Joseph Fung

Joseph Fung is co-founder and CEO of TribeHR, pioneer of the industry’s first social HR platform and headquartered in Boston and Waterloo, Ontario. Connect with him at

Articles by Joseph Fung

Recruiting and Staffing

The Quick Guide to Being a Great Hiring Manager


Let’s face it — most of the hiring at the average company isn’t lead by HR.

Sure, HR has an important hand in the pot, but ultimately it’s the hiring manager who does the bulk of the legwork.

This is why hiring managers are more important than the CEO, and is why it’s vital that you prepare your non-expert hiring team for the pivotal task they’re about to take on.

Hiring effectively isn’t rocket science, but it is an art that takes years of practice to perfect. Hiring managers don’t have years; they need to recruit and select the right candidate in just a few short weeks.

So what does it take to be a great hiring manager? It’s all about managing the big picture. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Reasons Hiring Managers are More Important Than The CEO

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Hiring managers, temporary and transient though they may be, are the single most important employees in your company.

So, who is a hiring manager?

Hiring managers are an unusual class of employees. Unlike most other responsibilities in a company, they’re not hiring because of their seniority or their HR and recruiting expertise — though they can certainly have these things.

They’re also not in the role permanently. A manager might hire for just a few days or a few weeks at a time. They’re transient, temporary. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Managing the 4 Types of Absences You’ll Encounter on July 4th Weekend

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With the Fourth of July and other summer long weekends right around the corner, businesses the world over are expecting an increasing number of employee absences, as employees stretch 2- or 3-day weekends into 4- or 5-day breaks.

But since not every absence comes about in the same way, your response to each one shouldn’t be identical either.

After all, one employee’s long-planned and long-prepared beach weekend has much less of an impact on your business’ operations than another employee’s surprise no-show on the day after a holiday.

Here are the four types of absences you can expect, and the four best ways to respond to them: Read more…

HR Management, HR Technology

Does the Government’s Tracking Program Put Your HR Data at Risk?


The news media and Internet have been sizzling ever since last week’s revelation by The Guardian and The Washington Post that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been tracking data from many U.S. phone calls as well as much of the world’s Internet traffic.

Amid retractions, corrections, denials, international concern, non-comments, and accusations galore, parsing through the implications of what exactly has been going on in both the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court system and the NSA’s “PRISM” program is an important and ongoing conversation for civil society.

For businesses, data vulnerabilities — whether via government security programs or corporate espionage by foreign nations — are a real and constant threat. But what’s to be done? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The 4 Kinds of Candidates You Shouldn’t Hire This Summer


The summer season is fast approaching, when the pool of great talent gets even deeper.

As employers rely on summer hires more than ever, over the next few months recruiters and other hiring professionals face mounting pressure to enlist the best new workers for their teams.

There’s an endless amount of recruiting tools and processes that help businesses select top talent. But when you’ve got hundreds of application packages to sort through, it’s often easier to start by identifying who you do not want to hire.

As Matt Ferguson, the CEO of CareerBuilder, modestly puts it, “making a wrong decision regarding a hire can have several adverse consequences across an organization.” So try not to screw it up. Read more…

HR Management

Is Office Radio Music to HR’s Ears?

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Open office layouts, like them or not, are here to stay.

While there are many benefits to having a shared collaborative environment (frequent communication, more effective use of space, etc.), it’s not all sunshine and roses.

For all their faults, walls, doors and cubicles are excellent sound barriers. They cut out distractions and work to keep your private conversations private. But not all noise is the same. Some sounds — like music — are meant to be shared.

Unfortunately for country music and hip-hop aficionados, not everyone has the same taste in music. When you’re in a closed environment, this doesn’t matter: you can blast Britney Spears all day, and no one will stop you. Read more…

HR Management

Smart Device Policies: If HR Doesn’t Insist on Them, Nobody Else Will


Last week I got a call from a telemarketer.

I field dozens of calls from salespeople and potential business partners every week, so this in itself wasn’t an exciting occurrence.

What was interesting, however, was the complete misalignment between the centralized IT purchasing services the gentleman on the phone wanted me to invest in, and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies I promote to my team.

This got me thinking. Not about BYOD in and of itself — I’m a fan, and its benefits have been covered extensively, including most recently here on TLNT by Michelle Smith — but rather about who is responsible for advocating for it. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Exercising Your Workplace Culture: Does Fitness Have a Place?


What does wading through mud pits or running a grueling half-marathon sound like to you?

If you’re like a growing number of companies, the answer is “team bonding.”

Fitness events like mud runs, bike trips, and other sporting challenges are increasingly common in businesses of all sizes, as companies work to increase employee engagement through teamwork, while simultaneously promoting healthy lifestyles and wellness for their workers.

For some employees, however, participation is a luxury that’s far out of reach. What happens if other commitments, different abilities, or varied interests keep some of your team from participating? Is physical exercise the best way, or will it work to marginalize some of your staff? Read more…

Talent Management

Should Businesses Change to Better Accommodate Millennials?


Generation Y (also known as Millennials) can seem like a bit of an enigma.

They were still tweens when American Idol first aired, they cringed (and secretly cheered) when Justin Bieber found fame using YouTube, and they grew up alongside Mark Zuckerberg as he went from baby-faced student to billionaire.

Gen Y grew up with messages from society telling them to work hard, because “you can change the future.” The dream for this latest batch of fresh faces to enter the talent pool is distinctly different from that of previous generations. Read more…

HR Management

Out-of-Office Messages: Self Manage, Micromanage, or Just Leave it to HR?


Every week in even the smallest organizations, countless automated messages are being sent to your employees, your partners, your customers, your sales prospects, and your job candidates.

In most cases, marketing hasn’t designed them, legal hasn’t vetted them, and IT wants nothing to do with them.

I want to focus on this forgotten task, the ubiquitous but unacknowledged, the haphazardly thrown together moments before leaving for the beach, the accidentally left to operate for three weeks too long, and the totally off-brand and riddled with spelling mistakes.

Yes, it’s about out-of-office email auto-responders. Read more…