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

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Editor’s Note: A number of TLNT readers have asked about this post recently, so here it is again in case you missed it originally.

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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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

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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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

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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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

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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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

“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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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

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…

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The No. 1 Thing That Job Seekers Really Do Wrong

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday, we republish a Classic TLNT post.

I was asked recently by a job seeker: “How do I zero in positions that I’m qualified for and, those that I will be challenged by?” (and a shout out to Michael Kubica, MBA for the question).

After going back and forth with Mike, I think the question is really: “How do I get a job that will use my skills and that I will actually find interesting?

Most people don’t really want to be “challenged” – they use the word “challenged” or “challenging,” but when push comes to shove, what most people want is a job where they feel like their contributions are valuable to the organization, and, they’re using the skills they are best at. Read more…

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The Warning Signs of a Highly Disengaged Employee

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday, we republish a Classic TLNT post.

The world is an unhappy place when you don’t like your job.

Job dissatisfaction is the gateway to disengagement, disengagement leads to lowered performance, and lowered performance affects your bottom line.

However, if an employee is disengaged, they rarely verbalize it to their manager — which is a problem. Managers must not only be able to recognize the non-verbal cues of disengagement, but also take steps to re-engage the employee in a positive way. Read more…

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Good Boss, Bad Boss, How to Be the Right Kind of Boss

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday, we republish a Classic TLNT post.

Are you a good boss, or a bad boss?

Sounds a little bit like The Wizard of Oz, we know. Similar to that classic story, what type of boss you are can determine if your people respond to you more like Munchkins or Flying Monkeys.

While we were writing this blog with our marketing partner, Preactive Marketing, we found something interesting while we researched this topic, and it made us raise an eyebrow. “How to be a boss” generates roughly 20 million monthly global hits, yet “How to be a good boss” generates only 33,000 monthly global hits. Read more…

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A Holiday Season Reminder: Why It’s Important to Take Some Time Off

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

Kmart’s decision to open its doors at 6 am on Thanksgiving Daysent shock waves throughout the nation.

Though bargain-seekers were thrilled, many are questioning the retail chain’s decision. In recent years, such “Thanksgiving creep” has inspired multiple protests from employees, with one petition calling it “inhumane and inconsiderate.”

And unfortunately, this problem doesn’t just exist in retail establishments around the holidays. Across all job types and industries, Americans are working more than ever. Read more…