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  • I Know, It’s Only Rock ’n Roll But I Like It

    Career Hub
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Watching a segment on 60 Minutes with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters prompted me to write this blog post. As I watched the story, I heard myself shouting “yes, yes, yes!” when he was talking about doing something you...
  • How to Keep More of Your Paycheck

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    Teri Lowder
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Would you rather pay 75¢ or $1 for goods and services that you use daily?  When I trained new employees in the field of employee benefits, I always asked if they understood how pre-tax benefits work... Visit site for full story...
  • Recommended Human Resources Conferences To Attend in 2015
    Jennifer McClure
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Recently, one of my contacts who is planning her 2015 schedule sent me a question asking for my recommendations for the top 2 – 3 conferences to attend in the US for HR professionals. I am doing my planning for 2015 and wanted to reach out to you and get your thoughts on something if you don’t mind. One of my plans for next year is to attend more conferences in the US; ideally I’d like to attend events where there is a lot of networking, collaborating and great speakers. Since there are so many events happening all the time, it’s hard for me to assess which ones are best. Do you have…
  • 5 Tips on Making the Christmas Party Memorable for the Right Reasons

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

    HRE's The Leader Board
    Mark McGraw
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Employers may be starting to feel as if they’re running out of acceptable ways to send FMLA disclosures to employees. In August, we reported on Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges. In that case, an appeals court left a jury to settle a dispute over whether an employee ever received an FMLA Designation Notice that her employer claimed to have sent via first-class U.S. mail. At the time, Ellen Storch, a Woodbury, N.Y.-based partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, told HRE that employers and HR should “do more than the law requires when providing employees with FMLA notices,” sending them in…
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  • How To Be Gracious When You Don’t Know
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    When you don’t know what’s next, what’s going on, or what is expected of you, it’s important to accept the momentary lack of clarity and be gracious with the situation, yourself and others. Graciousness means bringing kindness, ease and generosity of spirit to a situation rather than additional pressure, conflict or reactivity. This then sets the stage to learn all you can and have greater clarity after the fog clears. Don’t over react Not knowing something isn’t the end of the world. It IS uncomfortable. But any tendencies to become overly anxious, demanding, critical, or angry…
  • Top 10 Ways Employers Can Improve Leave Administration
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Join HR Today on November 5 for a complete, plain-language explanation of leave laws, and practical ways to apply them.  The program is designed for small to mid-sized employers, executives who wear multiple hats (including “personnel”) or the beginning HR professional. Register for the webinar.  Over 17% of all US employees took leave for family or medical reasons in 2012.  21% of all employees eligible for FMLA leave, took job-protected leave in 2012. In each category, 55% of employees took leave for their own serious medical condition and another 21% took leave due to medical…
  • Episode 9 – Build an Amazing Career Site with Shannon Smedstad
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Introducing the episode 9 of the Workology Podcast powered by Blogging4Jobs featuring employment branding expert, Shannon Smedstad. The Workology Podcast is a place where we discuss the science and art of the workplace. Gain powerful insights, resources and perspectives on the industries of human resources and recruiting. Workology Podcast is approximately 45 minutes and distributed 4-6 times a month available here on the blog, iTunes and other traditional podcast outlets. The goal is to provide an in depth and no holes barred look into the future of our most powerful business asset, the…
  • Happy Halloween! That Psycho Executive Isn’t Just a Costume
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    It’s Halloween once again and a wonderful opportunity to display our inner desires, fears, and humor. Fourteen years after American Psycho came out, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale’s character) remains a popular choice for young white men, primarily in the finance industry. While the violent and murderous tendencies are atypical, the disregard for others and the high risk taking is among the growing population of psychopaths in the management and leadership roles at corporations. If you have one at your company, can you spot them without the bloody face and axe?The word…
  • Managing your Future Boss
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    As an HR practitioner you may or may not have managed a former boss or worked for a former employee. It can be awkward, but there’s absolutely nothing in your professional life that better illustrates the value of the golden rule than swapping roles with a manager or a direct report. As you counsel managers about their interpersonal skills, it could be helpful to suggest they treat their people as if they’ll some day report to them – because it does happen. Even large industries have small executive communities, and social technology not only continues to shrink those networks, it also…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • Three Strategic Focuses in Your Talent Acquisition and Retention Strategy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellLadies and gentlemen, fall is in full swing. You may be wondering what crisp weather, falling leaves and college football have to do with talent acquisition and retention strategies, but if you’re anything like me, you know that fall also brings with it questions of the year that is coming to a close and the year ahead as well. It’s almost as natural as the leaves changing color. If it’s not such a natural thing for your mind to go there this time of year, you may want to set aside time and give it some thought before the craziness of the holidays sets in and…
  • How Sourcing Can Elevate Your Talent Community

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellAs recruiters, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. When we have a position open, we hit up the usual job-seeker websites, post job descriptions on social media and possibly spread the word to our usual connections. Naturally, we go these sources because they’re proven to work. Best case scenario, we get anywhere from a handful of applicants to droves of applicants (a challenge in and of itself), and worst case scenario, we get no qualified applicants that would be a good fit, and then we have to go from there. So in short, what most recruiters experience is that the…
  • 4 Ways to Keep Your Talent Community Engaged

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

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

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Watching a segment on 60 Minutes with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters prompted me to write this blog post. As I watched the story, I heard myself shouting “yes, yes, yes!” when he was talking about doing something you...
  • My Friends All Drive Porsches, I Must Make Amends

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Do you have an interview coming up in the next few days? Have you been invited to meet the Hiring Manager for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Did HR arrange the meeting and you have no clue what the person who...
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    Human Resource News

  • Sales and Management-Entry Level- Will Train

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
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  • Barrett Business Services Earnings Should Calm Pacific Health Care Organization Investors

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    In my previous Pacific Health Care Organization article entitled Confusion Leads To Pacific Health Care Organization Sell-Off And Opportunity , I made a case that PFHO's stock price took a hit in sympathy with Barrett Business Services . BBSI, a workers' compensation related company like PFHO, was attacked by short seller Copperfield Research.
  • Efforts To Replace Fed Hawks Plosser, Fisher Pick Up Speed

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Two regional Federal Reserve banks have taken steps to replace their hawkish presidents, Charles Plosser and Richard Fisher, whose departures early next year could change the tenor of debate within the U.S. central bank's policy-setting committee. The Philadelphia Fed said on Thursday it had hired executive search firm Korn Ferry to find a successor to Plosser, 66, who will retire on March 1 after more than eight years at the helm.
  • What happened to BBSI shares Wednesday?

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    After announcing its third-quarter financial results after the markets closed on Tuesday, shares in Barrett Business Services Inc. fell nearly 60 percent in Wednesday trading. The Vancouver, Wash.
  • Labour MP slams old Ruby Tuesday's site as an...

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The derelict Bridgegate building that housed the old Ruby Tuesday's pub has been neglected for years. Is it now time for North Ayrshire Council to step in and take over the property? Labour MP Brian Donohoe is calling on North Ayrshire Council and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company to renovate the "eyesore" building in Irvine's Bridgegate Central Ayrshire MP Brian Donohoe is calling for immediate action to be taken to restore a derelict corner of Irvine's showpiece Bridgegate shopping centre.
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  • Complaint: North Memorial harassed union workers

    Mark Reilly
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale will face accusations that it unfairly retaliated against union workers who picketed the hospital. The Star Tribune reports that the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against North Memorial this week; the charges will be heard before an administrative law judge in January. Minnesota Nurses Association and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota this summer said that North Memorial fired an employee and forced others to work weekends because they participated…
  • Starbucks sales disappoint; Apple's CEO: 'Proud to be gay'; What LeBron brings to Cleveland (Video)

    David A. Arnott
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Today's video: LeBron James brings hope, money back to Cleveland In the short term, LeBron James represents an obvious boost to the Cleveland Cavaliers' business, given increased ticket sales and general interest. However, there's a bigger windfall coming within a few years when the Cavs renegotiate their television rights deal. In a certain light, James's return to Cleveland illustrates major American pro sports' relatively new reliance on television money at every step of the way: He's up for…
  • A former CEO opens up about the shame he felt over his mistakes

    Rachel Lerman
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Most startups fail. Even those that succeed go through periods of failure. It's pretty much inevitable. But there can be ways to avoid those failures, or at least deal with them. Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin shared some of his failures and advice to startup founders this week as part of Seattle Startup Week. Fishkin stepped down as CEO of the Seattle-based search engine marketing company in January, in part because of his depression and shame over some of the business' "missteps." He recently blogged…
  • Funding climate change solutions is tough, leaders say

    Emon Reiser
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Despite there being many studies on South Florida's coming climate dangers, the region has been slow to create an organized task force dedicated to getting developers, builders, businesses and property owners to execute real solutions to climate issues. "Sea level rise is a Sandy-like storm surge in slow motion decade-by-decade. It never seems like an immediate danger, which is why it's hard to get public support," said Steven Slabbers, director of Netherlands-based Bosch Slabbers Landscape and…
  • Market Square restaurant group boosting staff

    Mike W. Thomas
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    The Cortez Family of Restaurants is looking to boost its staffing levels by 100 for the upcoming holiday season. The company is hosting a job fair on Nov. 5 from 2-7 p.m. in the Terraza Room of La Margarita's restaurant in Market Square. Jorge Cortez, president of the company, said they will be looking to hire experienced hospitality staff as well as fill entry-level restaurant positions. All positions offer competitive wages and benefits, he added. The Cortez Family of Restaurants includes Mi…
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  • The Taper

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I eased off my running, this week, because my marathon is Sunday. The methodology in which I back off my mileage and get ready for my race is called tapering, and it’s boring as hell. You can google it if you want to learn more. I tried a new taper strategy. I spent a week away from anything that would remind me of my upcoming marathon, which helped. Here’s how it went down: I flew from Raleigh to Detroit to San Diego to Atlanta to Miami to Atlanta and back to Raleigh. I ran along the ocean. I ate poached eggs with mushrooms and beurre blanc — twice. I drank water. I drank a…
  • “I Have a Large Gay Following”

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I have the weirdest conversations on the road. A blogger and I were talking about tone, story selection and narrative. She told me, “I have to think about all the issues that are important to my audience, and I have a large gay following.” I said, “Wait, what does that mean? Do you measure your audience and know the demographics, or do you have a couple of fat gay guys who read your blog?” She didn’t think it was funny. I didn’t think it’s cool to brag about your gay following unless you are Kathy Griffin. And no blogger in any niche industry has a…
  • Employee Engagement: You Can’t Bring Democracy to Iraq

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I work with a lot of human resources professionals who try to figure out how to get the best out of their employees. There is real science behind recognizing and rewarding people at work. My friend Paul Hebert has good advice. I love my friends at Modern Survey and BlackbookHR. Check out their blogs. Globoforce has great things to say, too. But by and large, I think much of the talk around employee engagement and motivation is garbage. You can’t bring democracy to Iraq and Afganistan, and you can’t trick an employee into doing her job well. She either does it well or she…
  • Uber, Surge Pricing and Customer Service

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I spent a few days in NYC, last week. The first day was awesome, which is why it was weird to see tourists ice skating at 30 Rock. Maybe it’s a brilliant move, though, because the rink was empty. The rest of the week was shit. Nobody wanted to be outside. I was with a group of friends. I was slow. I made us late for dinner. In the rain. During rush hour. Ugh. I used Uber to grab a private car. Uber is a service that allows you to request, ride, and pay for your trip via your mobile phone. It’s linked to a credit card. I took my first ride in an Uber in January 2013 in Washington…
  • Dunbar Number

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have you heard of Dunbar’s number? An anthropologist by the name of Robin Dunbar has a theory that the human brain only allows for so many meaningful and personal connections. He suggests that humans can manage about 150 stable relationships. Some people can do more. Some people can’t manage a number that high. (And “meaningful” is more of a scale than an absolute goal.) Maria Konnikova has an excellent article about the nuances of Dunbar’s number. You should read it for many reasons, but especially if you use social and text to supplement important relationships…
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  • Blog Post: Second NHS strike announced over 1 per cent pay row

    Claire Churchard
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    Government says blanket wage rise presents ‘risk to frontline jobs’ A group of unions representing NHS workers have announced a second round of strikes after the government rejected independent recommendations for a 1 per cent pay rise for all staff. Health workers in England will stage a four-hour stoppage between 7am and 11am on Monday the 24th of November. In further industrial action, health workers, including nurses, midwives, will then work to rule, refusing to do unpaid overtime, until Sunday the 30th of November, Unison said. This latest phase in the dispute follows the…
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  • Hunger leads to better decision making - Human Resources Online

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Human Resources OnlineHunger leads to better decision makingHuman Resources OnlineWe've all had those days when concentrating on work seems like a chore when you've got a rumbling tummy. But don't worry if your workload has you frequently skipping lunch – new research says hunger actually improves strategic decision making.
  • Singapore's unemployment rate unaffected by increased layoffs - Human Resources Online

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Human Resources OnlineSingapore's unemployment rate unaffected by increased layoffsHuman Resources OnlineWhile business restructuring resulted in increased redundancy leading to more layoffs, Singapore has managed to keep its unemployment rate low in the third quarter of 2014. The Employment Situation Third Quarter 2014 report by the Ministry of Manpower ...and more »
  • New measures to boost local construction skills - Human Resources Online

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Human Resources OnlineNew measures to boost local construction skillsHuman Resources OnlineFollowing his claim that more can be done to improve productivity in Singapore, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has announced new measures to increase the pool of skilled labour within the construction sector. Skills upgrading for ...and more »
  • OCBC announces new head of human resources - Human Resources Online

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Human Resources OnlineOCBC announces new head of human resourcesHuman Resources OnlineCynthia Tan, head of group human resources at OCBC Bank for the past 15 years, will retire on June 30th next year, the company has announced. Jason Ho, presently the bank's head of asset and liability management has been announced as her successor ...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I'm proud to be gay” - Human Resources Online

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Human Resources OnlineApple CEO Tim Cook: “I'm proud to be gay”Human Resources OnlineAccording to an article in USA Today, Cook's announcement makes him the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, said gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. And it's not hard to see why Cook might have taken his time to publicly announce ...The 30 Most Influential LGBT People In TechBusiness Insider AustraliaApple CEO Tim Cook writes column saying he's 'proud to be gay'Dayton Business Journal (blog)all 2,070 news articles »
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  • Caught sleeping on the job: So why did he win $1M?

    Christian Schappel
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Is there any good excuse for falling asleep on the job or — worse yet — behind the wheel of a company vehicle?  Well, maybe not a good one. But this may be one that’s passable in a courtroom under certain circumstances: being a disabled individual who suffers from sleep apnea. A federal jury appears to have let former police officer Matthew Michaels off the hook for sleeping on the job (and behind the wheel of his patrol car!). The jury just ruled the City of McPherson, KS, has to pay him $921,657 in back wages, future wages and damages — plus interest, court costs…
  • Lighter side, Halloween edition: The 10 scariest jobs in America

    Tim Gould
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    OK, it’s Halloween, and this is a Human Resources website. So what could be more appropriate than a story about jobs that scare people the most?   Our friends at CareerBuilder — we do so love their wacky but often useful research — have looked into this scary jobs thing and have actually come up with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek Top 10. The nationwide survey, commissioned by CareerBuilder and conducted by Harris Poll, involved 3,103 workers across a range of industries. Asked to choose from a list of the jobs they found the most frightful (or submit their own), workers…
  • What providers are looking for to fulfill your FMLA info requests

    Jared Bilski
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The information HR and benefits pros receive from an employee’s healthcare provider and/or physician is critical when it comes to approving and administering that worker’s FMLA leave request correctly. So it just make sense for employers’ to work with providers and physicians to get a complete picture of the worker’s FMLA circumstances.   Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen – and the two sides end up butting heads for a variety of reasons. Luckily, there are painless ways to improve the employer/provider relationship regarding FMLA administration. Looking from the other…
  • IRS releases a bunch of COLAs for 2015 retirement plans

    Christian Schappel
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has just released the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) employers will need to administer their retirement and pension plans properly in the coming year.  As they are every year, most of the adjustments are made based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index (a.k.a., the Cost of Living Index). Many of the contribution limits haven’t changed since 2013, so you’ll want to remind staffers to take a look at the new figures if they want to max out their retirement savings. Here’s where the notable limits stand for 2015: 401(k), 403(b) and 457…
  • Reach and Engage Remote Employees

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    If your organization is like most, you have employees scattered across the country or around the globe. This allows for your organization to spread its reach, but also limits organizations from having the collaboration between employees that they desire. Usually, there is a lot of back and forth and it is sometimes difficult to get all employees on the same page through email and phone calls. However, with video webcasting, the employee communication channel has been revolutionized. Download this whitepaper to find out how to reach and engage remote employees by using video webcasting and see…
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  • wearing a Halloween costume to an interview, talking to an employee with fuzzy thinking, and more

    Ask a Manager
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Wearing a Halloween costume to an interview I have an interview on Halloween. Would it be ok to wear a costume to show my fun spirit? Nooooo. Unless you’re interviewing someone where “fun spirit” is a major and key job requirement, this would be a very bad idea (and even then, I wouldn’t do it). While I’m sure there’s some interviewer out there who would appreciate it and think it’s awesome, there are far more who will find it off-key and inappropriate for a professional situation. Plus,…
  • I’m working a flexible schedule for a 10% cut in pay but producing 100% of what I used to

    Ask a Manager
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    A reader writes: I have a question regarding flexible schedules and salaries. To give some background, I’ve been with my employer for a little over two years as a mid-level manager. I love my job and have been told that I do a great job and am valued. The company is a bit old fashioned, is big on “face time,” and does not offer much flexibility in terms of working remotely or creating special arrangements. In the spring, I had a baby, and prior to that had asked my manager (a corporate VP) for more flexible working arrangements – namely, I was hoping to take one day off every two…
  • what to do when 2 people on your team don’t get along

    Ask a Manager
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    You thought you had a smoothly-functioning team – but now a personal dispute between two staff members is threatening your team’s stability and creating unpleasantness for people around them. What can you do when two people on your team don’t get along? I tackle this question over at Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today. You can read it here. what to do when 2 people on your team don’t get along was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • my coworker went through my trash can to get me in trouble

    Ask a Manager
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A reader writes: I recently started on with a new company where the office/corporate culture is really negative but my director is amazing – he was the reason I accepted the position. I have been been there only three weeks, but it has quickly become apparent that several people in my department (small office, seven total on my team) do not like me! These women (late 20s, early 30s) are catty and unprofessional, seemingly for no reason whatsoever. I also started at the same time with someone who I have built a rapport with and both of us have shared our concerns about the environment…
  • my interviewer asked me about personal items from Facebook, coworker insists on special email subject lines, and more

    Ask a Manager
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Interviewer asked me about personal items from my Facebook page I’ve recently started a job search. I had a scheduled phone interview with an attorney for an executive assistant position. When she called, she put me on speakerphone with herself and a colleague. The first thing out of her mouth was, “Do you like horeseback riding?” I said, “How do you know that?” She didn’t answer and proceeded with more questions, like, “Describe yourself in three words” and “Where do you see yourself…
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  • My boss makes sexist, racist, homophobic comments during company meetings

    Evil HR Lady
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Dear Evil HR Lady, I recently openly criticized the “head honcho” of my company. Amongst 3 or 4 co-workers, I let it be known that that I was growing tired of the consistent homophobic, sexist and racist remarks that the boss makes during company meetings. Of course, my comments made their way back to the boss. A few days later, I went and had a very honest, forthright and civil discussion with him. I stood by my statement, but assured him that I had no intention of going to HR with these concerns. At this point, I concluded that everything was back to normal. I was wrong. After 2…
  • Lots of People Are Happy and Rich. Here’s How to Be One of Them

    Evil HR Lady
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Do you want to be happy? Truly happy? And what about rich? If you want to be happy and rich, stop looking at what you don’t have and start looking at what you do have. Last week, my Inc colleague, Jeff Haden, wrote an article titled: It Seems No One Is Actually Rich. Or Happy. I Looked. His experiences didn’t coincide with my experiences and my friends, so I asked my friends. They responded: Eric wrote: “I’m happy. And on days when “it’s a bummer”, I punch myself in the face (usually figuratively) and get over it.” To keep reading, click here:…
  • Your Employee Is Under Ebola Quarantine. Now What?

    Evil HR Lady
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Let’s say you’re an employer in New York or New Jersey and one of your employees has been exposed to Ebola and is under mandatory quarantine. What are your obligations to the employee? And, frankly, what is your obligation to your remaining staff? Think calmly. Before you have a freak out and start mandating all sorts of rules and thinking about firing this person because you never, ever want to be near him again, remember that the flu kills a lot more people than Ebola has and 90 percent of us come to work when sick. As many as 49,000 people die each year from the flu, in the…
  • 2 Halloween Posts

    Evil HR Lady
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    5 Tips For Your Office Halloween Party Halloween is the greatest holiday. There are no obligations to go visit Grandma, or humor your mother by silently listening to Uncle Hank’s slightly offensive stories. You don’t have to make a fancy meal. You get to dress up in a costume and eat candy. And even if you don’t like costumes, you can still eat candy. Could there be a better holiday? Well, not everyone loves Halloween like I do, which means that before you throw that office Halloween party you need to think about a few things. And, even more unfortunately, some people who…
  • The 4 Questions of Self-Appraisal for the CEO

    Evil HR Lady
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    One of the best things about being the boss is that no one tells you what to do. Scratch that: Your investors tell you what they expect, and you had better meet those expectations. Your mentors tell you where you’re screwing up. And your employees? They should be giving you feedback as well. But no one is writing up a performance appraisal. You need to do this yourself. I’m positive that you’re looking at your financials–in fact, you’re probably poring over them with a fine-tooth comb. But, it’s going to be up to you to evaluate the other areas of your…
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  • Hiring Former Athletes as a Recruiting Strategy – Genius or a Cop-Out?

    Kris Dunn
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Was with an SVP of a pretty cool company a couple of months back and he lamented what he considers to be a broken recruiting strategy—hiring former jocks for sales positions.  He considered the approach broken due to the track record of the “usual suspects” his company hired for AE spots—former jocks—but outlined that the primary reason for the systematic failure of the AEs in question was their intellectual capacity to pull off a consultative-style sale. In other words—they were dumb jocks.  Stoopid, even. He didn’t feel they had the intellectual capacity or…
  • Steve Boese explains How The NBA Can Teach You (Almost) Everything You Need To Know About Talent Management

    Steve Boese
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Tonight is the opening of the 2014-2015 NBA season, (also known as the greatest day of the year in my house). I am a firm believer that sports, and particularly NBA basketball, offer some of the best real-world and public manifestations and examples of what HR and Talent pros would refer to as modern organizational Talent Management. I am also a firm believer that you too can learn just about everything you need to know about modern Talent Management from close observation of the NBA - the teams, the stars, the coaching, the executive decisions, even the marketing. Sure, I know what…
  • Anarchy In The J.O.B

    Dawn Burke
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Anarchist: A person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power. Guess what? Anarchists are alive and well in your company. And HR is SICK OF IT. Every time we try to do something good, we get criticism. Why? Because we have the “appearance” of some sort of control—no other reason. It’s like I work for an entire organization of George Costanzas, pecking away at everything. Pecking. Away. At. Everything. For the love of all that is good, George, just zip-it. Really. Rebels-without-a-cause who throw around the word bureaucracy like a hipster throws a…
  • Chelsea Rowe names 10 Signs You Might Be A Workaholic

    Chelsea Rowe
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    A few months back, I shared a post about how much of a workaholic I was in grad school. I was in rough shape and didn’t realize I was overworking myself until I was very burnt out  — too much sugar-free red bull and too little enough sleep/relaxation time don’t mix well in the long term. Since that post, I’ve gotten a few emails about how to recognize when you’re starting to overdo it with your work. I’m always down to respond to your emails. Here are 10 signs you may be pushing it too hard: Read the whole post over at (a FOT contributor blog). The post…
  • Not Taking All Of Your PTO? A Lose-Lose For Everyone

    Steve Boese
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    It’s late October and as the last six weeks or so of 2014 begin to wind down, if you are like many other American workers, you are facing a crisis of sorts. Not the “normal” type of crises that sometimes pop up at this time of year like “Do I have to wear a Halloween costume to work on Friday?” or “Really, another holiday cube decorating contest?” No, the crisis I am talking about is your need to figure out just how are you going to burn up your 17.5 (or whatever your exact number is), remaining days of PTO for 2014 before the end of the year. That is…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • 2026 and All That

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    There are lots of articles around at the moment about the future of work. They pop up in my timeline frequently, often accompanied by videos of futurologists at conferences outlining their vision of work in the 2020s and beyond. There’s something funny going on, though, because I seem to be hearing two very different stories without much overlap between them. The story I hear coming out of management conferences and any number of consultants’ websites is all about how technology will revolutionise the workplace, how it will empower us and enable us to have more fulfilled working…
  • Low pay and the deficit

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    As ever with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s reports, there is some fascinating stuff in its recently published Welfare Trends paper. The OBR expects the cost of social security to rise as a percentage of GDP after 2018, due mostly to the ageing population Our long-term projections show total welfare spending rising by 2.5 per cent of GDP between 2018-19 – the end of our medium-term forecast – and 2063-64, with almost all of the rise accounted for by benefits paid to the elderly. This is largely driven by demographic trends, which are partly offset by further expected…
  • Lost decade? We used to dream of a lost decade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • On demergers -quoted in the Business Standard @bsindia

    Gautam Ghosh
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    The folks at Business Standard did a story on demergers and asked me for an opinion on how organizations could do it better, some excerpts:According to independent HR consultant Gautam Ghosh, "A corporate spin-off is not necessarily bad news for employees. The problem is that many organisations do not communicate a demerger strategy to their employees proactively. In fact, in my experience, even some MNCs, known otherwise for their professional management practices, fail to share a clear roadmap with their country or regional offices making the whole process painful and fraught with risks."…
  • Some Twitter conversations on Social Media, Job Hunting and HR

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

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

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

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

  • Why HR Needs to be Influential and Why Now?

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    At the end of last year, I wrote a blog on HR and Influence.  Since that time, I have been doing a lot more thinking and researching on the topic and why it matters to HR.  I really became interested in influence and why it matters to HR when I spoke to HR professionals in Shanghai, China.  Its a concept that seems to be universal amongst our profession. I have had the pleasure of working with Angela Alperon our new workshop, "HR Business Leader: Elevating Your Strategic Influence and Impact" this year.  We have learned some very interesting concepts as it relates to…
  • An HR Surprise in Shanghai

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    I have just returned from Shanghai, China a trip of a lifetime.  Ed Nangle sand I had the honor of delivering our workshop,  "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader" to approximately 16 top HR leaders from multi-nationals companies with operations in Shanghai and Beijing.  I didn't know what to expect when I arrived for our first day of class.  I was definitely nervous.  "How was the language barrier going to play out?"  "Will our HR best practices translate well?"  "Does their political…
  • Changing a Profession Takes Courage

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Taking the bull by the hornsMaking decisions quick and asking for forgiveness laterSpeaking up, demanding to be heardThe three statements above have one thing in common.  It takes courage to do all three.  I have been thinking about some of the common themes I have heard from over 600+ HR professionals that have come to our workshop, "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader."  One of the themes I have been giving some thought to is the idea of courage in HR. I think it's time to rustle up all the courage we have as a profession.
  • HR Metrics Can be as Simple as Asking the Right Questions

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    I bet many of you thought I had fallen off a cliff or got hit by a bus.  I took quite a lengthy writing hiatus.  I just got to the point where I felt I was repeating myself.  I was not looking forward to Monday mornings when, "I had to get my blog out."  So, I took a break. So let me catch you up on the last two months:We finished our spring workshop series, "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader" with a bang.  We interacted with approximately 200 really smart, savvy HR professionals in our workshops all over this country.
  • 5 Ways HR can Impact Strategic Execution

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    I am always honored when I am asked to write for others.  I have had the pleasure over the last year to write for Halogen Software's TalentSpace blog. I was inspired by this recent article by the 300+ attendees we have had over the last year in our workshop, "Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming and Effective HR Business Leader"Check out the article here, and look around TalentSpace Blog, there are a lot of great writers and info on the site.
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    hr bartender

  • Recruiters: Target Your Audience [infographic] – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I’ll never forget a recruiting assignment I was given during my days at the airline. I had just started working for the company and my boss called. She said, “I need for you to find us a director of in-flight services.” I said, “Sure thing. I only have one question.” “What’s a director of inflight services?” We both got a little chuckle out of it. BTW – the position is responsible for the in-flight experience and usually the flight attendant group. But it reminds me that, in recruiting, I have to think like the ideal candidate. Where can I find them? What information do they…
  • Quick Shots for #HR and Business Pros – #HRTechConf Edition

    Sharlyn Lauby
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the HR Technology Conference in (you guessed it) Las Vegas. This is my second year attending the show and I must say the event is quickly becoming one of my “must attend” conferences. If you’re looking to step up your technology game, this is absolutely the place to be. I will be writing more about my takeaways from the conference, but here are a few initial things I wanted to share. The next big wearable? Headsets. Organizations with open office floorplans allow employees to wear headsets to block noise. If I’m going to wear a…
  • What’s the Next Big Thing in Recruiting

    Sharlyn Lauby
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at iCIMS, a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions. The iCIMS Talent Platform was recognized as a 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner by Cloud Computing Magazine. Very well deserved! Enjoy the post.) Sometimes I wonder if waiting for the “Next Big Thing” has become a new sport. Earlier this month at the HR Technology Conference, I felt like people were waiting for this clear signal of “Next Big Thing” in recruiting. Whenever I feel that way, I have a tendency to start at…
  • The Innovation Series (Part 1) – Can Innovation Be Taught/Learned

    Sharlyn Lauby
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    I saw this question on Twitter in reaction to the post “Managers aren’t Prepared to Handle Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges”. Can you “teach” innovative thinking? I believe the answer is yes. You can teach innovative thinking. There are skills that allow us to become innovative. I like the way Wikipedia has them listed: Cognitive (as in critical thinking or creative thinking) Behavioral (i.e. problem solving) Functional (basic skills such as writing, reading and math) Technical (an example would be project management) So we can teach people the skills. There are books…
  • Getting Ready For the Affordable Care Act #ACA – Friday Distraction

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

  • Happy Halloween! Scary – Yet Funny

    paul hebert
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
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  • Webinar Link – Service Anniversary Programs in the Future

    paul hebert
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
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  • Charting Employee Engagement

    paul hebert
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
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  • How To Connect with Human Beings

    paul hebert
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
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  • Should You Hide Employee Engagement Scores From Employees?

    paul hebert
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • Microsoft Band and the Future of Wearables at Work

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    As a certified data and tech geek, and a wannabee runner, (slow runner at least), I am totally fascinated and interested in the launch of Microsoft Band, the software giant's new wearable fitness tracking device.  What interests me with the Microsoft take on wearable fitness tracking, which admittedly is not really in and of itself all the groundbreaking, we have had Fitbits and Jawbones and all kinds of other fitness and activity tracking devices for some time now, is how the folks at Redmond are talking about and developing the Band as much more than a personal activity tool, but…
  • How the NBA can teach you (almost) everything you need to know about talent management

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Tonight is the opening of the 2014-2015 NBA season, (also known as the greatest day of the year in my house). I am a firm believer that sports, and particularly NBA basketball, offer some of the best real-world and public manifestations and examples of what HR and Talent pros would refer to as modern organizational Talent Management. I am also a firm believer that you too can learn just about everything you need to know about modern Talent Management from close observation of the NBA - the teams, the stars, the coaching, the executive decisions, even the marketing. Sure, I know what you are…
  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 193 - Humanizing Data

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    HR Happy Hour 193 - Humanizing Data Recorded Thursday October 23, 2014 Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guest: Paul Hebert This time on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish welcomed long time show friend and expert on influence and recognition, Paul Hebert back to the HR Happy Hour Show. Paul is the Vice President of Solution Design at Symbolist, one of the first to create a blog for the incentive and reward industry – called “Incentive Intelligence” – now hosted here at Symbolist. In addition, Paul writes for one of the top…
  • From HR Executive - On being a better HR Tech consumer

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

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

  • Could Failing to Pay Your Workers Properly Land You in Jail?

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You may know you can face significant monetary penalties for not paying your workers minimum wage and overtime as required by law. But did you know you can also face arrest and jail time for these violations?
  • Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace: The 2014 Midterms are Here

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Election season can be a heated time. In many contexts, this can mean arguments with friends, family, and acquaintances. It can also mean added tension and disagreement in the workplace. In some cases, employers may seek to minimize political discussions at work. In others, employers themselves may try to introduce politics into the workplace. Regardless of whether an employee may engage in political activity in the workplace, employees may have rights to conduct political activities outside of work, and to take time off from work, where needed, to vote in an election.
  • NLRB General Counsel Acknowledges Legal Stumbling Block in Joint Employment Issue, Highlights Priorities

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Speaking at a West Virginia University College of Law event last week, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. pointed out the pitfalls in his office's argument that franchisors should be named in unfair labor practice charge complaints as joint employers with their franchisees. According to Griffin, "we have a problem legally for our theory." In July, Griffin surprised many by announcing that his office intends to name a parent franchisor as a respondent in cases involving alleged unfair labor practices committed by franchisees if a settlement is not reached.
  • When an Employee Requests FMLA Leave for a Workplace Injury, Is the Employer Required to Report it as an OSHA Event?

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    An issue that implicates both the FMLA and OSHA? Normally, I’d yawn and take a cat nap along with you.
  • IRS Releases 2015 Pension Plan Limits

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service recently released a detailed list of pension plan and other retirement-related contribution and compensation limitations for tax year 2015 that were triggered by an increase in the cost-of-living index. As stated in the release, “[m]any of the pension limitations will change because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged for 2015.”
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    Capital Jobs

  • MPSC Online Application Form 2014 for 856 Clerk and Stenographer Vacancy

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) invites Online Applications from young and dynamic candidates for filling the 856 vacancies of Stenographer and Clerk . Willing candidates should fill their form via online mode on or before 05th November, 2014.For detail information, read the description below. Job Description: Organisation Name : Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Post
  • Air India Trainee Cabin Crew Recruitment 2014 - Online Application Form For 161 Vacancy

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Air India Limited invites Online Applications from Young Unmarried candidates for filling the 161 vacancies of Trainee Cabin Crew posts in Northern and Southern Regions . Application is is Rs 600/- for unreserved and no fee for SC/ST candidates. Willing applicant should apply on or before 18th November, 2014. For more details read the full information below. Job Description: Organization Name
  • Jobs in Engineers India Limited, West Bengal

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Engineers India Limited, a Navratna PSU and India's leading total Solutions Engineering Consultancy  Company invites Online Applications from Indian Nationals for filling the 07 posts of in POSD, Legal, Corporate Communication and Human Resource .Willing candidates should apply Online from 01st November, 2014 to 22nd  November, 2014.  For more details read the details below. Job Description:
  • Punjab Power Recruitment 2014 - PSPCL Assistant Engineer (OT) Electrical Online Application

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) urgently invites application from willing candidates for the post of Assistant Engineer (OT) Electrical in its department. Total 204 Vacancy is there in Punjab Power Company. Interested candidates should apply from  10-10-2014 to 30-10-2014 . Read below for more details. Job Description: Company Name : Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (
  • AICTE PRAGATI Scholarship 2014-15 for Girl Students Online Application Form Download

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    AICTE PRAGATI Scholarship 2014-15 for Girl Students Online Application Format download : All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi invites application from the girls students for the "AICTE PRAGATI Scholarship 2014-15 for Girl Students and Differently abled students ". Only the candidates admitted to any technical course such as Diploma, or ITI ( Undergraduate course) are
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    Labor & Employment Law RSS Feed | JD Supra Law News

  • Can State Medical Marijuana Laws Trump Employer Rights?

    Cozen O'Connor
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws which allow a lawful level of marijuana use. One question which comes up often in such states is whether an employer can lawfully terminate an employee who fails a drug...By: Cozen O'Connor
  • NLRB Imposes Extraordinary, Tough Remedies for Egregious and Pervasive Violations

    Proskauer - Labor Relations
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    In a landmark decision, the National Labor Relation Board has imposed an array of extraordinary remedies against an employer for what the NLRB described as “egregious and pervasive violations” of the National Labor Relations Act. Pacific Beach Hotel,...By: Proskauer - Labor Relations
  • Ebola Update–CDC Issues New Protocols

    Mintz Levin - Health Law & Policy Matters
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The response to Ebola continues to evolve as additional resources for providers and the public have been made available over the last several days. The Joint Commission (TJC) launched an Ebola Preparedness Resources webpage, which hosts TJC’s...By: Mintz Levin - Health Law & Policy Matters
  • Marijuana Users in Michigan Eligible for Unemployment

    Proskauer - Law and the Workplace
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Medicinal marijuana users in Michigan who are lawfully terminated by their employer for failing a drug test are, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals, entitled to receive unemployment benefits....By: Proskauer - Law and the Workplace
  • Employment Law - Oct 2014 #3

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    DOL Grants Could Signal More Misclassification Actions - Why it matters: Employers have faced a tidal wave of litigation over the alleged misclassification of employees as independent contractors, with workers ranging from FedEx drivers to...By: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] What’s The Best Way to Create an Employment Brand: 100 Culture Questions

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What’s The Best Way to Create an Employment Brand?”Employment brand is what lets the public know about who you are as an organization - it really tells the public about what your culture is. So the best way to create an employment brand is to understand who you are - to start of with real, robust culture data about how your people are wired and what is important to them, because that is what drives the culture of your organization. Once you understand that, you can articulate that out to the…
  • [Video] How Should Culture Affect Strategy: 100 Culture Questions

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Should Culture Affect Strategy?”Culture affects strategy. It affects strategy whether we're managing or not. Organizations are pretty good at identifying where they want to be - what their strategy is. But most organizations are not paying attention to culture, which is really the engine behind their strategy – so, that engine is playing a role whether it's managed or not.How you do things in your company affects whether you can get to your strategic imperatives. It is essential to, once you…
  • It’s Not the Size of the Data…

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    There is so much we’re doing wrong from a ‘traditional’ sense that any data that refutes the current ‘best practices’ will push us in a better direction. The current model of management is broken and we mere humans are powerless to change the paradigm without computers. BUT. Big data with respect to ‘talent science’ is a red herring. At least in its current form.There was a noticeable shift at this year’s HR Technology conference. For the first time in four years the focus was no longer on mobile and the cloud. Instead all eyes were on putting ‘big data’ and analytics to…
  • [Video] Peter Drucker Said “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” What’d He Mean by That?

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

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

    Bayt HR Guru
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    تخصصات بيت.كوم، وصفحات الشركاتوالصفحات العامةدوراً مهماً في هذا المجال. تم جمع بيانات استبيان بيت.كوم حول “التوظيف الاجتماعي في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا” عبر الإنترنت في الفترة الممتدة ما بين 16 سبتمبر و23 أكتوبر 2014، وبمشاركة 5,869 شخص من دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، والمملكة العربية السعودية، والكويت، وقطر،…
  • Infographic: Social Recruiting in the Middle East and North Africa

    Bayt HR Guru
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Social recruiting is the latest trend in hiring. It’s a great way to get to know a candidate beyond a traditional CV in order to make better hiring decisions. social platforms – such as Specialties, Company Profile and Public Profile – play a major role in enabling social recruiting. In this infographic, explores the concept of social recruiting in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as well as its benefits for both employers and job seekers. Data for the ‘Social Recruiting in the Middle East and North Africa” poll…
  • كيفية تقديم ملاحظات سلبية بطريقة لبقة

    Roba Assi
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    1. استخدم كلمات ايجابية! استخدم “و” بدلاً من “لكن”. فذلك يسهّل عملية تواصلك مع الشخص الذي تتحدث اليه وتتجنب تلقي ردود فعل سلبية. 2. انتقد أداء الأشخاص ولا تنتقد شخصيتهم يمكنك انتقاد الآخرين بطريقة لبقة كالقول: “يتعين عليك تدريب نفسك على أداء مهامك بشكل أسرع” بدلا من القول: “أنت شخص بطيء جداً”. 3. استخدم جمل…
  • How to Give Negative Feedback Without Sounding Mean

    Roba Assi
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Receiving and giving constructive feedback is important for a successful career. But sometimes, giving negative feedback is really tough, because many people take it personally. Here are some tips to communicate constructively, and give better feedback: 1. Use Positive Words! Instead of “but”, say “and”.  This way, the person you’re communicating with won’t brace themselves and become defensive. 2. Criticize Performance and NOT personality It’s simple: instead of saying “you’re very slow”, say “you need to start handling…
  • الأوامر والنواهي المتعلقة بتفويض مهام العمل

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    يواجه معظم  المدراء صعوبة كبيرة في تفويض مهام العمل واختيار الموظفين المناسبين لتنفيذها. في الواقع، يوجد اختلاف كبير بين “التفويض” و”التوجيه”، فالتفويض يعني توكيل فريق عملك مسؤولية تنفيذ المهام بالطريقة التي يفضلها بشرط الالتزام بالمعايير المتفق عليها. أما التوجيه فيعني توكيل مهمة لشخص معين، واجباره على تنفيذها…
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  • Recommended Human Resources Conferences To Attend in 2015

    Jennifer McClure
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Recently, one of my contacts who is planning her 2015 schedule sent me a question asking for my recommendations for the top 2 – 3 conferences to attend in the US for HR professionals. I am doing my planning for 2015 and wanted to reach out to you and get your thoughts on something if you don’t mind. One of my plans for next year is to attend more conferences in the US; ideally I’d like to attend events where there is a lot of networking, collaborating and great speakers. Since there are so many events happening all the time, it’s hard for me to assess which ones are best. Do you have…
  • Exploring Career Opportunities Without Jeopardizing Your Current Job #AskJennifer

    Jennifer McClure
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Are you happily (or contently) employed, but at the same time wonder if there are better career opportunities out there? If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. (Email subscribers click here to view the video) If that’s the case, you may wonder how you can position yourself for career growth – either inside or outside your current company – without making your employer nervous – or even worse – risking being blackballed or fired because they consider you a flight risk. I’m diving into this topic on this week’s edition of Ask…
  • My Fascination Advantage® Is The Veiled Strength – What’s Yours? [free assessment]

    Jennifer McClure
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Do you know what makes you fascinating? What draws people to you and differentiates you from others in your profession or industry? [Want to know how you "fascinate" the world? Read to the bottom of this post and get your code to take a free assessment!] As a self-proclaimed “Assessment Junkie”, I love the idea of answering a few questions, and within just a few minutes, being presented with a multi-page report that gives me all of the answers I’ve ever wanted to know about myself. Well, not exactly. But I do enjoy taking assessments to find new and different ways to…
  • Create a Value-Based Positioning Statement To Generate Demand and Increase Your Fees

    Jennifer McClure
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    As a speaker, consultant or business owner, have you struggled with how to position yourself in the marketplace in order to create demand and eliminate the need to compete based upon price? To solve these common problems, you have to begin by answering some fundamental questions. Last week, the National Speakers Association (NSA) held its annual convention in San Diego, California, and although I was unable to attend in person, they did provide some of the sessions via live stream, which was a great opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best speakers, authors and consultants. One…
  • Mid-Year Checkup: 5 Actions to Take to Reinvigorate Your Online Brand

    Jennifer McClure
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Mid-year is a great time to reflect on your progress towards your goals for 2014 – and it’s also a great time to review your online presence to ensure that your Profiles are up-to-date and on-point with your Personal Branding Strategy. Your life and career are continuously evolving, and social and online platforms are continuously changing, so it’s important to set aside some specific time each year to do a thorough review of your online presence to ensure that it’s accurate, current and presented in the best way possible. I typically set aside some time during the end…
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  • Mentoring That Scales

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Mentoring can be an effective way to develop employees and improve engagement. Creating and managing a successful mentoring program at scale though can be difficult. In this white paper learn:The six most common challenges when starting a mentoring programRecommended solutions to mitigate these challengesHow to create a mentoring program that achieves its full potentialRequest Free!
  • The Talent Smart Stress Management Bundle

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. These 4 articles from TalentSmart address how to gain these skills:How Successful People Stay CalmHow to Handle Criticism and Nonconstructive FeedbackStress Literally Shrinks Your Brain: Five Strategies for Reversing This EffectThe Six Secrets of Self-ControlTalentSmart is the world's…
  • The Talent Smart Positivity Bundle

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    This white paper addresses the five critical trends that have been identified across 2014 through research and conversations with thousands of executives in organizations around the globe:Changing Nature of WorkChanging Needs of Internal ClientsChanging Nature of the ConsumerChanging Nature of Business CustomersChanging Impact of InformationAll of these changes have significant implications for executives managing their functions. Many executives often recognize change too late or misunderstand the implications of those changes for their teams. Unfortunately, those misses cost organizations…
  • How Companies are Saving 30-50% off Skyrocketing Insurance Premiums.

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Not all companies qualify for membership in a group captive -- and that's how it should be. By allowing only the best to join, members ensure stability, buying power, and profitability.  For midsized companies, a group captive provides the highest level of service and maximum control, all while drastically driving down costs.  The buying power of a group allows companies to reduce insurance costs by up to 50% from traditional insurance.  Simply put – you can’t buy insurance a better way. This 3 minute video will give an easy to understand overview of how…
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  • How To Start A Start-Up, Hiring and Culture Part II

    Brad Herbert
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I am really enjoying Sam Altman's Stanford course "How to Start A Start-Up" and thought this session was relevant to any entrepreneur who needs to think about (a) building the product / service while (b) also building her/his company while (c) also growing as a leader her/himself.  Often people can only focus on building the product and then realize they're now running a company that just doesn't feel right, or they're not scaling at the same rate - or faster - as the business requires. I've been experimenting with a model that uses the Golden Circle as the foundation or backbone…
  • Golden Circle: Start With Why By Simon Sinek

    Brad Herbert
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I think this should be required viewing for anyone who wants to lead in life.
  • Notes From 2014 NeuroLeadership Summit

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

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

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

    Mitch Corlett
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Originally posted on Quora, one user asked:   “When recruiters look through a stack of resumes for candidate screening, what is the vital information they focus upon?” It’s a great question. Quora user Ambra Benjamin, engineering recruiter at Facebook, (and previously LivingSocial, Google and Expedia), had a lot of great advice in her response. But I talked to our own Project Directors to get a second take – because as great as Ambra’s answers are, they seemed specific to the tech world. As Jennie put it: “This article is like…
  • Why I Fired My Sales Department

    Bob Corlett
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    I had an underperformer in my company that I needed to fire: the sales department. And by “the sales department” I mean the website, because we don't have a sales team or anyone working on commission. (But that's a whole other thing you can read about over there.) In a small professional services company like mine, the website is both a welcome mat and a “Beware of Dog” sign. Its job is to ensure that people we want to speak with feel warmly welcomed, while simultaneously making other people suddenly want to go somewhere else. But our website was failing. Website was…
  • When Can an Employer Consider an Applicant’s Criminal History?

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

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

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

    Melissa Silver
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    There are a number of challenges that multinational employers face when employing staff in more than one country, including widely varied antidiscrimination laws, training requirements, termination processes and health and safety legislation. One especially troublesome issue for multinational employers is… continue
  • Employers Beware: Five Tips for Celebrating Halloween in the Workplace

    Beth Zoller
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    With the leaves changing color and the days getting shorter, Halloween is fast approaching. Halloween can present a number of scary challenges for employers, ranging from time off requests to workplace safety to potential sexual harassment liability and more. Here… continue
  • Your Key Performance Appraisals Questions Answered

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

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

    Beth Zoller
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the US. Here are four tips employers should keep in mind to comply with the ADA and manage individuals with disabilities: Disabilities are defined broadly The 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments… continue
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Parallels Between The Ice Bucket Challenge and Employee Engagement

    Dianne Shaddock
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
              Many of us were affected in some way by the ice bucket fundraising challenge for a little known disease, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. We either knew of someone who took the challenge, watched other people take the challenge on social media, or actively participated. What started out […]
  • Can Domestic Violence Accusations Mean Discipline at Work?

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

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

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

    Dianne Shaddock
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    It seems that phrases like “workplace stress” and “work life balance” are just buzzwords that have no real meaning or applicability for organizations – that is, until you start looking at workplace stress statistics. Surveys of employees across organizations consistently show that stress at work is a valid concern that employers need to factor into […]
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • Executive Confidence Hurt by Lack of Leadership Development

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Deloitte just released new research which shows an astounding gap between what business executives say and what they do, and one of the biggest issues highlighted is a lack of focus on leadership development. A majority of America's top business leaders (66 percent of CXOs and 63 percent of CXOs in waiting, among the 300 surveyed) say they are very confident that their organizations will outperform the competition over the next 12 months. But when asked about their confidence in their ability to address specific obstacles to growth, nearly half had some doubts (43 percent of CXOs and 44…
  • Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Using Social Collaboration to Engage and Empower Employees

    Joyce Maroney
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    As social media has swept the world, so have social collaboration tools entered the workplace.  Tools like the Workforce Collaboration capability shown here allow employees to collaborate and share ideas in ways that can help break down organizational silos. Today’s podcast is of my conversation with two fellow board members of The Workforce Institute: Mark Wales, […] The post Using Social Collaboration to Engage and Empower Employees appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Are Myths You Tell Yourself About Your Career Holding You Back?

    Joyce Maroney
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    I recently had the opportunity to speak to groups of young professionals on the topic of how to manage your career.  I framed this talk in terms of career myths that can hold people back.  Myths are stories people make up about the world around them when they don’t understand the basis for what they’re […] The post Are Myths You Tell Yourself About Your Career Holding You Back? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Putting Your Employees’ Schedules in the Palm of Their Hands

    Joyce Maroney
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Thank you to our board member, Bob Clements, for today’s guest post.  Bob is a senior vice president at Axsium, and spends a great deal of his time consulting with organizations about their workforce management (WFM) strategy.  Below, Bob talks about the benefits of extending WFM technology to employees’ phones.  This capability exists in lots […] The post Putting Your Employees’ Schedules in the Palm of Their Hands appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • What’s the Most Unique Job in Your State?

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

    Joyce Maroney
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This is the third in a 3-part series about ten career myths that can hold you back.  There are links to parts 1 & 2 at the bottom of this post.  I wrote this advice for a presentation I made to an audience of Millennials, but most of the advice is relevant for anybody who […] The post Top 10 Career Myths – and how they hold you back (Part 3) appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • Future Friday: Monitoring employee well-being by testing their sweat

    Michael Haberman
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A wearable device monitoring sweat could prevent injuries and accidents. I know there were probably some “ewww” responses to this headline, but there are some excellent possibilities for this technology. Think safety, productivity, and saving lives. Diagnosing with sweat According to Susan Scutti, in Medical Daily, a person’s sweat is a cornucopia of information about the body. Although mostly water, sweat also contains tiny amounts of ammonia, urea, salts, and sugar. From these chemicals what is occurring in the body can be determined. To utilize this information researchers are…
  • The NLRB creates another test for Independent Contractor Status

    Michael Haberman
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The NLRB adds another test to determining if someone is an independent contractor. If you have been paying attention (here, here and here) the U.S. government has been cracking down on the use of independent contractors. In a big move to restrict “mis-classification” of employees as independent contractors the USDOL and the IRS have been stringent is applying the rules for determining independent contractor status. Now the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has weighed in on the fray and added an additional factor. What are the rules? According to the IRS the rules for determining if…
  • How do I terminate an employee with an H1-B visa?

    Michael Haberman
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    H1-B visas are special documents that allow people with special skills to work in the United States. Only 65,000 of these visas are issued annually, thus terminating someone on an H1-B is a big deal. Requirements to have an H1-B According to the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, a worker on an H1-B visa must meet the following: They have to be sponsored by an employer They have to have a bachelor or higher degree The employer requires the degree The work is so specialized and complex it requires the degree The visa holder must be paid the prevailing wage or higher for degree holders in…
  • Is Your Small Business Prepared for Disaster?

    Michael Haberman
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It helps to have a plan to be prepared for a “rainy day.” Today’s post brought to you from our friends at You may think your small business doesn’t have to worry about recent large-scale data breaches at big companies like Target. However, experts like Defense Intelligence Agency’s senior officer Tyler Cohen Wood warn that small businesses are at even greater risk because hackers think they have less security. He advises small businesses to consider all the ways they collect data and to be aware that the more data they have and use, the more they have…
  • Why it is important to your job to get enough sleep

    Michael Haberman
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Lack of sleep affects your work and your health As we approach the weekend where daylight savings time comes to an end I thought some facts about the importance of sleep on performance were in order. I have written some similar posts in the past, see in particular Three Work Reasons to get a Good Night’s Sleep. Facts The average American adult, while spending 7.5 hours in bed only gets 6.1 hours of sleep. If you are anything like me, you toss and turn, you think about work or you get up and take the trip to the bathroom. Lack of sleep causes performance problems. Doctors with less than six…
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  • Critical Thinking: If You Can’t Define It, How Can You Hire For It?

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

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

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

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

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

    Dan Erwin
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Humans differ significantly in their ability to make change.  As a personal coach to executives for more than thirty years, it’s obvious that these differences are the status quo. Desire and motivation aren’t enough—even when it’s literally a matter of life or death. Some, it seems, have a profound immunity to change.  Often, they understand the need for change and they may even understand what the change might look like. But for some reason they seem stymied, and unable …  to achieve long term change. It’s an issue I’ve worked with for…
  • Using Big Data To Shape Brand Experiences

    Warren Bobrow
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    What can Big Data do for a brand? It depends on how it’s used. TESCO, more than any other large-scale, global retail brand, had committed to customer research, analytics, and loyalty as its marketing and operational edge. When it comes to behavioral data and loyalty programs, TESCO was the standard-bearer, the bar-setter, and it set the bar very high. With all of this phenomenal data, why then is Britain’s largest retailer in trouble? In a recent HBR op-ed, Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business opines, “Tesco’s…
  • Can You Really Tell When Your Boss Is Telling the Truth?

    Dan Erwin
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    The short answer to that question is rarely. Yet bosses matter a lot because nearly all employees have them.  And most bosses also have bosses. There are at least 21 million bosses in the United States.  Bob Sutton points out that estimates run as high as 38 million bosses.  Far more often than not our success is tied to that relationship with our boss.  It’s invitable In organizational structures that we sometimes wonder whether the information coming from our boss is really the truth. Bosses can be deceptive for any number of reasons: they lack…
  • Vehicles Drive Wacky Worker Excuses for Bad Behavior

    Steve Bruce
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Vehicles are driving some wacky workers’ comp stories that resulted in fraud charges for a car driver and a bike rider. In Washington State, a man who didn’t just ride bikes but raced them in competition, said he was hurt at work lifting a heavy box and was unable to perform his duties as a groundskeeper due to a knee injury. He was awarded benefits and had received in replacement wages $14,000 over 20 months. Based on an anonymous tip, an inspector for the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) saw him at two off-road dirt bike races—and also saw…
  • Maximizing The Brand Launch

    Warren Bobrow
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Most brands get launch. They understand how to make a splash for a product on a day. But what do you do between splashes? How do you keep top-of-mind? And more importantly, how do you stop the inevitable awareness fade as the ripples from your big splash die away? If you’re Walt Disney, you start introducing shorts between your new features, just to keep up awareness of your most popular and lucrative characters. And you do so knowing that such a cue will reactivate interest and re-kick merchandise sales. Cross-referencing in order to cross-sell. Nothing new in that – except that…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • Walking Dead–The HR Footnote

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog is offered as part of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice series this Fall, although admittedly there’s nothing particularly nice about the zombie apocalypse. Read on. The term “binge watching” entered my vocabulary earlier this year when a friend convinced us to watch the Breaking Bad marathon on AMC. It was winter, and cold, and there was nothing to do, so every night for three weeks my husband and I consumed two, maybe three episodes of this drug-crazed thriller. I liked it, kinda sorta. I liked the sense of accomplishment of making it through the series better. Fast…
  • If you don’t have anything nice to say. . .

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

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

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

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

  • The Importance of Getting Someone’s Name Right

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Group learning: 4 no-nos for trainers

    Dave Clemens
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Research shows that people learn better when they’re focused on personal development, not on competing with other learners.So when you’re training employees in groups, there are certain competitive signals the trainer DOESN’T want to send, even unintentionally.Here are four such signals to avoid:1. Using “better” or “worse” language in individual critiques. It’s not that you have to shy away from feedback, but rather that you should watch the words you use. After someone has contributed a response or idea, for instance, your first impulse might…
  • Leadership training: The nature/nurture question

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

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

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

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

  • The Future of Sourcing with @JimStroud [WEBINAR]

    Christopher Brablc
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    On this blog, I try to connect you with some of the best content available and today I wanted to point you towards a webinar tomorrow by Jim Stroud: “The Future of Sourcing: How to Leverage Tools, Talent & Technology To Win”. It’s a topic that is paramount to how organizations will look to evolve their talent acquisition practices and find, attract, engage and nurture qualified talent. It’s not just about processes and technology (which are important) but about the development of new skills within the discipline of sourcing and recruitment marketing. Sourcing…
  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 10.18.14 – 10.24.14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study Part 1 (Infographic)

    Rich DeMatteo
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Disclosure: Post sponsored by Spherion, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.   Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study Check out study here: Spherion has examined the issues and trends impacting the workplace and the employment life cycle for more than 15 years. Their 2014 study examines several primary themes aligned with the major milestones along a worker’s employment journey. The employment life cycle includes attraction, recruitment, engagement, retention, advocacy and leadership.
  • Looking for a job as a freelancer writer? Start here

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

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

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

    Rich DeMatteo
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Did you know that working can be risky business? In 2012, there were 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries in the private sector requiring at least one day off of work. The following year, there were over 4,400 workplace fatalities. It is enough to cause one to think twice about the risks involved in taking a job. At least, it should be. Some lines of work are inherently more hazardous than others. If you work at a nuclear plant, and are the one assigned to investigate a mysterious leak, your job is more dangerous than an office worker in a cubical. Likewise, a construction worker takes on…
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  • 6 Ways Digitally-Enabled Learning Improves Productivity

    Gauri Reyes
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    “According to i4cp surveys, improving employee productivity is one of the most important people-management issues, with almost 9 out of 10 participants predicting that the issue will grow in importance over the next decade.” Can digitally-enabled learning improve workplace productivity? Absolutely. If business needs are aligned with what we want from our jobs (our intrinsic motivation), then our productivity flourishes. What do we want from our jobs? There are a host of job satisfaction surveys and articles which cover the statistics. Besides compensation and benefits, topping the…
  • Train Healthcare Workers on Ebola for Free

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

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

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

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

  • CIPD Employee Outlook Survey: Career Management Matters

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Autumn 2014 CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey reveals one in three employees report that their career progression to date has failed to meet their expectations. Here’s why the results are a bit of a wake-up call for employers.
  • Putting Engagement to Work: The Wheel of Engagement for Task, Work, and Project

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Engagement is more than the general and abstract measurement of attitudes and attachments an employee has with an organisation. Work engagement focuses more on being engaged - or how employees connect and perform with specific work, tasks, and projects. Here are 4 recommendations to make better use of task, work, and project engagement.
  • Why Compensation Planning Shouldn’t Scare the (Blank) Out of You

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Compensation planning can strike fear in the hearts of the bravest HR and compensation managers. It can become a recurring nightmare of trying to stick to your budget and merit matrix, and chasing down supervisors for recommendations and approvals. How do you make the process less frightful? Find out in this post.
  • How to Support Employee Career Advancement

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

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

  • How to Implement an Employee Referral Program [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Blake McCammon
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Each Friday The Recruiter’s Lounge is going to bring you Infographic Fridays. We’ll be finding really interesting and different infographics to share. Hope you enjoy! Employee referrals are one of the most lucrative ways to hire employees. According to ERE,  46% of all hires at top performing firms are referrals. This inforgraphic dives further into the […]
  • TalentCircles and SwoopTalent Announce Alliance #hrtechconf

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

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

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

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

  • Why join a union in BC?

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

  • Of course HR is the Most Important Function

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

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

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

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

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

  • Labor Contractor and Independent Contractor Issues

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    California has, for a variety of reasons, become a particularly hostile environment for alternative workforces over the past few years. The court decisions over the past year have been quite aggressive in attacking a variety of independent contractor models. As has been the case, the key items of focus are the control the service recipient exercises over the worker providing the service and the question of integration of the work done into the general activities of the business to whom the services were provided. On a parallel track, the legislature has been very active regulating what…
  • Employment Impact of the Imminent Issuance of Drivers Licenses to Persons Whose Presence in the U.S. is NOT Authorized by Federal Law

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

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

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

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

  • Workplace Solutions: Don’t Let Policies Blind You

    Lynne Curry, Ph.d., SPHR
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Question: I didn’t know we had a problem in one of our branch offices until I got a letter from an attorney. A terminated employee alleges she complained about porn on a co-worker’s computer and sexual jokes told by other co-workers that her supervisor supposedly laughed at. She says she complained to the accounting manager […]
  • 10,000 Hours or Bust

    Catherine Carr, SPHR, MBA
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I love the 10,000-Hour Rule.   I love its simplicity and its “what word did you not understand?” clarity. You want to be good at something? Then plan to spend 10,000 hours of practice to get to the level of mastery associated with being a world class expert. I did the math. 10,000 hours is equivalent […]
  • Changing Vista of Human Resource Management

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

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

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

  • Would You Like Mayo and Lettuce with that Noncompete?

    Dan Walter-Performensation
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Noncompete clauses are often hard to enforce, but sometimes they still make sense. Heck, youcan't really keep a person from making a living in their chosen field. But, a company has to be able to protect itself from employees who may steal customers, ideas, staff members or worse. Noncompetes are not only hard on HR and legal departments; they can also be an issue for compensation professionals. At the most basic level, comp pros are paid to attract, motivate, retain and engage employees. For nearly every great compensation feature or extra dollar that helps there is usually some other…
  • Trick or Treat? I've Emailed 200,000 of Our Coworkers about Our Compensation!

    Margaret O'Hanlon
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Maybe you've already heard about this. In early October, a Portland, Oregon-based Wells Fargo branch employee emailed CEO John Stumpf that it was time to take some of the banks' profits and turn them into employee compensation. The employee, Tyrel Oates, also cc'd 200,000 of his coworkers using all of the internal email addresses he could cobble together over a couple of days of fiddling around online. Mr. Oates opened his email with the observation that: With the increasing focus on income inequality in the United States. Wells Fargo has the opportunity to be at the forefront…
  • Global Employee Benefits: I Wish I Had That

    Derek Irvine
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    I’m an expert in employee recognition and rewards. I understand the nuances of providing strategic employee recognition programs around the world – and the nuances are many. (These posts highlight just how complex that can be in India and China, as an example.) I am not, however, an expert on the wider field of global employee benefits, a critical component of comprehensive compensation package. Healthcare benefits alone are enough to give any global benefits manager a headache. Looking at various benefits offered in countries around the world offers a good case study in knowing and…
  • The More The Merrier?

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

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

  • Why Do I Need Life Insurance If I’m Young, Single, and Childless?

    Teri Lowder
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Life insurance is not what many younger employees think about. Traditionally, people with spouses, children and a mortgage are more keen on protecting their family should the unthinkable happen.... Visit site for full story...
  • The Top Five (Non-Monetary) Benefits Employees Want

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

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

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

    Elizabeth Perlak
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    In part 1 of this post, we looked at a hypothetical situation where Jim was working at Awesome Startup, Inc. for three years. Up until recently, his work had been stellar but now he is less... Visit site for full story...
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    Fresh Tracks» BLOG

  • 5 leadership mistakes that need to be avoided

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

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

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

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

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

    Catherine Palmiere
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a job applicant, it’s easy to forget that the hiring process is a two-way street. Companies are evaluating you, but you’re also evaluating them—probably on salary, benefits, commute and the like. You should also look at how the company’s employees interact with one another because finding the right fit goes a long way toward your satisfaction and productivity. It’s unlikely you’ll have free run of the place to make notes on employee interactions, but even limited information from interviews will tell you a lot. Are your interviewers respectful to each other or one…
  • Is Your Business Experiencing a Skill Gap? Invest More into Hiring and Training

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

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

    Catherine Palmiere
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the past few years, hiring of temporary employees instead of permanently bringing individuals onto staff has become a strong trend. Temporary employment is just that, it doesn’t last forever. But, even if you don’t plan to hire a candidate as a full-time employee, you might want to keep your options open. Reasons to Look at Temps as Potential Full Time Hires It will help overall team morale. When ateam knows that the new hire will be there only temporarily, sometimes it can create a divide in the office. But, if the bosses treat temporary hires as if they’ll …
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Negotiating The Salary You Deserve – 6 Key Steps

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

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

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

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

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

  • Keeping Records for OSHA

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Also known as the OSHA 300 Log, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies to record and maintain data on workplace injuries and illnesses for five years. Certain serious injuries must be reported to OSHA within a short period of time of their occurrence. Last month, OSHA issued revisions to the existing recordkeepingRead full story...
  • Issues with Accommodating Disabilities

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. As the month comes to a close, it is fitting that we review some recent landmark cases which involve the issue of disability accommodation in the workplaces. The first is the case of a hospital employee who went missing from duty for four hours. He faced termination forRead full story...
  • Writing an effective job description

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Most of us are familiar with the nuances of drafting an expression of interest (or a cover letter) which describes why we are particularly interested in a specific job. This is supposed to showcase our skills and experience, and project an ideal suitability with the requirements of the job tasks. Writing a job description isRead full story...
  • Compliance Check List for California Employers-2

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

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

  • Calculating Employee Turnover

    G&A Partners
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Most business owners and managers are familiar with the term “employee turnover,” which is defined as the number or percentage of employees who leave an organization who are then replaced by new employees. What people are less familiar with is how to actually calculate employee turnover. Learning how to find your organization’s rate of turnover will help you understand how turnover is affecting your organization, as well as help you identify any trends in turnover. Let’s get down to the math: Before you begin calculating your employee turnover rate, you should first decide over what…
  • G&A Newsletter: October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Three Short Videos for the Overworked and Overwhelmed

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Summers and other great folks from the American Management Association to talk about Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. The AMA has a really cool little video series called Three Questions where authors give short answers to questions in their wheelhouse. If you’re feeling overworked and overwhelmed or know someone who is, these videos just might help. You can watch all three in under five minutes.
  • Mindful Mondays: Take the Time

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    When people ask me, as they often do, why my wife Diane and I moved from the Washington, DC suburbs to L.A., I tell them the truth. When Diane, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, was eight, her parents took her to Disneyland and she never got over it. She’s wanted to live in Southern California for most of her life. So, when we figured out how to do it, we moved. And, as I usually tell people, we moved in the most inefficient way imaginable. We had been in our house in Virginia for 13 years and raised two boys there. Needless to say, there was a lot of stuff in there.
  • Are You Fit to Lead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: CDHP Edition

    Colin Bradley
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs), sometimes known as high-deductible plans, will likely become more popular in 2015 as many organizations continue to search for ways to rein in health care costs. These plans can offer great savings to healthy workers as they typically have reduced monthly premiums and preventative care is free, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. But for employees with chronic illness or other budget or health concerns, a high deductible plan may not be the best solution. This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you a mix of different viewpoints on the…
  • What Millennials Want to Know About Insurance

    Colin Bradley
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Millennials have a lot to lose if they lose their ability to work because of illness or injury, but they’re not protecting their assets with things like disability insurance and life insurance. That’s according to a Hartford survey released earlier this year, which found that less than half of millennial employees have signed up for disability insurance. The vast majority of millennial employees -- 90 percent -- acknowledge that they would have to change their lifestyles if they lost income for three to six months. Women in particular are at risk for losing their income in a disruptive…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Popularity of Voluntary Benefits Grows

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

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

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

  • Named Finalist for HRO Today Forum Europe iTalent Competition

    Greg Moran
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Thrilled to be among some great companies as a finalist for HRO Today’s Forum Europe 2014 iTalent Competition. According to Elliot Clark, chief executive officer of SharedXpertise (parent company of HRO Today), said, “The annual iTalent competition rewards HR and recruiting technology companies that are leading the way in helping businesses recruit and retain employees, and bringing innovative solutions to the HR department. We are absolutely delighted to invite these innovative companies to compete and help improve access to and the efficiency of the global workforce. Read the…
  • Is Marketing the Future of HR

    Greg Moran
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Could marketing be the future of the HR department? It very well could be if building and managing a passive talent community is critical to your talent acquisition strategy. Successful HR organizations will apply the principles of marketing to identify and engage that community of talent. Take a look at our new post on LinkedIn to understand how to apply great marketing techniques to your passive talent sourcing strategy.
  • Are You Ready to Play Ball?

    Greg Moran
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    What do the Oakland A’s and the New England Patriots have in common? They’ve each applied Moneyball techniques. Author Michael Lewis, describes in his book, Moneyball, how over a five-year period, the Oakland A’s used analytics to win more regular-season games than all but one major league baseball team while spending fewer payroll dollars per win than other teams. Oakland’s data-driven approach has spread to other sports, helping teams identify predictive skills as well as develop a talent acquisition strategy in an effort to produce more wins. In today’s labor market,…
  • Are you ready to “Datify” Your Hiring?

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

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

  • Are Annual Employee Surveys Dead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Don’t We Listen?

    Stephanie Reyes
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    In a text-message world where face-to-face is being replaced by tech-to-tech communication, we seldom have the chance to exercise our listening skills. Not that listening has ever been a strength for the majority. Most of us readily master the art of talking in our first 2-3 years on the planet. Listening, on the other hand—not so much. Listen by Marcus Quigmire, Wikimedia Commons According to the Writing Lab at Purdue University, there are a number of "types" who derail the listening process with a variety of counterproductive (if unintentional) habits. Maybe you’ve encountered…
  • Mediating Workplace Conflict

    Stephanie Reyes
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Managers, HR professionals, supervisors and team leaders have (at least) one thing in common: at some point in their careers, they’ll be asked to stand in the middle of a conflict and serve as de facto referee. When called upon to settle a conflict between two employees it’s important to have some tools at your disposal that can help you identify underlying issues, come to a workable solution and begin to restore co-worker trust. AHL Referee by Rick Dikeman, Wikimedia Commons Here is one such tool—a six-step process to help you mediate workplace conflict: Create a safe…
  • Employee Retention Secret Sauce

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

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

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

  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #3

    Jessica Rohman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ensure Pay is Fair and Benefits are Enticing Creating a rewarding work environment for potential employees is not just about providing a healthy paycheck. Rewards can also include having meaningful opportunities for recognition, the feeling of making a difference in the world, being a part of a successful team, and more.
  • What War for Talent?

    China Gorman
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates. This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and gives us some insightful data.
  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #2

    Jessica Rohman
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Highlight the Impact Employees Can Make by Working at Your Company What impact does your company have on the world? A sense of impact and purpose are critical components of a great workplace. Moreover, according to studies conducted by the University of Michigan, when employees know how their work impacts the lives of others, their company or the world around them, their productivity, morale and job satisfaction increase significantly.
  • World-Class Workplaces

    China Gorman
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thanks to the best workplaces, a better world is on the horizon. That’s the hopeful news as Great Place to Work reveals the 4th annual World’s Best Multinational Workplaces. In announcing the list of the 25 best multinationals, Great Place to Work also released a new study titled The Dawn of the Great Workplace Era. The report shares our finding that the best workplaces around the world are getting better, and are helping to shepherd in a new, more hopeful economic age.
  • 5 Reasons to Work at a Great Workplace

    Ed Frauenheim
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    1. It’s funGreat workplaces make work more like play. Or at least build a lot more play into the work experience than companies overall. Fun is partly about perks, but it’s mostly about culture. About rituals like Nerf gun fights, happy hours, birthday bashes and group volunteer days.
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    strategy+business: ORGANIZATIONS & PEOPLE

  • The Sharing Company

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The open sharing of resources among businesses is an offshoot of the sharing economy that has significant potential, but that has just started to attract media attention. In only a few years of activity, it's become clear that the unfettered exchange of otherwise unused major assets, including physical space and industrial equipment, allows a sharing company to operate more efficiently than its non-sharing rivals.
  • The Untapped Value of Overseas Experience

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Even as many multinationals develop or expand programs for temporary overseas assignments, they remain unprepared to learn from the employees who return from such assignments. A recent study of returnees reveals what's going wrong, and what companies can do to reap the benefits of a global workforce.
  • The 10 Principles of Organizational DNA

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Based on 10 years of organizational design ("organizational DNA") research and 220,000 diagnostic surveys, here's what we've learned about building high-performance companies.
  • Ending the Battle between Leadership and Management

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Historical and fictional accounts of King Henry V show how powerful the two disciplines can be when used together.
  • Best of Multimedia: What Airports and Alleys Can Tell You about Prospective Employees

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In this HBR IdeaCast, the authors of " How Google Works " reveal their personal approaches to recruiting top-notch talent.
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    Human Resources Blog

  • Video Interviewing: Hiring for Various Industries

    Camelia Rodriguez
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Due to the fact that video interviewing involves webcams, computers, and sometimes mobile phones, many people believe it is only suitable to use when hiring for positions in technology. However, the benefits of using video interviews for hiring can be experienced in various industries. Companies can use this recruiting and hiring solution to connect with candidates for blue collar work, jobs in healthcare, teaching positions, and much more. HR managers and recruiters in different industries experience the same problems when trying to find candidates to meet the requirements for open…
  • Video Interviewing: Keeping it Legal

    Julia Weeks
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    With more and more businesses utilizing video interviews, you may be considering implementing this technology into your startup’s existing interview process.  One of the questions that many small business owners have about video interviews deals with how to stay within HR guidelines and keep things legal. While video interviewing can seem like a huge difference from the standard resume screening, phone screening, and in-person interviewing, there is no difference when it comes to HR requirements.  The main difference in the two methods is that video interviewing allows you to actually see…
  • What to Look for As You Screen Cover Letters

    Lauren Levine
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re a hiring manager looking to fill an open spot within your company, the process can feel overwhelming. As resumes and cover letters pour in, you want to make sure you’re looking at all of the materials that come across your desk, without taking up too much time as you do it. Learning what to look for can help to make the process easier, as you quickly weed out the candidates who aren’t qualified for the open position. The traits of a great cover letter include: A document that is well organized and free of spelling and grammatical errors If you read the first sentence and…
  • Spark Hire Launches Rejection Management Feature for Better Candidate Communication

    Camelia Rodriguez
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Spark Hire has further enhanced its robust video interviewing platform by launching the Rejection feature to help companies ensure organization regarding the status of candidates’ applications. “We have many customers who video interview hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of candidates every month and we know it can sometimes be overwhelming,” says Spark CEO, Josh Tolan. “We developed this feature so that hiring managers and recruiters can better stay organized by identifying the candidates they don’t wish to move forward with.” How it works When viewing their list of candidates…
  • 3 Reasons Email Recruitment is Not Successful

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

  • Why is employee recognition such a big problem?

    John Sylvester
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    It comes up time and time again in employee satisfaction surveys: employees don’t get enough recognition. It’s a major pain point for HR professionals, or at least it should be. Why? Because most managers recognise the value of employee recognition, they understand the business benefits and they know, in theory, how to recognise employees. Yet, […]
  • How far should we take employee engagement?

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

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

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

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

  • 2 Reasons to Hire Ahead of the Pack

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Businesses tend to retract during recessions. Then once the recovery begins, they expand. Unfortunately, many businesses fail to expand soon enough and thus are unable to take advantage of the upswing to its fullest potential. Companies that wait too long FAIL on two counts: 1) More progressive companies (Leaders) have already cherry picked top talent. So, if you are following the pack, the cost to hire will increase. Not only will you pay higher salaries, you will also spend more in recruiting costs to find top talent. 2) The length of time it takes to hire successfully will also increase…
  • Warren Buffet’s Top 3 Soft Skills of Great Talent

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

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

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

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

  • Make Interviews Fun, Not Frightening

    Christopher Young
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Video interviewing can be a fun, cool way to recruit top candidates to your business. Requiring a video interview can save time and money, and help candidates who might have given the position a pass get excited about working for you. This Halloween, give your candidates a treat by making the interview process easier than ever. Take Off the Mask Video interviewing can be terrifying if candidates don’t know how it works or how you’re going to use it. Scared candidates may come across as wooden, may talk too fast because they’re so nervous, or might not submit a video interview at all.
  • Three Tips for Retail Recruiting

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

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

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    There are definite, proven benefits of a dog in the office, but there are also considerations that should be made regarding the potential disadvantages.  Are You Barking Mad To Allow An Office Dog? According to, 16% of workers were reported to have office pets and 55% said they’d be more motivated if they had a furry (or scaled) friend in the office. Caring for an office pet depends largely on what type of animal it is, a fish for instance, is fairly easy to maintain whereas a dog would require a lot more thought and dedication to care for properly. The benefits of…
  • Use LinkedIn To Embark On Your Dream Career

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

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

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

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

  • 4 Tips for Success as an HR Department of One

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

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

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

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

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

  • Should you put reason for leaving on your resume?

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Actually it’s not a bad idea. The question is going to come up eventually so you might as well take the opportunity to be proactive and explain the reason why. The above resume does just that. The candidate put the explanation at the bottom of each position. This may help to ease into the subject by just putting it out there first before the employer asks.
  • CareerCloud Radio Now Accepting Sponsors

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    CareerCloud Radio Now Accepting Sponsors: CareerCloud Radio gets over 2,000 downloads per day. If you have a job search product or service you can now sponsor our popular career podcast series. Learn more. Sponsor our cool, career podcast series.
  • Hire this man! a little job search humor for your monday

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hire this man! a little job search humor for your monday
  • Frontier Communications adding 85 jobs in Connecticut

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Details available via Hidden Jobs App > CT
  • Top 10 Skills You Can Learn in 6 Months to Impress Employers on a Resume

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Top 10 Skills You Can Learn in 6 Months to Impress Employers on a Resume: Wrapping up your time in college can be an exciting and mysterious few months. That shiny new degree will look great, but how will you complete the ever-important skills portion of your resume? Many employers are looking for similar skills, but it’s tough to know where to start. Fear not! The following are the top ten skills that you can pick up in six months or less to impress potential employers. Boom! Get these skills quickly.
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    HRE's The Leader Board

  • EEOC’s Honeywell Suit Draws Protest

    Andrew McIlvaine
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    The National Business Group on Health says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent lawsuit against Honeywell International over that company’s use of biometric screening in its wellness program “will have profound implications for any employer that offers employees wellness programs with incentives for biometric screenings.” Employees at Honeywell could face as much $4,000 in lost incentives and surcharges in 2015 should they decline to participate in voluntary screenings of their cholesterol levels, body mass index and other measures, the Wall Street…
  • Lost in the Email

    Mark McGraw
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Employers may be starting to feel as if they’re running out of acceptable ways to send FMLA disclosures to employees. In August, we reported on Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges. In that case, an appeals court left a jury to settle a dispute over whether an employee ever received an FMLA Designation Notice that her employer claimed to have sent via first-class U.S. mail. At the time, Ellen Storch, a Woodbury, N.Y.-based partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, told HRE that employers and HR should “do more than the law requires when providing employees with FMLA notices,” sending them in…
  • Introducing: Retail Robots

    Michael J. O'Brien
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    The retail world is going robotic, according to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.): Lowes Cos. is introducing robotic shopping assistants at an Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose, Calif., in late November. Lowe’s, which acquired Orchard Supply last year, says this is the first retail robot of its kind in the U.S. The “OSHbot” will greet customers, ask if they need help and guide them through the store to the product, according to the report. The 5-foot-tall white robot also reportedly houses two large rectangular screens—in both the front and back—to enable video…
  • Psst … Gossip Isn’t All That Bad

    David Shadovitz
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    More than a few times in your career, I’m sure you’ve walked by the watercooler and witnessed two folks talking in a whisper. Were you to assume the participants were engaging in some gossip (hopefully not about you), you’d probably be right. We all know gossip is one of the most popular of sports—one most of us have engaged in at some point in our working life (perhaps more times than we’d like to admit). Gossip, typically, is seen as something that’s unhealthy and counterproductive—and therefore something that should be discouraged. (Remember, no one likes a gossip, right?)…
  • Microsoft CEO Touts Equal Pay after Apology

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

    Robin Rayburn
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Robin Rayburn and Emily Tatum The goal of many businesses is to grow profits through attracting and retaining customers. The importance of maintaining the customer lifeline falls primarily on the organization’s customer service team. As client facing employees, customer service representatives are often the only contact customers have with a company and have the […]
  • Tweet for Cash: 6 Tips for Landing an Awesome Job as a Social Media Specialist

    Dixie Somers
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are a Twitter pro, a Pinterest queen, Instagram expert, or YouTube prodigy, you might consider turning your passion into a career. We now live in a world where you can get paid for tweeting, “liking”, and uploading—most businesses need a professional to monitor and manage their social media activity on several formats. Companies […]
  • VIDEO: Chinese Firms Looking for Global Talent

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The WSJ’s Wei Gu speaks with Damien O’Brien from Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm, about the challenges Chinese firms face in attracting global talent. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Atul Gawande on getting a coach | On Leadership

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When Atul Gawande hit a plateau in his career as a surgeon, he turned to an untraditional method to improve his skills. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Boomers vs. Millennials: Future of the Job Market

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Surveys show Millennials are optimistic about the future of the job market. But are they maybe too optimistic? MarketWatch’s Tom Bemis and Sally French discuss. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
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  • Are You Barking Mad To Allow An Office Dog?

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    There are definite, proven benefits of a dog in the office, but there are also considerations that should be made regarding the potential disadvantages.  Are You Barking Mad To Allow An Office Dog? According to, 16% of workers were reported to have office pets and 55% said they’d be more motivated if they had a furry (or scaled) friend in the office. Caring for an office pet depends largely on what type of animal it is, a fish for instance, is fairly easy to maintain whereas a dog would require a lot more thought and dedication to care for properly. The benefits of…
  • Use LinkedIn To Embark On Your Dream Career

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

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

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

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

  • Exit Interviews: Ghosts of Employees Past

    Jeana Quigley
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    It’s scary to lose an employee. The team is disheartened to see one of their own leave. HR knows they have to start the long process of finding a replacement. And management is frightened of the staggering cost of replacing that employee. But there’s one thing you need to do right to bring lasting value […] The post Exit Interviews: Ghosts of Employees Past appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Really Show Up for the Interview [Recruit and Retain Talent #5]

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Interviewing applicants is a vital part of HR. You’ve got to define the interview process that works for you. Many times, especially in startups, things are so crazy and busy that interviewing can feel like a scramble: “Oh someone’s here, let’s go sit down and talk to her a little bit.” But it’s important to really […] The post Really Show Up for the Interview [Recruit and Retain Talent #5] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Hiring Well for a Productive Team

    Kelsie Davis
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Most teams need a productivity boost at some point. That’s why we’re teaming up with Expensify to offer a webinar to discuss creating a more productive team. One of the most important tips to understand about productivity is that it’s something you can be proactively promoting from the very beginning of each employee’s “life” at a company. In […] The post Hiring Well for a Productive Team appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Meet Grasshopper—BambooHR’s Awesome Customer

    Jeana Quigley
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    At BambooHR, our mission is to set people free to do great work. Our awesome customers are doing great things, and we’re proud of the way they’re changing the world. That’s why we wanted to showcase some of our customers in a new blog series, BambooHR’s Awesome Customers.   First up, Grasshopper.  What’s Grasshopper’s story? Founded by two […] The post Meet Grasshopper—BambooHR’s Awesome Customer appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Time, Speed and Distance: Revision Questions

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Who thinks Time, Speed and Distance (TSD) is tough? No one I hope! IBPS PO had TSD, IBPS Clerical will have TSD and SBI Associates PO may have TSD too. Is a very easy chapter – and hence getting this correct in every exam that you appear for is a given and a must! Quick Revision of the theory of TSD will be followed by some good revision worthy questions (picked up especially for you from here and there and there and here!) Understanding Time, Speed and Distance1. When a person/or a body... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Daily Vocab Dose - Character G

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Daily Vocabulary dose for today 1. Gesticulate– communicate or express through movement/gesture     ex.: From the other side of the bridge I saw her gesticulate me to hurry up. 2. Grimace – frown/scowl – to make a face      ex.: He grimaced in pain and the nurse injected a syringe into his arm! 3. Gusto – enjoyment/delight     ex.: The children ran all around the newly opened theme park with great gusto. 4.  Grandiose – pompous/ loud... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!
  • General Awareness Quiz for 31 October

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    General awareness quiz for today 1. In BASEl III, the Conservation Buffer deadline for implementation of 2.5% is Jan 2019, whereas RBI has fixed at … 2. ICC Umpire of the year was won by Richard Kettleborough whereas ICC T20 performance of the year was won by 3. Who has been appointed as the Commander in Chief of Strategic Forces Command replacing SPS Cheema? 4. What is India’s Rank in “Global Peace Index 2014”? 5. Most Trusted brand in India as per Brand Trust... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 31 October

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Current affairs update for today :- Politics Taiwan banned its government officials from higher studies in China. Guy Scott, Vice-President of Zambia appointed as Acting President of Zambia due to the death of President of Zambia. The State Government of Rajasthan signed an agreement with SunEdison to set up 5000MW Solar projects in the State. Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana launched by the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs for the development of tribal people. On 27th October 2014,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Free Test Panda Quiz App for Android Users

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    In a series of providing useful learning platforms, today I am launching Test Panda app for my readers. It is free and will always be free.FeaturesUpdated tests2500 questions database20 questions in each testNo need of internet, once you download the app, you can use it anywhere. You need internet data whenever you need to update database of questionsFast testsMost important - It's freeLocal and global leadershipMonthly prizes to global winnersQuestions will be updated after every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • HR for Nurseries

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Ways Companies Are Rewarding Their Employees

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Employee rewards are essential for creating a successful, motivated and forward-thinking workforce, but studies have shown that money isn’t always enough to achieve that. If you’re looking for creative and effective ways to reward your employees without always spending a lot of money, we’ve come up with some of the best options. Help Them Develop Their Skills Many forward-thinking companies like to issue employee rewards by providing ways to learn and move up in the organization, because they realise that ambitious, intelligent individuals need stimulation and growth.
  • 10 Spooky Statistics That Will Help You Improve Your Workplace

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Statistic #1: 58% of applications contain inaccuracies What It Means to You: More time weeding out falsehoods versus honest mistakes. How You Can Apply it to the Workplace: Consider an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to weed out applicants. Statistic #2: 61% of HR departments go through a reorganization or redesign within 2 years What It Means to You: You won’t be able to rely on the same people or business process for long. How You Can Apply it to the Workplace: Keep good digital records to improve workplace continuity. Statistic #3: Nearly half, 50%, of companies expect to move HR to a…
  • 11 HR Pros List Their Favorite Employee Survey Questions

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Have you ever thought: “I wish I knew exactly what questions to ask my employees to evaluate them better”? Don’t worry. You are not alone. Most HR managers and consultants wonder exactly the same thing. And who can better answer this question than people who’ve been working in HR industry for many years? We asked 11 HR professionals the same questions and this is what they told us: Tim Sackett, The Tim Sackett Project (HR and Talent Blog) Follow Tim on Twitter, LinkedIn & Google+ “If you could only work for one other person in this organization, besides me, who…
  • What Do Employees Really Think When They Hear “HR”

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    There are so many popular misconceptions when it comes to HR departments, and a lot of the time they get a bad wrap from employees. We’re going to look at some of the popular responses and misconceptions many employees answer when they’re asked what they think about HR, and what can be done to turn this thing around. Paperwork This one’s a given, as usually when employees take on a new role – even if it’s an internal position – there’s always the standard paperwork to fill out, including bank details, references, criminal disclosure checks, that sort…
  • It Is Time To Give Your Employees More Control Over Evaluations

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Are you getting tired of carrying out the same one-on-one employee evaluations every year, and wonder whether they’re actually yielding any real results? Perhaps you struggle to come up with the right questions, or wonder if there’s a way to get more out of your employees. Fortunately, with 360 evaluations, you can now get a better idea of an individual’s performance and where they fit in your organization. This article is going to explain how employees are taking control back in their evaluations, and how you can reap the benefits. The Old Days In the old days, employee…
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    HR Success Guide

  • Welcoming the New Hire

    Parinita Bahadur
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Author: Antony Xavier It’s always challenging to hire the best fit and more challenging to retain. People come with a dream and & want to work with great people & Want to belong to a great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Career Engagement Benchmarking Research

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

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

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

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

  • Using Human Capital Management to Provide Higher Quality of Care

    MJ Craig
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    With a dizzying array of quality care measures being debated in the human services industry, it can be difficult to know where to start in the evaluation and improvement process. However, there is an often-overlooked, yet fundamental, place you can...
  • 5 Reasons You Need to Create and Manage Your Personal Brand

    DATIS Guest
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    This DATIS blog article, “5 Reasons You Need to Create and Manage Your Personal Brand“, was shared by Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, LLC, on October 20, 2014 and was reposted with permission. Personal branding has become a hot topic in the workforce these days....
  • DON’T Always Exceed Expectations

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

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

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

  • Output Increases with a Collaborative Work Environment

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

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

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

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

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

  • Introducing SmartHub™, the new employee engagement platform.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Use the Dayforce Technology to Spend More Time Taking Care of Customers (A Memo to Foodtown Employees)

    Team Ceridian
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, has given Ceridian permission to share a series of memos he’s addressing and sending to his staff. In these memos, Katz discusses the many benefits and efficiencies that Dayforce HCM brings to the work of his grocery stores’ managers and associates. Attention All Store Managers: You’ve heard me say […]
  • 4 tips for an appropriate yet fun Halloween celebration in the workplace

    Team Ceridian
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    For the most part, effective human capital management is a matter of consistency – getting people to come into work each day and perform their role with the same high level of engagement. Occasionally, though, you’ll have opportunities to break from tradition and make a day at the office a bit more fun. Sometimes, a […]
  • Volunteering Is Good For Both The Soul & The Business

    Team Ceridian
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    There is very little debate that in today’s world we are pressed for time more than ever.  Not only are we are asked to do more with less at work, we also have commuting times to and from the office, and family obligations that erode that precious commodity we value the most: our time.  Against […]
  • 12 Keys to a Stellar Cloud HCM Implementation – Are you ready?

    Adrian Grbavac
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Adoption of cloud HR systems is on the rise. Data from the 17th annual Sierra-Cedar HR survey shows that by next year, the number of organizations running cloud systems for core HR will overtake those using other licensed systems, either on-premise or hosted. If you’re looking to join the movement, or are in the midst […]
  • 4 ways technology will reshape organizational success in the coming years

    Jayson Saba
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    HR professionals everywhere have been eager in recent years to find innovative new ways that technology can improve what they do in human capital management. Whether it’s managing the daily grind of payroll and benefits or devising more comprehensive workforce plans, there are no doubt plenty of ways that more mobile and cloud-based platforms can […]
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  • Think Before You Speak, Words Can Hurt

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

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

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

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

    Mindy Flanigan
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever heard “be careful what you put in writing?” This phrase is especially true when making written offers of employment. Perhaps you were lucky enough to find ideal candidates to fill unique positions; some of which may have been difficult to fill in the past. While this is good news, these sharp candidates […]
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  • Remote Campus Recruitment for Startups: How to Make it Work
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In our post 7 Problems Startups Face With Campus Recruitment, we explored the major issues that hold startups back from conducting this exercise. In addition to it being a relentless use of time, money and effort, for small to medium sized companies, going anywhere further than Tier I or Tier II cities is near impossible, given the amount of resources they would have to dispatch. Through our own experience, however, we have discovered that it’s not only possible for startups to delve into this large pool of talent, it’s easy, no matter how funded or unfunded you may be. With…
  • Why SaaS Providers Need To Focus on Customer Service
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Customers are staring at their computer screen, trusting that they can navigate your carefully set up website- sifting through the various messages you are trying to convey- till they finally reach what they are looking for. They cannot touch or feel anything, and are just hoping that when you say you have “the best product in the market”, you really do. They trust testimonials, the list of clients you have displayed, and the first five links they find when they type your name in Google. But what if they hit a stumbling block? Customer Service has taken on a whole new meaning in…
  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Choosing an IT Solutions Provider is no joke, whether you’re a big company (and your every move is being watched), or a small company (where every seemingly invisible move can cost a fortune). There is no dearth of literature on the factors to consider when choosing an IT solutions provider, but most of these focus on the company as whole. Hidden under the reputation and performance history however, is a team of developers who are currently employed to satisfy every individual client’s needs. You may know everything you need to about the company itself- but how much do you know…
  • Are Your In House Screening Tools Failing You?
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Using Skill Tests- either online or offline- to screen coders and programmers and shortlist them for interviews is hardly a new practice. Technical recruiters all over the globe use them in some form or the other, never relying entirely on resumes and interviews for such a skill-based role. A large number of them- especially in startups, as we’ve discovered- still depend on in-house tools, which begs the question, is that really the right move? Related: What Good Is A Coder Who Can’t Code? As recruiters, we use Screening Tests to test the coding and programming skills of a…
  • The Latest, Smartest Anti-Cheating Mechanisms
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Jack is going through the Java test scores of the 100 or so job applicants who took the online screening test he created with Potknox. 30 candidates scored above 80%, 12 above 90, and 2, a whopping 100%. He is tempted to call in those two- Drake and Josh- for interviews, immediately. But then he sees something strange. At the 33rd minute of the test, a generated screenshot shows Jack that Drake was looking at Wikipedia to answer an MCQ question. At the 47th minute, he notices Drake is having a telephone conversation with someone and noting down what he is being told. At the 56th minute, Drake…
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    Rikka Brandon Recruiting & Hiring Expert

  • Rikka Makes the News! (In a Good Way)

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    How exciting is this! I was featured in the business section of the Fargo Forum.  Forum Communications has over 1,000,000 weekly readers!   If you’ve been reading this blog for any time now, you know that Entrepreneurship and Recruiting are two of my greatest passions.  I was so grateful that the Forum was interested in sharing my story with small business owners who need help hiring!  The day after the story ran, I got one of the funniest emails of my life.  It was from a guy who had just found out his most recent hire was turning out to be disaster.  His closing line was…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Leader and a Manager?

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

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

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

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

  • Worker Rights on Election Day

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

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

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

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

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

    Kristof De Wulf
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a world gone social, an ever increasing number of organizations are chasing the benefits of social collaboration, both inside and outside their own walls. With initiatives such as Google launching its high altitude balloons to wirelessly connect billions of people in remote areas, global collaboration has never been easier and is expected to surge in the next decade. The core drivers to have employees, customers, partners and many other kinds of communities collaborate with each other are obvious: spread knowledge, reduce costs, increase innovation speed and success, share risk, boost…
  • Is Halloween A Trick Or Treat For Your Business?

    Richard Howells
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    As I walked around the local mall this weekend, I was shocked at all the different Halloween stores that have “popped up” over the past few weeks. They will also disappear (or turn into Christmas Stores) just as quickly on November 1st. The irony is not lost as “All Hallows’ Eve” has its traditions as an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago. I bet they didn’t think it would turn into a retailers dream that, in 2013, generated an estimated 7 billion in consumer spend. This means huge logistical challenges to bring candies, costumes, pumpkins and…
  • One Employee’s Journey Toward Personal And Professional Fulfillment

    David Mizne
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I love my job. Sure, I get paid to write blog posts that positively show our company culture and product. But I mean it, I genuinely love working at my company. I am surrounded by people who work with dedication and joy, and I am given just enough challenge to grow personally and professionaly. You may be saying to yourself, “Employee retention is a challenge, and recruiting and hiring is expensive and time-consuming. How can I create an environment where my employees love the company and their work?” The answer is simple (and also our company mission): week after week, company leaders…
  • Thermostats: Another Example Why Open Standards Win With #IoT

    David Stephenson
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Despite my passion for all things Apple and the incredible functionality that comes from Tim Cook’s passion for integrating all parts of the ecosystem seamlessly (and, as I’ve noted in prior disclaimers, my part-time work at the Apple Store ..), I don’t think there’s any doubt when it comes to the Internet of Things that open standards win out. That’s because they meet the test of my favorite Essential Truth, “who else can use this data?” It goes back to my Data Dynamite book and my work with Vivek Kundra when he was opening up data in the District of Columbia before becoming…
  • 10 Biggest Team Motivation Killers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Külli Koort
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ustainable organization growth depends on teams that get the work done. Team members are able to get things done when they are collaborating efficiently. This relationship might be simplified, but I think it’s fair to say that organizations depend on positive team performance. What is more, a happy team is also a productive team, aspiring to achieve uncommon results. Although its not the easiest job to keep people satisfied and engaged, it’s the most rewarding challenge to take on. But before trying yet another lavishing collaboration boosting program or inviting motivational keynote…
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  • The Importance of Soft Skills in Your Tech Career

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Rob Byron - Partner / Manager, Information Technology Search Career advice Finding a job IT Workplace As information technology becomes more integrated with business, soft skills have evolved into required smarts for most IT professionals. Gone are the days when IT folks sat behind a computer in an out-of-the-way office with no need to interact with others. If you’re a tech professional today, you must be able to work with your business colleagues and speak in terms they understand. This isn’t a requirement for just the higher-ranking IT professionals. Even developers, programmers and…
  • Software Developers: How To Build Your Valuable Personal Brand

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Doug Schade - Principal Consultant, Software Technology Search Career advice Finding a job Hiring trends Job search advice Personal branding Resumes As a software developer, your personal brand is important when looking to move on to your next company. You want hiring managers in the development space to perceive you not only as a competent engineer but also as an innovative thought leader. Making that happen means cultivating a personal brand highlighting your value to potential employers.Here are the three main areas to focus on when polishing your brand.TraditionalEmployers can learn about…
  • Four Tips to Maximize Your Recruiter Relationship

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Stu Coleman - Partner / Senior General Manager, Accounting & Finance Contract Staffing Finding a job Job search advice Working with recruiters Thinking of using a recruiter for your next job search? A good first step is having a clear understanding of how recruitment firms work and what you can and can’t expect. If you are looking to a recruiter to help you in your job search, keep these four important points in mind.1. We are career advancers, not career changersRecruitment firms can be compared to a car’s accelerator but not to the steering wheel. This may be frustrating if you…
  • How to Handle Five Common Interview Questions

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kelly Finn - Principal Consultant, Information Technology Search Finding a job Interviewing tips for job seekers Job search advice You know they’re coming. You’ve no doubt heard most of them. But, are you prepared to answer them? Your responses could be deciding factors in whether or not you get the position. Here are five common questions you’ll likely face in your next job interview and how best to handle them.1. Why are you interested in this position?DO: Show you’ve done your homework and are prepared. Be sure to relate your answer to the job responsibilities, the company or the…
  • Job Search Lessons From The Little Mermaid

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Sarah Connors - Principal Staffing Manager, Human Resources Contract Staffing Finding a job Interviewing tips for job seekers Job search advice As a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s, everything I know about job hunting, I learned from Disney’s The Little Mermaid… Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but there are some great lessons to be learned in there. Read on to reminisce and discover how this childhood classic can help you land your next job.Lesson # 1: Trust your gutAriel’s sisters seemed happy swimming and singing just where they were. But, Ariel always wanted to be “where the…
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