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  • Woman awarded $30k after reporting oilfield sexual harassment
    Tim Gould
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:30 pm
    You’ve got to be pretty tough to be the lone female roustabout on an oil field construction crew. But apparently there’s a limit to how much you have to endure.   An Iraan, Texas oil field construction and services company will pay $30,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought by EEOC, the agency announced. The EEOC’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, charged that Garrison Contractors, Inc. fired its only female roustabout, Elma Garza, after she reported being sexually harassed on the job. Hired by the company…
  • How Negative Viral Publicity Can Hurt Your #EmployerBrand and What You Can Do About It

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:11 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen Martin Beijerinck, discovered the first known virus, in 1898, little could he imagine how his concept of infectious disease would mutate to define the rapid spread of data, information or content through the internet. We’ve all seen it, that cute little video that one friend is sharing and by the end of the week, it has made the rounds and now takes over your news feeds. Videos are not the only things that “go” viral. News stories (like this one), songs, and even memes seem to take on a life of their own. So, what is viral and what does it mean in business?
  • The RIGHT Way To Source Candidates

    Fistful of Talent
    Kelly Dingee
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:47 am
    Would things be easier if there was a right way? Honey, there is no right way.  ~Hozier Sorry to lead you in… but really there is no right way to source. There is the right way for you, of course, but no right way—a way that fits all shapes and sizes. That’s always my disclaimer before I chat with anyone about sourcing. The way I source now in Retained Search is vastly different than when I sourced in Corporate (Telecom). There’s been a lot of training, trial and error and, thankfully, automation during the past 17 years. A lot of my experience in the past 5 years has…
  • 15 Reasons Your Job Search May Not Be Working According to One Job Seeker

    Career Hub
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    A few days ago, a new client came to my office for career management help. According to his story, he has been out of work since January 2015 and indicated that he was at a complete loss as to what...
  • Top Four: Marissa Mayer’s Maternity Leave Problem

    4 Sep 2015 | 10:17 am
    This week Marissa Mayer announced that she is pregnant with twins and will again be taking a paltry two week leave after their birth. In her Tumblr announcement Mayer said that because her pregnancy was “normal” with few predicted complications, and Yahoo was at a “unique” point, she felt that a working leave was the best choice for her. Marissa Mayer Pregnancy Announcement Sets Workplace & Women’s Equality Back 10 Years Over on LinkedIn, Jessica questions Mayer’s decision to announce detailed plans for her pregnancy, as though she had to justify being a human being having…
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  • Top Four: Marissa Mayer’s Maternity Leave Problem
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:17 am
    This week Marissa Mayer announced that she is pregnant with twins and will again be taking a paltry two week leave after their birth. In her Tumblr announcement Mayer said that because her pregnancy was “normal” with few predicted complications, and Yahoo was at a “unique” point, she felt that a working leave was the best choice for her. Marissa Mayer Pregnancy Announcement Sets Workplace & Women’s Equality Back 10 Years Over on LinkedIn, Jessica questions Mayer’s decision to announce detailed plans for her pregnancy, as though she had to justify being a human being having…
  • Reach Out and Save Lives During Suicide Prevention Week
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Because of stigma, most people don’t know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, and the rate of suicide is highest among working-age people. In addition to the incalculable human tragedy of suicide, the economic toll is a staggering $44 billion annually, driven almost entirely by lost wages and productivity. I didn’t understand the true meaning of these statistics until I lost my manager to suicide. Beyond the personal loss of someone who had been a friend and mentor, the loss to our company was immeasurable. My manager was a role model of leadership and a…
  • Four-Day Workweeks: A Fulcrum for Work/Life Balance
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:17 am
    Last month, the company I work for implemented a “four-day workweek” policy in conjunction with its 30th Anniversary. Among other objectives, the new benefit is designed to spark and incentivize the creativity, speed and agility that embody our startup roots. We expected and received a great response from our employees and an uptick in applicants. But, I didn’t anticipate all the questions and comments I received from business contacts, friends and family. Social media played a big part in the buzz, but it doesn’t account for all of it. Our four-day workweek might even be a bigger…
  • 4 Techniques To Get The Most Out Of Performance Reviews
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    The words ‘performance review’ conjure up an image of a grim-faced judge picking at perceived flaws in employees’ performance. However, it’s easy to forget that although it’s uncomfortable to be on the receiving end of these reviews, it can be even more difficult for managers. As a manager, you’ll have to conduct many reviews every year, and even dish out unpalatable feedback that might be received badly. This article is going to help you make your peace with performance reviews and get the most out of them. It’s Not A One-Time Affair A performance review is usually an annual…
  • Ep 53 – How #HRTech Can Improve Employee Engagement & Productivity
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:17 am
    I received a review copy of Marcus’s book. See our FTC disclosure at the end of this podcast transcript for more information.  Episode 53: How HR Tech Can Improve Employee Engagement & Productivity with Marcus Buckingham (@mwbuckingham) This year the Starr Conspiracy reported that 53 percent of companies of 1,000 employees and above are investing in more HR Technology for their organizations, but I wonder how much of that tech is focused on engaging managers and frontline leaders who are the future of the company. And that’s exactly what I sat down and talked with Marcus…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • Are you a leader or a manager? Be a linchpin instead

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Print from personal collection by Hugh MacLeod available at qapingvoid By Marylene Delbourg-DelphisYou don't like this question... and you are right!You do not want to come across as arrogant by calling yourself a "leader,” or too pedestrian by saying that you are [only] a manager. You feel trapped in a bad dichotomy and you are right...—     Being a leader refers to an attitude and an inspiring style that enables you to rally people around a vision.—     Being a manager refers to a functional position where the goal is to…
  • How to Improve Communication Within Your Recruiting Team

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:11 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen most recruitment teams discuss communications, the focus will naturally go to the outbound communications between company and candidates. While this is essential for successful recruitment and hiring strategies, solid outbound communications and content sharing require a foundation of solid internal team communications. So, how can you ensure good internal communications without losing your primary focus on candidates and talent development?Here are five simple strategies you can implement for effective internal communications that will support your outbound…
  • I Dub Thee the Year of Communication in Recruiting & Hiring

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:11 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellLearn more about how to improve recruiting communication by checking back for this two part series. In the world we live in, a debate rages on. Do we communicate more, or less? We say a lot more, but is it just coming across as more noise? We often think of recruitment communications, as a siloed, outbound activity. As long as we feed high quality, content into our pipeline, candidates will get the message. But, I propose that we can no longer see this type of communication as being just between us and the outside world. It must include internal branding and company…
  • How Negative Viral Publicity Can Hurt Your #EmployerBrand and What You Can Do About It

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:11 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellWhen Martin Beijerinck, discovered the first known virus, in 1898, little could he imagine how his concept of infectious disease would mutate to define the rapid spread of data, information or content through the internet. We’ve all seen it, that cute little video that one friend is sharing and by the end of the week, it has made the rounds and now takes over your news feeds. Videos are not the only things that “go” viral. News stories (like this one), songs, and even memes seem to take on a life of their own. So, what is viral and what does it mean in business?
  • Zachary Misko: A rare blend of competence and courtesy in the HR industry

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    By Marylene Delbourg-DelphisI do not attend too many tradeshows and conferences per year... Among the ones I like is the HRO Today Forum that takes place annually in May. They also hold annual in events in APAC (Spring) and Europe (November).  The person who lured me into checking it out was Zachary MiskoVice President and Global Executive Director at SharedXpertiseZachary's soft-spoken and kind manners are extremely effective. No overselling. No claim that, as a vendor, I "should" be there. No injunction of any sort. He didn't need to: the simple fact that Zachary had joined that…
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    Career Hub

  • 3 Things You Need to Know about LinkedIn

    Jean Cummings
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    LinkedIn is a wonderful resource for career-minded professionals. Here are three things to know as you use LinkedIn: Forget the personal website – LI now has the functionality to richly communicate your personal brand and is highly searchable by recruiters...
  • 15 Reasons Your Job Search May Not Be Working According to One Job Seeker

    14 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    A few days ago, a new client came to my office for career management help. According to his story, he has been out of work since January 2015 and indicated that he was at a complete loss as to what...
  • Job Seekers: Do You Watch Cry Wolfe?

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    Recently, a client asked “In your professional opinion, what is the single-most critical skill for a job seeker to possess in order to find new employment?” If you were to answer my client’s question based upon the five choices shown...
  • Beginnings, Endings, Firsts, Lasts

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Cruising along the interstate last week, I decided to see what was on the radio. I scrolled through several selections and settled on Here and Now where author John Green (Paper Towns) was being interviewed. While it is difficult to...
  • When to NOT Answer a Call from a Recruiter

    Jean Cummings
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    The other day I was in the zone! I was laser focused on writing a high-impact, succinct, and ATS-friendly resume for a client with a very high-powered career in a fast-changing, highly complex industry. My mind was bearing down to...
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    Human Resource News

  • A Labor Day Message from the Commissioners of the Texas Workforce Commission

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:22 pm
    This Labor Day weekend, the Texas Workforce Commission would like to take the opportunity to recognize and honor the more than 13 million workers who are the backbone of the Lone Star State. As we continue to experience positive growth, in job creation and labor force size, the people of the great state of Texas are able to benefit from the thriving economy and opportunities that come with expanding employment.
  • Paychex Upgraded to Buy by Zacks

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The brokerage presently has a $50.00 target price on the stock. Zacks 's price target suggests a potential upside of 11.86% from the company's previous close.
  • Michael Page International plc's Outperform Rating Reiterated at RBC Capital

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:56 am
    's stock had its "outperform" rating reaffirmed by RBC Capital in a note issued to investors on Friday, Market reports. They currently have a GBX 610 target price on the stock.
  • Ultimate Software Enhances Talent Analytics in Summer 2015 Release of...

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:40 am
    Ultimate Software , a leading provider of human capital management solutions in the cloud, announced today that it has delivered numerous enhancements to its HCM solution in the UltiProA Summer 2015 release, including a new "at-a-glance" dashboard for predictive metrics on employee performance and retention, and expanded configurability for a more flexible experience that can be tailored to specific customer needs. The demand for predictive analytics in the area of HCM is rapidly increasing, as businesses are seeing the value of big data and data modeling across many areas of the business,…
  • Know rules of the road for conference calls

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:30 pm
    The best way to avoid offensive conference call behavior is to make sure you're prepared. Conference call skills are important in the modern workplace.
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  • The magic of music in our workplaces

    Tom Zender
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Not a new song. Music is decidedly effective in the workplace. It’s a spiritual thing. Workers labored to chants and drumbeats long ago. 19th-century handloom workers sang folk songs. Britain provided music for workers via radio in the 1940’s. Research in 1972 found that factory employees were more productive when they listened to upbeat music. Sound right? More recently, MusicWorks surveyed 1,000 small-medium business owners and learned that 77% said that music boosts morale, 65% indicated…
  • Healthtech: Trouble finding a Portland acupuncturist? Use this matchmaker

    Elizabeth Hayes
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Siamak Shirazi, a licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine, wants to make it easy for anyone to find a healer that’s geared to their needs. That’s where, a website that brings patients and providers together, comes in. “We’re a matchmaking service for wellness,” said Shirazi, who has been a practicing acupuncturist since 1995 and is findwellness' business director. Read more stories about health care tech startups In 2002, Shirazi formed 2bwell Group and then created…
  • Sweet office, paid lunches put ​Nurture Ob/Gyn on Austin's Best Places to Work

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Editor's note: We're counting down the 70 companies that placed in the 2015 Austin Business Journal Best Places to Work contest. We're currently introducing you the companies that placed No. 11 in each category. Here's why they said they are one of the best places to work in Central Texas: Nurture Ob/Gyn, No. 11 – Micro business category Local Employee Count: 10 Address: 12174 N. MoPac Expressway, Suite A Website: Top Executive: Owner Andrea Campaigne Describe your company’s…
  • Profiles in Power finalists: Rina Patel, Wells Fargo

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Thirty female powerhouses on the Austin business scene were recognized recently during the 21st annual Profiles in Power awards. Each day we're shining the spotlight on a different finalist. Rina Patel Company: Wells Fargo Title: Area president Email: Rina Patel has shown tremendous flexibility in her career, as illustrated by her career path. She has been willing to take on new roles and to relocate to new communities to develop her leadership skills and knowledge…
  • The right way to handle workplace investigations

    Stephen Holden
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Workplace investigations are an everyday fact of life. While you may never need to conduct a major investigation of securities fraud or sexual harassment, virtually every person in a management role will need to conduct some form of investigation. Remember that an investigation is nothing more than a process for learning facts. Might you ever need to know the facts of a matter before making a decision? Of course. Knowing the keys for successful investigations will yield better results. Know when…
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    HR Vendor News

  • WORKTERRA BenAdmin Selected By Groendyke Transport, Inc.

    HR Vendor News
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    WORKTERRA, the easy-to-use, quickly implemented cloud-based benefits administration and talent management system for companies of any size, today announced the addition of Groendyke Transport, one of the largest tank-truck carriers in the nation, to its rapidly expanding client base. With a largely mobile workforce made up of more than 1,300 employees, Groendyke required a cloud-based, mobile accessible and user-friendly application that would promote user self-service. WORKTERRA BenAdmin delivers Groendyke a consolidated application that connects employees, administrators, carriers and…
  • Digi-Me and VetJobs Partner to Host Lunch & Learn on September 29, 2015 to Discuss Recruiting Veterans.

    HR Vendor News
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Aurora, IL – August 28, 2015 – Digi-Me and VetJobs have partnered to host a Lunch & Learn on September 29th, 2015 to discuss the topic of recruiting veterans for “#VideoIs Recruiting our Veterans.” The Lunch & Learn will be located at Digi-Me headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. American Veterans have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. As recruiters, it is not only our duty to stay compliant with the Federal government, but also our obligation as American citizens to help our Veterans find employment. Veterans are valuable to any organization for many reasons…
  • Stephen M. R. Covey to Keynote at Leadership Excellence and Development Forum (LEAD2016) in Nashville

    HR Vendor News
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    AURORA, On – has officially released the confirmation that Stephen M. R. Covey, cofounder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice is scheduled to speak at the annual Leadership Excellence and Development Forum (LEAD2016) next February. Covey, a sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and adviser on trust, leadership, ethics, sales, and high performance speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and number one Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting book. Stephen M. R.
  • Businessolver Announces “The Affordable Care Act: Clear as Mud!” Webinar

    HR Vendor News
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    West Des Moines, Iowa (August 25, 2015) – Businessolver, a leading benefits administration technology company, in partnership with Employee Benefit News (EBN), announces the “The Affordable Care Act: Clear as Mud!” webinar, taking place on Thursday, August 27 at 2 p.m. ET. With ACA reporting deadlines approaching, the webinar will provide information about ways to cut through the muddy mess of ACA regulations and help businesses take the necessary steps to be prepared. The webinar will be moderated by Rae Shanahan, Chief Strategic Officer at Businessolver, and its…
  • Digi-Me is a Solution Provider for Merit Senior Living to Offer Digital Job Postings to Attract Top Talent for Merit Senior Living Clients

    HR Vendor News
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Aurora, IL – August 12, 2015 – Digi-Me announced today that it is a proud solution provider for Merit Senior Living, to offer digital job postings that attract top talent for Merit Senior Living clients. Digi-Me transforms traditional text job postings into trackable, short, engaging videos with a compelling call to action, which can then be dropped directly into an organization’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS). These videos can be viewed globally on computers, tablets, and mobile devices, and the candidates’ responses can be tracked via the “share,”…
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  • Voluntary Benefit Infographic

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    Learn about the problem of identity theft, the risk to your employees and what you can do to help. Click here to learn more!  
  • Candidate Experience Playbook

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here’s a dirty secret: Your job candidates are also your customers. Hence, ensuring a good candidate experience can only be good for business. Think about your company and your brand. Now think about your recruiting process. Does your recruiting process reflect your company’s brand? If your CEO went through your recruiting process, what would he or she say? Learn more!  
  • 5 biggest reasons employees quit jobs quickly

    Christian Schappel
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:31 pm
    As you know all too well, it’s hard to hold onto new employees. Thus, onboarding programs were born. The problem is, there are several reasons onboarding may not be working.  In fact, recent research by BambooHR, a software company, found that 31% of people have quit a job within the first six months. This does not speak well of employers’ onboarding efforts. To find out exactly what’s going wrong in the onboarding process, BambooHR surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to find out what has made them quit jobs in the past and what could be done to improve…
  • Woman awarded $30k after reporting oilfield sexual harassment

    Tim Gould
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:30 pm
    You’ve got to be pretty tough to be the lone female roustabout on an oil field construction crew. But apparently there’s a limit to how much you have to endure.   An Iraan, Texas oil field construction and services company will pay $30,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought by EEOC, the agency announced. The EEOC’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, charged that Garrison Contractors, Inc. fired its only female roustabout, Elma Garza, after she reported being sexually harassed on the job. Hired by the company…
  • 15 presentation mistakes to avoid this open enrollment season

    Christian Schappel
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:50 am
    Open enrollment season shines the spotlight on HR pros’ presentation skills. After all, it’s up to you to explain what your company’s benefits plan has to offer. Are you up to the task? To help ensure you are, here are 15 common mistakes you want to avoid during benefits presentations (none of these are quite as disastrous as the dream where you’re presenting in your underwear, but they’re still pretty bad): Turning your back to the audience. It can come off as rude. Even if you have to point to a presentation slide behind you, it’s possible to do so…
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    Ask a Manager

  • can bad employees and bad managers change?

    Ask a Manager
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    A reader writes: I am a passionate fan of AAM and often try to guess what you would advise for my own dysfunctional job. Boiled down, my boss needs to stop avoiding confrontation and reign in his apathetic and lazy children before the rest of us give up in disgust. I was scheming how to make this happen and I realized that you would probably say that my boss is never going to mature in that way, at least within the time I’m going to work for him, and there is no way I can goad him into correcting years of indulgent parenting. This led me to a meta-question for you: Do you think people can…
  • Friday open thread – September 4, 2015

    Ask a Manager
    4 Sep 2015 | 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. * If you submitted a question to me recently, please don’t repost it here, as it may be in the to-be-answered queue :) Friday open thread – September 4, 2015 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • recruiter contacted me at my work email address, interviewing for a job where I’d work at a small table in my boss’s office, and more

    Ask a Manager
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I’m interviewing for a job where I’d work at a small table in my boss’s office I have a second interview coming up for an admin position in a small company (less than 30 employees). I am a seasoned admin, coming from a much larger company in a much larger city, but this job appeals to me for a lot of reasons. The biggest reason is that it’s seven minutes from my house, as opposed to my current one-hour commute each way. The money is not as much as I’m making now, but with the difference in gas money and the wear and…
  • my friend fabricated his resume and now wants me to be his reference

    Ask a Manager
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:59 am
    A reader writes: I got a voicemail today for a reference check on a former coworker / casual friend. I had no idea this call was coming, but I’ve been in management for a few years and get these often enough, so it’s not a big deal. So I reached out to him asking for some background and whether this was a personal or professional reference. He responded saying that he mentioned us working together years ago and asking if I could put in a good word, yadda yadda yadda. Then he forwarded me his resume. Job #2 listed on it, from 2011 to the present, has him as an employee of mine…
  • how to recover when your best employee quits

    Ask a Manager
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    If your top performer walked into your office today and said she’d accepted another job, would you know what to do to keep your team on track? Losing a key team member can test even the strongest team – but it will probably happen at some point, so you need to be prepared for it. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about what to do if one of your best people quits. You can read it here. how to recover when your best employee quits was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
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  • The Evolution of the Workforce

    Emily Savastano
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:34 pm
    It’s that time of year again. Marked by end-of-summer barbecues, kids going back to school and one last three day weekend to close out the summer, Labor Day Weekend is here at last. Of course it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the family and enjoy nice weather before things start cooling down. But The post The Evolution of the Workforce appeared first on
  • The Evolution of the Workforce Infographic

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:12 pm
    As hiring managers and HR professionals, we play an active and intimate role with the labor force, and our practices have changed through the years. Here is an infographic outlining the dramatic ways we’ve seen the hiring landscape change in the last few decades.         The post The Evolution of the Workforce Infographic appeared first on
  • The Intersection of Your Consumer Brand & Your Employer Brand

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:45 am
    Your corporate image is dictated by more than a logo, a website or even a name. Great brands know, creating a positive company image starts from the inside out. At the core of every business are the individuals that represent and collectively impact the company brand. Seems like a simple concept – the best brands The post The Intersection of Your Consumer Brand & Your Employer Brand appeared first on
  • 3 of the Best Takeaways from AZ SHRM 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:38 am
    AZ SHRM is over. If you’re like us, you spent the weekend going over notes, transcribing recordings and searching all things #AZSHRM on social media. If you still can’t narrow down your favorite takeaways from three jam-packed days of HR goodness, we’re here to help. We painstakingly reviewed, ranked and finally culled our favorite learnings The post 3 of the Best Takeaways from AZ SHRM 2015 appeared first on
  • From our Team to Yours: Top Recruiting Tips of 2015

    Virginia Nelson
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Whether you’ve been in the business 10 years or 10 days, there’s always something new to learn in the ever-changing world of recruiting. With so many new technologies and industry best practices, it can be tough to know where to focus your recruitment strategy efforts. Considering today’s increasingly competitive hiring environment, a well-defined Employment Brand The post From our Team to Yours: Top Recruiting Tips of 2015 appeared first on
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    Evil HR Lady

  • How to Juggle Multiple Offers–Success

    Evil HR Lady
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:48 am
    Dear Evil HR Lady, After what seems like an interminable period of job-searching, I finally have a job offer in hand. Yeah! The salary is good (although not spectacular), but it’s a job I’m very interested in doing and it’s a good fit. I’ve known the hiring manager for years and am excited about it. However, last week I interviewed for another job which would also be a spectacularly good fit, and most likely more money. They told me I was one of three very strong candidates. I was the first of the three to interview… I have a job offer — do I tell other…
  • How to Balance Customer Happiness with Employee Happiness

    Evil HR Lady
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:41 am
    We all know that the customer is often wrong. They demand things that violate policy. They treat employees that didn’t make the policies horribly. They are huge pains in the rear end for oh, so many things. However, without the customers, we have no business. Therefore, many companies have instituted a “customer is always right” model of business. Sounds great for keeping customers happy, but it’s a nightmare for the employees. The reality is, if you allow your customers to treat your employees poorly, you’ll lose your best employees. You don’t want that.
  • Why Your Coworker May Be Your Best Mentor

    Evil HR Lady
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    A mentor is a valuable thing. Having someone that wants to help you succeed in your career and can help coach you through it can make the difference between being stuck at entry level and climbing up the corporate ladder. When we look for a mentor, we often look for people who are leaders in the industry. You stalk the person on LinkedIn and hope to find a way into this leader’s life. But, Maureen Hoersten, Chief Revenue Officer of LaSalle Network, a staffing and professional services firm headquartered in Chicago, has a completely different idea: Instead of looking up, look to the…
  • How Far You Can Push Employees Without Resorting to ‘the Amazon Way’

    Evil HR Lady
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    The internet is full of stories about Amazon’s work environment. You have, of course,The New York Times claiming it’s the worst place ever. Then you have Jeff Bezos coming out and saying, “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day.” Employees (and former employees) have come out on both sides. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Some people thrive in the environment. Others wilt. Many startups would love to grow the way Amazon has. The question is, just how hard can you push your employees? If the worst of the worst…
  • How Chipotle’s Plan to Hire 4,000 Workers in One Day Is Sure to Backfire

    Evil HR Lady
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:34 am
    First and foremost, I love burritos and I love Chipotle. So, when I hear that Chipotle is planning to hire 4,000 workers in one day, my heart simultaneously jumps (more burritos!) and sinks (stunt hiring is not productive). Here’s why hiring like this is bound to backfire. Publicity is good, but… Yes, this stunt will cause people who weren’t otherwise thinking of applying to Chipotle to show up and apply. This is a good thing–recruiting is often difficult and attracting people can be hard. However, just who is going to show up? Well, that remains to be seen, of course, but…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • The RIGHT Way To Source Candidates

    Kelly Dingee
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:47 am
    Would things be easier if there was a right way? Honey, there is no right way.  ~Hozier Sorry to lead you in… but really there is no right way to source. There is the right way for you, of course, but no right way—a way that fits all shapes and sizes. That’s always my disclaimer before I chat with anyone about sourcing. The way I source now in Retained Search is vastly different than when I sourced in Corporate (Telecom). There’s been a lot of training, trial and error and, thankfully, automation during the past 17 years. A lot of my experience in the past 5 years has…
  • Work-Life Balance is a Human Resources Imperative

    Laurie Ruettimann
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:26 am
    Earlier this year, I told you that a job in human resources gives you all kinds of flexibility and balance. Most of you thought I was a liar. Then I said that HR should take a sabbatical, and many of you laughed at me. “Who’s got time for a sabbatical?” I weep for you people. Yes, you people. As HR leaders, it’s your job to model work-life balance because your CEO can’t do it. He’s already earning 300x the average worker, and if he opened the kimono, your employees would revolt. (“I work smart,” says every CEO. “I get up early and work…
  • Tim Sackett shares The Top 20 Branded HR and Talent Pros: Meet Arie Ball From Sodexo

    Tim Sackett
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:03 am
    I’m not really sure where Employment Branding started, who the first company was, etc. What I know is one person pushed Employment Branding over the edge and made it cool!  That person was Arie Ball, the Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Sodexo.  That is one major reason Arie was selected to the list of the Top 20 Branded HR and Talent Pros in the world! Sodexo isn’t sexy.  There is nothing about their jobs that are sexy. But, Arie and her team found a way to make Sodexo sexy as an employment brand! She showed all these other companies how to do it, when no one knew how to do it!
  • Yet ANOTHER Post on Performance Reviews – Personal NPS

    Paul Hebert
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:22 am
    The movie The Usual Suspects had a great line in it… “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” But few remember the second greatest trick the Devil pulled—creating performance reviews. Very few business processes other than the time sheet have been derided as much as the performance review. They are required, yet hated, by both giver and receiver. Yet they remain. Steadfast. Strong. Ignoring our efforts to banish them to past. They.will.not.die. But there may be light at the end of the tunnel (Or is that the headlight of an oncoming…
  • Steve Boese shares PODCAST – #HRHappyHour 220 – Kathryn Minshew from The Muse

    Steve Boese
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:21 am
    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish welcomed Kathryn Minshew, Founder and CEO of the wildly popular website The Muse to talk about the next generation of workers, and how organizations can best engage with and attract this highly sought-after talent pool. Kathryn shared insights on the kinds of resources for career planning and development that these millennial workers are seeking out, the need for more simple and relevant content for early career professionals, and how at The Muse Kathryn and her team have created a large and engaged community of 4 million monthly…
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  • The healthy ageing challenge

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:44 pm
    The difference between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy might sound like something that is only of interest to healthcare professionals but it actually lies at the heart  of much of our political debate. Questions about the sustainability of public finances, how much tax we will need to pay in the future, how far and how fast public service spending should be cut, intergenerational fairness and even how many immigrants the country needs all depend on the rates of ageing and healthy ageing. Our long-term fiscal challenge is essentially a health spending challenge. Every year, the…
  • Gender equity and the demographic time-bomb

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Another of those memes that refuses to die is the ageing society as an exclusively European or western problem. Demographic change is a global phenomenon. It may be at its most advanced in Europe but the rest of the world is not far behind. Last month, the UN released its latest population forecasts. The projections for some Asian countries show the proportion of people over 60 rising at incredible speed over the next three decades. In South East Asia, for example, Singapore,Thailand and Vietnam go from having relatively young populations at the start of the century to age profiles…
  • Bank bailouts: Why the US made a profit and the UK won’t

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    At the end of last year the US government announced that it had made a profit from its bank bailouts. The UK, on the other hand, probably won’t. So what did the Americans do right and we do wrong? As Leonid Bershidsky explained in Bloomberg earlier this month, conventional wisdom in 2008 was that the UK government was being tougher on the banks. At the time, Britain’s toughness on rogue bankers was praised and the leniency of the U.S. — which didn’t fully nationalize any big banks — was condemned. But that’s not how things worked out. It is at this point…
  • British beer – better than it has ever been

    14 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    London is recovering from a week of beer festivals. The long-standing Great British Beer Festival has been joined in recent years by the Craft Beer Festival and London Beer City, a programme of mini-festivals taking place in pubs across the city. Having them all at the same time doesn’t seem to have created competition between the festivals though. If anything, interest in one seems to fuel interest in all the others – a vast week-long celebration of ale. Earlier this week, the Telegraph reported that the number of breweries in Britain has tripled over the last fifteen years,…
  • Another tsar we don’t need

    14 Aug 2015 | 12:55 am
    The government has appointed Michelle Mone as its start-up tsar. Presumably that’s different from a self-employment tsar because we’ve already got one of those. The government thinks we need more startups and it has asked Ms Mone to help and encourage more people to start businesses, especially in economically deprived areas. The trouble is, persuading people to start new businesses might not do much to revitalise depressed areas. A 2008 study by Pamela Mueller, André van Stel and David J. Storey found that new firms created jobs but only in the areas which…
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  • U.S. Jobs Report: 173,000 Jobs Added In August, Unemployment Rate Down To 5.1%

    Jason Buss
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:25 am
    Just 173,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in August, according to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics out Friday morning. That’s well below market expectations as well as the 12-month average. However, with the unemployment rate coming in at its lowest level since April 2008, seemingly for the right reasons, and solid revisions to prior months’ payroll count the situation may not be as lackluster as the August figure suggests. The count for June was revised up to plus 245,000 from the latest reading of plus 231,000 jobs. July’s figure was also revised…
  • #Employee Feedback Is The Killer App #HR

    Jason Buss
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:16 am
    A new market has emerged: Employee feedback apps for the corporate marketplace. These tools are powerful and disruptive, and they have the potential to redefine how we manage our organizations. As the economy grows and the job market gets hotter, employee engagement and retention have become a top priority. As I discuss in Why Culture is the Hottest Topic in Business, most CEOs are bending over backwards to make their company a “great place to work.” Free food, unlimited vacation, yoga classes, and lavish educational benefits are becoming common… and in some cases, even wages are…
  • How Social Recruiting Helps Target Quality Talent

    Jason Buss
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    By Dave Imbrogno, President of National Account Services for ADP’s Global Enterprise Solutions unit. Chances are that your company is turning to social media more and more to recruit the talent it needs. That’s not surprising. In 2013, according to recruiting professionals surveyed by Bullhorn, social media ranked third as the most successful source of qualified candidates behind existing candidates from applicant tracking systems and referrals from previous successful placements. Social recruiting has become an invaluable way to engage individuals who are a good fit with your company…
  • Employees or Contractors? How To Categorize Workers Properly

    Jason Buss
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    When you’re a small business, you might not have the resources (nor the need) for a full time staff. You might opt to have one or two employees who work part time, one or two who work full time and depending on your circumstances, you might fill in the gaps on a seasonal basis by hiring temporary employees. If you do that, which of your workers are considered to be employees and which are considered to be independent contractors? The answer is, “It depends.” All of them could potentially be your employees. One of the big mistakes that employers often make is assuming that only full time…
  • Hacking #HR and The #LinkedIn HR Hackathon

    Jason Buss
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    Peter Capelli’s article “Why We Love To Hate HR And What We Can Do About It” identifies many human resources areas in need of re-invention, from annual performance management to workplace flexibility. But how can HR managers harness the innovation of the next generation of employees to achieve long-lasting structural improvements? Enter Jams And Hackathons Targeting The HR Discipline At Future Workplace we have successfully been hosting a series of 2020 Workplace Jams on topics such as wearables in the workplace, developing MOOCs for the enterprise and most recently re-thinking the…
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    Simplicity @ the other side of Complexity

  • A Mathematical Approach to HR?! : Promoting Responsible Use of Numbers in People Management

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    "If we must apply a Mathematical approach to HR, let us go beyond Arithmetic. Human Resource Management is more like a differential equation that can have multiple solutions!” I heard myself telling the Senior HR Leader. This was my fourth ‘encounter’ with this gentleman (See 'Passion for work and anasakti ‘, 'Appropriate metaphors for organizational commitment ‘ and ‘To name or not to name, that is the question’ for the outcomes of my previous interactions with him). This time, we were discussing the point of view that HR can get the elusive ‘seat at the table’ by…
  • To name, or not to name, that is the question...

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

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

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

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

    Sharlyn Lauby
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at 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!) Mr. Bartender and I recently went to see the movie “Vacation.” Mr. B says it’s a nice homage to National Lampoon’s original. I’ve never seen the 1983 version, so I’ll leave the comparisons to Chevy Chase fans everywhere. I mention the movie because there was a…
  • Convincing the CEO Isn’t as Difficult As You Think

    Sharlyn Lauby
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:57 am
    I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m going to London for Tucana’s HR Change & Transformation conference on October 13-14, 2015. The theme this year is HR innovation for competitive advantage. I’m very excited about attending and being a part of this conversation. Some of the sessions are focused on agile HR, salesforce transformation and labor forecasting – topics I don’t typically see on a human resources conference agenda. It’s very refreshing. In mentioning my upcoming trip to a colleague, I received an interesting reply. Good luck! Not to be a downer, but unless the…
  • Your Company Needs an Engagement Strategy

    Sharlyn Lauby
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at HireRight. They deliver global background checks, drug testing and employment verification services to help companies hire the right candidate. They just released their next generation Applicant Center, the industry’s only background check portal designed to increase recruiting efficiency and decrease time to hire. Enjoy the post!) My new favorite line is “Common sense isn’t always common practice.” Employee engagement is a clear example. As much as we talk about it, there are companies that don’t have a defined…
  • Developing HR Competencies – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    This is a Catch-22 situation if I’ve ever seen one: I was helping a friend with his job search. He is trying to obtain an entry level HR position. A position he found indicated the minimum education required was a high school diploma but 5 – 8 years of experience was necessary. Neither of us understood the logic. We do not know how a high school student can get that level of experience by the time they graduate. Could you please explain why this is common on most entry level HR positions? I hate to say it, but this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of conflicting education and…
  • Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – Conference Travel Edition

    Sharlyn Lauby
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    Mr. Bartender and I just returned from our annual strategy session. Every year we take a little time off during the summer to plan for the next twelve months. We talk about our company, ITM Group, the blog and goals. While many organizations use Q3 and Q4 for budgets, strategies and plans, we’ve found that the summer is best from a scheduling perspective. Speaking of scheduling, I’m changing up my personal planner for 2016. Last year, I backed a Kickstarter campaign called Passion Planner. I’ve been using it this year and, while it has several features I like a lot (i.e. the good things…
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  • An incomplete list of things that are cool #1

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    New semi-regular series on the blog of things I like, things that are cool, things I think are really interesting but have not gotten around to posting about, and other miscellaneous items hanging out in my Feedly 'Saved for later' queue. Submitted in no particular order... 1. Why are There Still So Many Jobs? The History and Future of Workplace Automation - Long read for the long weekend from the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Worth your time. 2. Canoe Check pocket squares from The Tie Bar 3. Nike Gold Rush running shoes for the Fall 4. Purple, the on-demand gas (like for you car)…
  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 220 - Kathryn Minshew from The Muse

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    HR Happy Hour 220 - Kathryn Minshew from The Muse Recorded Tuesday September 1, 2015 Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guest: Kathryn Minshew, Founder and CEO, The Muse LISTEN HERE This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish welcomed Kathryn Minshew, Founder and CEO of the wildly popular website The Muse to talk about the next generation of workers, and how organizations can best engage with and attract this highly sought-after talent pool. Kathryn shared insights on the kinds of resources for career planning and…
  • CHART OF THE DAY: All email, all the time

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    So I have a theory about this week, the week leading up to the long Labor Day weekend in the USA, and the unofficial end of summer. After Labor Day the kids are all back to school, vacations have pretty much all been taken, and all of a sudden you realize that there are still 18 big unfinished items on your 'Things I wanted to get done in 2015' list. So this week is it, the last 'fun' week more or less, before the end of year holidays kick in. So have fun. And don't expect too much out your humble correspondent this week either. I want to enjoy the end of summer too. Full disclosure: I did…
  • HRE Column: The Big Trends in HR Tech and the #HRTechConf

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Here is my semi-frequent reminder and pointer for blog readers that I also write a monthly column at Human Resource Executive Online called Inside HR Tech that can be found here. This month, I took a look at the program for the upcoming HR Technology Conference (which if I can pat myself on the back for a second, put together), and tried to tease out some of the trends and themes that have risen to the surface from months of planning and literally hundreds of pitches. I came up with three big trends that I tried to describe in my HR Executive column. From the HRE piece:…
  • Learn a new word Thursday, I mean Wednesday: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I know that the wildly popular 'Learn a new word' series on the blog is meant to be a semi-regular Thursday feature, I didn't want to let this new term I just came across languish for another 24 hours, hence we have the first iteration of 'Learn a new word Wednesday.' Today's word/term helps us understand the problems we have had in our own careers and in our own organizations with an element of the traditional performance management process known as the 'self-assessment' or 'self-rating.' You know, that component of the typical performance management process (usually positioned at Step 1),…
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  • Prerana Scholarship 2015-16 Online Application For SC ST & OBC (Fresh & Renewal), Odisha

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:14 am
    Prerana Scholarship 2015-16 Online Application For SC ST & OBC (Fresh & Renewal), Odisha Odisha Government has declared the online application for the Post Metric Scholarship  (PRERANA SCHOLARSHIP 2015-16 ) for SC ST and OBC Students. The students those are studying in Odisha in any college whether technical or general can avail this scholarship can apply from 1st September to 15th October
  • Odisha SSC Recruitment 2015 - Inspector Supplier, Gram Panchayat Extension Officer & Progress Assistant

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Odisha SSC Recruitment 2015 - Inspector Supplier, Gram Panchayat Extension Officer & Progress Assistant  ADVERTISEMENT No. 4025 / OSSC. Dt. 27.08.2015 Odisha SSC invites online application from Graduate Candidates for the post of  Inspector of Supplies, Gram Panchayat Extension Officer, Progress Assistant under FS & CW Deptt. & Panchayati Raj Depatt. Interested and eligible candidates
  • OSSC Recruitment 2015 - Statistical Assistant & Investigator Online Application Form

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    OSSC Recruitment 2015 - Statistical Assistant & Investigator Online Application Form ADVERTISEMENT No. 4018 / OSSC. Dt. 27.08.2015 Odisha SSC invites online application for the post of Statistical Asst/Statistical Investigator & Primary Investigator under different Directorates / Offices under contractual basis. Eligible candidates can apply online by website
  • Online Form Fill-up For 10th (Matric) Annual Exam 2015 By BSE, Odisha

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Online Form Fill-up For 10th (Matric) Annual Exam 2015 By BSE, Odisha  Board of Secondary Education, odisha has declared that from 2015 session Online Form Fill-up For 10th (Matric) Annual Board Exam 2015 will be held. Respective Schools are instructed to fill the 10th Exam Form via online mode from 1st week of September 2015. Odisha 10th Board examination is going to held in the 3rd week of
  • OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Recruitment 2015 Online Apply

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:51 pm
    OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Recruitment 2015 Online Apply OPSC Advertisement No : 13 of 2015-16 OPSC has issued a notification for the recruitment of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer in Group-B under Agriculture Department. Last date of Online application & registration is 30 august 2015 and the last date of payment of fee via SBI Challan is 05-10-2015. Candidates have to
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  • يوم في حياة مصممة جرافيك، سارة الشريف

    Reem Boudraa
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:11 am
    تبلغ 24 عاماً، وهي مصوّرة ومُنتجة أفلام، ومصصمة جرافيك وإعلام رقمي، وعازفة بيانو، وهي واحدة من الأشخاص الأكثر نشاطاً على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي في الأردن. ولدت سارة في عمّان، وعاشت في ليبيا، ولديها أخت (لمى) وأخ (حازم) أكبر منها. قضت سارة 14 عاماً في التنقل بين عمّان وبنغازي، وهي حاصلة على شهادة البكالوريوس في التصميم الجرافيكي…
  • Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer: Sarah Sharif

    Reem Boudraa
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:26 am
    At just 24, Sarah Sharif is a photographer, a film maker, a graphic and digital media designer, a pianist, and one of the most active people on the social media scene in Jordan. Born in Amman and raised in Libya, Sarah has one older sister (Lama) and one older brother (Hazem). She spent 14 years living and traveling between Amman and Benghazi. She holds a BA in Graphic Design and her passions are split between playing the piano, tennis, horseback riding, football, photography and film making. Working from the tender age of 16, Sarah has always been a very active person. She was the President…
  • الرسم البياني من بيت.كوم: الإنجازات الشخصية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا

    Bayt HR Guru
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    – 94% من المهنيين ينظرون الى الجانب الايجابي من الحياة. – 30% من المهنيين صرّحوا بأن المشاكل المالية هي أكثر ما يمنعهم من الشعور بالرضا في حياتهم. – 33% من المهنيين صرّحوا بأن تحقيق توازن أفضل بين حياتهم المهنية والشخصية سيجعلهم يشعرون بالمزيد من الرضا في حياتهم. – 27% من المهنيين يفضلون قضاء وقت فراغهم في القراءة.
  • Infographic: Happiness and Personal Fulfillment in the MENA

    Bayt HR Guru
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    What is the state of happiness and personal fulfillment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region? Happiness in the MENA, just as everywhere else, clearly depends on various factors such as work-life balance, salaries, jobs, stress levels, and so forth. This infographic explores what happiness and personal fulfillment means to professionals in the MENA and the secrets to being happy in the Middle East. Key highlights: -94% of professionals in the MENA say their outlook on life is positive. -30% of professionals in the MENA say that financial worries is the number one thing that keeps…
  • كيف تجد وظيفة أحلامك، بحسب العلم

    Roba Assi
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    كيفية أن انتاجية وحماسة الأشخاص تنخفض عند مواجهة مشاكل معقدة. فبدلاً من قضاء وقتك في التفكير في كيفية تحقيق هدف كبير، قم بتقسيم هدفك الى أهداف صغيرة. فإن كنت تحلم بأن تصبح المدير التنفيذي لشركة مرموقة، لا تجعل هدفك بأن تصبح المدير التنفيذي في احدى أفضل 500 شركة بحسب مجلة فورتشن بعد 15 عام مثلاً، بل قم بتحديد هدف يمكنك إنجازه في…
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  • These Workforce Scheduling Techniques Will Improve Employee Engagement

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Employee engagement is crucial to developing a loyal and productive workforce. However, companies of all sizes and across all industries struggle to maintain engagement among their employees; research from Gallup finds a staggering 87 percent of employees worldwide are actively disengaged. Low engagement scores can have a range of bad symptoms, including increased absence, higher turnover, lower work quality, and elevated safety risks. Poor employee engagement also impacts the company brand, making it more difficult to attract and retain qualified talent needed to advance business goals.
  • Business Expenses 101: Why You Need An Accountable Expenses Plan

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    The first step towards making the process efficient and beneficial is building an accountable plan. Doing so prevents employee confusion and miscommunication around valid expenses, while also preventing you and your employees from paying unnecessary taxes.Reimbursed expenses from an accountable plan reduces your business’ taxable income and avoids your employees paying income tax on the repayment.Request Free!
  • How to Correctly Classify Your Employees

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    There are seven different types of employees. And it's important you correctly classify each of them. Learn how:Incorrect classification impacts your businessFull-time and part-time employees differ from each otherIndependent contractors can be good resources for your teamRequest Free!
  • The Essential Employee Handbook

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Your employee handbook can be an invaluable organizational tool—or an employment lawsuit waiting to happen. And in recent years, Congress and state legislatures have been busy enacting laws that directly affect your employee handbook. If you haven’t kept up, your organization could be sued.To help you avoid disaster, we’ve compiled this special report, The Essential Employee Handbook, which provides employee handbook sample policy language, employment law guidelines, self-audit tips and warnings on the most common mistakes that may be lurking in your employee…
  • The ABCs of Health Insurance

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you walk around like you’re in a foreign country when people start speaking health insurance? You’re not alone.Let us break it down for you so you can read your statement of benefits like an old pro and take advantage of the services available to you in your plan, all in good time before the next open enrollment.Request Free!
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  • Employers Take Notice: Your Role In Protecting The Restroom Rights Of Transgender Workers

    Dianne Shaddock
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Recent court rulings centered on the rights of transgender workers have changed the playing field related to employer responsibilities vis-à-vis restroom access for all staff. Summary of Changes The EEOC ruled in recent cases, that equal access to restrooms is a key part of employment and that transgender employees have rights under Title VII of […]
  • How Does The Same Sex Marriage Ruling Affect The Employer Administration Of The FMLA?

    Dianne Shaddock
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Several weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court made a monumental decision concerning the right and legality of same-sex marriages, ruling that same-sex marriage should be legal and recognized in all states. This ruling also expanded the federal laws granting marriage rights and protections to spouses which impacts employer administration of the Family and Medical […]
  • Are You Making These Common Employee Pay Mistakes?

    Dianne Shaddock
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Two huge mistakes that can have major consequences for your business when it comes to paying your employees are: 1. Misclassifying your employees 2. Not paying eligible employees overtime pay Employee compensation rules are often overlooked by employers. Make sure you do not do the same mistake because it could prove costly to your business. […]
  • Yes, You Can Engage and Motivate Your Employees without Raising their Pay

    Dianne Shaddock
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    To use a popular cultural vernacular – “let’s not get it twisted“! Money is and important incentive for employees, but it is not the holy grail of motivators for all or even most staff.  The key to motivating staff is putting your self in their shoes and coming up with realistic ways to show your […]
  • What Is The Subminimum Wage?

    Dianne Shaddock
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Many employers believe that the minimum wage is the lowest hourly rate that can be paid to a worker; however, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) also allows an employer to pay workers what is called a subminimum wage in certain circumstances.  This hourly rate is substantially lower than the federal minimum wage. The purpose […]
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  • Reprise: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, And The “Days Of Awe” — 5776

    Naomi Bloom
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:54 am
    Not only does Yom Kippur begin at sundown on 9/22/2015, but my birthday follows immediately thereafter — 9/24/2015 — and it’s A BIG ONE, 70.  It’s the age I always thought of as really old, but of course I’ve now redefined old age to start at 90.  It’s another decade of my life coming to a close, thus increasing the incentives for quiet reflection, reassessment and rededication which are central to this period on the Jewish calendar.  It’s a wise person who uses this time to take stock of their lives, summing up their accomplishments and vowing to…
  • Persistent HRM Object Model Errors Part II — Separating Position From Worker

    Naomi Bloom
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Objects To The Left Of Us, Objects To The Right Introduction I’ve been on the warpath about flawed HR technology object models (and their predecessors, flawed data models) for longer than most of you have been sentient.  My pique on this subject goes way back to the late 80’s and a now infamous consulting gig at then PeopleSoft in its early days when I expressed my concerns about the flaws in their data model (some of which have surely been addressed, but whose core flaws ran really deep).  I loved the technology leap that PeopleSoft made when they came to market in the late…
  • Modest Rant — Your HR Technology Portfolio Contains Three Types Of HCM Applications

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

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

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

  • Yes, Feedback is the Killer App

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    All over the world companies are trying to find new ways to change their performance management practices to improve employee engagement, performance, and development. Many are eliminating performance ratings, forcing managers to check-in with employees regularly, and rethinking their compensation strategies.  Some are doing pulse surveys, revamping their engagement models, and opening up their internal communications systems. As I study this market and talk with managers all over the world, one thing keeps coming out:  we need to build a business around feedback. Feedback is a…
  • The Four Keys to Bold HR: Lessons for the Year Ahead

    28 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    We just finished our 8th annual IMPACT research conference in Florida, and our theme was Bold HR - pushing the envelope on talent and HR practices, reinventing what we do, and starting with a fresh sheet of paper.   Let me start by saying that theme turned out to be perfect. We had more than 500 committed, passionate, hard working HR and L&D leaders joined us from around the world (US, Europe, India, Australia, Taiwan, Quatar) and everyone agreed that this is a transformational period for HR and learning leaders everywhere. In my keynote I cited some important research: Among…
  • Engagement, Retention, and Culture now the #1 Issues in Talent and HR

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    We just published the major study Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2015, and the results are striking. Today, driven by shifts in both work ethos and the transparency of the job market, employee retention and engagement are now the #1 problems companies face.  (3,200 respondents from over 100 countries) This is the third year we've done this study, and we looked at more than ten different trends in the research. The results show that 87% of companies now rate "retention, engagement, and culture" as an important imperative and 50% rate it "urgent." The #2…
  • Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for A Rapidly Changing World

    6 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    This year our Predictions for 2015 has some hard-hitting new ideas to consider - in this article I will give you some highlights, and you can download the report here. Top Line: Enormous Changes are Ahead 2015 is going to be a big year in the world of corporate talent. The economy has improved (near full employment in the US), the job market for technical and professional skills is hot, and technology is radically changing the whole nature of work. Thinking back over my 35 years as a working professional, I barely recognize what work is like today. I was joking with my children about how…
  • What Will 2015 Bring? Find out soon.

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We are a research organization, and one of the most important thing we do is share information, data, and perspectives. Over the coming weeks there will be a lot of new insights coming, and I want to highlight some important things you can do to help. First, we are in the final stages of producing the Bersin Talent, HR and Learning Predictions for 2015, which will be out soon. I have personally spent countless hours on this research, and it brings together our combined perspectives on the ten biggest imperatives we believe HR and talent professionals should consider in the coming year. I…
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  • Using LinkedIn to find a job without spending hundreds – part 5

    Michael Glenn
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    You’ve been looking for a job on LinkedIn and thinking about paying for the Premium account? Stop and read this first. You can save a lot of money and get the exact same results for FREE. Look. LinkedIn has really become a database. A database of jobs and database of professionals (basically resumes). You have ...
  • Candidate Sourcing Is A Dead Profession

    Michael Glenn
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Candidate sourcing is the walking dead of professions. It’s going to be automated or done through very complex AI algorithms that are programmed into apps AND eventually by Androids that are more human than human. Wouldn’t you agree? If not, I’ll challenge you to see for yourself on our Voight-Kampff machine.
  • Lost your job…Who you gonna call?

    Michael Glenn
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:22 pm
    You know him. He calls. He emails. He even texted you during dinner! He is the obnoxious recruiter! Dun Dun Duuuun!!  The guy thinks you’re best pals because you accepted his LinkedIn invite. But then one day, you get the pink slip, or something happens at work and you’re miffed beyond miffed and this time ...
  • Recruiting is not a HOW business but a WHO business

    Michael Glenn
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    Best practices. You know you’ve read that teaser a gazillion times.  One place you see this phrase are on popular recruiting websites and conferences.   The REALITY is this. Recruiting is ACTUALLY more about WHO than HOW. Unfortunately, recruiters are lured away from the WHO and into HOW to business lately. Let me illustrate this ...
  • How Privacy Settings Hurt You On LinkedIn

    Michael Glenn
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    Some LinkedIn users will go through the hassle of creating a profile and then set the privacy settings to private. These users are employed and they don’t want their boss getting notified every time there is an update to the profile. The other LinkedIn users probably didn’t even know about the privacy settings. The default setting is Public. ...
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    The Workforce Institute

  • Celebrating the Workforce – Alligator Wrangler #1in100MM

    Joyce Maroney
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    This Friday the new 1 in One Hundred Million video is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as we visit an alligator wrangler! Handling one of the world’s most powerful predators — it’s a shot of adrenaline, to say the least. But for Royce McMullen, it’s just another day at Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery. A family […] The post Celebrating the Workforce – Alligator Wrangler #1in100MM appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Are Your Boomerangs Welcomed Back?

    Joyce Maroney
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:44 am
    What is your organization’s stand on boomerang employees; i.e. those who voluntarily left your employ, but subsequently ask to return? According to recent research we conducted with, data shows a changing mindset about hiring boomerang employees. Where employers historically may have been more likely to write off former employees, they are increasingly considering them […] The post Are Your Boomerangs Welcomed Back? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Celebrating the Workforce – Water Survival Instructor #1in100MM

    Joyce Maroney
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s Friday and you know what the means, right? It’s time to view another 1 in One Hundred Million video! This week we get a sneak peek into the life of a Water Survival Instructor. “I still remember the first time a parent called me and told me a child had rescued themselves. I was […] The post Celebrating the Workforce – Water Survival Instructor #1in100MM appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Celebrating the Workforce – National Guard Major #1in100MM

    Joyce Maroney
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    TGIF! End your week with another engaging 1 in One Hundred Million video. “I can’t think of a better job to have,” says Major William Saint. Spend one minute with him, and you can tell he means it. His desire to serve is bone-deep — a cherished family heritage. After returning from tour in Iraq, […] The post Celebrating the Workforce – National Guard Major #1in100MM appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Celebrating the Workforce – Bat Maker #1in100MM

    Joyce Maroney
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The 1 in One Hundred Million video series is devoted to sharing the personal stories of the people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs we all rely on. In honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, I plan to share the latest 1 in One Hundred Million videos every Friday to celebrate […] The post Celebrating the Workforce – Bat Maker #1in100MM appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • Future Friday: The future of work is all about collaboration

    Michael Haberman
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Cloud, mobile, and flexible all equal a collaborative way to work. The idea of collaboration has been around for a long time. The word is derived from the Latin work collaborare, which meant to work together, even more basically com (meaning together) and laborare (meaning as you would expect work.) It has both positive and negative meanings. In war time being a collaborator is not considered to be a good thing and could result in the forfeit of your life. Today however collaboration has become a necessary exercise and a highly desired ability in the workforce. Companies are spending money,…
  • Posts on Leadership for Throwback Thursday

    Michael Haberman
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you ready to learn to be a leader? I received a compliment the other day on a post on leadership I wrote in July. We are struggling with leadership today. Perhaps it is the current political season that make the dearth of leadership so apparent. Companies struggle with leadership. New generations cannot decide if they want to be leaders while older generations are loath to give it up. We argue on whether leadership can be taught or can only be developed from an innate ability. With that in mind I decided to revisit some posts I have written on leadership that tackle some of these issues.
  • Could temporary workers become a hot bed of union activity?

    Michael Haberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    The NLRB’s decision on BFI has made business life much more difficult for companies that use temporary workers. The National Labor Relations Board recently rendered a decision that has many management side attorneys shaking their heads and wondering if this might open the door to union activity in some companies via their use of temporary staffing agencies. The case Browning-Ferris Industries, or BFI, runs a recycling operation that employees union workers. They also use a temporary staffing agency that employees non-union workers. Despite the fact that BFI exercised little to no…
  • Ability to get along with others is an “essential function” under the ADA

    Michael Haberman
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    The ability to handle stress at work is considered to be an essential function at work. We are all aware that mental problems qualify as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADAAA as long as that mental disability substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as the ability to work. However, if that mental condition is combined with being violent the individual may not be covered. That may depend on the level of violence. Death threats A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee was not covered for wrongful termination…
  • HR Observations at Omega HR Solutions Turns Nine

    Michael Haberman
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am having my blog birthday today. On August 31, 2006 I posted this brief paragraph below. I have read alot about the coming Labor shortage or the coming talent shortage. I certainly believe it, for a number of different reasons.. baby boomer retirement, fewer people in the next age wave, the diminishing quality of education, just to name a few. This appears to be felt more in “craftsman” type of companies.. everywhere I go I see “Now Hiring” signs for plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, pest control, and others. What do you think? Are you experiencing this…
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    BlogNotions - HR

  • Four Reasons Why Managing Data Scientists Is Different. . . Even Unique

    Dan Erwin
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:55 am
    Managing smart professionals can be difficult, but managing data science professionals can be even more difficult. Cultural differences–understanding how a culture thinks–are rarely clear to most business people, other than when they surface in difficulties. So understanding these differences early on limits the potential for friction and conflict. MIT’s Roger Stein lays out a number of issues impacting organizational relations between data scientists and other disciplines. Dynamic and self-correcting.  As a result, timing and final project outcomes can be difficult to…
  • Four Reasons Why Managing Data Scientists Is Different. . . Even Unique

    Dan Erwin
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Managing smart professionals can be difficult, but managing data science professionals can be even more difficult. Cultural differences–understanding how a culture thinks–are rarely clear to most business people, other than when they surface in difficulties. So understanding these differences early on limits the potential for friction and conflict. MIT’s Roger Stein lays out a number of issues impacting organizational relations between data scientists and other disciplines. Dynamic and self-correcting.  As a result, timing and final project outcomes can be difficult to plan.
  • Workplace Violence: HR Must Lead In Prevention

    Robert Bacal
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    The murder of two reporters on the staff of WDBJ in Virginia has provided a stark, graphic and visual reminder that workplace violence can occur anywhere, and under many different circumstances. While there are many legal reasons for human resources to plan for and put in place prevention strategies, and there are certainly financial and humanitarian reasons to do so, not all companies are properly prepared. There is a sense of isolation, and/or a false sense of protection from being in office buildings, and smaller businesses, in particular may not not have workplace violence on their…
  • 7 Signs Your Comp Plan Might Be in Trouble

    Steve Bruce
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that having a compensation plan is the same has having an effective one. There are several warning signs that can alert employers when their compensation plan is not effective. 1. Poor job documentation. Even though it seems simplistic, if there is no focus on creating the appropriate documentation, the whole foundation of the program is at risk. Analyze each job. Ensure there are accurate job descriptions and job titles as this is one of the first signs that the overall compensation plan might not be doing what it is designed to do. (After all, how…
  • Salary Surveys and Market Pricing

    Steve Bruce
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    Market-based compensation utilizes salary survey data to evaluate an organization’s pay levels and can make them more, or less, competitive depending on the organization’s compensation philosophy—a framework within which compensation decisions are made. In conducting a market-based pay study, you’ll need to make decisions that directly reflect the organization’s compensation philosophy. For example, whether the organization will pay at, above, or below the market. Read on here for more on market rate and comp philosophy.        
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • From HR–The 2024 Olympics should be in Toronto

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bonni, HR Pro here, weighing in on the big question in discussion around the GTA. Should Toronto make a bid to host the 2024 Olympics? From over in this corner, the answer is a resounding yes. Back in 2001, the last time Toronto made a bid for hosting the 2008 Olympics, I was “on assignment” in Cedar Rapids, IA. I made my co-workers watch the announcement on a TV in a meeting room. I commented that I would go back there to be a part of it.  Then. . . “Beijing? REALLY? We were robbed!”, I said. To be honest, I was pretty mad. Fast-forward to today and I agree the 2008 Olympics…
  • Is your culture built to last?

    Alyssa Burkus
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I love sandcastles. The process is messy, but the end result is always satisfying. You have to think about design, use the elements available, and work through trial and error until you create the structure you envisioned. There are often tweaks along the way, particularly if there are unforeseen factors that impact your castle, and modifications at times as you await the dreaded tide. Did you build far enough up the shoreline? Did your “game-changing” castle moat channel the tide around it as you had hoped, or is your hard work being washed away? In some ways, culture in an organization…
  • Chasing Squirrels

    Guest Contributor
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve known EO blogger Bonni Titgemeyer for a while. I’ve always appreciated her unique perspective and ability to look at things analytically and practically. I like to read her blog. This is where I learned about Ro-Tel. Mmmmmm  Ro-Tel. (e.g. Eat Ro-Tel during football season) Among the things we have in common – Human Resources, enjoying a good college football game on a crisp Fall day, a new passion for colouring, and Ro-Tel – also we’re both dog owners and dog lovers. I found myself chuckling reading her post Sometimes Even the Daring are Chicken about her dog Mars…
  • Is the demise of HR imminent?…….. Not likely!!

    Guest Contributor
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Like me, you have probably read some of the recent opinions on the demise of the HR function. I personally think they unnecessarily propagate doom and gloom. For me, effective HR comes down to being an effective “business consultant”.  I read the term recently in a Deloitte University Press article on Human Capital Trends1 and instantly liked it. A business consultant is someone who helps a company grow and maintain profitability. It’s similar, but different, from the traditional HR business partner. Perhaps the difference is semantics, but maybe it’s also enough of a…
  • Sometimes Even the Daring are Chicken

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    My dog Mars would prefer if we would buy a cottage on a lake and live there. During the summer, he tells me this nearly every day. Nearly every day. Whenever we manage to get to someone’s cottage, who will put up with a golden retriever tagging along, he likes to swim and explore. It is fun to watch him leap around, following scents. He finds frogs and moles and minnows. He chases a lot of balls and sticks. After several hours, he likes to fall asleep in the sun. He is one of those dogs that smiles, and at a lake he is typically smiling a lot. In fact, he smiles in the car all the way to…
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    HR Ringleader

  • Perks and Upgrades: Why Occasionally Spending More Makes Sense

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I read an article that said that the Datsun B-210 was voted one of the ugliest cars of all time.  Now, just looking at the picture, it would be hard to argue that it is not one of the ugliest cars.  I’m not sure why they have it pictured with a train, because it certainly was not faster than a train- not even close.  And the color choice?  That 1978 burn orange is really attractive, if you’re into pumpkins. I know it wasn’t the most attractive car of all time.  But, it certainly had its good points.  My dad actually owned a car just like the one pictured.  It was small and had…
  • Can You Keep Your Career Safe from the Robots?

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    HR Happy Hour 219 – Keeping Your Career Safe from the Robots Recorded LIVE from SuccessConnect 2015 in Las Vegas, August 11, 2015 Hosts: Steve Boese Guest: Karie Willyerd, SuccessFactors LISTEN HERE This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve sat down at SuccessFactors customer conference SuccessConnect and spoke with Karie Willyerd, Workplace Futurist (i.e. the best job title ever), and author of the upcoming book Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace. On the show, Steve and Karie talked about just what a Workplace Futurist does, what are some of the…
  • Hate Your Boss? How to Bridge the Personality Gap

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Do you like your boss? Maybe that’s not a fair question.  The real question is… “Do you like your boss enough to stay with the organization?”  In my career in HR, I’ve fielded complaints ranging from dislike of micro-managers to working for someone who is so distant that a relationship never forms.  I’ve found that as I’ve worked with executives over the last 18 years, one thing stands out…. if there is not a match in style between the leader and the subordinate, ultimately that working relationship will suffer.  Over time, either the…
  • Independence, Dependence and the Future of Work

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Steve Boese and I recorded a new episode of HR Happy Hour that focused on a hot topic in the HR world- the difference between Independent Contractors and employees.  It then evolved into a full discussion on how the future mix of contractors will impact not only HR, but Talent Acquisition and the organization in general.  Be sure to check out episode #218 HERE, or using the widget player below: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Steve Boese Trish McFarlane on BlogTalkRadio   This was a really fun and lively conversation and we hope you enjoy the show!  Many thanks…
  • HBR is Getting it Wrong: The Internal RISE of HR

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    This HR lady is fired up!  Lately, there is no shortage of posts and articles about Human Resources not being strategic, not being valued, and needing to change in order to make everyone else in the C-Suite feel better. From articles in  HBR (including their current magazine cover saying “It’s Time to Blow Up HR”), to Forbes to the Korn Ferry Institute, people are questioning whether or not HR can be strategic, what they need to do to become strategic and whether we should just start over from scratch. As someone who has dedicated my entire career to working in HR and…
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Success with Pay for Performance
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Figure 1: Performance Review Process Elements As discussed in the last post, perceptions regarding pay for performance may vary by level in an organization. Although most would agree that no one believes their system is perfect, perceptions on how well this compensation strategy accomplishes it stated goals varies. So, what are some of the steps taken by organizations where perceptions approximate each other across levels? When examining successful programs, a number of practices correlate with those that experience success. Some of the major characteristics include: • Ensuring support of…
  • Differences in Performance Perceptions
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    As the recession pushed organizations to practice care in spending while attempting to hang on to their highest value talent, pay for performance experienced a renewal. Faced with limited resources and increased demand for efficiency, leaders appealed to their higher level performers to do more with less based on the assumption that a targeted approach would be less costly and would make sure the money benefited those most valuable to the organization. Now, as the economy improves, organizations seem to be questioning if pay for performance actually worked. Meaning, did it actually help to…
  • What Do Candidates Want?
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Figure 1: Reasons for Training After years of uncertainty in the labor market, things seem better. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the first quarter of 2015 possessed more than five million job openings. To put this in context, the last time the US labor market approximated this level of openings was first quarter of 2001. So, as we enter this “better market” seeking to gain the best talent possible, what do potential candidates want? According to the Towers Watson 2014 Global Workforce study, the most important factors for joining an organization rank as the following:…
  • Career Choices
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Most of us at one point or another provided career advice to someone. It might be a friend, coworker, sibling, or child that wanted to better map out their future while maximizing the value of their skills and abilities. However, one might argue, how can you provide that kind of advice today when the world is so complex and ever changing. Moreover, as the world becomes more interconnected through not only transportation and communication, but also increasing levels of education and business acumen, competition grows and requires us to reinvent who we are and what we do. Although this may seem…
  • Finding Your Way More Quickly
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Figure 1: Time for Determination of Job Fit Most of us grew up assuming we would know what we wanted to do when the time came, follow that path and gain the training and education that we needed, and realize our dream by working our career in our chosen profession until we retired. Although this may present a simplified view of the reality of previous generations, career planning of the past possessed a little more predictability than it does today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker stays at a job for 4.4 years. However, the workforce’s youngest employees are…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • What’s taking so long? Employers drag feet in filling vacancies

    Dave Clemens
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:58 am
    Are employers chickening out when it comes to hiring? It’s a fair question, in light of new data showing that U.S. employers take 22.9 days on average to decide whether to hire somebody these days, compared with 12.6 days in 2010. The figures, derived from survey data compiled by job search network Glassdoor Inc., measure the amount of time it took for employers either to give applicants an offer or let them know they’d been rejected. What could be going on here? Well, one thing that probably isn’t happening is that employers are spoiled for choice. According to the…
  • Virginia TV shooting: Was a reference check done?

    Dave Clemens
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    Not to cast blame, but today I’d rather be the person in charge of hiring at WAFF-TV in Huntsville, AL, than that person at WDBJ in Roanoke, VA. The latter station, of course, is the one whose fired former reporter shot and killed two ex-colleagues during a live news broadcast this week before killing himself. The former station, which you may not have heard of yet, is one where the reporter, Vester Flanagan, applied for a job four years ago. At WAFF, however, Flanagan’s application was rejected. Its news director was quoted in The New York Times as saying he had contacted half a…
  • If you’re committing leadership ‘sins,’ maybe it’s time to repent

    Dave Clemens
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Thanks to the magic of the Internet, I could be writing this blog post from almost anywhere on Earth. But as it happens, I’m in the Philadelphia area, where our company has its offices. And something big is happening here in just a few weeks — a visit from Pope Francis. So maybe I’m paying more attention to Things Papal than I would otherwise. But whatever the reason, my eye was caught the other day by a piece in the Harvard Business Review headlined “The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis.” The writer, Gary Hamel, a professor at the London…
  • Why Jeff Bezos didn’t recognize his company, and how it can happen to you

    Dave Clemens
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    Any leader who has watched with irritation or dismay as his or her directions get misinterpreted and/or misapplied will have an idea of how Jeff Bezos feels. The Amazon CEO had to do some defensive PR after The New York Times published a major piece of investigative journalism skewering the culture at the giant online retailer, describing a place where criticism was so harsh and demands so unrelenting that employees regularly were seen crying at their desks. Bezos said that if the company were really the way the Times portrayed it, and he were an employee, he’d be out the door, and…
  • Cultural fit: Know what it really is, and don’t overuse it

    Dave Clemens
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    Ah, cultural fit. That elusive grail of hiring. You know that if a candidate doesn’t fit in with your organization, the person is probably going to leave sooner than otherwise. And that’s a self-inflicted wound you’d like to avoid. But what does “cultural fit” really mean, and is it as absolutely essential as everybody says? Well, there’s evidence that some hiring managers don’t really understand the term and/or misuse it as a hiring criterion. Getting comfy In a study done by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, researchers found that people who made hiring…
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    SmashFly Blog

  • Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 8.31 to 9.4

    Elyse Schmidt
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:50 am
    One of my favorite parts of the week: taking time to read, learn and note great perspectives in the industry. Happy Friday all, and enjoy the three-day weekend!   Content of the Week Oh snap, it’s finally here! Get our complimentary Recruitment Marketing 101 eBook now to learn about what recruitment marketing is and isn’t,... Continue Reading → The post Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 8.31 to 9.4 appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • 6 Things You’ll Learn from SmashFly’s Recruitment Marketing 101 eBook

    Elyse Schmidt
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:08 am
    The term recruitment marketing isn’t new, but the scope of it has expanded greatly over the past few years, transforming it into a true discipline. But there are few talent acquisition teams really using recruitment marketing as a holistic discipline, from strategy to tactics to technology to team to measurement. Which means you’re right on... Continue Reading → The post 6 Things You’ll Learn from SmashFly’s Recruitment Marketing 101 eBook appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • The First-ever Smashy Award

    Elyse Schmidt
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:26 pm
    TV actors have the Emmys, music stars have the Grammys, Broadway stars have the Tonys. Now SmashFly employees have the Smashy. As a startup company that spent its early years with just a few people working remotely rather than in an office, our growth in team members has been pivotal to our success. Every single... Continue Reading → The post The First-ever Smashy Award appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 8.24 to 8.28

    Elyse Schmidt
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    And now for one of my favorite parts of the week: taking time to read, learn and note great perspectives in the industry. Happy Friday all, and I hope you can carve out a half hour of your day to take in some of this content.   Content of the Week Our recent webinar “Think... Continue Reading → The post Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 8.24 to 8.28 appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
  • Your Questions Answered: “Think Like a Marketer” Webinar

    Elyse Schmidt
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    There’s no better webinar than one filled with real-world results and actionable takeaways of how to make what you do better. We are so thankful to our customers Derina Adamczak of CH2M, Rick Rosario of CDW and Stacey Montalto of The Cheesecake Factory for answering some reflective (and tough!) questions during our recent “Think Like... Continue Reading → The post Your Questions Answered: “Think Like a Marketer” Webinar appeared first on SmashFly Blog.
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    Corn on the Job

  • Can You Get a Good Job if You Have No Experience?

    Rich DeMatteo
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Setting out to get your first “real” job can be an intimidating excursion. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of experience or education in the area that you are interested in. Many people let their lack of experience keep them from trying at all to get the job they want. It might seem sensible. After all, wouldn’t the company wait to hire a candidate who is uniquely fit to their exact specifications? Well, that’s not always the case. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t let lack of experience keep you from trying to get the job you want. Here’s why.   In…
  • What Kind of Workforce Should Employers Expect in the Future?

    Rich DeMatteo
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Disclosure: Post sponsored by Spherion, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. I’ve been provided access to information from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce Study findings.  You’ve seen me post these over the last couple years.  Today’s blog post will be talking about the future workforce and the challenges that employers are facing.  With more generations than ever in the workforce, employers need to learn how to satisfy the wants and needs of each to recruit and retain.  More below. About the 2015 Emerging Workforce Study The…
  • 4 of the Highest Paying Summer Jobs

    Rich DeMatteo
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    While there are plenty of good internship roles around that can provide handy experience to add to a resume, sometimes you just want to earn as much cash over the summer as possible (especially if you’re saving up for a trip or a car). That’s where a well-paid summer role comes in handy. Not only can you earn some dollars for your trouble, but you’ll also gain experience and learn some new skills at the same time. If you’re keen to find a top paying position to spend your time on over the warmer months, use your own connections or family and friend contacts to find a gig, or search…
  • A Day In The Life of a Professional Superhero: Was Grad School my Kryptonite?

    Rich DeMatteo
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Meg Pomante, aka: the artist formerly known as Mirzoeff, is a 10+ year seasoned veteran of the non-profit Development and Fundraising industry.  As a current gear shifter seeking opportunities in the HR/Training and Development field, Meg boasts a lovely Masters in Leadership degree from Cabrini College by wearing her “Will Work for Self-Esteem” sandwich board and ringing her bell while walking up and down the streets of Delaware County.  Meg has spent her career gaining experience in: major gift prospect research, membership and corporate sponsorship solicitation and retention, grant…
  • What Are The Critical Skills Workers Will Need in The Future?

    Rich DeMatteo
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Disclosure: Post sponsored by Spherion, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with Spherion a few times before on their yearly Emerging Workforce Study findings.  In my experience as a recruiter, human resources professional, and career coach, my success is determined by how well I understand current and future trends of the industry.  This is where Spherion comes in. About the 2015 Emerging Workforce Study The Emerging Workforce Study by Spherion has examined the issues and trends impacting employment and the…
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  • Reduce Travel Costs and Boost Collaboration through Online Training

    Gauri Reyes
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:34 am
    Hosting employee training can be an expensive proposition. Funding for travel and accommodations is often a significant part of the training budget. But we tend to approve the allocation of those travel-related funds because providing learners with the ability to collaborate during learning is such a key component of ensuring that learning sticks. Online training is an attractive—and realistic—option because the need to travel (and spend money on that travel) is removed or reduced. Learners can engage in online training anytime, anywhere and on the device of choice. And with the features…
  • Staff Development Dilemmas: In-House vs. Outsource

    Jordan Bradley
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    You’ve probably faced this dilemma before. Training your workforce in-house is limited to your organization’s capabilities, whilst outsourcing means relinquishing control of a highly important business process. In this article I’ll assess your options and weigh up the pros and cons of deciding whether to stay in-house or opt for outsourcing when considering a range of different staff training methods. The goal is to determine which components of a successful blended learning program are best in house or outsourced. To keep this current I’ve used the official 2015 Learning and…
  • Helping Overloaded Employees Stay Focused on Learning

    Gauri Reyes
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The average worker is just plain busy. More than two-thirds of business leaders say that overwhelmed employees are a top challenge. I could cite more statistics, but we all recognize that it’s common for today’s employees to feel overloaded—with work, with information, with work-life balance, with many aspects of working and living. When it comes to designing eLearning programs for the workplace, courses which further overwhelm people are not helping anyone. Below are strategies to streamline the content in eLearning programs to keep learners focus on learning. Keep it Relevant, Keep it…
  • How Animation is Effective in eLearning

    Austin Martin
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    For today’s post, we want to welcome a very special guest from the UK – Liz Bark, Creative Director at Optimised Learning Ltd! Animation in eLearning eLearning courses offer the opportunity to access and optimise learning for busy learners who have little time to commit, broadening their skill set or refreshing their knowledge of complex concepts. But beyond the ease and accessibility of eLearning, interactive courses and animation in eLearning has the capability of taking learners even further by making knowledge more interactive and accessible, even in the corporate…
  • Take Control of Your Personal Learning Journey

    Gauri Reyes
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    A consistently-used criterion in the annual “best companies to work for” lists is the level of corporate investment in employee training. Yet, 81% of learners are responsible for managing their own personal development, according to a Training Zone infographic released earlier this year. There’s no real discrepancy between these two facts. Clearly, if you happen to work for a company which does not provide adequate learning opportunities for you, you’re responsible for charting the course for your own learning journey. But, even when learning opportunities are provided for you, it’s…
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    People Behind Websites

  • Web Design Trends That Will Drive Attention to Your Site

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A trend is considered to be any form of technique or style that has gained increasing popularity among a considerable group. Every year new trends evolve in categories such as fashion, automotive or technology. Well, web design trends are just as important to businesses as the latest pair of fashionable heels are to runway models.  When businesses implement the latest techniques and styles in a web design, they are maintaining their ability to remain competitive and further grow their business in terms of marketing and SEO. As technology continues to advance and the competition continues…
  • Improve Site Rank with SEO

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Today, more and more people rely on SEO searches to help them find a company, a particular product, good, or service. With this said, as a business owner in any specific niche, you need to rank up top with the right keywords for SEO searches which visitors are making. How do you increase rank? How do you develop a site which will outrank competitors? What changes does Google look at when ranking sites in terms of keywords and SEO? These are a few things which an SEO firm can help answer and can make the right changes so your site is more user friendly and search engine friendly. You need to…
  • How to Choose the Best SEO Consultant for Your Website

    21 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    With many people claiming to be SEO experts, you may find it difficult to choose the best consultant to fine-tune your website. Your website needs to be optimized for search engines for it to rank better. Search engine optimization is a tricky process that needs to be carried out by experts with knowledge and experience. Read on to learn about how to choose the best SEO consultant. Select a few SEO consultants who you think are good and ask them questions. If you know all what SEO entails, then you will be able to tell the experts who can take your website to the next level. Let your…
  • What’s New in Web Design Trends

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    It can be difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing trends in web design, but there are companies and resources online to help you keep your website looking up to date. In April 2015, Google introduced a new search algorithm that gives higher rankings to mobile-friendly pages in searches on mobile devices. Mobile-friendly, or “responsive,” means individual web pages are readable without zooming or tapping. A website that lacks mobile-friendly pages might see its mobile traffic decrease significantly, Google warns. Go online here to check to see if your site is mobile…
  • How to Design a Website

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Website design may look challenging to a beginner.However the task is very interesting as you start and follow the process step by step. As a Beginner, there are simple tricks that enable you to successfully design a website with no previous experience at all. This Article will focus on how you can design a Website without prior experience. 1. Get a Pre-made Website Template: There are thousands of pre-made Website Templates available for purchase online to enable Newbies. To learn more about Pre-made Templates, Click here. They are pre-made codes that only need to be altered to suit your own…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • How to Reignite Your Leadership Energy

    4 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    Are you having trouble tapping into your sense of purpose at work? Get a lesson on how to reignite your leadership energy and excitement from two leaders who know what it’s like to recharge after losing your spark.
  • Maximizing Organizational Learning: From “Edutainment” to “Engagucation”

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:56 am
    Are your organizational learning programs getting the results you need? It may be time to re-examine the idea of educational entertainment or “Edutainment.” We loved the fun and games, but did we really learn anything? To maximize learning and really inspire your employees, try “Engagucation.” Julie Winkle-Giulioni explains the benefits of engaging education.
  • Workplace Culture: The Perks of Coffee Breaks

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Taking short coffee breaks at work is essential in some countries, but almost non-existent in others. Yet studies show that getting away from your desk, and socializing for a short period of time can actually boost productivity and creativity. It also helps build a workplace culture of communication, collaboration, and fun. Get inspired by coffee break traditions from around the world!
  • Halogen’s Brilliant Customers Share Their Stories at the 2015 Halogen Customer Conference

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    The Halogen Customer Conference is right around the corner! One of the things we get the most excited about each year is the opportunity to share the remarkable stories of some of our brilliant customers. Here’s a sneak peak of what NASCO, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and Cornerstone Health Group will be talking about at the conference.
  • Performance Management Starts With Onboarding

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    The earliest connection a new hire has with the organization is onboarding. For employees to perform at a high level, it only makes sense to include performance management in the onboarding process. This means talking about performance management before an employee ever applies. HR Bartender, Sharlyn Lauby, shares why performance management should start on day one.
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    Lance Haun

  • How To Change A Person’s Mind

    Lance Haun
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    I’ve been thinking about my Facebook news feed lately. Like many of you, I have friends of various political and religious persuasions who make it their life’s work to make you aware of their views on issues. Some of it is spice of life stuff. Something you might have found interesting, interspersed between pictures of adorable pets, or children, or feet on a beach in some desirable place. For others, it’s a calling and they spend their time either preaching to a handpicked, self-selected choir or trading comments with the chronically argumentative or bored. These are good…
  • It’s Too Late For Us: Why the Fight for Parental Leave in the U.S. Should Continue

    Lance Haun
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    I’m 33. Many people in my age group are having kids and are realizing just how bad family leave policies are in the United States. Me? I’ve known it my entire professional career. The US offers just 12 weeks of job protected, unpaid leave for many, but not all, mothers Out of 185 countries, the U.S. is one of three that offers no mandated paid maternity leave 70+ countries even offer paid paternity leave for fathers Three states offer paid leave and a joint study with CEPR, UCLA, Rutgers, and CUNY showed that for 90 percent of businesses in California, the law had a net positive…
  • Why I Travel for Work #WorkHuman

    Lance Haun
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:13 am
    I travel for work. Not as much as some people but a lot more than most people. I’ll spend a month or two on the road per year. I don’t have to travel as much as I do. I choose to travel most of the time. I don’t have to do work that requires me to travel. I could choose to do work that I spend nearly 100 percent of my time at home. I don’t have to speak. I don’t have to go to conferences. Most of the time, I don’t have to go meet clients in person. So as I travel to Orlando this week to attend Globoforce’s WorkHuman, a neat conceptual HR conference…
  • Work/Life Balance and Lessons from Managing Two Careers

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

    Lance Haun
    13 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    When I started in corporate HR, I was pretty lost. I leaned heavily on my manager, a network of local practitioners I established quickly, a scattered, online group of talent professionals, and every resource I could find to read. It was haphazard and the phrase, “fake it till you make it,” rang through my ears loud and clear on my walk or ride home from work. It was a different time. One that we shouldn’t have to repeat again. Yet, time and time again, HR practitioners are starting the same things over again. They search forums and blog posts for things like: How can we…
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    Payroll Tips, Training, and News

  • Is Unlimited Paid Time Off Right for Your Business?

    Kaylee Riley
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:28 am
    Paid time off (PTO) is a benefit employers sometimes offer to their employees. PTO can include leave for vacations or personal days. Offering PTO is not federally mandated in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but many businesses still offer some form of PTO. Many companies simply give employees a few PTO days per year, but employers also have the option to offer unlimited PTO. Unlimited PTO policies allow workers to take as much time off as they need for illnesses and vacation as long as long as it does not interfere with the company’s operations. Offering unlimited sick leave to…
  • Independent Contractor Taxes: What You Need to Know

    Kaylee Riley
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    Unlike employees, independent contractors do not have taxes taken out of their wages. Instead, you have to remit taxes yourselves. Forms and pre-work requirements Before you do any work, you may need to obtain a tax registration certificate (sometimes called a business license). Check with your city and county to find out if you need to register before you can begin operating your business. The certificate notes any local tax you will have to pay. When starting a job, the employer should have you fill out IRS Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification. You…
  • How to Determine a Workweek and Employee Pay

    Kaylee Riley
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a workweek is a regularly recurring period of 168 hours (seven consecutive 24-hour periods). A workweek does not have to follow a standard calendar week. It can start on any day of the week and at any time, giving you flexibility to create a workweek that meets your business’s needs. For example, a workweek could start on Tuesday at 12 a.m. and end on Monday at 11:59 p.m. A workweek is a fixed period of time. It cannot be moved to avoid paying overtime, to accommodate large events, or for any other reason. However, you can change a workweek if it…
  • What Is a Pay Card?

    Kaylee Riley
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    A pay card (or payroll card) is a prepaid card that an employer can use to pay their employees. Each payday, the card is loaded with the employee’s wages for that pay period. Employees can then use the pay card like a debit card, or they can withdraw their wages through an ATM, bank cashier, or a purchase where they receive cash back. Pay cards are often used as an alternative to paper checks or direct deposit. A 2012 study found that $34 billion was loaded on 4.6 million active pay cards, which is expected to grow to $68.9 billion loaded on 10.8 million cards by 2017. What are the pros to…
  • Pay Stub: What to Include and What to Understand

    Mike Kappel
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    It’s important to know how to read a pay stub. Understanding what items to include on a pay stub, and the meanings behind them, will help you to catch payroll errors and may prevent you from potentially costly mistakes. Or you may need to answer an employee’s questions about how they are paid. In addition to your employees’ basic information, a pay stub will have an itemized account of their salary or wages as well as any other additions to their pay. It will also list any taxes or deductions from their pay. Wages and additions shown on a pay stub Income. A pay stub will list all of…
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • How to Use SEO Best Practices to Deepen Your Talent Pool

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    SEO, like so many buzzwords on the interwebs, gets thrown around a lot, almost to the point that it loses its meaning. Search Engine Optimization can be a tricky concept to nail down, between changing trends in search and changes to the search algorithms themselves. This can be especially true when the concept is applied […] The post How to Use SEO Best Practices to Deepen Your Talent Pool appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • 10 Great Landing Page Examples in Recruiting & Hiring

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Why a Great Landing Page is Important. When it comes to career and job posting landing pages, not all companies are equal, in fact, some are just down right dreadful. I’ve collected a list of ten great career pages and we’re going to tell you why I like each of them, but first, here are […] The post 10 Great Landing Page Examples in Recruiting & Hiring appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • 19 Best Free Job Boards Recruiters Can Use Today

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Advantages of Free Job Boards When it comes to job boards, there are several of them out there.   In this article we look at some of the best free job boards.   Not every job board is free, especially to a recruiter.   If your looking to maximize your job posting being seen and to build […] The post 19 Best Free Job Boards Recruiters Can Use Today appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • How Important Are Change Agents at Your Company?

    Jessica Miller-Merrell
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The termination of Victoria Taylor set off a firestorm among community members at the popular online forum, Reddit. Users began protesting Taylor’s termination first with an online petition calling for the interim CEO’s resignation followed by her actual resignation all the while the company continues to be the conversation among mainstream media. The media firestorm […] The post How Important Are Change Agents at Your Company? appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
  • Transform Recruiting through Social Media Transparency

    Sean Little
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes it seems as if the entire world is on social media sites. While the use of social media is not universal, the statistics published by the Pew Research Center for September 2014 give substance to the perception.   71 percent of all Internet-connected adults in the U.S. have a Facebook page. 52 percent use at least […] The post Transform Recruiting through Social Media Transparency appeared first on The Recruiters Lounge.
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • ATD Talent Management Handbook

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:38 am
    I'm a contributor to the ATD's Talent Management Handbook, due out in November.The book provides an overview of the whole of talent management, mainly written for talent developers.  My chapter is on reward and as well as helping TD practitioners understand what the reward agenda is about, and their Reward colleagues should be doing, I use the opportunity that the whole area of reward needs a lot more, new innovation:"The emergence of talent development as a new, more evolved form of training and development reinforces the scale of transformation that has been under way within this area…
  • Global Conference for Training and Development, Saudi Arabia

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:40 pm
    In October I'm back in Saudi Arabia speaking at the Global Conference and Exhibition for Training and Development.See my post from ATD MENA earlier this year.Consulting   Research  Speaking  Training  Writing Strategy  - Talent - Engagement  - Change and OD   Contact me to create more value for your business jon [dot] ingham [at] strategic [dash] hcm [dot] com
  • Future Talent webinar

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:21 pm
    I'm doing this webinar for People Management on 22 September.Do join me if you can.Consulting   Research  Speaking  Training  Writing Strategy  - Talent - Engagement  - Change and OD   Contact me to create more value for your business jon [dot] ingham [at] strategic [dash] hcm [dot] com
  • BBC Breakfast: Zero Hour Contracts

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Did you catch me on BBC Breakfast?I was there to talk about zero hour contracts, supporting the ONS's new figures showing the number of people on these contracts has increased from 2 to 2.4% of the working population over the last year.  See this BBC report on the data.But actually that's fairly dull - what is more interesting is data on the quality of these contracts, for example the findings from Glassdoor's survey which I blogged on last month.  In this post I suggested that the growing popularity of ZHCs demonstrates a predominance of a low skill, low pay economy, rather than…
  • Dave Ulrich on the Rise of HR

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Dave Ulrich is on at AHRI this morning and I met up with him yesterday at an event ran by Halogen where Dave was speaking on his last book, Leadership Sustainability.  Although actually the last book he edited was the Rise of HR, a series of articles by 73 thought leaders.  This post  (still draft, sorry) is a review of that book, which has taken me a little while to get to, but I wanted to post for a couple of reasons.The Art of HRThe Rise of HR is the first time that Dave has really started to explain his thinking about the art of HR.  If you read yesterday's post on the…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • Get Ready for Even Quicker ‘Quickie’ Elections—NLRB Abandons Requirement for Signed Authorization Cards

    <a href=''>Todd Wozniak</a> and <a href=''>Justin Keith</a>
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:22 pm
    As we’ve previously reported, on April 14, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) implemented new union election rules (Election Rules), which made significant changes to the Board’s procedures for processing election petitions, holding hearings, and conducting secret-ballot elections. Most significantly, the Election Rules paved the way for union elections to be held in as few as 14–21 days after the filing of a union petition, a dramatic decrease from the current median time of 38 days. As predicted, since the Election Rules went into effect, the median time between…
  • NLRB Expands Joint Employer Standard in Browning-Ferris Decision

    <a href=''>Chuck Birenbaum</a> and <a href=''>Jamie R. Adams</a>
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Recently, the National Labor Relations Board made sweeping changes to its “joint employer” standard, announcing a new test that will surely lead to more findings of joint employment relationships under the National Labor Relations Act. Under the new standard announced in Browning-Ferris Industries, a company is a joint-employer if it exercises “indirect control” over working conditions or if it has “reserved authority” to do so. This marks a significant departure from the joint employer test that the Board has used for decades, which required that a putative joint employer…
  • IRS Chief Counsel: CA Waiting Time Penalties Are Not Wages

    <a href=''>Greenberg Traurig</a>, <a href=''>Koray J. Bulut</a> and <a href=''>Bradley R. Marsh</a>
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    For years now, Section 203 of the California Labor Code has required employers to pay a penalty for willful failure to provide a departing employee with their final wages on their last day of employment (or within 72 hours for employee who suddenly quit). The amount of this penalty, often referred to as “waiting time penalty,” equals one day of pay for each day the employee is made to wait for the final paycheck, up to a limit of 30 days. There was some ambiguity and disagreement over the years regarding whether these waiting time penalties should be considered wages and subject to…
  • Whistle(blow) While You Work: Supreme Court Rules That “Watchdog” Employees Are Protected Under CEPA

    <a href=''>Kristine Feher</a>, <a href=''>Micala Campbell Robinson</a> and <a href=''>Courteney Lario</a>
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    On July 15, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court settled the debate over whether employees who are responsible for monitoring and reporting employer compliance may seek whistleblower protection under New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act, N.J.S.A. § 34:19-1 et seq. (“CEPA”), and if so, under what circumstances. Ultimately, the court in Lippman v. Ethicon held that CEPA protects such “watchdog employees.” Plaintiff Joel Lippman was employed by Ethicon. His position involved determining whether medical products were too dangerous for distribution, and if so,…
  • DOL Says Most Workers Are Employees Under Federal Law

    <a href=''>Kristine Feher</a>, <a href=''>Micala Campbell Robinson</a> and <a href=''>Courteney Lario</a>
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation regarding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Having received numerous complaints from workers on this issue over the last several years, the DOL has concluded that most workers are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The 15-page memorandum emphasizes that proper classification of workers is necessary to ensure that workers receive workplace protections such as minimum wage, overtime compensation and unemployment insurance. The DOL explained that the…
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    HR C-Suite

  • Why Experience is as Important as Education?

    Akansha Arora
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    College graduates most often search the relevance of job experience over a degree course or vice versa. Most of you looking for a job have a similar thought running in your heads. Right? Which path would lead to a better career path? Means more money, a respectable position in least time possible. Well, drawing a […]
  • 20 Questions You Need to Ask to Keep Your Employees Happy

    Matt Straz
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    So, your star candidate has a stellar interview, the whole team loves her, you throw out an offer, and she accepts! You might think the time to keep asking her questions is over. Not so fast. The recruiting process may have wrapped, but the employee life cycle has just begun. Technically, the interview is never […]
  • The What, When and How of Performance Improvement Plans

    Rosanna Nadeau, SPHR
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you have an employee whose performance isn’t meeting job expectations? What are you doing to solve the problem? You have several options available: Follow the organization’s disciplinary process: Issue an oral warning Issue a written warning Terminate the employee if applicable based on his/her current status relative to your company’s disciplinary procedure Implement a […]
  • 5 Tips for Downsizing with Dignity While Avoiding Lawsuits

    James Thompson
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nobody wants to do it, but sometimes, there just isn’t any other alternative. In the world of business, tough times means taking tough turns—and opting for tough solutions. Downsizing or layoffs is one such “necessary evil”, and one that should be used effectively to avoid objection or lawsuits. Since the recent economic downturn forced many employers […]
  • Navigating the Successful Leadership Coaching Journey

    Tresha Moreland
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Get a FREE chapter from a fresh HR thought leadership book being developed "HR DIRECTIONS: HR leading lights on what you should know right now about leadership, engagement, technology, and growing your own world class HR career." HR DIRECTIONS is a collection of 15 to 20 chapters featuring cutting edge thought leadership by top-drawer CHROSs and HR/leadership consultants. […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • Cafe Classic - Deja Vu All Over Again

    Ann Bares
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:46 am
    Editor's Note: Today's Cafe Classic post was first published on April 15, 2011, when author Jacque Vilet raised the question as to whether executive compensation - the issues surrounding it - ever really changes.  What do you think?  Is it deja vu all over again? The other day I came across an old file on executive compensation.  A lot of the material was written by or about Graef Crystal.   Crystal was the chief guru of executive  comp back in the 70’s and 80’s.  He was a consultant at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson).  His clients were the Fortune 50.  He created…
  • Equity Compensation is a Game of H.O.R.S.E.

    Dan Walter-Performensation
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:56 am
    As kids, many of us played H.O.R.S.E. Heck most adults who touch a basketball still play the game. For those of you not in the know, H.O.R.S.E. is a competition where you call a shot and if you make it your competitor needs to make the exact same shot. If they miss, they get a letter in the word horse. If they make your shot, they get to return the process and you have to copy their next shot. This goes on until someone loses by spelling out the word H.O.R.S.E. The goal is to take difficult shots that you can make and your opponent probably can’t. There are some entertaining videos out…
  • Total Rewards in the "New Normal"

    Jacque Vilet
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:33 am
    We have been hearing this phrase a lot in the last few years --- the “new normal”.  What does it mean?   It means a lot of things --- globalization, changes in business models/processes, change in demographics, war for talent, diversity and others.  You name it --- it’s changed. All of these things have affected companies worldwide.  They have had to change their business models to accommodate differences in marketing, selling and customizing products in new countries/markets. They’ve also had to find new ways to attract/retain scarce talent and a younger and more diverse…
  • Not All Rewards Jingle

    E. James (Jim) Brennan
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:07 am
    More than money counts.  There are many motivational devices besides pay.  No matter how many times it is said, too many people still equate rewards with only cash.  Such a narrow limited view of the compensation profession is unfortunate, because money is one of the weakest reinforcement tools.  Pay is also frequently the most expensive and the least effective of all the positive consequences of behavior methods we have at our disposal.  This total rewards generalist is convinced that we need a deeper understanding of the unique powers of one of the most neglected incentive methods —…
  • A Tale of Two Markets

    Chuck Csizmar
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    As every Compensation practitioner knows, sometimes there is no straight answer to a question being posed.  However, the boss asking that question still looks to you for not only what the tea leaves say (surveys), but what should they do about it.  The answers you have though, they often aren't black or white, but instead show lots of grey.   But management doesn't like grey.  They don't want you to sit on the fence.  They want you to make a call.  What do you do? Consider This Example A survey shows that there are 350 nonprofit organizations in FL, and the base market…
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  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
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  • How to handle negative feedback like a winner (not Donald Trump style)

    CJ Hardwick
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    If anyone knows about receiving feedback, it’s Donald Trump. Polarising comments have dogged him throughout his presidential candidacy race, and it’s interesting to see how he’s chosen to deal with it.  Recently, Trump threw a career reporter (known for writing unfavourable articles about him), out... The post How to handle negative feedback like a winner (not Donald Trump style) appeared first on Revelian.
  • How to identify suitable candidates and why its important

    19 Aug 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Working predominantly in assessment I do know a bit about measuring “fit” and identifying suitable candidates for work. Looking beyond the standard question of “can this person do the job” to other characteristics such as personality or work preferences is not new. Look at the... The post How to identify suitable candidates and why its important appeared first on Revelian.
  • 5 ways to build trust with effective employee feedback

    12 Aug 2015 | 11:40 pm
    The performance review wars Lately, there’s been a lot of talk in HR circles about companies who are moving away from once a year performance reviews and forced rankings across teams, to a more continuous and ongoing approach to employee feedback. In a recent interview... The post 5 ways to build trust with effective employee feedback appeared first on Revelian.
  • Why do we focus on the tip of the iceberg when recruiting?

    10 Aug 2015 | 9:32 pm
    We all know how incredibly important it is to hire the right person for the job, and we also know how much it can cost us – in both financial and less tangible terms – when we get it wrong. So, when we’re recruiting for... The post Why do we focus on the tip of the iceberg when recruiting? appeared first on Revelian.
  • 5 ways to grow revenue by improving employee engagement

    5 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Employee engagement sounds like a great thing to have, doesn’t it? We all want our employees to feel happy and appreciated at work; to enjoy what they do and feel like they’re contributing in a meaningful way to the company. And while this is, without... The post 5 ways to grow revenue by improving employee engagement appeared first on Revelian.
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • Independent Contracting: A Classic Example of Innovation and Disruption

    4 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    We all know that the way work is conducted is changing. There is a 26 percent increase in the number of remote jobs posted according to Forbes Magazine, reporting on a study that examined the job-posting histories of more than 30,000 companies last year. In other words, the option to work from home is becomingRead full story...
  • Infographic: The American Workforce is Changing

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Labor Day is our country’s opportunity to honor those who make a profound contribution to our economy, our communities and our nation. At DCR, we recognize that the work of every person is built on the work of another. Work connects us all. For that reason, before our celebrations start, we ask you to pauseRead full story...
  • NLRB’s Game Changing Decision on Joint Employment Liability

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    On July 31st, DCR blogged about guidance offered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding a liberal definition that would qualify most temporary workers – both agency-supplied contingent workers and freelancers – as employees. These individuals would qualify for many of the benefits previously reserved for “permanent employees”. The NLRB has now gone aRead full story...
  • Protect Your Permanent and Temporary Workers from Workplace Violence

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:59 am
    Last week’s shocking on-air murders of two television journalists in Virginia has again brought attention to the issue of workforce violence. We have posted many blogs dealing with issues associated with workplace safety. Unfortunately, as we approach Labor Day, we feel compelled to explore workforce violence in America. OSHA reports that more than 2 millionRead full story...
  • Free Business Apps for Independent Contractors

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In breaking news today, Amazon has announced it has launched a new business model. Amazon Underground will be offering in-app items, games and apps free to its customers. This is not a short-term promotion. These apps and games previously tagged at high prices come ‘actually free’. There are no embedded charges to unlock special features.Read full story...
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • An Overview Of The OSHA Inspection Process

    G&#38;A Partners
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees. That’s not an opinion – it’s a legal requirement. In response to alarmingly high rates of workplace injuries and deaths, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, setting federal workplace safety standards. The law also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency charged with enforcing these standards. The OSH Act covers most private sector employers and employees in the U.S., either directly or through an OSHA-approved State Plan.
  • Essential Elements Of An Effective Workplace Safety Program

    G&#38;A Partners
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Employers have a number of unavoidable expenses that they have to pay: payroll, utilities, shipping, rent, etc. While the rates for these expenses may go up or down, they’re largely just considered part of the “cost of doing business.” One expense that often gets lumped in with these “unavoidable” costs is workers’ compensation, money paid out to employees who sustain work-related injuries and illnesses. It’s estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct costs associated with workplace injuries (workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses, legal…
  • Should Employers Allow Employees To Nap On The Job?

    G&#38;A Partners
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Should you allow your employees to nap on the job? Laura Moody, one of G&A Partners’ HR experts, weighs in on the debate.  (This article was featured on’s blog. Click here to read the original post.) Is it actually worthwhile to allow your employees to sleep at work? Some companies have even started providing sleep pods for napping at the workplace. Now, as an employer, you don’t want them to sleep the day away, but taking naps can give employees a refreshing break that lets them come back to their duties rested and ready to get more done. More sleep, more…
  • Back To School (And Work): Strategies To Support Working Students

    G&#38;A Partners
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week, we talked about how the back-to-school season may affect working parents, including the stresses of readjusting to a school schedule and finding appropriate childcare options, all while still juggling a very full workload. But what about all of the working students out there? One could argue that they are equally as stressed out by attempting to balance their work and school responsibilities. Whether the students in your workforce are full-time students working when they’re not in class, or full-time employees taking night classes or online courses, or something in between,…
  • Back-To-School Season A Source Of Stress For Employees

    G&#38;A Partners
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For many working parents, the back-to-school struggle is real. Between coordinating new schedules, helping out with homework, attending their child’s extracurricular and sporting events, as well as keeping up with their job responsibilities, it’s becoming harder and harder for working parents to find a work-life balance that, well, works. With school starting up again in just a few weeks, we’re taking a look at the stresses many working parents feel during the run up to the first day of school, as well as throughout the school year.  Sources of stress for working parents…
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: How to Live a Life That’s “Beyond Happy”

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    Being happy is a fundamental life goal for most people. But is it possible that by setting the bar at “being happy,” that we’re aiming too low? In her new book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being, Beth Cabrera makes a compelling case for striving for more. Better yet, she offers practical and actionable steps on how to do it.
  • Mindful Mondays: The Case for Competitive Civility

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    The executive that signed professional golfer Jordan Spieth to a long-term endorsement deal with Under Armour should get a raise. In the year, since he signed on, the 21 year old Texan has won two major golf championships, missed winning the other two by a total of four strokes and, with his second place finish in the PGA Championship yesterday, captured the number one ranking in the world. He did all of this while remaining calm, steady and friendly. In short, he’s an absolutely killer competitor who is, by the standards of any era, remarkably civil.
  • Mindful Mondays: Quit Trying to Solve for Work-Life Balance

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Do you know how many results come back when you do a Google search on “work-life balance”? I just did one and the answer is 176 million. That’s an awful lot of discussion on a problem that no one has really solved. You could keep trying to solve for work-life balance or you could try to solve for something else that is more attainable, accessible and would likely make a bigger difference for you anyway.
  • Mindful Mondays: The Surprising Benefits of Being More Fully Present at Work

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Whenever we run a 360 or self-assessment based on The Next Level model of leadership presence, one of the lowest rated behaviors is usually “Gives others his/her full presence and attention during meetings and conversations.” If you take a little time to observe your own behavior and that of others you work or live with, you’ll understand why the behavior of being fully present is often rated so low. The increasing levels of addiction to checking smartphones and other screens throughout the day are well documented. If you’re paying attention to or distracted by what’s on a screen,…
  • Mindful Mondays: Three Easy Ways to Unplug on Vacation

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    One of the big reasons you need a vacation this summer is to take a break from the chronic state of fight or flight that an overworked and overwhelmed lifestyle generates. By doing some quick math based on email statistics collected by the Radicati Group, I’m ball parking that the average business person gets 113 emails per day. When I ask the people in my leadership workshops how many they get in a day the responses are usually in the range of 200 to 300. Whatever the actual number is, for most professionals, it’s a lot.
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Should You Add a Financial Wellness Program to Your Employee Benefits?

    Colin Bradley
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    When employees are experiencing financial stress, it can affect their focus and performance on the job. Providing financial education and benefits can help employees learn to manage their finances and feel more relaxed at home and at work. Financial wellness programs are drawing more attention recently and it’s worth your time to consider implementing one at your company. Read on to learn more about the benefits of implementing a financial wellness program for your employees and how to create one that works. 7 Components of a Financial Wellness Program. Employee Benefit News:Many of…
  • Life Insurance May Not Cost as Much as Your Employees Think

    Curry Bradley
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Life insurance can help protect people from the most devastating effects of a tragedy, and yet many Americans don’t know the basics, according to the Insurance Barometer, a study by Life Happens, a nonprofit that promotes understanding of life insurance and related products, and LIMRA, a life insurance and financial services trade association. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, and the perfect time to educate your employees about the benefits of purchasing it — especially if you’re heading into open enrollment season. Here’s where to start. Life Insurance…
  • Engage Employees with Entertaining, Success-Driven Workplace Wellness Programs

    Colin Bradley
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wellness programs are popular in corporate America these days — especially after the Affordable Care Act allowed employers to reward employees for their participation. Still, there’s a lot of debate surrounding the programs’ effectiveness. If you have a workplace wellness program in place and aren’t seeing the results you’d like, it could be because the program was not built with your employees in mind, and doesn’t meet their needs. For example, your employees might want an entertainment element along with their wellness initiatives, such as karate or aerobics.   The…
  • How to Make Open Enrollment Easy on All Your Employees

    Curry Bradley
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Open enrollment can be stressful for employees. Faced with a firm deadline to make decisions that will affect their families for the following year, employees may feel pressured and confused about how make the right choices. Preparing in advance, communicating early and oftenand using a Web-based benefits enrollment platform can help you make open enrollment easier on your employees. According to a survey by The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, employees prefer online enrollment: More than 90 percent of those surveyed reported the experience as “very easy,” compared to 78 percent…
  • Better Employee Benefits Mean Better Talent for Small Businesses

    Colin Bradley
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Many small businesses have trouble competing for top talent with big name companies. The secret often lies with offering better employee benefits. One recent Aflac study found that 49 percent of small-business employees who were already hunting for a new job would stay at their old one if the benefits package was improved. The following articles and blog posts explore the ways that you can offer better benefits to your employees and hang on to your best workers. Better Benefits Gives Small Biz Hiring Edge. BenefitsPro:Aflac noted that workforce conditions — low unemployment and a rapidly…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Talent Acquisition Strategies

    Greg Moran
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The success of your organization begins with talent acquisition. That’s why it’s so important to focus on best practices and make sure everyone is on board. But how? Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts to keep you and your team on their talented toes. DO THIS… Hire with focus. Be clear on what your organization wants and needs. Are you looking for leadership qualities? Do you need a super organizer? Does the person have to be a finance wiz? Know what you want and then clearly define it. Plan out your budget. Make sure that your recruitment budget allows for investing in the right…
  • He Hates It. She Loves It. Company Culture Is Not “One-Size-Fits-All”

    Greg Moran
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Do you know the values that are core to the culture of your company? Many companies do. For example, at Whole Foods Market, they genuinely care about the environment. At, they talk about their culture of delivering WOW through service. Amazon is a company that strives to do really big, innovative, groundbreaking things. And, as detailed in a recent NY Times article, Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace, “when you’re shooting for the moon, the nature of the work is really challenging and for some people that doesn’t always work,” said Susan Harker,…
  • Is it Time to Rethink Your Talent Acquisition Strategy?

    Greg Moran
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    Times are changing and your talent acquisition strategy need to evolve too. More employees are working remotely or seeking flexible schedules. Others are choosing freelance or contract work over full-time gigs. As a result, recruiters need to re-examine traditional recruiting methods to ensure they stay fresh. Career Builder recommends that hiring managers need to work on overcoming these four talent acquisition strategies: Volatility Challenge Today’s talent is more demanding than ever, asking for shorter, less predictable business cycles and wanting to focus on projects versus jobs.
  • Top Reasons Employees Quit Their Jobs

    Greg Moran
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Stop Quitters in their Tracks Now that the economy is firming up, workers are feeling their oats and quitting their jobs again to find greener pastures. In fact, the Labor Department recently reported that the number of people who quit their jobs rose three percent between December 2014 and January 2015 to 2.8 million – the most in more than six years. The rising number of quits has begun to affect many larger corporations. Frank Friedman, interim CEO at the consulting and auditing firm Deloitte, says his firm’s clients, which include about 80 percent of the Fortune 500, are…
  • Ready to Invest in HR Technology? Ask these Questions First.

    Greg Moran
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    HR technology is hot. In fact, according to a 2015 report from marketing agency The Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit, 53 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees plan to invest in HR technology this year. That number jumps to 60 percent for smaller firms. So, what’s driving the trend? Some point towards cloud technology as the primary accelerator. Not so long ago, smaller firms didn’t have access to the technology the big players use, but things have changed with the availability of the cloud. So now that anyone can purchase the same technology, what should you look for when…
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    cfactor Connections

  • What Being Kidnapped as a Child Taught Me about Culture

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. Recently, the famous dictionary producer Merriam-Webster named culture as the “Word of the Year.”  I am sure most experts on Employee Engagement were not surprised by Merriam-Webster’s … Continue reading What Being Kidnapped as a Child Taught Me about Culture
  • The Non-Negotiable List – 20 Red Flags For Interviews

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. If you ever interview job candidates, you need a Non-Negotiable List.  This list is used during the interview process to help identify “warning signs” that candidates aren’t … Continue reading The Non-Negotiable List – 20 Red Flags For Interviews
  • “Re-Casting” Employees into the Right Role

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    This guest blog is an excerpt from Kevin Sheridan’s New York Times Best Seller “Building a Magnetic Culture”. Kevin is a best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. RECOGNIZING TALENT – MISS BETTY’S STORY She is more than just a greeter to patients and guests … Continue reading “Re-Casting” Employees into the Right Role
  • The Best Interview Questions for Virtual Jobs

    Nadav Levi
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. Finding good employees can be difficult.  The challenge becomes even greater when hiring for a virtual role.  When you don’t see employees every day, you have to … Continue reading The Best Interview Questions for Virtual Jobs
  • Culture is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year – For Good Reason

    Nadav Levi
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. Largely due to its tracking of which words were looked up the most during 2014, Merriam-Webster chose “Culture” as its Word of the Year.  While “Culture” had … Continue reading Culture is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year – For Good Reason
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • In Search of Happiness at Work

    Sarah Payne
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    Did you know that Scandinavians actually have a word for happiness at work? In Danish, the word is arbejdsglaede—pronounced ah-bites-gleh-the. Alexander Kjerulf, a Danish expert on happiness at work, says it’s the feeling you get when you really enjoy what you do—when you do great work that you’re proud of with people you enjoy being around. It’s being appreciated and knowing that what you do directly contributes to the goals of the organization. Simply put, it’s waking up on a Monday morning and actually being excited for the week ahead. Is arbejdsglaede even possible? And if so,…
  • Guest Blog: Before You Hit ‘Send': 5 Tips for Mindful Communication

    Gadadhara Pandit Dasa
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Hasty communication can break relationships and ruin careers. Too often we write an email or send a text without double-checking the content or being mindful of the tone of the message. We have no idea how that message will get interpreted. Once you hit the “send” button, it’s kind of too late. Here are some communication tips that will keep us from burying our head in our hands. The following five recommendations are coming from my own personal communication blunders. 1. Don’t write emails or texts when you are angry During moments of anger, our mind and intelligence…
  • Spillover, Crossover, and Emotional Spirals at Work and Home

    Darcy Jacobsen
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
      So, it turns out that toxic environment at work could actually be causing you serious problems at home. Everyone has bad days at work. But can bringing home a bad mood from work also affect the lives and work of your partner, your roommates, and your children negatively? Research suggests yes. Psychologists have long known of a dynamic they call the Spillover Crossover Model. This model describes two effects: Spillover: When you come home from work in a positive or negative mood, it affects the quality of your home relationships, accordingly. Crossover: When you come home from work in…
  • Recognizing Across Cultures: Scandinavia

    Darcy Jacobsen
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Do you know the Law of Jante? Are you schooled on lingonberries and lagom? Do you know how recognition is unique in Scandinavia? In our ongoing series on Recognizing across Cultures, we will discuss the cultural and business norms on a region by region basis and use our experience to give you some recommendations for making recognition relevant and powerful for your employees.   Scandinavia Overview When it comes to culture, Scandinavia is unquestionably the world’s darling. Cooperative, egalitarian and practical—never showy, acquisitive or excessive—culture in the three…
  • Show & Tell and Social Learning Theory at Work

    Darcy Jacobsen
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
      If you’re looking for a way to quickly bring new managers and leaders up to speed, psychologists say you might find inspiration in a surprising place. In fact, they suggest that you take a page from the pre-school playbook, and implement a version of Show & Tell in the workplace. You remember Show and Tell? Where kids proudly hold out something to their peers for observation and then explain why it matters? Its a form of exposing kids to new ideas and sharing learning, and it turns out the principles translate into the work world. Observing and sharing is how we learn. Last year,…
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    Clarity Consultants

  • Online or Blended: Which is Better?

    Brianne Bailey
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    If you Google “online or blended?” you’ll find a number of opinions, the surprising majority of which offer a concrete answer: blended. But is that true? Is one delivery method really superior to another? A recent study looked at this question more closely, organizing two groups of learners who were taking a course at an American university. One of the groups completed an online-only version—13 self-paced modules, videos, online discussions, and readings—while the other group participated a blended version—a weekly in-person session, supplemented by online modules and…
  • Once Upon a Time, Stories Transformed eLearning

    Brianne Bailey
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Story-based learning (SBL) uses narrative as the main way to present course material. And there are multiple formats this strategy can take on: video or audio production, written text, dramatic scripts, live storytelling, interactive narratives (“choose your own adventure” stories), and gamification are a few examples. Courses may present content to learners in the form of stories, or learners may tell their own narratives as a way of integrating new concepts into their lives. According to neuroeconomist Paul Zak, a good story can trigger the release of oxytocin, a powerful…
  • Is Your Training Effective?

    Brianne Bailey
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    There are many questions you may ask as you design training for your employees: Is it engaging? Does it cover all the learning objectives? Is it accessible? But the most important question is one that actually doesn’t get asked often enough: Is it effective? Donald Kirkpatrick, former president of the American Society for Training & Development (which is now called the Association for Talent Development, or ATD), completed his dissertation some sixty years ago on evaluating course effectiveness. He then spent the next few decades refining his research, publishing the four-level model…
  • Effective Employee Onboarding: What You Should Know

    Brianne Bailey
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    When we talk about organizational transitions, we are often talking about the large scale—structural reorganization, mergers, new leadership, or going public. But smaller, ongoing transitions have a profound impact on the wellbeing of the overall company. One of the most important of these smaller transitions is onboarding new employees. The objective of onboarding is to introduce the culture of this particular organization to a new employee in order to create a seamless transition. Effective onboarding is an important investment because it leads to employee retention, engagement, and…
  • Experiential Learning Theory: Learning by Doing

    Brianne Bailey
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Let’s say you want to teach someone to drive a car. You, as the instructional designer of Driver’s Ed, might choose to assign a hefty textbook—perhaps the manual to the car—as well as a pamphlet about traffic laws. You may quiz your student on the contents of the reading material and find that he can answer all the questions correctly. So you give him an A, and hand him a set of keys. But when he gets into the car, he is dumbfounded. After all, he has never put keys in an ignition before. Perhaps a better model would be to have the student get in the car from the beginning, to…
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    Human Resources Software

  • Happy Employees: Is Technology the Answer?

    Stephanie Reyes
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:32 am
    One recent study[1] found that better technology was reason enough for one in four employees to consider switching jobs. Almost half of the respondents in the same study said they would use personal devices to get the job done, rather than struggle with sub-standard technology at work.  In an article for Fortune[2], Padmasree Warrior (Strategic Advisor and former CTO at Cisco), ranks access to technology and the internet with the most basic of needs on Maslow’s Hierarchy, and advises organizations to adapt accordingly. While today’s employees are increasingly particular about…
  • HR Trends and The Future of Work

    Stephanie Reyes
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:37 am
    HR Trends are trending. Every week or so, another article or report is published with its version of where work and the workplace are going. Of course, HR technology plays a major role in almost every assessment, even more so in reports that attempt to predict the future based on current trends. Captain Future, Wikimedia Commons Constellation Research[1], for example, recently presented a webinar called 5 Social Business Trends Influencing the Future of Work[2]. The five trends they identified are: Moving to the Cloud  Key business functions and collaborative activities are shifting to…
  • ATS Recruiting Doesn’t Have to be Broken

    Stephanie Reyes
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    In a recent blog on Forbes, Liz Ryan stated that the recruiting process is “broken beyond repair” and laid the blame squarely on the widespread adoption of automated applicant tracking systems (ATS). You might be surprised to hear that we (for the most part) agree with her. Except the problem isn’t ATS technology itself; rather, it’s the way the technology is being used. Most professionals who build and purchase applicant tracking systems are treating the process of gathering and sorting through applications as a filtering problem. They start with the assumption that…
  • A Diverse Team Counters Complacency

    Stephanie Reyes
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    A colleague handed me a book the other day. The cover looked like a children’s book and the title did little to dispel that impression: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins.  Like many business books in recent years, the authors (B.J Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt) decided to create a fable[1]  to illustrate their point and share an important business lesson. It was a very fast read: large print, short pages, and plenty of illustrations. In fact, the book was deceptively simple. It was an entertaining light read with a heavy, even vital, message that bears repeating. A lack of…
  • Effective Co-Workers not BFFs

    Stephanie Reyes
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    During the recent evaluation and debrief of a year-long leadership development program, which involved teams working together to solve problems for community organizations, we learned a few things. One of the most obvious was: it’s not easy for randomly selected groups of strangers to gel into functional teams. In spite of workshops on group dynamics, coaching and a library of resources; most of the teams faced group process challenges, ranging from minor personality clashes to all-out war. A couple of teams were notable exceptions. These two teams seemed immune to the dysfunction…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Leading Like Amazon Yields Great Performance

    Mark C. Crowley
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Should We Be Adopting Their Ways? SAS CEO Shows Why Treating Employees Well Is Better for Business  After reading the New York Times’ recent dystopian portrayal of the work culture at, it’s hard to imagine anyone not feeling a whole lot better about their own job situation.
  • Game Changers in Maternity and Paternity Leave

    Elizabeth Stocker
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Is Netflix changing the game when it comes to maternity and paternity leave? On the cusp of Netflix’s announcement that they are offering unlimited paid time off for new parents (both moms and dads), allowing employees to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption, many are left wondering whether this is the new norm. Do the Best Companies to Work For offer something similar? And, is the U.S. finally catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to maternity and paternity leave?
  • The Talent Imperative

    Hannah Elise Jones
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Four Strategies Smaller Companies Can Use to Attract and Retain TalentThe landscape of business is changing. Everyone in an HR or people function knows it. By 2020, the U.S. will have 1.5 million too few workers with college or graduate degrees and fifty-six percent of U.S. employers believe this talent shortage has a medium to high impact on their ability to meet client needs. On top of the already lean pool, more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. are voluntarily quitting their jobs each month, and this number is steadily rising—making the prospect of keeping talent dimmer as well.
  • Employee Engagement Involves Bringing the Whole Self to Work

    Sharlyn Lauby
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    People that bring 100% to work give 100% to their workThe days of leaving your personal life at the company doorstep are over. Frankly, the concept never really worked in the first place. We can't expect to get 100 percent from people if only 50 percent is allowed to show up to work.
  • Build a Foundation for Trust

    David Shanklin
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Defining, Adopting, and Reinforcing Your Organization’s Core ValuesCore values are critically important to creating a great workplace. They act as the baseline contract between all members of the organization: leaders and employees alike. They serve as the shared commitment each employee makes to one another about how they will behave and make decisions, so leader and employee behaviors become predictable. This is the essence of trust. When leaders are committed to modeling the core values and their actions become predictable, fear within an organization disappears. Employees know how…
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    strategy+business: ORGANIZATIONS & PEOPLE

  • The How and When of Getting Back to Work

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Employees who get injured or sick on the job are returning to work much sooner than they did in the past, but companies have varied reasons for accommodating their injured workers.
  • Just Say No

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    In a new book, leadership expert Ira Chaleff argues teaching employees to disobey orders is an essential management safeguard.
  • The Search for an Oracle

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Where do you look for leadership wisdom?
  • Consistency Drives Success at Telus

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In many organizations the bias is to change often -- simply to appear to be doing something different. But the bias at Telus, the Canadian telecom giant, was always not to change. This unusual consistency of focus, in terms of both its business strategy and its culture, helped transform Telus into an industry leader.
  • The Best Defense

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Contractors in the aerospace and defense sector can fend off aggressive activist investors by adopting a capabilities-driven approach.
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    Human Resources Blog - Spark Hire

  • How to Ensure a Smooth Relocation for Your New Hire

    Lauren Levine
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When you have a new hire who’s relocating to join your company, part of the burden falls on you to help make the process as easy as possible for this individual. Relocating is stressful regardless of the distance, so here are some tips for lowering your new team member’s stress levels as much as possible: Go over your relocation policy thoroughly ahead of time Give the new employee a hard copy of your relocation policy and go over it in detail. They should know exactly what costs the business will pay for, as well as what they’ll be paying for on their own. Give them tips If you’ve…
  • Big Business vs. Small Business: How to Adjust Your Recruiting Strategy

    Julia Weeks
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    If your small business is struggling with its recruiting strategy, you are not alone.  It can be daunting to know that you are going after the same limited candidate pool that your larger competitors are focusing on. Without the well-established brands and reputations that many big businesses have, your small business may need to adjust its existing recruiting strategy in order to attract top talent. Focus on your brand strategy What does your brand say about you?  When you are competing with big businesses for the same top talent, you need to make sure that your small business has an…
  • How to Fix the Most Common Collaborative Hiring Problems

    Josh Tolan
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Once upon a time, the hiring manager ruled the hiring process. The hiring manager was king and reigned over everything from sorting resumes to screening candidates to conducting interviews and making the final hiring decision. There’s since been a hiring process revolution, and more and more companies are adopting collaborative hiring models. The power in hiring is now distributed between the direct manager, recruiters, and the rest of the hiring manager’s team. This team-based approach is powerful and can be an effective way to find the best candidate for the job. Yet, collaborative…
  • How Millennials Feel About Video Interviewing

    Lauren Levine
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Though the concept would have been unheard of even a few years ago, video interviewing is quickly changing the hiring landscape. Not only does it reduce costs, but it also makes it easier to interview candidates from all over the country, regardless of where your business is located. This opens up your company to a wider pool of talent, thus helping you to put the best person in an open position. Video interviewing is also a powerful recruiting tool when you’re looking to talk directly to millennials, here’s why: Millennials know and understand video Today, everyone can produce videos. If…
  • Recruiting for Recruiters: Which College Degrees are Best?

    Julia Weeks
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Recruiting for recruiters is not as easy as one might think.  Sure, you can always hire for experience, but that doesn’t always guarantee a great recruiter. If you are considering hiring college grads, there are several degrees that you can focus on in your candidate search. Communications When hiring for my recruiting teams in the past, I found that new grads with college degrees in communications were often successful in recruiting. Plain and simple, recruiting is all about communicating and building relationships with people – clients and candidates.  A good recruiter enjoys…
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    Recruiting Firm

  • 5 Reasons Why Hiring is a Challenge for Small Companies

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Small companies may offer rewarding employment opportunities, yet they still struggle to find top talent. They compete with larger organizations that also provide rewarding job opportunities and are more well-known. Bigger salaries and benefit packages are the more obvious advantages of working for a big companies. Yet, there are many other areas where big companies out shine small businesses. Here are five reasons why small companies struggle to compete with large companies when hiring talent. 1) Salaries & Benefits: Not a secret that salaries are generally lower in smaller companies.
  • 3 Steps to Mobile App Recruiting

    12 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Passive and active candidates are using mobile devices to find out more about your brand. According to, 72% of of active candidates use mobile devices to view company career sites. If you can’t meet them where they are (on mobile), then you may be losing talent to your competitors and putting yourself at a disadvantage. Here are three steps in strategizing for mobile app recruiting: 1. Learn – Optimize your career site. The company’s website should automatically adjust for the use of a mobile device. (Tip: Stay away from Flash, keep text to the minimum, use more pictures…
  • 4 Reasons Why Job Hoppers Are A Good Thing

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    According to Lou Adler (an internationally known talent management guru), top performers may frequently move on for new challenges, but the short-term gain that they provide may make hiring them worthwhile. Here are four reasons why “Job Jumpers” (as Lou likes to call them) are a good thing: Job jumpers bring best practices and knowledge of your competitors. Job jumpers are adaptable; they learn and build contacts quickly. Job jumpers may have a broader functional perspective. Short-term excellence is better than long-term mediocrity.
  • Job Hoppers – Just the FACTS

    15 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Job Hoppers have a bad reputation. According to, 43% of employers won’t consider hiring people who change jobs often. Yet, would you rather hire LeBron James for one year or Homer Simpson for 4 years? Here are a few facts to consider before writing off all job hoppers: Top Performers: 28 months is the average tenure for 30 year olds with great school and work credentials The Norm: 45% of employers expect new college grads to stay less than two years (CareerBuilder.) Accepted Practice: 55% of employers have actually hired a job hopper and 32% have come to expect…
  • 6 Advantages of a Job Hopper

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Job hoppers have historically had a bad rap, especially during the days when people stayed at jobs for life. Yet, in 2015, it is a different employment world. Access to employment opportunities is in real-time now which means people can apply with a simple touch on their mobile device. With employment information readily available, it makes sense that people are actively aware of new job opportunities and, thus, have employment options unheard of decades ago. And, what about those millennials? Well, they grew up on technology change and are now hardwired to accept change as the norm. They…
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    Async Interview

  • RIVS Digital Interviews Acquires Digital Interviewing Solution, Async Interview

    Emily Tatum
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    For information about the acquisition, please click here. The post RIVS Digital Interviews Acquires Digital Interviewing Solution, Async Interview appeared first on Async Interview.
  • Medicine and Interviews in the Digital Age

    Christopher Young
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    These days, people want to be able to do virtually everything online. Go shopping, pay bills, transfer money, get information and advice on virtually any topic — the list is endless, and you can bet it includes receiving medical advice and job hunting. While real-time online communication helps patients connect with licensed doctors and specialists, it also allows employers and hiring departments to conduct video interviews with potential candidates, combining the benefits of both activities. Growth of Telemedicine and the Video Interview As an industry, telemedicine is not…
  • Can’t Find Any Nurses? You’re Probably Running the Wrong Hours

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

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

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

  • Technology and Respect for Its Roots

    Tom Bolt
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    One of my favorite pieces of art is Winston Link’s photograph “Old Maude bows to the Virginia Creeper” in which an old horse seems to be giving deference to the approach of new technology. Gene and Roy Hampton just happened to be at the crossing with a sledge of wood destined for their nearby farm … Continue reading »
  • The Pervasive Post and Pray Pathology

    Tom Bolt
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The corruption of our thinking began with learning things that we are unwilling to unlearn. Beginning with inventing the wheel and discovering fire, we eventually came to worship better technological advances. Often we found that automation alone was not the answer, but we failed to understand why. Nobody who is a recruiter today would consider … Continue reading »
  • We Have To Talk… Before It’s Too Late!

    Tom Bolt
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Last year a BBC article told the story of Julia Rogers of Newton Abbot, Devon. After over-the-counter remedies for backache didn’t help alleviate her pain, she went to her doctor complaining that it seemed to be spreading into her abdomen. She was sent for blood tests and later for an ultrasound which showed “excessive bowel … Continue reading »
  • The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

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

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

  • A Special Incentive for Rapid Teamwork Pre-Orders

    Sean Glaze
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    I am excited to announce that my next book, Rapid Teamwork, will officially launch on September 21st, 2015. For the many fans and followers and friends that I have had the pleasure of connecting with over the last few years, I wanted to offer you the opportunity to pre-order the book and receive a couple of great gifts for doing so. Rapid Teamwork tells the story of Greg Sharpe, a manager that readers can easily relate to. Greg’s team has been underachieving and struggling with a few issues.  What he and his executive team experience during an unusual rafting retreat is a lesson on how to…
  • Keys to Retaining Your Team’s Top Talent

    Sean Glaze
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am
    Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here).  (You can learn more about Mike and the book at the end of the post.) Here’s Mike: Erin joined your team about a year ago. She came in with many other candidates for a job opening and she impressed you in the interview. She was far and away the best candidate. You knew you would be lucky to get her to join your team. Since her first day of work, she has lived up to the high expectations she set in her interviews.
  • How to Motivate Your Team with Numbers

    Sean Glaze
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    I was reminded of an important technique you can use to motivate your team while talking with my son about the basketball camp he attended this week. One of the things that makes him a good player is intrinsic motivation – he practices on his own because he just enjoys getting better.  He doesn’t do it because dad offers him milkshakes or other extrinsic rewards. Now, there is NOTHING WRONG with sharing rewards and celebrating individual or team performances… what gets rewarded often gets repeated… but if the external reward is the only motivation, study after study has shown that…
  • Assigned Seats Are Even More Effective Outside of Schools

    Sean Glaze
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    Teachers have used assigned seats for decades to arrange and organize students in their classrooms, because it was convenient.  In my classroom, I used to assign seats and would switch up those assignments at different points during the year to allow students to interact and build relationships with people that they otherwise likely wouldn’t have talked with. But leaders in any field should find a way to assign seats to their people at meetings and events – and not just for organizational efficiency. Assigned seats can be a powerful positive catalyst for building relationships and…
  • How to Build Accountability With a Team Character Draft

    Sean Glaze
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    With the NFL draft approaching, millions of people are getting excited about the addition of talent to their team rosters.  Most people can see and appreciate talent – but great leaders know that talent alone is never sufficient.  Talent without character and trust – traits of great teammates – will always underachieve. So how do you build an appreciation of character and emphasize the importance of great teammates, while also creating a culture of accountability among your athletes? Well, even for a veteran coach that sounds like a tall order… but it really is possible. Early in…
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  • CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:07 am
    CityWest Homes employs around 400 people and provides a range of services relating to 22,000 homes owned by Westminster Council. As well as property management services, CWH also has its own lettings agency and a property division that develops properties and new builds for people living in the area. The post CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes appeared first on CIPHR.
  • Ten 30 Day Challenges To Set Yourself Today

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
    It’s no surprise that setting yourself challenges is a great way to stay motivated, inspired and improve your self development. Long term challenges are all well and good but in this day and age, where everything is in a snippet and our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, short term challenges are a great way to learn new skills or improve your day. Here are some great 30 day challenges for you to try: 1. Get to work half hour early each day 2. Car share to and from work 3. Offer your help to a different colleague each day (workload permitting) 4. Start a 30 day employee…
  • 10 Productivity Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    1. Being productive means getting things done quicker Productivity is about completing tasks well, not rushing them, risking mistakes and potentially needing to redo some or all of the tasks. As the tortoise taught us, it’s better to work steadily through our to do list, to the best of our abilities, than race through several tasks with the minimum amount of care. Rushing causes stress; every little thing that doesn’t go our way affects how long it’s going to take to finish and as the goal is to complete it as quickly as possible, that’s a massive issue. By not…
  • 5 Often Overlooked Reasons To Telecommute

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many arguments in favour of ‘working from anywhere’, both from the employee’s and employer’s perspective and, now that SaaS technology is commonplace, telecommuting is no longer a luxury. Here are five often overlooked reasons to telecommute. 1) You’ll benefit from your own company Without the regular distractions of a busy office you are afforded more dedicated time to work through your daily tasks. According to a study carried out by the University of Calgary, simply being able to see a colleague working on something different to you is enough to slow…
  • Rise Above The Rest In The Job Search Battle

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In today’s world, where everything’s in ‘the cloud’, the recruitment industry has become largely conducted online. With so many qualified people competing in the job search, it’s more and more difficult to make an impression with potential employers and recruiters. The global workforce is steadily increasing, and job roles are rapidly changing with the times, making it more important than ever to find a way to gain an advantage and stand out. This may seem a difficult challenge, considering the huge growth of talent looking for work, but there are some things you can now do to get…
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  • Tips for Managing HR Vendors

    Dave Rietsema
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:04 am
    Companies of every size must rely on vendors for HR supplies, software, training supplies, and needs like insurance and banking. After the perfect vendors have been found, it’s important to build and maintain relationships with the vendors but prepare for eventualities like the vendor going out of business. The following are a few tips that can help you optimize your relationship with HR vendors. Communicate Goals and Information Communicating with vendors to share your goals and other information may help them to better serve your needs. There is no need to over share, but talking with…
  • Make Seasonal Hiring and Onboarding Easier on Everyone Involved

    Dave Rietsema
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Seasonal hiring can be a painful process, since a lot of effort goes into hiring, onboarding, and training only to see the workers leave just about as soon as they become proficient. Despite the pains of seasonal hiring, the process is necessary for many industries, as busy seasons crop up for only a single quarter or less. Following a few tips may help to make your seasonal hiring processes run smoother-for you and your hires. Start Very Early While you shouldn’t actually get your hires into the store until you need them, it makes sense to start the process of hiring for your seasonal…
  • 5 Steps for Effectively Disciplining Employees

    Dave Rietsema
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    Disciplining employees is a necessary matter in every organization, albeit an unpleasant one. Effective discipline can help to correct employee behavioral issues and can increase productivity. Effective discipline will also help to protect your company against wrongful termination lawsuits. It is important to have a strategically designed discipline policy so that your employees know what is expected and what will happen if they do not meet expectations. Having this degree of consistency will provide your organization with a sense of stability that all of your employees, managers, and HR…
  • 5 Tips for Managing Remote Employees

    Dave Rietsema
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    In many workplaces across many different types of industries, the age-old dream of working from home is quickly becoming a reality for employees. With information systems allowing data to be shared and uploaded from remote locations, going to a physical place to work is often not necessary anymore. The benefits of allowing employees to work from home extend to employers as well as employee, as employers can limit or eliminate office space and save costs on everything from utilities to paper clips. Managing remote employees is a little different than managing employees that are in front of…
  • Avoid Jargon for Better Workplace Communication

    Dave Rietsema
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Using business jargon in the office is a common practice in workplaces near and far. Some employers and even employees feel like using fancy terms or making up acronyms is savvy or creates some sort of comforting insider feel in the workplace. Unfortunately, business jargon confuses and alienates employees while hampering productivity more often than it helps. Phrases That Confuse In many cases, phrases have become so bastardized or are used in such strange context that employees have no idea what to make of them. Phrases such as “break down the silos” or “tee it up” may cause some…
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    HRE Daily

  • Start Them Up!

    Andrew McIlvaine
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:04 am
    Workers and their employers like vehicle benefits. Despite up-and-down gas prices and clogged freeways, the American love affair with the car continues, as does the enthusiasm among American workers and their companies for vehicle-related benefits. A recent WorldatWork survey of more than 400 comp specialists finds that nine out of 10 of the organizations surveyed offer a car allowance, company car, fuel reimbursement or other vehicle benefit to at least some of their employees. Vehicle-related benefits are far more prevalent among American companies than among their foreign brethren: 74…
  • The UAW’s Push for Pooling

    David Shadovitz
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:14 am
    The United Auto Workers is pushing for greater industry consolidation. No, I’m not referring to something along the lines of Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne’s on-again, off-again pursuit of merging with General Motors. I’m talking about employee healthcare. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal titled “UAW Pitches Health-Care Co-op to Car Makers”  (subscription site) reports that the “United Auto Workers union is pushing Detroit car makers to put all their employees under one health-care umbrella, creating a powerful purchasing group that could upend…
  • Welcoming Back the Boomerang Employee

    Mark McGraw
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    Top-notch talent is hard to find. With an improving economy and a more job seeker-friendly labor market adding degrees of difficulties to the search, employers may be wise to seek out familiar faces on the recruiting trail. So suggests new research released this week, the first study in the Employee Engagement Series, commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. and In the poll, nearly half of 601 HR professionals claimed their organizations previously had a policy against rehiring former employees, even those who left in good standing. Seventy-six percent,…
  • The Not-Ready-for-Retirement Workers

    Michael J. O'Brien
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:26 am
    Just when you thought it was safe to retire… A new analysis from Aon Hewitt reveals most workers will likely be working longer to save enough to maintain their standard of living in retirement. In fact, its analysis of 77 large U.S. employers, representing 2.1 million employees, projects the average worker will need to save 11 times their final pay at retirement (age 65) to keep their preretirement lifestyle. (Exact income replacement, of course, depends on the unique situation of each worker including age, income, anticipated retirement age and Social Security.) Only one-in-five are…
  • Not So Fast on the Netflix Good News, Says Group

    Kristen Frasch
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Invariably, any large company — especially one that’s in the news — attracts its detractors as well as its fans. Just try “Googling” “anti-Walmart websites” and see what comes up on the nation’s largest employer. So no surprise, really, that Netflix’s recent announcement — that it would offer unlimited leave to new moms and dads, allowing them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption — has yielded an “anti-stir.” A women’s group calling itself…
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  • 4 hacks to a happier workday

    Advice &#38; Resources
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Some days, it's a struggle to find the energy to push the snooze button, let alone get out of bed. Other days, though you think you've got it all together, you arrive at work and realize you forgot your headphones, your morning coffee… or your laptop. And on those "I can't even…" days, you step on said headphones, spill your coffee all over your new white shirt, or face the "blue screen of death" as you open up your computer.What's a working gal or guy to do when your day doesn't start off as expected? Here are four hacks to turn a bad morning into a prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay,…
  • High (school) hopes: Future workers weigh in on workforce expectations

    Advice &#38; Resources
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:45 am
    When I was a high school senior, I barely thought about what I'd be doing the next day, let alone what to expect when I officially became an adult and entered the workforce full time. Yet, today's high school students are especially tuned in to the future world of work that awaits them.According to a new CareerBuilder survey, high school seniors have already formed solid opinions around life in the working world, and their views often differ from what current workers expect out of their career experiences.Here's a comparison of future and current workers' attitudes when it comes to areas such…
  • How to Screen Applicants Beyond the Resume

    Emily Tatum
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    When a position needs to be filled ASAP, the typical knee-jerk reaction is to screen applicants as quickly as possible for their relevant experience on their resume. However, as we’ve discussed here before, basing your hiring decisions primarily on a candidate’s […]
  • Case Study: Hoovers, Inc. Creates a Successful Talent Management Process

    Robin Rayburn
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:40 am
    Hoover's turned to Zapoint SkillsMapper™, a unique employee career development tool that has transformed their succession planning process with a 'holistic' approach of “succession development.” SkillsMapper provides Hoover's with a collaborative, employee-driven learning framework that engages employees with a unique profile application that maps employees skills and qualifications against the future needs of the business. Download this case study to learn more about how Zapoint is helping Hoover's make better talent decisions.
  • Companies hiring in September

    Advice &#38; Resources
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:27 am
    Make this a September to remember when you land a new job with one of the following great companies, all of whom are looking to fill open positions this month.1. Airgas Inc.Industry: Chemical, manufacturing, oil and gasSample job titles: Route driver, tanker driver, account manager, technician, inside sales, branch manager, district manager, production operator, marketing specialist, SAP analyst, accountantLocation: California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Virginia, New York, Oregon, Colorado2. Ancora EducationIndustry: Education, health care, auto…
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  • CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:07 am
    CityWest Homes employs around 400 people and provides a range of services relating to 22,000 homes owned by Westminster Council. As well as property management services, CWH also has its own lettings agency and a property division that develops properties and new builds for people living in the area. The post CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes appeared first on CIPHR.
  • Ten 30 Day Challenges To Set Yourself Today

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
    It’s no surprise that setting yourself challenges is a great way to stay motivated, inspired and improve your self development. Long term challenges are all well and good but in this day and age, where everything is in a snippet and our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, short term challenges are a great way to learn new skills or improve your day. Here are some great 30 day challenges for you to try: 1. Get to work half hour early each day 2. Car share to and from work 3. Offer your help to a different colleague each day (workload permitting) 4. Start a 30 day employee…
  • 10 Productivity Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    1. Being productive means getting things done quicker Productivity is about completing tasks well, not rushing them, risking mistakes and potentially needing to redo some or all of the tasks. As the tortoise taught us, it’s better to work steadily through our to do list, to the best of our abilities, than race through several tasks with the minimum amount of care. Rushing causes stress; every little thing that doesn’t go our way affects how long it’s going to take to finish and as the goal is to complete it as quickly as possible, that’s a massive issue. By not…
  • 5 Often Overlooked Reasons To Telecommute

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many arguments in favour of ‘working from anywhere’, both from the employee’s and employer’s perspective and, now that SaaS technology is commonplace, telecommuting is no longer a luxury. Here are five often overlooked reasons to telecommute. 1) You’ll benefit from your own company Without the regular distractions of a busy office you are afforded more dedicated time to work through your daily tasks. According to a study carried out by the University of Calgary, simply being able to see a colleague working on something different to you is enough to slow…
  • Rise Above The Rest In The Job Search Battle

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In today’s world, where everything’s in ‘the cloud’, the recruitment industry has become largely conducted online. With so many qualified people competing in the job search, it’s more and more difficult to make an impression with potential employers and recruiters. The global workforce is steadily increasing, and job roles are rapidly changing with the times, making it more important than ever to find a way to gain an advantage and stand out. This may seem a difficult challenge, considering the huge growth of talent looking for work, but there are some things you can now do to get…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • What Labor Day History Can Teach Us About Unhappy Employees

    Kelsie Davis
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    Many people think of Labor Day weekend as a time to squeeze in a last summer getaway. Camping, barbecues, and boats abound, but there’s actually a bigger meaning. Labor Day in the United States is meant to celebrate workers and came about as a result of protesting terrible working conditions in the 1800s. While working […] The post What Labor Day History Can Teach Us About Unhappy Employees appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • How To Use Breaks To Your Advantage [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Bryson Kearl
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:43 am
    We are meant to take breaks. It’s in our DNA to recharge our batteries and get ready for our next pursuit. As a company leader, this can be a tough principle to fully embrace. Sometimes the distinction between breaks and distractions feels blurred, so we’d rather just not deal with breaks at all. Some managers […] The post How To Use Breaks To Your Advantage [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • BambooHR iOS App Supports Password Managers

    Tony Fonseca
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:58 am
    Most of us can’t live without our mobile devices—whether it’s phones or tablets or even our laptops. We love the flexibility of doing our work or answering emails on the go. It’s become a part of us. At BambooHR, it’s important to us that our customers are able to access our HR system on the go. […] The post BambooHR iOS App Supports Password Managers appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 5 Ways To Manage Ideal and Troublesome Employees

    Steve Holiday
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:33 am
    Over the past weeks, we’ve been discussing performance management and the importance of maintaining regular, developmental communication with your employees. Ideally your employees love their jobs, understand the company mission and goals, and want to positively contribute to the culture and growth of the company. Once in a while, though, you encounter employees who want […] The post 5 Ways To Manage Ideal and Troublesome Employees appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Bank Exams Today

  • Current Affairs Updates for 5 September 2015

    Gagandeep Broot
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Current Affairs Updates for today :-Commemorative coins of Rs.125, 10 releasedCommemorative coins of Rs.125, 10 released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 04th September 2015 in the honour of former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.Marvan Atapattu resigned as Head Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket teamMarvan Atapattu resigned as Head Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket team on 03rd September 2015. R.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Problems on Trains - Types of Problems with Examples

    Premlata Biswas
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Problems on Trains chapter is almost same as TIME AND DISTANCE. The only difference is that the length of the moving object is also considered. Some important things to be noticed:(i) When two trains are moving in opposite directions, their speeds should be added to find the relative speed. (ii) When they are moving in the same direction, the relative speed is the difference of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Computer Awareness Quiz - Cryptography

    Deepak Kumar
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:12 am
    Cryptography is tool for protecting information in computer systems. Must read - Bitcoins - Important facts you need to know Q1. Cryptography is derived from the ____word:a) Greekb) Frenchc) Latin d) None of These Q2. Cryptography is the study of information______:a) Hidingb) Verificationc) Both of Above d) None of These Q3. Cryptography includes the __________to securely and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IBPS PO Preliminary Model Paper 3 - Download PDF

    Ramandeep Singh
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:16 am
    In the series of sharing model papers for IBPS PO Preliminary exam, today I am providing third paper in this series. Within next few days I will share at least 10 model papers.  You can take online tests on Testpanda Number of pages - 22File format - PDFDifficulty level - ModerateGood score - 55-60 Download set 3 Download set 2 Download set 1 Get IBPS PO IV Bundle [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Banking Awareness - Punjab & Sind Bank Special

    Deepak Kumar
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:44 am
    Banking Awareness for today :- Q1. Punjab & Sind Bank was founded on: a) 24 July, 1908b) 24 June, 1908c) 19 July, 1908d) None of These Q2. Headquarter of Punjab & Sind Bank is located at:a) New Delhib) Patialac) Chandigarhd) None of These Q3. How many branches of Punjab & Sind Bank are operating in Punjab:a) More Than 600b) More Than 400c) More Than 500d) None of These Q4. How... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #311 #ff Facebook recruitment

    Mike Morrison
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:38 am
    Some office fun for a Friday afternoon – Facebook recruitment Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #311 “I need your Facebook password before I can hire you. If you’re not on Facebook, I need you to join and post a bunch of personal stuff you don’t want me to know about!” Facebook Recruitment! Office cartoons […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #311 #ff Facebook recruitment appeared first on .
  • The ADDIE Instructional Design Model #HRBlog

    Mike Morrison
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:51 am
    You are expecting this piece to say how to use the ADDIE Instructional Design Model, but ADDIE is not a model – it is a conceptual framework. What does this mean for its use and validity? ADDIE Training Design Model ADDIE is often used as a model in the design of training. It is believed […] The post The ADDIE Instructional Design Model #HRBlog appeared first on .
  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #308 #ff Meetings

    Mike Morrison
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    Some office fun for a Friday afternoon – meetings Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #308       “It was bound to happen. The computers can’t get anything done without having a bunch of meetings first!” Office cartoons Office based cartoons, funnies and humor can help to communicate important messages or tips in a […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #308 #ff Meetings appeared first on .
  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #301 #ff #blue

    Mike Morrison
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    Some office fun for a Friday afternoon – Blue Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #301 “Yes, the shirt on page 41 is available in blue. Did you mean coral blue, springtime blue, granite blue, berry blue, checkbook blue, cotton candy blue, poodle blue, antifreeze blue, bodacious blue, hillbilly blue, heavenly blue, varicose blue, wheatgrass […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #301 #ff #blue appeared first on .
  • Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #299 #ff #username #password

    Mike Morrison
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:21 am
    Some office fun for a Friday afternoon – username and password Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #299 “I’ve done my best to make your user name and password as secure as possible… but you still move your lips when you type!” user name and password Office cartoons Office based cartoons, funnies and humor can […] The post Fun Friday – weekly office cartoon #299 #ff #username #password appeared first on .
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    HR Success Guide | Top Human Resources Blog

  • How to Improve Staff Engagement in the Legal Industry

    Parinita Bahadur
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Avelina Patay (NeoMam Studios) Click Here to visit similar Presentations. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How do you motivate Low Performers to do a Better Job?

    Parinita Bahadur
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Antony Xavier This is a question that keeps many managers up at night. And it's hard to answer. The answer is hard because different things motivate different employees. For example, one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The World's Biggest Office

    Parinita Bahadur
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Dave Cummins (Dublin Office Centre) Click Here to visit similar Presentations. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Attract the Right Candidate

    Parinita Bahadur
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Helen Sabell (College of Adult Learning) Today’s job market is highly competitive and inundated with a growing number of people seeking employment. As a result, employers may find themselves... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SMEs Guide to Online Payroll Services

    Parinita Bahadur
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Colin Cuthbert (Ayers Management) Click Here to visit similar Presentations. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DATIS Blog

  • 3 Common (and Dangerous) Myths About Business Plans

    DATIS Guest
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:13 am
    This DATIS blog article, “3 Common (and Dangerous) Myths About Business Plans” was originally written by Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on September 2nd, 2015 and was reposted with permission. Business plans aren’t only for entrepreneurs. Any new venture requires thorough planning before...
  • The Employee: A New Type of Consumer

    Carley Donovan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    As the talent war wages on, HR professionals must constantly evolve their strategies for recruiting and hiring. Employee-employer relationships are becoming increasingly complex and the power is shifting largely toward the employee. Recently, employees have taken on a role more...
  • How You Handle Criticism Can Make or Break You as a Leader!

    DATIS Guest
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    This DATIS Blog Article, “How You Handle Criticism Can Make or Break You as a Leader!”, was originally posted by Tal Shnall, Leadership Hospitality, on August 29th, 2015 and was reposted with permission. Leadership is a big responsibility. It comes with a fair amount of criticism....
  • How to Bring Your “A Game” to C-Suite Leadership

    DATIS Guest
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    This DATIS blog article, “How to Bring Your ‘A Game’ to C-Suite Leadership”, was originally posted by Carey Rome, Linked 2 Leadership, on August 10th 2015 and was reposted with permission. Whether it’s a close-knit group of trusted peers or an experienced...
  • What is Nontaxable Income?

    Ally Edwards
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    The IRS has ruled that income may be received in the form of money, property, or services and is taxable unless specifically excluded by law. While nontaxable income may still have to be shown on your tax return, it is...
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    Bullseye Employee Engagement

  • Importance of Culture of Coaching in an Organization

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    Coaching means a lot to some of the people and it may build a career as well and may boost someone to bring further changes in life style or life activities. Coaching is good in most of the case but only if it is given at the right time, not after taking a certain decision and half of the work is done on it. There are many ways that could be helpful in developing a culture of coaching especially in an organization. There are five ways that could be helpful if someone wants develop the culture of coaching in its organization: Educate the Top Management or the Leaders It is very important that…
  • Grow Your Productivity through Employee Collaboration

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    As we all are aware of the fact that human resource is the linchpin of any organization, so it is pertinent that efficient gearing of this resource can lead to success. There are numerous techniques to improve the productivity and manage your entire performance. One of the most sought-after ways is through Employee Collaboration i.e. to work collectively by different groups or individuals for shared goals. Employee Collaboration is different from team work as it can be done over the internet. Hence, these top ten ways can help you turn data into actionable insights as they provide the most…
  • Evaluation Process of Employee Performance accurately and critically

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Performance evaluation keeps a company safe from a lot of legal and social troubles. It gives a proper channel and written evidence if a company needs to terminate or discipline a certain employee. Employees should be evaluated on the basis of their competencies and their efforts in striving to empower your business’s performance. The employees should know the basis of evaluation, and they should also get due praise, incentive and constructive criticism regularly. They can be evaluated considering a number of factors but a few that are generally required by every organization and business…
  • Employee Performance Reviews: Productive or Destructive?

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Employee performance reviews are known to affect future accomplishments and routines of an employee. Some employees and managers normally consider these an unwanted and dreaded activity. Employees find it stressful as it may leads to promotions or pay raise, therefore, nobody wants negative reviews. Performance appraisals can be made more productive for employees and comparatively easier for managers using different techniques. Problems with Traditional Performance Reviews The major problem with a traditional approach is that it is generally a one-off event conducted, instead of a regular…
  • 10 Incredible Employee Engagement Analyzing Tools

    6 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Strong Employee Engagement leads to a productive workforce, which in turn leads to high profitability for the organization. Research suggests that more than 40% of the workforce all over the globe is disengaged i.e. they do not like the work they do. It is alarming news for employers as disengaged employees not only discourage others but also bring down the productivity levels as a whole. In order to create and manage high performance workforce, it is imperative to consider the below mentioned tools that can empower your business performance as well. Checking the Company Culture The first and…
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • 5 tips for writing a job advertisement.

    Robert Smith
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:41 pm
    There is so much that goes into building a great company culture and making sure your employees are happy, engaged and loving their job. Step one in this journey is hiring the right people who will be passionate about their role and fit with the company culture. Writing a great job advertisement will make this search a lot easier. Take a look below to see our top five tips for writing a great job advertisement and learn how to attract and hire employees who will be excited to join your company. 1. Don’t forget the basicsWhen people are looking for a new position they have logistical…
  • Design and brand tips for your company culture and employee communications.

    Sevil Rahimova
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Building a brand and understanding good design can have a huge impact on company culture, engaging your staff, and developing the identity of your business. When defining your culture or putting together a communications piece it’s important to understand how good design and branding and can make your messages much more powerful, lasting and engaging.Reward Gateway’s Head of Design and Brand Sevil Rahimova recently sat down to share her thoughts and advice for anyone looking to learn more about how branding and design can impact employee communications and company culture.Can you explain…
  • How great leaders build trust and increase employee engagement.

    Robert Smith
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The human brain is perhaps the world’s most intriguing operations center. Apart from a myriad of functions, how and why the brain processes negative and positive experiences has huge implications for creating a culture of employee engagement.When leaders take time to understand what creates positive and negative experiences in the brain they will be well on their way to building an engaged workforce. As a starting point let’s look at what experiences activate the reward and pain networks in our brains. Your brain’s pain network is triggered when you experience any of these…
  • Lunch, learn and inspire: How to do Lunchtime Learning the right way.

    Sarah Millward
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    You’ve probably heard of Lunchtime Learning before – it’s usually a training session focussed on skills training, product training or professional development hosted by someone in the business during a lunch break. This format has a lot of positives; it gives employees a chance to share ideas, work on presentation skills or update colleagues on projects. However; after spending time researching how a lot of businesses design their Lunchtime Learning, there is often one missing piece – inspiration!As work life balance continues to blur it’s critical to take a human…
  • The top 5 benefits of an Employee Share Scheme for your business.

    Shelley Packer
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Last week we announced a major £140 million investment in Reward Gateway by Great Hill Partners triggering a payout of around £6.5 million between 269 staff. Obviously this was a huge moment for us as a company and we celebrated in style; there were parties, speeches, and of course champagne!The effects of the ESS aren’t limited to that one day though. It’s a cornerstone of our own employee engagement strategy and a great way of making sure employees are connected to the business.  Here are 5 ways adopting an Employee Share Plan could benefit your company. 1. Your employees will…
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    Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management

  • 5 ways to improve the day-to-day well-being of your employees

    Team Ceridian
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:19 am
    In the big picture, just about every organizational leader’s job boils down to an ongoing challenge to improve employee retention and productivity. This is a key goal for any business. The question is how, though. In today’s climate, with smartphone apps that allow people to search for new jobs 24/7 and a culture of “job-hopping” that […]
  • The lunch break can still have a big impact on employee productivity

    Team Ceridian
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:04 am
    One of the chief responsibilities of every employer is to maintain consistently high levels of employee retention and productivity throughout the office on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there’s some disagreement about how to do so, especially when it comes to the “productivity” part. The typical employee only has an opportunity to be productive for about eight […]
  • 6 exciting perks that can enhance your company’s next recruiting pitch

    Team Ceridian
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:12 am
    When HR professionals dive headfirst into the world of recruiting, usually one of the first strategic tools they rely upon is money. Simply put, the more compensation you can offer a candidate, the more competitive you’ll be. This has always been the case. But lately, people’s opinions of what makes an enticing job have evolved […]
  • 4 key facts about the next generation of employees entering the workforce

    Team Ceridian
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:53 am
    For good reason, many talent management leaders in today’s business world are focused primarily on recruiting. It’s not hard to see why – if you can recruit superior talent compared to your competitors, you can build a more productive and engaged workforce. For this reason, companies put a lot of time and energy into learning what […]
  • 10 HR professionals share work-life balance hacks

    Team Ceridian
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Raise your hand if you have ever worked through your lunch hour, or responded to an email while sitting down at the dinner table. If you’re like most working people out there, then I’m sure you have. In these modern times when our smart phones don’t turn off and we can work from virtually anywhere, […]
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    » Infiniti HR Blog

  • Compliance Plans – A Worthwhile Investment

    Mindy Flanigan
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:41 pm
    In order to avoid, or at least minimize the costs associated with a labor law violation, you should have an official document in place that assigns a compliance officer, and offers details on how labor law violations are found and corrected, BEFORE an auditor or investigator arrives.  A well crafted compliance plan will do just […]
  • Avoiding Backpay Penalties

    Sarah Frye
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Paying a salary DOES NOT mean the employee isn’t owed overtime.  The Fair Labor Standards Act, which nearly all employers are required to comply with, specifies that it is the duties of the role and not the compensation that dictates who is eligible for overtime wages. To qualify as EXEMPT from overtime, the employee in […]
  • Who Needs Workers’ Compensation?

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Written and submitted by Rob Griffin, Owner of Swift Creek Insurance From time to time, I get a call from a customer saying he was told by one of his subcontractors that since they do not have employees, or only one employee, that they do not need workers’ compensation. That statement is generally followed up […]
  • Digital Forensics – A Great HR Resource

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    By: Patrick Siewert, Owner & Lead Forensic Examiner, Professional Digital Forensic Consulting, LLC If you normally follow this blog, you know Infiniti HR’s line of business and the employee management services they offer to small business owners. My line of work and expertise in digital forensics is somewhat different. Some would say vastly different. This […]
  • Increase Profits Through Appreciation

    Mindy Flanigan
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Did you know that Employee Appreciation Day was March 4th? Were you ready? Did you do someone nice for an employee? Buy lunch or hand out gifts cards? Considering how hard we work, is it really enough to appreciate your employees only once or twice a year?  A regular thank you could generate a greater […]
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    Rikka Brandon - Recruiting & Hiring Consultant

  • How To Network Like A Recruiter

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    If I invited you to a networking event, would you: a) make up an excuse to not to go? Envisioning pushy hustlers pitching themselves at you and mashing their business cards into your hand? b.) Grab a stack of your business cards and get ready to mingle? For most people, the answer will vary a bit from day to day.   But, I think I can safely assume we all dread the “card pusher” who never takes no for an answer. But, everyone in business can benefit from networking, especially if you are trying to hire. I happen to love networking.  I love meeting new people, making connections,…
  • The Best Phone Interview Questions

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By now I’m sure I’ve convinced you that phone interviews are the way to go.  After all I’ve written about it a number of times.  Like the post Why I Recommend a Phone Interview, and this post where I share What To Cover In A Phone Interview, and of course in my Done-For-You, Copy-And-Paste Interview Process.  So, today we are going to dig into phone interview questions.   Because, without questions, it is unlikely you are going have much of an interview at all! Ready to learn what the best phone interview questions are?  If so, click play on the video below! The Best…
  • Improving Employee Retention Starts in the Recruitment Stage

    8 Jun 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Ever walk into a room or situation and just feel like you “don’t fit?” Most of us have had the experience of realizing this is just NOT our crowd. That is an uncomfortable enough situation if you are at a 2-hour networking event, but it is significantly more painful to realize that a new job just isn’t the place for you. As employers, we want to position our company and our opportunity in the best possible light, of course. However, we also want to make sure that we are presenting candidates with a true representation of what our company culture really is. Pulling a bait and switch on…
  • Check In’s – A Simple Secret to Management Success

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Did you ever think the secret to success at management could be as easy as simple conversation? Amazing, huh? With just a few words, you can learn a ton about the progress your employees are making on their projects, and whether or not you need to step in. You might already know this stuff. But it’s kind of like diet and exercise… most of us know what to do, but it’s actually doing it that trips us up. Who knew management could be as easy as simple conversation? Amazing, huh? With just a few words, you can learn a ton about where your employees are at. I know you already have simple…
  • How to Talk About Compensation Without Sounding Like a Jerk

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
      Ahh, yes. That awkward money question that everyone’s wondering about but no one wants to ask. We all know that we’d never point blank ask someone we just met at a party – “So, what do you earn in a year?” Yet, as a recruiter, I ask that question many times a day. Wondering how to talk compensation without sounding like a jerk. Get ideas on how to handle the ever sensitive topic of money when you are hiring.   Like this tip?  There are more in my Hiring Hacks ebook! So, let’s talk compensation! So, what does your compensation package look like at (current or…
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    Digitalist Magazine

  • How To Encourage An Entrepreneurial Spirit At Work

    Sydney Goodfellow
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    What does Joe from accounting have in common with Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Beyonce? He might not have the dance moves down and he’s probably never seriously considered moving to Mars, but maybe he shares these leaders’ entrepreneurial spirit. Take note next time an employee advocates implementing new software or starts questioning the current budget breakdown. Embracing change, taking initiative, and risking failure are all signs of an entrepreneurial spirit—and encouraging that mindset in your employees can result in huge benefits for your company. Traditionally, we think of…
  • Wisdom From A Rebellious Leader

    Amy Tobin
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This interview is the first in our new series Rebellious Leaders where we’ll report on the unique philosophies and techniques used by leaders who are creating environments that foster creativity and high productivity. If you know of a Rebellious Leader you’d like to see featured here, get in touch. We talk a lot about rebellious thinking here at Switch & Shift, so it’s important that we are clear about what that is. The Miriam-Webster definition of rebellious is: refusing to obey rules or authority or to accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc. having or…
  • Are You Using First-Party Data To Drive Personalized Customer Experience?

    Michael Brenner
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Customer experiences are one of the most complex challenges marketers face today. Consumers are constantly streaming data about their wants, needs, and preferences with every interaction they have with brands. And in return they expect companies to provide relevant and personalized experiences on every channel, or else they will go elsewhere. Consumer data is no longer optional. It is the key to marketers’ success. For years companies have relied heavily on third-party data for consumer information to drive their marketing strategies. But today’s leading brands are increasingly turning…
  • Rising To The Occasion

    Lisa Shelley
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    “If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.” -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe We are all a product of our environment to some degree. What people believe of us and how we are treated affects who we become. I was very fortunate early in my career to experience this principle first-hand. I was less than a year out of university – a new engineer eager to learn as much as I could about my company’s product. Although there was a significant manufacturing operation at my site, it was…
  • In Customer Service, Is Ordinary Now Extraordinary? [VIDEO]

    Adam Toporek
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are used to amazing acts of customer service going viral, but how about an ordinary act of service? I was fascinated by a story that made the rounds on the Internet last week. A customer’s Facebook post about her experience with Little Caesar’s employee Conquista Benning in Grovetown, Georgia, went viral and was picked up by the media. What did Conquista do that was so special? He smiled and had a great attitude! No, really — that is all. He didn’t balance six pizzas on his head while holding an umbrella and walking a mother and child to their car in a rain storm; he line-busted a…
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    WinterWyman Blog

  • Contract Professionals! Is Two-Weeks' Notice Really Required?

    Chelsey Puza
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    Kris MacDermott - Partner / Manager, Technology Contract Staffing Career advice Contracting Job search advice Resigning Starting a new job Like full-time professionals, if you are a contractor leaving for a new position or you’re unhappy with your current role, it’s still important to give proper notice. If the company decides to let you go immediately, that’s their choice, but you have done the right thing and can leave with your head held high.Here are five reasons why it’s important to give your notice when leaving a contract (or permanent) job.1. It’s your reputation.If you…
  • How to Identify, Approach and Succeed in Moving an Employee within Your Organization

    Chelsey Puza
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Scott Ragusa - President, Contract Staffing Leadership & management Workplace Good employees are often hard to find. And, once you find them, you don’t want to let them go. After all, you’ve invested time and resources into their onboarding and development, and your team members have forged positive, professional relationships with them. But, the reality is, some people are on the right bus, but may be in the wrong seat. Read on for how you can identify this scenario and make changes that will ensure both the employee and your organization are satisfied and set up for success.How do…
  • Five Steps to Handling a Mistake at Work (and Making It Work For You)

    Chelsey Puza
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Tracy Cashman - Senior Vice President/Partner, Information Technology Search Career advice Starting a new job Workplace Just like in life, a failure at work does not need to be the end of the world or the end of your career. While it may be difficult in the moment, try to step back and view it as an opportunity; you may come through it looking better than before the mistake was made. Here are five steps to addressing a mistake at work:1. Own itWhen faced with an error that you made, acknowledge what happened and take your share of the responsibility. If you missed a deadline or screwed up a…
  • Resume Dos and Don'ts [Infographic]

    Ashley Ryall
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    by WinterWyman Career advice Finding a job Interviewing tips for job seekers Job search advice Resumes Branding yourself to recruiters and hiring managers who spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if a phone call is worth it is a tough task. Correct formatting, using the right key words and identifying your achievements are among the top dos for resume writing. While the list of don'ts points towards overcomplicating your format, grammatical errors and getting lengthy. See the infographic below for helpful tips and tricks to get your resume seen and read instead…
  • Press Release: WinterWyman Named Among Boston Business Journal's Top Corporate Philanthropists

    Ashley Ryall
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    by WinterWyman Giving back WinterWyman UPDATE: WinterWyman and Birthday Wishes Named a Partner of the YearBoston, Massachusetts (August 10, 2015) — The Boston Business Journal announced today that WinterWyman and Birthday Wishes were among their choices for the top corporate-nonprofit partnerships in the region. Six partnerships were recognized including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay with Coretelligent, Cardinal Cushing Centers with Rockland Trust, Citizen Schools with Fidelity, College Bound Dorchester with Deloitte and First Literacy with…
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  • Five Free Ways to Improve Employee Morale

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Is it possible to raise employee morale without spending a dime? The definitive answer is yes, and it’s easier than you might think. Not to mention, it hurts your bottom line when workers aren’t feeling like they are part of the team. Turnover costs can drive your labour expenses through the roof, while people who like where they work help bring profitability. A study by Warwick University’s Economics Department shows an increase in productivity of 12 percent when workers are happy. While many factors contribute to the level of happiness a person experiences, there are…
  • How to Waste Less Time on Employee Reviews

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is probably a familiar scenario: employee review time is coming up, and you can’t help but think, “Ugh, what an enormous waste of time.” Many managers and employees believe employee reviews are a misuse of valuable time and resources. However, they don’t have to be. Read on to learn how your company can waste less time on employee reviews. Infrequent Feedback Isn’t Helpful During a year-end review, a manager is expected to examine an employee’s performance over the past 365 days. That’s quite a long time. How can a manager remember every little thing that happened? The…
  • How to Reach a Detached Employee

    20 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    It doesn’t matter whether an employee is sitting three desks down from you or she’s working halfway across the globe. An employee can be engaged, motivated and productive no matter where he or she is located. By the same token, an employee can be detached and disengaged regardless of where his office is. It’s possible to reach out to a detached employee, though. With some effort, managers can engage the disengaged worker. Communication Matters Employees become detached and disengaged when their employers don’t communicate with them. They feel as though they don’t matter enough to…
  • Can You Rebuild Employee Engagement?

    18 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Employee engagement is difficult to create, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to destroy. Employee engagement can erode over time as well when companies neglect to build a healthy corporate culture. The good news is that employee engagement can be rebuilt from the ground up if a company is willing to invest in it and make it a priority. Create an Environment of Trust Trust is a crucial component of employee engagement. Employees feel as though they want to contribute to an organization when they can trust their co-workers and their bosses. Building trust is difficult, and it takes…
  • Four Things Your Leaders Need to Start Doing

    13 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you’re a business leader, it seems like there’s no end to the list of your responsibilities. You have an organization to run, and if you’re in the private sector, you need to make sure it’s profitable. However, the list doesn’t end there. We’ve rounded up some more things that business leaders need to start doing, if they’re not doing already. Model the Values You Want to See Your employees look up to you. They’re inspired by your success. In some cases, they want to be just like you. That’s why it’s important for you to model the values you want your employees to…
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  • My Blog Has Moved

    Glen Harrison
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    With the launch of Sigma Assessment Systems new website, I have moved my blog over to . Check it out for blog posts and some great resources from me and the rest of the team.
  • Using Credit Checks to Screen Job Applicants

    Glen Harrison
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    A great piece on CBC this morning discussing the effectiveness and validity of using credit checks to screen job applicants. From CBC, “Checking out a potential employee’s credit history before hiring them is a practice that’s been around longer in the United States. But courts and lawmakers there have been pushing back on the practice lately. They argue that there’s no clear relationship between someone’s credit history, and how they might behave in the workplace… and say it’s tantamount to employment discrimination.” Gather some great insight…
  • New Resources Coming In May

    Glen Harrison
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    You’ve likely noticed things are a little quiet at lately.  Well, that’s because we are working on a new website for Sigma Assessment Systems with a fresh new look and (more importantly) some great new resources to help you to Build Better Leaders and Hire Better. Watch for the new site coming in early May.
  • 2015 Talent Technology Infographic

    Glen Harrison
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    Silkroad released a great infographic (see below) about the state of talent technology and some interesting talent management stats.  Check it out.  A few quick hits from Silkroad’s study: Just 28% of respondents are fully automated for HR functions Engagement and retention remains top concern Integrating HR systems and data is a top priority A “place at the table” in business decision-making is still a priority for the HR function Until Next Time, let us know your thoughts on the findings. Build Better Leaders @ Hire Better @

    Glen Harrison
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    It’s Friday again, only 21 more sleep ’til Christmas and time for 3 Good Reads. IN LEADERSHIP 9 Reason Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders.   Kevin Eikenberry writes about “some of the reasons I have heard, and more accurately the reasons that are unspoken, as to why so many provide so little to support the development of their leaders. Taken individually, they have merit. Put together, they paint a picture of excuses – because most everyone would agree that leaders can be developed and most feel their leaders could improve, yet, many don’t take any action at…
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  • Recruitment Branding Tips

    Lalit Bhagia
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:01 am
    At some point in our job-seeking lives, we’ve all interviewed at a company that felt more like a military school than an exciting, flexible, creative, ever-evolving workplace culture. The signs start early in the hiring process: […] The post Recruitment Branding Tips appeared first on Official blog of
  • Most absurd CV mistakes ever

    Lalit Bhagia
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:51 am
    A CV is the first chance to make a great impression with a potential employer. So naturally people may feel the need to embellish every now and again. However what candidates may not understand is […] The post Most absurd CV mistakes ever appeared first on Official blog of
  • How to get a good job in HR and recruitment

    Lalit Bhagia
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:18 am
    Everything you need to know about graduate jobs in human resources and recruitment (HR). Whether you want to know what salaries in this career are like or what areas you could work in, you can […] The post How to get a good job in HR and recruitment appeared first on Official blog of
  • The Startup Mashup – AskMe Bazaar

    Lalit Bhagia
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Based on the feedback of a majority of the contestants the main highlight of the event was the arrangement of beers for the contestants. This, according to many was the most vibrant aspect of this event that made it stand out among all such events in the corporate arena. The post The Startup Mashup – AskMe Bazaar appeared first on Official blog of

    Lalit Bhagia
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    DON'T FOLLOW YOUR PASSION The post DON’T FOLLOW YOUR PASSION appeared first on Official blog of
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  • Still Time to Bring Someone to Paris!

    Press Releases
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:42 pm
    HR Tech World Congress 2015 To Open In Paris For First Time HR Tech World, the leading exhibition and conference on the future of work and the interface between Human Resources and the world of new technology, takes place in Paris at the Palais des Congrès on 27 and 28 October 2015. After 4 years in Amsterdam this 5th event will be even more remarkable for the many innovations prepared during the past several months. HR Tech World ( is delighted to welcome Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, to share his perspectives on the future of work, and the…
  • HR Innovation for Competitive Advantage

    Press Releases
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Challenge Your business needs to grow, or downsize, change its culture, reduce costs, expand through M&A, attract new talent, adapt to a new CEO or change its operating model… — Will HR be a leader or a follower? The Solution Transform your HR processes and structures, create a culture that serves the business goals. The Impact An agile culture of high performance and innovation, driven by a renewed and empowered HR. Prove the impact of HR on business performance…     34 practical and strategic sessions, 3 parallel tracks Lots of chances for discussion and…
  • Boosting Empowerment: Can Empowering Employees Really Affect Change?

    Andrew Leong-Fern
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    The theory and practice of empowering employees in the workplace has been around for decades yet it still is often just a catch phrase with no real meaning behind it for many employees. As with many core changes to how a company operates, empowerment needs to be felt and embraced by individuals, not just as corporate philosophy. If employees do not truly understand what empowerment means or if the systems in place do not nurture empowerment, it becomes just another useless word that managers throw around.   Giving Empowerment Meaning Empowerment in the workplace should be more than just…
  • Introducing Our 2 New Advisory Board Members

    Garrett O'Brien
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Here We Grow Again! We are pleased to announce we have gained two more members to our Advisory Board! Both work with John Dutton, one of our Executive Board members, as well as Ruth Gibson, one of our Advisory Board members, at Synermetic, a global company based in London. Synermetric believes in the power of science and the potential of people — they are passionate about providing the best possible solutions for people development and selection scenarios.   Dakotah Fitzhugh Dakotah is located in Oregon (USA) and enjoys learning languages. She is bilingual in American and UK…
  • Expert Solutions for Talent Management and Assessments – free eBook

    Garrett O'Brien
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:26 pm
    We are providing a series of weekly posts focused on the new (and free) eBook being offered on #TalentManagement by synermetric. If you missed our previous posts, this is only the third of such and we provide links to the previous posts below. But first we will focus on what Dr. Tom Janz has to offer in this eBook!   Assessments: The Candidate Experience Dr. Tom Janz’s contribution to this eBook discusses The gaming imperative for pre-employment screening assessments which focuses on how improving the candidate experience impacts the chances of hiring top performers. Everyone…
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  • How to keep productive when you are in sleep deprivation

    Thu Vietnam Manpower
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:36 am
    Most people need 7 to 9 hours every day to sleep. There is no doubt that sleep deprivation has a big impact to your job performance. Did you always see yourself need a cup of coffee from joining the rest of society? You are not alone. According to a recent survey of Inc., a third of U.S. workers only sleep less than 6 hours per night and it cost more than $63 billion as a consequence of reducing productivity. Is there any better alternative? Take a look at our solutions below.Read more at   How to keep productive when you are in sleep deprivation
  • 5 Proven Ways to Get Creative in the Workplace

    Thu Vietnam Manpower
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:29 am
    To spark creativity among your employees, just need some workspace adjustment, seating arrangement, game-like things, brainstorming and diversity of backgrounds and experiences. 5 Proven Ways to Get Creative in the Workplace
  • Talent mobility: the future of labor market

    Thu Vietnam Manpower
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    Technology development and globalization create a huge opportunity to erase the national boundaries for a career path.Read more at  Talent mobility: the future of labor market
  • What You Can Learn from 10 Best Organizational Culture Examples? (Part 2)

    Thu Vietnam Manpower
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    What You Can Learn from 10 Best Organizational Culture Examples? (Part 2)
  • Job sharing: The next trend in the “share economy”

    Thu Vietnam Manpower
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:54 pm
    With the development of collaborative consumption and rising of the Empires like Uber, Airbnb, where people could take advantage of something they are not using such as a car, house to a stranger rents. Catching up with this trend, the labor market has created a new work method with standout benefits: Job Sharing.Read more at Job sharing: The next trend in the “share economy”
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    Empxtrack's Blog | Ideas for high performing workforce

  • Is Your HR Department Overworked?

    Tushar Bhatia
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:20 am
    HR department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of employee data – what we call the transactional role of HR. They manage employee personal files, leave and attendance, salary data, promotions, travel and expenses, benefits enrollments, timesheets and performance records. All this data has to be combined together in various ways, queries answered, reports created and a strategic direction has to be thought of. No wonder, the HR department has a lot to do! What happens in a typical Employee-HR engagement?Click To Tweet What happens in a typical Employee-HR engagement? When an…
  • Does Your HR Policy Support ‘Same-Sex Marriage’?

    Anand Kashyap
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    Did you hear about ‘Celebrate Pride’ tool – a photo editing tool by Facebook? Many of you (including HR managers) may have even used this tool, without reading the fine print in your own HR policy (whether it is pro or against LGBT). Facebook’s idea was to turn your profile picture into rainbow flag (with this tool), to support ‘same-sex marriage’. The idea clicked. Millions of people used this tool and not only Facebook, twitter was also awash with rainbow. Did netizens really mean it? The kind of huge support, we witnessed on social networking websites, raises a big concern.
  • Top 7 posts in the HR space ( August 25th – August 31st)

    Muskan Sachdeva
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    We know that being an HR manager can be particularly taxing – from outlining workplace rules to preventing the next discrimination lawsuit. Wouldn’t you just love it if all the latest in HR news was condensed into a capsule for a quick read? Help us, help you stay updated. Subscribe to our blog posts for the latest updates, every Monday. Alternately, follow us on Twitter for live updates on what’s hot and what’s not in the HR space. 7 Essential HR Checklist Why you should read it : : Kay Willmore has some handy checklists for every HR professional Synopsis: When…
  • Data and tech-driven HR: Is it future perfect?

    Anand Kashyap
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:52 am
    Do you like being told how to behave? No, not even me. That’s why, in almost every organization, it is very easy to find critics of HR. Harvard Business Review very nicely captured general people’s perception about the HR practices in its July/August 2015 edition, with a very PROVOCATIVE HEADLINE: “It’s Time to BLOW UP HR And Build Something New.” Articles, published in this edition, are thought-provoking but not as intriguing as the headline suggests. This is almost two months old story now and during these months, we were patiently reading and listening experts’ take…
  • Performance Review Process Demystified

    Tushar Bhatia
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    Performance review is an important activity for all organizations and HR either implements a new performance review process or improves the existing process. In this procedure, HR has many queries on the performance review best practices. In my earlier blog Competencies across performance appraisals, I had analyzed the competency usage in existing performance appraisals. Analyzing 120K performance appraisals once again, I will be talking about the common trends in performance reviews. The analysis process addresses the following queries: Who are the participants in performance reviews? Who…
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  • 5 Reasons You’re Losing Candidates

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    On the list of things that aren’t a good time, losing candidates is pretty much at the top. It’s hard enough just locating top talent, so it’s quite the crushing blow to hear that your prized gem in the hiring process is no longer interested. We understand your frustration and to help you out, we’ve come up with a list of five possible reasons you’re losing candidates. Too Many Interviews in Your Hiring Process:  Who has time for 3 in-person interviews on top of a phone screen? Unemployed job seekers.  Who doesn’t?  Top talent and passive job seekers.  While you’re…
  • Don’t Hire An Outsider – 8 Questions to Determine Culture Fit

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Do you know what they call talent in the wrong environment? Wasted talent. Perfect skills, previous employment by similar organizations, and the necessary education mean anything if your candidate doesn’t mesh with their new co-workers. Now, let’s be clear about something.  Interviews won’t truly weed out everyone, especially on culture fit, but if you ask the right questions, you just might come close.  You know we’ve got your back, right?  Well, if you didn’t already know, you’ll know now. Here are 8  Interview Questions to Help Determine Culture Fit:   Who is your…
  • 3 Employment Brand Videos That Get It Right

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:17 pm
    People buy from whom they feel most comfortable with. Agree? One might even say that buying is an emotion. Feeling like the buyer belongs or feels close to the product or community is a gigantic driver of sales. Why does this matter to you? Well, if you consider your candidates to be customers (they totally are), then you need to think about how emotionally attached they feel to your product. Will they choose your product and work for your company? Or will another company tug on their heartstrings and close the deal? When a company loses out on talent, it’s almost always because the…
  • 6 Tips to Improve Crappy Job Descriptions

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Most job descriptions really suck. You know this already. Boring. Drawn out. Confusing. That’s the norm. This is a terrible first impression for the top talent you’re hoping to attract.The silver lining here is that most job descriptions are really poor, so improving them can set your positions apart. We’ve taken some time to write out six tips that will immediately improve your job descriptions. 1. It’s not a book – cut to the chase Why write 10 paragraphs with 50 bullet points, when 3 paragraphs and 10 bullet points will do? The easier it is for your candidates to view the…
  • 5 Non-Traditional Interview Techniques

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Companies talk a big game during the hiring process. Candidates are tired of hearing how innovative and awesome the work environments are, only to find out that they look, feel, and are exactly like everywhere else. Why should your prized top talent believe you when they’re sitting through the same old boring interview process? Right, they won’t. How about switching it up and turning the interview process completely upside down? First impressions are apparently everything, so put your interview process where your mouth is and try one of these non-traditional interview techniques. Let the…
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  • 9 Tips for Surviving and Getting the Most out of INBOUND 2015

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Fostering an organizational culture of innovation involves sending your employees out to learn from industry experts. And this time around, we’re sending out our team to learn from the best of the best at HubSpot’s INBOUND conference.
  • 3 of the Best Team-Building Games to Play at Work

    4 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the office, no man is an island. Team-building activities aimed at boosting communication and collaboration have been shown to improve morale as well as creativity and productivity. Plus, if you choose the right games, it can show managers the strengths and weaknesses of their workforce and illuminate skill sets from employees they may not have seen in the day-to-day office life.
  • What Each Day of the Week Means To Employees (If Being Honest)

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The work week is a cycle that employees find themselves in, well, every week. The thing is, it’s cyclical. You do what you can to make it through to the week (if you’re being completely honest to yourself and employers), and then you find yourself right back in the same position at the beginning of the following week. 
  • Why Money Is the Worst Way to Motivate Employees

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the most tried-and-true techniques for motivating employees turns out to often have the opposite effect. Bosses have long offered workers financial bonuses for doing better work. This system of incentivizing workers worked beautifully when only mechanical skills are required, but new studies suggest it’s a whole different story when the work involves thought. It turns out we’re not as manipulatable as some bosses may think we are.
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    The Career Hero

  • 5 Secrets to Job-Search Success

    Mark Sanders
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:10 am
    Want to make your next job-search as stress-free and rewarding as possible? Job-search success really comes down to implementing (and developing) a detailed job-hunting strategy. Truly successful job-search cannot succeed within a limited timetable. or when done haphazardly timetable. 5 Secrets to Job-Search Success 1. Use your campus career center Research shows that students who make extensive use of career center resources—career fairs, resume/interview workshops, job postings, networking events, and the like—land jobs faster than their friends who don’t use the career center or…
  • Resume Tips: don’t be so bold

    Mark Sanders
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
      As job seekers, we want to draw attention to key details on our resume—our name, educational background, experience, specialized skills, etc. Unfortunately, for many that means bolding pretty much everything on their resume. And not just bolding, bolding something that’s already capitalized, italicized, and underlined. If writing in all caps in an email is the equivalent of yelling, just imagine what all that overemphasis means on your resume. Although there are no universal rules on what you should bold, I usually use some resume tips, like the guidelines below. Resume Tips:…
  • How to select and work with a recruiter

    Mark Sanders
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    Recruiters come in all shapes and sizes, some are generalists who cover a broad base of industries and disciplines while others are industry focused niche recruiters. The single common element is that a recruiter markets your background to his client companies who in turn compensate the recruiter in a fee for the successful hire. The recruiter works for his client company and although it may appear that he is working for you, the job seeker, it’s the recruiting firm’s responsibility to produce results for its clients. When investigating and selecting a recruiter, it’s critical to do…
  • 8 Types of Interview

    Mark Sanders
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Source: Shutterstock From Behavioral to The Telephone: Interviews Can Be Done in a Surprisingly Variety of Ways Perhaps you thought that interviews were always conducted in offices with only one interviewer meeting with you face-to-face. While that may be how a majority of interviews are performed, there are several other ways you can be interviewed for a job position. There are various types of interview and every type is conducted in various formats and combinations. For all this types of interview are valid the same questions and answers. Types of Interview Formats One-on-One Interview…
  • Job Interview: Dazzle Interviewers With Your Achievements

    Mark Sanders
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    Attention Job Seekers: Tasks and Responsibilities are Boooring Ho hum. The interviewer sits there drumming her fingers on the desk trying to look interested while you drone on about your duties and responsibilities at your last position. As you finish up your snore-inducing list of daily tasks, your interviewer jots down next to your name – “Good candidate . . . but nothing special.” What happened? You didn’t get the job. Even though you felt you were well prepared for this job interview. When the employer asked that common interview question: “What…
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