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HR Insights, HR Management

The 3 Things That HR Should Stop Trying to Apologize For

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I think HR Pros apologize way too much.

I got this idea from the Fast Company article 3 Things Professional Women Should Stop Apologizing For, which are:

  • Their financial expectations (i.e., Pay us the same!)
  • Their physical appearance (i.e., Sorry we aren’t club ready – I was up with a sick kid all night!)
  • Their professional accomplishments (i.e., Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t brag about what I do great!) Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

The Complexity Conundrum: Why Can’t HR Just Make Things Simple?

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Have you ever wondered why HR Departments continue to make complex processes?

In reality, all of us want things to be simple. But, when you look at our organizations, they are filled with complexity.

It seems like the more we try to make things simple, the more complex they get.

You know what? It’s you – it’s not everyone else. You are making things complex and you’re doing this, because it makes you feel good. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Keys to HR: It’s How People Perform, and the Bottom Line Impact

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Lately, Human Resources has become a very hot topic – for reasons both good and bad.

The good: There is sufficient research to show that executive leadership wants and needs a business partner that adds value to the organization and the bottom line.

The bad: HR is simply not delivering. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

5 Signs That You Aren’t Paying Your Employees Enough

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I was reading an article recently, it was one of those “Best Places To Work” type of articles.

Since I run a company, I’m always looking out for good ideas on how to take care of your employees without spending a dime. Unfortunately, “Best Places” companies that make these lists usually don’t give you these type 0f ideas!

What you get from “Best Places” articles are all the over the top crap – gourmet cat food for your in-cube pet-mate, free liposuction for your spouse, and discounted tattoo eyeliner coupons.

I would love for my company to be on the top of every single “Best Places” to work article, but we probably won’t. I care too much about my employees to make that happen. Read more…

HR Insights

Are You Taking Care of Your Own Scheduled Maintenance?

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“The scheduled maintenance light came on; what do I do?”

As we enter December, which is the end of our calendar year, I thought of my wife’s comments above. She freaks out every time a light flashes. My reply was that it is simply time for the scheduled maintenance.

I went online and with a few clicks arranged to drop it off, get her a loaner car, and it was all done. Every auto manual lays out a timeline for maintenance based on mileage and what needs to be done in order for your car to work optimally. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Fixing Our Reputation: How HR Can Be a Help and NOT a Hindrance

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Imagine the pride I feel for my profession when a friend of mine posts this (see below) on Facebook!

Sorry. Forgive the sarcasm.

But, it’s a valid point. I hate the fact that, in too many organizations, the Human Resources department is seen as an obstacle and anything other than helpful.

What is interesting to think about is that we (HR) spend so much time bemoaning not being allowed to be strategic, that we miss opportunities to do some of the tactical stuff right.

Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Study: CHROs Are Crucial Allies For the CEO — and, Potential Successors

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The Korn Ferry Institute recently released a report that looks at the leadership traits of “best-in-class” executives, and the important relationship between Chief Executive Officers and Chief Human Resource Officers.

The report CEOs and CHROs: Crucial Allies and Potential Successors (authored by Dave Ulrich and Ellie Filler) confirms that for C-suite roles technical skills are just a fraction of what makes for successful leadership, and that executives in the top 10 percent of pay for their function tend to have leadership styles that motivate employees, develop future leaders, and create appropriate cultures. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

11 Burning Questions I Have About SHRM’s New Certification Program

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Can someone in-the-know please answer my questions?

  1. What’s the real difference between HRCI’s certification program and SHRM’s certification program?
  2. Per the Internet and life, a competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide enabling the identification, evaluation and development of the behaviors in individual employees. Has the new SHRM certification program been validated as an instrument that accurately measures competencies? Who validated it? How does the SHRM test differ from HRCI’s exam? Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s 10 Essential Rules For an Awesome Office Holiday Party

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It’s fast becoming that time of year when you’ll be invited to office holiday parties across the world!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Let’s face it — I’m married and 40-ish, and the holiday office holiday party is one of the few times a year I have a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

What!? You want to do shots? Well, I shouldn’t, but I want to be a ‘team’ player. You know me!Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

The Power of Feedback in Improving Employee Performance

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I’ve got a cool story for you about the power of sharing feedback — both positive and negative.

A while back, I wrote a letter to the president of my credit union (let’s call her Sarah). I wanted to let her know about a teller who was consistently cold and impersonal. Whether she was waiting on me or another member, she would have this sullen, “I hate my job” expression.

I never saw her looking friendly or happy. Ever. Read more…