HR Insights

HR Insights

Building a Case For Both the Business AND the Value of HR

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Have you noticed? HR is making headlines!

We’re in Fast Company, Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. We’re in dozens of business books hitting the market, providing competency models, new analytical tools, and metrics that will help us to gain the credibility we would like to have.

We are all over LinkedIn, in groups, in discussion threads and in “The Pulse.” Prominent business thinkers like Ram Charan are opining on the profession, and suggesting how it can be “fixed.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Importance of Putting the Human Interaction Back Into HR

New job new hire

Welcome to your new job!

Now, put on these chains and fill out this form …

And then fill out this one … And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one…

Darkness descends … and excitement slowly seeps away… Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

It’s the Holidays! Don’t Make Employees Be Naughty Instead of Nice

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When I was a kid, we had a name for those other kids who were always causing trouble — instigators.

Confusion, noise, and conflict swirled around these rabble-rousers who, when they weren’t actively making bad stuff happen, were darn sure taking advantage of its presence.

Unfortunately, some of these provocateurs grew up and were eventually promoted into management.

Crap. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Employee Habits Kill Most HR Initiatives – and 3 Strategies to Fix That

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Does it feel like your employees are on autopilot? That they don’t listen to HR communications and don’t engage with new HR initiatives?

Well, they are on autopilot. In fact, we all are.

Behavioral researchers estimate that 45 percent of our daily lives are rigidly controlled by habits. When we face a familiar situation, we don’t think consciously about what we’re doing and we just do what we’ve done before. Read more…

HR Insights, Legal Issues

Should Your Ultimate Goal Be a Union-Free Workplace?

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By Howard Mavity

Last week’s NLRB Purple Communications decision about employee emails combine with the announcement by the National Labor Relations Board of the so-called “quickie elections” process, is going to stir up employers.

You should expect a bevy of marketing communications trying to sell you seminars and packages on how to remain “union free.”

I want to pose a bit of a contrarian idea.

Why would an employer focus on being “union free?” Do you devise your other business strategies by simply opposing your competitors? Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Why It Makes Perfect Sense For You to Hire a Hustler

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Hustle (via Merriam-Webster): “To sell or promote energetically and aggressively.”

Hustle (via Urban Dictionary): “Anything you need to do to make money.”

Hustle (via Sackett): “Getting sh*t done with a smile.”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on what really makes someone successful. I know folks who are completely brilliant, in a way most of us can’t even comprehend, both intellectually and creatively. I know why they’re successful. Read more…

Global HR, HR Insights

Becoming a Talent Specialist: You Just Need to Find Your HR Sweet Spot

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We have had approximately 22 speakers over the past few day. Our focus was on Employee Engagement. We have sliced/diced it every way possible.

We have heard theory, metrics, branding, and plain old common sense — all in the guise of getting our employees more engaged. But in order for each of us as HR professionals to get our organizations back on track, we must be engaged with what we do.

Those were my closing words at the recent Employee Engagement Forum held in Dubai Dec. 7-8. I speak at a lot of conferences in the Middle East, and in close to two years working in this region, I have participated either as conference chair or keynote speaker at approximately 18 various conferences from Istanbul to Nigeria and throughout the Middle East. Read more…

HR Insights, Rewards & Recognition

Hiring Wisdom: Workplace Recognition = Better Employee Retention

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As I’ve written here before, all of us are trained from childhood to be recognition-addicts (and we still are because we’re really those same little kids just in grown up bodies now).

That’s why recognition is such a powerful employee retention technique.

Using all of these types of recognition, both formally (in meetings) and informally (passing in the hall) will keep your best people motivated and on-board: Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Are We Just Getting Too Smart For Our Own Good?

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I read a quote the other day that reminded me that being dumb has never been so unpopular.

The quote was attributed to Diana Galbadon, the author of the Outlander book series, who said: “People ask me why I write strong women, and I say, ‘Well, I don’t like stupid ones.’”

Galbadon’s quip caused me to recollect how I once foolishly chided a manager for including “intelligent” in her job posting, because what’s the point of requesting a smart candidate? Who the hell doesn’t think he’s intelligent? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Annual Office Holiday Party: Is It Really Worth Having One?

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Ahhhh … it’s that time of year again when companies may feel inclined to celebrate the holidays with an office party.

Do you work for one of those companies?

I know that after 2008, many companies opted out of the annual celebration for economic reasons, but there are still those who are offering this type of annual group merriment.

But, I wonder — is it worth it? Read more…