HR Insights

HR Insights

If You’re Building Your Brand, You Can’t Escape Your Capabilities

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“She said that she remembered me from my last job. I remembered her but did not think she even knew who I was since she was very senior to me.”

As I listened to this conversation the other day, it just confirmed what I always tell everyone. It’s this: someone is always watching your work. By watching, they are creating a vision for you and the brand of you — how you work, what you deliver, your attitude, and the list go on.

Regardless of how you feel about your work, even if you know you are no longer going to be there, always do top-notch work. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

What I’ve Learned About How Diverse Candidates Perceive Their Value

Janine Truitt

As we continue to discuss diversity and inclusion concerns, it is important that companies that are serious about attracting, retaining and promoting diverse candidates understand how we think about our value in the workplace.

From a child, it was drilled into me that my skin color was not a roadblock, but an opportunity often seen as a threat. I was warned that I would have to work a gazillion times harder than any of my Caucasian counterparts to achieve success.

To round out my coaching on getting ahead, I was advised to keep my head on, study hard, keep things formal on the job, work hard and it would all pay off. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Viva la HR Revolution! (Or, 4 Really Good Reasons Why Not)

HR Progressive

Yesterday I finished reading I am HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR, by Laurie Ruettimann, and I’m still in a bit of shock at this statement:

“Human Resources failed America.”

Say what?

But let’s back up a minute. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, It is Possible For You to Argue Productively on the Job

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It’s been said that every person brings joy to others: some when they enter a room and some when they leave it.

The latter disagrees just to be disagreeable. But no matter how good-natured people are, if you bring any two human beings together, they’ll find something to disagree about eventually.

The strong personalities inherent in any business endeavor can result in people butting heads at all levels. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The 10 Mistakes You Never Want to Make in HR

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I thought it was time that I randomly start listing mistakes we make in human resources and letting those coming into HR know what not to do.

So, here you go, enjoy!

These are the 10 mistakes you don’t want to ever make in HR: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

How Those Who Challenge You Help to Make You More Successful

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Are you feeling uninspired and stuck at work? Perhaps it’s the people around you.

It’s nice to have colleagues who support us and are of like mind – they boost our confidence and allow us to relax. We develop a network of people with whom we like to work because we know their styles and they know ours.

It’s comfortable and expedient and it works. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

What Do You Do When Your Boss Is Completely Unreasonable?

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I’d just interviewed for a new HR job, and a friend asked how it went.

It was good,” I told her. “I really liked the hiring manager. He seems like a reasonable guy.”

You see, I rank “reasonableness” as a top leadership trait. An unreasonable boss makes work extremely challenging and in all the ways I don’t care to be challenged. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Be Careful What You Wish: Do You REALLY Want Rock Star Employees?

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We’ve all heard it somewhere before: “Our employees are rock stars!

Rock star is quickly becoming the golden buzzword in business for describing high-performing employees. I’ve used it many times myself, but lately I’ve been thinking about what the term actually means.

What qualities of actual rock stars are we ascribing to employees when we say it, and are those the qualities we actually want from a high performer? Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

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…