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  • Weird Al Writes the World’s Greatest Mission Statement

    Fistful of Talent
    Jason Pankow
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    You may have seen the plethora of Weird Al videos invading your Facebook feed lately. You see, he currently has the #1 album in the country.  The video with the most visibility, at least in my circles, has been “Word Crimes.”  It’s especially important for us bloggers out there. However, another video, more important to us HR folks, IMHO, is “Mission Statement” where Weird Al, soon to be Head of HR for the World, comes up with the PERFECT… umm… mission statement. While he may be a bit unorthodox at times, the mission statement Weird Al outlines in…
  • Obama Goes Around Congress - Again - To Expand Obamacare Coverage

    Human Resource News
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will publish a proposed rule that would give thousands of temporary and seasonal government workers access to the government's health care program, even though Obamacare explicitly prohibits them from using that program.
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    Ask a Manager
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Coworker keeps singing near my desk, even after I’ve asked him to stop I have a job that I love, and coworkers that I enjoy. However, where I sit in the office is becoming problematic. My desk is located in an open office space. There are others with actual offices around me, but my coworker and I sit out in the open floor area. This is great for being accessible to others, but there is one colleague that I am constantly having problems with. I’ll call him Mark. Mark will often come by and talk loudly to himself or sing a…
  • IRS Issues Draft ACA Reporting Forms

    Federal Employment Law Articles
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On July 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft forms that employers will use to report on health coverage that they offer to their employees. In March, the IRS issued final rules implementing the health coverage reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The information reporting requirements become effective for the 2015 tax year.
  • Understanding the Science of Moods at Work

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    Brad Herbert
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The more researchers discover about our brain, the more we realize we are wired to be social and that - if anything - leaders are radically underestimating the impact on culture and results. Daniel Goleman blogged on LinkedIn recently how leaders' moods affect the moods of those around them. We all know this, but are are now able to understand the physiology involved, and it's fascinating.He wrote:"A growing body of research on the human brain proves that, for better or worse, leaders’ moods affect the emotions of the people around them. The reason for that lies in what scientists call…
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  • Reimagining the Performance Review
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I need to make a confession about performance reviews: I hate them. I have colleagues in HR who see them as a necessary evil and some who even find them valuable. As for all the supervisors I have worked with during my HR career, I have never heard a single one get excited about having to write reviews, and I have rarely ever met an employee who looks forward to getting a review. When most of us really don’t like the traditional performance review, why do we stick with the old system? It is time to reimagine the performance review. Why Performance Reviews Aren’t Effective As an employee,…
  • Is the “Gig” Economy the Way of the Future?
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    I have written a number of times about what future jobs will look like. I have also written about how the generation we are training are to be primarily entrepreneurs. This training is coming from several different directions. The poor economy forced younger workers to take part-time jobs or to create their own jobs by doing project work. Many people thing this is the way the future of employment is headed. Flexibility versus income Sarah Jaffe tells us about a company called TaskRabbit that matches underemployed people with no-commitment gigs. In many segments this is called a…
  • Candidates are Hungry: Is Your Recruitment Marketing Snackable?
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Pretzels. Chips. Popcorn. Little mini cookies. People love snacks and the snacking behavior, at least within the U.S., is holding steady, with some people calling snacks an integral part of the American diet. Snacks are quick, convenient, portable, easy to consume, fun and–sometimes–we even share our snacks with family and friends. So, what lessons can recruitment marketers learn from potato chips? Make HR Content More Snackable During the recent Talent Management Alliance conference, Ray Malouf, recruitment marketing director at Walmart, talked about “snackable…
  • Top 5 #Workplace Blogs of the Week
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Each week Blogging4Jobs brings you the Top 5 Blogs in the #Workplace. These blogs come from all across the internet and highlight important topics being discussed in the space. We serve as your weekly recap of top blogs that we’ve read throughout the week. If we’ve missed any, let us know. TOP BLOGS OF THE WEEK 4 Ways to Find Great Talent on Glassdoor: For years Glassdoor has been seen as the former employee compliant forum and nothing more. Rather than perceiving these reviews as threat learn how you can leverage them. Read More. The Talent Management Software Market Grows And…
  • 5 Simple Steps for Attitude Adjustment
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    One of the most important things about your brand is your attitude. People want to be around confident, motivated, polite, friendly, helpful and happy people. Not surprisingly, those are the same kind of people who normally get hired first. Write down the exact words that you want people to say to describe your personality. Here are 5 ways to help you to remain positive and enthusiastic in the workplace or on campus. Watch your words and actions. Don’t be a big complainer. It’s very unappealing to be around people who are always complaining about their life of finding fault with others on…
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    TalentCircles: Recruiting in the 21st Century

  • How Data is Driving the Optimization of Your Recruiting Strategies

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellSmart hiring is the key to optimizing your recruiting strategies. Less is more, but in candidate targeting instances, more custom engagements is best. Using surveys and focus groups either with recent new hires or current candidates, we can better understand what appeals to our job seekers and how many “touches” they must have before they apply for our job posting or join our talent network community. I strongly recommend surveying and meeting with these candidates in addition to using reports, metrics and analytics to further support or shed light on your recent…
  • The Power of Inbound Marketing in Employment Branding

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellEarlier this week we talked about the power of inbound marketing for your employment and recruiting strategy. Most companies don’t understand where to start and if they are to start who should spearhead the efforts. If you’re a smaller company it’s most likely true that your HR department is already a department of just a few individuals, if not just one. The importance of an Employment Brand Manger not only helps you recruiter faster and smarter, but the ROI is prevalent. What is an Employment Brand Manager? The Employment Brand Manager is someone who is in…
  • The Future of Recruiting is with Inbound Marketing

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellInbound marketing and digital storytelling is the future of recruiting and hiring strategies. The key with inbound marketing often referred to as recruitment marketing or employment branding in recruiting and HR circles, is that relevant content and information is king. It’s the best way to establish a relationship with the candidate and job seeker creating an experience of your community of job seekers providing them with resources, information and news to help them learn more about your organization, be better in their own careers or grow with your own company.
  • 5 Ways to Optimize Your Recruiting and Hiring Strategy

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellLearning to optimize your recruiting and hiring strategy can not only save your recruiters and marketing teams time, but they will be able to increase their ROI in a shorter amount of time. Take these five easy and affordable solutions to your recruiting and hiring problems. Great, relevant and timely content Content is king. No one will deny it and no one will dare to say otherwise. In the world of content marketing, blogs, podcasts, webinars, and everything else under the sun, relevant and timely content will help optimize your recruiting and hiring strategy over…
  • Is Recruiting an Art or a Science?

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Jessica Miller-MerrellAs we move towards big data and recruiting analytics to better help us determine when, where and the how of recruiting, one would argue that the business of recruiting is based on science and hard facts. We use metrics and data to measure our recruiting and hiring success. We evaluate our best source of hires and discuss the positive impact that a formal onboarding program can bring. Recruitment has often been described as that gut feeling in the bottom of your stomach telling you that you must offer this candidate. The ability to navigate social media for recruiting…
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  • Check Out This Checklist Before You Head Off to College

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? ~ Dr. Seuss Sending your son...
  • Who Lands a Whopping 42% of New Jobs?!

    Jean Cummings
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Image attribution: We've been following CareerCrossroads' Source of Hire Survey findings over the past few years. The most recent report in 2013 yields some surprising results and interesting trends. The authors, Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, begin their report...
  • What's Up With the 20 Questions: Job Search

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    If you were building a new home, would you put the roof on before you dug the foundation? Would you put the windows in before you had the walls up? Would you install new carpet before the floor was finished?...
  • Repertoire of Words for the Amazing Brand You

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Remember that interview last week where they asked you this question: “So, what five words best describe you?” Remember how you responded with: Loyal Honest Hardworking Dependable Reliable. Remember how they offered the job to another candidate – the one...
  • So Where Are You Headed? #Jobseekers

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    As I approached the intersection, I could see two young people – one standing and one sitting…late teens, early 20’s. They looked tired. The young man was sitting by a backpack. The young woman held a sign that read: TRAVELING...
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  • In-house counsel go outside on big issues

    Michael Petro
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For many companies, having general counsel is one way to keep legal matters in-house by professionals who know the organization and can tackle issues that arise in a less-expensive manner. However, there’s no avoiding the use of outside counsel when it comes to complex matters outside their expertise, said attorneys at the Business First Industry Roundtable last month at Hodgson Russ LLP in downtown Buffalo. Kristy Berner, general counsel at First Niagara Financial Group, said to stay on top of…
  • Keen adds 'serious thunder' to its creative team

    Matthew Kish
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Footwear company Keen Inc. on Monday said it had hired Michael Minter as its first internal vice president of creative. His hiring follows the June 1 start of new president Steve Meineke. Keen said the hire is meant to add some "serious thunder" to its creative team. The hiring coincides with the launch of a new innovation lab in Portland. The first product from the new lab, the Uneek sandal, was unveiled in June. Minter has worked in various roles in the outdoor, action sports, surf and footwear…
  • Managing: When candidates turn down job offers... Plus, Telling co-workers to get to the point

    Alison Green
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Each week Alison Green, who also writes the "Ask a Manager" website, answers workplace and management questions from readers. Please comment or ask you own question by emailing her at Question 1: Responding to a candidate who turned down our offer I am a hiring manager. One of the candidates emailed me the turn down my offer. I would like to answer in a professional way. What would be a professional response to someone who turned down your offer by email? Answer: “Thanks…
  • After a big year, another round of big paychecks for Nike executives

    Matthew Kish
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Nike's robust fiscal year, which included a nearly 10 percent increase in revenue and a 24 percent jump in stock price, resulted in another round of big paychecks for the company's top executives. Here's the value of the 2014 compensation awarded to the company's top five executives, according to an annual proxy statement filed Friday: CEO Mark Parker: $14.7 million Chief Financial Officer Don Blair: $4.1 million Nike Brand President Trevor Edwards: $4.6 million Chief Operating Officer Eric Sprunk:…
  • What you might not know about maternity (and paternity) leave

    Joe Martin
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    There are a lot of questions out there to what an employee is entitled to surrounding maternity or paternity leave, but sometimes there aren't always a lot of answers. The legislation in Texas is the same as national laws for maternity or paternity, but businesses are still required to meet the minimum regulations as put in place by the Family and Medical Leave Act, which applies to employers with more than 50 employees, and with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. FMLA states that an employee…
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    HR Vendor News

  • TalentKeepers Announces that its Employee Engagement and Retention Leadership Development Series for HR Professionals is Now Pre-Approved by HRCI

    HR Vendor News
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    July 28, 2014 WINTER PARK, Fla. – TalentKeepers, Inc., the global employee engagement and retention solutions firm, announced today that its award-winning leadership and HR development training series is now fully pre-approved by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and each program will award PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification credits. This competency development series previously won HR Executive Magazine’s Top Training Product of the Year Award. An HR professional’s career growth and advancement may well depend more on behavioral and interpersonal skills…
  • Interaction Associates to Host LeaderLens Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    HR Vendor News
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Boston, July 28, 2014. The strategic benefits of integrating entrepreneurship and [] innovation to help drive strong business results is the focus of an Interaction Associates LeaderLens Forum on September 4, 2014. Interaction Associates is a leading innovator of methods and tools that help people – including leaders, teams, and change agents -collaborate to achieve superior business results. LeaderLens Forums are designed as half-day immersion events focused on critical business issues and challenges. The September 4th LeaderLens…
  • HRsmart Continues to Rock with Record Setting Second Quarter

    HR Vendor News
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Richardson, TX – July 28, 2014 – HRsmart, a leading provider of global unified talent management solutions, reported record setting sales in the second quarter of 2014. New bookings increased 91% over the first quarter of 2014 and a whopping 363% increase over the year ago period. Some of the new customers that came on board with HRsmart in the second quarter were AmeriGas, Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, and Giant Tiger. HRsmart continues to receive accolades for its product having received the “Awesome Product of the Year” award from…
  • 2014 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution Results Available

    HR Vendor News
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Kansas City, Kan. – The 2014 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution pay and benefits survey results were released in early July by Compdata Surveys. Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution provides a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2014. The survey covers more than 150 industry-specific job titles and 500 general industry titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. This year’s results feature data collected from nearly 22,000 employers with 21.5 million employees across the…
  • Profiles International Releases “The Executive’s Guide to Succession Planning” White Paper

    HR Vendor News
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Waco, TX. July 23, 2014 – Talent management solutions provider, Profiles International, has released a new white paper titled “The Executive’s Guide to Succession Planning.” This white paper discusses how to identify critical positions in a company and how to identify and assess potential successors. An effective succession plan can guarantee the future success and longevity of an organization. While some business models and management styles aren’t for everyone, succession planning is. Profiles provides this white paper, and other succession planning solutions,…
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  • Comments Section

    Laurie Ruettimann
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Hello! About a year ago, it was a really big deal for a website to shut down its “comments” section. (See Copyblogger and PopSci.) The logic behind the decision was simple: you are too stupid to write anything helpful or productive. (And those editors were right, by the way. I was inspired.) The comments section on my last two websites, Punk Rock HR and The Cynical Girl, had turned into cesspools of filth and stupidity. I had to create filters to keep out derogatory, racist and sexist words. Sometimes the filters weren’t enough. - The personal comments about my appearance? -…
  • Summer Book Recommendations

    Laurie Ruettimann
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    I want to thank everyone for buying and reading my book. I really want to say, “No, it’s a shitty e-book about HR. It’s a small thing. Unimportant. I am just testing out the market to see if I have anything to say. One of these days, I’ll write something more meaningful.” Please don’t let me say that to you. Stop me if I go down that path, okay? Good writers are avid readers. I am hauling around a huge stack of magazines, right now. One of these days, I’ll subscribe to everything via my shitty second-generation iPad. I am a big Kindle reader, though.
  • Your Three Most Powerful Words

    Laurie Ruettimann
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    My friend Gregory Ng believes that your personal brand comes down to three words. Does that feel right to you? I speak on the subject of personal branding all of the time. You are more than a bottle of dishwashing detergent. You have unlimited potential. You have a soul. But I think many of us would be lucky to have three powerful words to describe ourselves. Mine are work, life and cats. My three words give me permission to do many things. I am a human resources consultant, a marketing advisor and a writer. Sometimes I work on social media marketing projects. And there are times when…
  • The State of HR Blogging in 2014

    Laurie Ruettimann
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    New HR bloggers are brave. They live in a liminal state where they daydream about the future of work while processing payroll, managing compliance issues, and providing ongoing support to leaders and employees. I admire their fortitude. Before you can write well about HR, you have to learn how to write. All new bloggers go through a difficult phase where they sort through mental clutter and figure out if they have anything to say. It isn’t pretty. The mind and heart demand to tell the only story they know. That’s why early blog posts are a humbling mix of manifestos,…
  • Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

    Laurie Ruettimann
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    My neighbors have a dog who is quite an escape artist in her old age. Last time she escaped? It was the dog sitter’s fault. This time? It was an invisible fence failure. The family wasn’t home, and I found the dog darting back and forth across a country road. I called the dog’s name and she jumped right into my car. We went back to my house, and I called my neighbors and read them the motherflippin’ riot act. My neighbors have a bunch of kids and they travel. I don’t know all of the details, but I do know that I hate solving other people’s problems. My…
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  • 7 warning signs a great employee’s about to quit

    Christian Schappel
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    We all want to hold onto our best, brightest employees. And sometimes, a key component of that retention effort is being able to recognize when they’re trying to locate greener pastures and finding ways to increase their loyalty.  But what you need to know first are the red flags that indicate an employee is conducting such a search. Training software company Mindflash recently compiled a list of the red flags employers should be on the lookout for: 1. Sloppy work habits Chances are your best employees consistently complete top-quality work on deadline. So it should be easy to spot…
  • Workplace follies: 11 amazing things employees did instead of their jobs

    Tim Gould
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    OK, everyone knows the pace in the office tends to slow a bit during the dog days of summer. People take vacation and almost everyone seems a little more easygoing. But you probably don’t want people this easygoing.   The folks at (who else?) recently compiled a list of employee activities that aren’t exactly the types of things that normally lead to optimum productivity. Wrestling, the proven morale-builder Take a look at this checklist of employee chicanery and be happy these folks don’t work for you: A married employee was looking at a dating website and…
  • The Dos and Don’ts of hiring talent from your competitors

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Where’s the likeliest place to find the kind of talent you need? Your direct competitors, of course. Guest post author Adam Robinson offers some tips on hiring these top performers efficiently and safely.   _________________________________________________________________________________________________ While the job market is stronger than it has been in years, the search for qualified talent is growing more and more challenging. Employers want to hire candidates that have the right experience, are familiar with their industry, and are a culture-fit. So for many managers, the only…
  • Top 5 Tips to Improve Your Recruiting Strategy

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    39% of U.S. employers report that they are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills for their organization. In construction, engineering, and supply the percentage is even higher. Companies have already begun to innovate and look for new ways to attract the right employees. What about your organization? Download this whitepaper to learn about the top 5 tips to improve your recruiting strategy and see how this will allow you to properly attract top talent. Click here to learn more!  
  • Why You Need More than Engaged Employees

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    CEB research shows that more than half of your employees are less focused on the right activities and do not feel aligned with corporate priorities. CEB’s ClearAdvantage framework for your employee engagement survey measures engagement, alignment, and agility – three competencies that every organization needs to succeed today – and also assesses the specific workforce capabilities that an organization needs to execute on its business priorities. Learn how to create a clear, competitive advantage for your organization using your workforce survey. Click here to learn more!  
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  • update: I caught an employee in a lie

    Ask a Manager
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Remember the letter from the manager who caught an employee lying about sending a FedEx shipment that she hadn’t really sent? Here’s the update. While the employee is still working here, I did finally get support from my manager (the president) to write her up, and when I did her annual review, it stated all of the incidents that occurred – it was the worst review she had ever received. I was firm and direct and left my emotions out of it, even though she started crying. I explained that we are all going to make mistakes and that I am always willing to help resolve issues…
  • 5 ways to modernize your job search

    Ask a Manager
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you’re still following job search advice from a decade or more ago, you might be inadvertently sabotaging your own chances of getting hired. And if you think you’re too young to be doing that, think again: It’s not just workers with decades of experience who fall into this trap – even 20somethings fall victim to it, because they’re relying on outdated job advice guides, parents who don’t realize that hiring conventions have changed, or college career centers that haven’t updated their knowledge for the way things work today. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk…
  • manager wants to buy underwear for employees — and wants to approve it first

    Ask a Manager
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A reader writes: A friend of mine recently told me that her boss takes her and a coworker shopping a couple of times a year. Sounds nice, huh? Apparently the shopping experience is done together and the boss directs the employees to what they can look for (shoes, handbag, etc.) and then upon her approval, she’ll buy the items and they are on their merry way. She presents it as a treat, but I think she just wants them dressed more professionally. My friend always looks nice, but she isn’t really the “suit and dress” type. She prefers slacks and a blouse. She does not meet…
  • bringing a boyfriend to an interview, preventing overtime abuse, and more

    Ask a Manager
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Coworker keeps singing near my desk, even after I’ve asked him to stop I have a job that I love, and coworkers that I enjoy. However, where I sit in the office is becoming problematic. My desk is located in an open office space. There are others with actual offices around me, but my coworker and I sit out in the open floor area. This is great for being accessible to others, but there is one colleague that I am constantly having problems with. I’ll call him Mark. Mark will often come by and talk loudly to himself or sing a…
  • Sunday free-for-all – July 27, 2014

    Ask a Manager
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It’s the Sunday 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. Have at it.
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  • Early 2015 Salary Increase Budget Data Released

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

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

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

    Ann Bares
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    There are a number of movements afoot in the world of work that promise to impact the way we pay people.  Two in particular may well converge to provide the final straw that breaks the back of merit pay. Let's begin with Exhibit 1: The "Open Salaries" Movement.  Pay transparency is coming. While it is unlikely that we will reach a point where every organization opens up all compensation information for every employee, I believe that the momentum and spirit behind the pay transparency movement will lead many employers to eventually embrace it, drawing back the curtain to…
  • Is Team Chemistry the Next Big Thing in Performance and Rewards?

    Ann Bares
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    Is "making teams better" the new holy grail of performance analytics? Fresh from the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, HBR blogger and MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage notes that one of the top themes of the event was how to move beyond the Moneyball-like era of predicting and assessing individual performance and focusing on teamness. More quantitative attention is being paid to how well players improve the in-game performances of their teammates. Are their particular game situations where their positive—or negative—influence is statistically pronounced? Can that…
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    Evil HR Lady

  • What You Have in Common With Job Seekers From the 1970s

    Evil HR Lady
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    When it comes to getting a job in today’s technology-infused world, less isn’t more. From sifting your Facebook profiles to canvassing your connections on LinkedIn, many employers want to know more about potential workers personally. Seems a little strange, admittedly. But this more holistic hiring strategy is actually pretty old. A friend of mine discovered a copy of her mother’s resume from 1977. It included the following gems at the bottom: BORN: 7/12/43 in Norristown, PA. Height 5’6″, wt. 125 MARRIED: 1963–4 Children, ages 11, 8 1/2, 7 & 5 1/2…
  • Pregnant at work: How you’re protected

    Evil HR Lady
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Discriminating against a pregnant woman at work has been illegal since 1978, but what is and is not allowed hasn’t always been clear. To help end the confusion, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new guidelines to help businesses understand the law. While these are guidelines and not statutory law, employers would be wise to follow them. The complete guidelines give detailed instructions, but here are some of the key points. To keep reading, click here: Pregnant at work: How you’re protected
  • Treat Your Employees Right or Big Government Will Step In

    Evil HR Lady
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Cards on the table here: I’ve worked part time since my first child was born, in 2003. For the first five years, I worked for a big pharma company, in a job share. I would have happilystayed in that job, had my husband not received a too-good-to-refuse job offer over an ocean. So, I quit that job and took up free-lance writing, where editors set deadlines, but I determine when I work. Which means my part time career life has always had a predictable, regular schedule. (Income, of course, varies when one free-lances, but I choose my own hours.) However, for many part time workers,…
  • How to Close Your Gender Pay Gap

    Evil HR Lady
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Overall, men earn more money than women do. That’s not disputed. But, what is disputed is if that is fair or not. McGill University thought it wasn’t fair, so they did something about it, and it took them 13 years to close their gender pay gap. I, personally, think they screwed up. Not because women should be paid less than men, but because they fell into the old trap of trying to equate jobs that are completely and wholly unrelated to each other as equal. For instance, the Wall Street Journal writes: The program’s goal was to ensure that pay for female-dominated…
  • Are Bad Parenting and Bad Management the Same Thing?

    Evil HR Lady
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    If you stink as a manager, perhaps you need to up your parenting techniques. Fortunately, that doesn’t include potty training, but everything else pretty much seems to fit. Emma Jenner, a British Nanny just wrote an article on modern day parenting failures that has gone pretty viral, with half the people applauding Ms. Jenner and the other half condemning her for insensitivity to the needs of their little darlings. I don’t claim to be a parenting expert–you can check back with me when my children are adults to see if my methods were good–but four of her five…
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    Fistful of Talent

  • Weird Al Writes the World’s Greatest Mission Statement

    Jason Pankow
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    You may have seen the plethora of Weird Al videos invading your Facebook feed lately. You see, he currently has the #1 album in the country.  The video with the most visibility, at least in my circles, has been “Word Crimes.”  It’s especially important for us bloggers out there. However, another video, more important to us HR folks, IMHO, is “Mission Statement” where Weird Al, soon to be Head of HR for the World, comes up with the PERFECT… umm… mission statement. While he may be a bit unorthodox at times, the mission statement Weird Al outlines in…
  • 5 Things You Need To Know This Week

    Cara Lucas
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Welcome back to another great week with your favorite blogging team! Check out these 5 must-reads to get your Monday started off right. 1. Too Slow or Too Low: Why Offers Are Being Rejected: It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down. 2. The Evidence Is In: Patent Trolls Do Hurt Innovation: There is evidence of significant harm. The White House and the Congressional Research Service both cited many…
  • Re-Entry Is A Bitch

    Dawn Burke
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    I’ve been off the blog grid for a long time. Why? These words come to mind: Life. Work. Focus. Depletion. Writer’s block. Fatigue. Apathy. Boredom. Regurgitation. Extra-work. My soul—not my brain—my soul needed some quiet… at least some fraction of quiet in a very busy life. Life sucker-punched me and the grief I covered up with work finally forced itself front and center. My creativity was gone. Which was yet another thing I had to grieve, too. But then—as always—energies and intentions change. Events happen that make our priorities shift. Grief lifts, work…
  • One Way… Or Another… I’m Gonna Find Ya!

    Kelly Dingee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    If anyone were to ask about my biggest weakness, it’s that I’ve found I’m a creature of habit.  Ask anyone. I get set in my ways. And I certainly get set in a sourcing strategy, especially if it consistently and efficiently produces solid results. But I’ve got a search where I can leave no stone unturned. And I don’t want to leave anything unturned, because when the Bossman asks me, “Well, can’t you find more?” I need to lay out a really detailed answer of where I’ve looked. LinkedIn is my crutch, and they’re not my biggest…
  • The CYA Report E65: Job Seeker Behavior – Decoded [PODCAST]

    Cara Lucas
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Welcome to The CYA Report, Ep. 65! On today’s show we have Tara Sinclair, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University and Economist at, on Job Seeker Behavior—Decoded. Tara joins guest host, Laurie Ruettimann, to chat about some of the latest research she’s been a part of at Indeed. This research dissects and explains the data behind where people search for jobs and why, as well as occupation satisfaction and desirability—or want job seekers want in their career and how that affects a job search. Take a…
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    Flip Chart Fairy Tales

  • Tony Blair’s leadership

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    The anniversary of Tony Blair’s election as Labour leader prompted several re-appraisals of the man and his time in power. Even though he has been vilified since leaving office, many on the centre left, and quite a few others too, look back on the Blair era with fondness. I’ll leave others to talk about his political legacy and whether what he did was right or wrong. Whatever else you might say about Tony Blair, though, he had, and still has, the sort of confidence people look for in a leader. People are drawn to those who appear confident and Tony Blair always did. Blair would…
  • Austerity: Yesterday’s news. And tomorrow’s!

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Compared to previous years, there wasn’t much reaction to the OBR’s Fiscal Sustainability Report. OK, there was a hurrumph from Jeremy Warner, as you might expect, but that was about it. This may simply be because the OBR’s outlook was a little better than last time or, as Jeremy would have it, “not quite as unsustainable as it was a year ago”. But I wonder if something else is going on. Looking at the TV and newspapers recently, it’s almost as though austerity is yesterday’s news. The economy is growing, employment is up. OK, we’re still…
  • The self-employed: Not employees but not always business people either

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Even though the number of employees is now rising steadily, self-employment continues to increase as well, hitting another record level this month. As ever, the Resolution Foundation were quick off the mark with a chart. Politicians and journalists seem to have stopped hailing this as the sign of an entrepreneurial revolution, though, which it quite clearly isn’t. The Social Market Foundation published a report last week comparing entrepreneurship across a number of different countries. They defined high value entrepreneurs as those who go into self employment because they see an…
  • Strikingly stupid

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Conservative ministers used this week’s public sector strike as an opportunity to revive the idea of further legal restrictions on industrial action. Raising the threshold to 50 percent of  a those entitled to vote seems to be the most talked-about option and the one championed by Boris Johnson. Union leaders and others were quick to point out that the mayor and most MPs were not elected by a majority of their constituents and that many did not even have the support of the majority of those that voted. The Coalition’s mandate is based on the votes of less than 39…
  • Self-employment: the punch bag of the recession

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    A report by the Resolution Foundation this week highlights the mismatch between official employment and pay data. When it talks about employment and job creation, the government includes the self-employed. When it comes to pay, though, the incomes of the self-employed are left out. This isn’t because the government is cooking the books. It’s been done this way for years. But because of the way the labour market has moved, this peculiarity shows the Coalition’s figures in the best possible light. Total employment is up, mostly because of self-employment. Take out…
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    Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources

  • What I learned after twelve years of blogging :)

    Gautam Ghosh
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    So this month I completed 12 years of blogging on - well- my blog :)It has been quite a roller coaster ride with 2964 blog posts over these 12 years. The real "golden age" of blogging was in the 2004-2007 era before the arrival of social and information networks like Facebook and Twitter.So what did I learn during these 12 years of putting my thoughts out for faceless readers. Here are some thoughts1. It's a global worldWhen I started blogging about HR issues I had no idea who all were blogging about the area. I discovered the ability to find out who was linking to your…
  • Here's why you should become active on Twitter

    Gautam Ghosh
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Among Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter the three big "social networks" I spend the most amount of time on Twitter.And I think you should too.Many people who have tried Twitter can't carry on and abandon it. It's not easy and intuitive to understand as Facebook and LinkedIn. Both of these networks have language we can understand - friends and connections. Both parties must agree before they are friends or connections. However Twitter has "followers" and "following" (I follow 500+ people while 15,300+ follow me) which don't make sense to many people. We are not used to non-reciprocal…
  • How to become a Billionaire by Selling Nothing by Aditya Magal @jhunjhunwala : Book Review

    Gautam Ghosh
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:16 am
    I have "known" Aditya Magal for many years - in a strange way. We are blogging and later Twitter buddies. But till a year or so ago I only knew him by his online personal "The Fake Jhunjhunwala" (Blog, Twitter) - where he took on the persona of the famed stockbroker Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. With that hilarious take on not just the capital markets but current affairs too, the blog and then the twitter account were runaway hit (currently he has 81k followers on Twitter) In fact the Forbes India magazine was confused if the man and the persona were indeed different.And then two years ago, the cat…
  • Using Talent Communities #socialmedia for Employer Branding

    Gautam Ghosh
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Organizations face two big challenges in the context of two ever-changing realities -  key talent is hard to find and job seekers look to peers and the collective wisdom of the social web to decide on what firm to join.The two objectives organizations will need to start thinking about are:1.       How to Build an employment brand that is relevant to the needs of the key talented people and to monitor the conversations on the social web to understand how to join in the conversation2.       Understand where these talented…
  • My article on #HR and #socialmedia in Businessworld

    Gautam Ghosh
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:57 am
    So I wrote an article on how HR can leverage social media - you can read it hereIf you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
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  • Matt Lome and the Absolute Truth about Woodpeckers

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    High school prom. I’m top left. Matt’s top right. The guy next to Matt is a urologist and the guy next to him is now our State Representative. Go figure. I had lunch with an old friend of mine the other day. His name is Matt Lome. Maybe you know him? He’s an artist. He lives in Seattle. And he recently wrote a children’s book. We got together to talk about it. We went to Michael’s, a Highland Park institution, and if you had seen us, the only way you’d know time had passed since high school would be from my salt-and-pepper hair. If you had been able to hear us,…
  • Inked

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Let’s take it from the top: yes, that’s my arm. I have a tattoo. It’s new. What does it mean? Inked. (That’s the back of my left forearm.) Dayenu is a Hebrew prayer. It’s been part of the Passover Seder for over 1,000 years and is an expression of appreciation that means, “It would have been enough for us,” and in the prayer, it’s used to suggest that any one of 15 gifts God bestowed upon the Jews—like delivering us from slavery, parting the Red Sea, or getting us to Israel—would have been enough for us by itself. What I love most about…
  • Waffle Tacos and Other Taco Bell Goodness

    26 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am
    My waffle is a taco. #IWinForever Months ago, my daughter convinced her aunt to take her to Taco Bell for lunch. She fell in love. She posted about the experience online. She kept that love secret from her nutritarian parents. She assumed we’d judge her. She knew we wouldn’t understand. But most of all, she forgot that her dad follows her on Vine. What she had no idea about was that her dad has a friend who works at Taco Bell’s corporate office. He tweeted his daughter’s Vine to her. She responded. His daughter was surprised, and happy, and surprised. “I didn’t know…
  • All I did was get your email & I already hate you

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    So this hit my inbox: Hi, Jason. I was given your name by JOHN at XYZ COMPANY. I need some help with a program I’m running and would like to pick your brain.  I’m available this Sunday from 8am – 10am, or Tuesday night after 9pm. Let me know which works better.   Stop bothering me. Well then let me just drop everything and talk to you then! Please, I was just waiting for someone I don’t know to make a presumptuous claim on my time. And I definitely love when strangers offer to pull me away from the people I love most in this world because it happens to work…
  • Then I Ate the Centerpiece: The Story of the Best Wedding Ever

    27 May 2014 | 5:42 am
    This is a blog post about what I did Memorial Day weekend, 2014. It’s also about the best wedding I’ve ever attended, ever. It’s shorter than it looks and worth the read. Thursday night. I’m exhausted but I still need to pack for the weekend. Things are going very, very slowly. I’m taking breaks, which is slowing things down even more but I can’t think straight. I need formal clothes, and clothes for the pool, for brunch, for the rehearsal, and for Sunday afternoon and for the flight home. My uniform of jeans + black shirt won’t work in the desert. I…
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  • Balancing Work Demands and Priorities – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Employee burnout, work-life balance, and overall employee well-being are huge topics of conversation right now. A lot of people will be able to relate to this reader note: I feel used. I’ve been at my job for just over a year. My boss is aware of my work ethic and has enthusiastically expressed satisfaction of our department’s accomplishments. My peers say they don’t know how I do it. I know how: I work day and night. I sacrifice family and friends to meet the company’s ever increasing demands. I’ve work a minimum of 65 hours per week since Day One. I’ve asked…
  • Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – July 2014

    Sharlyn Lauby
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    I love street art. Not talking vandalism here, but the bold visual images of an artist communicating with the public. This month’s image is from a neighborhood in Miami called Wynwood that is experiencing a renaissance as a design and textile area. This month’s quick shots are all about change. Whether it’s changing the way we live, do business, or think, change is all around us. Students at Florida Institute of Technology studied the impact of emoticons in business communications. Will we start seeing Emoji Writing 101 classes soon? A new way to do research for meetings. Refresh is an…
  • The Importance of Context in Curating Information

    Sharlyn Lauby
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    I spoke at a conference recently and mentioned the idea of social curation. It appeared to be a rather new concept for this particular group. Effective curation involves consistency. If you’re curating information to help others, they need to be able to rely upon you. Conversely, if you’re following someone because they curate good information, you want them to be consistently good. Please note, I didn’t say perfect. Even great curators are allowed to have an off-day. Because there’s so much content in existence, sometimes we need the curator to provide us context. In a recent post…
  • Do You Want To Be Called an Employee or Associate [poll]

    Sharlyn Lauby
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    One of the core elements to a company’s culture is how they refer to the people who work there. Are they called “employees” or “associates”? Or maybe something else like Disney’s “cast member”? I’ve worked for companies that have used both terms. So I don’t consider one to be better or worse than another. However, I recently heard a business person declare that they detested the word “employee”. Their thought was that associate implied the person had a vested interested in the organization and that their feedback was respected and valued. To them, this couldn’t be…
  • What to Do When an Employee Rejects their Performance Review – Ask #HR Bartender

    Sharlyn Lauby
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    I received this interesting question via Twitter. Sharlyn! For a post…if employee gets bad performance review and doesn’t agree with it, is there value in going to HR to complain? First off, let me say that I’m a firm believer than an employee’s performance appraisal should not be a shock to them. I don’t know if, in this case, the employee expected a poor performance review or if this was a surprise. However, in my experience, when an employee came to human resources to complain about their performance review, it was usually because their review was a surprise to them.
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    Incentive Intelligence by Symbolist

  • Practice and Rehearsal #ILSHRM14 Next Week

    paul hebert
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
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  • How To Make Employees Human ( #HUMANIZE )

    paul hebert
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
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  • You Have The Right To Run a Sweatshop… But Should You?

    paul hebert
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
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  • The 3 Big Lies in the Reward and Recognition Space

    paul hebert
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
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  • I’m Rooting For You! Keep Going You HR Baller!

    paul hebert
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
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    Steve Boese's HR Technology

  • Summer Fridays (probably should have waited until Friday to post this)

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    A week or so ago I had the chance to talk to Kirsten Fleming from the New York Post about work schedules, workplace flexibility, and perks, (particularly in industries like tech, advertising, and fashion). The resulting piece, How Summer Fridays became the most divisive issue in NYC, ran about a week ago, and is a fun, informative take on what organizations are doing with respect to 'Summer Fridays' and more workplace flexibility in general, and is peppered in classic HR Capitalist style with a cool series of Instagram embeds of NYC workers enjoying their Friday afternoon freedom. Here…
  • REPRISE: PowerPoint for the iPad? Well that's no fun.

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Note: Caught a really interesting article this week on the Unofficial Apple Weblog, titled Microsoft still doesn't get why the iPhone succeeded, which breaks down Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's recent manifesto memo to MSFT employees regarding the tech giant's strategy and direction. Essentially, the author contends that Nadella's focus and emphasis on the device (smartphone, tablet, whatever is coming next, etc.), as a 'work' or productivity device misses the entire reason why people originally flocked to the iPhone and iPad in the first place. Here is a snippet from the piece: Consumers…
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Whose Labor Market is it Anyway?

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    There is a simple answer to that question, really.  The candidates run the current labor market, at least for large, (and growing) swath of managerial, professional, and technical roles.  Check out this week's Chart of the Day, a look at how recruiters see the labor market - candidate driven or employer driven,  courtesy of the MRI Network's latest recruiter sentiment study, (as always, some pithy commentary from me after the chart) Wow - pretty simple and clear to see how at least this group of surveyed MRI Network recruiters have seen the labor market shift pretty…
  • WEBINAR: How Smart HR Pros are Becoming Better Marketers

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The next Fistful of Talent (where I am a contributor in case you did not know that), FREE webinar is set and it is a good one - details are below faithful reader. Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett will present How Smart HR Pros are Becoming Better Marketers – By Using Company Reputation Sites Like Glassdoor.” on Wednesday, July 30th at 2pm ET, and they plan to hit you with the following topics:  - How the the yelp-ification of America—the trend towards consumer-based reviews in almost every area of our economy—is changing the way employees and candidates…
  • PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 188 - Live from the NBA Summer League

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    HR Happy Hour 188 - Live from the NBA Summer League - Featuring The 8 Man Rotation Recorded Live from Las Vegas, Saturday July 19, 2014 Host: Steve Boese Guests: Kris Dunn, Lance Haun, Matt 'The Professor' Stollak This week on a very special HR Happy Hour Show, the guys from The 8 Man Rotation series of Ebooks on Sports and HR made their annual midsummer pilgrimage to Las Vegas to take in a few days of the Samsung NBA Summer League competition, catch a little music courtesy of Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails, and record a fun HR Happy Hour podcast over a few…
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    Federal Employment Law Articles

  • IRS Issues Draft ACA Reporting Forms

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On July 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft forms that employers will use to report on health coverage that they offer to their employees. In March, the IRS issued final rules implementing the health coverage reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The information reporting requirements become effective for the 2015 tax year.
  • Here We Go Again—Significant Threat of Automatic Debarment from Government Contracts Slipping in Under the Wire!

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by voice vote, a little-understood and little-noticed amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) that would debar large federal contractors that have been found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) within the past five years. “Debarment” is a sanction imposed for violations of law that prohibits cited contractors from doing business with the federal government for a length of time.
  • EEOC Updates Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues, marking the first comprehensive update of the EEOC’s guidance on the subject in over 30 years. This guidance has been issued after several states and cities including New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia have passed laws regarding accommodations for pregnant employees. Importantly, the guidance incorporates significant developments in the law that have transpired over the past three decades and also sets forth suggestions for best practices for…
  • Circuits Split Regarding Validity of Federal Subsidies of Health Insurance Purchased on Federally-Established Exchanges

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Two federal appeals courts have issued opposing decisions regarding whether the IRS has the authority under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) to extend federal tax subsidies to individuals who obtain health insurance coverage through a federal Marketplace (also known as an Exchange).
  • Department of Labor Plans To Take Next Step in White Collar Exemption Overhaul in November

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Earlier this year, President Obama ordered the Secretary of Labor to overhaul the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and minimum wage requirements.
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    Capital Jobs

  • Download OTET 2014 Admit Card

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    OTET Exam 2014 or 2nd Odisha TET exam 2013 is going to held on 10th August 2014. Finally the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha has published the Admit card for the Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test 2014. The exam will be held in two sitting that is 10:00 am to 12:30 am for Paper ! and 2:00pm to 4:30 Pm for the Paper 2. The candidates should download their admit card from the below mentioned link
  • Prerana Scholarship 2014 Online Application For SC ST & OBC (Fresh & Renewal), Odisha

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Prerana Scholarship 2014 Online Application For SC ST & OBC (Fresh & Renewal), Odisha Odisha Government has declared the online application for the Post Metric Scholarship  (PRERANA SCHOLARSHIP 2014-15 ) for SC ST and OBC Students. The students those are studying in Odisha in any college whether technical or general can avail this scholarship. The students of Diploma, Degree, +2 Science, arts,
  • SCTE&VT Diploma 6th Sem Result 2014, Odisha

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    SCTE&VT is very soon going to publish the Diploma 6th Semester Result 2014 for the 2011 Batch. The result will be published before 23 June 2014. SCTEVT will not publish its result on its official website. So students should contact their college for their result. However candidates can check the below given link, because some time SCTEVT also publish its result on the website. But most probably
  • SCERT Odisha CT Entrance Exam 2014 Admit Card Download - D.El.Ed Exam Date & Call Letter Published

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    SCERT, Odisha has changed the name of the CT Course to D.El.Ed that is ( Diploma in Elementary Education ) from this year 2014. SCERT is going to conduct the CT Entrance exam on 22 June 2014 (Sunday). Both the CT and B.Ed Entrance Exam 2014 will be held simultaneously on the same day. The detail CT and B.Ed Entrance Exam Schedule is mentioned below. Today the CT Entrance admit card has published.
  • Odisha B.Ed Entrance Exam Admit Card 2014 Download - SCERT B.Ed Entrance 2014 Call Letter Published

    Mohammed Jahid Khan
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    Odisha B.Ed Entrance Exam Admit Card 2014 Download - SCERT B.Ed Entrance 2014 Call Letter Download : Directorate of Teacher Education And State Council of  Educational Research and Training, (TE & SCERT) Bhubaneshwar has published the admit card or call letter for the Odisha B.Ed Entrance Examination 2014. The B.Ed Entrance Exam is going to held on 22 June 2014 (Sunday) in various centres in
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Why Shouldn’t Leaders Mandate New Values: 100 Culture Questions

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Why Shouldn’t Leaders Mandate New Values?”Leadership has historically been thought of as the entity that determines the values within a company. And while it is important for leadership to identify where we want to be (the aspirational values for the organization, how we want to function as a company), it's not enough for them to then deliver those or mandate those to the organization.That's because we as individuals are all pretty well hardwired in terms of our personal values, and those…
  • [Video] How Do You Overcome Differences Between Executives and the Rest of the Culture?

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Overcome Differences Between Executives and the Rest of the Organizational Culture?”When we survey organizations to understand what's really happening in the culture, we often find differences between the executives or the senior leadership and the rest of the company. And it's a good data point, it's important for us to know that those differences exist. And it doesn't mean that they're right or wrong.What's critical is to look at those, understand them, be able to tease them…
  • [Video] What’s Wrong With Most Companies’ Stated Values Today: 100 Culture Questions

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What’s Wrong With Most Companies’ Stated Values Today?”Organization's stated values often are not a great reflection of what's really happening within the company. So typically, the values have been created by a leadership team that has gone on an off-site or sat down during a strategic meeting, and have identified who they want to be, who they wish they were -- and then those are delivered to the organization as the culture.The problem with that is that those are often not aligned whatsoever…
  • [Video] What is the Best Type of Culture for Performance: 100 Culture Questions

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What is the Best Type of Culture for Performance?”We are often asked how to create a high performing culture, but high performing cultures can actually look many, many different ways. There isn't one way to be a high performing culture.What we know predicts high performance is an organization that understands what their unique company culture is and ensures that all of what they do, how they grow their company, how they develop the people, how they keep their employees motivated and…
  • [Video] How Does Culture Affect Turnover: 100 Culture Questions

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Does Culture Affect Turnover?”Culture is the key driver in understanding turnover and churn rates within an organization. Individuals tend not to leave organizations because of differences around skills and abilities. They tend to leave companies based on their differences or on culture with the company, the team, or the manager.So when we start to understand, try to understand why we have high churn rates, why we have high turnover, the first place to look is culture. If the culture is broken,…
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  • How to Be the Best Intern Ever

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Congratulations, you’ve bagged an internship! You’ve planted the seeds of success for a great career. An internship could go two ways. It could either be an amazing experience, where you learn a lot, or it could be a waste of your time. I started out as an intern at and grabbed this opportunity to display my skills. Luckily, I was able to convert my internship into a full-time job only two months after obtaining my undergraduate degree. In today’s job market, it really isn’t easy to find a job. In fact, 79% of fresh graduates in the ‘Fresh Graduates in the Middle…
  • كيف تصبح متدرباً ناجحاً

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    لقد حصلت مؤخراً على فرصة تدريب في بيت.كوم وقمت باستغلال هذه الفرصة لعرض مهاراتي المهنية، ونجحت بالحصول على وظيفة بدوام كامل بعد مرور شهرين من تخرجي من الجامعة. في الواقع، يصعب الحصول على وظيفة في سوق العمل الحالي، فقد أشار استبيان بيت.كوم حول ““، يوليو 2014، الى أن 79% من الخريجين الجدد يعتقدون أن العثور على الوظيفة الأولى هو…
  • Five Things You Should Be Doing on

    Menaka Ramakrishnan
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am is more than just jobsite, it’s your constant companion during the job search. There are many features on that you can use in order to enhance your online presence and establish yourself to employers as well as potential clients. Here are 5 things you should be doing on Create a Public Profile Your Public Profile is very similar to an online business card. It’s akin to having your own personal brand that readily grabs the attention of employers and clients alike. In fact, when asked about the extent to which an online personal brand can help a…
  • ستة أسباب لتوظيف الخريجين الجدد

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    1. الخريجون الجدد لا يطلبون رواتب عالية فسعر السوق لتوظيف الخريجين الجدد ليس مرتفع جداً. وقد أشار استبيان بيت.كوم حول ““، يوليو 2014، الى أن 31% من المشاركين لا يتوقعون راتب أعلى من 500 دولار في الشهر لوظيفتهم الأولى. ولكن ذلك لا يعني أنه يمكنك توظيف خريج جديد وإعطائه راتباً منخفضاً الى حد كبير، أي راتب أقل من سعر السوق، بل يعطيك…
  • Six Reasons You Should be Hiring Fresh Graduates

    Suha Mardelli Haroun
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    Question from employer: I work in the HR department of a large conglomerate. We get hundreds of applications for our entry-level vacancies. A large proportion of these applicants are fresh graduates with minimal work experience. However, we invariably hire candidates who have more experience as we feel that they would bring more value to the organization. We are thinking of changing this policy but are not fully convinced. Could you suggest some reasons why we should hire fresh graduates? – Rana. F Answer: Hi Rana. Sometimes it is difficult to look beyond work experience when hiring a…
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  • Exploring Career Opportunities Without Jeopardizing Your Current Job #AskJennifer

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

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

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

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

    Jennifer McClure
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    Today, I face something that I haven’t faced in over six years. And I’m doing it intentionally, because it’s time for growth and change. It’s time to discover something new. This morning, I deleted all of my blog subscription feeds (I use Feedly as my RSS Reader) for Human Resources, Recruiting and Talent Management blogs. And I feel empty. Back in early 2008, I discovered blogs. The HR Capitalist (Kris Dunn) was my first. You never forget your first. As I read more, followed links to other blogs and subscribed to more, I subscribed to hundreds of blogs. I learned. I built…
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  • Producer Administration and Compensation Transformation: The Next Frontier for Transformation

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This white paper will illustrate the checkpoints and business drivers that illustrate the current realities facing insurers. You will also find some interesting hard numbers gained from IBM's work in the producer administration and compensation space.Download the white paper to learn:How IBM addresses the case for change supporting producer administration and compensation transformationWhy forward-thinking insurers must act nowRequest Free!
  • The Essentials of HR & Talent Management

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The Essentials of HR & Talent Management ,brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your HR and Talent Management related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your HR research:A Manager's Guide to Perfecting Performance Management: How to Transform Your Employee Review ProcessThe Art of the Self-Assessment6 Talent Management Insights for Driving Business SuccessImproving Business Performance with HR TechnologyRequest Free!
  • The Future of HR: Build a Smarter Workforce

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    However, major shifts are changing the way we work – making work increasingly interconnected, instrumented, and intelligent. Each of these shifts are accelerating and magnifying problems we have today, and are creating entirely new obstacles for people and employers to overcome in the future. Through open discussion, we will explore trends in the workforce and tackle some of the challenges that businesses face as they attract and engage individuals that are the right fit and unleash collaboration with smarter workforce solutions.Join a panel of experts including Jonathan Ferrar, IBM Vice…
  • Move Forward With Cloud and Mobile, Securely

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mobile and cloud. Your employees want them. Your company needs them. But how do you secure them while respecting employee privacy? This white paper explores the limitations of existing security solutions on the market and explores an entirely new approach where both IT and employees win. Download this white paper to learn more.Request Free!
  • Breaking the Barriers to Best-in-Class Mobile Workforce Performance: Efficiency, Accountability and Cost

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    When critical business functions like billing, payroll, routing and job costing analysis are still being done manually, organizations with mobile workforces unnecessarily suffer from costly inefficiency, poor customer service and painful damage to reputation and credibility. This white paper will help fleet owners and managers understand how manual processes sap the bottom line on a daily basis, and how real-time location-based data can help them:Optimize and assign routes instantly to improve customer satisfaction and retentionCollect accurate and real-time job cost data and driver…
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  • The Curse of Smart People: Engineer Vs. Coach Perspectives on the Impostor Syndrome

    Brad Herbert
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    "What I have learned, working here, is that smart, successful people are cursed. The curse is confidence. It's confidence that comes from a lifetime of success after real success, an objectively great job, working at an objectively great company, making a measurably great salary, building products that get millions of users. You must be smart. In fact, you are smart. You can prove it.Ironically, one of the biggest social problems currently reported at work is lack of confidence, also known as Impostor Syndrome. People with confidence try to help people fix their Impostor Syndrome, under the…
  • Why Coaching Clients Give Up - Marshall Goldsmith's Perspective

    Brad Herbert
    28 May 2014 | 11:54 am
    Marshall Goldsmith is a very wise Executive Coach who works with the CEOs of the world's largest companies. He's also funny and very humble and I find his advice quite smart. Take a look at his blog article on why coaching clients give up. I have summarized the top reasons below using Marshall's words:Ownership:  I wasn't sure that this coaching idea would work in the first place. I tried it out - it didn't do that much good. As I guessed, this was kind of a waste of time! Time: I  had no idea that this process would take so long. I am not sure that it is worth…
  • Don't F*ck Up The Culture

    Brad Herbert
    28 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Brian Chesky, Co-Founder of AirBnB, wrote a great piece on Medium recently entitled "Don't Fuck Up the Culture" and I really love how he explains and celebrates the importance of culture. According to Brian, "Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with passion". Why's it important? Because "The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous. They can be entrepreneurial. And if we have a company that is entrepreneurial in spirit, we…
  • Understanding the Science of Moods at Work

    Brad Herbert
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The more researchers discover about our brain, the more we realize we are wired to be social and that - if anything - leaders are radically underestimating the impact on culture and results. Daniel Goleman blogged on LinkedIn recently how leaders' moods affect the moods of those around them. We all know this, but are are now able to understand the physiology involved, and it's fascinating.He wrote:"A growing body of research on the human brain proves that, for better or worse, leaders’ moods affect the emotions of the people around them. The reason for that lies in what scientists call…
  • When You Feel Irritated With Your Partner

    Brad Herbert
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:26 pm
    One of life's great paradoxes is that the things that annoy us about others is often something we dislike about ourselves. The distance we create when we judge someone colours our perspective, preventing us from seeing the good in others or situations, and eventually erodes our health. I enjoyed this quick blog post about irritation in relationships by Sheryl Paul; it's got some practical tips to help a person look inward and reframe the situation for greater enjoyment and ease. The one that resonated most is about insecurity and fear, and how that disguises itself cleverly as…
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    Employment Intelligence

  • What LeBron James Has to Do With Succession Planning

    David Weisenfeld
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Your company’s top performer would be hard-pressed to approximate the value of LeBron James. But losing that person might be no less damaging to your organization if it is caught unprepared for that possibility. James stunned many observers when he… continue
  • US Supreme Court Term Provided Potpourri of Key Employment Rulings

    David Weisenfeld
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The US Supreme Court made big news with a number of key rulings affecting employers before taking its annual summer break. None was bigger than the Court’s first-of-its-kind finding that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate violated the religious… continue
  • NY Times Columnist Thomas Friedman Tells SHRM Crowd of Need to Stay Agile

    Kate Mara
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    Thomas Friedman took to the General Session stage at the Society for Human Resource Management 2014 Convention in Orlando and spoke of going the extra mile and consolidating influence during his keynote address. SHRM Board Chairwoman Bette Francis introduced Friedman… continue
  • White House Summit Focuses on Working Families

    David Weisenfeld
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:24 am
    The White House hosted its first-ever Summit on Working Families on Monday, and it came not a moment too soon. When New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy dared to miss the first two games of the baseball season on… continue
  • Unsure if a Federal Law Applies to Your Workplace? Here Is a Chart That Tells You

    Ashley Shaw
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Sometimes, it is hard for an employer to keep track of just which laws apply to it. For instance, how many employees do you need to be regulated by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)? If you are a public… continue
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    Mumblr - Abhishek Mittal's Blog on HR, Talent Management, Employee Engagement and The Ideal Enterprise

  • Understanding Different Cultures

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

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

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

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

    Abhishek Mittal
    11 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    My friend, Foo Chek Wee, ran some cool analysis using Google Ngram Viewer, which is a tool that can chart the frequency of words / phrases appearing in books published between 1500 and 2008. Chek Wee checked for words like HR Business Partner, Talent Management, Employee Retention, Industrial Relations etc. See what he found out in this short video! Filed under: Human Resources Tagged: HR, Human Resources
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    Easy Small Business HR

  • Want to Give Work Productivity a Boost? Give Your Employees More Breaks – Survey

    Dianne Shaddock
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Frequent breaks can help minimize work related stress and improve their overall productivity. According to an online survey conducted by Staples in March 2014, employees who left their desks to take breaks experienced less stress and higher levels of work efficiency. There was also a direct correlation between regular breaks and workplace happiness and satisfaction. […]
  • The Latest Telecommuting and Telework Statistics For 2014

    Dianne Shaddock
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Are you an employer who is interested in dipping into the telecommuting pool by approving telecommuting or telework for your employees? Ever wonder if there is any real value to allowing your employees to telecommute?  Maybe you are just interested in the latest trends? If any of the above applies, you’ll want to take a […]
  • Managing Pessimistic, Defeatist, Gloomy, and Cynical Employees

    Dianne Shaddock
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Just how do you supervise a contrary, jaundiced, or overly aggressive direct report? What’s the magic formula to managing that onerous staffer who will not let a day go by without complaining – about anything?  Or the ‘pleasant-on-the-surface’ employee who is really passive-aggressive? What about the gossiper and malcontent who makes sport out of spreading […]
  • Avoiding Cookie Cutter Management: Knowing When (and Why) It Is Not Okay To Treat Employees the Same

    Dianne Shaddock
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    It is much easier to not ruffle any feathers with your staff by treating everyone exactly the same regardless of the circumstances isn’t it? After all, managing with a fair and equitable hand is a best management practice.  Strong managers have to be a stickler when it comes to company policy and general practice and […]
  • Keeping Kosher Under Religious Accommodation Laws

    John W. Stapleton
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Most employers know that they cannot discriminate against employees and applicants based on their religion. But employers also have a duty to “reasonably accommodate” an employee’s or applicant’s “sincerely held” religious beliefs (or lack thereof). Religious accommodation claims are increasingly targeting company dress code and appearance policies.While employers have the right to enforce policies relating […]
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    The Business of Talent - Josh Bersin

  • How Do We Excite, Manage, and Retain the Tech Team?

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

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

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

    6 May 2014 | 11:06 am
    This week Workday introduced Workday Recruiting, a long-awaited new module in the company's growing suite of cloud-based HR and Financial Management applications. In many ways this product has the potential to disrupt the landscape for corporate recruiting software. Rather than being designed as a tool for recruiters which integrates with other HR systems, Workday started from scratch and developed a totally unified solution: one which manages all elements of the recruitment process, focused on the needs of applicants, managers, recruiters, as well as HR. The Corporate…
  • Wiley Acquires CrossKnowledge: New Player in Corporate Learning

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Most of us know John Wiley and Sons. as a book publisher. The company published two of my books (through the well known Pfeiffer imprint) and most HR and L&D professionals run into the company at trade shows and industry events promoting new books, authors, and a tools for HR and corporate learning. Well surprise: the company is much more. Over the last several years Wiley has repositioned itself significantly and is making major investments in the markets for corporate and individual professional development. Over the last several years Wiley acquired Inscape (DISC assessment products),…
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    Performancepoint, LLC.

  • Bucket List

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The workplace is more diverse now then ever before. How has the diversity helped your organization? And what are your biggest inclusion challenges?
  • Brad Federman Interviewed by Business Interviews

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    “In terms of a unique tool or technique used to help create a more sensitive or respective workplace environment nothing beats one-on-one connections and conversations.” Written by B.I. Brad Federman F&H Solutions Group COO F&H Solutions Group (FHSG) is a national consulting firm specializing in human resources and labor relations matters. Their HR consultants have unmatched expertise and experience in working with all types and sizes of organizations in different industries in both the private and public sectors. FHSG provides solutions for a…
  • Freedom is not free, and neither is engagement.

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    The 4th of July – Independence day.  It is the day we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  From there, The United States of America went on to form a government and agree to a constitution. However, the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution by themselves are just pieces of paper.  Many other countries that suffer from coups, military control, and sectarian violence have had similar pieces of paper.  If you look beyond the documents and think about history the real work and tests were in the political upheavals and wars such as the American Revolution…
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    The Workforce Institute

  • Market Basket Employees Willing to Fight for Leader

    Joyce Maroney
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    There are so many business lessons embedded in the current Market Basket upheaval, it’s hard to know where to begin.  First, you have a 60 year old family run company with a decades long family feud.  You have a remarkable employee engagement and customer loyalty story.  And you see the power of social media in […] The post Market Basket Employees Willing to Fight for Leader appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Developing Leaders is Job #1 for Yum Brands CEO Novak

    Joyce Maroney
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Today’s guest post is courtesy of our board member,  John Hollon.  John is VP for Editorial of and had a front row seat at the recent SHRM annual conference.  Here John reflects on a keynote delivered by David Novak, CEO of Yum Brands. I’ll say this about the annual SHRM conference that’s held each […] The post Developing Leaders is Job #1 for Yum Brands CEO Novak appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Engaging & Empowering Early Career HR Professionals

    Joyce Maroney
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Don’t just engage, empower!  That’s the rallying cry from our board member, Andy Brantley, CEO of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).  Andy (far right) is pictured here with coworkers Wes Harmon, Julie Boggs, and Jessica Waddell.  In 2012, Andy tasked this cross-functional team of early career HR professionals with an important […] The post Engaging & Empowering Early Career HR Professionals appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • Jeanne Meister on the Workplace of the Future – Social and Mobile and Wearable, Oh My!

    Joyce Maroney
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday I had a conversation with our board member, Jeanne Meister, about the future of the workplace.  Jeanne is a Founding Partner of Future Workplace, LLC, a firm that provides executive education to HR leaders and high potential managers to build the skills they need to prepare for success in the workplace of the future. […] The post Jeanne Meister on the Workplace of the Future – Social and Mobile and Wearable, Oh My! appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
  • 10 Tips for Managing Summer Absenteeism (World Cup Anyone?)

    Joyce Maroney
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Today, Team USA lost to Germany in the World Cup, but still advances to the knockout round.  Whether the US advances any further remains to be seen, but lots of employees worldwide will continue to follow these matches with interest, including during work hours. Employers will ignore the potential workplace disruption of the World Cup […] The post 10 Tips for Managing Summer Absenteeism (World Cup Anyone?) appeared first on The Workforce Institute.
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    Omega HR Solutions

  • The Affordable Care Act: Conflicting court rulings

    Michael Haberman
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Courts issue conflicting rulings on the Affordable Care Act I am sure you have read by now that two different courts had two different rulings concerning the Affordable Care Act. Naturally proponents for both sides claimed that their point of view will prevail. One thing is clear is that the outcome is not clear and will undoubtedly be decided by the US Supreme Court. Basis of the decisions According to the attorneys writing for JD Supra “The decisions turned on readings of the relevant statutory language and application of a test derived from the 1984 Supreme Court case, Chevron U.S.A. v.
  • Future Friday: Competing Businesses of the Future

    Michael Haberman
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Cyber Blackmail is on the rise and so is reputation management. Today I have looked at pictures that were posted by friends on Facebook; I have viewed a few YouTube video of people at the beach; I saw that several friends had checked in at Starbucks on FourSquare. Some of you have probably posted “selfies” and I even had one friend post what he called a “couplie”, a picture of he and his wife. There was a news story yesterday of a couple filmed by a local grandmother as they engaged in lovemaking on a public beach. This is just a small example of how “public” many of us have…
  • Five ways to make telecommuting work

    Michael Haberman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    There are many benefits to allowing employees to telecommute. I sat a dinner last night with my wife and a friend and past co-worker of her and was on the fringes of their conversation as they caught up on business. He is still working for the company that let her go in 2013. They talked about opportunities that she had fed his way. One was a job that needed his skill set to do a job that required frequent travel. He lives in the Midwest and did not mind travel and was used to working from home the few days he was not on the road. The company however was dead set against telecommuting, even…
  • Pregnancy discrimination: The EEOC issues new guidance

    Michael Haberman
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    New guidance for dealing with pregnant employees has been issued by the EEOC. On July 14th, 2014 the EEOC issued new guidance to dealing with pregnancy under Title VII. Originally addressed under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, how to deal with pregnant women has been a big issue for employers for a long time, especially for smaller employers. According to Seyfarth Shaw this guidance ties pregnancy and disability in a novel way. Novel tie to disability According to attorneys Paul Kehoe and Tracy M. Billows of Seyfarth Shaw, this novel approach means “…all pregnant workers are,…
  • Public Salaries: Is Transparency Right For Your Company?

    Michael Haberman
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Pay transparency is an important issue. This post is from my friends at Disclosed company revenue and monthly progress reports; shared self-improvements; internal emails between two employees sent with the team cc’ed. Buffer, a social media sharing solutions company, functions with this level of radical transparency. Buffer finds power in the vulnerability, openness and accessibility of transparent ideas and workflows. Transparency empowers and inspires. It establishes trust, the foundation of efficacious teamwork. Buffer shares that it even applies its philosophy of…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • THINK Before You Post; A Post to Social is a Post to the World

    Melanie Welsh
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Before the rise of the online communication sites we collectively refer to as social media, there was a clearly defined line draw between one’s personal and professional life. Now, with its hundreds of platforms and billions of active users, social media has blurred this line. In fact, two in five companies report regularly using social networks in their hiring processes, and many employers are now being encouraged to also use social to monitor their employees. As such, it is imperative to think critically before posting. A post to social is a post to the world. Social media users who trust…
  • Two Heads Are Better Than One

    Melanie Welsh
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Whether it is in school, at work, or elsewhere, many of us secretly shutter at the suggestion of working in a group. This reaction likely stems from a collection of less than pleasant memories of group work past. You might recall incidents of Tom the Talker who could never stay on task, Dick the Dictator who gave no one else a say, or Harry the Hopeless who contributed next to nothing to the project. While I will be the first to agree with you that working in a group can be difficult at times, two heads are better than one! Studies have shown that collaborative learning enhances critical…
  • LinkedIn Publishing and Your Impending Termination

    Breanne Harris
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    There are two kinds of people on LinkedIn- those who use the LinkedIn Publishing service to broadcast blog posts and those who absolutely hate the LinkedIn Publishing feature! I don’t currently use the publishing option, but as my notifications tab was spammed flooded with posts on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Hobby Lobby contraceptive challenge, the danger of publishing/commenting on LinkedIn became crystal clear for me. On one particular level-headed post about the Supreme Court decision, the comments became increasingly angry and offensive. Name-calling, sweeping…
  • The Bread of the RED Model Sandwich

    Melanie Welsh
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Have you ever tried to make a sandwich without the bread? Maybe you have, but your end result was probably more of a mess than a sandwich. It was during the writing process of the book Now You’re Thinking!, that the authors realized the RED model sandwich needed some bread. Prior to the Now You’re Thinking! project, the RED Model of Critical Thinking had been a three-step process: Recognize assumptions, Evaluate arguments, and Draw conclusions. In order to prevent a critical thinking mess, the authors provided the bread for their RED model sandwich. On top, they placed Stop and Think,…
  • We Can Be Taught; You Just Need to Teach Us

    Melanie Welsh
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you were to guess what percentage of 4-year college graduates are rated by their employers as having excellent critical thinking skills, what percentage would you guess? Valuing higher education as I do and having invested much time, effort, and finances in my own degree, I had guessed (and hoped) it would be rather high. It is the responsibility of colleges and universities to prepare students for their future careers. This preparation, of course, includes critical thinking training, right? Wrong. Just 28% of employers rated 4-year college graduates as having excellent critical thinking…
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  • How Do You Stay Career Focused?

    Dan Erwin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    It’s an important question made especially difficult by today’s organizational demands. Tim Butler, from Harvard Business School, brings some smarts to the party as director of its career development program.  In this job climate it’s easy to lose sight of your goals, but you can stay focused. There are a number of issues that professionals should give some serious thought to today:  How far out should I be looking?  According to Butler, if you’ve got a Master’s of some sort under your belt, you should be looking out from five to seven years. …
  • First Man to Legally Buy Weed Is NOT the First Man to Get Fired for Smoking It!

    Steve Bruce
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    The state of Washington now allows the legal sale of recreational marijuana, and July 8, 2014, marked the first recorded sale of the substance. It also marked the first day someone was fired for smoking legally bought marijuana. A man from Spokane, Washington, was the first person to legally buy marijuana in that state. With Doritos® and Mountain Dew® in hand, he patiently waited for the store to open by camping out in front of their doors. Almost as if he was waiting for the premiere of Star Wars, Episode 7. The media soon caught on and blasted his image all over the airwaves and…
  • Why Brands Drive Financial And Business Results

    Warren Bobrow
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    We are often asked about the impact of brands on financial, business performance and growth. Enough research has been conducted on this over time throughout the world that one could write and entire book on this subject. I will not do that here. But I will be a bit more detailed than I have in the past about this.  The bottom line is that strong brands have a very strong positive impact on financial and other business results. Following are data points on some of the ways in which this occurs. A recent Nielsen study demonstrated that strong brands command higher loyalty rates. Consider…
  • Brand Keys To Redefining A Category

    Warren Bobrow
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Some things are too big to fight. If you’re planning to redefine a whole category for example, then, unless you’re already a market leader, plan on a big outlay and a long runway. You’re literally battling the millions others have already invested to define what it is, what it means, who it’s for, where it’s found, who the key brands are, what the products and services generally cost and so much more. If your brand’s competitive advantage is predicated on breaking one of those fundamentals, be very aware of the fight you’re buying: You’re…
  • State minimum wage increases for 2014-2015 (map)

    Steve Bruce
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:47 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. The map below shows the…
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    The Employment Opportunities List

  • A Day in the Life of HR: “How did this become even remotely an HR issue?”

    Elaine Cruise Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This blog post is part of our “Day In the Life” series offered this summer. Somehow, as issues or ideas arise, or more accurately, when people are looking to delegate (or let’s be honest, unload) an unpleasant or ridiculous task, it somehow winds up in the HR department. Or else it’s an initiative that’s a great idea but they don’t know who should be responsible for it. The logic usually goes like this: “Well, there are people involved. HR deals with people. Therefore, HR should look after it.” And that’s how we wind up organizing a Christmas party for a bazillion…
  • The Day I Started In HR

    Meetu Khanduja
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This blog post is part of our “Day In the Life” series offered this summer. Picking up a day to write about doesn’t come easy when everyday of the journey has stories to share and celebrate. While writing this post, I decided to share the story of my first official day on job as HR (I had worked as HR intern prior). Of course I had stuffed myself with everything that was written in HR books during management degree days but some things are better learned from experiences. While sailing through the day a little anxious, little enthusiastic, I learned some essentials of an HR…
  • Our Inner Puppy

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every summer, I go to my parent’s cottage on a lake in Wisconsin and try to take a break from The EO List. Inevitably, what happens is that I experience something that makes me want to write a blog post, and this trip is no exception. I have a 13 year old dog named Daphne. For anyone who knows anything about dogs, to be 13 is to be a senior citizen. In Daphne’s younger years, the lake was her playground. She would run down there after breakfast and stay until dinner time. She would run and swim so much that she would be comatose around 9:00 p.m. and stay that way until the…
  • I’d Like to Connect With You

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Maybe I haven’t seen you in a while and I just want to say “hi”. Maybe I have a question. Maybe we met at an HR event and hit it off and exchanged business cards and I want to follow-up. Maybe we did business together a long time ago and I want to get back in touch. Maybe I’m offering a workshop on a subject we once discussed and I want to tell you about it. Normally I would just e-mail you to get back in touch, but not sure if that’s appropriate. Should I e-mail you? Would you prefer if I call you first and ask permission to e-mail you? How do I know which you…
  • CASL–It is the End of the World as We Know It

    Bonni Titgemeyer
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:32 am
    Sorry to be all gloom here at The EO List today. It is the eve of my vacation and you would think that I would be excited but I am not. I’ve just spent a week dealing with CASL compliance, and I’m spent! Let me first say I hate SPAM. You have no idea how much unsolicited SPAM I get and I am looking forward to the possibility of freeing my mind (e.g. my in-box) of stuff I never asked for in the first place. Literally, I’ve had a daily barrage of consent requests to deal with. I’ve thought about every request carefully and hope that after July 1st what remains coming…
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    Pivotal HR Blog

  • Don’t Ignore Social Media – Have a Policy!

    Rosalyn Commisso
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Social media can be a powerful tool, for good and bad. As an employer, you can give some direction to the positive use of social media and set expectations through a policy. Employers have the right to manage employee conduct that affects the workplace, including the use of social media. This includes the right to make policies and set expectations, and discipline employees for breaching these expectations. Employers should consider the following points in their social media policies: -  Reminders that employment duties and company policies apply to cyberspace - List all social media outlets…
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    HR Ringleader

  • How Valuable are Personality Tests

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    I’m not a lover of tests.  Whether it was tests in school, medical tests or tests at work, I’m not a fan.  So why is it that when I see quick little tests on Facebook that my friends take, I’m intrigued?  Now there are many that I chuckle at… for example, I saw one this past week that would tell you what your “Old Lady” name should be.  Nah- count me out on that one.  Today was different though. Someone I trust, fellow writer Lisa Rosendahl, posted a link to a blog by a mutual friend, Jennifer McClure.  Jennifer participated in a personality test and…
  • #HRHappyHour 186 – A Look Back, A Look Forward

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    On our most recent HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and I talked about the recently concluded SHRM Annual Conference, shared some information about our session about HR Technology selection and evaluation, and looked back over the last few years of the HR Happy Hour Show. You can listen to the show on the show page here, or using the widget player below: Discover Business Internet Radio with Steve Boese Trish McFarlane on BlogTalkRadio The mid-year timing made it a good time to reflect back a little on some of our favorite shows, as well as talk about what the rest of 2014 has in store for…
  • #HRTechConf 2014: Technology in Sin City

    28 May 2014 | 4:01 am
    It’s that time of year when you start planning on whether or not you’ll attend any fall conferences or events.  For me, one of my favorite events each year is the HR Technology Conference.  I’ve been attending since 2009 and can attest to the great amount of learning that takes place as I wrote about in these posts: HRTechConf Recap: Technology in Sin City (2013) HRTechConf 2012 Delivers for Practitioners (2012) The HR Technology Conference: A Practitioner View (2011) Gratitude Beyond Words: The HR Technology Conference (2010) HR Technology Conference- Closing Thoughts…
  • The SHRM and HRCI Battle Is Not Critical to Good HR

    27 May 2014 | 5:16 am
    If you’re in the HR industry, unless you’ve been hiding in a cave the last couple weeks, I’m sure you’ve read countless posts about the fallout between SHRM and HRCI regarding HR certification.  While SHRM has always promoted HRCI as the place to go for HR certification (PHR, SPHR and GPHR), it has suddenly done an about-face and now announces that they will provide their own certification. This whole debacle has left thousands of HRCI certified HR professionals in a bind- not knowing whether they should continue to keep up their HRCI credits or switch to what SHRM…
  • 4 Ways HR Can Operate More Like a Profit Center

    16 May 2014 | 4:24 am
    *Sharing one from the dusty archives that is still relevant today… **Disclaimer** I am not an accountant and don’t even play one on tv.  That said, I am not implying that ideas in my post meet the generally accepted accounting principles.  You’d have to talk to your accountant for that kind of advice.  The post is intended to explore ways HR can communicate the value of services in a way that is understood by the leadership team in terms of ROI by considering ways to operate more like a profit center and less like a cost center.
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    Human Capital Adviser

  • Future Leaders
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Each year I have the privilege of attending a conference for future leaders that brings together young, “up and coming” employees from a variety of organizations. While they come to the meetings to increase their knowledge of different ideas and to build their professional networks, I find that I learn as much, if not more than they do. The interaction, conversation, and discussion not only demonstrate the brilliance of the next generation, but also illustrate their determination to have an impact in their organizations and the world. A common topic at the most recent session pertained to…
  • The Perfect Album, Employee, and Other Anomalies
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
      Figure 1: Percent of Hires with Desired Skills For those of us that love music, a favorite album distinguishes itself by the number of loved songs beyond the one or two songs that become radio or video singles. If you think back, which albums did you play repeatedly in their entirety? Which albums define certain phases of your life? Think about those albums that you knew the next song before it played. The albums that we consider truly exceptional stay with us since they provide a rare level of completeness, even perfection. Growing up, I remember that I would assume that an album…
  • Why We Allow Bad Bosses
    28 May 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Regardless of the name on the building, we all work for a person: the boss. Considerable research points to the importance of the relationship between employees and their supervisor for engagement, productivity, and longevity and most of us would agree that the quality and nature of the boss plays a critical role in operational success. Nevertheless, most organizations talk a great game about the importance of having good bosses, but assume little can be done to consistently address the gap between employee needs and supervisor capabilities. This is a big mistake. A leader who cannot motivate…
  • Emotional Intelligence and Reading a Face
    12 May 2014 | 6:19 am
    Most of us recognize that controlling our emotions plays a key role in being successful in the workplace. A person who lacks control diverts attention from productivity by creating disruptions or being too self-absorbed. Over the last decade, the growth of emotional intelligence literature refocused our attention to include looking inward as well as outward. In 1990, Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer brought emotional intelligence to the mainstream. In their influential article “Emotional Intelligence,” they defined emotional intelligence as, “the subset of social intelligence…
  • Workplace Ready New Hires
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    As the economy continues to improve, most of us will consider adding new staff to either build on our current capacity or replace those that left during the economic downturn.As we consider candidates, a key decision relates to the role of experience in the new positions.For some, relevant experience may be less important, while others may consider experience a primary predictor of future success. With the number of talented, new graduates that are looking for work, it is likely most of us will consider, if not select, someone without a lot of work experience. As we all know, results of that…
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    The HR Cafe Daily Post

  • When training lags, is it because there’s not enough time?

    Dave Clemens
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let’s be honest with ourselves. When somebody says, “I don’t have the time to do X, although I’d like to,” who are they kidding? If they wanted to do it, they’d find the time, wouldn’t they? And isn’t this true for you, too?Sure it is. Deep down we all know it’s an issue of priorities, not of time.So with that introduction, let’s consider the following facts, which come from a web survey of 407 HR people that we did here at the Rapid Learning Institute: While 74% of HR pros say that training and developing managers is part of their…
  • Find the informal ‘influencers’ who’ll help drive your training initiatives

    Dave Clemens
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    As with any corporate change, it helps to line up support from key employees first when you’re introducing a new training or learning initiative. But who exactly are those key employees?Recent research in real-life workplaces by McKinsey & Co. suggests that they’re not necessarily who you think.The McKinsey consultants who conducted the work wrote that employers habitually fail to recognize the “influencers” in their workforce — what McKinsey calls “the people other employees look to for input, advice, or ideas about what’s really happening in a…
  • Your veterans’ ‘war stories’ can help newbies coming onboard

    Dave Clemens
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    There’s so much that goes into an effective employee orientation or onboarding experience that one little blog post couldn’t contain it all.So I’ll be selective, with a little gem I picked up from the Currents Group, a consultancy in Ontario, Canada, via the website:A day or so before you plan to introduce your new hire, ask everybody to think back over their term of employment to their first month on the job. What would they have liked to know then that they know now?When you do bring the newbie in and take them around the office, invite each of the…
  • Why does leadership training fail? Hint: It’s not about the curriculum

    Dave Clemens
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A week ago, we discussed the fact that leadership development is a critical component of training for forward-looking organizations — accounting for more than one-third of learning & development budgets.But unfortunately, leadership development initiatives don’t always succeed. In a recent article in the McKinsey Quarterly, three McKinsey consultants pointed to several reasons why.The one that stuck in my mind wasn’t about failings in the curriculum of any particular leadership program. Instead, it had to do with the mindsets of the leaders being trained.They’re…
  • Starbucks tuition deal raises the question: Who is employee development for?

    Dave Clemens
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    The workplace buzz this past week or so, around the water cooler and online, has been all about Starbucks’ just-a-few-strings-attached offer to pay for a college degree for U.S. employees who want to earn one.Despite some fine print that wasn’t publicized in the initial announcement — mainly having to do with the timing and terms of the company’s tuition reimbursements — the offer has been praised by educational commentators as both generous and useful for employees. The company requires only that applicants work 20 hours a week and have the grades and test…
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    SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Technology Blog

  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 7.19.14 to 7.25.14

    Christopher Brablc
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from last week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. In this article, we’ll be talking about new model for recruitment, the next wave in HR Tech, source of hire, website optimization and social recruiting. I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog: 3 Important Lessons on the Candidate Experience from AMEX Blog: Why Recruiting is on the Forward Edge of the Innovation Curve SmashFly’s Hiring: Take a Look at our Career Listings Outside…
  • Why Recruiting is on the Forward Edge of the Innovation Curve

    Christopher Brablc
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Last night, I was able to listen in and participate in the weekly Twitter Chat, #TChat. Partly because I missed being part of it (it’s fun) and also because the guest was Steve Boese and they were talking HR Technology! The topic was “The Hot HR Technology Trends of 2014” (you can listen to the conversation here) and there was a lot of great conversation on where HR technology is headed.  And while it’s well worth reading in on the full conversation, I wanted to focus on a single moment of the chat. During the conversation, Steve talked about recruiting technology and…
  • 3 Important Lessons on the Candidate Experience from American Express

    Christopher Brablc
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    As a marketer, I’ve always been fascinated by the customer service experiences that I have as a consumer and the different methods used by companies to communicate with customers.  I’ve had bad experiences and great ones and it was a very good experience yesterday that I would like to share as it provides some insight into how we can improve our candidate experience. A little background. I’m traveling around Europe for the first two weeks in August and as such, I’ve been preparing for the trip over the last month getting a new passport and completing other important…
  • 5 Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 7.12.14 to 7.18.14

    Christopher Brablc
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing and other recruitment trends. In this article, we’ll be talking about measuring value in talent acquisition, candidate experience, millenials, DriveThruHR and good ideas. I’d also like to share news and articles from us this week that you should check out: Blog: Ode to the Job Posting by Billy Wig Here are the articles that interested us (in no particular order), enjoy!:   A New Way to Measure The Value of Talent Acquisition by Linda Brenner and Tom McGuire…
  • Ode to the Job Posting

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Today’s post is brought to you by Billy Wig, who is our resident expert in job board integrations here at SmashFly.   Pity the humble job posting. Charged with being all things to all job boards (in all countries) it only seems to get much thought from its parents when it behaves poorly or goes missing. Our often under-appreciated hero is in fact a very complex creature with many moving parts that all need to be on the money in order to survive the indignities of the modern Internet. And it needs a partner to succeed. Enter the Job Distribution Support Team… Getting your jobs out…
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    Business Fitness

  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #6 | Misreading Employees

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

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

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

    Dawn Lennon
    17 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    Talent is hardwired in you. You’ve got it whether or not you: Recognize it or have figured it out Know what to do about it Believe you can develop it into something Have the courage to accept or reject it … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #4 | Setting Boundaries

    Dawn Lennon
    10 May 2014 | 10:06 am
    “What do good supervisors do to set boundaries that minimize mistakes?” That’s the question I left you with after Episode #3. We unwittingly set the stage for our supervisory mistakes. Setting boundaries helps us minimize them and avoid a chain … Continue reading →
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    Corn on the Job

  • Does Your Business Need to Recruit a Health & Safety Specialist?

    Rich DeMatteo
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    The health and safety of a company’s employees is one of the most important issues facing modern businesses, from a financial as well as wellbeing standpoint. With this in mind, as a small business owner or operations manager of a larger company you may well have considered whether or not to recruit a full time health and safety specialist to your team – but is it worth it? The experts at Tranter Cleere Solicitors take you through it. Taking due diligence Due diligence when it comes to health and safety (demonstrating that you have done as much as you can to avoid accidents…
  • The Reverse Interview: How to Turn the Tables and Knock Your Potential Employer’s Socks Off

    Rich DeMatteo
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    Veronica Park is an author, journalist and world-traveler of many different past and future vocations. Keep an eye out for her first published novel, which will hopefully be announced soon. In the meantime, you can read about her exploits in the Caribbean and find out her opinion on pretty much everything by following her on Twitter (@VeroniKaboom) and checking out her website. It’s that moment, the one you’ve been dreading since you managed to make it through the first moment you’d been dreading. Luckily, the First Dreaded Moment (walking into the job interview) actually went pretty…
  • Want That Dream Job? Don’t Mention This In Your Resume

    Rich DeMatteo
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    The resume is your top tool for creating a quality first-impression for your potential employer. When applying for the job of your dreams, you may find yourself stuck, thinking about what else you can add to your resume to make it all the more impressive. Equally as important as thinking carefully about what to say in your resume, is paying attention to what not to say.   Source:   Here is a list of 5 things that will work against you landing that dream job: Irrelevant Job Experience:  Keep it short, sweet, and relevant. A resume that follows…
  • The Advancements in Graduate Recruitment in 2014 and Beyond

    Rich DeMatteo
    20 May 2014 | 6:15 am
    Graduate recruitment…. a phrase most at university dread the sound of as the years of education are left behind and the first steps onto the career ladder are tentatively taken. Despite uncertain times in recent years, things are finally starting to look up for the UK recruitment industry as unemployment levels start to fall and people affected by the recession are slowly but surely getting back into work. With this, soon to be graduates readying themselves for the world of work should look on this prospect with fresh optimism, as the chances of finding a job are now more likely than for…
  • 4 Effective Ways To Break Into The Rail Industry

    Rich DeMatteo
    19 May 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The UK rail industry is enormous – almost 200,000 are employed in total, working across 20,000 miles of Network Rail track for an industry worth billions of pounds. Huge corporate numbers aside it’s an incredibly rewarding industry to work in for those with a penchant for mechanical and electrical engineering, logic and problem solving, letting you put those skills to a very practical, fast-paced use. But such a specific industry can seem daunting to break in to – where do you even begin? It can be challenging, but it’s certainly not impossible to hone your skills for the job you…
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    The HRIS World

  • Finding that Right ONE! – the GAVE way

    Wee Shi Chen
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    This article, the first of a compendium I am building, is part of a series that aims to provide transitional career support for fresh graduands. Many a time, aside from graduating students enrolled in niche degree courses such as medicine, architecture and law, students from generalist faculties (arts and the humanities, the sciences and engineering) tend to be at a loss as graduation looms. This will be the main question I will be tackling here…   How to know if a position or function is the right fit to kick-start your career, other than the size of the package itself?  …
  • Board Spotlight: Rosario Squillante

    Wee Shi Chen
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
      The Board Spotlight (TBS) is a weekly series that brings you up close and personal with board members of the The HRIS World team.   This week, we have Rosario Squillante, IT Consultant with INAZ SRL, with us… Rosario, tell us a little bit about yourself I was born in Naples but lived in Milan from when I was 15 years old. I have always had an interest in IT and during my teenage years, I worked with a few other friends to produce several video-game related products. I have since continued to pursue my passion for all things IT, after obtaining my master’s degree in…
  • When There Is Order, There is Comfort…

    Garrett O'Brien
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    We are in our second week of returning, and if you haven’t noticed, we are developing our publication schedule. It’s not in stone, but there is regularity that will allow you to look forward to any of our contributors on any particular day. If they don’t appear when scheduled? They could popup later in the week but we can’t promise that either. Only my wife and I are full-time at The HRIS World while everyone else is servicing their customers. However, they have promised to do what they can to not only provide content of great interest but to do so in a timely manner…
  • Premier League Club Tackles Topic of Technology at HRSS 2014

    Denis Barnard
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    They are one of very few teams in England to have remained in the top flight since the Football League began, and 2013-14 has seen the Club earn more points than in any other season over the last 20 years. It’s therefore no surprise that Everton Football Club takes things very seriously when it comes to recruiting, training and managing talent, both on and off the pitch. Keen to share her experiences with fellow Human Resources professionals, Everton’s HR manager Clare Archibald took to the stage at the CIPD’s HR Software Show 2014. Her seminar – Everton Football Club’s journey to…
  • New Site for Nortek People Management Software

    Press Releases
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Nortek Solutions has recently launched a new website and online quote builder to provide more detailed information on Nortek People Management Software. You can see their new site at Nortek has also have developed a brand new approach to HR software pricing which encourages companies to visit their pricing page and essentially ‘build their own solution’ by selecting the modules they want, the level of support they need and the duration of subscription term they are interested in. You can a look at this module at Also a…
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  • Pop Quiz! Do You Really Need Quizzes in Online Training?

    Gauri Reyes
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Question:  Do you really need quizzes in your online training modules? Select the best answer to the question from the choices below. A.   Always B.   Never C.   Probably The answer is C, “Probably”. If I said the answer was A, “Always”, you could probably find the exception where quizzes would not make sense in an online training experience. But if your purpose for creating a training course includes one or more of the following—to motivate the learner, make learning engaging, assess knowledge, drive behavioral change, close training gaps, gain visibility into performance,…
  • Microlearning under the Microscope: How to Incorporate Microlearning into Online Training

    Gauri Reyes
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Microlearning generally involves dissecting learning into “microscopic” learning bursts (typically 2-10 minutes each). Supporters say microlearning matches human brain processing capabilities, combating learner boredom, disengagement, and poor retention. Online training is well-suited to delivering microlearning, because it is easily spliced with web technologies, can be deployed on multiple devices, and can be pushed down to or pulled down by users. Using an LMS to manage your online training enables data-gathering and the ability to roll up microcontent into large concepts. Why Use…
  • Go Global by Thinking Local: Delivering Online Training Courses in Multiple Languages

    Gauri Reyes
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Online training is a powerful learning vehicle—it allows people to learn on their own schedule (asynchronously), at the own pace (on-demand), and on their device of choice (flexibly). And developing online training via a LMS is scalable, as you can train thousands in a short time. So, it’s a natural leap to use this same learning vehicle to expand your company’s global reach by delivering your online training in multiple languages. But the trick to growing globally is thinking locally. One size does not fit all when it comes to language, culture, norms and communication preferences.
  • Create Learning Content that Inspires Action

    Gauri Reyes
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    In developing your last online training module, you likely poured significant effort into choosing the right training vehicle to solve the business problem, creating engaging content, mapping learning to expected outcomes, etc. Good stuff, and essential to excellent instructional design. But did your training inspire action? Post-training, did the learner change her behavior or attitude or apply her newfound knowledge to improve workplace performance? These questions are extremely tricky to answer. We spend a lot of time on the What and How of training. (What does the learner need to learn?
  • How Workforce Dynamics is Changing Fundamentally and How You Can Be Ready

    Shobana Radhakrishnan
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    The day is not too far when the concept of a company campus or an office where everyone comes in to work and leaves during highly overlapping hours becomes a thing of the past. And when that happens, Learning Management Systems (LMS) will be the most common if not the only way training happens in small/medium companies as well as corporations — be it sales and support training, customer training, training an outsourced workforce or simply internal employee training. The criticality and benefits of training to a company’s success and business results is a well-covered topic. Why do we…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Striking a Balance - Personal Relationships at Work

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We all want to have people at work with whom we connect as friends. And we all want to be seen as professionals at work. But different people have different definitions of that and therefore the boundaries of acceptability, and inherent optics, are different. Personal relationships at work are all about how others perceive things and possible conflicts of interest. Here are some helpful tips to help balance the personal with the professional at work.
  • Commitment Trumps Content When It Comes to Learning and Development

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Commitment to growth learning and development drives us to actively and openly engage in learning activities. So what does a commitment to learning and development look like? These six “R’s” will help you understand how to drive commitment to make your investments in learning pay off.
  • 5 Things Candidates Wish Your Hiring Process Had

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Talent Acquisition, whether it’s retail, restaurants, IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing, etc., it’s all the same.  We are all trying to put bumms in seats! And while our hiring processes might vary from organization to organization, those are basically the same as well. Here are the top five things that candidates want that Talent Acquisition Pros aren’t delivering.
  • Lessons Learned in Mentoring

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    How do you identify high potential talent in your organization and develop them to assume leadership roles in your organization? Talent pool-based succession planning is a best-practice approach and so too are formal mentorship programs. Read on for lessons learned in mentoring.
  • Aligning Our Self-Perception with Reality Using Performance Feedback

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Illusory superiority is a natural and pervasive human tendency that causes people to overestimate their achievements and capabilities, and to underestimate their negative qualities, in comparison to others. So here's a proven method to get the honest feedback and perspective you need to improve your performance.
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  • Morning Person or Night Owl?

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

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

    Lance Haun
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    AP File Photo I just got back from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. For those not in the know, it’s a time when rookies and those looking to make a team’s 15-man roster come to play for almost two weeks in scrimmages. The event is small and fairly inside. It was my second year going with the guys from The 8 Man Rotation. The biggest names in the NBA aren’t there. There was no LeBron James. Nor was there Kevin Durant. Instead, you had rookies getting their first taste of team action and free agents and walk on’s looking for a shot at riding the end of the bench (or just…
  • Keep it Relevant: What Candidates Expect in the Hiring Process

    Lance Haun
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    Context. For candidates, it’s everything. If you’re driving the talent strategy for your organization, you should know that candidates want and need context to make the best decisions for themselves and for you. Sure, maybe the best folks have done deep research, maybe spent some time on Glassdoor, or read up on the latest company news. Most candidates fly in blind to your organization’s career site, though. They get there via a job board or a referral. They may have seen a tweet someone sent them. And if you leave them in the dark about your recruiting process or make it unclear what…
  • Crocodile Tears for all the Certified HR Folks Out There

    Lance Haun
    20 May 2014 | 9:11 am
    I never thought much about certifying as an HR pro. I get it. You want to be shown as a knowledgeable professional and get some letters after your name. That’s great. It was never a big deal to me, though. For some though, it was a big deal and I can respect that. Now, it looks like the clarity of what those letters mean is in serious jeopardy. SHRM is creating their own certification and doing nearly everything in their power to disassociate themselves with HRCI — including uninviting them from the annual conference. Ouch. The delineation between HRCI and SHRM was something that was…
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  • Hello, New Jersey!

    Michele Bossart
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    New Jersey is the 37th state to pass Patriot Software’s rigorous testing for accuracy. What does this mean for small business owners? It means that payroll just got easier! Famous for its oceanside boardwalks and mouthwatering produce, New Jersey’s 169,000 small businesses can now use Patriot PAY for simple and affordable payroll processing. “We want to thank our waiting list of Garden State business owners for their patience! They endure the second highest business taxes in the U.S., and it was important that we dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s before releasing our payroll…
  • ITINs: Use ‘em or Lose ‘em

    Michele Bossart
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Did you see the June 30, 2014, IRS announcement about ITINs? (And is it something that affects your small business?) The announcement. The IRS announced that an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) that has not been used on a tax return for five consecutive years will be voided. In other words, use it or lose it. When does this go into effect? To allow time for all the paperwork to catch up, the unused ITINs will expire beginning in 2016. About ITINs and Small Business Who has an ITIN? You probably have an SSN (social security number). The ITIN is for individuals who do not qualify…
  • Your Small Business Needs a Profit and Loss Statement!

    Michele Bossart
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    As an owner of a small business, your understanding of the Profit and Loss Statement, or P&L, is absolutely crucial. The P&L is an important tool for all small business owners to possess, utilize, and maintain on a regular basis. By the end of this article, you should begin to comprehend how absolutely critical the P&L is to the operation of your business. Its effective usage within your own business’s accounting matters both for having an accurate financial picture of your business, as well as for presenting the state of your business to others, whether those others are…
  • True or False: You Are Making Payroll Mistakes!

    Mike Kappel
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Payroll is expensive. But payroll mistakes can be even more expensive with fines, audits, penalties, or legal challenges. Are you in danger of making a common payroll mistake? Sharpen your pencil and take our six-point quiz and find out. (The answers are at the end – no peeking!) Payroll Mistakes Quiz 1. (True or False) The best way to satisfy the IRS about the status of your workers is to have each worker sign a contract that clearly states whether the worker is an employee or just an independent contractor. 2. (True or False) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-9 must…
  • Use the Hybrid Accounting Method? Maybe Not…

    Mike Kappel
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    As a small business owner, you’ve probably heard of the cash and accrual methods of accounting, but you may not be as familiar with the hybrid accounting method. The hybrid method is a blend between the cash, accrual and special methods of accounting, and is acceptable for internal accounting and tax purposes. To begin to understand hybrid accounting, it’s important to know the differences between the cash and accrual methods. Cash Method According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), businesses using the cash method record income and expenses only when cash is received or…
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    The Recruiters Lounge

  • Should You Let Your Employees Work Remotely?

    Andrew Morris
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    It has long been held that employees are more productive when they are at a workplace. However, a recent study by Employer Alliance in Singapore suggests that companies who are willing to offer a remote working environment for their employees could potentially reduce overhead costs and increase productivity and profit. Moreover, the study found that employers who […]
  • RevolutionHR launches HR focused crowd-funding campaign making history as pioneer in #HRTech

    Jessica Merrell
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    “You’re greater than you know…” New software is designed to help you achieve greatness in life and work by using latest technology. Dallas, TX – June 20, 2014 – RevolutionHR, has announced it will launch a crowd funding campaign this summer for it’s new product, MaximusLife, focused on making you great at life and work. MaximusLife is seeking $50,000 […]
  • 6 Recruitment Trends For 2014

    Andrew Morris
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:17 am
    With the economy gearing up for growth and the unemployment rate still trending below the Australian national average, many recruiters are predicting a healthy 2014 for the jobs market across many sectors. Indeed, one sector that is forecast to grow significantly over the next 12 months is the technology sector and the business of Big […]
  • Prisoners Become More Employable with HGV-driving Lessons

    Blake McCammon
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:17 am
    HMP Standford Hill on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent has launched a scheme that allows its inmates to learn how to drive HGVs and forklift trucks. The initiative is designed to reduce re-offending and make ex-offenders more employable once they have served their sentence. Developed with Mainstream Training, the courses will either be held […]
  • TalentCircles Talent Community Tapped For ResCare Workforce Service

    Jessica Merrell
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (June 12, 2014) – ResCare Workforce Services – America’s leading provider of workforce services – has established a working relationship with TalentCircles that will improve the way employers and job seekers are matched together in more than 300 Career Centers throughout the nation. The recently formed business partnership will leverage a new ResCare […]
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    HR to HR 2.0 and Human Capital (HCM)

  • Love - for and from HR

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    I've just published this post on Linkedin - why I love HR people (who love people).If you liked my previous post about Venus vs Mars, you'll hopefully understand.Consulting - Research - Speaking - Training - WritingStrategy - Talent - Engagement - Change and OD Contact me to create more value for your businessjon [dot] ingham [at] strategic [dash] hcm [dot] com
  • Finance are from Mars, HR are from Venus

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    At the end of last week I was following the tweets from Eversheds HR Summer School which I spoke at last year and spotted this tweet, relating, I think to a presentation from the CIPD's Peter Cheese: "Finance are from Mars, HR are from Venus."Despite the fact that the tweeter also suggested this doesn't apply to her - she loves her FD - and Peter Cheese's response with #HRlovesFDs (a hashtag which - you might be surprised - hasn't quite managed to go viral) I do think there was something in the phrase.In fact it was something I was thinking about anyway as I'd been reading a few other things…
  • Keynoting on Datafication at Employee Benefits Live

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    I've got quite a few conferences coming up after the Summer, and in particular will be giving this keynote at Employee Benefits Live in London in September: The Datafication of HR - What Next? How is data-driven HR displaying results for early adopters?What are the new roles and skill sets HR needs for a top-notch analytics team?What impact will HR analytics have on talent management?I don't like the term datafication (Josh Bersin's fault!) but there's no doubt that the quantitative analysis of information relating to HR and especially reward and benefits is providing a growing challenge and…
  • Glassdoor UK Employment Confidence Survey Q2 2014

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Along with all of the data on Glassdoor's own jobs and careers community, the firm runs a quarterly survey of employee confidence, conducted by Harris Interactive.  The second quarter UK results are out today and contain some important messages for all businesses employing people here.In particular, a lot of the general commentary about the UK’s economy and the high cost of living at the moment suggests that many people are not yet seeing the benefits of an improving economy.  The findings from this research supports those general conclusions:One in three (32%) employees believe…
  • Walter Mitty and HR Transformation

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I've recently had this post published on the ASTD / ATD's gloabl HRD blog - HR Artistry on a Global Canvas - again supporting this November's Art of HR Conference.As well as describing the 'canvas' which enables HR to be more artful, consisting of ambition, bravery and creativity, I take Walter Mitty's similar A, B, C and suggest that I often like to think of the creation of a new, artful HR as a bit like the transformation from Walter, the office worker, into Walter, the adventurous, brave, and creative skateboarding global traveler / astronaut!This isn't about being more strategic or having…
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    Virtual Teams Guide

  • Mid-life Management Crisis – Part II: The Assessment

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

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

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

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

    AIM Strategies® Team
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Green Staff – Now that could mean a lot of things, right?  Maybe they just fell off a turnip truck, maybe they are envious of your new office furniture…or maybe, just maybe…they are among the 2.9 million US telecommuters who save 390 million gallons of gas and prevent the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gas yearly according to Telework Research Network (TRN).   Telecommuting is increasing for many reasons. Employee demand for more flexible work environments could be one reason. Real estate footprint reductions caused by rising lease costs could be another,…
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    GT L&E Blog

  • Cal/OSHA Proposes to Turn up the Heat on Heat Illness Prevention

    James Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    On May 28, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) proposed amendments to CCR, Title 8, Section 3395 (heat illness prevention rule) that would add significant burdens to employers with employees working outdoors. The draft proposal can be found online at’s Heat Illness Prevention Programs and Regulations page. Among other things, the changes: Imply that a preventative cool down rest break taken by an employee shall be treated as a period of recovery from heat illness, rather than as a preventive measure when an employee feels the need to cool down.
  • The Supreme Court Declares a Recess for Recess Appointments in NLRB v. Noel Canning

    Justin Keith
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Greenberg Traurig attorneys Justin F. Keith, Mark E. Solomons and Laura Metcoff Klaus discuss last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning and what the ruling means for the hundreds of NLRB decisions issued between January 2012 and August 2013. Continue Reading  
  • NLRB To Revisit Use of Company E-Mail in Union Organizing

    Jack Gearan
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In May, this blog discussed the National Labor Relations Board (the Board or NLRB)’s potential targeting of policies regulating employee use of company email for non-business purposes. In inviting the filing of amicus briefs on the issue, (Purple Commc’ns, Inc., NLRB, No. 21-CA-95151, invitation to file briefs 5/1/14), the Board signaled that it may overturn the Bush-era Register Guard decision, 351 NLRB 1110 (2007), which held that employees do not have a Section 7 right to use their employer-provided email for union organizing. As expected, in his Monday, June 16, 2014 brief, the…
  • DOL and HHS Seek to Enhance Care Benefits Under COBRA

    Magan Ray
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    On May 2, 2014, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed regulations, which contain changes to the existing COBRA notice requirements. These changes are intended to incorporate applicable provisions under the Affordable Care Act into the COBRA notice requirements. The proposed regulations provide updated versions of the model general notice and model election notice forms, which are available in modifiable, electronic form on the DOL’s website at Employers should consider using the updated model notices…
  • GT Alert — Massachusetts Courts Tie the Very Existence of ‘Trade Secrets’ to Your Business Practice

    Kurt Kappes
    16 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    The GT Alert — Massachusetts Courts Tie the Very Existence of ‘Trade Secrets’ to Your Business Practices was prepared by David G. Thomas, James P. Ponsetto and Kurt A. Kappes. Companies must take “reasonable measures” to protect trade secret information in the event the company needs to protect it through the Massachusetts Court System. Failing to do so may render even the most valuable trade secrets unprotectable. In this alert we discuss Massachusetts’s definition of trade secrets and provide some tips on how to protect them. To view the GT Alert on, please…
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    HR C-Suite

  • Teaching Essentials that Should be Mandatory at Business Schools

    William Taylor
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There are certain things business schools should teach students to help them become pioneers. MBA programs are not that easy to pass. While studying hard and mastering every course is important, the traits of the business can’t be learned in a classroom. Here are some essentials every business school should teach to help students thrive […]
  • Workplace Issues: The Untouchable Employee

    Lynne Curry, Ph.d., SPHR
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Question: Our business development manager slams anyone who dares dispute him. He thinks he’s immune from consequences as he brings so much money into our company. As I don’t live in fear, I took him on in a recent staff meeting. His comeback was “Young lady, if I may call you that, you need a […]
  • 6 Steps To Improve Your Organization’s Performance

    Rosanna Nadeau, SPHR
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s no surprise to read the findings of The Conference Board’s survey, “The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance”. In our sluggish economy, mergers and acquisitions not withstanding, the capacity for a business to grow rests in the hands of its people. CEOs throughout the world are driving to improving organizational performance regardless […]
  • Effective Delegation for First Time HR Managers

    Helen Sabell
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being a manager of department is rarely an easy task, but managing a whole human resources (HR) department can be tricky, especially when it comes to delegating tasks and doling out work. You’re in charge of a group of people, who will go to your for answers to employee questions about benefits, time-off and school […]
  • The Rise of Business Intelligence in Global Human Resource Management

    Robert Cordray
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since the emergence of the global human Resources management (HRM) system concept, companies have seen great advancement with business intelligence (BI). In their effort to create sustainable HRM human resource departments now undergo a constant state of discovery. Research and development no longer restricted to product innovation, HRM has gotten a serious boost from BI […]
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    Compensation Cafe

  • 3 Lessons on Knowing vs. Sharing, Leading, or Doing

    Derek Irvine
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    I’m a fan of the weekly “Corner Office” column in The New York Times. Generally, there’s a good nugget of learning that’s broadly applicable. Sometimes, however, a bigger theme emerges for me. The latter is true in a recent interview with Tiger Tyagarajan, chief executive of Genpact. In several ways, Tiger hit on the differences between knowing something and making it reality. Here are three: Knowing vs. Sharing Tiger shared how familial expectations drove his passion to always be number one – first in his class in school, especially in maths and sciences. But then, in college, he…
  • Considering the Compensation-Recruiting Inflection Point

    Ann Bares
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    Relationship with your recruiting cohorts a little rocky these days? There has always been, will always be, an element of tension between compensation and recruiting.  Recruiting pros want to bring in the best candidate and offer the package necessary to make this happen -- with their compensation colleagues often functioning (in their eyes) as the biggest obstacle to achieving this end.  Compensation pros often feel they are the last line of defense for the integrity of the pay program, seeing their recruiting counterparts as wielding the wrecking ball that will bring the delicately…
  • Employment Cost Index vs Salary Structure Changes

    E. James (Jim) Brennan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Why would anyone use the ECI for salary structure changes?  The BLS Employment Cost Index has nothing to do with pay structures and seems to have accuracy issues. The ECI is an index like CPI, derived from an arbitrary base and not a standard measure of percentage changes in comparable pay amounts; so I can't imagine why anyone would tie structure changes to it.  Unless all your jobs and their pay figures matched the standard index model in the base comparison year and your changes thereafter were equivalent to those at the employers measured, it would seem to have little relevance…
  • The Pay-For-Pulse Culture

    Chuck Csizmar
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Picture the scene: Your company doesn't have enough monies in the annual merit spend budget to grant more than an average 2% increase to employees, so the powers that be decide that -"let's give everyone a flat 2% increase and call it a day." Has this happened to you?  The practice is what some would call a "pay-for-pulse" strategy, where if you haven't been fired on the date of the scheduled increases then you're going to get a raise. Every warm body who occupies a chair will receive an increase, just because.  Individual employee performance…
  • "Say on Pay" for Employee Compensation?

    Margaret O'Hanlon
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Today the Wall Street Journal website included an article called "When One Pay Raise a Year Isn't Enough." The topic is intriguing and the graphics were great. The thing is, the article addressed a 2013 survey by Aon. Not so cutting edge for a publication that brings us "breaking news and current headlines." So why did they publish it? Aon reportedly indicated than only 5% of the 1,147 companies who they surveyed follow the practice of giving increases more than once a year. And by this time, the data is more than a year old. It looks to me like one more example of…
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  • 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 the Eunos MRT Station, Changi International Airport, Pan Island Expressway, the Central Business District, and the shopping district. Don’t be surprised to see it surrounded by malls like 112 Katong and Parkway Parade, or the supermarket, F&B outlets, and retail shops. New commercial…
  • Property Features of Highline Residences

    18 Feb 2014 | 5:45 am
    The price constantly measures the worth of a thing. Price is among the top most important things folks consider before purchasing any property within Singapore. You’ll need to understand the cost first, if you would like to purchase any condominium here. Getting property isn’t an issue with purchasing the issue but the price is. Do you want to purchase a property, what it requires isn’t that much. Some folks think the problem is with getting a house to purchase time; individuals who would like to purchase property have backed out due to the cost. Some will preferably have to…
  • Wine and Dine on the High Life at City Gate Residences

    10 Nov 2013 | 6:38 am
    Ideally located between the tranquil riverside and the bustling city, everything you’d ever need is within easy reach. Three amounts of dining and exciting shopping expect only downstairs. Love all the city provides. Come home to your own exclusive retreat of extravagance, when it is time. And relish in the fact they are all for your own indulgence.  Rejuvenate, Revitalise, step in, Relax and leave your worries. This can be your safety, your haven of extravagance. High above rush and the bunches of everyday life, take your senses into a higher state of ecstasy. Welcome to your own…
  • Businessmen love to own Property to Develop Business

    27 Sep 2013 | 11:15 am
    If a person do business from one place then it would be easy for him to concentrate into all of the business activities conveniently. If a person buys a property in the panorama Singapore then the particular business person can start doing his business slowly seeking the clients in and around the city. He can contact any person and discuss for new projects. He can double his investment and business dealings by doing constant efforts to maintain his standard and position in Singapore area. All people love Singapore and the rich persons want to buy property in Singapore to increase their money…
  • Santorini Singapore Available Now For Everyone!

    15 Jun 2013 | 3:28 pm
    You wake up one day, and you heard a knock at your door; ‘kokoko’ who is at the door the landlord. And already you know why he is in your house, he come to disturb you, you called it. But that is his right you know! If you had plan it, you would have been like him now, but for the fact you fail to plan, see you have planned to fail. He will disturb you till you give him all the money he requested from you. Some landlord makes life miserable for the tenants you know! They will make you feel they are in good terms with you but will really make your heart be on the money you have to pay…
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    TriNet Blog

  • Disability Insurance Offers More than Just Peace of Mind

    Michael Travers
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    From my prospective, taking short term and long term disability coverage is one of the most important decisions one can make regarding insurance. Sure, we all know we should have life insurance to... Visit site for full story...
  • Human Capital Management – Doing More by Doing Less

    Carolyn Sokol
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The key to human capital management (HCM) is maximizing the talents and abilities of all the people in your organization. Nowhere else is this fact more relevant than in the HR department itself.... Visit site for full story...
  • Six Tips for Improving Company Culture

    Ryan Sellner
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    If you feel like your employees are more and more dissatisfied with their jobs and careers, the statistics actually back up your suspicions. According to a survey recently conducted by CareerBuilder,... Visit site for full story...
  • TriNet Brings Industry Experts to Entrepreneurs with TriNet Talks

    Jasmine Cortez
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    The TriNet marketing team launched our newly rebranded TriNet Talks event series in May. TriNet Talks events consist of executive level speakers from TriNet, ranging from our very own President&... Visit site for full story...
  • Do Your Social Profiles Reflect Your Personal Brand?

    Corporate Recruiting Team
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ask 10 people their opinion regarding social networks, and how they utilize them, and you will likely receive 10 different answers.  Personal networking, professional networking, keeping in touch... Visit site for full story...
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    Fresh Tracks» BLOG

  • The Team Machine in action!

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

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Over 70% of homes have at least one stray brick buried deep in a sofa or hiding in the dusty corner of a cupboard.  With 33% operating profit on sales of £2710 million LEGO is a serious business. Alongside bacon and beer, LEGO is one of Denmark’s greatest exports, some might even say ‘Probably the best toy in the world!’  The LEGO phenomena began in 1932 when Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, who believed in the value of play, decided that the best kind of toys are those that can be built, and then rebuilt. Stimulating creativity and imagination, whilst developing…
  • Top 5 Leadership Epic Fails

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:55 am
    We’ve all made some bad decisions as leaders but hopefully never on the scale of these: Top management from all these brands made big mistakes Failed to adapt – George Fisher led Kodak, the once dominant photography consumables business.  Despite Kodak having built a digital camera way back in 1975 he failed to anticipate the demise of traditional photography and led the business into a spiral that resulted in his successors filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Interestingly, closest rival Fuji read the writing on the wall and used their expertise to diversify into alternative…
  • Harness the World Cup Buzz

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    3 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    Whether you love football or not our Giant Human Table Football pitch is a tremendous way to use football fever to motivate and reward your employees. Giant Human Table Football Pitch In Action We still have a limited number of slots available for exclusive hire during July (starting from just £1500). The pitch can be inflated on a car park or even inside your building, space permitting. 15 minute five-a-side matches mean that up to 100 players can take part in less than 3 hours during which spectators get to cheer, chant and chuckle as team mates shuffle left and right in unison as they…
  • So you want to work at Apple

    Fresh Tracks Team Building
    28 May 2014 | 2:41 am
    While researching how to retain innovation, energy and culture for a fast growing client we stumbled across this recruitment film by Apple.  It’s a fascinating insight into a business which constantly strives to improve. A few sound bites: “Thinking outside the box, it’s funny we don’t really think about the box” “One of the unique things about Apple is the level of cross collaboration between groups” “The difference between a good product and a great product is attention to detail”
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  • Is It Time to Give Up Trying to Fill a Job Opening?

    Catherine Palmiere
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s not uncommon to struggle with filling a position for so long that you begin to lose hope you will ever find a decent candidate. While you’re not rushing the hiring process, you’re still not making any apparent headway. In this situation, it’s important not to give up, but instead consider whether your tactics are to blame. It’s possible that with a shift in your hiring tactics, you might find an applicant who is perfect for the job. Five Tips to Jump Start a Stalled Recruitment Process Re-Evaluate Your Hiring Criteria. It’s possible that your hiring criteria – the …
  • Are Your Interview Processes Actually Helping Bad Applicants?

    Catherine Palmiere
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Interviews can be a great tool when you want to learn about an applicant’s skills, personality and goals. But, if you’re not careful, utilizing the wrong kind of interview questions and methods can make bad applicants look like your next star. Here is how to tell if you interview processes are actually helping poor applicants and hurting your business. Processes that Might Give Bad Candidates an Edge Unstructured InterviewsWhen you have a certain goal in mind – like having specific information that you want to obtain – an unstructured interview may not be the best choice. For some…
  • How to Tell if Your Temp Will Work Out In the Long Term

    Catherine Palmiere
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You’ve hired a temporary employee and he or she seems like a great fit for the company. But just because they are amazing they will stay that way as soon as you make them permanent. Sometimes the best temporary of temporary employees can turn into a bad seed that causes problems. Here are a few characteristics to look for when you’re trying to find out if your temp will be a good long-term hire. Characteristics of a Good Temp to Long-Term Employee The Temporary Employee Takes on Additional Duties. A temporary employee knows that their position is limited, and because …
  • Ways to Clean Out Your Social Media Profiles When Job Hunting

    Catherine Palmiere
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    More than ever, hiring managers are turning to the Internet, and specifically social media, to see what they can learn about potential applicants. That’s why it is important to be sure that your social media profiles reflect positively on you.  Luckily, there are a few things you can do to clean up your social media presence and help you advance your career. Four Steps to Clean Up Your Online Presence Change Your Profile Picture and Eliminate Unprofessional Content. This is important. If your Facebook profile photo is less than professional, find a different photo to use. Delete…
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    ACT Bridge

  • Real-Time Analytics and Data-Driven Talent Management

    Kurt Ballard
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    If talent is the fuel that powers your organization, real-time analytics is the performance accelerant. HR metrics and how they are used have been changing rapidly over the last several years. Historically, HR executives have relied heavily upon qualitative metrics using systems developed in house or relying on manual processes. HR as a function became […]
  • “Get Personal” – Improving Returns on Employee Development

    Dr. Shane Fuhrman
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    For years, the first front in the war for talent has been finding the best new hires. This has been the primary focus of HR for a long time. Now with new limited hiring, the focus of HR is shifting as more businesses begin to recognize the importance of developing their current workforce. Employee development […]
  • EVENT: HR Summit, Dallas, TX (Sep 2014)

    Kiley Dorton
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    From the 10th – 12th September the HR Summit US will bring together 65 senior decision makers and business leaders from across the region.  ACT Bridge will be there, come say hello!
  • The Tremendous Value of “Career Pathing”

    Kurt Ballard
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Establishing career paths is essential. Employees want it. Employers know they need it. Showing employees how to set and reach their career goals is a valuable retention and tool and a strategic skill development process. If this need is not addressed there are serious ramifications for employers. According to Randstad’s 2012 Employment Survey, nearly 86% […]
  • EVENT: CLO Forum, Phoenix, Arizona (Sep 2014)

    Kiley Dorton
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    ACT Bridge will be attending the CLO Forum in Arizona.  Will you be there?  Let us know!
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    TargetRecruit Solutions Blog

  • The Growing Number of Mobile Job Seekers

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

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

    Reena Gupta
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    Web and video interview have paved way for several new avenues of interviewing for employers and potential prospects. Although, the video interview has not eliminated the conventional in-person interview; it is quickly transforming into a popular technology trend that is about to gain further adoption by employers and stay here for many years. Video interviewing is fast becoming the popular HR technology trends in the past few years. It is instrumental in cost cutting, tackling standardize compliance issues, and increasing productivity. To some extent compared to in-person interviews,…
  • One-stop Platform for all Staffing and Recruitment needs

    Reena Gupta
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Applicant Tracking System has now become most critical tool for any staffing agency that can make or mar its functioning in diverse ways! Now-a-days clients require tools that can deliver quicker time in searching better candidates and faster placements, enabling their clients to complete the staffing process more effectively. Whether you’re a hiring executive or a candidate, an applicant tracking system (ATS) will surely impact your hiring process as it is open for both parties! Finding the Best ATS A well featured ATS will immensely boosts the number of on-target resumes received by a…
  • Should you have Mobile Recruiting Apps?

    Reena Gupta
    22 May 2014 | 7:25 am
    The answer is simply yes! It has been deem as the next generation recruitment tool. Mobile apps offer an affordable and user-friendly method to ensure that potential job seeker gets their dream employment opportunity just by browsing their smart phones. There are umpteen benefits of mobile apps. It saves time, no physical restriction to access the dream job by the job seekers. Even after having myriads of benefits to its credit, it’s quite astonishing that adoption of this system in HR industry is in its infancy! Benefits of a Mobile Recruiting App Let’s have a sneak peek into the…
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  • CLEARLINK employees lose 254 lbs. to benefit the Utah Food Bank

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

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

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

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

    Shawn Ryan
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
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    Online Flat Fee Recruitment

  • Shift Work is Unhealthy – Official

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

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

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

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

    Ian Greensmith
    23 May 2014 | 8:47 am
    Woof woof. Hi folks, I’m back again. Seems like the bozos who write the daily blog at Hunt4Staff have run out of ideas. “Hey, Daisy, please write us some more Dog’s Blogs – we used to love your Friday pieces,” … Continue reading →
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    DCR Workforce Blog

  • Does the Market Basket Story Indicate a Resurgence in the Power of Workers?

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    It looks like those protesters in New England are at it again. We all know that 239 years ago their dissatisfaction with their leadership led to the American Revolution. This time around, anger and demands for change are aimed at a different type of leader – their employer. In the cities and towns surrounding LexingtonRead full story...
  • Risk from Work Off-the-Clock Just Got Bigger!

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Earlier this month, the government announced the addition of 288,000 new jobs in the month of June. While some viewed it as a cause for celebration, others noted a sharp rise in the number of part-time workers who prefer full-time jobs. The total jumped by 275,000 to 7.5 million, the Labor Department said. For theRead full story...
  • What is Stalling the Job Market?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    In April of this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that America would grow by 3.6% in 2014 and lead economic recovery at a global level. The off-shoring trend is now being replaced by a commitment to in-shoring. But, the recovery has so far remained uneven and weak though signs of recovery are thereRead full story...
  • Job Hoppers vs. Temporary Workers: Note the Difference

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Spherion Staffing Services’ 2014 Emerging Workforce Study says 61% of the respondents said job hopping could hurt a person’s career while 83% felt loyalty to the employer in the long term is the way to go for true long-term career advancement. 70% of workers also seem to have linked job security to their level ofRead full story...
  • Facebook’s Emotion Experiment: Some Thoughts and Insights

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    In his novel ‘1984’; George Orwell conceived of Thought Police who could be watching everybody at all times by plugging into anyone’s wire whenever they wanted to. “People had to live in the assumption that every sound made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized. Now Facebook has made this a near realityRead full story...
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    The Resumator

  • Helpful Job Promotion Tips and Tricks!

    Colleen Gaffney
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Job promotion is an area that can be challenging.  Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions (and frequently answered answers [AKA FAA, of course!])  If you have any other questions about job promotion please comment and we’ll answer!  As an extra incentive, current Resumator subscribers who post a comment will be entered in a raffle to win a Resumator swag prize pack! • How do I increase visibility of my live ads?   We have syndication to free job boards included with your Resumator subscription. This allows you to post your job to over 20 unique job boards,…
  • Scavenger Hunt Contest!

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Pop quiz! What do Indiana Jones, Waldo and The Resumator all have in common? Do you give up? We are all fans of a good scavenger hunt! Now we’d like you to join us in the fun. This month we are going to host a scavenger hunt through our Support Center and feature one of our articles in the process. Here’s the scoop: Follow the clue below to find the secret special support article that contains a link to submit your information to our team The first person to submit their information and correctly answer the question will win a $50 Amazon gift card So put on your thinking caps and gather…
  • More Than Meets The Eye

    Michael Jones
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    The Resumator has called Pittsburgh home since it established its roots here in 2009. Since then, it has grown from a small company driven by one man’s inspiration and determination to a game-changing, market-leading software company. But the Resumator is more than just an ATS.  We are a team of incredibly talented people with a passion for hard work, creativity, and delivering over-the-top service to our beloved customers.  We embrace a culture defined by hard work and collaboration, mixed with a healthy dose of fun.  We are led by our exemplary leaders and fed by the amazing ideas…
  • Sneak Peek Into Mobile Candidate Quick Screen

    John Volpe
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    In an increasingly mobile-centric world, it is no secret that people need to be able to perform more tasks from their tablets and smartphones, and customers of The Resumator are certainly no exception. First, we needed to figure out what was most imporant to include on a mobile platform. Then we thought, wouldn’t it be nice if while you were on your way to work, sitting on the train, bus, plane, or even a helicopter (depending on your position),you could quickly review new candidates and give them a quick thumbs up or down? The Resumator will deliver that capability in a way that will…
  • How a Recruiting Platform Can Save You From INBOX Recruiting!

    The Resumator
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Do you INBOX Recruit? Did you know that INBOX Recruiting could cost you an extra 9 hours and $900 a month? INBOX Recruiting can be a difficult beast to beat, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! So how do you get going on your fight against INBOX Recruiting? Well, first, you need to understand what your recruiting needs are, and how INBOX Recruiting affects your ability to quickly attract, interview and hire performers. Next, you need to determine which recruiting platform will solve YOUR problems. And finally, knowing how to convince your boss that it’s absolutely worth the…
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: How to Overcome Your Fear of Thinking

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you haven't seen it, take a look at this recent article in the New York Times titled "No Time To Think". It's a fascinating recap of a study at the University of Virginia that confirms what you may already know. Lots of us are keep ourselves "super busy" because we'd rather have a day packed with doing stuff than leave anytime to be alone with our thoughts. The UVA study showed that most people don't like being in their own heads for even six minutes because if you give yourself time to think you might have to think about difficult, unresolved problems or challenges.
  • Mindful Mondays: Don’t Burn Your Calendar at Both Ends

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Perhaps you think I meant to use the word candle rather than calendar in the title of this post. Nope, calendar was what I meant but the idea came from a brain blip I had recently. I was conducting interviews with about a dozen colleagues and friends of a new executive coaching client. One of my questions was, “What do you hope he gets out of this coaching engagement?” and someone answered, “I hope he’ll quit burning the candle at both ends.” When I went back to review my conversation notes to write the report, I saw that what I had actually written down was, “I hope he’ll quit…
  • ESPN’s Stuart Scott Brings You the Best 15 Minutes of Your Day

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Last night at the ESPY awards, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott took up the mantle of Jim Valvano when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Scott has battled multiple forms of cancer for seven years now. As recently as last week, he had four surgeries in seven days because of complications from his latest round of treatment. And yet, he stood on stage last night and delivered a speech on living and loving that you need to watch. It will be the best 15 minutes of your day - even if it makes you cry.
  • Mindful Mondays: Six Things to Admire in LeBron James Letter to Cleveland

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Long time readers of this blog may have noticed that I don’t write as often as I used to about leaders in the news. There are different reasons for that. One of the biggest is the great examples seem fewer and farther between. Another is that I’m skeptical about being spun. You may have heard about the way NBA superstar LeBron James shared the news last week that he’s returning to his hometown to play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rather than staging a press conference or a media spectacle like the classless The Decision broadcast in which he announced four years ago that he was…
  • Three Executive Productivity Hacks That Any Leader Can Use

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    One of the things I love about my work is getting to meet and learn from some very talented top executives. That happened again recently when a senior vice president in a Fortune 500 client company stopped by for a lunch conversation with participants in our Next Level Leadership® development program. She was one of the clearest thinkers and communicators I’ve met recently. Her organization is responsible for billions of dollars in sales so, as you might imagine, she has a very full plate. Recognizing that her time and attention is a limited resource that she must deploy as effectively as…
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  • My Experience in a Mentorship Program

    Brandon Laws
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    For anyone who has considered developing a formal mentorship program within their organization, I will tell you that it has done wonders for the employees of Xenium in terms of professional growth, communication and relationship development. Although mentorship programs can come in many different formats, at Xenium we decided to keep the program internal. This means that employees within the four walls of the organization are matched, with each match typically including a leadership-level employee and someone growing within the organization who seeks to receive support and learn from an…
  • A Principled Approach to Compensation

    Xenium Guest Contributors
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months—a whopping 80% crash and burn.  Reasons for this high percentage include companies not knowing their customers well enough, products that aren’t compelling or differentiated, and many other distractions that occur throughout the process of getting the company up and running.  The initial steps of starting a business are intricate, and must be approached with careful attention and precision.  Establishing the role and procedures of Human Resources is one of these essential, yet often…
  • Transcript: The One Thing Book Discussion

    Allison Julander
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The following transcript is from an interview between Brandon Laws and Tyler Meuwissen, Xenium HR Representative, on the podcast episode entitled “The One Thing Book Discussion.” Brandon: Welcome everybody, we’re back for another podcast and this time we’re going to discuss a book, as we have done in the past. With me today I have Tyler Meuwissen, he’s on the HR team and also a member of our book club at Xenium. Welcome, Tyler. Tyler: Thank you, it’s good to be here. My first one! Brandon: Yes, first one, and hopefully many to come in the future. Today…
  • Podcast: ‘The One Thing’ Book Discussion

    Brandon Laws
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Tyler Meuwissen, HR Representative at Xenium HR, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss the book The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. During this episode, Tyler and Brandon discuss: - What it means to focus on “One Thing” - Why we should do fewer things instead of more - Why multitasking is a lie - How to set and accomplish goals using “The One Thing” method - How to balance work and life Join the conversation on Twitter @XeniumHR with #hrsmbPodcast Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium…
  • Transcript: Attracting and Retaining Talent in Organizations, an HR Leader Panel

    Allison Julander
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    Suzi Alligood The following transcript is from a panel discussion between several HR leaders in Oregon, Susy Dunn, Paige Jackson, and Tana Thomson, moderated by Suzi Alligood with an introduction by Brandon Laws. The podcast episode this transcript was taken from is entitled “Attracting and Retaining Talent in Organizations, an HR Leader Panel.” Brandon: Hey everybody, I’m Brandon Laws and this is another episode of the HR for Small Business Podcast. Today we’re going to do something a little different. We had the pleasure of hosting a workshop on April 16, 2014 that featured…
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    The Employee Benefits Blog

  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: EEOC Updates Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination

    Colin Bradley
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated their guidelines on pregnancy and disability discrimination. In the first major update since 1983, the Commission has made clear that while being pregnant is not a disability, the limitations pregnancy may cause -- for example, arriving late for work because of severe morning sickness -- are considered disabilities and should be reasonably accommodated. Read on to see what’s happening with the new updates. Pregnancy-Discrimination Collision CourseHuman Resources Executive Online: “In a 3-to-2 vote, the EEOC…
  • How Managers Can Help Employees Understand, Use Wellness Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    As more organizations use wellness programs to improve employee health and save on insurance costs, recent Gallup research has found that only 60 percent of employees know about their employers’ wellness programs. In addition, only 40 percent of those employees participate -- meaning less than a quarter of employees who work at a company that offers a wellness program actually participate in it. Clearly, simply offering a wellness plan isn’t enough. So how can companies improve employee awareness of wellness benefits? As with all employee benefits, it comes down to communication. Making…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: The Importance of Voluntary Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    This week we’re reading about the importance of voluntary benefits. A recent report shows that voluntary benefits are considered essential by the majority of employees at small businesses. A legal plan and identity theft plan can also help employees maintain productivity during rough times, according to a SHRM article. Also, there are continuing efforts by some to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision, but nothing has gained traction yet. Read on to see what’s happening this week in benefits. Over 8 in 10 small biz employees want voluntary benefits. LifeHealthPro: “A large majority (85…
  • A Mid-Year Look at Health Insurance Costs

    Colin Bradley
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    As employers shift more of the burden of health insurance costs to employees, costs rose faster for employees than employers in 2014, a new study has found. The report, called the Milliman Medical Index, found that health insurance costs for employees have risen 6 percent in 2014, while costs for employers have risen by 5.4 percent. The study found that the average health plan for a typical U.S. family of four sponsored by an employer costs $23,215. This is more than double the cost from 10 years ago, but the report found that the growth rate in the last year (5.4 percent) has been the lowest…
  • Employee Benefits News Roundup: Improving Your Benefits

    Colin Bradley
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    This week we’re reading articles on a few different topics related to benefits. According to SHRM, same-sex benefits are increasing greatly since last summer’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act. BenefitsPro has a great piece on how to streamline your enrollment process to avoid unnecessary hassle for employees, and LifePro outlines some helpful digital apps that can help manage healthcare costs. Read on for these stories and more. One Year Later: DOMA’s Overturn Brings Increase in Same-Sex Benefits. SHRM: “In June 2013, when asked by the International Foundation of Employee…
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    Chequed » Blog

  • Bye-Bye Bias: Practice Fair Hiring

    Greg Moran
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Long-term unemployment continues to vex us. And even though the numbers have thinned after peaking in 2010, it lingers on. One academic study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that job applicants who have been unemployed for six months get 45 percent fewer callbacks than people out of work for just one month. Diminished skill sets and lack of job training are among the reasons given for tossing their resumes into the circular file. It’s simple. The longer people are unemployed, the less attractive they become. In fact, another study by economist, Rand Ghayad, found that…
  • Sales Onboarding – 9 Reasons Why Every Company Needs It (Guest Post)

    Greg Moran
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    “Hire Right, Higher Profits” by Lee Salz (guest blog author). Find it at There’s a lot of buzz today around sales onboarding and sales enablement. You may be wondering if sales onboarding (the development program designed to get your new salespeople up to speed fast) should be on your executive team’s priority list of corporate initiatives. Here are nine reasons why it should be high on the list. 1. Investment protection. When companies hire salespeople, they are making a significant revenue investment. Onboarding, not only protects the investment, but also helps…
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    Greg Moran
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Special thanks to our friends over at for a great piece on the problems with reference checking and the overall talent selection process and how can help solve them.
  • The Keys to Avoiding a Bad Reference Check

    Greg Moran
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    On paper, and then in person, he was the perfect candidate. However, after doing a little reference checking, Mr. Right, just turned into Mr. Wrong. What happened? How could your gut instincts and professional acumen been so far off base? Well, there are certain intangible factors that are difficult to determine from a handshake, smile, resume scan, or in-depth interview. And references can dial it in. One-of-a-kind Data Shares the Inside Scoop Are you an employer who is curious about why good candidates get bad references? Are you a job candidate who thought you nailed the interview, but…
  • Heat Up Your College Hiring this Summer

    Greg Moran
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    Now that graduation time has come and gone, it may be time to ramp up your hiring practices and scoop up some of that fresh and eager talent. But how do you know who’s the best fit? Their resumes may be short, but they could be long on potential. Predictive data can help you to quickly – and accurately – sort it all out. What do Employers Want? A recently-released survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that college graduates should have an easier time finding a job this year than those who graduated in 2013. Overall, results from the survey which…
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    Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward Commentary | Globoforce Blog

  • The Advent of the “Social Workplace”

    Darcy Jacobsen
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    When it comes to the workplace, social is no longer a buzzword. It’s also not a fad. Social is really just another word for being human. Because as humans, the most fundamental part of our nature is communication. So when we talk about bringing social with us into our work-lives, in the form of advances like social recognition, we’re talking about taking all the human parts of ourselves and how we communicate, and using them to do our jobs better and more creatively. Sometimes we talk about “social business” for the greater good, but sometimes it is just about bringing our…
  • (Webinar) Winning Ways: Using Social to Engage Employees Across Global Organizations

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Globoforce welcomes Ly Bui from InterContinental Hotels Group on the Global Impact of Social Recognition  Tuesday, July 22nd 2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT | 1 p.m. CT | 7 p.m. GMT Register now to attend We all need engaged employees for success and superior customer service—but nowhere is that more true than in the hospitality industry, where people are your brand. For InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), motivated and empowered employees are mission critical to business success. Join Ly Bui, Employer Brand Delivery Manager at IHG, as she shows how they use social technologies to attract and…
  • What Globoforce Learned When We Met the President

    Darcy Jacobsen
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    President Obama and Governor John Hickenlooper arrive at Wynkoop Brewery   “Globoforce?” asked President Obama, looking at my co-worker Roger’s t-shirt. “What does Globoforce do?” Shaking the President’s hand, Roger grinned. “We are in the strategic recognition business.” “Oh? What’s strategic recognition?” “We give employees a way to thank each other when they do good work.” “Wow,” I heard the President reply with a laugh. “Great. I need some of that.” The Globoforce team is in Denver this week, at our summer sales meeting. I flew in Monday and was…
  • Recognizing Across Cultures: India

    Darcy Jacobsen
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Do you know what attracts and keeps Indian workers? Do you know how recognition is unique in India?  In our ongoing series on Recognizing across Cultures, we will discuss the cultural and business norms on a region by region basis and use our experience to give you some recommendations for making recognition relevant and powerful for your employees. India Overview India is home to 1/6th of the world’s population—about 1.16 billion people living across 3.2 billion kilometers. A land of opportunity and growth, India’s burgeoning economy has become an exciting focal point for many global…
  • The Manager’s Field Guide to Recognition

    Darcy Jacobsen
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of the most common laments I hear from HR leaders is the immense challenge of getting reluctant or inexperienced managers to effectively provide their teams with recognition. It is a near universal issue. That’s why I’m really excited today—because I’ve just gotten the green light to give our blog readers an advance copy of the newest Globoforce publication, which addresses this exact area of concern. The Manager’s Field Guide to Recognition is a comprehensive introduction for managers to the art and science of recognizing employees effectively. It is ideal both as an…
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    Clarity Consultants

  • Storytelling: A Creative Strategy for eLearning

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    Malcolm S. Knowles (1913-1997) was the most prominent expert on adult education in the United States during the second half of the 20th century. During the 1950s, he was Executive Director of the Adult Education Association of the United States and a champion of adult self-directed learning. A pioneer in adult education Malcolm Knowles wrote the first major accounts of the history of adult education, but his greatest contribution was to the concept that adults do not need to be taught; they just need help in learning. The technical term is andragogy The concept of andragogy Andragogy relies…
  • Train Your Customers Using eLearning Modules

    23 May 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Many businesses struggle to provide their customers with useful, easy to consume information about how to use their products and services. Standard documentation such as user guides and online manuals can be a good place to start, but most of these lack the interactive and visual elements that would give a more complete understanding to customers. Instead, they contact your business for direct assistance, consuming company resources in the process. You can offer your customers an alternative source of information that will free them from confusing product manuals and improve your bottom line…
  • Should You Gamify eLearning?

    2 May 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Corporate America today utilizes online learning and computer-based courses for employee training with great regularity. It is flexible and fast, giving employees the knowledge they need quickly, with no classrooms or conflicting schedules. One way that eLearning engages people to the greatest degree is through gamifying the courses. Gamification uses digital games to make learning more engaging and fun for students of all ages. For employees, this type of eLearning is more engaging because it allows competition among peers and offers incentives for completing tasks, like badges or virtual…
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  • How to Keep Calm and Carry On at Work

    Stephanie Reyes
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    We’ve all seen the T-shirt "Keep Calm and Carry On." The phrase, created for a World War II-era British public safety poster, has been described as “quintessentially British” and has taken on a life of its own as a popular meme. Perhaps its popularity stems from a need for calm in the midst of constant change and information overload or maybe it just makes people think of Monty Python. Keep calm and carry on. Original poster from Barter Books, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Either way, it certainly serves as an appropriate slogan for anyone dealing with drama and…
  • Forging Alliances between Employees and Employers

    Stephanie Reyes
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    The fundamentals of the employee-employer relationship have changed over the past few decades. Employers no longer even pretend to offer job security and, in return, employee loyalty to a particular company is rare. Yet employees still want to know where they stand and what their long term prospects are within the organizations they work for. And employers still want to reduce employee churn and find ways to retain great employees as long as possible. The question is: How can we do that in today’s competitive, volatile, shifting world? The Alliance: managing talent in the networked age…
  • 7 Tips for Making the Most of Hiring Grants

    Stephanie Reyes
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
     Photo by Matt Christenson, Wikimedia Commons Many governments offer hiring incentives to promote new job creation. These programs often target specific industries or demographics in an attempt to support those most challenged by economic conditions. Sometimes hiring incentives make it possible for a company to hire sooner or more often; sometimes they offer access to a more diverse talent pool than would otherwise be tapped. Here a few examples of hiring incentives that might be available in your jurisdiction: Hiring Incentive Examples - USA Disability Employment Initiative: The U.S.
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Job Fair

    Stephanie Reyes
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    LadyHacks 2014 by Corinne Warnshuis, Flickr At TribeHR, we do much of our recruiting through our own job board and LinkedIn. Most of the positions we’re currently hiring for are technical roles. Like many software development companies, we struggle to find the best candidates in a competitive environment.  And, while we strive to attract (and hire from), a diverse candidate pool, we also struggle to achieve even a semblance of gender balance among our software engineers. Fortunately, our development team has always included women, but we’ve found it challenging to bridge the…
  • Managing Rumors and Gossip in the Workplace

    Stephanie Reyes
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Rumors Grow, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Wherever people gather there will be conversation; sometimes (okay, often!), that conversation becomes gossip, which may blossom into rumor. Much like office politics, rumors and excessive gossip in the workplace create a drain on morale that managers and HR professionals must get a handle on. Damaging rumors can cause uneasiness, distrust between management and staff and infighting between colleagues or departments. Allowing negative rumors to run wild is not an acceptable option. The only thing to do with destructive gossip and malicious rumors…
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  • The Urgency of Leadership Development

    China Gorman
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In March I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s “Global Human Capital Trends 2014” survey. After relooking through the report, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014. I previously discussed the need to reskill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent.
  • Three Steps to Transforming Your Culture

    Lillian J. LeBlanc
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Changing the culture is a process, not a one-time initiativeCreating a great workplace is easy when you have a great culture. Employees are likely to be engaged and happy in organizations where trust abounds and communication flows freely. However, many organizations struggle with cultures characterized by departmental silos, hidden agendas and information that doesn’t cascade as quickly or smoothly as it should.
  • Financial Stress? What Financial Stress?

    China Gorman
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties? SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey “Employee Financial Stress.” They found that 61% of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38% would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.”
  • Working Parents Feel More – Not Less – Stress

    China Gorman
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bright Horizons recently conducted a national study, “The Modern Family Index” that explores what it means to be a working parent today. The study revealed some insightful points, including that working parents still perceive that their responsibilities with their family may cause them to experience significant challenges at work.
  • #GenMobile

    China Gorman
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    State of Mind Not Function of AgeWe’re at a turning point with mobile technology. For many users, tablets and smartphones are no longer a convenience or entertainment tool, but a necessary part of their working lives. A recent survey by Aruba Networks identifies these users as “generation mobile.”
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  • 4 Questions to Ask Sales Team Candidates

    Julia Weeks
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s time to begin interviewing sales candidates and you find yourself wondering about the best questions to ask candidates during the interview process.  Perhaps you are a new sales manager, or perhaps you are searching for ways to improve your interview questions.  Either way, there are certain questions you should be sure to include on your interview list.  1. What are your quotas, ratios, and rankings? Anytime you are interviewing sales candidates, it’s important to know about their past performance and rankings.  You will want to know what their ratios are regarding certain…
  • The Most Effective Ways to Train New Sales Reps

    Lauren Levine
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Regardless of the industry you’re in, when you bring new salespeople on board it’s important to have a strong training program in place. This helps new team members to get acclimated, and also gives them the tools they need to succeed when they head out to land new clients. Here are some of the most effective ways to train your new sales reps: Start with the basics While you may be tempted to get a rep out on calls immediately, first you’ll want to lay a strong foundation for them. This includes explaining how things work within the company. They have to know the details of the business…
  • 3 Skills to Interview for in Sales Candidates

    Julia Weeks
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hiring top sales talent can be a challenging task for many managers.  Sometimes you will hire several qualified candidates only to find out that there is one top sales rep out of the group.  There will never be a full proof plan that will allow you to completely eliminate hiring the mediocre sales reps.  However, there are some key skills you can interview for when speaking with candidates which will help you better identify the top talent.  1. Motivation and Drive When you are interviewing sales candidates, it is of top importance to find out what motivates and drive them.  A good sales…
  • Effective Strategies for Hiring A Sales Team

    Lauren Levine
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It takes a certain type of person to excel in a sales role, so as you’re hiring sales representatives you’ll want to put plenty of thought into the process. While experience counts, you’ll also want to analyze how the person interviews. Are they friendly and cheerful? Do they speak passionately about the job? Salespeople must be highly self-motivated, so if this trait is missing you may end up regretting your hiring choice. In order to streamline the interview process and ensure the best results, consider these ideas: Put a few tests into place Many people can interview well, but this…
  • Using Job Descriptions to Protect Your Business

    Guest Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today a client called me to tell me about an employee who had a worker’s comp claim and wanted to return to work.  My client contended that the employee was not able to perform the essential duties of the job and therefore she would not let him return.  In our ensuing discussion I asked her if she had a job description for the employee.  “No,” she responded, “we know we should have them but we just never get around to it. This is a common refrain.  Although many employers neglect to complete their job descriptions, most do understand the importance of job descriptions when it…
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    Staff Motivation Matters

  • Formal and informal employee recognition – which works best?

    John Sylvester
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Feeling appreciated and recognised is a basic and fundamental human need. Employees want to feel that the work they are doing is valued, and workplace recognition is vital in ensuring employees feel motivated to continue to do a good job. There are many compelling reasons for employers to focus their attention on employee recognition. It […]
  • Buzz or Buzz off: How do employees really feel about incentive schemes?

    John Sylvester
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    Incentive schemes are usually implemented in a business in order to increase productivity and/or sales. They often reward over-achievement, what many of us call ‘going the extra mile’, and they may provide an element of recognition for a job well done. Many, many organisations believe in the benefits of incentives, especially over cash bonuses, where […]
  • Five tips to work smarter, more efficiently and boost productivity

    John Sylvester
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    It can be an everyday battle in some organisations: managers trying to improve the productivity of their employees. Employees in the United States work 45 hours a week on average, yet they deem about 16 of those hours as unproductive, according to research by Microsoft. That means that employees are wasting just over a third […]
  • Why should you use short-term tactical staff incentives?

    John Sylvester
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    An overwhelming percentage of organisations rely on incentive programmes to motivate employees to achieve targets, specifically sales targets. At the start of July many businesses will review their performance over the last six months, so if you’re struggling to motivate your staff, and haven’t hit your half year targets, then why not consider tactical staff […]
  • Why your employees are your greatest resource

    John Sylvester
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Ask a business owner, manager or director from any organisation, large or small, what makes them stand out above their competitors, what makes them unique, and they will probably tell you one of the following: a great product or service, pricing, location or marketing. These are all things that can make a difference as to […]
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    Safari Solutions

  • 5 Pitfalls of Hiring Friends and Family

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

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

    28 May 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hiring the right talent for any company is the foundation of every business. Hiring the wrong person not only wastes time and money, it also creates a ripple of negativity that impacts every other employee–and therefore your company.  Here are six reasons why you hire the wrong people: Ignored red flags:If you notice something askew in an interview, check it out further. Over-sold: Describe the position and the company in realistic terms. Hired friends and family: Don’t overlook job fit just because you know them. In a hurry: Desperate hiring is doomed to fail.
  • Top 3 Reasons Why Your Next Hire Will Fail

    21 May 2014 | 11:07 am
    Are you experiencing turnover?  Do you know why?  It’s easy to blame the candidate.  Yet, is it possible that you, as the hiring manager, may have contributed to the reason why the candidate left or failed to perform?  If your company is experiencing a revolving door, it may be time to self-evaluate.  Below are three reasons why your next hire could fail: Wrong Job Fit: Good candidate, yet ill-fitted for the role. No Onboarding/Training Expecting candidates to “hit the road running” is unrealistic. Poor Managers: Candidates value managers that mentor and coach.
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Next Hire Will Quit

    9 May 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you spent just 5 minutes researching candidates on LinkedIn, you would notice that there are plenty of viable candidates ready to be hired.  All employers strive to build a team based on dedication, commitment, teamwork, and creativeness. So why are you having such a difficult time keeping your new hires on board? Could it be that the problem isn’t the lack of qualified applicants, but a lack of experience in hiring? If employers want to start hiring smarter, then they need to: Stop writing misleading job ads.  Candidates apply to your job because he or she is attracted to the idea of…
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  • To Foreign Job Candidates Seeking Work In Canada

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    In my job as Managing Director of PrintLink, I am often asked by candidates who live and work in other countries if PrintLink can find them a job in Canada.The answer is:  Over six years as a professional recruiter have taught me that it is impossible for a foreign candidate to obtain a job (or job offer for immigraton purposes) from any of our client companies unless the candidate has first obtained legal authorization to work in Canada. PrintLink cannot assist foreign candidates with this process since we have no expertise in Canadian immigration.  For reference I can only offer…
  • The Start-up of You: Say good-bye to conventional career planning, hello to permanent beta

    12 Aug 2013 | 9:37 am
    Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn, has not only co-created the world’s biggest social-media platform for professional networking.  He has also defined a new paradigm for professional development and success which he articulates in the 2012 book he co-authored with Ben Casnocha called “The Start-up of You” (Crown Business).The book explains that, with unemployment rampant, job competition fierce, the career escalator jammed at every level, and creative disruption shaking every industry, traditional job security is a thing of the past.  Instead, the tasks of job…
  • For a winning press release the proverbial 5 Ws (who, what, where, when, why) aren’t enough

    20 Jun 2013 | 1:52 pm
    Because I couldn’t quickly locate my files from when I taught Dealing with the Media at Niagara College’s Post-Graduate Public Relations Program, I am recording this blog post instead to answer a question that arose on LinkedIn yesterday and could conceivably arise again.The context is that Deborah Corn of Print Media Centr posted information written by Marion Williams-Bennett on "Using PR to Grow Your Business--Start with a Press Release", which included the advice: When writing the release, you want to answer the questions – who, what, where, when and why. The most important of…
  • Second thoughts on LinkedIn Endorsements + 7 ways to get more of them

    21 May 2013 | 8:41 am
    Further to my post of 4 January 2013, my sole reason for seriously rethinking the viability of LinkedIn Endorsements at this stage of the game comes from career coach Carol Ross, who points out that their special utility lies in enabling you to conduct your own market research about  your personal brand . From her astute observation it also follows that:The skills and expertise you list on your profile should not necessarily reflect the things you’re competent at but rather the things you want to do…
  • Is it sexual harassment to make employees work on sexually explicit projects that make them uncomfortable?

    10 May 2013 | 6:30 am
    In a recent discussion on LinkedIn, Barbara Miller, a self-employed Special Markets Rep in the Greater Boston Area, posed the following two questions:1.  Is it sexual harassment if an employee has to work on a printed piece that is sexually explicit, even if it's a utilitarian/non-fiction book or publication--and handling the job makes the employee uncomfortable?2.  What should an employer do if an employee has moral issues with a piece s/he is working on (which tends to be an even greater issue if the content is heavy on graphics, but could also happen with text only)? Barbara…
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    Async Interview

  • Why You Need to Video Interview Candidates for Customer-Facing Roles

    Christopher Young
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When recruiting for a customer-facing role, conducting a face-to-face interview with the candidate is essential to gauging the candidates fit into the company culture. Interviewing in person is not always possible, however. Video interviews are a cost-effective and time-saving way of screening candidates for customer-facing roles. A recent study by Office Team showed that the percentage of HR managers using video interviewing jumped from 14% to 63% in just one year between 2011 and 2012. Customer-Facing Roles That Require an Interview Let’s take a look at three examples of customer-facing…
  • The 3 Ways to Use Video Interviewing for Campus Recruiting

    Christopher Young
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hiring interns or employees right out of college is a very intricate process. Some employers spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to secure space at campus recruiting job fairs and to advertise their vacancies. Since this isn’t always possible, many employers miss out on the best candidates. Video interviewing offers a solution to this problem and many more. In fact, the Wall Street Journal lists video interviewing as one of the fastest rising methods of recruiting candidates. Below are three ways that video interviewing can improve your college recruiting strategies. Prior to Visiting…
  • Can Video Interviewing Increase Employee Retention?

    Christopher Young
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Video interviewing is becoming more popular among both companies and interviewees for a number of reasons, including its convenience and cost savings. Now, companies can reach ideal candidates no matter where they reside, whereas previously consideration of travel and lodging expenses had to be taken into account. Now, top candidates will get the opportunity to interview for positions regardless of where they reside. These tangible factors are well known to those who use the process. However, the intangible factors that become apparent during the interview are likely to tell a company more…
  • Video Interviewing for Engineers

    Christopher Young
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    With the global dip in demand for labor in 2012 and subsequent sluggish recovery in 2013, there’s a growing need for hiring organizations to streamline processes and procedures to deal with the high influx of responses from qualified candidates. This will be especially critical to firms in the electrical power and natural gas industries, as they are uniquely positioned for high growth in the face of curbed hiring worldwide and can expect to see a dramatic increase in engineering applicants. A Hiring Boom in the Face of Global Stagnation The ever-increasing need for energy will invariably…
  • Video Interviewing: It’s More than Just Travel Savings

    Christopher Young
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Video interviewing saves a lot of time during the hiring process, and this is usually attributed to how it cuts down on travel and associated costs. It also offers a host of additional benefits that include decreasing the time-to-hire and the cost-per-hire of new employees. As the digital age swings into full force, video interviews are becoming the smarter choice for decreasing inefficiencies and the laborious procedures involved with candidate interviews. There are two primary types of video interviews – live video interviewing and pre-recorded video interviewing. Both kinds offer a…
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    Make HR Happen by Tom Bolt

  • When is a job not a job?

    Tom Bolt
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” – George Bernard Shaw Recently I acted on emotions rather than logic because of a hard lesson that was taught to me years ago. Last week I publicly confronted a job spammer on LinkedIn. I should have … Continue reading »
  • Talent Wars – The Talent Strikes Back

    Tom Bolt
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    A few years ago I wrote a series of articles for job seekers based on The Art of War by Sun Tzu. There have been numerous analogies comparing warfare to business practices, but this week, prompted by a NY Times Op-Ed piece, my colleagues and I engaged in a dialog about whether or not the … Continue reading »
  • How to Engage and Learn From Twitter Chats

    Tom Bolt
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:54 am
    Have you ever wanted to get a glimpse at “the making of” a job search chat on Twitter? The decision that we made (a little bit me and a lot of Steve Levy and Cyndy Trivella) to move Open Mic Career Chat (#OMCchat) to Friday at Noon happened because we had good metrics on that … Continue reading »
  • The Tangled Dynamics of Twitter Chat Advice

    Tom Bolt
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a regular on Twitter chat events and have been a participant, moderator and guest host on many of them. My latest endeavor is through a partnership with two scions of the Twittersphere, Cyndy Trivella (@CyndyTrivella) and Steve Levy (@LevyRecruits) in the Open Mic Career Chat (#OMCchat). Our objective in hosting this weekly chat… … Continue reading »
  • Is There Value in Job Search Chats on Twitter?

    Tom Bolt
    3 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Probably the question should be, “Is there REALLY value in job search chats on Twitter?” The knee jerk response by most casual Twitter users is a resounding “No!” For those at the other end of the spectrum there is an almost addictive property of Twitter that lures people into the false expectation that swallowing this … Continue reading »
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  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
  • Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

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

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim.  As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong. Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score. Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website. Many thanks to Dan Forbes for sharing it with the #leadwithgiants audience!
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  • 9 Easy (And Mostly Free) Ways To Increase Morale In The Office

    Barry Chignell
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Even in the happiest of offices there are those days where morale may dip a little. Luckily there are certain things that management and leaders can do to raise spirits and help prevent the office atmosphere from effecting productivity, engagement and the general wellbeing of your employees. 1) Take an interest As a leader you should already have a vested interest in the day to day activities of your subordinates, including any challenges they may have. It is, however, all too easy to lose track and become distant from your team or department due to other commitments. Making time to pro…
  • Want More Influence In HR? Here Are 6 Ways To Achieve It

    Barry Chignell
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    A company’s greatest asset is its employees, the HUMANS that work every day to drive the business forward. As such, human resources professionals are those best qualified to manage, strategise and advise on best practices where human capital is concerned. But how can HR gain the influence within the business that they deserve? 1) Know your audience and be prepared to speak their language In order to be heard in HR you need to know your audience and what makes them take notice and listen. In many cases this will be the financial impact of what you’re proposing, but it could also be…
  • 5 Essential Google+ Communities For HR Professionals

    Barry Chignell
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Google+ is an underused and often overlooked resource for inspiration, news and communication. One of the great features of the platform is it’s lively communities which cater for every topic under the sun. below are 5 such communities that are particularly useful for the HR professional. Social Recruiting This is a community for recruiters – in house or agency, hiring manager or HR. TalentCulture – World of Work An open online community of talent-minded professionals devoted to advancing the World of Work, Recruiting, HR Tech, Social Learning, Building Leaders and…
  • The Formula To Actually Get Things Done As A Team

    Barry Chignell
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Meeting, discussing and planning a project or team task is all very well, but how productive are these discussions? In some cases brainstorming, mind-melding or whatever phrase is used for simply talking to each other, actually delays the tasks that are needed to complete what needs to be done. Here are 5 ways that you and your team can supercharge your project planning and get on with what’s important. Make sure the meeting(s) aren’t a waste of everyone’s time Meeting to discuss your ideas, team and individual actions and milestones can’t be avoided in most cases.
  • CIPHR Update July 2014

    Emma Kettley
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Two thirds of CIPHR’s customers have made the move to SaaS. The number of customers moving to SaaS is on the rise, in the last 2 years 100% of new customers have implemented SaaS.  The SaaS solution provides a variety of benefits in comparison to the on premise approach. One of the most prominent advantages is the ability to free up resources. Access through the cloud allows us to  easily access  your CIPHR system over a secure web connection, enabling efficient support and delivery of services, eliminating the need for backups and on-site visits. This has allowed our Service Desk…
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  • An Hour Unplugged

    Charles Chatelain
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    How would you feel if, for just one hour, you were totally and completely unplugged?  Would it be productive, or conterproductive? “I’m stepping out of the office, but if you need me, I have my mobile with me.  Feel free to either text or call… The post An Hour Unplugged appeared first on MMChr.
  • Resetting? Unplug First

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Companies fail to grow not because they do the wrong thing or because they do the right thing poorly, but because they fail to understand the shifting consumer world. The most important thing any company owner can do right now is unplug from what’s going on… The post Resetting? Unplug First appeared first on MMChr.
  • Are You Hit with Seasonal Absence Syndrome?

    Michele O'Donnell
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:11 am
    Seasonal Absence Syndrome, or SAS for short, hits some workplaces like a breakout of the flu spreading from employee to employee. A whopping 39% of full time employees have owned up to calling in sick to enjoy a day off during the summer months according… The post Are You Hit with Seasonal Absence Syndrome? appeared first on MMChr.
  • Save Today for Tomorrow

    3 Jun 2014 | 10:45 am
    Although, 401(k) retirement savings has had an increase in confidence in the past few years, 401(k) retirement savings participation, it is a continuous commitment.  On average, Americans will spend about 20 years in retirement; will these be golden years for you? We will discuss some reasons… The post Save Today for Tomorrow appeared first on MMChr.
  • California Wage Increases on July 1, 2014

    Michele O'Donnell
    30 May 2014 | 5:09 pm
    REMINDER!  California’s Minimum Wage increases on July 1st California has increased its minimum wage in a two-step process. In the first step California employers are required to pay a minimum wage of $9.00 per hour effective July 1, 2014. The second step raises the minimum… The post California Wage Increases on July 1, 2014 appeared first on MMChr.
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    HiringThing Blog

  • Our New Mobile App and more...

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

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Camping and hiring? Seems like a bit of a stretch? Maybe not - here are 3 ways where camping rules can help guide you to recruiting success.
  • Highlighting Hourly when Hiring

    17 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Hiring the right people for your workforce requires time, patience and a strategy tailored to your business. If that business happens to have hourly paid workers, your strategy has to be appropriate for the audience you're trying to connect with.
  • Snagajob and HiringThing team up to offer access to top hourly employees

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    HiringThing has added five new paid online job boards over the past few weeks. Our paid job boards offer a little something for every kind of business - from highly trained tech staff to entry level employees.
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    Better Projects

  • Project Prioritization using Bubble Chart

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

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

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Who, What Why of PMO!
  • Seven Rs of Change Management

    22 Jun 2014 | 1:36 pm
    If you are managing an information technology project or program you are likely to introduce change in some form, shape or way in to the business or technology environment as result of the initiative. You may note the very reason for initiating a project is to produce a unique product, service or result intended by the […]
  • Value of PM Training & Coaching

    1 Jun 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Training and coaching commitment from the company management is key for nurturing the specific skill level in Project Management and delivery resources involved directly in project delivery
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    HR Payroll Systems

  • Six Ways to Control Your Workplace Stress

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

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

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

    Erica L. Fener
    22 Dec 2013 | 5:09 pm
    The current American workforce is comprised of four different generations: Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y. While the thought of managing four generations of workers may be terrifying to some, it is not an impossible feat. There is a delicate balance to maintain between each group, and if handled properly, everyone can work together in harmony. One of the more recurring conflict scenarios occurs between Generation X and Generation Y. In addition to their young and competitive nature, they need to be managed differently, which can be exhausting at times. Generation X…
  • How Outsourcing Human Resources (HR) Can Help Your Business

    Dave Rietsema
    12 Dec 2013 | 7:15 pm
    Human Resources deals with a company’s most important asset – the employees. There is a multitude of different tasks an HR department must complete, such as recruiting, creating policy manuals, benefits administration, drug screening and more. Some things, like talent development, are better handled in-house. Other functions, such as payroll, can take time away from tasks that need personal attention. The Rise of Outsourcing Over the last ten years, outsourcing has become much more common. It is a great way for businesses to save money because it allows them to trim the HR budget while…
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    HREOnline's The Leader Board

  • ‘The 27 Challenges Managers Face’

    Kristen Frasch
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bruce Tulgan I just came across an advance copy of a book due on shelves Sept. 15 that takes a pretty interesting stab at itemizing and enumerating every key challenge a manager will face in his or her profession. I’m sharing it here — “The 27 Challenges Managers Face” — because I’ve found the author, Bruce Tulgan, CEO and founder of New Haven, Conn.-based management consultancy RainmakerThinking Inc., to be pretty authoritative and sound over the years when it comes to manager-employee relationships. HRE clearly concurs, as it will be featuring…
  • Being a Better Boss

    David Shadovitz
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    There’s been no shortages of stories about CEOs who have run amok. Business leaders who couldn’t care less what others think. Who believe they have all the answers — and fail to listen to what those much closer to the front lines are seeing and hearing. At the same time, there’s been no shortage of books, written by the countless experts out there, on the key ingredients that go into what it takes to be great boss. I’m sure you’ve read a few. But what do the masses think? Posted yesterday afternoon are the results of a recent CNNMoney poll, in which the…
  • Top Pay at Top Companies

    Andrew McIlvaine
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    So how do the best of the best pay their executives? A new report from Towers Watson highlights the executive-comp practices at high-performing companies (high performing as defined by the 50 companies in the S&P 1500 with the most-sustained outperformance in total shareholder return for the 15-year period ending in 2013, vs. the S&P 1500 overall). The goal was to find out whether top-performing companies pay their execs differently than other companies, said Todd Lippincott, TW’s exec-comp leader for North America. And guess what? They do. “We found that many high…
  • Adding to ACA Uncertainty

    Mark McGraw
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    A pair of appeals court rulings made just hours apart yesterday seem to have compounded employers’ confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act. First, the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled in the case of Halbig v. Burwell that the ACA does not permit the Internal Revenue Service to distribute premium subsidies in the 36 states where exchanges are run by the federal government. Later in the day, a federal appeals court panel 100 or so miles down the road in Richmond, Va., took the opposite view, determining the ACA’s “ambiguity” affords the IRS the authority to…
  • Facebook Ranked Last in 401(k) Contributions

    Michael J. O'Brien
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It’s not very often that the 21st century’s titans of business, Facebook and Amazon, find themselves at the bottom of a list, but according to the Bloomberg News rankings of the largest public companies’ 401(k) plans, those two companies rank among the least generous: A first-of-its-kind ranking of 401(k) plans at the 250 biggest companies in the U.S. found that ConocoPhillips and Abbott Laboratories are among those that provide the most lucrative retirement benefits. Among the least generous are Facebook Inc., Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. The natural-foods…
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  • VIDEO: Here’s How Much Money Game Developers Make – IGN News

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The annual Game Developer Salary Survey reveals how much money the people who make your games made last year. 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.
  • How to Interview Applicants for Your Trade Show Team

    James Burbank
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trade shows are unique in a number of ways and when one does interviewing people for a trade show team, there is a lot to take into consideration, often things that you usually do not factor in when looking for the most suitable candidates for a certain position. First of all, the search for a […]
  • VIDEO: Companies Try Fast-Tracking Pay Raises

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Forget the annual review. Some companies are giving pay raises and promotions several times a year as way to keep employees engaged. WSJ’s Rachel Feintzeig reports on the News Hub with Sara Murray. Photo: Getty Images. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay […]
  • VIDEO: Twitter’s Diversity Report: Women Make Up 30% Of Workforce

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Twitter released its workforce diversity numbers on Wednesday, which showed that like its tech peers, its employees are mostly white males. About 30% of Twitter’s overall global workers are women. In technical jobs, that number drops to 10%. Only 2% of Twitter’s U.S. workers are black and 3% Hispanic or Latino. In contrast, 59% of […]
  • VIDEO: When It Comes to Work, Is Less Really More?

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Billionaire Carlos Slim and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin agree that a shorter work week is a successful work week. But is it ideal or even realistic? MarketWatch’s Quentin Fottrell and Flex+Strategy Group founder and CEO Cali Yost join Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break to discuss. Photo: Getty Thanks for checking us out. […]
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  • 9 Easy (And Mostly Free) Ways To Increase Morale In The Office

    Barry Chignell
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Even in the happiest of offices there are those days where morale may dip a little. Luckily there are certain things that management and leaders can do to raise spirits and help prevent the office atmosphere from effecting productivity, engagement and the general wellbeing of your employees. 1) Take an interest As a leader you should already have a vested interest in the day to day activities of your subordinates, including any challenges they may have. It is, however, all too easy to lose track and become distant from your team or department due to other commitments. Making time to pro…
  • Want More Influence In HR? Here Are 6 Ways To Achieve It

    Barry Chignell
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    A company’s greatest asset is its employees, the HUMANS that work every day to drive the business forward. As such, human resources professionals are those best qualified to manage, strategise and advise on best practices where human capital is concerned. But how can HR gain the influence within the business that they deserve? 1) Know your audience and be prepared to speak their language In order to be heard in HR you need to know your audience and what makes them take notice and listen. In many cases this will be the financial impact of what you’re proposing, but it could also be…
  • 5 Essential Google+ Communities For HR Professionals

    Barry Chignell
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Google+ is an underused and often overlooked resource for inspiration, news and communication. One of the great features of the platform is it’s lively communities which cater for every topic under the sun. below are 5 such communities that are particularly useful for the HR professional. Social Recruiting This is a community for recruiters – in house or agency, hiring manager or HR. TalentCulture – World of Work An open online community of talent-minded professionals devoted to advancing the World of Work, Recruiting, HR Tech, Social Learning, Building Leaders and…
  • The Formula To Actually Get Things Done As A Team

    Barry Chignell
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Meeting, discussing and planning a project or team task is all very well, but how productive are these discussions? In some cases brainstorming, mind-melding or whatever phrase is used for simply talking to each other, actually delays the tasks that are needed to complete what needs to be done. Here are 5 ways that you and your team can supercharge your project planning and get on with what’s important. Make sure the meeting(s) aren’t a waste of everyone’s time Meeting to discuss your ideas, team and individual actions and milestones can’t be avoided in most cases.
  • CIPHR Update July 2014

    Emma Kettley
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Two thirds of CIPHR’s customers have made the move to SaaS. The number of customers moving to SaaS is on the rise, in the last 2 years 100% of new customers have implemented SaaS.  The SaaS solution provides a variety of benefits in comparison to the on premise approach. One of the most prominent advantages is the ability to free up resources. Access through the cloud allows us to  easily access  your CIPHR system over a secure web connection, enabling efficient support and delivery of services, eliminating the need for backups and on-site visits. This has allowed our Service Desk…
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Product Update: Documents Tab Redesign

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Back in April, we released our redesigned Files area and received a great response. Here are some of the comments we received: • “Nice upgrade! In our 8 months in Bamboo, we have seen an excellent set of upgrades. Keep them coming!”  —David at Aceros Levinson • “I love you!! THANKS!!”  —Sam at Maaly Management […] The post Product Update: Documents Tab Redesign appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Which Workplace Spirit Animal Are You?

    Jeana Quigley
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    People love to figure out what sets them apart from everyone else. Isn’t that why we’re always seeing our friends posting their “quiz” results on social media? Apparently, Anna is an orchid on the which-flower-are-you quiz and Dave is 91 percent awesome on the how-awesome-are-you quiz. I admit, I’ve taken them. I was proud (and […] The post Which Workplace Spirit Animal Are You? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • What Should You Look for in Your First Hire: Five Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Tips

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Your first hire is a major milestone for any company. Since only 22 percent of businesses in the US have employees, this puts you in rare company. In addition to the legal and regulatory complexities of hiring, there are also qualitative considerations. You want to make sure your first hire is a good cultural fit […] The post What Should You Look for in Your First Hire: Five Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Tips appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Gender Gaps [Workplace Deal Breaker Series]

    Jeana Quigley
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Back in college, I was obsessed with the plays of Wendy Wasserstein. To this day (dare I say how many years later?), I will always think of Wendy Wasserstein and her play “Isn’t It Romantic” (written in 1983—and no, I wasn’t in college that long ago!) when I consider yet again if it’s possible for […] The post Gender Gaps [Workplace Deal Breaker Series] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    Wagepoint Blog

  • 3 Ways to Grow Your Startup to 500 Customers

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

    Leena Thampan
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Every day I come in there’s always someone bitching. Either a customer, or my colleagues. Usually my damned colleagues, bitching about one thing or another – sometimes me, which they think I don’t know about, but I do! I bitch about them too, but only because I hear them, talking away – till I come into the room. Always the same s*it, different day: moaning, talking rubbish, and then if it isn’t, then it’s some ungrateful customer getting on my last nerve. Sound familiar? It’s not true, not for me anyway – I love my colleagues, and our customers. And our team is…
  • Rise of Remote Workers: The Globalization of the 21st-Century Workforce

    Leena Thampan
    20 May 2014 | 8:07 am
    Economic devastation is as real a fear to us today as the plague was to mediaeval Europe, and one specter of economic ruin we got used to in the last few decades was global outsourcing. Jobs going overseas. Customer services, back office functions, manufacturing: all jobs which form the backbone of middle and working class neighborhoods across the country. All gone. Shipped off to developing regions where you can hire five workers for every individual here in the West. This still happens, of course, but not to the extent where it is feared like the plague. What we are seeing now is something…
  • An Update on the 2012 Federal Budget Drop of SIN Cards

    Leena Thampan
    15 May 2014 | 3:54 pm
    In 2012, I wrote about plans to phase out a physical card for Social Insurance Numbers, based on changes introduced in that year’s federal budget. Now, the recently released 2014 edition of the Employers’ Guide, T4001, provides the CRA’s first guidance to employers on SIN requirements in the absence of SIN cards. This guidance replaces the requirement for the employer to see an actual SIN card with the requirement to obtain an employee’s correct name and SIN. Remember, SIN cards contain both the SIN and the name under which that SIN was issued. For example, the T4 guide for 2013 still…
  • Don’t Overlook Introverts: Why You Should Hire & Nurture Them

    Kirk Wallace
    5 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hiring is a hugely subjective profession. Far too often hiring decisions are made on the basis of who made the best impression in an interview. Hope and potential, charisma and charm, and who gets along best with the interviewer, are those who get the job. It sounds good in theory, but in practice does this mean the best qualified people get hired? Given the fact that resumes are great marketing tools, designed to get interviews, not necessarily accurately convey the facts, it comes down to the interview when the real decisions are made. This puts outgoing, extrovert people, at a distinct…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • GA questions asked in SBI Clerk on 27 July 2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    Today I am going to share questions asked in SBI Clerk exam on 27 July along with all important topics. Important Days (World tourism day - 27 September, World press freedom day - 3 May)RBI and its functioning (Establishment year - 1935)Railway budget (What is the route of Bullet train - Delhi to Agra)Current affairs (Who inaugurated Bhartiya Mahila Bank - Manmohan Singh? , Kaveri river water dispute between which states,  Which state doesn’t touches the boundary of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My experience of joinig as a Clerk in PNB in Punjab

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    My name is Kanwar Pal Singh. I am from Nawanshahr, a B.E Computer Science engr from Thapar Univ., 2011. I have shared with you on your website my exam experience of IBPS IT officer Scale 1 earlier too. I want to share 1 more article with you. Please publish it on your website so people get some news about the number of people joining and some information about work involved.  I would like to share some news with you. I have joined PNB in Punjab this week as a clerk. PNB called IBPS clerk-3... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SSC CGL 2014 - Exam Date OUT

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    SSC has released exam dates for SSC CGL 2014 tier I and SSC CGL 2013 tier II. SSC CGL 2014 Tier I Exam date - 19-10-2014 and 26-10-2014 SSC CGL 2013 Tier 2014 exam date - 20-09-2014 and 21-09-2014 Download Notification here Must read SSC CGL study plan and syllabusList of recommended books In case of any query comment below. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RBI Assistant Exam Format and Syllabus

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    RBI Assistant exam notification is already out here and last date for application is 06-08-2014. Today I am posting exam guide for RBI Assiatnt exam. Exam Pattern Section Number of Questions Total Marks Reasoning 40 40 English 40 40 Numerical Ability 40 40 Computer awareness 40 40 General awareness 40 40 Total 200 200SyllabusReasoningSitting arrangementPuzzlesSyllogismData sufficiencyNumerical abilityTime and workTime and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Delhi High Court asked IBPS to Furnish Vacancies Details

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    IBPS is again helpless in front of candidates. As many of you might know that PO III candidates are protesting against IBPS selection process. IBPS changed the selection procedure after written exam by introducing 10% reserve list. Further it is mentioned in the notification that there will be no reserve list. Now it is against the trend. There trend that 25-30% of the selected candidates don't join due to location problem or they find better opportunities. Vacancies of 21 PSU banks for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Why you need HR

    Bob Teasdale
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Owning a business with employees will require you to wear many different hats and multi task, as it isn’t a case of simply knowing the trade you are in. Often, you’ll need a dedicated HR help to be able to manage things. As a business owner or HR manager you will be required to manage a lot of areas of HR, we explain why HR is important and how our HR Software can help you. If you ask people what Human Resources do, (or HR as it is more commonly known) most would say they look after the staff for large companies. But when you consider the scope of the duties they cover, it isn’t…
  • Stop Wasting Time at Work

    Bob Teasdale
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    Employees wasting time at work is costing businesses a lot of money each year and is a HR nightmare, especially when employees are wasting time on social media websites instead of doing work. We have put together a simple infographic that highlights how much time employees are wasting at work. However, having looked at the research we actually feel this is very conservative as although people are admitting to wasting time at work on social media and shopping the figures are lower than estimates given to us by HR professionals.   Time wasting at Work Employees wasting time at work is on…
  • Negotiating terms and conditions of employment in the recovering economy

    Bob Teasdale
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Now that the economy is looking more buoyant, we may start to see a shift in the respective bargaining positions of employers and prospective new employees regarding their terms and conditions of employment. During the recession, many employers will have had the upper hand given the scramble for work and employees’ concerns about job security. However, now things are beginning to look up, employers may have to work a little bit harder to ensure that they attract and retain the best job candidates. Aside from negotiation on salary, there are many ways in which employers can make a job…
  • World Cup 2014: Kill Business – vs – Killjoy

    Bob Teasdale
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:37 am
    An employer’s guide to getting the balance right As 12th June fast approaches and “World Cup Fever” kicks in, many employers across the country and worldwide will be concerned about the impact it will have on their business in terms of potential absenteeism and reduced productivity. The World Cup takes place between 12th June and 13th July 2014. During that month, it is possible that significant numbers of UK employees could phone in sick each day, in order to watch a match or to recover from “the night before”. Whilst England’s first game kicks off at 23.00 on…
  • Social media etiquette in business

    Bob Teasdale
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Many businesses now embrace the use of social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, for commercial purposes. Many individuals will use these sites in their normal working lives, as well as in their personal lives. There is no doubt that using social media can benefit both employers and employees, for example by facilitating contact, promoting business and generally giving the ability to work more flexibly. Businesses are also able to use social media to assist in the recruitment process (subject to complying with relevant laws such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and…
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  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #132

    Lesley Morrison
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
      “I’m cutting back your hours from 80 a week to 40. You get every other minute off.”
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #131

    Lesley Morrison
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
      “I knew it was time to simplify our organization when we started creating acronyms for our acronyms.”
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #130

    Lesley Morrison
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
      “If we learn from our mistakes, shouldn’t I try to make as many mistakes as possible?”
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #129

    Lesley Morrison
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
      “My wife sends me to work with one set of sticky notes and my boss sends me home with another set.”
  • RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #128

    Lesley Morrison
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
      “There’s always room for improvement. It’s a small room with no windows and no distractions. We already moved your things.”
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    Softgarden » Blog

  • 6 Steps to Job Ads That Attract the Candidates You Want

    Selina Kerley
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    There’s no hard and fast rule to posting the perfect job ad however, there are several things you can do to make sure it’ll both stand out and attract the candidates you need. Sounds simple right? Unfortunately it’s pretty easy to get it wrong. Amongst the thousands of job boards on the Web there are also thousands of over-complicated, misleading and jargon-filled job ads. We’re going to take a look at the 6 simple steps you can take to make sure your ad hits the target and ultimately scores you the perfect applicants for your role. 1. The Job Title The hook for any good article…
  • 5 Women HR Bloggers You Should Be Reading

    Selina Kerley
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Everyone has their favourite food, fashion or lifestyle blog but what about Human Resources? The Web is full of excellent HR blogs and believe it or not, they’re far from the boring depths of legal issues and employee stratagy. We’ve rounded up the top 5 best women HR bloggers who aren’t just experts in their fields, but entertaining to boot. So grab a coffee, have a browse and (hopefully!) learn something new along the way. 1. Evil HR Lady Unlike the name of her blog, author Shauna Moerke is more genius than evil. Her articles are original, to the point and more importantly useful.
  • The 2014 Mobile Recruiting Statistics That Everyone Should Know

    Selina Kerley
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Mobile recruiting has evolved in leaps and bounds over the past year and it’s set to grow; a reported 84% of people say that mobile will be the main job search method come 2019. With over 90% of today’s job seekers expecting to at least view jobs on mobile, it’s clearly worth the investment. However, according to a recent study by LinkedIn, only 13% of employers say that they’ve invested enough into mobile recruiting. Have you? Take a look at this handy infographic to find out why mobile recruiting is set to become one of the most popular methods in the hiring industry, and why you…
  • Zappos: Proving The Power Employer Branding

    Selina Kerley
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
    Zappos, the online shoe and clothing shop, recently made waves in the recruitment world by announcing that they’re not going to post job ads anymore. According to Zappos, they don’t need to advertise positions because they already have a pipeline of talent sitting on their doorstep. From now on, Zappos plan to use strategic talent acquisition as opposed to direct recruiting in order to hire their new employees; Essentially a mixture of employee referrals, talent communities and the old-style method of relationship-based recruiting. For many the move begged the question of how? In an era…
  • Life Careerism, Are You Offering It to Your Candidates Yet? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Selina Kerley
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    In a recent report from Universum, a global leader in employer branding, the company highlights the rising value of life careerism for our emerging professionals. Apparently today’s younger generations are looking for meaning in their work, not just a paycheck, and according to Universum, it’s up to employers to deliver the goods. But how do they do it? Well according the to report, employers need to provide the following: Optimized Employee Value Proposition (EVP) Today’s young professionals aren’t just looking for a promotion or a bonus at the end of the month, for them EVP means a…
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  • Employee engagement: The secret recipe

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Employee engagement: The secret recipe Organizations with high employee engagement are more likely to outperform those with low employee engagement because engaged employees are more committed and motivated with their work. The concept of “employee engagement” has been around for more than 30 years and it was Gallup who originally coined the term. Although the concept of employee engagement has remained the same, the drivers of employee engagement have been changing over time and are directly linked to communication. Work environments are more democratized now than ever before due to the…
  • A case for continuous and connected employee performance management

    18 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A case for continuous and connected employee performance management Sophie is a marketing assistant for a fast growing technology company. She joined the company a year ago and she is about to write her performance review for a performance discussion with her manager. She does not know where to start as she has not been tracking what she's been doing for the past year. She did set goals at the beginning of the year but she never felt accountable for the goals she has inherited. On top of that she never understood how she contributes to the success of the company, as she knew little about the…
  • Conducting Sentiment Analysis with PeopleGoal

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Conducting Sentiment Analysis with PeopleGoal One of our central theses at PeopleGoal is that if we're able to increase the employee engagement in performance management then we can give some really valuable data back to our clients; data that will help management make accurate decisions about performance, and about rewarding the right behaviors in their employees. We're interested in capturing as many employee related data points as possible; that's why we're piloting a new feature called Employee Sentiment Analysis with a limited set of our clients. The Idea The idea is to give our clients…
  • The 10 Best Places To Work For in the past 5 years

    17 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The 10 best places to work for in the past 5 years Creating a great workplace can increase your ROI as a company. According to GreatPlaceToWork the Fortune 100 Best Companies provide more than 2x the return to shareholders of companies not on the list. These are the top 10 companies to work for in the past 5 years. Rank 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 1 Google Google Google SAS SAS 2 SAS SAS Boston Consulting Group Boston Consulting Group Edward Jones 3 Boston Consulting Group CHG Healthcare Services SAS Wegmans Food Markets Wegmans Food Markets 4 Edward Jones Boston Consulting Group Wegmans Food…
  • Does ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) increase employee productivity?

    2 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Does ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) increase employee productivity? Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) is an employee performance management approach created by Jody Thompson and Cali Ressler where employees are paid for their output (results) rather than the time spent at work. One of the early stage evangelists of the approach was BestBuy. The approach has also been adopted by GAP and Fairview Health Services, among others. ROWE is focused primarily on delegation and provides managers with the tools to set goals and link these goals to individual contributors. The focus is on goal…
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    TargetRecruit Solutions Blog

  • The Growing Number of Mobile Job Seekers

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

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

    Reena Gupta
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    Web and video interview have paved way for several new avenues of interviewing for employers and potential prospects. Although, the video interview has not eliminated the conventional in-person interview; it is quickly transforming into a popular technology trend that is about to gain further adoption by employers and stay here for many years. Video interviewing is fast becoming the popular HR technology trends in the past few years. It is instrumental in cost cutting, tackling standardize compliance issues, and increasing productivity. To some extent compared to in-person interviews,…
  • One-stop Platform for all Staffing and Recruitment needs

    Reena Gupta
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Applicant Tracking System has now become most critical tool for any staffing agency that can make or mar its functioning in diverse ways! Now-a-days clients require tools that can deliver quicker time in searching better candidates and faster placements, enabling their clients to complete the staffing process more effectively. Whether you’re a hiring executive or a candidate, an applicant tracking system (ATS) will surely impact your hiring process as it is open for both parties! Finding the Best ATS A well featured ATS will immensely boosts the number of on-target resumes received by a…
  • Should you have Mobile Recruiting Apps?

    Reena Gupta
    22 May 2014 | 7:25 am
    The answer is simply yes! It has been deem as the next generation recruitment tool. Mobile apps offer an affordable and user-friendly method to ensure that potential job seeker gets their dream employment opportunity just by browsing their smart phones. There are umpteen benefits of mobile apps. It saves time, no physical restriction to access the dream job by the job seekers. Even after having myriads of benefits to its credit, it’s quite astonishing that adoption of this system in HR industry is in its infancy! Benefits of a Mobile Recruiting App Let’s have a sneak peek into the…
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    Grapevine Evaluations

  • Assess Your Sales Team With 360 Feedback For Increased Sales

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    With any sales team, it’s necessary to employ some means to effectively assess your team’s productivity, and 360 degree sales team evaluation is one of the top systems for the job. Following is a brief run-down of what 360 sales team evaluation is and how it increases your sales. What is 360 sales team evaluation? The 360 degree feedback approach collects confidential, relatively-anonymous data about a single member of the team from a number of people, including: Managers Teammates Clients or customers The data ranges over a number of competencies in the workplace, and requires…
  • Low Response Rate To 360 Degree Evaluations? Fix These Six Items

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    360 degree evaluations are an important tool for organizations and businesses looking to increase productivity, maximize workplace efficiency, and engage your entire staff in the evaluation and review process. Of course, the better the 360 evaluations response rate, the more credible the study is and the more comprehensive the data becomes. According to recent studies, employees cite six reasons why they “opt out” of these evaluations. The reasons include: Personal unwillingness Organizational mistrust Doubt about their ability to self-assess Mismatch between those evaluating and…
  • The Psychology Behind 360 Feedback. Or Why Is It Better Than Other Employee Evaluations?

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By using a new method of employee reviews called 360 feedback, employee evaluations can be much more effective. Through this system, employees learn about all areas of their job — not just the areas observable by their superiors — thus improving their receptiveness to both positive and negative feedback. Though research is limited, some suggest that employee reviews can benefit a great deal from a 360 degree approach in which an employee is evaluated by his or her superiors, colleagues and subordinates. Despite a few potential draw-backs (including defensiveness, biased reviews…
  • Employee Performance Mystery: What You Cannot See By Observation

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The management teams of business enterprises, both large and small, are continually monitoring employee performance to see how they do their work and also how they interact with and help one another. The task is augmented and supplemented by such tools as 360 degree feedback, in which different people provide assessment for the same employee simultaneously. However, as with all aspects of human behavior, there are those things that one cannot easily learn by simple observation because they are not immediately apparent to the senses, or at least to the eyes. For such things, it is necessary…
  • Motivate Your Sales Team By Presenting Them With 360 Evaluation Results

    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The 360 sales team evaluation has become a strong trend across the business sector. In fact, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies now use this performance review model. Presenting 360 sales team evaluation results can help your sales team better understand their strengths and weaknesses. Let’s take a look at some reasons why the 360 review has become so popular among the most successful organizations. What 360 sales team evaluation entails? The 360 review expands the standard concept of performance review into a much broader scope of feedback to include not only…
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    HR Success Guide

  • How to Make Non Performers Successful?

    Parinita Bahadur
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Author: Antony XavierWe would have read or discussed many times regarding Non Performers. There are many reasons why some employees fall into the ‘non performers’ category. We also debate frequently... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips for Running Effective Meetings

    Parinita Bahadur
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
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  • What It Takes To Be Excellent

    Parinita Bahadur
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Author: Sonali D'silva I have been giving a lot of deep thought to excellence and commitment recently. I have asked myself a few key questions - what makes people excellent at work? What stops... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three Things Photography Can Teach Us about Focus

    Parinita Bahadur
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Author: Jitendra Madhav Ramchandani Photography is an amazing way to learn about focus. This is because the very act of viewing life through the lens of a camera can help us develop a truly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Joining Formalities

    Parinita Bahadur
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
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    DATIS Blog

  • Do You Know What You Stand For?

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    This blog article, “Do You Know What You Stand For?”, was originally written by Douglas R. Conant, on June 6, 2014 and was reposted with permission. As leaders, some of the decisions we make are clear-cut. We get the best data available, do the analysis, and make the call. Done. But realistically, these moments of easy ...More →
  • 3 Tips to Become an Exceptional Manager

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    This blog article, “3 Tips to Become an Exceptional Manager”, was originally written by Derek Irvine, on May 28, 2014 and was reposted with permission. Recognize This! – Selflessness, good assumptions and recognition are the most powerful tools in the good manager’s arsenal. In a recent post on Compensation Café, I referenced a quote from Don Knauss, ...More →
  • Why HR Should Be On Every CEO’s Agenda

    MJ Craig
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    This blog is based on the presentation by Deborah Kostroun and Mary Ruiz, COO and CEO of Manatee Glens, and Erik Marsh of DATIS at the 2014 Spring MHCA Conference. View the full presentation slide deck here. There are some schools of thought that view HR as an aging department that is becoming increasingly outdated ...More →
  • Leaders: Do You Know Why You Want to Lead?

    Guest Author
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    This blog article, “Leaders: Do You Know What You Want to Lead?”, was originally written by Douglas R. Conant, on May 21, 2014 and was reposted with permission. As leaders – we have multiple stakeholders looking to us for effective and meaningful stewardship. All are important: our employees, our customers, our shareholders, our communities. Each undoubtedly deserves ...More →
  • Employee Engagement, 7 Ways to Help Employees Grow

    Guest Author
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    This blog article, “Employee Engagement, 7 Ways to Help Employees Grow”, was originally written by David Zinger, on May 27, 2014 and was reposted with permission. I was looking at my Norfolk Island Pine reaching out with new spring growth. It made me think of employees in organizations. Are we setting the stage for their growth ...More →
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    Employee Engagement Blog

  • Build and Engage Your Employees through Employee Engagement Strategies

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Employee engagement is the backbone of your overall organizational performance. While many organizations choose to ignore its importance, you must realize that only when your employees are fully engaged will they work whole-heartedly for you and groom themselves as thorough professionals. In order to achieve this, they must be given the right opportunities and balance in work. All this forms the essence of setting up and running any business. Forming a Comprehensive and In-depth Approach to Establishing Your Business through Employee Engagement Setting up and running a business requires you…
  • Gap between Millennial Employee Viewpoints and Employer Expectations

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    For any organization to operate efficiently, there must be complete coordination between all layers of staff and management. Only when there is complete communication can you expect an organization to operate smoothly. All gaps must be bridged, and all terms must be understood well by all. When running an organization, terms, definitions as well as all targets and expectations must be crystal clear to employers and employees. However, in recent years, employers and employees seem to have drastically different views on crucial areas, which lead to much distress and turmoil for companies.
  • Performance Management leads to enhanced Employee Engagement

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Companies implement entertainment features in order to keep their employees engaged. This is based on the idea that a relaxed work environment leads to employees being more dedicated. However, employees end up being largely engage with their physical work space as opposed to their their work. In contrast, performance management that is supported by software leads to employees being more engaged in their work. Performance Management reveals that Top Performers are Well Engaged in Their Work Statistics over an extensive period point to better performance being associated with higher employee…
  • Narcissistic Leadership and Charismatic Leadership

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Narcissistic leadership and charismatic leadership are two very different forms of leadership which managers themselves are adopting these days in order to not only keep their staff ahead but also to add benefits to their careers. What are the subtle differences between Narcissistic Leadership and Charismatic Leadership? Charismatic leaders are confident and friendly individuals who believe in team work and who try their best to take the entire staff with them. These leaders are the sort of people who the employees look up to and since they take each and every family member with them together…
  • Business Success through an Effective Talent Management System

    3 Jun 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Most firms are heading towards the brink of their destruction in the near future because of just one little factor, which is an effective and good talent management strategies and team. For a firm to succeed and to make it big it is essential to have a good and hard working staff which makes sure to give the company exactly what they want. A talent management team ensures to get the very best of people for the company and also ensure that all the current staff working in the company shines through with their talent and hard work. Even though management of new talent t is so important most…
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    Reward Gateway Blog

  • Employee retention: How to keep the good ones

    Sarah Millward
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    In almost all companies, it’s the staff that add value. They can make the difference between profit and loss, and when they leave, you can face issues such as performance disruption, replacement costs (estimated in some surveys to be over £7,500) and the time it takes to find and train someone new. There are steps you can take to increase employee retention and perhaps most importantly; recruit the best people in the first place.Getting the Best PeopleIt’s not uncommon for recruitment to be one of the first casualties of budget cuts, but it’s worth remembering that your recruitment…
  • Why competition incentives are ruining your employee engagement

    Joanna Martin
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    What was your latest tactic to get people to sign up for something? Chances are it might have been a competition. When we go to introduce a new concept, something boring but necessary or when a subject’s generally difficult to explain, we slap a competition on the front to arouse employee interest.Like offering sweeties to children, the prospect of a prize makes our proverbial ears prick up .“Ooh a piece of candy!” Because why else will your staff ever bother to log on and look at their pension, or budget calculator, or whatever HR thingamy nonsense it is this week. I get it. It’s…
  • Is the customer always right?

    Sebastian Aspland
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Everybody has heard the old adage that the customer is always right. I’m a firm believer in this. The only issue is that it’s hard to know what the customer really wants. We might think we know what they want, but do we really? And more importantly, do they know what they want?The challenge at Reward Gateway is that we have to satisfy two different types of customer – our clients who buy the product for their employees, and our end users who actually use it. This is a challenge because these two groups don’t always want the same things.The difference is a micro/macro one. Whereas…
  • The extraordinary rise of the smartphone

    Will Tracz
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    When we started working on the mobile site version of our employee benefits platform four years ago, I remember that the iPhone 4 hadn’t even launched. The iPhone 3 had launched a few years earlier but still remained a phone for the well-paid or gadget-savvy; only a handful of people in the office owned one.I remember too that, when we first started focusing on developing mobile phone access for our clients’ employees, we only had to worry about people with “feature phones”. These were phones that added just a single additional feature on top of making a phone call,…
  • Why taking a holiday is good for your team’s development

    Joanna Martin
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I read a great article recently on The Huffington Post called ’11 Mistakes You Make At Work Every. Single. Day’. Number 9 really resonated; having opted for city breaks and hectic weekends away I hadn’t taken a decent, relaxing break from work in ages.Why was that? Because going on holiday can be stressful. And I’m not just talking about worrying about how many pairs of sandals you can fit in your case, or the last minute panic trying to remember passports-tickets-sunglasses.As a manager of a very new team whose day-to-day responsibilities and processes are a case…
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