John Hollon

John Hollon is Vice President for Editorial of TLNT.com, and the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices. Contact him at john@tlnt.com, and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johnhollon.

Articles by John Hollon

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Study Finds That Flex Work is Finally Going Mainstream

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Here’s something you probably knew was coming, but now you have the data to back that feeling up.

This week, SHRM released a survey that shows that flexible work arrangements have not only gone mainstream, but seem to be both successful and growing.

Here are the key findings:

  • Most flexible work arrangements (and SHRM identified 16 different types) are successful with 73 to 92 percent of HR professionals reporting that they were somewhat or very successful. Read more…
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Weekly Wrap: Hate Engagement? Well, Get Ready For Employee “Passion”

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I’m amazed by the ongoing struggle to get a handle on just what is employee engagement.

Some say engagement is about getting workers to think like owners. Another take is that it is going far beyond the formal job description to deliver the results needed. Even the HR Roundtable group couldn’t simply define it, and instead came up with six different takes on what engagement actually is.

So, you’re not alone if you have trouble defining engagement, but if that’s the case, get ready for yet another, engagement-like term to describe your employee’s work effort that is bound to confuse and confound you. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Working All the Time From Everywhere? Just the New Normal

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The new work life balance: We’re not working more, just differently

I saw this today on Cindy Krischer Goodman‘s Work/Life Balancing Act blog, at the Miami Herald,  and I was intrigued by her perspective on the changing nature of work and workplaces.

Here’s a little of what Cindy said

The longer I write about work-life balance, the more I hear and see that technology challenges are universal. From CEOs to sales persons, today’s workers are trying to build balanced lives by battling the impulse to stay connected 24/7. Checking work emails on our tablets or smartphones in bed or at a bar makes us feel like we’re working all the time. Read more…

Best of TLNT, Future of HR, HR Insights, HR Management

Whitepaper: 9 Challenges Facing HR in Manufacturing

9 Challenges Facing HR in Manufacturing Cover (1)We’re excited to announce a new Whitepaper on HR in manufacturing we’ve pieced together that digs deep into the key challenges facing HR in Manufacturing—and what you and your organization can do to confront them.

We broke down the whitepaper into three sections:

  1. The 9 Key Challenges facing the Manufacturing Industry Today: In this section we carefully breakdown the important challenges facing the industry, and why you need to consider them.

  2. Key Strategies and Tips to Confront the Challenges with Confidence: We didn’t want to leave you hanging, so in this section we’ll share critical strategies and tactics that will help you face these challenges head on.

  3. Examples of What the Experts in the Industry Are Doing: We compiled a list of 10 of our favorite companies and what makes them so great. You’ll find some extremely practical tips in this section!

I should also mention that just by downloading the whitepaper, we’ll give you a code to receive 10% off our HR in Manufacturing conference coming up this Nov. 4-5 in Ft. Worth, TX.

After downloading the whitepaper, let us know what you thought by commenting below!

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HR News & Trends, TLNT Events

HR in Manufacturing Forum: It’s About Finding, Keeping, Developing Talent

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If you’re managing talent in the manufacturing space, you really need to join us in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov. 4-5.

That’s because TLNT is sponsoring the first-ever HR in Manufacturing Forum at the Omni Fort Hotel, and it is a conference that is all about finding, developing, and keeping talent in the manufacturing sector.

This is event is specifically aimed at talent managers, HR professionals, or executives working in the manufacturing space today. And at the HR in Manufacturing Forum, you’ll learn from experts and peers how to FIND, DEVELOP and KEEP talent in today’s ultra-competitive market. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Skills Gap? What If Everyone Feels They Have Great Skills?

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We hear a lot about job skills — mainly, how so many American workers don’t spend enough time developing them — and how the lack of skills is what is holding many back from getting hired.

Employers have been claiming there is a skill gap problem, but what if the very people who are looking to get hired don’t believe there is a problem at all?

That’s what some new research seemed to show this week, when The Udemy Skills Gap Index, an independent survey commissioned by online learning company Udemy, reported that although 61 percent of Americans believe that the current workforce has a skills gap, they but don’t see themselves as part of the problem. Read more…

HR News & Trends, TLNT Events

Addressing Manufacturing’s Unique Talent Management Challenges

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In case you haven’t heard, manufacturing in the U.S. is making a comeback.

Despite the old and outdated notion that most American manufacturing moved overseas, manufacturing has actually been growing steadily and now supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States —about one in six private-sector jobs, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Manufacturers.

More to the point, more than 12 million Americans, or 9 percent of the workforce,  are employed directly in manufacturing.

Yes, manufacturing is a growing and critical part of our economy, and that’s one of the reasons why TLNT is putting on the first-ever HR in Manufacturing Forum Nov. 4-5 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: 6 Critical Workforce Issues Companies Face

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Better get ready for all that “seat at the table” talk again.

Global enterprise software developer recently SAP partnered with Oxford Economics on a global study focused on the future of work, but it’s the six critical workforce issues facing HR professionals that they listed that got my attention — and should get yours. 

Workforce 2020 is the result of a survey of more than 5,400 employees and executives interviewed by Oxford Economics in 27 countries, and overall, the key finding is that two-thirds of businesses have not made significant progress toward building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives. Read more…

HR News & Trends

2015 Salary Survey: It’s Another Year – and Another Mediocre 3% Increase

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Is the U.S. economy really improving?

Some people want to think it is, but if you look at the early projections for 2015 salary increases and consider such increases as a strong economic indicator, it’s barely growing — at best.

In other words, it’s time to get ready for another 3 percent raise next year.

Consulting giant Mercer just came out with their 2014/2015 U.S. Compensation Planning Survey, and “the average raise in base pay is expected to be 3.0 percent in 2015.” This is roughly in line with the early numbers from the WorldatWork’s 2014-2015 Salary Budget Survey that projects a 3.1 percent salary increase in the U.S. next year, up from the 3.0 percent employees received in 2014. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Weekly Wrap: Sweet Little Lies? Not When They’re in Your Resume

Resume snobs focus too much on form rather than the experience the author brings to the table. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime)

Raise your hand if you have never, ever fibbed on a resume.

Slightly fudging your previous experience, education, and job credentials has always been a time-honored tradition, and in the past, recruiters and hiring managers simply accepted that people would do that here and there.

Somehow, the world of work survived.

But then, background checks came along and as they got more and more extensive, all that time-honored resume fudging turned into a big problem as people got caught up in the fibs they were telling — as this latest survey from CareerBuilder makes very clear. Read more…