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  • Leadership training: The nature/nurture question

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

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Engaging your talent network is a significant effort that involves time, commitment and an investment in being engaged yourself. After all, at the heart of engaging potential candidates is the interactive conversation that must take place, which requires ongoing involvement on the part of human resources professionals. You share, film videos, connect with candidates on LinkedIn and use Instagram and Pinterest to give a visual identity to your company, but what happens when at the end of the day, you're not ready to hire? After all that work connecting with and…
  • Employment Branding: May The Force Be With You

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Join Blogging4Jobs on 11/12 for our webinar, How to Create & Execute an Awesome Employer Brand from 1-2p est.  The webinar is avaliable for 1 general HRCI credit and will be avaliable on-demand. Register to view live or get access to on-demand recording.  Every company aspires to create an award winning employment brand. They are constantly analyzing data analytics, attending conferences and meetings, and reading every article or news story in hopes of finding that one golden nugget that will move them into the branding spotlight.  The 21st century talent markets are very competitive.
  • This Week’s Good News in the #Workplace

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Each week Blogging4Jobs is bringing you good news courtesy of JustGOODNews.BIZ. Companies from across the world are doing amazing things that most people don’t really know about. As a part of our new Job Seeker Sundays we’re bringing you major news stories each week that shine a good light on companies. Whether this be that they’re hiring a large new workforce or doing good in the world. We want to start your week off right! Suniva lets the sun shine in Saginaw, Michigan:  Solar manufacturer expects to hire 350 over next three years. Read more. Dillons nationwide expansion brings jobs…
  • Employee Engagement and The Three-Breasted Woman

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    paul hebert
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
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  • Beyond the Resume: The 7 Valuable Traits of a HR Professional
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    If you’re just entering the field of Human Resources or are looking to advance your career as an HR manager, then you should know which traits to develop in order to accomplish your career goals. A quick review: in some way, shape or form, the following “basic” criteria are typically listed in job postings for HR positions: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred in some cases) Human Resources certification (a preferred option for some) Advanced knowledge of Federal and State Employment Law Ability to work in fast-paced environment and flexibility with changing priorities Effective…
  • Top 5 #Workplace Blogs of the Week
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Each week Blogging4Jobs brings you the Top 5 Blogs in the #Workplace. These blogs come from all across the internet and highlight important topics being discussed in the space. We serve as your weekly recap of top blogs that we’ve read throughout the week. If we’ve missed any, let us know. TOP BLOGS OF THE WEEK How Should We React To A Co-worker’s Plastic Surgery? With all the talk sourrounding Renee Zellweger I am overjoyed that Chris Penttila had the decency to say “If she’s happy, then I’m happy.” This is a good topic since it’s happen in pop…
  • This Week’s Good News in the #Workplace
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Each week Blogging4Jobs is bringing you good news courtesy of JustGOODNews.BIZ. Companies from across the world are doing amazing things that most people don’t really know about. As a part of our new Job Seeker Sundays we’re bringing you major news stories each week that shine a good light on companies. Whether this be that they’re hiring a large new workforce or doing good in the world. We want to start your week off right! Suniva lets the sun shine in Saginaw, Michigan:  Solar manufacturer expects to hire 350 over next three years. Read more. Dillons nationwide expansion brings jobs…
  • Employment Branding: May The Force Be With You
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Join Blogging4Jobs on 11/12 for our webinar, How to Create & Execute an Awesome Employer Brand from 1-2p est.  The webinar is avaliable for 1 general HRCI credit and will be avaliable on-demand. Register to view live or get access to on-demand recording.  Every company aspires to create an award winning employment brand. They are constantly analyzing data analytics, attending conferences and meetings, and reading every article or news story in hopes of finding that one golden nugget that will move them into the branding spotlight.  The 21st century talent markets are very competitive.
  • Is the Future of the Desk a Coffee Shop Table?
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    We read a lot about the future of the workforce and how it will be composed of a lot of independent contractors who do not work for regular employers. Indeed if you have read my posts here at Blogging4Jobs I have written about this several times, here and here for example. This is having a major impact on companies as this group grows. Working remotely One of the major impacts that this cohort of independent workers is that companies need less office space. Why rent or own square footage if people are not going to be there? Another driver of this is workers who are employees of companies, not…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • 4 Ways to Keep Your Talent Community Engaged

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell Engaging your talent network is a significant effort that involves time, commitment and an investment in being engaged yourself. After all, at the heart of engaging potential candidates is the interactive conversation that must take place, which requires ongoing involvement on the part of human resources professionals. You share, film videos, connect with candidates on LinkedIn and use Instagram and Pinterest to give a visual identity to your company, but what happens when at the end of the day, you're not ready to hire? After all that work connecting with and…
  • Understanding the Flow of Talent in Building a Talent Attraction Strategy

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell To me, one of the most beautiful things that we as people have the privilege of viewing is the ocean. What I love about it, besides the fact that it’s just gorgeous to look at, is that it is an incredibly powerful force made of something so simple: water. We use water all day, every day and never consider it extraordinary, but when we see an entire body of it, we suddenly understand the magnitude of what it’s capable of and gain a respect for it that we never had when we were using it to rinse dishes or shower. Its power determines when the best time to head to…
  • The Engagement Economy Starts with Your Candidate

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

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

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

  • My Friends All Drive Porsches, I Must Make Amends

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Someone who knows me well recently gave me a super-special gift. And no, it wasn’t flowers, it wasn’t a box of chocolates, it wasn’t a top-selling career book or a fine pen or fancy paper – nothing of the sort....
  • Is Your Job Search As Cool As a Caterpillar?

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

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

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

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

  • Document Revision Specialist

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Thank you for your interest in the Document Revision Specialist. To begin the application process, please enter your information below.
  • Infographic: No, Millennials in Government Don't Love Their Jobs Either

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    While the stereotype of the "Millennial" often includes a more positive attitude toward changing the world and making a difference, the generation's respondents to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey seem to paint a different picture. In the Office of Personnel Management survey for 2014 released Friday, 63 percent of Millennial feds said their federal jobs give a "feeling of personal accomplishment," as opposed to the 71 percent of feds of all other generations who felt this way.
  • 'Cookie Monster' sentenced to 6+ years in prison

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    The woman known as the "cookie monster" is behind bars after yet another probation violation. Stefanie Woods, 24, was arrested Wednesday in Brevard County and is now in custody at the Palm Beach County jail.
  • Federal Sales & Account Manager

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Thank you for your interest in the Federal Sales & Account Manager . To begin the application process, please enter your information below.
  • STARTEK Opens Iloilo City Location in the Philippines

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    STARTEK a leading provider of business process outsourcing services opened a new center located in Iloilo City in the Philippines with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local area business leaders and STARTEK management and employees on Friday, October 24, 2014. STARTEK has been operating in temporary space since earlier this year as they waited for the new state-of-the-art building to be completed.
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  • Midwest employers feeling better about economy, plan to hire and pay more

    Denise Lockwood
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Midwest employers said they believe the economy is getting better and plan to hire more people and give employees raises, according to a survey by the MRA - Management Association. The Waukesha based not-for-profit organization surveyed 500 employers throughout the Midwest to learn about how companies felt about the economy, trends in pay and employee retention. Employers felt the economy in the U.S. and Midwest would fare better than the global economy. Those companies also planned to invest in…
  • Men march against domestic violence in Honolulu: Slideshow

    Janis L. Magin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Some 800 Hawaii businessmen, police officers, firefighters and students spent their lunch hour making a statement against domestic violence marching through Downtown Honolulu in the Men's March Against Violence. Men from Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Alexander & Baldwin, Catholic Charities Hawaii, Damien Memorial School, University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu Police Department, the Honolulu Fire Department, Pacific Business News and other companies…
  • Apple supplier GT Advanced’s bankruptcy puts big hurt on staffing firms

    Mike Sunnucks
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Many of the doomed workers at bankrupt Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies' Mesa plant were never paid by either company. Instead, production, professional and administrative workers at the soon-to-be shuttered factory were temporary or contracts workers. That means they were paid by temporary staffing and employment services companies hired by New Hampshire-based GT. GT's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing has left staffing and other contractors who did work for the Mesa plant in a lurch. Local…
  • Some Bay Area restaurants ready to toss out tipping in favor of flat fee

    Krystal Peak
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Could tipping be on its way out? As restaurants grapple with costs and rising wages, some are considering adding a 20 percent service charge to all bills in lieu of customers paying a gratuity. The five businesses in the Bay Area: Comal, Camino, Duende, Bar Agricole and Trou Normand each plan make the policy switch within the next few weeks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. And the Business Times' staff has heard rumblings from several others that this is an attractive option because it…
  • Grand Canyon University to manage, renovate Phoenix golf course

    Mike Sunnucks
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Grand Canyon University is taking over management of Maryvale Golf Course and will undertake an $8 million renovation of the city-owned property. GCU President and CEO Brian Mueller said the city of Phoenix course loses as much as $300,000 annually and he hopes the school's management will turn the financial situation around. "It's just a beautiful piece of property," Mueller said in telephone interview. The city will still own the golf course but GCU will manage the property in a 30-year deal. Mueller…
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    HR Vendor News

  • Profiles International Sponsors MET Montreal Conference to Support Veterans

    HR Vendor News
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Waco, TX. October 23, 2014 -Talent management solutions provider, Profiles International, will sponsor the first Quebec Conference for the Military Employment Transition (MET) program October, 29th – 30th at the Régiment de Maisonneuve in Montreal, Quebec. At the event, more than thirty national and provincial companies and educational institutions will gather with a common focus – to hire Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and Reservists. Attendees of the event will consist of employer partners, transitioning military members and veterans. Several high-demand panel discussions will…
  • Totara Learning announces growth in their North America Partner Network

    HR Vendor News
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Totara Learning announced the addition of a new partner to their growing network of partners in North America. Indiana based Moonami is a well-established organization with expertise in multiple learning technologies including Totara LMS and Moodle. The team at Moonami includes a highly experienced technical staff, implementation team, and customer support. Moonami has extensive experience in delivering learning technology solutions for their clients. John Porten, President of Moonami, said, “I’m truly excited about our partnership with Totara and what it means for our corporate,…
  • Totara Learning announces growth in their North America Partner Network

    HR Vendor News
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Totara Learning announced the addition of a new partner to their growing network of partners in North America. Indiana based Moonami is a well-established organization with expertise in multiple learning technologies including Totara LMS and Moodle. The team at Moonami includes a highly experienced technical staff, implementation team, and customer support. Moonami has extensive experience in delivering learning technology solutions for their clients. John Porten, President of Moonami, said, “I’m truly excited about our partnership with Totara and what it means for our corporate,…
  • Black Swan Solutions(R) Launches Mobile Database to Enhance Organizational Crisis Response

    HR Vendor News
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Milwaukee, WI -OCTOBER 23, 2014-Black Swan Solutions, a business unit of Empathia and a leader in helping organizations support employees and customers affected by a crisis or disaster has launched a mobile version of its client database, one that improves vital communications during and after an organization experiences a high impact event. For example, to expedite the evacuation process during a crisis, the mobile version of Black Swan Solutions’ database allows organizations to quickly and accurately account for their employees, provide details about those missing, and generate…
  • Profiles International Offers Insight on Why Leadership Development Fails (and How to Make it a Success)

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

    Laurie Ruettimann
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I always tell people to go back to school. Do your research. Don’t attend a private college that makes crazy claims about job placement rates, but go back to a boring state college — even if it’s just in the evening — and finish your degree. Why do I care if you go back to school? Because I love you. And because of messages like this one. A few years ago you wrote, “Quit worrying about the SPHR and get an MBA.” I took your advice and finished my dissertation. I now make about 25K more than I did two years ago. Also, I only teach nine months a year. (It used…
  • HR Famous

    Laurie Ruettimann
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Seth Godin just wrote an article about the importance of being well known in your industry. The piece is called Famous to the Family, and it shamelessly steals from concepts around market share, minimum viable segment strategies and micro-niche targeting. But because he’s Seth Godin, he gives a hat-tip to himself and says, “I wrote something about this three and a half years ago, but I forgot, and so did most people I talk about this with.” It’s still a good post to read. There are probably six people in your industry who impact your life and shape the future of your…
  • Wedding Festivities

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Managing employer compliance can be a tedious task, but it’s a highly visible, important way that the human resources department minimizes risk for the business and keeps the workforce running smoothly. Use this guide to stay informed about employment laws, reporting rules, and developing workforce compliance issues that may impact your organization. We’ll help you navigate ten crucial mandates, explaining the obligations and compliance considerations you need to be aware of in order to take on your responsibilities. Click here to learn more!  
  • The 10 strangest employee sick day excuses, 2014 edition

    Tim Gould
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    As the winter season descends, more people start calling in sick. And you won’t believe some of the excuses people have offered as reasons for taking the day off.   A new CareerBuilder survey looks at how many workers have faked being sick this year, as well as some of the strangest excuses they’ve used while doing so. Over the past year, 28% of employees have called in to work sick when they were feeling well, down from 32% last year. When asked for a reason, 30% said they just didn’t feel like going in to work and 29% said they wanted the day to relax. Another 21% took the day…
  • Email’s not good enough for FMLA notices either, court rules

    Christian Schappel
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Courts don’t trust the U.S. Post Office or Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, or any other email service to deliver your Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices to employees. So what’s an employer to do?  Use certified mail or some other form of correspondence with “verifiable receipt” — or deliver the notice in person and get the employee to sign a document stating he or she received it. Anything short of that, and your hopes of dismissing an FMLA notice claim short of it going to trial are next to nil thanks to recent court rulings. U.S. Post a no go This past…
  • 6-step plan for managers to turn around angry employees

    Tim Gould
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Let’s face it. Working isn’t always a day at the beach. People get frustrated and angry — and frustrated employees aren’t productive. So HR expert Mel Kleiman has come up a few ways for your managers to bring angry employees back into the fold.   According to Kleiman, who runs the consulting firm Humetrics, angry or frustrated employees have three choices: They can speak up, let things simmer inside, or they can leave. Usually, managers’ first reaction is to try and find out whether the employee’s anger is justified. Totally irrelevant to the situation,…
  • First case of Internet addiction: The fallout for HR and the ADA

    Jared Bilski
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    We may have just been introduced to the next disability du jour that could have employees asking for accommodations.  Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the American Psychiatric Association’s addition of “Internet Use Disorder” to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, HR pros have been waiting for Internet addiction to become a reality. Now we have the first concrete example. A serviceman for the Navy checked himself into the institution’s Substance Abuse and Recovery Program for alcoholism — and while he…
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    Complinet HR

  • The week in HR: Employers to pay to keep the doctors away?

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Once upon a time, if blackberries and apples were mentioned in the same sentence, it suggested the unveiling of a delicious fruit crumble.
  • Collective consultation

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There are a number of situations where the employer is required to consult with employees collectively – which means consulting through elected representatives.
  • Flexible working

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From June 30, 2014 the right to request flexible working was extended to all employees who have at least 26 weeks' continuous service.
  • Data protection

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) applies to a broad range of data.
  • Absence management

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This guide addresses absence relating to sickness.
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    Ask a Manager

  • Sunday free-for-all – October 26, 2014

    Ask a Manager
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Lucy is dressing as a lion for Halloween. It’s the weekend free-for-all. This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly non-work only; if you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.) Have at it. Sunday free-for-all – October 26, 2014 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • our intern talks like a child, should my resume mention training to be a fitness instructor, and more

    Ask a Manager
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Our intern talks like a child I’m a recent graduate working as a clinical social worker at a program with people with dual diagnosis. They can be a “tough crowd” sometimes, as many are referred from the prisons or probation, so a professional demeanor is especially important. While it is technically my boss’s job to supervise all of our interns, it has fallen on me and another coworker to train them and give them feedback. One of the interns comes across as very young for a 20-21-year-old. She speaks in a very…
  • what kind of volunteering is most helpful?

    Ask a Manager
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A reader writes: I know you’ve spoken extensively about how volunteer work is important and can lend a substantive note to your resume and work experience. But can you discuss a little what kinds of volunteer work are more “important,” skills-wise, for employers? Is ten years of driving for Meals on Wheels going to be taken the same as five years of being a volunteer front-desk person at a hospital, or one year of volunteering with a political organization on their social media front? Is some volunteer experience “worth” more than others to employers, or does it…
  • open thread – October 24, 2014

    Ask a Manager
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. open thread – October 24, 2014 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • reference quandary for an employee I don’t want to keep, banning jalapeños, and more

    Ask a Manager
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I can’t give my employee a good reference, but I don’t want her to stay in her job I have an employee who has not been doing a good job for a while. This person has clearly been unhappy (grumpy at work, calls in sick all the time and may very well be ill) and is looking for another position within the same company. I would be happy to be rid of them. I cannot give them a good review (ethically) and have been avoiding the calls/emails of their potential new manager. Any advice? If you’d be glad to get rid of this person,…
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    Compensation Force

  • Death Knell for the Merit Matrix?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why performance reviews are so reviled

    Evil HR Lady
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Lots of companies have an annual performance review that goes along with the calendar year, which means right now it’s probably on your mind. If you’re a manager, you’re dreading writing them. And unless you own the company, you’re probably dreading receiving yours — no matter if you’re a top notch employee. Even if your performance was fantastic, you know the review won’t necessarily reflect that. Just how much does everybody hate the whole performance review process? A new survey by GuideSpark, an employee communications company, has some…
  • Lessons in Leadership From Donkey Hiking

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

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

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

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

  • Of Bucket Lists and B.S.

    Kelly Dingee
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m not a natural born speaker—I was trained at my alma mater.  More like a trial by fire in a required speech class.  Every day of class you had the potential of being called on to present on any current event.  I was a Human Resource Management major… so I took other classes as well from Accounting to Business Law to eight specific to my major. It was a good class—I had no idea at the time it would prepare me for where I would end up career-wise—a sourcer with an interest in the occasional speaking gig.  But it did.  The whole comfort in front of an…
  • In Defense Of My Alma Mater (Sub: A Quick Rant About FSU)

    Holland Dombeck McCue
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    I’m a proud alumna of The Florida State University and have taken a lot of heat lately about it. I have taken heat in the grocery store, at the gym, on social media and even in the office. It seems that everyone has an opinion about the infamous Jameis Winston and the Florida State “Criminoles,” and they’re falling over themselves to share it with me. I’m not here to defend Jameis Winston. Jameis has been rightfully punished for the crime he did commit and has also been punished for being a dumb teen and public figure in the age of social media. I’m not here to defend what he has…
  • Laurie Ruettimann explains HR Famous

    Laurie Ruettimann
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Seth Godin just wrote an article about the importance of being well known in your industry. The piece is called Famous to the Family, and it shamelessly steals from concepts around market share, minimum viable segment strategies and micro-niche targeting. But because he’s Seth Godin, he gives a hat-tip to himself and says, “I wrote something about this three and a half years ago, but I forgot, and so did most people I talk about this with.” It’s still a good post to read. There are probably six people in your industry who impact your life and shape the future of your career. You may…
  • HR Initiatives Fall Apart in the Middle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Ready For the Affordable Care Act #ACA – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. During the HR Technology Conference, they announced that they have added project management tracking to their workforce management solution to help businesses better plan labor expenses. Enjoy today’s post!)  We haven’t talked about the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA) lately. No, it’s not going away. That’s why we need to start talking about it again. January 1, 2015 will be here before you know it. (It’s about 70 days from now.)…
  • What Is Ban the Box [infographic]

    Sharlyn Lauby
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    This post impacts both HR pros and job seekers. If you’re not aware of “Ban the Box”, this is legislation you might want to pay attention to. It’s a civil rights movement organized to persuade employers to remove the box on applications that indicates an applicant has a criminal record. Our friends at HireRight did a great job of explaining “Ban the Box” in this infographic, so I wanted to share it with you. As the infographic points out, “Ban the Box” isn’t trying to take away the employers ability to do background checks. It is trying to give all applicants a fair chance…
  • The Real Reason for Job Titles – Ask #HR Bartender

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

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

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

  • From HR Executive - On being a better HR Tech consumer

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Some readers might know that in addition to being the Program Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference that additionally I write a monthly column for Human Resource Executive (magazine and online), titled Inside HR Tech. The latest Inside HR Tech piece 'Being a Better Consumer' posted earlier this week, and I wanted to share a little bit of the piece here (since I liked the piece and I think it relevant to many of the blog readers here). From Human Resource Executive - 'Being a Better Consumer' Recently I had the opportunity to talk with executives and product leaders from a small group of HR…
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Everything you want to know about Labor Force Participation

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    I know that I definitely have hit Labor Force Participation a few times in the past in the often imitated but never exceeded CHART OF THE DAY series here on the blog, but now thanks to some really excellent work out of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta I think we have the best source yet for digging into Labor Force Participation. From the Fed Atlanta's Labor Force Participation Dynamics micro-site, check out just a couple of examples of what the data shows with respect to Labor Force Participation, that encompasses some important measures of who is actually working, looking for work, or…
  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 192 - DataNow

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

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

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

  • Intelligence Bureau (IB) ACIO 2014 Online Application Form & Registration for 750 Vacancies

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    IB ACIO Recruitment 2014 Online Application Form & Registrations  : Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) invites online application from eligible candidates for the posts of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO), Grade-II/ Executive Under Group-‘C. interested candidates should apply online from 11 October 2014 to 09 November 2014 by 23:59 Hrs. Candidates are not required to
  • SCTEVT Semester Result 2014 SCTE & VT Orissa Diploma Semester Results For 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Semester

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    SCTEVT Semester Result 2014  Back And Regular SCTE & VT Orissa Diploma Exam Results For 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Semester SCTE & VT  Conducts Orissa state diploma examination in all the private and government college of odisha. From the session 2014 the SCTE & VT has introduced the camera inside the examination hall and the examination of all  the st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Semester was conducted
  • DRDO Recruitment 2014 | Senior Technical Assistant 'B', Technician 'A' Vacancies in DRDO | Advertisement No CEPTAM-07

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    DRDO Recruitment 2014 | Senior Technical Assistant 'B'/ Technician 'A' Vacancies in DRDO | Advertisement No CEPTAM-07 : DRDO Centre for Personnel Talent Management (CEPTAM), invites online applications From Eligible and interested candidates  for the post of Senior Technical Assistant 'B', Technician 'A' and and Admin and Allied cadre. DRDO has published this notification via Advertisement No :
  • DRDO CEPTAM 7 Online Application Form & Registration 2014 For 899 Senior Technical Assistant (STA B) Technician (TECH A ) Recruitment

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    DRDO CEPTAM 7 Online Application Form & Re2014 For 899 Senior Technical Assistant (STA B) Technician (TECH A ) Recruitment : Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has issued an advertisement No CEPTAM-07, for the recruitment of total 899 candidates for the posts of Senior Technical Assistant (STA B), Technician (TECH A ) and  Admin and Allied Cadre . STA-B candidates can apply online
  • RRB Bhubaneswar Online Application 2014 for Junior Engineer (JE) & Senior Section Engineer (SEE)

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    RRB Bhubaneswar Online Application 2014 for Junior Engineer (JE) & Senior Section Engineer (SEE) : Railway Recruitment Board, Bhubaneswar (RRB, BBSR) invites online application from eligible candidates for the posts of Various Junior Engineer (JE) and Senior Section Engineer (SEE) Posts. Willing candidates have to fill their form online from 20-09-2014 to 19-10-2014. No hard copy will be sent to
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    Labor & Employment Law RSS Feed | JD Supra Law News

  • How to Pick Your Retirement Plan Providers

    Ary Rosenbaum
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It’s easier to spend money than to make money. It’s easier to lose a client than get hired by a new one. As a retirement plan provider, you can ill-afford to lose clients. Too many retirement plan providers don’t see how their behavior can contribute...By: Ary Rosenbaum
  • H-1B Legacy Records No Longer Available

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    As part of a review and approval process that took place last summer, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) approved a new record retention schedule submitted by the Office of Foreign Labor Certifications (OFLC). Part of the revised...By: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • New CDC Ebola Monitoring Protocol is Good News for Employers

    Proskauer - Law and the Workplace
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The CDC has just announced new active post-arrival monitoring for all travelers entering the U.S. from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea....By: Proskauer - Law and the Workplace
  • Another One Bites the Dust – Court Strikes Down Non-Solicitation Agreement as Overbroad under New York Law

    Mintz Levin - Employment Matters
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    The latest casualty to post-employment covenants came at the hands of a Connecticut trial court, which struck down a non-solicitation agreement under New York law as reaching beyond the legitimate business interests that deserve protection....By: Mintz Levin - Employment Matters
  • Shopping Mall Owner Permitted to Sue Union Protesters for Trespass and Nuisance

    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    The Ninth Circuit has revived a Brea shopping mall owner's lawsuit alleging trespass and nuisance claims against union carpenters. The union purportedly picketed and demonstrated disruptively and destructively at a store being renovated by nonunion...By: Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Peter Drucker Said “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” What’d He Mean by That?

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Peter Drucker Said “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” What’d He Mean by That?”Peter Drucker is known for saying "culture eats strategy for breakfast," and really what that is about is that culture is such a critical and key driver of business performance, and yet historically has received very little attention or acclaim. We know that both culture and strategy are critical for organizations, but most organizations pay attention to strategy - they put the effort into identifying strategy…
  • [Video] Which Comes First, Culture or Strategy: 100 Culture Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fadi Zaghmout
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    اخترت دراسة تخصص علم الحاسوب في الجامعة كوني أحب المواد العلمية. ولكن ذلك لم يكن اختياري الأول اذ كنت أرغب بدراسة هندسة العمارة، فهي تجمع بين المجالين المفضلين لدي: الأرقام والفنون. في الواقع، يعد نظام القبول في الجامعات الأردنية صعباً للغاية، فعلى الرغم من حصولي على معدل 92,8% في التوجيهي (شهادة الثانوية العامة في الأردن)، لم…
  • How to Change Your Career to a Career You Love

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

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

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

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

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

    Erik Smetana
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:17 am
    Some words of wisdom from a man known for building worlds of whimsy...Header Photo Credit: Steve Wilson via Compfight cc
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  • Sales Performance Management (SPM) for Dummies

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Topics Include:Chapter 1 What you need to know about SPM Chapter 2 Seeing the benefits of SPM solutionChapter 3 Ten things to look for in an SPM solutionDownload your copy now!Request Free!
  • Team Covenant -- A 54 page excerpt

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Randy Hopkins’ new work on organizational performance management will teach you how to:Profit from understanding the difference between apathy and futility and how it can greatly benefit your companyTransform your environment by making performance management workKnow that this Kool-Aid isn’t for everyone, and uniquely position your enterprise based on that factIdentify your company as the one to work for by following and implementing the step-by-step business modelIngeniously get employees and organizations to hold each other accountableGet everyone in your organization to embrace…
  • The Talent Smart Positivity Bundle

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A positive outlook on life helps you succeed in your career, relationships and overall physical wellbeing. So why is it so hard for many of us to ditch pessimism? These 4 articles from TalentSmart address our attitudes and how they affect us emotionally and physically.How (and Why) to Stay PositiveHow Negativity and Complaining Literally Rot Your BrainSix Toxic Beliefs That Will Ruin Your CareerThree Traps People Fall Into That Limit Their HappinessTalentSmart is the world's premier provider of emotional intelligence (EQ). More than 75% of Fortune 500 companies come to them when they need…
  • The NextGen Worker 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Listen to this webcast to learn about the adjustments companies must make to attract and retain top talent in this new workforce reality. In discussion with PwC, we'll cover:Key Findings from PwC's latest research, NextGen: A GlobalGenerational Study.How millennial workstyles encourage a more collaborative way to work for everyone.Organizational and cultural changes to consider to strengthen talent recruitment strategies.The role technology plays in creating a more collaborative workplace.Request Free!
  • How IT and HR Departments From Facebook Use Custom Apps

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

    Brad Herbert
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to watch the 2014 NeuroLeadership Summit via live streaming. NeuroLeadership is the application of emerging neuroscience to help people become better leaders. It's absolutely fascinating to me, and I love to share. Special thanks goes to the NeuroLeadership Institute for generously sharing this knowledge.If you're in a hurry, simply scan through the highlighted, bolded, or colour coded text to give you some ideas.PRESENTATION ONE: Reimagining WorkPresenters: Josh Davis/Columbia Brain Lab & Brian Kropp/Corporate Executive Board (CEB)CEOs and BoDs are…
  • Here’s Why Founders Should Care about Happiness

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

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

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

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

  • When Can an Employer Consider an Applicant’s Criminal History?

    Mitch Corlett
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    In an attempt to lower criminal recidivism, various states and municipalities around the country are enacting new legislation that changes how employers can ask about an applicant’s criminal history. Asking if someone has been convicted of a crime on their initial application for employment is still currently a common part of the employment application process, but DC has already changed their policy, and other local governments around DC are also considering it (don’t worry, it’s not being eliminated altogether – but the timing of when you can inquire is…

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

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

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

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

  • Your Key Performance Appraisals Questions Answered

    Marta Moakley
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week’s spirited XpertHR webinar on performance appraisals tackled legal requirements and best practices for private and public employers. Although the great majority of employers are not required by law to conduct performance appraisals, it is generally in an employer’s… continue
  • Podcast: Hear How the National Football League Flunked HR101

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

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

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

    Michael Cardman
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    “All politics is local,” goes the old phrase. More and more, it seems minimum wages are local too. As if it weren’t hard enough for employers to keep track of all the state minimum wage rules, many cities and counties… continue
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bringing Young Leaders Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Future Friday: Training will be critical in the next decade

    Michael Haberman
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Training in technology and leadership will be critical to success in the coming decade. According to a study conducted by Oxford Economics for SAP on SuccessFactor clients the future for many companies shows them to be unprepared in a number of different areas regarding people, talent, and HR. One area in which these companies reported being behind the curve, from both the executive view and the employee view was in training. That will be a major stumbling block for future success. The study The study, Workforce 2020, was focused on the European, Middle Eastern and Asian companies. They found…
  • Voting laws: Are you aware of what yours are?

    Michael Haberman
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you aware of what your state requires you to let your employees do when it is time to vote? If you are like me you are happy to see the national election approaching on November 4th. Actually if you are like me you want to see November 5th get here. I just want the inane election ads to be over with!  In the meantime you may get some questions as to what the company allows an employee to do on Election Day. Do you pay people to vote? Do you have to allow them to vote? Election laws According to the folks at HR Matters E-tips there is no Federal requirement that states that an employer…
  • Is pay secrecy disappearing in the private sector?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Warren Bobrow
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    As technology and globalized business models continue to deliver efficiencies and new opportunities, every sector will face disruptive pricing that in effect re-costs what the market would otherwise pay. Many of those movements will naturally be downward; others will lift the entry point. Amazon has effectively reframed the cost of books; Samsung and others are resetting the cost of owning a tablet; Tesla has redefined what an electric car is and also the cost of owning one. But in response to competitor moves, so many brands make pricing changes without making changes to the brand at the…
  • Say ‘Nein’ to Nonstop E-mails to Save Workers’ Sanity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Importance of Getting Someone’s Name Right

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Sometimes when I write, it’s because I’m frustrated with things that happen.  Today is one of those days.  I seem to get bombarded with requests from strangers who do two things: They are asking me to do work for them for free (write, speak, etc.) They use the wrong name when they contact me. I’m all in favor of using someone’s name when you reach out to them, especially if you don’t know the person and you’re trying to make the email or message more personal.  However, I do not have forgiveness for sales people who take the step of using my first name…
  • Purge Your “To Do” List Today

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    If you’re like me, there are days or weeks when you feel overwhelmed.  It is actually normal to have moments like this but when it starts to keep you up at night, affects your eating habits or keeps you from being productive in your day-to-day, it’s time to take action.  The problem is that for most people, we just hate telling someone “no” or admitting that we have too much on our plates. A Frank Discussion I already know that every person that reads this article could benefit from off-loading several things from your to-do list.  I know this because people are…
  • Becoming a HR Influencer- 4 Skills to Help You Do It

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

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

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

  • HR Analytics: 101
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Recently, a few readers have sent questions regarding HR analytics. Like any paradigm shift, the level of understanding, commitment, as well as utilization of these new techniques and tools varies by leader, team, and organization. For those of us that have already “bought into” the idea of using data to model human behavior, the move to analytics makes perfect sense since it offers the next level of explanatory and predictive precision. For those of us that opted to “wait and see,” the time to act appears to be upon us. As markets become more competitive as well as complex, business…
  • Technology and HR:Obserations from HR Tech 2014
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Today, technology shapes every aspect of how we live and work. It affects how we communicate, manage travel, obtain information, interact socially, and coordinate our activities. The digital revolution has reached a point of not only influencing us, but also assisting in defining who we are. The Daily Mail recently reported that the average person looks at their smart phone 110 times a day and up to every six seconds in the evening. Clearly, technology is transforming from being a tool to assist us with life to taking on a more preeminent role in our lives. Last week, I attended the 2014 HR…
  • Who Wants to be a Dictator?
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Figure 1: Impact of Dictatorial Leader on Employees Most of us at some point in our lives have contemplated what it would be like to be dictator for a day. Imagine that your thoughts, ideas, and needs come first and those around you exist primarily to enable you to do what you want, when you want, and how you want. We live in an age where being called a dictator is less than complementary, but behaving like one remains acceptable. In other words, most prefer not to be equated to a “little” Stalin, Hitler, or Kim Jong-Il, but still seek power and preeminence with little concern for the…
  • The Drama of Teams
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Within organizations, teams provide one of the most complicated, but necessary elements for success. Modern organizational practice incorporates teams at all levels and functions and relies on teams to bring together knowledge, experience, and innovation in an efficient and effective manner. Building and managing teams not only occupy a preeminent position in the hierarchy of manager competencies, but also contribute to the competitive advantage between organizations. Given the level of importance, why do we find that strong teams seem to be so elusive? Teamwork is Hard A 2013 University of…
  • The Marriage of Technology and Learning
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    As human resource and development experts, we recognize the value of technology in meeting our workforce needs. As a tool, it enhances the flexibility, interactivity, customization, and accessibility to key information and content. It grants us data necessary to assess our success and enhance our value proposition. Moreover, technology grants us the ability to move from being a transactional to a strategic resource by allowing us to redeploy our expertise and resources. Without a doubt, organizational learning programs continue to gain in efficiency and effectiveness as traditional processes…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • Leadership training: The nature/nurture question

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 10.18.14 – 10.24.14

    Christopher Brablc
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the last week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. This week we’ll be covering Recruitment marketing as an emerging category, the candidate experience, silver medalists, HR’s evolution and sourcing. Before we begin, I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Webinar by Jim Stroud: The Future of Sourcing: How to Leverage Tools, Talent and Technology Blog: Musings and Observations from #HRTechConf 2014 Tweet of the Week (NEW!):…
  • Musings and Observations from #HRTechConf 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Donna Wells
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    We’ve been reading the same headlines that you have, and we share the same concerns.  We feel we’re in a position to help.  So, we are making our product available for free to qualified healthcare organizations doing Ebola training. Ebola has already infected about 9,000 people and taken the lives of about 4,500.  The size of this devastating Ebola outbreak, combined with our highly mobile, global population, means that healthcare workers that were never educated on treating Ebola virus patients have an urgent and critical training need. The US National Nurses Union recently said that…
  • How Can “Performance Support” Support Your Organization?

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

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

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

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

  • How to Support Employee Career Advancement

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What do your employees’ want in their careers? It’s an important question, because a lot of your corporate success depends on their sense of achievement. If they’re not engaged, if they don’t see a future with your company, they’re going to leave. Your new mantra: Engage and train to retain. Here’s how our new career management eBook can help.
  • Does Giving Employee Feedback Make Your Managers Howl?

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Does the thought of giving employee feedback make you want to “howl” in frustration? It could be you don’t know where to start or how to do it effectively. Use these best practice tips to combat “feedback phobia” and keep the howling at bay.
  • Is There A Difference Between Happy and Engaged Employees?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Happiness and engagement are often used interchangedly… but they’re not quite the same thing. Personal happiness is important, yes. But engagement is about having more than just satisfied employees. It’s about the next step and making it a driving force of your performance management culture. Here are five ways you can boost employee engagement.
  • Five Ways to Fail at Setting Goals

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Engagement is more than the general and abstract measurement of attitudes and attachments an employee has with an organisation. Work engagement focuses more on being engaged - or how employees connect and perform with specific work, tasks, and projects. Here are 4 recommendations to make better use of task, work, and project engagement.
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • How to Implement an Employee Referral Program [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Blake McCammon
    24 Oct 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! Employee referrals are one of the most lucrative ways to hire employees. According to ERE,  46% of all hires at top performing firms are referrals. This inforgraphic dives further into the […]
  • TalentCircles and SwoopTalent Announce Alliance #hrtechconf

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

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

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

    Jessica Merrell
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Last year, LinkedIn updated their terms of service to allow for high school age students and younger professionals to create a LinkedIn account. In the US, you can create a LinkedIn account when you are 14 years of age. This change in terms of service makes LinkedIn more attractive for companies who are recruiting and […]
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • Of course HR is the Most Important Function

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    I thought it was interesting that the 'people are our most important asset' came up at both of the conferences I was trying to follow virtually, in between other things, yesterday - at HR Tech Europe and Symposium's Talent Management and Leadership Development summit.The question at Symposium was how do make this real in our organisations (ie how do we act in a way which demonstrates people are the most important asset).  And the point at HR Tech was that although people might be the most valuable asset, this doesn't necessarily make HR the most important department.Why not?Actually I…
  • Technology, Analytics and Workforce Liberation

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

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

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

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

  • Employment Impact of the Imminent Issuance of Drivers Licenses to Persons Whose Presence in the U.S. is NOT Authorized by Federal Law

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    When the California Legislature chose to go its own way on immigration reform in 2013, it pulled employers in California into the middle of the immigration debate and a potentially very high stakes enforcement game. The constitutional issues with California’s choice can be left for another day and another forum. We deal here, today, with what is. Among the seemingly more innocuous non-employment laws passed last year was AB 60, which directed California DMV to begin issuing documentation authorizing persons who are not authorized to be in the United States under federal law, to nonetheless…
  • New Employment Practices Required by Federal Government Contractors

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

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

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

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

  • Changing Vista of Human Resource Management

    Tina Jindal
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The outlook of human resource management has changed over time. From being purely administrative, HR management is now vying to be purely strategic. This transformation has affected HR jobs in Delhi and many other areas. What it was For a really long time the role of a human resource professional has been considered to revolve […]
  • Healthy Workplaces: Prepare for the Flu

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

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

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

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

  • The More The Merrier?

    Chuck Csizmar
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It's fairly common to find articles written by those who advocate increasing the eligibility of employee incentives, to push inclusion further down the organization's hierarchy.  The argument is that all employees affect a company’s success, that every employee will chase the almighty dollar of variable pay, and that the opportunity for ever larger rewards will motivate them to do great things.  All of which would in turn deliver improved financial results for the company's bottom line. Maybe. And maybe it's not such a good idea after all.  Perhaps it's a bit of…
  • Increases as a Percentage of Job Value

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 easy methods to motivate your team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

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

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

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

    Jody McDonald
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Revealing HR Insights at AAGE [L-R]: Revelian CEO, Warwick Kirby; Head of Psychology, Cherie Curtis; and Chief Analytics Officer, Dr Peter O’Hanlon.   Revelian to dispel myths and share practical insights at AAGE   Revelian is proud to be Platinum Sponsor of the most exciting and...
  • In The Zone: Brisbane Grad Breakfast on 6 November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Compliance Check List for California Employers-2

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    In our previous post, Compliance Check List for California Employers – 1, we covered ten of the new employment-related bills enacted by California. Unless stated otherwise, these laws take effect on the 1st of January 2015. It is a ‘now or never’ situation for employers who want to stay compliant with state regulatory requirements andRead full story...
  • Fair Paychecks and Career Success for Women

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

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

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

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

  • G&A Newsletter: October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Are You Fit to Lead?

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

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

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

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

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

    Allison Julander
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The following transcript is from an interview between Lacey Halpern, HR Business Partner at Xenium HR, Alfred Dual, HR Business Partner at Xenium HR, and Brandon Laws, Marketing Manager at Xenium HR, on the podcast episode entitled: How to Engage Employees at Work Brandon: Welcome back, everybody, we’re here for another podcast interview, I’m Brandon Laws. With me today I have two guests, Lacey Halpern, who’s been on the podcast many times, and Alfred Dual. Both are HR Business Partners and both have been on the podcast before, so we’re glad to have them back for another fun and…
  • Podcast: How to Engage Employees at Work

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

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

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

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

  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Popularity of Voluntary Benefits Grows

    Colin Bradley
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many experts predicted last year that voluntary benefits would see enormous growth as the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented. These predictions have largely proven to be accurate. Employees are increasingly willing to bear the cost of voluntary benefits to protect themselves from gaps left by their health insurance, and employers are responding by offering better voluntary benefit packages. This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you a mix of different viewpoints on the value of voluntary benefits. Voluntary Benefit Spending Surges. Employee Benefit Adviser:There’s been a…
  • Compliance Corner: Can We Still Offer an Employee Assistance Program?

    Colin Bradley
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Guest post by Joe Lazzarotti Starting this month, we’ll bring you monthly employee benefits compliance advice from Winston Benefits partner Joe Lazzarotti, a benefits attorney and practice group leader at Jackson Lewis P.C. He specializes in employee benefits counseling, with a heavy emphasis on health benefits and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Employee assistance programs are popular employer-sponsored programs that typically offer employees free and confidential mental health assessments, short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services to help them handle a range…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Wellness Program Litigation Edition

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

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

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

  • Are you ready to “Datify” Your Hiring?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Are Annual Employee Surveys Dead?

    Darcy Jacobsen
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Last Spring, when I was leaving SHRM, I travelled through the Orlando airport. Maybe you did too? If you did, you may have seen, somewhere between check-in and your gate, a sign posted on a small kiosk (created by a brilliant little Finnish company called HappyOrNot), that said “How was your airport experience, today?” Under the sign were four large button smiley faces that looked like the ones to the right.  As I rushed to catch the transit train, I reached out and tapped the dark green smiley. I never missed a stride. And I thought to myself: Companies should have some form of this…
  • How to Recognize Employees Effectively – Recognition Radio #3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Employee Retention Secret Sauce

    Stephanie Reyes
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Employees leave for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include:  Engaged employees stay longer Inadequate current compensation (or better compensation elsewhere). Limited opportunity for advancement. Feeling undervalued. A poor relationship with immediate supervisor or manager. Lack of organizational support. We’ve all heard the comment “people don’t quit companies, they quit managers.” It turns out that’s not the whole story. While the relationship with an immediate supervisor is highly influential, studies have found that perceived…
  • The Surprising Thing About Accommodation

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

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

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

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

  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #1

    Jessica Rohman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Provide Robust Opportunities for Growth and Development In our intensive research of this year's 50 Best Small & Medium Workplaces (companies with between 25 and 999 employees), we have identified six strategies that many of these winners engage in to attract, hire, and retain the talent they seek. In this six-part blog series, we'll take a look at each strategy along with best practices from recognized Best Workplaces.
  • 2014 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces: Trends for Thought

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Reasons Email Recruitment is Not Successful

    Julia Weeks
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Occasionally I am contacted by another recruiter or human resource professional regarding my interest in a new position that they are hiring for.  Quite often, their method of contact is only via email, with no follow up phone call.  This method of recruitment is not very effective for several reasons.  1. Times have changed When you are hiring for a position, typically, you want to hire the best candidate in the least amount of time.  This means that your recruitment process must be effective and contain a sense of urgency. In today’s world, many people will go days or even weeks…
  • How Older Workers Add Value to a Company

    Lauren Levine
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    While it’s exciting to have a staff filled with young people and fresh ideas, don’t discount the importance of having a few veterans on your team too. Older workers bring an entirely new dimension to your workplace, and can be highly valuable when utilized properly. Some of the traits that older workers typically possess include: Significant experience: They’ve been in the field for a while, and know how to handle various situations that may present themselves. They can offer valuable insight and help you to guide your company in the right direction. A range of skills: Older workers…
  • 4 Recruitment Strategies that Should Be Included in Your Process

    Julia Weeks
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    With the many changes in technology and communication, your recruiting process must be reviewed and modified frequently.  In order to identify the best talent for your business, you must make sure that you are tapping into all methods of communication in your recruitment strategy.  1. Smiling and Dialing The good old recruitment days of rolodexes and cold calling alone has changed drastically.  However, that’s not to say this form of recruitment should be tossed out the window, as it is still quite effective. If you want to personalize your recruitment strategy and have quick results,…
  • What You Need to Know About Running a Home Business

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

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

  • How far should we take employee engagement?

    John Sylvester
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    According to Gallup’s latest country study ‘State of the Global Workplace’, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Sadly the results show that the actively disengaged employees around the world outnumber the engaged employees 2 to 1. Not very encouraging statistics are they? The figures reported in Gallup’s study also highlight how employee engagement […]
  • In The Press: Playing for keeps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Three Tips for Retail Recruiting

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

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

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

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    LinkedIn’s used daily by millions of us. Usually we just log in to check Inmail and any updates. You could, however, use LinkedIn to embark on your dream career. An increasing number of companies and agencies are using LinkedIn for their recruitment efforts. It even has a specific premium product called LinkedIn Recruiter which is not only growing in functionality but also in popularity with employers searching for talent. While the network grows in popularity as a resource for applicants so too does the importance of taking the network seriously and managing your personal brand…
  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Finding Hires that will Embrace New Technology

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

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

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

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

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

  • 4 Tips for Success as an HR Department of One

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

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

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

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

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

  • Out in the Real World, a Lot of Jobs Just Aren’t That Amazing

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Out in the Real World, a Lot of Jobs Just Aren’t That Amazing: hiregreattalent: It’s difficult to attend an HR and recruiting centered conference and not find yourself sitting among a choir while one of our industry’s messiahs preaches to a crowd of smiling faces nodding in agreement to the sermon. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. Sometimes it can be… The real world of jobs
  • "Dont apply to a job by pitching the employer on letting you work from home. If working remote is not..."

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    “Dont apply to a job by pitching the employer on letting you work from home. If working remote is not on the job description, dont apply if you are out of state.” - CareerCloud
  • Tee's Blog: Career: Social resume strategies for job seekers

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Tee's Blog: Career: Social resume strategies for job seekers: Chris Russell, founder of Career Cloud, once said, “Your paper resume is what you did but your social resume is who you are. A person’s social media accounts have now become an important factor for employers when evaluating potential candidates. They want to know how they will “fit’ into their company culture. Therefore the things they tweet about, blog about, post pictures of, and share are quickly becoming the second resume”.
  • New job leads for Arizona

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Get ‘em while their hot. Here are the latest hiring announcements from the Grand Canyon state. View them all here.
  • A Hiring manager’s dream

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    A Hiring manager’s dream
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    HRE's The Leader Board

  • Microsoft CEO Touts Equal Pay after Apology

    Kristen Frasch
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella (at right) is still in apologetic mode after making some ill-advised comments at a recent conference that, in essence, discouraged female employees from asking for raises. Apologizing immediately afterward, Nadella now says in this Oct. 20 Time magazine online article, that men and women at Microsoft are paid equally. Clearly, the need for more positive spin is still there. Here, in case you missed it, is Josh Eidelson’s Oct. 13 post on Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Politics & Policy site about whether Microsoft’s…
  • Keep on (Food) Truckin’

    Andrew McIlvaine
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Here in the Philadelphia area, we love our food trucks. Maybe it’s due to the large number of colleges and universities here (with their hordes of students and underpaid adjunct professors looking for a quick, cheap and tasty meal) — whatever the reason, Philly food trucks can offer you delights ranging from kebabs, Chinese food, falafel sandwiches and gyros to cupcakes, gourmet ice cream and water ices with flavors you’d never dreamed existed. Their popularity has spread well beyond the collegiate crowd: My town’s school district recently sponsored a food truck fair…
  • Lutz on Leaders: Why So Nice?

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

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    LinkedIn’s used daily by millions of us. Usually we just log in to check Inmail and any updates. You could, however, use LinkedIn to embark on your dream career. An increasing number of companies and agencies are using LinkedIn for their recruitment efforts. It even has a specific premium product called LinkedIn Recruiter which is not only growing in functionality but also in popularity with employers searching for talent. While the network grows in popularity as a resource for applicants so too does the importance of taking the network seriously and managing your personal brand…
  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

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

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

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

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

  • What’s Keeping HR Up at Night?

    Jeana Quigley
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    With Halloween right around the corner, I’ve been hearing a lot of scary HR stories. The really scary thing about HR is that it’s just unpredictable. You deal with people’s lives. Have you had similar things keep you up at night? · Not knowing things that are going on with employees. One HR pro told […] The post What’s Keeping HR Up at Night? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 5 Places To Focus When Recruiting for Culture Fit

    Jeana Quigley
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Do you hire for culture fit? I like to think of it like this: Companies have personalities, much like people do. People are friends with other people because their personalities just click. It works that same way with employees and their companies. It should just click. And candidates who fit right in to the culture of […] The post 5 Places To Focus When Recruiting for Culture Fit appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Companies That Really Get Onboarding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Syllogisms - 7 Rules and you will Never go Wrong

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Syllogisms is one of the easiest of the reasoning chapters. There are some hard and fast rules of syllogisms, which are a little typical and specific; nevertheless, pretty easy to learn and remember. We’ll be doing revision worthy quick study on syllogisms today, starting with the rules. Rules of Syllogisms: 1. I hope all of you prefer to solve syllogs with the help of venn diagrams! 2. Direct relations which are given in the question, will always hold true. Thus if in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Daily Vocab Dose - Character D

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Daily vocabulary dose for today :-1. Debacle – collapse/fiasco/sudden defeat     ex.: Congress MPs found it hard to face public after their recent election debacle. 2. Demote – assign to a lower position/reduce in rank                      antonym = promote     ex.: You will get demoted if you do not keep up your job performance. 3. Deject – depress/ demoralize... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IBPS PO III - 343 Unfilled Vacancies in Bank of India

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    As per an RTI reply, 30% of the all vacancies in Bank of India are unfilled. It raises a big question on working of IBPS. Why IBPS fixed 10% Reserve List. This may impact the recruitment process of IBPS PO IV. Here is RTI reply of Bank of IndiaUnfilled vacanciesSC - 63ST - 31OBC - 83GEN - 165Total 343 Now it is unclear that what IBPS will do with remaining unfilled vacancies. Total unfilled vacancies are about 17% of the total vacancies while there is reserve list of 10%. IBPS will have to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI Associate PO Exam Dates Out

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    SBI is sending email to all the applicants who have applied for the post of Probationary Officers in SBI Associate banks. Exam venues are not mentioned in the emails. Check your mail for exam date You can download call letters 27 October onwards from I have started Descriptive paper series here Soon I will share detailed study guide for SBI Associate PO. In case of any trouble, comment below. Link to download Admit card is live now Download Admit Card here [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI PO Interview - Questions asked on 21 October

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    One of my reader shared his interview experience with me along with various questions asked in his SBI PO interview on 21st October. Here is list of questions asked :-  1 How the bonus shares are issuedNew shares issued to existing shareholder in the ratio of their shareholding 2 What is govt's current policy for oil pricing, What are the changes in petrol and diesel prices. Prices are deregulated now. Fuel prices are now aligned with international oil prices. This has helped... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How does HR use Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Early Signs Your Department Needs To Be Restructured

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

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

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

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

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

  • Career Engagement Benchmarking Research

    Parinita Bahadur
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
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  • Are your Leaders Talent Trappers or Talent Builders?

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

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

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

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

  • DON’T Always Exceed Expectations

    DATIS Guest
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    This DATIS Blog article, “DON’T Always Exceed Expectations“, was originally written by Charlie Green, Trust Matters, on August 12, 2013 and was reposted with permission. Many of us go around repeating a mantra that we think is self-evidently correct: Under-promise and over-deliver, we say. Always...
  • Automated HCM for SMBs

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

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

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

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

  • Output Increases with a Collaborative Work Environment

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

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

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

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

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

  • Introducing SmartHub™, the new engagement platform

    Jeremiah Bird
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today we launched the biggest and most innovative set of products in the marketplace that will revolutionise the way you engage your employees.Glenn Elliott, CEO and Founder of Reward Gateway, unveiled the new products to a gathering of our clients at the Hellenic Centre in London.Here’s an overview of the new features: SmartHub™ the new engagement platformWith SmartHub™ you can assemble a beautiful engagement platform in moments, featuring the things that are important to you. SmartHub™ uses our revolutionary SmartTiles™ system, which enables you to add rich and dynamic…
  • Why empathy is the key to a creative, productive and profitable organisation.

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

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

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

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

  • 3 innovative strategies for keeping your workforce motivated

    Team Ceridian
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    While all HR leaders agree that a vital aspect of their strategy should be to ensure employee retention and productivity, they sometimes disagree on how to do it. Some in HR believe the best way to elevate productivity is to focus on individual employees, one at a time – if one person is feeling a […]
  • 5 HR professionals share their definition of a healthy workplace

    Team Ceridian
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Research continues to show that healthy people working in a healthy environment are key to business success. This is because a healthy workplace boasts numerous benefits such as higher retention rates, increased employee productivity, decreased absenteeism and higher customer satisfaction. But what makes a work environment healthy? The answer to this question greatly depends on […]
  • Effective management of virtual teams requires good leadership training

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

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

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

  • Three Reasons You Must Take Corrective, Not Disciplinary Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Worker Rights on Election Day

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    On October 27 2014, people across Ontario will go to the polls to vote in the municipal elections. Workers and employers should be aware of their respective rights and obligations on Election Day. Section 50 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (the “Act”) requires that voters have at least three (3) consecutive hours to vote on Election Day free of any work obligations. Note that this does not, however, mean that all workers in Ontario are entitled to 3 hours off from work on Election Day. In most municipal jurisdictions, voting hours on October 27th will be from 10:00am to 8:00pm. If…
  • Ontario’s Newest Types of Unpaid Leave

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

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

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Employees who lose their job often want to take immediate legal action. While timely action is important, it is necessary to carefully canvass the situation before jumping into a lawsuit. Two common scenarios that can arise with respect to a claim for wrongful dismissal are counterclaims and claims for after-acquired cause. Each represents an issue that may dramatically affect the viability of a lawsuit. As such, employees should always assess whether either is likely to arise before commencing litigation and savvy employers should preserve them as effective tools to limit liability.
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  • Want Feedback? Shut Up And Listen!

    Brian Fanzo
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We’ve all heard leaders, product managers or brands say that they need more feedback, maybe its feedback from employees or feedback from our customers or even feedback from their spouses.  Okay, maybe not spouse as I’ve been married 10 years and my wife has no problem giving me feedback, my problem has always been listening. “The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.” With so many devices, networks and platforms we as consumers have every possible avenue for complaining and sharing our thoughts.  But is anyone listening or more importantly are brands…
  • Leadership Lessons From Preschool Story Time

    David Grossman
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    During a recent trip to the local bookstore with my 4-year-old daughter, Avi, we sat down for a storytelling session in the children’s section. The facilitator, looking like a giant on a pint-sized, blue chair, began with a simple question: “What do we need to do to get started, kids?” she asked the preschoolers and kindergarteners seated in a semi-circle in front of her. In unison, they responded: “Open our ears, close our mouths, eyes on me (the facilitator).” I thought to myself, “Holy cow! That can work for leaders, too!” If you want to exude presence, improve how you…
  • Branding Isn’t About Being Cool On Social Media

    Timo Elliott
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’m deeply cynical about most brands — and the odds are that you are, too. According to a survey last year most people say they wouldn’t care if more than 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow. And although strong brands can outperform the stock market by 120%, only one in five brands are actually perceived as making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Most of my brand associations are a nuanced combination of positive and negative feelings. For example, I like my coffee machine, but when I see George Clooney staring at me from a company’s glossy brochure, it doesn’t make…
  • How To Overcome Fake Talk With @JohnRStoker [PODCAST]

    Shawn Murphy
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We’ve all had those interactions where they just don’t go the way we’d hoped. We say something we regret or don’t say what’s needed. In the end, we have fake talk that doesn’t address the matter at hand. In this latest episode of Work That Matters, I interview John Stoker on how we can improve business, relationships or own leadership by having real conversations. We’ll look at what it takes to make this happen. Interview highlights How we set ourselves up to have conversations that are fake What we can do to build relationships that lead to real conversations A look at a…
  • Disruption And Risk

    Norman Marks
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I like a very recent publication, Deloitte on Disruption. They use a definition of strategic risk that I have not seen before (I don’t know whether they created the definition): “Strategic risks are the ones that threaten to disrupt the assumptions at the core of a company’s strategy.” I like it! I also like these comments: “Risk Is Not a Game: Because of the complex world in which companies now operate, strategic risk has earned a rightful position at the top of the executive agenda. Boards want to know that the executive team is “on it,” and CEOs want to make sure they’re…
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