss, Glenn, our Founder & CEO.Intrigued, I replied to find out what on earth he was talking about which is when he told me about his idea to throw the first ever Ice Bucket Carnival, a spin on the popular Ice Bucket Challenge raising awareness and funding…
  • 6 tricks to make people really sit up and listen. A review of “Contagious: Why Things Catch On”

    Lisa Turnbull
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Word of mouth marketing is one of the most powerful devices in launching any new communication strategy. This is something well known but not so easy to actually create. You can spread your message in a number of ways; putting up posters, taking out a large ad, tweeting about it etc. however these messages will only ever touch a small percentage of your overall target audience. What you want is for the people that do see your messages to not only absorb your message but share it with a friend. But how do you get them to do this?It is this question that lead me to read a great book called…
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    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

  • The cloud is poised to transform human capital management

    Adrian Grbavac
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    At the cutting edge of HR, progressive companies are always looking for ways to upgrade their high-tech resources and get ahead of their competitors. This has always been the case – the most forward-thinking businesses are always looking for new ways to mechanize their human capital management procedures. In the 1990s, it was the arrival […]
  • 5 management mistakes that could derail your office’s productivity

    Team Ceridian
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    While some challenges in human resources tend to come and go from week to week, one responsibility that never goes away is that of continually maintaining good levels of employee retention and productivity. You always want to keep your workforce present, engaged and working hard. That isn’t going to change. Unfortunately, though, you’re always walking […]
  • 7 tips to help you rock open enrollment this year

    Team Ceridian
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The season of open enrollment is upon us, and it is HR’s time to shine. As employees’ main source for health insurance information — and with the changes brought by the Affordable Care Act — open enrollment planning has never been more important. To find out what strategies lead to a successful open enrollment, we […]
  • 5 key ‘needs’ that are crucial to employee motivation

    Team Ceridian
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Before you can truly guarantee employee retention and productivity, you first need to understand the employee as a human being. What makes them tick? What are their tendencies? Their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes? It should go without saying in “human” resources, but the most important thing you can do is assess how your […]
  • 5 key warning signs to watch out for when monitoring mental wellness

    Team Ceridian
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    It’s important to note that when looking out for corporate health and wellness, HR offices have a lot of different angles to consider. Contrary to popular belief, wellness is by no means limited to just the physical aspects – as it turns out, there are many other types of health that prove equally important. If […]
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    » InfinitiHR Blog

  • Six Steps to Improve New Employee Onboarding

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

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

    Mindy Flanigan
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Doctor Z.  Poor Doctor Z.  Three months later he still has mass anxiety about another wage and hour investigation. Last time the end result was more than $30,000 in back wages, back taxes and fines. How?  It only takes one unhappy current or ex-employee to start an investigation, and the results are usually unfavorable.  Doctor […]
  • Got Employees? 10 Mistakes Not To Make

    Mindy Flanigan
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    As you review your profit and loss statement (P&L), are you wondering why revenue is down… or why are costs up? A single employee termination could be to blame. Employees who are fired or voluntarily resign cost a company at least one times the annual salary. Don’t believe it? Here is what adds up: lost […]
  • News Article Analysis: McDonald’s Franchisee Pays Back Wages

    Sarah Frye
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The Baltimore Business Journal recently printed an article about how a local Maryland franchisee of McDonald’s must pay more than $250,000 to 138 employees in civil money penalties for child labor violations.  This article is an example of how franchisees, even from the largest franchise brand in the world, could benefit from working with a […]
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    Potknox Blog

  • Why do startups find it so hard to find good talent?
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Potknox Co Founder, Pottu Venugopal, tells us why finding talent for startups is a lot like, and as tough as, finding clients, wherein making a hire resembles making a sale. Here’s what he and a number of other startup CXOs had to say about this worldwide worry! “Having been part of a number of startups, I strongly feel that in a startup, ‘finding talent’ is sometimes just as challenging as ‘finding clients’. The sales process is fairly standard: Generate Leads, Follow Up and then Convert Leads i.e. make a sale. Similarly, hiring involves: 1.
  • Summer Recruitment Drive 2014
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    1000 programmers. 28 startups. 10 days. 7 distinct profiles. All from 1500 miles away. The Start of Something On August 1st, 2014 at 10 AM, we met in the room with the big table and chairs. Usually, all five of us would have taken the discussion in five different directions, but today our voices were unanimous. It had been two weeks we’d been waiting to have this conversation, and the moment was finally here. The Believers 14 days earlier, sitting in our Delhi based dream, we had come up with the Summer Recruitment Drive, our very own innovative way of getting startups to explore the…
  • 7 Problems Startups Face with Campus Recruitment
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    Campus  Placements and Working at Startups are two equally promising trends in recruitment that are shaking things up for the corporate world. Question is, why don’t they go together? What’s stopping startups from tapping into this wide pool of talent that’s so much like them- new to nuances, eager to excel, and intelligently innovative? Here are 7 problems startups face with campus recruitment: 1. Lack of Brand Value By far the biggest reason startups avoid/fail at campus recruitment is the lack of brand value attached to them. Especially at particularly prestigious…
  • 4 Alternatives to Resumes
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Dear Employers and Employees alike, to quote Phoebe Buffay as she *pwned* Ross Geller, “Wasn’t there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the world was flat? And, up until like what, 50 years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can’t admit that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?” What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time you spent hiring? These four…
  • Startups and Interns Are Made For Each Other
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Interns are to Employees what Startups are to MNCs; both the smart new kid on the block giving the older kids a run for their money. We spoke to 3 young, successful entrepreneurs who agreed that interns have been invaluable to them, when handled with care. But what is it about interns that make them so perfect for startups? Are startups and interns really made for each other? 1. They’re Useful- I solemnly swear I’m up to some good. Interns have been found to be the source of some truly brilliant ideas, thereby giving fantastic returns on investment. Call it beginner’s luck or a…
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    Rikka Brandon Recruiting & Hiring Expert

  • Hiring Options: Should You Hire a Freelancer or Independent Contractor?

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
      A full 30% of the US workforce (or 42 million people) fall into the freelance or independent category. That doesn’t include the millions, if not billions of overseas workers who are just an email away. Freelance and Independent contractors are changing the face of employment.  These individuals are usually experienced and ready to go.  Some of them have a full-time job and do this on the side, and others treat this as their job or business. I use freelancers for a large number of my projects and ongoing support.  I have found that the ability to ramp up and wind down based on my…
  • Hiring Options: Should You Hire Interns?

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ahh, the wonderful idea of getting a sharp, motivated college kid to do the work you don’t want to do, for little or no pay at all . . . It sounds dreamy, right?  Alas, as in most areas of life, you get what you pay for as well as what you put into it. The reality is – most entrepreneurs aren’t clear enough on what they need to have done, and how to train someone to do it for internships to be successful. I know this because I have failed at hiring interns several times.  I have had over 10 interns in my companies over the years.  I consistently overestimate what they will be…
  • Hiring Options: W2 Employees

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hiring Options is a series to outline some of the different options you have for growing your team.  I will cover W2 (traditional employment), Freelance / Independent Contractors, and Interns.  I will include things to consider before deciding what kind of employment relationship you want and where to find people once you’ve decided. What does W2 mean? This is the traditional employer/employee relationship.  When you make the leap to employer, you’re taking on a variety of responsibilities including a lot of paperwork.  One of those is supplying a W4 to new employees.  That is the…
  • Should You Use Pre Employment Drug Testing

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The idea of incorporating pre employment drug testing into your selection process is to lessen the impact of drug abuse on your business. A few examples of how drug use can impact businesses: tardiness, absenteeism, turnover, attitude problems, decreased productivity, theft, crime and violence. While there are many reasons to incorporate drug screening, it’s largely a simple way to improve your bottom line and lower your liability. According to the US Department of Labor, 65% of all on the job accidents are related to drug or alcohol use. Substance abusers are six times more likely to file…
  • Reference Checks are a Waste of Time

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I believe in the power of the interview. I think there’s more value in spending time interviewing, doing assessments, doing some testing, giving them pre-hire projects — than calling to see what someone (who I don’t know) thought of them at a job that may or may not be closely related to the job your candidate is applying for. I think an interview, when done well, tells you pretty much everything you need to know about your candidate. At a bare minimum, it should tell you if they are smart enough to give you a reference who’s going to say something positive about them. If you happen…
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    Staff Engagement

  • How important is employee retention

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    The companies frequently do not realise the value of an employee until he left them.In fact, all companies have to start thinking seriously about how to retain their best employees because more and more people with more talent and ambitions prefer to change jobs when they discover that they can learn and progress faster in … Continue reading →
  • Increasing employee engagement with flexible working

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    What is your favorite employee benefit? Do you have some ideas for new benefits in your company or organisation? Can you manage to implement new benefits that suit you? Yes you can. We all can. Today’s work environment is very innovative and creative in the majority of companies and organisations. My job, for example is … Continue reading →
  • How communication inspires employee engagement

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Working for employee engagement company I have learn that engagement in not something that you can have without hard working on that. My company The Employee Engagement People – Reward Gateway help me to understand that engagement is not something that they can buy from me. Engagement that I have with my company is because … Continue reading →
  • 5 Motivation Mistakes That Managers Must To Avoid

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the most important topics in today’s work environment is a motivating employee. We can find a lot of articles such as how to motivate employees without money, motivate employees with low cost benefits, easy ways to motivate employees, best motivators, how you can motivate your employees, etc. So, this topic is extremely important … Continue reading →
  • Employee benefits that begin with “T”, “V” and “W”

    13 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Today, like we said in our previous post, is our last post where we will write about employee benefits, sorted in categories with letters. So, in this last post we will write about employee benefits that begin with “T”, “V” and “W”, and here we are finishing with alphabet. Category employee benefits that begin with … Continue reading →
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