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  • Top 5 #Workplace Blogs of the Week

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Who doesn’t love reading the top five blogs of the week? These are blogs that I have personally read throughout the week and have found fantastic. Not going to lie that over half of these, if not most are coming from because it’s a pretty easy RSS feed for me to read on the go. If you’re a practitioner who has a blog, let us know and we’ll add you up there for free. TOP BLOGS OF THE WEEK 3 Ways HR Defines Company Culture by Rachelle Falls: How does your HR department define company culture?  Read More. Why HR & Technology Departments Should Play…
  • Using Technology to Build an Employment Brand

    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellThere is no doubt that the technology we have seen introduced in the recruiting space in the last several years has changed us for the better. Today’s applicant tracking systems and candidate relationship management systems make our excel spreadsheets of yesteryear look like cave drawings. We’re able to track, connect with, screen and keep up with candidates like never before, but many companies are still faced with a major problem. They‘re not able to do all these things in one place, and not in ways that support their employment brand. While CRM and ATS…
  • Mayor Menino's Little House: Musings on Money and Career

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    Jean Cummings
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Mayor Menino in front of his home in Hyde Park section of Boston Boston and Masschusetts were honoring the life of Mayor Tom Menino last week. It is said that he had met 60% of Boston's residents and had had...
  • Dedicated Regional Class A Truck Driving Job - $5,000 Sign on Bonus

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    23 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
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  • NBA union chief Michele Roberts is 'itching for a fight' — and that's not all

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    Caroline McMillan Portillo
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    The first female chief of the National Basketball Players Association, Michele Roberts — one of our women to watch this week— caught our attention when she told ESPN The Magazine last week that the league's current salary cap is "incredibly un-American." And this week, Roberts was grabbing headlines for a slew of different reasons. Here are some of the best finds from around the web: 'She's serious, she's impressive…she's itching for a fight": One agent told Sporting News that Roberts, who…
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  • Top 5 #Workplace Blogs of the Week
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Who doesn’t love reading the top five blogs of the week? These are blogs that I have personally read throughout the week and have found fantastic. Not going to lie that over half of these, if not most are coming from because it’s a pretty easy RSS feed for me to read on the go. If you’re a practitioner who has a blog, let us know and we’ll add you up there for free. TOP BLOGS OF THE WEEK 3 Ways HR Defines Company Culture by Rachelle Falls: How does your HR department define company culture?  Read More. Why HR & Technology Departments Should Play…
  • You Can’t Do Everything: Prioritize What Needs To Be Done
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    You can’t do everything and there will always be more to do. This is one of those non-negotiable aspects of reality that is best to just accept. When you do this, it will be easier to make decisions about how to invest your precious time, energy, and attention. The next step is to prioritize what you will do and how you’ll do it. A little wisdom and skill here will go a long way. Pause When you’re facing an inflated inbox, scheduling meetings, following up on vague commitments or are in the middle of responding to a request—take a moment to pause. Step back and reflect for a…
  • LinkedIn Profile for College Students 2014
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    College students and new grads are the fastest growing demographic on LinkedIn. It makes sense because students now know that they need to be active on LinkedIn to create an impressive digital presence and to find internships and first jobs. Are you a college student or new grad? You will be able to quickly project a professional digital presence that employers can view.  Create and develop your profile long before you graduate. Keep it updated and use it throughout your college years while you are doing internships. Think strategically about the keywords and phrases you want to be…
  • Tis the Season – HR Get Your Teams Ready for the Holidays
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I have spent the last few weekends looking at online deals for gift giving — who am I kidding, I start my holiday shopping in June. My first jobs were in retail, as was my first HR job. I remember working holidays many years in a row. As a teen, I didn’t mind … I made some extra money, often working double and sometimes triple shifts of people who didn’t want to work. However, as I got older, working on the holidays wasn’t quite the same and I would have gladly traded in the extra money to spend time with friends and family or to just sleep in or relax at home. I remember the…
  • These Employee Turnover Myths are Hurting Your Company
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    There’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding employee turnover. Some “experts” recommend employers keep an almost hypervigilant watch on turnover rates, while others recommend employers stop worrying about the rates altogether! Despite all the talk, however, nobody has come up with a foolproof solution for resolving high turnover. The needs, desires, and perceptions of your employees contribute to your rates, which makes solving the problem of high turnover more difficult than one might assume. That said, some misinformation is more harmful than others. Here are the top five…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • Using Technology to Build an Employment Brand

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellThere is no doubt that the technology we have seen introduced in the recruiting space in the last several years has changed us for the better. Today’s applicant tracking systems and candidate relationship management systems make our excel spreadsheets of yesteryear look like cave drawings. We’re able to track, connect with, screen and keep up with candidates like never before, but many companies are still faced with a major problem. They‘re not able to do all these things in one place, and not in ways that support their employment brand. While CRM and ATS…
  • Why HR & Information Technology Departments Should Play Nice

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    By Jessica Miller-Merrell  In our day and age, it’s nearly impossible to be a part of society without embracing technology. Everywhere we go, there’s a smart phone firmly planted in our hands and at usually at least one other, maybe more, electronic devices within arm’s reach. And if you aren’t someone who treats their devices like a close member of the family, you no doubt know a handful of people who do. We have become one with the technology around us, and that’s not changing anytime soon. This same technology that has changed the way we communicate and even function…
  • How to Effectively Measure Your Social Recruiting Strategy – Part 3

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellSocial media is an enormous part of your social recruiting strategy, but it is just one piece of a social recruiting strategy and it has to make sense in the grand scheme of your goals. I talked in part one of this series about identifying your strategy so you’ll know what metrics to use, and then in part two about using relatable metrics to help you and business leaders understand its value, and here I’ll share the last piece of the puzzle: qualitative metrics. In the journey of social recruiting, social media all too often is seen as the destination when it is…
  • The art and science of diversity recruiting

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    By Marylene Delbourg-DelphisDiversity management is fairly straightforward once people are employees. Diversity reports show how successful (or unsuccessful) companies are. Most are only moderately successful at best, not because they do not want diversity, but simply because they use tools that prevent them to recruit for diversity. The current talent acquisition process is a transactional playing field designed to process resumes and not to hire people. And diversity hiring is all about people!Building up a consistent diversity initiative requires the ability to create live talent…
  • How to Effectively Measure Your Social Recruiting Campaigns – Part 2

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellIn part one this series on how to effectively measure your social recruiting campaigns, I discussed the need for a new kind of metrics and how the first step in measuring is identifying your strategy so you’ll know what type of metrics to use. In case you haven’t had a chance to read part one yet, I mentioned that your social strategy likely included one or more of several different campaign tactics, including culture and brand play, RSS feeds and more. The great thing about the campaigns I talked about in part one is that they can work together or separately…
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  • Mayor Menino's Little House: Musings on Money and Career

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Are you…. an internationally renowned E X P E R T? a nationally-recognized expert? a world-leading expert? a world-famous expert? a world-class expert? the world’s most influential expert? a thought-leadership expert? a self-styled expert? a leading-edge expert? a subject-matter expert?...
  • 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...
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  • NBA union chief Michele Roberts is 'itching for a fight' — and that's not all

    Caroline McMillan Portillo
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    The first female chief of the National Basketball Players Association, Michele Roberts — one of our women to watch this week— caught our attention when she told ESPN The Magazine last week that the league's current salary cap is "incredibly un-American." And this week, Roberts was grabbing headlines for a slew of different reasons. Here are some of the best finds from around the web: 'She's serious, she's impressive…she's itching for a fight": One agent told Sporting News that Roberts, who…
  • Advanced LinkedIn tips for B2B companies

    Shama Hyder
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Shama Hyder is a Dallas-based entrepreneur and tech expert who answers questions about the marriage of technology and marketing. Question: My B2B company has recently begun focusing more intensely on our social media marketing efforts. We already have a presence on LinkedIn, but I was wondering what more we can do to make LinkedIn work for us? Do you have any advanced B2B LinkedIn tips to help us get to the next level? Answer: It's great that you're focusing your attention on LinkedIn for your…
  • Envoy will lose aircraft as American Airlines scales back, outsources

    Nicholas Sakelaris
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Envoy Air will lose at least 50 Embraer 145 jets as American Airlines shifts its regional aircraft to other carriers, the Dallas Morning News reported. At least 20 of the 50-seat aircraft will go to Piedmont Airlines, which is owned by Fort Worth-based American (Nasdaq: AAL), the newspaper reported. The remainder will be outsourced to other carriers. Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice president of American, said in a letter to employees that Envoy Air doesn't have enough pilots to fly the planes. The…
  • Dell opens Internet of Things Lab to lure partners

    Jose Fermoso, Twitter: @fermoso
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Internet of Things devices hold out the promise of making routine daily tasks more efficient by gathering ever more specific data. For legacy companies like Dell Inc., these devices offer a more immediate promise: The opportunity to establish its brand as a leader in an industry still taking baby steps. This week, Dell opened its first Internet of Things Lab, a collaborative facility for hardware and software developers to build, test and release IoT products. The lab is located at the company's…
  • N.C. recoups jobs from recession; still long way to go for full recovery

    Jason deBruyn
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    North Carolina added slightly more than 17,000 jobs in October pushing it over a symbolic threshold: The state officially has recovered the number of nonfarm jobs lost since the Great Recession. The state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent with only April's 6.2 percent rate coming in lower since the economic downturn. Employment data since April had been mixed at best, and Gov. Pat McCrory's office had been mostly quiet with each month's jobs report. Friday, McCrory said, "North Carolina…
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    HR Vendor News

  • EmployeeScreenIQ and iCIMS Enhance Partnership to Provide Employers with a Smoother Candidate Screening Process

    HR Vendor News
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    CLEVELAND, OH and MATAWAN, N.J., Nov 20, 2014 – EmployeeScreenIQ, a global provider of employee background screening services, and iCIMS, Inc., a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions for growing businesses, have upgraded their longstanding platform integration to provide customers with fully streamlined, paperless background checks. By utilizing iCIMS’ new Application Programming Interface (API) protocols, customers will benefit from a smoother screening process. For many employers,  pre-employment screening is necessary but has…
  • Social Media, NLRB and EEO Trends That Impact Employee Handbooks

    HR Vendor News
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    New Providence, NJ (November 20, 2014) – Google Glass, LGBT protection, medical marijuana and no-fault attendance policies are just a few of the trends that employers need to consider when developing or updating their employee handbooks, says a new XpertHR report. It’s crucial that employers be aware of recent changes in the law, society and technology or they could face government sanctions. Among the most prevalent workplace trends are “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) and emerging technologies such as Google Glass and biometrics. Because there are significant risks in…
  • Profiles International Share a Forecast of Future Sales in “The Salesman’s Almanac”

    HR Vendor News
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Waco, TX. November 18, 2014 -Talent management solutions provider, Profiles International, has released insight into projected future sales trends in a new eBook titled, The Salesman’s Almanac: A Forecast of Future Sales. This white paper does exactly what it claims–predicting the future of sales while offering tips to salespeople and sales managers to adapt to the changing climate. The landscape of sales is changing. Salesmen have become salespeople, and salespeople’s roles are becoming automated–deeply supported by technology. From the 21st century moving forward,…
  • New Thomas International White Paper: Sales Has Become a Thinking Person’s Game

    HR Vendor News
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    OAKVILLE, Ontario, November 19, 2014–Sales reps with superior cognitive ability are a tremendous competitive advantage in today’s increasingly demanding and complex sales environment. That’s the central message of “Sales and HR Leaders: Sales Has Become a Thinking Person’s Game,” a new white paper from Thomas International, a global specialist in work-based, user-friendly assessments. The paper was written to help companies explore how sales today has evolved, and to offer them insights on how to best deal with this evolution, and to get the maximum results…
  • MBA Focus and Digi-Me Announce Strategic Partnership

    HR Vendor News
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    AURORA, IL and DUBLIN, OH – November 19, 2014 – MBA Focus, the market leader in b-school and diversity conference recruitment technology, and Digi-Me, a provider of technology-infused video for Human Resources, today announced a strategic partnership to provide its customer base with innovative recruiting solutions through advanced candidate sourcing and communication technologies. Through this collaboration, both technology providers can further achieve their mutual goal of helping employers to efficiently pinpoint and connect with the right talent for their unique opportunities.
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  • Management Gurus on Twitter

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    About a month ago, I had a conversation with Tim Sackett that went something like this. Laurie: You know Vala Afshar? Timmy: No, I mean, I guess. Laurie: I don’t think he is real. And I want to figure his posting strategy out. Timmy: I don’t see where you are going with this, Laur. Explain. So here is my explanation. Vala Afshar is a guy on Twitter, but more importantly, he could be any guy on Twitter who wants to be recognized as a leadership and management guru. He shares articles that he doesn’t write, and he tweets about leadership and technology. It feels like he uses…
  • I Don’t Want This Guy Fired

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    It’s a beautiful day. #NSW A photo posted by LFR (@lruettimann) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:36pm PST I’m headed home from Australia. I had a great trip. At one point, my husband and I took a semi-private tour of a secluded island. We did some snorkeling and hiking. We knew we were in trouble when our tour guide, upon hearing that we worked in the pharmaceutical industry, told us that he could show us the cure to AIDS and HIV in the bush. “It’s an aboriginal cure. They don’t want to give it to white people because we gave them cholera.” If they can cure HIV and…
  • What it Means to be Disruptive and Innovative

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    So you want to be disruptive and innovative, eh? You fools. I’m barely disruptive, but when I write something different, people say things like: 1. Oh, Laurie! 2. Isn’t she something? 3. Gotta love her! It’s so condescending and meant to diminish my contributions. It’s beyond cynical — and sometimes rooted in the institutional sexism in my industry. Oh. Fucking. Well. I chose this path. I brush dirt off my shoulder on a daily basis. I can do this because I have good mentors who lead by example. But I can’t tell you how many times people tell me that…
  • Sour Grapes #SHRM15

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    Forgive me for the inside baseball, but I have something to say. Every year, several hundred human resources nerds across the world vie for an opportunity to speak at an event called SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition. Much like an RFP process — with no ROI for anyone involved and no transparency — SHRM selects speakers for mega sessions and concurrent sessions. Nobody gets paid, but airfare and hotel are included for a few nights. This year, SHRM selected its speakers in its normal veil of secrecy. I’m not complaining because there are some new names on the…
  • Is Work Really Changing?

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Hello from Sydney. It’s awesome here. I am having a great time. Before you know it, I’ll be in Rome. What a busy month! So what’s happening in Australia? Well, lots of splashy consultants are walking around this conference talking about the future of the modern workforce. “Things are different, Laurie. Everyone should learn to code. The very nature of work is changing, and human resources has fallen behind.” Hm. When I hear someone lecture me about the 2020 workforce, I can’t help but think of my friend, Sarah White. She recently reminded me that 2020 is…
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  • Building Effective Workplace Through Human Resources Management - THISDAY Live

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    Building Effective Workplace Through Human Resources ManagementTHISDAY LiveThe seven days event which kick-started in Abuja and Lagos on November 15 with a walk titled “GEW Walk For Entrepreneurship” was in partnership with the “Resource Intermediaries Limited”, a human resource outsourcing company with offices in Lagos, ...and more »
  • Kevin Dailey to lead SVHC Human Resources - The Manchester Journal

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Kevin Dailey to lead SVHC Human ResourcesThe Manchester JournalBENNINGTON >> Bringing more than 15 years of human resources experience and a background in law, Kevin Dailey of Arlington, will join the management team at Southwestern Vermont Health Care as its Vice President of Human Resources. "I have a ...and more »
  • Dawson's Moody promoted to human resources executive director - Your Houston News

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Your Houston NewsDawson's Moody promoted to human resources executive directorYour Houston NewsPearland Independent School District is pleased to announce Dawson High School principal David Moody's promotion to executive director of Human Resource Services. Moody, who has led DHS since it opened in 2007, will officially begin his new position ...
  • LIVE: HR Tech Interactive 2014 - Human Resources Online

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Human Resources OnlineLIVE: HR Tech Interactive 2014Human Resources OnlineStay tuned for all the updates from HR Tech Interactive 2014 , the second annual conference covering all aspects of HR technology and innovation in Asia. Produced by Human Resources magazine, this event is focused on helping HR professionals work ...
  • Raytheon Company appoints Randa G. Newsome Vice President Human ... - The Wall Street Transcript

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Raytheon Company appoints Randa G. Newsome Vice President Human The Wall Street TranscriptNewsome has 20 years of experience in human resources, organizational performance management and security operations. She joined the company in 2001 and was most recently vice president for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business, ...and more »
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  • The most bizarre interview we’ve ever heard about

    Christian Schappel
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    This idiotic candidate broke three basic rules of job interviewing: 1) Don’t show up drunk, 2) don’t get angry when you’re asked questions, and 3) don’t assault the boss. And those weren’t even the dumbest things he did.  Meet Jose Lopez. He arrived at 207 South Sunshine Avenue in El Cajon, CA, which sits just outside of San Diego, for a job interview. Then, according to NBC San Diego, the business owner (his name and the business name weren’t reported) could smell that Lopez had been drinking. The boss then questioned Lopez about his drinking, and…
  • 4 ways the GOP could actually change Obamacare

    Jared Bilski
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    With Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell has publicly vowed to repeal the healthcare reform law at any cost. That’s not going to happen while President Obama has veto power — but there is a very real possibility the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could get a major facelift.   After all, the president himself has hinted at making some concessions regarding the controversial law. One of the top changes those in the Benefits world expect to see: A return to the 40-hour per week threshold for defining full-time employees. Under the current…
  • EEOC’s wellness litigation strategy gets slapped around in Senate hearing

    Christian Schappel
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Republicans’ predicted assault on what some employers perceive as over-aggressive federal agency enforcement of employment laws may have just begun — and they haven’t even taken control of Congress yet.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) got slapped around a little bit in a recent Senate committee hearing to confirm the nominations of Charlotte Burrows as a new EEOC commissioner and David Lopez as EEOC general counsel. In introducing Burrows and Lopez, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on the nominees to explain how they’d address the EEOC’s…
  • No, the world is not fair. Good-looking people do better. Get over it.

    Tim Gould
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    Apparently, the world is exactly as superficial as we all feared. Richard Madison, marketing executive of the online Brighton School of Business and Management in Britain, recently put together some stats on how attractive people fare in their careers — from getting the initial interview to how much money they make. And for the less-than-gorgeous majority of us, the news isn’t good. According to Madison, the average call-back rate on resumes is 30% (this is England, remember, so the numbers may not line up exactly with American stats — although we’ve got to believe the…
  • Successful Delegation — Developing Your Productivity Skills

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Learn how to master the skill of delegation and become more productive at work. One of the fundamental problems that people have when making the step up to management is the inability to delegate effectively. This free eBook provides a practical guide to boosting your own and your team’s productivity through successful delegation. You will learn: Why delegation is one of the most important management skills you can master. How to decide whether or not a task is suitable for delegation. The ten rules of successful delegation that will motivate and empower your team. How to accurately monitor…
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  • Sunday free-for-all – November 23, 2014

    Ask a Manager
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s the weekend free-for-all. This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly non-work only; if you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.) Have at it. Sunday free-for-all – November 23, 2014 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • a horrible coworker listed me as a job reference, my company won’t pay for meals on work travel, and more

    Ask a Manager
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. A horrible coworker listed me as a job reference This past year, I worked with a woman fresh out of college who was lazy. She dropped a roll of tape and it rolled away from her and she asked me to walk over and get it for her because “I’m too lazy.” She didn’t like to do her assigned tasks and frequently left them for others to do. She claimed she was “too old” for some of her job duties. I am 15 years older than her and I do those duties as well. She also spent hours of work time taking Buzzfeed…
  • update: what to do when you have moral qualms about your employer’s line of business

    Ask a Manager
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Remember the letter-writer last year who was struggling with moral qualms about her job? She was working for a tobacco wholesaler, and her dad was fighting lung cancer. Here’s her update. First off, thank you for your advice. It came right when I needed it. I had tried so hard to stick it out until I found a new job, but your suggestion that I might be better off leaving helped me give myself permission to get out before I gave my professional integrity a vacation. For what it’s worth, I worked harder in the months following my dad’s diagnosis because I didn’t want to…
  • open thread – November 21, 2014

    Ask a Manager
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. * If you submitted a question to me recently, please don’t repost it here, as it may be in the to-be-answered queue :) open thread – November 21, 2014 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
  • I’m interviewing for the same job as my former employee, my coworker shared my salary info, and more

    Ask a Manager
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My coworker shared my salary info because she was angry at me My coworker was just recently made office manager, and it has gone to her head. I am the bookkeeper here. She knew nothing about my job. Recently the owner decided to have her learn my job just in case something were to happen where I could not come into work for a long period. We got into a disagreement and she ended up telling a coworker what I made and what another person in the office made. The owner has always said that payroll is to be kept confidential at all times. We…
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  • My boss wants to have me arrested for working unauthorized overtime

    Evil HR Lady
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Dear Evil HR Lady, Hi, I am wondering about overtime etc. Basically, my wife has worked in an office most of her life. Recently, she has been working for a small business as an office manager; running the office, ordering parts, making sure the other people were getting their work schedule for the day, etc. She worked 3 years there, basically worked through lunch etc, stayed late waiting on workers to get in, getting office supply on the weekends etc. So after 2 years she decided to put probably 3-5 hours on her time sheet which made that overtime, as every 1 else was paid it when they worked…
  • 5 Signs That You Should Hire an HR Person

    Evil HR Lady
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    As you begin your start up, you’re concerned about getting the idea, getting the funding, and getting the customers, but at some point, you are going to need to start thinking about getting an Human Resources expert on board. It’s no fun to have to use your limited funds for someone in a “cost center” role, but bringing someone onboard at the right time will actually save you money in the long run. Here are 5 signs that it’s time to bring an expert in-house. 1. You’ve got 50 employees. 50 employees is when the big laws, like FMLA, kick in. Other laws start…
  • The productivity payoff of a flexible workplace

    Evil HR Lady
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    Want to increase your revenue by 10 percent? Give your employees flexibility. A new Harvard Business Review article says that’s the key to success. For instance, companies that allow employees to work from home at least three time per month are more likely to report growth than companies that have more restrictive policies. Is flexibility practical? A lot of companies can’t imagine functioning without strict rules and constant oversight. But these findings say the opposite is true. When you give flexibility, you get better results. For example, Cisco says it saves $277 million per…
  • Struggling to Figure Out a Christmas Present for the Boss? How About Nothing?

    Evil HR Lady
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Thanksgiving isn’t quite here yet, but it’s time to start thinking about presents at the workplace. Whether you want to label them as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Holiday or year end gifts, they are common place. Employees tend to want things like Harry and David’s Fruit baskets, gift cards, time off, and of course, money. But what do you buy your boss? Are you ready? Really ready? Because once you read this, your holiday shopping days will be greatly simplified. Here’s what you should get your boss this year (and every year): Nothing. Not a typo. The workplace is not…
  • When inappropriate texts aren’t harassment

    Evil HR Lady
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Colleen Bowling had what looked like a slam-dunk sexual harassment case. A co-worker had sent her a series of text messages that included sexually explicit questions and inquiries into her sex life. She sued and lost the case. The details of this case shed light on the not-always-clear criteria for what constitutes sexual harassment. What happened Bowling was hired as a police officer f0r the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lieutenant Quinn Bennett was assigned to train her. Sometime after the training began, the two began exchanging text messages. These quickly evolved into a mix of…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • Don’t Count Out The Unlikely

    Kathy Rapp
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Dirk Nowitzki made history last week.  He scored enough points to pass my guy, the incredible Hakeem Olajuwon and move into 9th place on the NBA’s career scoring list.  He also became the top scoring player born outside the U.S. ever to play in the NBA. And guess what?  No one expected him to do much in the NBA. From Dan Devine, “You’d have been hard-pressed to predict the gangly 20-year old who spent much of his first season coming off Don Nelson’s bench would wind up completely rewriting the Maverick’s record book, revolutionizing the sport by proving that…
  • My Taylor Swift Letter To The Exec Who Rejected Us

    RJ Morris
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    I had an executive turn down an offer from us quite a while ago. My initial, immature reaction: “Bastard.” I’m kidding, of course. A little. I was angry and hurt. The division leader who teamed up with me for the recruiting effort called me after the rejection and said, “What do you normally do in this situation?” I replied, “I don’t know, Fred. This doesn’t happen. Let me grieve for a day and get back to you.” Seriously, I didn’t have a plan. We had one great, perfectly matched candidate. One that we nurtured for ten months before he would talk to us. We…
  • Kris Dunn talks Hard-Knock Recruiter Life: “Can You Turn That Down for Me?”

    Kris Dunn
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of the things I love about my gig at Kinetix is that in addition to HR stuff, marketing and more, I also get to keep my hand in the recruiting game every once in a while.  Case in point: I’m working on a great high level HR search for one of my favorite customers. Good candidate flow.  Interesting conversations.  Then I had the following happen… I’m on the phone with a candidate over the last couple of weeks.  I do some intro stuff, get them to interact with me related to what another recruiter told them related to the position, the company, the opportunity.
  • Don’t Fall In Love

    John Whitaker
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    You’ve heard the meme before, “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers…” right? Sure you have, we all have—it’s repeated more times than you can count. Two things about that: Bullsh-t What about good managers? For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “good manager,” let me explain. These are people who trust your abilities. They inspire you. You may feel a strange feeling of accountability, wanting to please him/her for reasons you cannot explain. You don’t work for them, you work with them (at least…
  • Laurie Ruettimann explains What It Means To Be Disruptive and Innovative

    Laurie Ruettimann
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    So you want to be disruptive and innovative, eh? You fools. I’m barely disruptive, but when I write something different, people say things like: 1. Oh, Laurie! 2. Isn’t she something? 3. Gotta love her! It’s so condescending and meant to diminish my contributions. It’s beyond cynical — and sometimes rooted in the institutional sexism in my industry. Oh. Fucking. Well. I chose this path. I brush dirt off my shoulder on a daily basis. I can do this because I have good mentors who lead by example. But I can’t tell you how many times people tell me that they’re longing to be…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • Winds of Change still blowing

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Germany held a big party earlier this month to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was 25 years ago but, so far, I still reckon it has been the most important political event of my lifetime. I remember watching the footage, with a feeling that world events were moving at a pace I’d never seen before. The sense that the Eastern Bloc was about to change had been building up since Gorbachev’s reforms in the late 1980s. When the communist regimes began to fall apart, though, they did so remarkably quickly. At the start of 1989, communist governments still ruled Eastern…
  • Welfare delusions

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    A report by the IFS earlier this week found that the government’s social security cuts had saved nowhere near the amount it expected. The £19bn it had hoped to save turned out to be only £2.5bn. While the cost of Job Seekers’ Allowance fell, spending on pensioner benefits, housing benefit and tax credits was much higher than the government anticipated. The IFS warned that rising housing benefit and tax credits “means that slow earnings growth now has the potential to push up spending too.” The government may boast that its welfare reforms have nudged people into…
  • Come the glorious day, someone else will pay

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Last week, the FT ran a series of articles on public spending cuts. Its summary: Half way through 9 years of planned austerity, the FT has uncovered that more than half of government cuts are still to come. And they will be twice as large as David Cameron’s £25bn figure. I had a busy week so still haven’t finished reading all of it. If you have time, it’s well worth working through. The FT’s main finding, after crunching the numbers on the government’s forecasts, is that a further £48bn of spending cuts will be needed in the next parliament if an absolute surplus…
  • Remembering the long war

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    It so happens that Remembrance Sunday in the First World War centenary year coincides with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eric Hobsbawm called the period between the two The Short Twentieth Century, the century having been defined by the period of total war and extremism between 1914 and 1991. In his introduction to the book, published in 1994, he said: There can be no serious doubt that in the late 1980s and early 1990s an era in world history ended and a new one began. Over the years, I’ve come across war memorials in a number of different countries.
  • Why 2014 wasn’t the year of the pay-rise

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Despite upbeat predictions from employers, 2014 didn’t turn out to be the year of the pay rise after all. Research from the Resolution Foundation published today shows that surveys of employers tended to overstate the level of pay increases in the economy as a whole.   The reason for this: All of these measures are partial and take no account of compositional changes. Or, to put it more crudely, they have surveyed the posher end of the job market, which isn’t where most of the job growth has been. Although there has been an increase in the number of full-time employed jobs…
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    Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources

  • WittyParrot's list of top 100 HR influencers to follow on Twitter #socialHR

    Gautam Ghosh
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The folks at SaaS company brought up a list of top 100 HR influencers to follow on Twitter and I was fortunate to be ranked on with fellow HR friends from India along with Abhijit Bhaduri, Anand Pillai, Vivek Paranjpe,  Achal Khanna, Yashwant Mahadik, Kavi Arasu Top 100 HR To Follow On Twitter from WittyParrot If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • Enterprise Social Networking - the focus on collaboration and driven by HR

    Gautam Ghosh
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    So yesterday I gave a talk to 12 HR heads at Bangalore which was organized by Microsoft on my thoughts on enterprise social networking in organizations. I was surprised to discover that many HR leaders were looking at driving it for their organizationsHere are some points I madeEnterprise Social helps to make implicit knowledge explicitFocusing on communities rather than networks is keySharing within the enterprise is a test of vulnerability - and is dependent on community management and organizational culture and ecosystemEvery organization will need to discover its own "use case" for…
  • 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…
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  • 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your Referral Program

    Jason Buss
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Employee referral programs typically outproduce any other source of hire, when looking at recruiting cycle times, costs, and new hire quality. No surprise, right? What should be surprising is that companies typically invest the smallest amount of resources into referral programs when compared to other recruiting programs, tools, technology, and databases. Listen to the average consultant or expert and they’ll tell you ways to improve your referral results include increasing the bonus, giveaway more prizes (like a car or trip), communicate better and encourage more referrals. If you want…
  • New Video Interviewing Capabilities Could Translate into Better Hiring

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

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

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

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

  • The Innovation Series [Part 3] – How Companies Support Innovation

    Sharlyn Lauby
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    In this third (and final) post on innovation, I wanted to share how companies view and support innovation. Because not every company views innovation in the same way. And that’s a good thing. On some level, if everyone viewed innovation the same way, it might get a bit boring. During part one of the series, we discussed whether innovation can be taught. And in part two, we outlined those skills necessary to be innovative. As you’ll see from these examples, businesses are developing innovative cultures to make things happen. KPMG feels innovation is unique to each company’s culture. No…
  • Function Over Fashion – Friday Distraction

    Sharlyn Lauby
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    (Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. The Boston Globe named Kronos number one on their annual Top Places to Work list. Congrats to them – very well deserved! Enjoy the post.) My new fascination is wearable technology (aka wearables). One of the reasons I’m fascinated with the topic is because the definition of wearables is so broad. It ranges from fitness trackers to smart watches. I’ve even heard people define smart phones as a wearable, since we carry them with us all the time. Our…
  • Managing Your Online Presence During a Job Hunt [infographic]

    Sharlyn Lauby
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    We established a long time ago that social media is not a fad. Being proficient in using social media tools is a desired skill – both in your business life as well as your personal life. Case in point, when looking for a job, social media can be extremely valuable in your job search. It’s like networking. Don’t wait until you need something to start using it. But also like networking, there’s a right way and a wrong way to use it. Our friends at iCIMS created this infographic to highlight the facts: There shouldn’t be any surprises here. And that’s the important takeaway –…
  • Changing Performance Appraisal Ratings – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    The performance appraisal continues to be a topic of conversation. Today’s reader question brings up an interesting point about the process. Hi Sharlyn. I love your blog and learn a lot from it. I’m currently working on a project to implement automated performance evaluations. I am trying to put together some guidelines for managers who want to modify/edit /change ratings on the evaluations. We receive this request frequently and want to figure out a policy or procedure to ensure fairness and consistency. Any insights would be helpful. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with changing…
  • Even Great Workplaces Make Difficult Decisions

    Sharlyn Lauby
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Great places to work are not perfect places to work. They face many of the same challenges that all companies face. They have to make the same difficult decisions as everyone else. It’s how they choose to handle those moments that makes them a best-in-class employer. I was reminded of this during this year’s Great Place to Work conference. Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed not-for-profit medical facility that provides emergency, surgical, and health care services located in Portsmouth, Ohio. They describe their culture as “scrappy” and “competitive”. I love that…
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 196 - Career Management and Technology

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    HR Happy Hour 196 - Career Management and Technology Recorded Thursday November 20, 2014  Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane Guest: Joe Brooks, CEO Zapoint This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Trish and Steve were joined by Joe Brooks, CEO of Zapoint, an HR tech solution provider that focuses on employee career management, individual and organizational skills identification and mapping, and by providing access to learning content to help employees build out their skills and achieve their career objectives. We talked about some of the most common barriers to effective…
  • Facebook at Work and Google Wave

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember Google Wave? Sure you do. You probably even recall nagging your friends and contacts for a (at the time) coveted invitation to join the Google Wave beta. Google Wave was going to be the next big, big, transformative thing in workplace collaboration technology. It was the re-imagination of email, chat, file sharing, and 17 other things - packaged in a completely new way. It was, for a little while, exciting and cool. Most of the folks who get paid lots of money to prognosticate on such matters expected Google Wave to become, if not truly transformative, at least an important and…
  • There's more to User Experience than usability

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Here is a quick take and a diagram on UX that I wanted to share on a cold, kind of snowy Wednesday in my part of Western NY, (and thankfully not too snowy, lake effect snow is a funny thing, one side of town can get buried in snow, while a mile away sees hardly anything at all). I was plowing through my Feedly last night, (while watching my Knicks fail, admirably however in Milwaukee), and I came across this really interesing piece on API design from the Nordic APIs site.  I know what you might be thinking: Really, you must have a terribly exciting life, reading about API design and…
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Unemployed vs. Job Openings by Industry

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today's Chart of the Day comes to us courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute from a short post titled The Number of Unemployed Exceeds the Number of Available Jobs Across All Sectors. First the eponymous chart, then as you have come to expect (and demand), some comments from me after the data. The EPI piece's author uses this data to make an argument that persistently elevated levels of unemployment, that often are, (at least to some extent), attributed to something called 'skills mismatches', where unemployed workers simply do not possess the requisite skills and abilities that employers…
  • First snow

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Woke up this fine Monday morning to the first real snow of the season (see badly lit pic on the right), with maybe an inch or so of the white stuff coating the ground. I am not sure how much more (if anything) we are going to get today, I generally don't pay too much attention to the weather forecasts. Because the weather is pretty much almost always the same as yesterday. In fact there is a study somewhere (I am too lazy to go searching for it at the moment), that suggests that simply predicting a repeat of the prior day's observed weather leads to better, and more accurate forecasts than…
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    Federal Employment Law Articles

  • Senate HELP Committee Considers NLRB Nomination

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    During a relatively sedate hearing to consider the nomination of Lauren McFerran to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, the issue of joint employment and franchisor liability took center stage, at least for the Republican members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).
  • Executive Action on Business Immigration

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    President Obama has officially announced his plan for a series of executive actions on immigration. While the national discussion is largely focused on illegal immigration, the president’s plan impacts the business community by changing certain aspects of employment-based legal immigration programs. While details will be forthcoming, the executive actions intend to:
  • Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements are Under Increasing Scrutiny by Regulators

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In 2014 regulators increased their focus on the content of employee confidentiality, settlement and separation agreements. In particular, these regulators have expressed concern about clauses in agreements that may be construed as preventing an individual from cooperating or communicating with an investigatory agency.
  • ‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part I: OSHA’s Tips for a Safe Black Friday

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In advance of the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding retail employers to take precautions to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday. According to a news release issued by OSHA on November 17, 2014, “[t]ragic consequences and risk to workers can occur if the proper safety procedures are ignored.” The release also reminds retailers about the 2008 trampling death of a retail worker when shoppers rushed through the store to take advantage of Black Friday sales. “During the…
  • Obamacare Subsidies in 34 States May Not Be Legal

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (“Act”) major selling points, the subsidies that certain individuals within 400% of the federal poverty level can receive if they purchase health insurance on state or federal exchanges, has recently been called into question.
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    Capital Jobs

  • Village Accountant Online Application Form 2014 in Revenue Department Karnataka

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Revenue Department Belgaum, Government of Karnataka invites online application for the post of Village Accountant. Willing candidates should fill their form on or before 10th December, 2014. For more details, read the full job description below. Job Description: Post Name  : Village Accountant Vacancies : 77 Nos. Important dates : Online Registration Starts : 10.11.2014 Last date for Online
  • IOCL Junior Engineering Assistant & Junior Quality Analyst Online Application Form 2014

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    IOCL Junior Engineering Assistant & Junior Quality Analyst Online Application Form 2014 : Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) invites Online Applications from for the recruitment of  100 vacancies of Junior Engineering Assistant-IV (Production, Fire & Safety, TPS, Mechanical-P&C, Instrumentation ) and Junior Quality Analyst-IV. Eligile candidates should go through the details and apply online
  • PGVCL Junior Assistant Recruitment Online Application Form 2014 for 100 Vacancy

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) invites online application for the recruitment of  100 vacancies of Vidyut Sahayak (Junior Assistant) Posts. Willing candidates are requested to apply online on or before 22nd November, 2014. For more details read the description below. Job Description: Post Name  : Vidyut Sahayak (Junior Assistant) Vacancies : 100 Salary Scale : For 1st years
  • MPSC Sales Tax Inspector Prelim Exam 2014 Online Application Form & Registration

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    MPSC Sales Tax Inspector Preliminary Examination 2014 Online Application Form & Registration : Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) invites Online Applications from young and dynamic candidates for filling the 445 vacancies of Sales Tax Inspector through Sales Tax preliminary Examination 2014 to recruit the candidates for Inspector post. Willing candidates should apply online between 5th
  • UPSC Combined Defence Services (CDS I) Exam 2015 Online Application Form & Registration

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    UPSC Combined Defence Services (CDS I) Exam 2015 Online Application Form & Registration : UPSC invites online application for the Combined Defence Services (CDS I) Exam 2015. Interested and eligible candidates who have completed Degree can apply online between 08th November,2014 to 05th December , 2014.  Combined Defence Services (CDS I) Exam 2015 exam is going to held on 15th February, 2015.
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    Labor & Employment Law RSS Feed | JD Supra Law News

  • Fifth Circuit Refuses Application of Bright-Line Test in FLSA Seaman Exemption Dispute

    Proskauer - Law and the Workplace
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    On November 13, 2014, the Fifth Circuit handed down its opinion in Coffin v. Blessey Marine Services, Inc., No. 13-20144, 2014 WL 5904734 (5th Cir. Nov. 13, 2014). The opinion addressed several key factors related to the FLSA’s seaman exemption......By: Proskauer - Law and the Workplace
  • Impact of New Immigration Initiatives

    Snell & Wilmer
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive immigration initiatives that will impact millions of individuals already in the United States and their current or future employers. Although the specific details of how each...By: Snell & Wilmer
  • Mainstream Wellness Program Challenged in EEOC v. Honeywell

    Epstein Becker Green
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Despite promulgating a paucity of guidance on what constitutes a “voluntary medical exam” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), on October 27, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleged in EEOC v. Honeywell,...By: Epstein Becker Green
  • Employment Law - November 2014

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    State Voters Pass Paid Sick Leave, Wage Increases - Why it matters: The polls have closed and the votes are in: The midterm elections will have a significant impact on employers across the country as voters in multiple states embraced recent...By: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Gifts of Travel and Luxury Watches to Saudi Officials Not Mere 'Icing on the Cake' for FCPA Charges

    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Improper Gifts Alone, Without Cash Bribes, Serve as Basis for SEC’s Latest FCPA Enforcement Action - Earlier this week, the SEC announced fines for two former defense contractor employees for FCPA violations relating to gifts given to Saudi...By: Shearman & Sterling LLP
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Is There Such Thing as a Bad Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Is There Such Thing as a Bad Culture?”We often think in the business arena of cultures being good or bad, and the good ones are reinforced through workshops that you can attend and books that you can read. But truthfully, there are no inherently good or bad cultures.What we do know is that cultures that are well aligned, meaning well-understood and supported by systems and processes that allow for the maintenance and health of that particular unique culture. Those are cultures that are high…
  • [Video] What’s the Best Way to Create a Culture of Accountability: 100 Culture Questions

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What's the Best Way to Create a Culture of Accountability?”When organizations are looking to create a culture of accountability, it's really critical to understand how their people are wired. So are your people wired to take personal responsibility? Take individual responsibility? Are they more wired to rely on systems and processes and colleagues to support success? That's an example of a question that you need to look at as an organization (when you're looking to create a culture of…
  • [Video] How Do Perks Relate to Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do Perks Relate to Culture?”We often think of things like having a foosball table in the break room, having great snacks in the kitchen, getting extra days off to go skiing or on vacation as culture - but those aren't culture, those are perks of culture. Those are driven by who you are as an organization.Culture is the set of core values that make up how you do things in your company. And the offshoot of that can be things like how we entertain our employees, or how we reward great performance.
  • [Webinar Announcement] Culture Intelligence: Be Smart, Measure and Leverage Your Culture

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    During this hour-long webinar, Point B’s Seth Rosenbloom and RoundPegg’s Dr. Natalie Baumgartner will describe how culture can be measured to create culture intelligence, informing every step a leader takes to manage and transform their organization.Most leaders know that culture is a key asset critical not only in attracting and retaining talent, but also in bringing people together to tackle the toughest challenges and biggest opportunities their enterprise faces. Corporate culture is a critical predictor of how companies function, from employee satisfaction and retention to…
  • [Video] How Do You Align the Employment Brand With the Consumer Brand: 100 Culture Questions

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Align the Employment Brand With the Consumer Brand?”Aligning your employment brand with your consumer brand is really important. You need to be one thing to all people. It's not okay to have an internal culture that is highly discrepant from the brand that you represent to your consumers.It's important to understand who you are, how your people are wired, what's core to who you are as an organization, what are your most importantly and commonly held values - and use those to drive not…
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  • The Secret Skills Employers in the Middle East Are Really Looking For

    Bayan Okdeh
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    As a relationship manager, I deal with employers hiring through on a daily basis, and through my experience with them, I’ve come to learn many things about what employers in the Middle East are really looking for. And the truth is, every employer looks for a certain set of skills in a job seeker. The good news is that most job seekers possess these skills to some extent, and the better news is that you can improve these skills through training. But the best news is that, once you understand the skills employers look for, you will be able to successfully tailor your job search, and…
  • حنا سلامة: الأبنية الصديقة للبيئة مصصمة بطريقة مبتكرة، وهي أكثر فعالية من غيرها من الأبنية

    Reem Boudraa
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
     التوعية حول استهلاك الطاقة وتصميم أبنية صديقة للبيئة، ويقدم حالياً برنامج تلفزيوني واقعي بعنوان “مي وطاقة وفراطة” على 1. كونك مهندس معماري وتتمتع بشغف تجاه الاستدامة، ما هو السبب الذي دفعك الى تبني ممارسات صديقة للبيئة في تصاميمك الخاصة، وما مدى أهمية تصميم أبنية صديقة للبيئة بالنسبة اليك؟ تندرج الاستدامة،…
  • نصائح متميزة لبناء علاقات جيدة مع زملائك في العمل

    Lama Ataya
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    يعد بناء علاقات جيدة في العمل أفضل وسيلة لتعزيز انتاجية الموظفين وخلق بيئة عمل متميزة، كما أنه ضروري لتحقيق النجاح المهني، وزيادة رضا الموظفين وولائهم تجاه شركاتهم. فقد أشار استبيان بيت.كوم حول “مؤشرات تغيّر ديناميكيات مكان العمل في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا“، يونيو 2013، الى أن 10% من المهنيين صرّحوا بأن بيئة العمل…
  • Hanna Salameh: Hiring Architects Requires a Special Process

    Reem Boudraa
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Founder and Design Director at Hanna Salameh Design, Hanna Salameh received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from McGill University, Canada. He is adamant about raising awareness on energy saving and green design, and hosts a reality TV show titled “May o Taqa o Fraata” on Hanna speaks on issues that matter to him and has been a juror in several design competitions in the Middle East. Aside from architecture, Hanna paints and plays the piano. His second life’s passion is directing and acting in independent films. 1. Looking back at your career so far,…
  • Cheat Sheet for Great Work Relationships

    Lama Ataya
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    Good work relationships are the key to a positive workplace and a productive one. In fact, optimal relationships at work are critical for building a successful career and finding long-term satisfaction in one’s job. The ‘Workplace Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll, June 2013, reveals that 10% of professionals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region would actually leave their job because of a ‘bad work environment’. Another 17.6% of the region’s professionals chose a ‘good manager-employee relationship’ as one of the top factors for employee…
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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…
  • 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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    Free Human Resources Magazines and Downloads from

  • Top 5 HR Compliance Concerns for Small Business

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Unlike their large-company counterparts, small and medium size companies lack the time and resources to build infrastructure and processes that are beyond core business objectives. But if entrepreneurs and smaller business owners are focused solely on growth and product, how do they know what issues to look for in order to protect the company?This is a must-read paper that discusses the top 5 HR compliance issues they may face.Request Free!
  • Culture is a Business Issue - How to Measure, Review, and Nurture Company Culture

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Company culture is unique and provides arguably the most sustainable competitive advantage an organization can have for distinguishing itself against the competition. With culture impacting your talent, products and services, clients, and even revenue, it's important to measure, review, and nurture something that is so critical to your company's success. Download this eGuide to learn 7 ways to help build a strong company culture within the workplace to help your company thrive.Request Free!
  • Improving Business Performance with HR Technology

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Time and money. Two things most entrepreneurs need more of on any given day. And the surprising thing is that there are new ways to get more of both: through technology applied to human resources. The most advanced HR technology providers can streamline the processes for managers and employees, offering total access anytime and anywhere to the most important elements of their HR data.Read this eGuide to learn more.Request Free!
  • 5 Ways To Manage The Rising Costs Of Benefits

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    A robust benefits package can be the difference between a talented superstar choosing to work with you as opposed to a larger, more established competitor. But with the cost of benefits rising each year, providing a benefits package that helps you attract, retain, and motivate talented people gets harder all the time.With knowledge and planning, you can create a win-win situation for yourself and your employees. You can use benefits to meet the needs of your workforce and successfully compete for top talent. As a business owner, it's important to be aware of the ways you can manage costs and…
  • 10 Steps to Effectively Communicate Employee Equity Compensation Programs

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    How many of your employees truly understand their equity compensation programs? Companies are looking for effective ways to build, promote, and maximize their employee benefits packages—especially to attract and retain top talent. Equity compensation programs, in all their various forms, are an important part of the strategy. They're designed to keep employees motivated and productive, but understanding how to educate employees about these inherently complicated programs, as well as getting employees to see their value can be challenging. More than a financial incentive to engage employees,…
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    Interesting Bits From Brad Herbert (

  • How Google Works: Culture, Values, and Leadership

    Brad Herbert
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    How Google Works from Eric Schmidt Check out the SlideShare from Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg about how Google works, especially the piece on planning your culture early and actually structuring the way your company works around those values in very specific, observable ways. Most companies have a few words on a poster but rarely explicitly identify how they'll operate to bring those values to life, and for me, and my work with clients, this has made a huge difference. We call those tangible expressions of values across key relationship categories operating principles. I encourage…
  • The Art And Science Of ‘Brain Friendly’ Facilitation and Presentations

    Brad Herbert
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Linda Ray at Brainwaves For Leaders just wrote a great post on brain friendly tips for facilitation, with a link to tips on presentations.  These are very easy and leverage the latest in brain research showing how you can minimize threat responses and work with attention spans (hint: max 20 minutes). The SCARF Model is something super relevant to all kinds of relationships, including facilitating a discussion or sharing information via a talk.  The model was designed by David Rock and has these elements (descriptions are from David himself with a bit of help from me):Status is…
  • 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…
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    Staffing Advisors

  • Association VP of Membership: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Who are you competing with for that association VP of Membership job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we’ve…
  • Association Director of Membership: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Who is your competition for that association Director of Membership job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data…
  • Association Membership Manager / Specialist: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Who is your competition for that association Membership Manager or Specialist job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we’ve collected from our executive searches for membership professionals in the association…
  • How to decline a recruiter’s outreach letter (politely)

    Mitch Corlett
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    When a recruiter reaches out to you, it’s in order to determine: If you’re a match for the more nuanced aspects of the position. (Because words on paper are a poor indicator of overall ability.) If you’re at all interested in having that conversation. No recruiter expects that every person they reach out to will be a great fit.  But something they found — whether it be your resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, website, etc. — was enough to trigger a conversation.  Outreach is like shooting a shotgun at a target – some of the buckshot might…
  • Association VP of Marketing: Career Guides

    Mitch Corlett
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Who is your competition for that association VP of Marketing job in the Washington DC job market? When you see a job advertisement, some aspects of the job are obvious. You can envision the kind of work you would be doing, and recognize the new skills you can learn. Maybe you can even take a peek at the 990 tax filing to see the salary of the last person in that job. But you almost never see your competition for the job, or know what truly drives the hiring decision. That's why we're bringing a little transparency to the hiring process, by pulling back the curtain on the data we've…
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    Employment Intelligence

  • Make Your Office Holiday Party Sparkle Says @RobinEShea

    David Weisenfeld
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s that bewitching time of year again when employer holiday party plans are underway. These workplace celebrations aim to be festive. But as John Steinbeck once famously wrote, paraphrasing poet Robert Burns, “The best laid plans of mice and men… continue
  • Hear How Multistate US Employers Can Avoid Liability

    David Weisenfeld
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    A host of fast-moving employment trends like paid sick leave, domestic violence leave and ban the box are affecting US employers in certain regions, but not others. So what’s a vigilant multistate employer to do to steer clear of litigation?… continue
  • Five Need to Know Trends About Employee Handbooks

    Beth Zoller
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    When it comes to employee handbooks, employers should commit to managing them as ever-evolving documents which should be kept current and updated and amended based on changes and trends in the law, culture and society. Here are five need to… continue
  • 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
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Can’t We All Just Get Along? Managing Feuding Employees

    Dianne Shaddock
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Imagine a world where people always said “please” and “thank you”.  A world where drivers didn’t speed up when they saw that you are trying to merge in to traffic. Where people showed common courtesy, regardless of gender by giving up their seat to the elderly, a pregnant woman, or a disabled person on the […]
  • Balancing Business Needs with Empathy During Time of Grief

    Dianne Shaddock
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The mantra to keep your personal life separate from your job is an old school belief that doesn’t always apply to the realities of the modern workplace.  Human nature being what it is, employers must recognize that it is not always possible to separate your personal life from the office; particularly in situations where a […]
  • 3 Ways To Avoid Workers’ Comp Overcharges

    Chris Drevalas
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
    For most businesses, workers’ compensation is an unavoidable expense. While workers’ comp laws vary from state to state, just about every state except Texas requires most businesses to provide workers’ compensation coverage for its employees. While the intent behind workers’ compensation is well-meaning — to ensure employees who get injured or sick on the job […]
  • 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 as a simple fundraiser among […]
  • 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 criminal […]
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    In Full Bloom

  • “Now I Had The Time Of My Life, And I Owe It All To You”

    Naomi Bloom
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    Or, How Macular Degeneration Changes Your Thinking Even Before It Changes How You See The World One of my favorite movies ever is “Dirty Dancing.”  It takes place at a Borscht Belt-style resort of the late 1950’s/early 1960’s, has a musical score full of songs to which I danced in my early teens, and characters who resemble the folks I knew growing up.  It’s also a morality play in which the good guys win, the bad guys get their comeuppance, parents admit their mistakes — really, everyone admits their mistakes — and a young girl has a coming of age…
  • Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, And The “Days Of Awe” — 5775

    Naomi Bloom
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Not only does Rosh Hashanah begin 9/23/2014 at sundown, but my birthday follows immediately thereafter — 9/24/2014 — and it’s a big one.  Not THE BIG ONE, but close enough to remind me that another decade is coming to a close.  With far fewer years  in front of me than those in my rear view mirror, it’s a wise Naomi who takes stock of what I’d like to do/see/experience/learn/change/accomplish/improve/etc. during those years still in front as well of how and with whom I want to spend my increasingly precious time. Each year, even if I’ve been thinking…
  • Reprise — #HRTechConf And #HRTechEurope 2014 Attendee Tips

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

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

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

  • Executive Confidence Hurt by Lack of Leadership Development

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

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    The corporate learning technology market is hot. Today we released our newest research on the Learning Management Systems market and it shows a 21% growth to over $2.5 billion in 2014. As many of you know, corporate training is going through a renaissance and a tremendous number of new technologies, content providers, and solutions are now available. Perhaps the biggest fuel for this market is the tremendous need for skills development around the world, the explosion of MOOCs, and high demand for certification, professional development, technical development, and managerial…
  • How Do We Excite, Manage, and Retain the Tech Team?

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:55 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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    Performancepoint, LLC.

  • Am I Innovative? Test Two

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    They say ideas are like tooth brushes.  We each have one of our own, we like to use it and we sure as heck are not going to use anyone else’s.  That is test two.  Are your ideas to attached to your ego?   That may be the case if you feel like your ideas better than everyone else’s. When you ask for ideas and help do you share your ideas?  Do you share them first? Do you like to use your ideas and not anyone else’s? How can you get people to be creative and collaborate when they have to make you happy in the process?  What employee will share their ideas when their boss has…
  • Engagement as Culture—or Bust!

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    United States spends more than $720 million annually on improving employee engagement, according 2012 research from industry analysts Bersin & Associates. The Center for Creative Leadership, PerformancePoint, Kenexa, and Gallop also track engagement figures. Some of the recent stats include: a majority of employees (58 to 90 percent) do not trust management only 14 to 58 percent of employees believe that management is ethical and honest only 15 to 30 percent of employees are actually engaged. Think about it: If we spend more than $720 million each year, why is engagement so low? To read…
  • Am I Innovative? First Test

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    When people initially bring up new ideas do I first tend to: Think about the risks and challenges Imagine the “What if’s and Possibilities”  of it working We cannot be in two places at the same time.  Where we start determines how innovative we are.  If we start with a risk based approach to new ideas then we will destroy the idea before it ever gets explored.  Why?  Because new ideas are scary to begin with.  New ideas have risk associated with them.  Without buy-in and exploring the value of an idea discussing the risks and potholes of an idea will cause it to die…
  • Why True Leaders Are So Rare

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Why True Leaders Are So Rare.
  • 6 ways to succeed as a new leader

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    6 ways to succeed as a new leader.
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    The Workforce Institute

  • HR (Helpfully) Off to The Side

    Joyce Maroney
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Today’s guest post was written by Workforce Institute board member David Creelman.  David spends a lot of his time thinking and writing about the role HR plays in helping organizations maximize the potential and contributions of their employees.  In today’s post, he talks about how sometimes the best thing HR professionals can do is to […] The post HR (Helpfully) Off to The Side appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Kronos is #1 Top Place to Work

    Joyce Maroney
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Here at Kronos, we are very pleased to announce today that the Boston Globe named us #1 on their annual Top Places to Work list. According to the Globe’s press release, “What matters most to employers are their people. This year’s winning companies go above and beyond to motivate and challenge their workers, which tends to […] The post Kronos is #1 Top Place to Work appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Has the Freelance Revolution Arrived in Your Workplace?

    Joyce Maroney
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    One of the most important issues we help our clients address is the need to match their workforce to a changing workload. One way to do this is to use workforce analytics and scheduling technology to make data driven decisions about how to deploy talent. That talent often consists of a mix of full time, […] The post Has the Freelance Revolution Arrived in Your Workplace? appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Leading With 20/20 Vision

    Joyce Maroney
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Thanks to our board member Ruth Bramson, former CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, for the following guest post on leadership.  To her point, “hero” managers who try to go it alone aren’t nearly as successful as those who can create vision and mobilize a team.  What do you think it takes to be […] The post Leading With 20/20 Vision appeared first on 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.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • Future Friday: What if your office drove you to work?

    Michael Haberman
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    What if your office handled your commute? I am not talking about a car pool here. I am talking about your office, at least a part of it, actually picking you up and driving you to work while you sat and worked. Would you be interested? With the advent of driverless vehicles that may become a possibility. The commute to the office reimagined We have all heard about driverless cars and trucks already being tested. The arguments for them are they will be safer and cause less congestion on the road. At the same time this is occurring companies are looking for ways to make employees more…
  • Two Carnivals for the Price of One

    Michael Haberman
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Two carnivals were published yesterday that you should pay attention to. If you don’t know what a blog “carnival” is it is a, generally, monthly collection of blog posts compiled in one place by someone who volunteers their time and effort to put everything in a readable and coherent format. I have done it before and it takes time. Sometimes they have a theme, as does one of the carnivals does this time, other times there is no theme. Carnival of HR This a collection of human resources blog posts. This time it was hosted by Blake McCammon at Blogging4Jobs. In this Carnival…
  • The NLRB and the EEOC are primed to sue you for using social media in the hiring process

    Michael Haberman
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The NLRB doesn’t like employers using social media in the hiring process. The use of social media has been used for finding candidates for several years. It is an excellent tool for finding both active and passive candidates. But its use comes with some potential downsides because the government doesn’t like you using it. Exposed to more than a résumé Apparently the government’s dislike of the use of social media in hiring stems from the fact that you might see some membership or some opinion that could be considered to be protected. Ashley K. Laken, an attorney with Seyfarth…
  • Is Sexism at work in the Labor Market?

    Michael Haberman
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is sexism at work in the new employment figures or is there another explanation? The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced some interesting unemployment figures the other day. They announced that the rate of unemployment for men has dropped below that of women for the first time since 2006. Is this evidence of sexism being in action in the workplace? The Facts The unemployment rate of men in October was 5.6% versus 5.9% for women. That is the first time that has happened since 2006. Deep in the throes of the recession the unemployment rate for men was 2.6% higher than for women. This October…
  • Sometimes you have to give yourself a kick in the seat of the pants

    Michael Haberman
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Motivation is all up to you! It is Monday morning. You are waking in order to go to work, yet you don’t really want to. You are just not motivated. Your boss is a pain. He/she is not “motivating” enough. The work is interesting enough, but having to face another day in that 8 to 5 drudgery with that “suck the life out of you” boss is almost more than you can face. How do you get yourself motivated to go to work, let alone perform your best work? Hate to tell you Bunky but it is all up to you! Motivation If you are studying for your PHR/SPHR, or have recently, you know that two…
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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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  • 2014 Employer Holiday Practices Survey (Slide Show)

    Steve Bruce
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    BLR has released the results of the new 2014 Holiday Practices Survey, which examines employer practices for providing paid holidays and paying nonexempt employees during the 2014 holiday season and provides information on planned paid holidays for 2015. The slide show below highlights survey findings and links to an article by BLR Legal Editor Susan Prince, J.D., who explains the rules for bonuses and gift cards related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), payroll taxes and withholding.
  • Assessing Salary Competitiveness: Market Survey 101

    Steve Bruce
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you ever wonder if your employees’ salaries are in line with the market? Perhaps you are finding that applicants are often turning down job offers—and you suspect the salary level might be to blame. How can you know? One of the best ways to get data on competitor salary offerings is to use a market survey. Considerations When Selecting a Market Survey In order to use a market survey effectively, there are several considerations. To begin with, you must decide if you’ll be conducting a survey or if you’ll be using free or purchased information from a third party.
  • State minimum wage increases for 2015 (map)

    Steve Bruce
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    By Susan Prince, JD, Legal Editor Employers get ready! Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country during the remainder of 2014 and into 2015. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees. Therefore, if a state has a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum, employers subject to the state minimum wage law are obligated to pay the higher rate to employees working in that state. Note: The minimum…
  • Guess What Year Workplace Gender Inequality Will End (Hint—You Probably Won’t Be Here)?

    Steve Bruce
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    HR pros are aware that there is gender inequality in the workplace, and according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the world has made only incremental improvements. However, the Report does predict the year things will be equal for the sexes in the workplace. And you won’t be here to experience it. According to a news release, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity among the 142 countries measured now stands at 60 percent worldwide, having closed by just 4 percent from 2006, when the World Economic Forum first started measuring it. Projections based on this…
  • Secrets of a Plaintiff’s Attorney—The Top 5 Claim Repellents

    Steve Bruce
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    Want to ruin a plaintiff attorney’s day? Attorney Whitney Warner suggests 5 keys to avoiding claims and other costly legal entanglements in the wake of complaints from employees. She calls them “claim repellent.” Warner is a founding partner of Moody and Warner PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her tips on how companies can keep employee claims away came at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition, held recently in Orlando. 1. Be Responsive to Employee Complaints When employees complain, they want the situation fixed. So be responsive, says Warner. Act quickly, within 24 hours…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • A Rant Against the Rise of the Rookie

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

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I just finished attending HRevolution, my fourth. There were a lot of thought-provoking presentations, but my favourite was Lois Melbourne’s “Sally Can’t Doodle, and It’s Your Fault”. I see all sorts of presentations, and I learn a lot from them, but what I liked about Lois’s is that rather than learn something new, she provided some research about creativity that confirmed something I’ve long felt.  I love when I feel like I have a mind synch with someone. Great ideas come in creative environments. Creativity needs to be nurtured early. Her point is that if America doesn’t…
  • What Does “Charlie” Say About Us?

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog is part of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice series offered this Fall. I just finished watching Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. In another few weeks, I’ll watch the Christmas Special. Don’t get me wrong, I love these specials. They transport me back to a happy time in my life. When watching one of these old cartoons, have you ever thought about how much times change though?   For example, Charlie Brown, a child, clearly suffers from depression, and he is bullied at school.   No one intervenes, and treats it as normal.  We make it the centre of the…
  • 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…
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    HR Ringleader

  • What’s Killing Creativity in our Students?

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

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

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

  • History and Value: Causation
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Causation provides the foundation for action. If we know what event results in another, we can increase the chance of realizing the outcome that we desire. Put simply, causation demonstrates that one event is the result of another event or that a cause and effect relationship is present. When we use analytics for this purpose, the value of the data and its utilization become considerably more valuable. Through analytics, we can test: • if event a causes event b • when event a causes event b • how much event a causes event b In order to demonstrate causality, we have to meet certain…
  • History and Value: Association
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Although there is considerable value in producing measures, greater rewards result from connecting data with other data. When we compare to two variables or the same variable for two different points in time, greater perspective occurs. Put simply, when we understand which things go together, it simplifies the world around us. By joining things and comparing them, we can form explanations, create typologies, and refine or improve our actions. The two parts of association that we need to be the most concerned about are comparison and dependence. Comparison provides perspective by exploring if…
  • History and Value of Analytics (Measurement)
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Figure 1: Analytics Value Contribution Most of us have lived through more than a few fades in our personal as well as professional lives. There seems to be a new “hot” idea or method for leading, managing, or improving every year and they just keep coming. One might argue that new approaches have become a market unto themselves instead of real tool for productive change. Moreover, we live in a time when knowing and using the latest and greatest is a sign of prestige than effectiveness. Although HR analytics might appear to be a fade on the surface, it creates too much value for…
  • 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…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • PTSD in the workplace: Training managers to cope with troubled veterans

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

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

  • Worried About Correctly Taxing Fringe Benefits?

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

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

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

    Heather Bansemer
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Regardless of whether it’s positive or negative, digital feedback through performance tuning allows your biggest assets to reflect back on their current level of performance. With this your employees have permanent proof that you are paying attention and helping them move forward in their current and future positions.
  • Affordable Care Ebook – Free Download – How Ascentis Will Help You Steer the New Legal Landscape So You Won’t Crash and Burn

    Heather Bansemer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Announcing Ascentis' first ebook on the Affordable Care Act. This first ebook, titled "The Road Ahead - The Affordable Care Act: Are You Ready", is a free download available to any employer searching for best practices on how to manage the speed and curves of ever-changing ACA legislation.
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    SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Technology Blog

  • Data, Metrics, Analytics: The Hierarchy of Knowledge

    Christopher Brablc
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    I hear a lot about data, metrics and analytics. And I use the terms all the time as it’s a big selling point for our solution. But every time I hear it, the words seem interchangeable. We throw them out there with reckless abandon and fail to properly define the meaning and value of each. This is not to say that data, metrics and analytics are not incredibly important (I believe they are) but that there is a certain danger in not truly understanding what it means to be data-driven and what you should be looking to achieve with this knowledge. Every industry is facing this definition…
  • Oldie but Goodie: Mobile in Recruiting: What Does That Mean?

    Christopher Brablc
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    We have written over 600 blog posts on the SmashFly blog and many remain as relevant today as they were when we wrote them. On occasion we will share these posts to show how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go with recruitment marketing as an industry. Mobile is one of the biggest buzzwords in business today.  And organizations are trying to figure out how to leverage mobile not only to improve employees ability to do work better but also to better the overall experience for customers and other stakeholders.  However, when someone says you need to think about Mobile, this can…
  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 11.7.14 – 11.14.14

    Christopher Brablc
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:12 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 sourcing, quality of hire, military hiring, employer brand and LinkedIn. Before we begin, I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Tim Sackett’s Review of SmashFly: Talent Tech Tuesday – SmashFly Blog: 5 Essential Elements of Successful Job Marketing Blog: Source of Hire & Candidate Touchpoints Tweet(s) of the Week (NEW!): Awesome review from…
  • Oldie but Goodie: Source of Hire & Candidate Touchpoints

    Christopher Brablc
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    We have written over 500 blog posts on the SmashFly blog and many remain as relevant today as they were when we wrote them. On occasion we will share these posts to show how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go with recruitment marketing as an industry. Two weeks ago (2011) I wrote a post on accurately measuring “Source to Hire” through your ATS & job distribution technology and received the following interesting comment from Master Burnett: There is rarely a single source of hire in today’s hyper connected reality. Single source of application maybe. While I could try…
  • 5 Essential Elements of Successful Job Marketing

    Christopher Brablc
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    When we think Job Marketing, it’s really the evolution of what we call Job Distribution. It’s about taking the traditional channels we’ve used to attract such as job boards and adding numerous marketing channels to this mix including banner ads, pay per click, niche sites, one off recruitment campaigns, retargeting, etc. Companies looking for a single channel that can produce enough qualified candidates to get by will be sorely disappointed. It’s a different era in recruiting and it’s through multi-channel job marketing strategies that we can be successful in…
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    Corn on the Job

  • As the Demand for Nursing Jobs Increase, So Do Options for Nurses

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

    Rich DeMatteo
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Going up against potentially hundreds of other candidates for a single position can often be a sobering process for any job seeker. Constant rejections and length interviews can sometimes mean that your face becomes just another in the pile. On these occasions, you need to stand out from the crowd with more than just a slick resume; it may mean that you have to get clever about seeking the position of your dreams. You have to be proactive and intuitive to get in there before anyone else has a chance. Source: wikipedia Indeed, there are some tricks that job searchers can utilise in order to…
  • 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…
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  • Why Mobile Learning is Here to Stay

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

    Gauri Reyes
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Often, we think of corporate online training as synonymous with employee development. Certainly, internal training is critical, especially in such learning areas as on-boarding, product training, leadership development, and closing the skills gap. But, companies are also creatively using online training to put external groups “in the know”, particularly partners/resellers/vendors and customers. A host of benefits can be reaped by consciously providing consumer education and community building opportunities through online training. Meet your customers where they are increasingly…
  • How to Measure Online Training Engagement

    Terrance Seto
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    How do you know if your online training course content is engaging? More importantly, which parts of your course is less engaging?  In traditional online learning, you don’t receive feedback until it’s too late, if you receive any feedback at all.  And for those trainees who do provide feedback, it may be unique to their experience, which will make it difficult for you to view this information in aggregate.  Another challenge for trainers is knowing which parts of their online course are engaging. Today, with FocusAssist, trainers can now measure and report on which parts of their…
  • 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…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Serious About Career Advancement? Tell Me What You’re Reading

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    In a job interview, have you ever been asked, “So tell me, what you have been reading recently?” What’s your response? Is it anything that’s helped you to advance your career? If not, here’s why you need to make the time for more business-related reading.
  • A How-to on Effective Feedback and Coaching Conversations

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Ever notice how coaches in the movies always have the perfect motivational speech ready at just the right time? In the real world coaching employees to success can be much more challenging. And yet effective feedback and coaching are essential to building a great team. Here’s how.
  • Why Wait? Start Developing Future Leaders Now

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Research conducted by Zenger-Folkman suggests that 88 percent of development effort within organizations goes to Gen Xers and Boomers. Only 12 percent goes to Generation Y, the people who will be running the show in the not-too-distant future. Perhaps it’s time to invest more in developing the new entrants to the workplace… especially when it comes to leadership.
  • Fixing The Problems with Traditional Performance Reviews

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Almost anyone you talk to in the corporate world has a list of complaints about what’s wrong with the traditional performance review process. However when you make performance management an ongoing process it alleviates a lot of those complaints. That’s why we created this infographic — it outlines how HR, managers and employees can all get what they really need out of the process.
  • How to Create Organizational Buy-In

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    What kind of things can you do to create buy-in? What are top managers most concerned with related to this process? With different opinions and communication styles, it can be challenging to garner support for a new action or decision at your organization. HR Bartender Sharlyn Lauby shares 8 steps for achieving organizational buy-in.
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  • Thoughts on #Ubergate

    Lance Haun
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The media is up in arms over Uber because they threatened to dig up dirt on the personal lives of people in the media who don’t write nice things about them. They aren’t taking it lying down, either. They are deleting the app everyone! I repeat: THEY ARE DELETING THE APP. That’s as severe as it gets for tech journos. Now, the real reason they are deleting the app is because intimidating the press is a shitty thing to do. That’s reason enough. Even though some media outlets do dig into the personal lives of tech executives (ahem, Valleywag), most don’t — at…
  • The Writings of Margaret Walden Haun

    Lance Haun
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Margaret Haun was my great-grandmother. Born in 1909, she died in 2000 and she was a fairly prolific writer, especially in the latter part of her life. I’ve been trying to collect some of her works but they are scattered across many different publications. She submitted to magazines and journals and from what I can find, wrote mainly in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s lovely storytelling that conjures sweet memories of our visits. She did most of her writing for publication from her place in Santa Cruz, California so I’ve been able to find a few references to pieces from the Santa…
  • Legacy

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

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

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

  • Confessions of the Recruitment Industry [INFORGRAPHIC]

    Blake McCammon
    21 Nov 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! Learn how the top secret confessions of the recruitment industry. Top Highlights: 1st application is received 200 seconds after job is posted 88% of resumes are rejected that have a […]
  • Where The Jobs Are & Where The Candidates Are [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Blake McCammon
    14 Nov 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! Do you know where your candidates are? gives us an interesting inforgraphic that might help you narrow down your next search! Related PostsBest & Worst Jobs for Wage Growth […]
  • The Year in the Life of a Recruiter [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Blake McCammon
    7 Nov 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! I thought this inforgraphic was pretty fun. As a recruiter what do you agree with this? Related PostsRecruiters Spend 54 Days A Year on the Phone [Infographic]The Age of Social […]
  • The Growing Value of Employer Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Blake McCammon
    31 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! Join our webinar on 11/12/14 at 12 PM CST about how to create an awesome employer brand. Click here to register.  Employer branding not only helps your recruitment efforts, but it also […]
  • 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 […]
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    Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) Blog

  • Art of HR, Dubrovnik, Croatia - conference summary

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    On 18th November I'll be chairing Symposium's Successful HR Business Partnering conference for the second year.  Last year's event was excellent and this year's looks like it could be just as good.Speakers include:Graham Salisbury, Head of HR, ActionAid UKCaroline Mellor, European HR Director, Axcess Financial GroupMarcus Lee, Director for HR Business Partnering, SantanderCraig de Sousa, Deputy Director of HR, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation TrustPeter Reilly, Associate, Institute for Employment StudiesSarah Clark, Deputy HR Director, St Mungo’s BroadwayJenn…
  • 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…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • Gaining Whistleblower Protection: Engaging in Activity Protected by Dodd-Frank is Not Enough

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Written by Dorothé Smits and Johan Nijmeijer. According to Eurostat, during the last decade, the population that is overweight in the European Union (EU) Member States has increased significantly, which has resulted in more than half of the EU population being overweight or obese. Last year the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was asked in a preliminary ruling in a Danish case – for the first time – which provisions of EU law, if any, apply to discrimination based on obesity. The Advocate General has recently delivered his opinion and the ECJ is now expected to render a ruling any…
  • Massachusetts Voters Approve Ballot Question Mandating Paid Sick Time

    , and
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    On Nov. 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question that entitles employees to earn up to 40 hours of sick time each year. Employees who work for Massachusetts employers having 11 or more employees could earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. Employees working for smaller employers could earn up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per year. Continue Reading
  • 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…
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    HR C-Suite

  • Think Differently, Lead Differently Part 3: The 4 Frames

    Rosanna Nadeau, SPHR
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    See the big picture. Galileo discovered, in the course of innovating the first telescope, that each lens he added enabled him to have a more comprehensive, accurate perspective of the sky. Today’s telescopes have lenses that enable scientists to see more and more accurately the celestial bodies in evening skies, enabling discovery never before possible. […]
  • Modern HR: Investigating Talent Analytics

    Tresha Moreland
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “Don’t use metrics to prove HR worth. Instead use them to test organizational hypothesis” Jeff Haynes, VP HCM Transformation, Oracle Talent analytics is a top of mind for many HR professionals and the main topic of Jeff Haynes’ presentation in a recent conference hosted by Argyle Executive Forums in San Francisco. The Storm The recent unemployment […]
  • Wearable Technology in the Workplace

    Tresha Moreland
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Wearable technology has come a long way since the lovable spy Maxwell Smart used the phone shoe, in the ‘60’s show, Get Smart. While  we are just learning how to leverage technologies such as smart phones and tablets, wearable technology has started to enter into the workplace. The concept of wearable technology has not necessarily […]
  • Importance of Human Resource Planning in Organizational Success

    Sampurna Majumder
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    HR planning forms an integral part of any organization and it ensures that an organization succeeds in achieving all its targets. The gicfollowing post explores the significance of HR planning in organizational success. Introduction Just as planning is important in our daily lives’, planning forms an integral part of an organization. An organization’s success lies […]
  • When Should You Offer Mediation?

    Katherine Graham
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mediation is a tried and tested way of resolving conflict in the workplace. However, it’s important to get the timing right when considering its use – too late and views will be increasingly entrenched – and to deploy it in the right situations to ensure that the process produces a positive outcome. The types of […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • Who’s at Fault for a Lack of Perceived Value?

    Dan Walter-Performensation
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    I recently attended an industry event where practitioners debated whether it is still a good idea to grant Incentive Stock Options (“ISOs”). The arguments on both sides had some merit, but the one that soundest the strongest was, in my opinion, the weakest. Those that spoke for the continued and even expanded use of ISOs mentioned the incredible benefits they offer for employees. ISOs offer the ability for employees to avoid nearly all of the ordinary income and associated tax withholding that are required when using Non-Qualified Stock Options (“NQSOs”) or restricted stock, RSUs,…
  • Who Moved My Manager?

    Laura Schroeder
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    In my last post The Politics of Performance I wrote about how manager bias during the performance review process may impact an organisation's ability to accurately identify and retain critical talent.  That's why it's important to identify the best managers in the organisation, i.e. the ones who look out for their teams and operate with the least personal bias for the good of the organisation. But how do you identify the best managers?  I suggested several metrics, including quality of hire, quality of movement and quality of turnover.  These metrics look further…
  • Give Your Employees the Benefit of Space

    Derek Irvine
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    Compensation and benefits covers a lot of ground. Can we consider it to also, well, literally cover ground? I’m asking this after a dinner with close friends recently. Jane works for a very large, multi-national high technology company. She’s been with this company more than two decades as a very highly educated and skilled engineering professional. During that time, she’s changed desk locations, offices, even states (having moved between coasts of the United States). But it’s her latest move that’s causing her the most problems. In a cost savings measure, her company is compressing…
  • Living Wage --- Sometimes It Really Does Make Sense

    Jacque Vilet
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    First, this post is not about the U.S.  I’ll leave that for others to address. Second, it’s about living wage, not minimum wage.  There’s a difference. This post is about workers in very poor emerging countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.  Workers make extremely low wages – barely enough to survive on, even considering the lower cost of living. The ILO (International Labor Organization) defines living wage as "the level of wages sufficient to meet the basic living needs of an average-sized family in a particular economy." …
  • A Possible Direction for 21st Century Rewards

    Ann Bares
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Editor's Note:  Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Tony Bergmann-Porter. I don’t think there’s anyone left to argue that the Pay Transparency train isn’t leaving the station, so we need to start thinking and talking about what this will mean for those of us who have to live with the consequences. We know that pay transparency inevitably leads to flattening and compression effects (see here for example), and also that these effects may not be altogether a Bad Thing (see here for example). It’s also clear that merit budgets will be small and flat for the…
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  • Sims Urban Oasis: The Improved Living And Entertainment Arena Of Singapore

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Sims Urban Oasis will be the latest attraction of Singapore. The Sims Oasis is located in District 14 of Singapore. The project is under construction and this is soon to reach it proposed plan by the middle of 2018. One visiting Singapore can land up in the Aljunied station and you will be at the […]
  • Excellent Living Units Amidst Prestigious Layouts

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Realizing the top living features in NorthPark residences is best possible with the consideration of exceptional standards to the core. Experienced property developers having a global presence are known to work upon the unique features in an exclusive fashion providing ultimate deals to the core. With the availability of reputed mixed development in Yishun Central […]
  • A place of your own in Singapore : Symphony Suites

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    When people relocate to another country, they need a place to stay which can give them the basic facilities that they enjoyed in their own country and a sense of security. Living in Singapore The island nation of Singapore has always been a much sought after destination. Whether it is for the purpose of tourism […]
  • Why Should You Buy a Marine Blue Condo Unit?

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    If you’re searching for the perfect condo unit in Singapore, you may want to consider Marine Blue. It is located near the seafront but it’s also in the middle of a busy city, which makes it an enviable property. The Location Marine Blue is in District 15, particularly in Marine Parade Road. It is close […]
  • Life in a Condo! – Three fascinating Benefits

    1 Jun 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Condominiums are often related with high scale living. It is a living condition followed and enjoyed by rich people. Unfortunately, this is a misconception that runs in the minds of commoners. In this modern era, you will come across condos that are priced reasonably. Being a well-developed country, Singapore has condos for the rich and […]
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    TriNet Blog

  • TriNet Introduces Online HR Assessment Tool

    David Organt
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Human resources is complicated. This is especially true for small and medium-sized businesses that may not be able to dedicate an entire department to traditional HR issues. With an increase in... Visit site for full story...
  • Why Employers Don’t “LIKE” the NLRB’s Stance on Social Media

    Miranda Zolot
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Social media platforms allow employees to do everything from keeping up with childhood friends to business networking.  To combat improper use and encourage appropriate business use of social media... Visit site for full story...
  • Even Small Companies Have HR

    Peggy McCurley
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    All businesses have HR. Companies with employee counts from eight to eighty to eight hundred all have HR. Even companies that outsource HR have HR. Every company that hires, fires, trains, protects,... Visit site for full story...
  • Get Serious about Recruiting

    Jason Buss
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It’s tempting to hire based on skills and experience. Skills are black and white; you either have them or you don’t. Determining experience is as simple as asking what a candidate has done and for... Visit site for full story...
  • 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...
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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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  • The HR Policies That May be Keeping Great Talent Away From Your Business

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

    Catherine Palmiere
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Recently I contributed to an article for Jobvite, “The Shift from Web to Mobile Recruiting and Why You Should Care“. The article poses the topic of the increased use of mobile apps and mobile optimized sites as a significant shift in candidates application process. Is this an unnecessary fad to prepare for or a must do tactic to capture some of the best candidates today. Learn what I have to say on this topic along with 5 other seasoned professionals on Jobvite’s blog.… The post Experts Weigh In: Recruiting on the Mobile Web appeared first on .
  • What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Ask a Recruiter Before an Interview

    Catherine Palmiere
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recruiters often serve as a pre-interview tactic of sorts. Many companies use them to find good candidates and to weed out or reject unsuitable applicants. Communication with recruiters may comprise an unofficial first round of interviews. The fact that recruiters contacted you on a company’s behalf (or that you got their attention) gives you a chance to use them to your advantage. Here are some questions you should and shouldn’t ask a recruiter before an interview. SHOULDN’T How many hours will I need to work every day? Do I need to work weekends? These questions risk coming across as…
  • The 5 Common Questions You Shouldn’t Be Asking an Applicant

    Catherine Palmiere
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Job interviews take up valuable time, and a big part of effective time management entails asking the right questions and bypassing many clichés. 1. Why are you interested in working here? Instead, say something like: “I would enjoy hearing about what you might like to do here.” This statement is more practical and relevant. “Why are you interested in working here?” is more likely to bring up stock answers, while the alternative forces the candidate to think and prove her value. 2. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? As an alternative to this, ask something along these…
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
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  • Webinar: Optimising Recruitment – How to Drive your Graduate Program with Practical People Analytics

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

    Lisa Watson
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Employers are always looking for ways to engage with talent, and what better way to interact and gauge a potential employee than with a game. Over the years, HR professionals have been using psychometric tests as a reliable and scientific way to assess the potential...
  • Webinar – Effective Use of Psychometric Assessments for SME

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Topic: The Effective Use of Psychometric Assessment for SME’s. Presenter: Revelian’s Head of Psychology – Cherie Curtis When: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Register
  • Revelian Assessment Training Session – Perth

    Lisa Watson
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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...
  • Revelian’s CEO: Why people in HR need to manage their own careers today

    Lisa Watson
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
     Revelian Chief Executive Officer, Warwick Kirby presenting at the 2014 AAGE Conference. Ask any of my friends who have had occasion to share a coffee or beer with me over the years, and they will confirm my penchant for dispensing career planning advice. And it’s...
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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

  • The Way Ahead on New FLSA regulations

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    The negative reaction faced by the Democrats in the recent mid-term elections throws the fate of many existing and proposed regulations into question. Amongst them, proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations now hang in the balance. The 75 year old FLSA was previously revised in 1983. Further revisions must be consideredRead full story...
  • Trends in the American Manufacturing Industry

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    The October Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) registered 59 percent, an increase of 2.4 percentage points from September’s reading of 56.6 percent; clearly indicating the continued expansion in manufacturing. The New Orders Index increased for the 17th month in a row, going up to 65.8%, and an increase of 5.8 points from September’s 60%. 16 outRead full story...
  • Helping a Veteran Find the Right Fit

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Like DCR Workforce, many American employers have launched programs to further the employment opportunities of veterans. Many more employers out there may also be equally committed to and enthusiastic about doing their duty by Veterans who have selflessly served America and its people. Unfortunately, some of them may not be pursuing this enthusiasm to itsRead full story...
  • Best Practices in Accommodating Disabilities

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    There is little disagreement regarding the importance of employing persons with disabilities. However, things become sticky when determining what is considered “reasonable accommodation” for a disabled person. The inherent subjectivity in terms like ‘reasonable accommodation’ and ‘undue hardship’ make it hard for both employers and employees to choose the right course of action. Unfortunately, inRead full story...
  • They’ve gone above and beyond. Now its our turn.

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    At DCR Workforce, our dedication to all those who served goes well beyond one day a year.  They have earned our gratitude, and deserve our support. DCR Workforce has a deep and long commitment to our nation’s veterans. We want to thank our client who have worked with us to setup the DCR Veteran’s Program andRead full story...
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    G&A Partners HR Blog

  • Six Strategies To Combat The Revolving Door of Employee Turnover

    G&A Partners
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    More and more companies are willing to spend more money to find and recruit the right candidates, knowing that their investment will pay of once they find that one, stellar employee. But once you find and hire the perfect candidate, how do you hold on to them? If you think hiring a great employee is expensive, think about how expensive it is lose one: replacing an employee can cost anywhere from 30 to 150 percent of their salary, depending on the type of position. That’s a significant amount of time and money to spend without increasing your bottom line. Every organization experiences…
  • Creating An Employee Handbook

    G&A Partners
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Employee handbooks and manuals are not typically enjoyable reading material. In fact, after receiving the handbook on the first day or during the first week of employment, some employees will never look at it again. The handbook is often relegated to a rarely used drawer, cabinet or shelf, only to be searched out in the event of a potential problem. But that’s exactly why employee handbooks are vital to companies – they provide the structure for settling possible conflicts before they arise. By law, employers are required to create and enforce certain policies with regard to their…
  • Employee Turnover: It’s Costing You More Than You Think

    G&A Partners
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s common knowledge that it’s far more expensive to acquire a new customer than it is to keep an old one – the same adage holds true for employees. High employee turnover is not only disruptive, but can also be a significant drain on a business’ bottom line. Replacing a single employee can cost a company upwards of 30 percent of that employee’s annual salary, depending on the position type and skill level. The more skilled the position, the more expensive it is to find a replacement. The chart below outlines the cost of replacing employees in different positions: Turnover Cost as…
  • Save Time & Frustration By Taking Benefits Enrollment Online

    G&A Partners
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    For many human resources professionals, just hearing the term “open enrollment period” is enough to give them a headache or send chills down their back. For a few weeks each year, the HR department grinds to a halt in order to help employees enroll or re-enroll in the company’s many benefits programs. And the open enrollment period isn’t the only time HR professionals are spending time on benefits enrollment. Every time a new employee is hired or experiences a qualifying life event (gets married, has a baby, etc.), the whole process starts again. So what’s the solution? If benefits…
  • How To Respond To Customer Complaints

    G&A Partners
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
      No matter what business you’re in, customer complaints are inevitable. Each interaction your employees have with a customer or client has the potential to result in a complaint. And while completely preventing a negative customer interaction may be impossible, there are several tips you can share with your employees to help them respond to a customer complaint: Actively listen. Many times, an unsatisfied customer feels that their needs haven’t been heard or understood. If you find yourself dealing with an angry customer, make an effort to really listen to what their saying. If…
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    The Resumator

  • How to Use Silly Questions to Find the Right Talent

    Rachel Cook
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    I’m Brian Murray, the Director of Talent and Culture at Likeable, a 60-person, social media marketing agency. We’re a pretty likeable place and we’re definitely quirky. For the past two years, we’ve been recognized as one of the best places to work in New York City because we offer cool perks that draw a lot of interest from job seekers, who inundate us with applications that have to be screened by our team of one—me. When I started a few years ago, all applications looked the same: Cover letter with the name “Likeable” in place of “Company” “Dear HR” or,…
  • A Lesson in Switching Jobs

    David McMurdy
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Hello Hello!! In the HR field, we have all had that moment where we say “This Candidate is just not right for this position, however, s/he would make a really great fit in another part of the company”. Now, let’s say you are a user of The Resumator (Which you should all be!! If your not, click here to join the fun and start your free trial!!). You more than likely have that user associated with Job A, but, you want to change him/her to Job B and begin the hiring process over with that new job. However, you are just not quite sure on how to do that…..            …
  • A Peek Inside The Resumator: Ashley Hall

    Dana Hall
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    The Resumator is a powerful machine for hiring top performers. But peek inside that machine and find the bizarre, brilliant, and completely adorable people that make up our team. In “A Peek Inside The Resumator,” we pull back the curtain and show you our celebrated company culture and the team members who make it all happen. What is your role at The Resumator? I’m an Account Manager – I’m actually the second AM that joined the Resumator. But I like to call myself the Queen of Customer Success. Who do you remind people of? I’ve been told I am like a cartoon character…
  • How to Hire People Who Fit Your Culture: 4 Tips from 4moms

    Dana Hall
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    At 4moms, culture is everything. Named among the Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2014, 4moms fuels workplace pride with spirit weeks, philanthropic efforts and weekly company-wide meetings. So how did the high-tech baby gear company become one of the most sought-after workplaces in the country? We sat down with the 4moms team to uncover their best practices for making great hires. 1. Give a tour To assess cultural fit, the 4moms’ team always takes candidates on a tour of their open-plan office. Some applicants are scared away by the level of transparency and…
  • 5 Important Questions to Ask Before Choosing an ATS

    Dana Hall
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Choosing the right ATS for your business is complicated. You have a lot to consider, from search functionality and usability to implementation and customer care. In speaking with customers who switched to The Resumator from other services, we uncovered five out-of-the-ordinary questions they wished they had asked before choosing their hiring software the first time around. 1. Is your pricing model built for your success or mine? Many companies claim to want to help your company grow, but then turn around and charge you based on the size of your company, the number of jobs you post, or how…
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    Eblin Group

  • Which Matters Most? Ambition or Talent?

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    One of my favorite Saturday routines is spending an hour or so browsing through the weekend edition of the Financial Times on my iPad. There are often fascinating long interviews with newsmakers in a feature called “Lunch with the FT” and usually some interesting reviews of books I won’t read but am interested in learning a little bit about. Without fail, though, my favorite feature is a short one called “The Inventory.”
  • Mindful Mondays: What’s on Your De-Stress Checklist?

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    In a meeting with a group of CEO's last week, we were talking about how to show up at your best under conditions of high stress. One of the group shared a checklist of that a well eds expert had given him. It was a list of activities you could do either indoors or outdoors that would lower your stress. Each activity has a point value assigned to it. The goal is to get in 100 point points worth of de-stressing activities a week. Here are some examples of what was on the list and the point values assigned to them...
  • Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Delivering his monologue after the midterm elections last week, David Letterman was talking about President Obama’s low approval ratings and landed a great line: “Take a look at this: gas under $3 a gallon – under $3 a gallon. Unemployment under 6%, whoever thought? Stock market breaking records every day. No wonder the guy is so unpopular.” As Letterman said, before delivering his punch line, being President of the United States is a “lonely, lonely gig.”
  • Mindful Mondays: How to Relax Like a Baby

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    One of my guiding principles in life is to look for and act on the stuff that’s easy to do and likely to make a difference. Even the smallest mindful breaks can make a huge difference in reducing the overwork and overwhelm that comes with modern life. If you are looking for a super simple way to get started, you’ll want to listen to my recent conversation with Mimi Sommers. (Audio)
  • Five Questions for Leaders Who Would Rather Be Effective Than Right

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    During the opening session of a new leadership development program last week, I asked the participants to share the biggest leadership lesson they’ve learned in their careers so far. There were a lot of interesting answers. One participant shared one that really stuck with me because I think it’s so true. The lesson was it’s not enough to have the right idea, you have to influence other people to believe that it’s the right idea.
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  • The Tightrope Walk of ADA in the Workplace

    Allison Julander
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Molly Kelley, HR Business Partner at Xenium, and Allison Julander, Marketing Assistant at Xenium, contributed to this post. Managing employee performance in a considerate, thoughtful, and fair way can be a challenge for employers. When a medical issue, or the suspicion of one, is added to the mix, the process becomes a veritable tightrope walk. Damage to the employee-manager relationship, discriminatory actions, legal battles, and the danger of potentially perceiving a disability that isn’t a factor and thereby putting a perfectly healthy employee under the umbrella of the Americans with…
  • 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…
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Advantages of Voluntary Benefits Edition

    Colin Bradley
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Voluntary benefits serve many functions: They’re an excellent way to help safeguard employees’ financial well-being. They can also beef up a standard benefits package and be used as recruitment and retention tools. A robust voluntary benefits selection can be flexible enough to suit many different employees, from millennials to seniors, married parents to singles, and professionals to laborers. Their popularity is increasing so much that many organizations don’t consider them perks anymore so much as requirements. This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you articles that…
  • Kaiser Foundation Survey Finds People Need Help Understanding Health Insurance

    Colin Bradley
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everyone’s focused on employee benefits right now as the Affordable Care Act’s public health insurance exchanges are going through open enrollment, and employers that offer coverage are wrapping up their open enrollment season. Unfortunately, as people look at their benefits options and make decisions about their coverage, it’s clear that they might not understand how their new health insurance works. That’s according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found more than 40 percent of uninsured people couldn’t identify key health insurance terms such as…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Long-Term Care Insurance Edition

    Colin Bradley
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month and long-term care insurance is a hot topic in the news. The IRS recently increased the tax deduction limits for long-term care insurance by two percent for coverage purchased in 2015. Americans are continuing to live longer and many are requiring long-term stays in specialized facilities or intensive, expert care at home. Long-term care insurance can help mitigate the cost of these services and ensure seniors, or anyone requiring extended care, can protect their financial resources. This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you articles…
  • Voluntary Benefits for Part-Time Employees

    Craig Butler
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    As part of the Great Recession that began in 2008, full-time employment dropped in the U.S. as part-time employment rose. While numbers have stabilized somewhat, many Americans work part-time positions by choice or necessity. Part-time employees sometimes face uncertainty when it comes to employer-sponsored benefits packages, or may be ineligible for some types of coverage. For many part-time employees, voluntary benefits can be a huge help. Whether your employees are part-time or full-time, recruiting and retaining the best ones is still a priority. Voluntary benefits can have the same…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: New Rules and Regulations Edition

    Colin Bradley
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    There’s been a host of new guidelines, regulations and legislation announced recently that affect employee benefits. The IRS declared that insurance plans lacking in-patient hospital coverage do not meet the standard for minimum value and announced the 2015 contribution limits for employee benefit plans. Massachusetts became the third state to require employers provide sick leave benefits. This week’s Employee Benefits News Roundup brings you articles with more information about those changes and what they mean for employers. Health Plans Excluding Hospitalization Fail ACA's Minimum Value…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Are you ready for 2015’s Workplace Trends?

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

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

    Greg Moran
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    What’s the right amount of information to ask from a candidate? According to this new LinkedIn post by CEO Greg Moran, it depends. But asking too much information prematurely can spoil the whole relationship. Read the post here … And, if you like the post, be sure to Follow on LinkedIn by clicking the button below to stay connected.
  • How Long is Your Hiring Process? My Guess, Too Long!

    Greg Moran
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    What’s the Hiring Hold Up?Are you finding that your time-to-hire for vacant positions is growing longer and longer? You’re not alone. An article in the New York Times, Why Companies Are Taking Longer to Hire, reports the following:On average, U.S. employers are taking 25 business days to fill vacant positionsCompanies with 5,000 or more workers are taking as long as 58.1 business daysJob openings reached 4.7 million in June, 2014Many employers have intensified pre-hire screeningsMore courting of passive candidates is contributing to lag timeRecruiters have larger workloads and less…
  • 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…
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • Thanks, Workday, for the Recognition… and the Reminder

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

    Mike Wood
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    Just in time for Thanksgiving – the annual holiday where you not only gorge yourself on food and family, but give thanks for what you have in your life – Facebook recently launched a new way for people to thank their friends. Logging on to their special #SayThanks campaign tool, people can select a friend and send them a quick video that highlights their relationship, and what they’ve been through together. As Facebook puts it, “Your friends are at the core of your Facebook experience, and we are always looking for new ways to help you celebrate those friendships.” We’ve seen in…
  • How to Collect and Use Recognition Insights – Recognition Radio #4

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
      In this week’s Recognition Radio broadcast, we will talk about How to Collect and Use Recognition Insights. Host Darcy Jacobsen will tackle the topic of recognition big data, and how we can use recognition moments and relationships to visualize team and company culture, and to enhance culture management, succession planning, employee development and performance assessment. Recognition insights are a powerful way to manage. Are you letting them slip through your fingers? Join us for this short, 20 minute broadcast and learn what you can do with recognition data.   Tune in on iTunes…
  • Guest Blog: Why We Need “Work Friends”

    Sharlyn Lauby, Guest Blogger
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    I read an article recently about having friends at work and outside work. It reminded me of the Gallup Q12 item that addresses having a best friend at work. For those who might not be familiar, the Gallup Q12 is a survey that measures employee engagement. It’s consists of 12 statements that measure what matter to employees. One of them is “I have a best friend at work.” As a human resources professional, I believe it is important for employees to have friends at work. We spend way too much time at work not to have fun and make friends. But it’s important to recognize that it’s not…
  • 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…
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    Human Resources Software

  • 10 Behaviors that Build Trust

    Stephanie Reyes
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Last week we shared a list of Ten Behaviors that Kill Trust. I admit, presenting things in such a negative light went against the grain. So, being a glass-half-full kind of person, I decided to flip it around and offer some best practices and behaviors for building trust to counteract last week’s worst practices. Trust by Jol Ito, Flickr Building trust in the workplace starts with being trustworthy. Here are ten behaviors you can practice to become more trustworthy and build trust. Be honest: Be a truth-teller. Become known for answering questions honestly and telling the truth, even in…
  • The Benefits of CSR

    Stephanie Reyes
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    In a recent blog post we explored the impact of NetSuite’s Corporate Citizenship efforts on overall employee engagement. Our internal research clearly demonstrated two things: Employees who are aware of programs designed to give back to the communities we serve are more proud to work for the company and are more engaged. Direct involvement in these programs, offered through, increased feelings of pride and engagement even more. NetSuite is not the only company finding value in Corporate Social Responsibility. A recent study conducted by CECP[1] in conjunction with 261 of…
  • Setting Boundaries and Saying No at Work

    Stephanie Reyes
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    At work and in our personal lives, sometimes we encounter situations and people demanding more than we’re willing or able to give. Learning to set boundaries and say no in response to situations that might include being overworked, micromanaged, harassed or otherwise taken advantage of, is a key employment survival skill. Equally important (though perhaps less obvious), it’s also in an employer’s best interest to encourage workers to stand up for themselves. With employee engagement and retention continuing to top the list of HR concerns, employers need to understand what…
  • Taking Your Vacation Creates Jobs

    Stephanie Reyes
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Time for a vacation! We’ve all heard the arguments for taking our full allocation of paid vacation. The mental and physical break from work reduces stress, recharges our batteries and improves our frame of mind. From an employer’s perspective as well, it makes sense to ensure employees take an annual vacation. When employees return after a break, they are more productive, less stressed and less inclined to suffer heart attacks and other stress related ailments. Clearly vacations are a win/win proposition for employers and employees. But none of the rhetoric about the benefits of…
  • Employee Happiness: A Little Goes a Long Way

    Stephanie Reyes
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    Sometimes the job of keeping employees happy, focused and engaged in their work seems almost insurmountable. The larger the organization, the more complex the system of interactions that impact people every day. Removing all the stress and struggle from the workplace is impossible—and not even desirable since a certain amount of stress serves as a catalyst for growth, achievement and change. But finding a simple way to smooth out the daily bumps and improve employee happiness? That's something worth considering. Improving Employee Outlook and Motivation Mood Matters at Work If we…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Building a Great Workplace When You “Don’t Have the Time”

    Jennifer Robin
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Three Trust-Building Tips for Time-Crunched Managers All great workplaces are characterized by strong trust-based relationships between employees and their managers. However, relationship building takes time, and many managers see time as an obstacle to building a workplace that is truly great.
  • Peer Recognition, Culture and Going the Extra Mile

    China Gorman
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    What motivates employees? It is money? Feeling valued at work? Connecting with a company’s social mission? All these are good answers, but a new study from TINYpulse that analyzed over 200,000 employee responses relating to organizational culture found that peers and camaraderie are the #1 reason employees go the extra mile.
  • Everybody’s Got Issues

    Jennifer Robin
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ideas for Overcoming Operational Challenges to Building a Great Workplace Every workplace encounters unique challenges when faced with external forces such as globalization, the economy, demographic trends, etc. However, it’s critical to remember that EVERY decision leaders make (regardless of the force driving it) is a PEOPLE decision, and paying attention to how a decision affects people is what makes a workplace great.
  • Using Your PTO: It’s the Patriotic Thing To Do

    China Gorman
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    U.S Employees are taking less vacation time today than at any point in the last four decades. In fact, in 2013 employees with available Paid Time Off (PTO) took an average of 16 days of vacation, compared to an average of 20 days in 2000. This is data from a recent report by the U.S Travel Association, conducted by Oxford Economics, which analyzes the impact of forfeited time off.
  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #6

    Jessica Rohman
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Attract talent by making your company’s culture a selling point.Never underestimate the power of your company’s culture to attract and retain great people. Think of the culture of your company like the personality of a person—the ones that inspire, engage, motivate and genuinely care will always draw crowds of like-minded people.
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    Human Resources Blog

  • A Look at the Application Process: Past, Present, and Future

    Julia Weeks
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The candidate application process is an ever-changing process when it comes to selecting the best talent for your business.  Have you taken a look at your application process and how it has changed from the past, present, and future?  Applications of the Past Ten to twenty years ago, it was fairly standard for HR or staffing firms to simply post an ad in the local newspaper and wait for the applications to start flowing in through the mail.  While waiting for the applications, a recruiter would diligently thumb through his rolodex, in search of the perfect candidate based on past notes. …
  • The Surprising Skills You Need Every Salesperson to Have

    Lauren Levine
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re hiring salespeople, you know that these individuals must have an enthusiastic, positive attitude in order to excel. They must also truly believe in the products they’re selling. However, there are several other key traits that make a strong salesperson. The next time you’re ready to hire a seller, keep an eye out for the following traits in a potential new employee: The ability to really listen The best salespeople are those who build relationships instead of simply trying to force their products on potential clients. Sellers who take the time to cultivate relationships and…
  • Partner Q&A with Greenhouse

    Josh Tolan
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      Here at Spark Hire, we love working with leading organizations in the HR tech community. That’s why we are very excited to announce our partnership with cutting-edge applicant tracking system, Greenhouse. Customers can now take advantage of having Spark Hire’s video interviewing platform integrated with Greenhouse’s applicant tracking system. To spread the word about the integration and for our customers to learn more about Greenhouse, below is a Q&A we did with Suzanne Holloway, Inbound Marketing Manager at Greenhouse. What is Greenhouse? Greenhouse is the…
  • Finding the Best and Avoiding the Worst in a Video Interview [Whitepaper]

    Camelia Rodriguez
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    At some point, every company will come to face the realization that they made a bad hire after thinking they had found the perfect candidate. A mistake like this can set a company back $50,000 or more. Video interviewing technology is a powerful solution for companies to avoid making this costly mistake again and quickly weed out bad candidates early on so that the right hire is made every time. Spark Hire’s new whitepaper, “Finding the Best and Avoiding the Worst in a Video Interview,” details several ways video interviewing can be used to enhance a company’s strategies for filling…
  • How to Boost Diversity Within Your Company

    Lauren Levine
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Even well meaning business owners can sometimes struggle to make sure that their company is diverse and reflective of the population in which the organization is based. If you’d like to see an improvement with regard to diversity in your company, try using these strategies: Be honest with yourself The first thing you should do when you’re trying to focus on diversity in your company is to take an honest look at your hiring efforts. What kinds of people are coming in for interviews? Who ends up getting these jobs? Why do the chosen candidates get the job over others who applied? If…
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    Staff Motivation Matters

  • 25 ways to use employee engagement to increase motivation levels – Part 2

    John Sylvester
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    In part 1 we gave you 12 ways to use employee engagement to increase motivation levels in your organisation, so read on for the additional 13 techniques you might want to try:   1. Take a break Encourage your employees to take their full lunch break, and all their annual leave. It can help them […]
  • 25 ways to use employee engagement to improve motivation levels – Part 1

    John Sylvester
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:43 am
    Are your employees motivated and enthusiastic about coming into work every day? Are they aligned with the business goals and objectives? If not then you should consider a variety of techniques aimed at improving employee engagement in order to benefit from a knock on effect on motivation levels. We’ve got 25 ways you can implement employee […]
  • Motivating the unmotivated

    John Sylvester
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Managing a team would be easy if everyone was motivated to do their best all the time. But life isn’t like that. Even the most motivated have days when they’re in a bit of a slump, and that’s not taking account of those who are just unmotivated most of the time. It’s not that they […]
  • What impact does working additional hours have on employee engagement?

    John Sylvester
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    We have all been there – still sat at our desks at 8pm at night, or not taking a lunch break……but why do we do it?!  Are we putting pressure on ourselves to work extra hours, is there a deadline looming, or do we feel that the boss will think we don’t have enough work […]
  • Are you getting your employee survey right?

    John Sylvester
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    How well do you really know what your employees think about your business and their working environment? Do you do an employee survey to find out? Employee surveys promise much: they promise us that we’ll find out how to successfully motivate our employees, how to improve employee engagement and how to boost productivity. They seduce […]
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    Safari Solutions

  • 4 Recruiting Tips in a Tight Market

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

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

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

  • Solving Restaurants’ Poor Employee Retention Rates with Video

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

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

  • The Four Stages of Becoming a Team Player

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Becoming a Team Player is not always an easy or quick transformation. It often requires a significant personal paradigm shift for an individual to move up through the four stages. Our culture has not always emphasized the value of teamwork.  Heroes such as Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and even James Bond seem to be icons of rugged individuality and independence.  But the truth is that we cannot all be experts in every field, and accomplishing a significant goal often requires interacting with and depending upon others and their resources or talents.  It takes many leaders far too long to…
  • Kayaking Through Currents and Reaching Your Team Destination

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Late this past summer, during a trip to Savannah, Georgia, my wife and I went kayaking – and I was reminded of the danger that strong currents and distractions can present, even when you begin with the sincere intention of reaching your destination. We left from Tybee Island, and were travelling across the Savannah River towards Little Tybee. From the landing where we put into the water, there was the ocean to our left and the river continuing to our right.  Little Tybee was straight ahead, with some marshland to the right. When we put into the water, our destination was clear and we…
  • Competition vs Collaboration for Better Team Performance

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    There is a very simple but effective activity that I occasionally incorporate into my team building presentations to illustrate the impact of competition vs. collaboration and which one inspires better team performance.  The activity may sound familiar – it is called “arm wrestling.” I choose a fun way to get participants into pairs and have them lock hands with their elbows resting on the table.  Then, I share the following instruction without any further details: Your objective is to score as many points as you can… and you will score one point each time you can get your…
  • 16 Off Site Meeting and Retreat Ideas for Event Planners

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    If you are planning an off site meeting or conference, there are a number of retreat ideas that creative and clever event planners can use to make it a more fun and engaging experience for the attendees. An off-site meeting or retreat offers a tremendous opportunity to create events that help people connect. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to turn these into passive and boring events, instead of creating an experience that inspires the emotional and professional connections that you desire. Event planners and leaders who plan to take their teams off site  can use the following list of…
  • Are You or Your Teammates Victims of TIME?

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    When you are in the valley suffering through adversity, or when you are on top of the mountian enjoying success, it is important to keep your teammates and yourself grounded with perspective so you do not become victims of TIME. Too often, athletes and coworkers alike can get caught up in the emotional roller coaster of events that are the natural ups and downs of a game, or season, or sales quarter. It is easy for people to suffer from Tantrums Involving Momentary Emotion. But you don’t have to become victims of that common problem. The problem of TIME – experiencing Tantrums Involving…
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  • Are Your Employees Cut Out To Work Remotely?

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    In an age where there’s an app for everything and telecommuting should be easy, why do workers still not feel it’s beneficial? It begs the question “are your employees cut out to work remotely?”. In a survey of business owners by Virgin Media Business, it was predicted that 60% of office-based employees will regularly work from home by 2022. A separate survey by Office Angels found a third of employees think commuting will be unheard of by 2036. By comparison, large companies such as Yahoo are bucking this predicted trend by announcing all of its staff are required to…
  • Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    On Friday we held a bakeoff at the CIPHR offices for Children In Need. There were many cakes (and cookies) under scrutiny and the judging (and tasting) were taken VERY seriously. Although there were many exceptional entries from all areas of the business there had to be a winner. Scroll through the gallery below to find out which entry won!   AND THE OVERALL WINNER!   The post Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need appeared first on CIPHR.
  • A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    A+E Networks UK is a television broadcast company with four channel brands that launched in 1995 as a joint venture company between BSkyB and A+E Networks in the US. Following meetings and a system demonstration, CIPHR was chosen because it delivered all of the functionality required at the time and provided the breadth and depth of features required to grow the system over time. The post A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 14 Ways To Deal With Workplace Stress

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    We all face stressful situations at work, whether in the office, working from home or out on the road. Here are 14 ways to deal with workplace stress. First, a few statistics from Health and Safety Executive regarding stress in the workplace: The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show: The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487,000 (39%) out of a total of 1,241,000 cases for all work-related illnesses The number of new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 244,000 The rates of work-related stress,…
  • How To Turn Your Office Into A Hub Of Collaboration

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    How collaborative is your office? Really? Want to improve how your employees work together? Here’s how to turn your office into a hub of collaboration. Let employees see each other It may sound obvious but, in a world of communication technology, it’s still nice to be able to see and talk to people around us. If employees have sight of one another then they’re more likely to interact and collaborate. Encourage an office environment that allows colleagues to talk to each other without having to pick up a phone or type an email. If you provide your staff their own little…
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  • IRS Increases 2015 Health FSA Election Limit

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

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

    Charles Chatelain
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    It is a common belief that an organization’s value of an employee is based by what the employee’s salary represents.  “If that’s the most they’re willing to pay me,” expressed one employee we spoke with, working for an insurance broker in California, “then I’m clearly… The post Employee Appreciation Comes In Different Forms appeared first on MMChr.
  • Appreci-eight!

    Oran Rahmani
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Eight easy ways to show your customers you appreciate them. We know you appreciate your customers’ business, but do your customers know how much you appreciate them? Here are some easy ways to show your customers a thank you for choosing your company over the… The post Appreci-eight! appeared first on MMChr.
  • California Requires Paid Sick Leave

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

  • Plan and Pricing Updates

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We have had the same plans pricing for our customers for over two and half years, and as we've added features we've realized the need to adjust our pricing to better match our value proposition.
  • Three simple ways to attract seasonal hires

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The upcoming holiday season is easily one of the busiest times of the year for the hourly industry. Longer hours and more customers means finding seasonal hires that can help you deliver great customer service and keep your sanity intact. This is the perfect time to revisit your recruiting process to make sure it’s appealing to job seekers looking for a great place to work during the holidays.
  • Deal Alert: PDX Pipeline Premium Posting Package FREE for all HiringThing Customers

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    PDX Pipeline is offering their premium posting package (value: $60) to all HiringThing customer free. The offer is valid through the end of November and limited to 1 posting per customer.
  • Finding Hires that will Embrace New Technology

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

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

  • How Many Recruiters Reconsider Candidates Because of Social Media?

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    How Many Recruiters Reconsider Candidates Because of Social Media?: hiregreattalent: As the job market becomes more competitive than ever, social media has significantly impacted recruiting, giving birth to the next big thing: social recruiting. Thanks to this Jobvite infographic, this data on recruitment and jobseekers demonstrates why technology is vital to recruitment success…. Time to clean up your social profiles.
  • Listen as former Google recruiter Kelly Studer, now a...

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Listen as former Google recruiter Kelly Studer, now a “career stylist”, tells you why you should be de-constructing your job search in order to find the right fit.
  • betalist: Suitor was created to help make your job hunt easier....

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    betalist: Suitor was created to help make your job hunt easier. It will track deadlines & interviews, send you reminders to follow up on an application, and keep tabs on what, who, and when you sent it. Suitor will provide you with easy to view visual indicators of your progress, and social media & calendar integration. All which can be completed from your phone, computer, or tablet. Sign up here Job search manager tool
  • Career Cloud Radio

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    Career Cloud Radio: Preview and download the podcast Career Cloud Radio on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews. Subscribe in iTunes today!
  • And I STILL got the job!

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    I really didn’t care if I got the job or not. After all, it was a part time afternoon radio host job on a local New Hampshire station. I came to the interview following the sale of my previous station, which blew everyoneout of the building, including me, following a successful eight-year run as the top banana morning guy. As soon as I arrived in the lobby of the station, I was handed a clipboardwith a standardized generic job application. Wait! My professional resumeisn’t good enough? No disrespect to the Golden Arches, but I last filled one of these out for McDonald’s during…
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    HRE's The Leader Board

  • Americans: Overworked Yet Positive

    Andrew McIlvaine
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    The latest Heartland Monitor Poll from Allstate and the National Journal is out and it contains some very good news for the nation’s employers. The poll of 1,000 employed Americans finds that the overwhelming majority think very highly of their employers, with 82 percent saying they believe their employer has a positive impact on their community and 87 percent saying they’d recommend their place of employment to others. Americans are also highly satisfied with their jobs: 93 percent said they’re satisfied and 54 percent said they’re very satisfied. So here’s the…
  • Eliminating Silos in Health and Safety

    David Shadovitz
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Few of us need to be sold on the merits of greater collaboration. But if there were any doubts about what it’s able to bring to the areas of health and safety, Dr. Casey Chosewood put them to rest yesterday morning during his opening keynote speech at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference in Las Vegas. Dr. Casey Chosewood, speaking at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference on Wednesday. “Too many organizations today still have silos [that] are unconnected,” said Chosewood, chief medical officer and director of the Office for Total Worker…
  • TMBC Welcomes Averbook, Secures Funding

    Mark McGraw
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Jason Averbook has designs on reinventing workplace performance and employee engagement. Earlier today, Averbook—recognized HR technology expert and former CEO of Knowledge Infusion—was announced as the new chief executive officer of The Marcus Buckingham Co. In the new role, Averbook plans to help the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based provider of leadership development training and tools “create an organization uniquely positioned to turn the world of talent and leadership inside out,” according to a statement announcing Averbook’s arrival at the company. Averbook, who officially took…
  • Protecting Black Friday Workers

    Michael J. O'Brien
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration wrote to the nation’s largest retailers this week reminding them about the potential hazards presented by the upcoming Black Friday sales events and offering recommendations on how to keep their employees safe during the shopping blitz, according to The Hill. The agency is recommending the nation’s largest retailers take precautions via a crowd-management plan on Black Friday (and other busy shopping days) to protect workers from being trampled by customers: “During the hectic shopping season, retail workers should…
  • EEOC Adds Pregnancy Cases to Controversy

    Kristen Frasch
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Just an update for those who are following the recent pregnancy-discrimination guidelines issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — despite the controversy some think the agency created amidst the pending U.S. Supreme Court consideration of Young v. United Parcel Inc.:  The EEOC isn’t waiting on the high court before filing or settling pregnancy-discrimination lawsuits either. According to the EEOC’s website, press releases were issued on nine lawsuits filed and two settlements since the agency issued its updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy…
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  • VIDEO: Politicians, morticians: Scariest jobs in the US revealed

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    CareerBuilder released a list of the scariest jobs in America, with politicians taking the top spot. Others careers that made the list: crime scene investigator and microbiologist. 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.
  • 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.
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  • Are Your Employees Cut Out To Work Remotely?

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    In an age where there’s an app for everything and telecommuting should be easy, why do workers still not feel it’s beneficial? It begs the question “are your employees cut out to work remotely?”. In a survey of business owners by Virgin Media Business, it was predicted that 60% of office-based employees will regularly work from home by 2022. A separate survey by Office Angels found a third of employees think commuting will be unheard of by 2036. By comparison, large companies such as Yahoo are bucking this predicted trend by announcing all of its staff are required to…
  • Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    On Friday we held a bakeoff at the CIPHR offices for Children In Need. There were many cakes (and cookies) under scrutiny and the judging (and tasting) were taken VERY seriously. Although there were many exceptional entries from all areas of the business there had to be a winner. Scroll through the gallery below to find out which entry won!   AND THE OVERALL WINNER!   The post Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need appeared first on CIPHR.
  • A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    A+E Networks UK is a television broadcast company with four channel brands that launched in 1995 as a joint venture company between BSkyB and A+E Networks in the US. Following meetings and a system demonstration, CIPHR was chosen because it delivered all of the functionality required at the time and provided the breadth and depth of features required to grow the system over time. The post A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 14 Ways To Deal With Workplace Stress

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    We all face stressful situations at work, whether in the office, working from home or out on the road. Here are 14 ways to deal with workplace stress. First, a few statistics from Health and Safety Executive regarding stress in the workplace: The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show: The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487,000 (39%) out of a total of 1,241,000 cases for all work-related illnesses The number of new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 244,000 The rates of work-related stress,…
  • How To Turn Your Office Into A Hub Of Collaboration

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    How collaborative is your office? Really? Want to improve how your employees work together? Here’s how to turn your office into a hub of collaboration. Let employees see each other It may sound obvious but, in a world of communication technology, it’s still nice to be able to see and talk to people around us. If employees have sight of one another then they’re more likely to interact and collaborate. Encourage an office environment that allows colleagues to talk to each other without having to pick up a phone or type an email. If you provide your staff their own little…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Bi-Annual All Hands Meeting: A Time for Employees To Catch Up [VIDEO]

    Jeana Quigley
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Twice a year, we gather all our remote workers, and those from two different office spaces and come together. It’s our bi-annual All Hands Meeting where we stop our work for one day, regroup and refocus on the bigger goals and have a great time! It’s a time we review our mission and our brand […] The post Bi-Annual All Hands Meeting: A Time for Employees To Catch Up [VIDEO] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Retention Strategy: Do You Re-Evaluate What Your People Are Worth?

    Jeana Quigley
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Retention will always be important to HR. Always. I’ve thought about this a lot since we released our study about why people really leave jobs and have thought long and hard about how we can fight against losing our best talent. One huge finding from the study was that money did not top the list […] The post Retention Strategy: Do You Re-Evaluate What Your People Are Worth? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • BambooHR Earns Top Workplace Award

    Jeana Quigley
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    At BambooHR, we believe we’re different. We think coming in to the office every morning (or beginning the work day at home for our remote people) is something to look forward to—not dread. We also have a panda for a mascot, and our CEO hands out frozen treats regularly. But BambooHR is so much more […] The post BambooHR Earns Top Workplace Award appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • HR Time Challenges: Where Are You Spending Your Time? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jeana Quigley
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    In HR, we have a ton of responsibilities. That’s no secret. That’s why we sat down a while back and decided to do an in-depth study on what’s keeping everyone in HR busy throughout our days—and what you love doing and what you don’t! HR has always had time challenges. There’s so much to do,. […] The post HR Time Challenges: Where Are You Spending Your Time? [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Bank Exams Today

  • Blood Relations – How the story unfolds!

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    First off – Hearty Congratulations to all those you’ve been short listed for interview in IBPS PO IV! Hard work and dedication pays! And those of you who haven’t cleared the written – have heart and keep faith, your day will come too; keep your eyes on the goal and keep preparing – the next one will be yours! And for everyone in general, on either side of the today’s results – the battle is still on – don’t rejoice, don’t sulk, don’t expect victory, don’t give up, don’t throw your pens in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other…
  • General Awareness Quiz for 22 November

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- Questions1. Which state is having the highest monthly per capita expenditure in 2012 Urban MPCEs? 2. What is “Make in India”? 3. How much has been allocated for Make in India? 4. In ICC Women Ranking as on 30th August, 2014 in batting Charlotte Edwards of England came 2nd whereas the 1st ranked is 5. In ICC Women Ranking as on 30th August, 2014 in bowling S.R. Taylor of West Indies came 1st whereas the 2nd and 3rd ranked were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IBPS PO IV interviews to start from 18 January

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    Many of my readers cracked IBPS PO IV exam. Congratulations to all of them.  IBPS is going to conduct interview for PO IV from 18 January 2015. Now it's time to start your interview preparations. Within next few days I will start Interview Preparation Guide. I will also upload Videos for preparation. You can get Interview Digest to kickstart your preparation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 22 November

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Current Affairs Update for today :- Deaths Alexander Grothendieck, the famous Mathematician, died on 13th November 2014. He received the Fields Medal in the year 1966. Mike Nicholas, Oscar Award Winner, died on 19th November 2014. He was famous comedian and theater director. He was also awarded with Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. He won total about 10 times Tony Award, the awards has given in the field of excellence in theatre.  Awards On 15th November 2014, Custodian of the Year 2014... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IBPS PO IV Cut off Scores (All Categories)

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    IBPS has released scorecard for IBPS PO IV exam. This time cutoff scores were bit higher than expected. Interestingly cutoff for SC category is 70 which too much higher than expected. 48820 candidates have been called for IBPS PO IV interviews IBPS PO IV Cutoff Scores Category/Section Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English GA Computer Total General 7 10 ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Apprentice – Lord Sugar needs an HR Manager

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

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

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

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


    Richard Huldisch
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Problem:  A growing company in the NY tri-state area specializing in financial services consulting was already paired up with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). They had been relatively happy over the years but now the PEO was experiencing some changes. The health insurance carrier selected by the PEO was going to change in the near future followed by a change in the PEO’s technology portal a few months later. The financial services client needed to keep the same health insurance carrier to guarantee all their doctors would continue to service them and their employees.  The…

    Richard Huldisch
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Problem:  A startup Private Equity fund with less than 5 employees was getting ready to launch. They had the capital secured as well as a platform to run their core business.  The Fund did not have a solution in place that would handle Human Resources issues. They also did not have employee benefits in place, payroll or workers’ compensation. The client needed to have the right employee benefits in place to attract top talent once they got off the ground. Solution:  As the launch date was quickly approaching The Huldisch Group gathered the required data from the managing partners and…

    Richard Huldisch
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Problem:  A multigenerational family owned business in the food industry operating in three states had grown exponentially over the years. The company had grown to 85 employees and management now spent a tremendous amount of time dealing with HR issues, compliance, health insurance and other non-core business activities. The time spent dealing with these activities occupied so much of their time that finding the time to focus on the actual day to day business became very difficult. Management had envisioned further expansion to other states and more lateral growth but this had proven…

    Richard Huldisch
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    Whether you provide early-stage financial capital to growth startup companies in IT, biotech, software or other ventures, PEOs (Professional Employer Organizations) are here to help your investments come to fruition quicker while reducing risk and cost.   PEOs are large employer companies that handle Payroll, HR Administration, Worker’s Compensation and Employee Benefits. Accelerating your startup growth PEOs help your ventures accelerate their growth in two ways: PEOs help free the time management spends in non-core business activities so they can increase productivity and generate…

    Richard Huldisch
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    There are more than 700 PEO service providers in the US so how will you find the ones which are best suited for your organization? PEOs provide a vast array of services  so you must look to find the PEO that has all the required components on your checklist. It is also important to shop around before you decide on partnering up with one to make sure you have a competitive pricing for the level of service. Getting multiple quotes from the respective PEOs is not an easy task as it requires for you to fill out a different set of forms per each PEO from your selected list. To make things worse…
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    360 Degree Feedback Tool

  • How Has Technology Changed the Everyday Lives of HR Managers?

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    The advancement of technology in recent years has dramatically changed the way we operate in the business world, and HR is just one of the many facets that has been affected. HR managers are now able to turn to technology to better deal with an increasing deluge of job applicants, as well as managing employees’ data and records under one big technology umbrella. Added efficiency These days, HR managers have to deal with tighter budgets, personnel cuts, higher employee turnover and increasingly demanding hiring processes, which is why HR technology has become the backbone of any…
  • Which Superheroes Do Your Employees Represent And How To Use Their Superpowers

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Wouldn’t it be awesome if every person you hired was a superhero? Employee superheroes do exist, but they’re not always easy to spot. By unmasking these talented employee superheroes, via employee evaluations, you can build your own Justice League to take control of your next high-profile project. Top 5 Employee Superheroes Who Can Save Your Day What kind of employee superheroes could you unmask in the process? Here are five such employee superheroes that will make your business able to fight any challenge and remain invincible in the marketplace: 1. Superman – This may be an…
  • 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…
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    HR Success Guide | Top Human Resources Blog

  • From Employee Engagement to Employee Satisfaction

    Parinita Bahadur
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Author: Antony Xavier Our Most Valuable assets are our people. “There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Organizations with Greater Career Engagement Have Higher Revenue

    Parinita Bahadur
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:08 am
    Author: Anne Fulton, CEO, Fuel50 / Career Engagement Group Career development has a concrete impact on overall business performance and is a powerful driver of revenue, found a new benchmarking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The 8 Traits That Lead to Great Success

    Parinita Bahadur
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Click on the image to enlarge and view. Click Here to visit our Thought Catalog. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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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    DATIS Blog

  • Family Empowerment

    DATIS Guest
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    This DATIS blog article, “Family Empowerment“, was originally shared on the site Heroes in Recovery, by Jordan on May 23rd, 2013 and was reposted with permission. Anyone that has dealt with addiction, either directly or indirectly, knows it affects many people, besides just the...
  • The Essentials of Effective Performance Reviews

    Marchena Chendeka
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    There are only two months remaining in the year, and many are about to face their annual performance review. During performance reviews, managers evaluate job performance, discuss whether departmental goals were reached, and provide feedback about possible improvements. For many...
  • Freedom

    DATIS Guest
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    This DATIS blog article, “Freedom“, was originally shared on the site Heroes in Recovery, by Jordan on April 10th, 2013 and was reposted with permission. Freedom is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: “Liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.”...
  • How to Succeed Exponentially

    DATIS Guest
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    This DATIS blog article, “How to Succeed Exponentially“, was originally written by Donald Latumahina, Life Optimizer, in November 2014 and was reposted with permission. What do you think is the secret to exponential success? What do you think makes some people more and...
  • Build Organizational Capacity with Analytics

    MJ Craig
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    An organization’s most valuable asset is often the people. Without a skillfull, knowledgeable, and committed workforce it is nearly impossible to reach success. An organization must attain and retain top talent by using modern tools to effectively manage and maximize...
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • 2 major HR technology trends for 2015.

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

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

  • 5 important angles to consider when evaluating employee leave

    Team Ceridian
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s been said many a time that a large part of success is just showing up, so it stands to reason that one of the keys to human capital management is to make sure people arrive at the office each morning and get their jobs done. Consistent attendance is half the battle. Then again, you’re […]
  • Steps to Creating a Successful Customer Success Program—Part Two

    Howard Tarnoff
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, I posted here about the steps any organization can take to build a world-class Customer Success Program. In building Ceridian’s award-winning XOXO Program, we’ve followed these steps ourselves, and many of our best customers have become engaged advocates. It’s a mutally beneficial activity, as their efforts result in greater awareness of their personal and […]
  • Steps to Creating a Successful Customer Success Program—Part One

    Howard Tarnoff
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    When your best customers become your brand ambassadors, they help to build your business. And in today’s world of social media, trade shows, webinars, and blogging, the opportunity for your customers to advocate for your brand is greater than ever. But how do you create the conditions that encourage this brand advocacy and give it […]
  • All Associate HR Management Is Now in One System (A Memo to PSK Store Managers)

    Team Ceridian
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:27 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. Today we’re talking about the Dayforce system, in […]
  • An effective workforce and a happy customer go hand in hand – here’s how

    Team Ceridian
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Among some companies’ talent managers, there’s a natural inclination to look at workforce management in a vacuum, neglecting the intricate ways that it interplays with everything else about how a business operates. HR professionals simply ask one question – “How can I get my staff to work more effectively?” – but they ignore that tied […]
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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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    Potknox Blog

  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
  • 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…
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    Rikka Brandon - Recruiting & Hiring Expert

  • Types of Interviews

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are many ways to structure your interviews. I’ve given a quick overview of 6 of the most common types of interviews. Almost all of these interviewing formats serves a useful role in the hiring process (except, you will see below that I don’t see much value in one of these styles!) Phone Interview The phone interview is my favorite way to start the interviewing process. They are a great way to make sure the candidate has a good phone presence and meet the basic experience requirements. The best part of the phone interview is that it can be a huge time saver. You can end a phone…
  • Why You Need a New Hire Checklist

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the years I’ve paid thousands of dollars to coaches and consultants. Each and everyone of them has stressed the importance of having systems and processes in place. I detested that advice. I had every excuse in the book. I’ve often said you can’t make a flowchart big enough for the “if this”, “then that’s”, “except for”, and “but when’s” in the third party recruiting process. But, as I was getting my Private Pilot’s License in 2009 the value and benefit of a checklist hit me. I don’t need to document every possible situation and outcome, I just need to make…
  • When and How to Use a Video Interview

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    You’ve already heard how much I love phone interviews.  Now, I want to talk about when and how to use video interviewing in your hiring process.  Most people use video interviews when they are considering a remote applicant. Conducting a video interview will save you time and money. Check out this video to learn more about how a video interview  saved one of my clients thousands of dollars and days of her time. Plus get some tips on how you can use video interviews. When and How to Use a Video Interview   Conducting a video interview can save you time and money.  If you have a…
  • Leader vs. Manager – What’s the difference?

    28 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. Leader vs. Manager 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…
  • Don’t Clone Yourself

    21 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”. One of the pieces of advice that is often erroneously given to entrepreneurs who are hiring is to “Clone Yourself”. This is terrible advice, learn why Cloning yourself is one of the worst things you can do for your business. Here’s why: We all have strengths, we all have…
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  • Vey Willetts LLP Profiled in HR Update

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

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

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

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    A recent article published in the BBC News Magazine profiled individuals who either lost their jobs or were unfairly targeted in the workplace as a result of their tattoos. Having tattoos on visible display in the workplace can be a controversial topic. Some people view them as an important part of self-expression, while others see no appropriate place for them at work. As an employee in Ontario your right to self-expression through body art can be affected significantly by membership in a union, the industry you work in and the meaning attached to your tattoos and piercings. Tattoos for…
  • Make Mine a Bitcoin: Payroll Issues and Digital Currency

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    The bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency conceived in 2008, has experienced exponential growth in use over the past 2 years. Bitcoin ATMs have begun to spring up in cities across Canada—including in Ottawa’s Byward Market and on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto. Demand for the currency has also penetrated the employment world, with some employees seeking pay in Bitcoin in lieu of the Canadian Dollar. Waterloo-based payroll company, Wagepoint, reported this year that employees from approximately 10 firms with which it has dealings have opted to receive their wages in Bitcoin.
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  • Spruce Up Your Website For The Holiday Season

    Amanda Clark
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Look: Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but for some of us, Christmas seems pretty far off. Never mind that the malls already have their garlands and their Christmas music, that store shelves are fully stocked with yuletide candies and toys. Some may not be quite ready to think about the holiday season just yet, and that’s fine… … unless you happen to be a small business owner. In which case, now is the time to start planning your holiday marketing and promotional campaigns. And that includes sprucing up your website. There are plenty of ways to get your website holiday-ready, but…
  • 3 Ways We Confuse Emotions With Emotional Intelligence

    Dana Theus
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It often surprises my executive coaching clients how important their emotions are to their workplace success. Most of us have been trained to keep our emotions out of the office, so we let lag an ongoing investment in our Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Part of the problem is that investing in developing EQ is work that doesn’t always have an immediate payoff, and most of us are focused on results now! But part of the problem is a fundamental misunderstanding about what EQ is. EQ is not having emotions, it’s understanding them, in ourselves and others and responding constructively. We all…
  • Follow Stand-Up Comedy To Become Better Presenter

    Norah Abraham
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you’re trying to hone your speaking and presentation skills, it’s always a good idea to turn to the pros as examples. But who would you consider to be great presenters? You’ll find that stand-up comedians are great at public speaking and have great tips and methods that can be used to make your presentations memorable. Tell a story What makes people remember things we say? Storytelling is a primal technique we have used for centuries to make the audience remember events and people. The idea here is to get people to feel an emotion, so that a connection is made with what you’re…
  • Thanksgiving Shifts? Select Stores Say No

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    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Kim Peters The Christmas shopping season has now grown so long, it’s officially bumped into Thanksgiving. Macy’s has announced it will begin its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, before the leftovers even have a chance to get cold. Kohl’s and Sears followed suit and will open at the same time. J.C. Penney went a step further and announced it will open at 5 p.m., while Kmart plans to begin its Black Friday push on Thanksgiving before the break of dawn. Even as this year marked yet another encroachment into retail employees’ holidays, it’s also been notable for the number of…
  • 5 Top Tips For Social Customer Service Over Facebook

    The Customer Edge
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    by Liz O’Brien When companies engage and respond to customer service requests over social media, those customers end up spending 20 to 40 percent more with that brand (Source: Bain& Company). Failure to respond via social channels can lead to up to a 15 per cent increase in churn rate for existing customers (Source: Gartner). Facebook has changed from what was primarily seen as just a marketing opportunity – designed to ‘humanize the brand’- to having great importance as a platform for effective customer service. Although often grouped into the same social media service channel…
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  • Early Salary Talks Are Not Always Taboo

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

    Elizabeth Spayne
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    by WinterWyman WinterWyman WinterWyman Named A Top Place to Work by The Boston GlobeRanking Marks Seventh Consecutive Year Firm Has Been Recognized Boston, Massachusetts (November 13, 2014) — WinterWyman has been named a “Top Place to Work” in the seventh annual employee-based survey project from The Boston Globe. WinterWyman has been recognized for each of the seven years in which The Globe has ranked the top workplaces. WinterWyman topped the 2009 small-employer category. Read more about The Boston Globe Top Places to Work here.The Top Places to Work honors the state’s most…
  • What's the Urgency? Ways to Make Hiring a Temp as Efficient as Possible

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    David Janowsky - Partner/Manager, Accounting & Finance Contract Staffing Contracting Hiring top talent Hiring trends Working with recruiters You need to move fast when you’re a hiring manager looking to fill a temporary position because candidates often end up with multiple offers. In today’s labor market you can’t afford to drag out the process for multiple days or even weeks because you will lose top candidates. Here are four ways you can speed up the hiring process.Review resumes quicklyRecruiters here at WinterWyman can have the resumes of at least one or two strong candidates…
  • Ten Tips for Successful Negotiating

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Frank Dadah - Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Contract Staffing Compensation & salary Negotiating salaries Offers and counter-offers Throughout the course of our daily lives we are negotiating with everyone around us. Whether you relish the art of negotiating or dread the thought of it, there are ways to make the process and outcome a positive one in a professional setting.Here are 10 tips that can help you succeed in your next negotiating session.1. Strive for win/winThis is most important. Negotiation doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game where one side must lose for the…
  • 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…
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