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Exit Interviews: The 2nd Most Worthless Activity HR Has to Handle

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Let’s be clear, the most useless HR activity is Performance Management. Hands down.

But since I have been an enthusiastic beater of that horse already, a close second has to be the Exit Interview.

Let’s review all of the reasons for their sacred cow status: Read more…

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Think We Have Skills Shortages Now? Just Wait Until We Get to 2020

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Skills shortages in 2020 will rise to an entirely new level.

And I’m not talking about STEM skills, although they’re critical. Or the ability to speak multiple languages, which needs to be more common in the U.S. Or even the readiness of college graduates to take a place in the economy, which a majority of employers report is lacking.

I’m talking about the skills that the globally-connected, superstructured, computationally focused, smart-machine powered organizations of the future staffed by longer living and working, new media-using employees will require. Read more…

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Leadership 101: The Most Powerful Words You Want From Any Leader

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“All I want is for someone, sometime, just one time, to say thank you.”

She works late every night, and pulls long hours. This particular morning she left home at 5:30 to make sure she got in to prepare for the big meeting. She left at 8 that night to go home.

As she wistfully told me that story, that first statement about wanting somebody to say “thanks” caught my ear. Read more…

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How You Can Become the Most Liked HR Pro Ever — in Five Easy Steps

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The old adage “I’d rather be respected, than liked” was made up by people who didn’t have any friends!

And, it’s been perpetuated for centuries by HR Pros who didn’t think it was professional to have friends in their organizations. “I’m not their friend, Tim. I’m in HR – there is a reason we lock the doors to our department.”

I look it this a bit differently – make friends first. That is all. No, “then” or “after that” – just make friends. Read more…

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Three Days for Death (or Why HR Policies Make No Sense)

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This past week a member of my husband’s team suffered a devastating loss: his one-year-old daughter died, which sent my husband — his manager — looking into the company’s bereavement policy.

It was three days.

Three to five days is standard, so this isn’t a knock against his company. This is a knock against blanket HR policies which don’t get discussed much (by those outside of HR) until, that is, you come slamming up against one of them. Read more…

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See If These Sound Familiar: The Biggest Lies You Always Hear From HR

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In my never ending quest to beat a blog series to death, let’s hope this is my last installment of “Top Lies.” (See How Job Candidates Lie, and the Best Lies They Always Seem to Tell, and, Please Don’t Hate Me! Here Are the Biggest Lies That Recruiters Tell).

At this point, I’ve completely pissed off “candidates” and made some fun of recruiters, so now it’s time to really have some fun with the easiest target of all — HR! Read more…

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The New Hiring Mantra: Finding Candidates With Great Cultural “Fit”

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On average, people spend nine (9) hours of their day at work.

Projecting this over an entire lifetime, we face a very big, somewhat scary number. When you consider this number, it should become incredibly and inherently clear just how crucial finding a company that really fits can be.

Being happy and satisfied with your job makes you more productive and allows you to maximize your potential. While we can all agree on the importance of cultural fit in achieving happiness and satisfaction, it’s a little surprising to hear the truth about how fit companies really are. Read more…

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To Poach or Not to Poach Talent? It’s Just Un-American If You Don’t

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Before we get right in and answer this question, let’s all get on the same page.

What is “Poaching?” Wikipedia defines it this way:

Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.”

It can also be a cooking term, like “Poached Eggs” or “Poached Salmon,” but that’s not what we’re talking about. Read more…

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Interviewing to Death: A Bad Practice That Crushes a Candidate’s Spirit

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“Death by interview” is the harsh but unfortunately all-too accurate name that I give to the majority of corporate interview processes because of the way that they literally abuse candidates.

“Death by interview” is worth closer examination because harsh treatment during interviews impacts almost every working American, simply because each one of us is subjected to many interviews during our lifetime.

The hiring interview shares a love/hate status, where even though applicants initially hope to be granted an interview, once they are finally notified, they almost universally undergo a wave of stress and painful memories that causes them to stop looking forward to them. Read more…

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What Makes A Good Manager? 7 Things To Ask Before You Promote

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It’s important to motivate and reward your best people, but is promotion really the right call?

In the medical sales field and across a number of industries, employees who perform well are often promoted to manager. The idea is to recognize your best people and foster internal talent.

This makes sense, since a recent Gallup poll discovered that 70 percent of employees aren’t actively engaged in their roles. Companies with employee engagement routinely enjoy at least 22 percent greater productivity and up to 65 percent lower turnover. Read more…