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HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How to Handle and Cope With Workplace Behavior

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The October HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to discuss a factor of the workplace which is too often overlooked.

What is that factor? Behavior.

The reality of HR is that we are constantly surrounded by, and have to work with and/or address, the behavior of others. The Roundtable wanted to delve into this so that HR people would no longer overlook behavior, but own it and work with it. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Ebola Crisis Plan? Here’s What HR Should Do If They Get Asked About It

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Wait for it…

Any minute now some executive is going to come into your office and ask “you” what you’re doing about this Ebola outbreak!

I’m not trying to slight the importance and the tragedy that disease is creating in West Africa, because it’s horrific. But our American media is bringing this to hysteria levels in the States (see video below)! As of this writing, there are three (3) confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. and one death. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Eliminating Risk is What HR Does, Even If It Doesn’t Always Feel Right

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I harp on my peers when I speak about our role as HR Pros.

I tell HR Pros it is not our job to eliminate risk; it’s our job to advise about risk, then let our executives make choices based on that perceived risk, with our influence.

It sounds really good when I say it live! It sounds thought provoking and wise. People, take notes.

I might be wrong about all of it, though. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

It’s Not About HR Strategy – It’s About PEOPLE Strategy

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HR Strategy? No, People Strategy

What’s the difference? I’m so glad you asked!

I don’t think that there is anyone in the human resources profession who doesn’t yearn to be “strategic,” but what does that really mean? Read more…

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It’s Sad But True: Don’t Expect to Get a Thank You in HR

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I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO.

She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment.

This woman is tough and focused. She is working with men who are nice enough to hire a coach on her behalf but not always nice enough to say please and thank you.

For some reason, this matters to my client. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How Do You Develop Creativity in HR?

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There was a definite buzz for the September HR Roundtable in Cincinnati because the topic was a bit out of the “norm.” Everyone was gathering to discuss “Creativity in HR.”

HR isn’t typically viewed as being creative, so it was interesting to take a step outside the boundaries of traditional thought to see what people would have to share.

The small groups started with the following questions to spark discussion: Read more…

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The New Career Mantra: Turn Every Call and Contact Into an Interview

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“I worked all those years, coming to work every day, doing a great job. Each year there was a raise and eventually more responsibility.

I went home at the end of the day and came back the following day. I repeated that cycle all those years until one day, I came in and was let go.

During all those years I had received numerous inquiries from outside headhunters, but at each call was kindly rebuffed because I loved what I was doing. My resume had never been updated in all those years, and I had not interviewed in 24 years.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Certification: Evaluating a”Free” Credential by Applying What We Know

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It’s time to think like the HR professionals we are.

As professionals in human resource management, we all assess human capital and the credentials that candidates present as qualification for the position they desire.

In the ongoing conversation about SHRM’s newly announced certifications, I have read comments that make me wonder if we’re applying our own professional expertise for ourselves, as we would for a hiring manager or a client. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Here’s What HR Should Be Doing to Have More Business Impact

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How can HR become more strategic? Is there an opportunity for HR to have a much bigger impact on business performance?

A 2012 PwC study found that organizations are looking for leadership from HR. In the survey, 62 percent of business executives felt that human resources departments need to serve a leadership role in managing skill and talent shortages.

In a 2014 Deloitte study, less than 8 percent of HR leaders reported confidence that their teams have the skills needed to meet challenges and drive business impact. 42 percent of business leaders believed their HR teams are underperforming or just getting by.

HR transformation is clearly a trend — and an opportunity. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Yes, Most People Really Do Hate (and Dread) Your Annual Holiday Party

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I have thought about this for years, and I finally decided to write about this because several people have approached me already this year about dreading their office holiday party.

So I’m going to say it: Most people hate your holiday party.

To the executives and the people who help plan these things, please consider the following: Read more…