HR Insights

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…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Will You Be Able to Keep Your Workers From Walking Out the Door?

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You made all the right moves the last few years, difficult as they may have been.

You took a firm hold of the leadership mantle, turned a discerning eye to your business and streamlined operations to ensure your organization would remain viable.

Yet, as anxious as you are to let out a sigh of relief, something tells you that you can’t exhale all your pent-up concern just yet.

And for good reason. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Why Your Best Performers Usually Make the Worst Leaders

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We all make this mistake, and we’ll continue to make this mistake.

It’s the same old story: One of your employees performs really, really well, and because of their performance you move them out of the position they are in and put them in a leadership position. Then, they fail and become a lousy performer.

The best companies in the world make this mistake, and keep making it. The worst companies make this mistake as well, as does every other company in between. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The New HR: If We’re the Business Engine, It’s Time to Make Some Noise

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Here are some slogans I bet you’ve heard recently:

  • We’re a talent economy now.
  • Engaged employees are more productive.
  • Workforce planning is key to business success.

Here’s one I bet you haven’t: Human Resources departments (the ones driving those first three slogans) are the new business engine. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The 5 Kinds of Help That Successful People Get

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Really successful people are successful because they get a lot of help, not because they are so good on their own that they don’t need help!

It’s important to think about how you work and learn. If you are not reaching out for extra knowledge and support, you will not achieve as much as those who do.

Successful people build their “extra team.”

What I mean by this is that they have people who are always at the ready to help them (people who don’t work for them) whenever they need it. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

It Pays to Hire People From Really Crappy Companies

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As some of you may have realized from recent posts (like Wanted: People Who Aren’t Stupid), I’ve been interviewing candidates recently for the position of Technical Recruiter working for my company, HRU.

I love interviewing because each time I interview I think I’ve discovered a better way to do it, or something new I should be looking for, and this most recent round of interviews is no different.

Like most HR/Talent Pros, I’m always interested in quality work/co-op/internship experience because, let’s face it, it’s been drilled into us – past performance/actions will predict future performance/actions. Read more…

Best of TLNT, Future of HR, HR Insights, HR Management

Whitepaper: 9 Challenges Facing HR in Manufacturing

9 Challenges Facing HR in Manufacturing Cover (1)We’re excited to announce a new Whitepaper on HR in manufacturing we’ve pieced together that digs deep into the key challenges facing HR in Manufacturing—and what you and your organization can do to confront them.

We broke down the whitepaper into three sections:

  1. The 9 Key Challenges facing the Manufacturing Industry Today: In this section we carefully breakdown the important challenges facing the industry, and why you need to consider them.

  2. Key Strategies and Tips to Confront the Challenges with Confidence: We didn’t want to leave you hanging, so in this section we’ll share critical strategies and tactics that will help you face these challenges head on.

  3. Examples of What the Experts in the Industry Are Doing: We compiled a list of 10 of our favorite companies and what makes them so great. You’ll find some extremely practical tips in this section!

I should also mention that just by downloading the whitepaper, we’ll give you a code to receive 10% off our HR in Manufacturing conference coming up this Nov. 4-5 in Ft. Worth, TX.

After downloading the whitepaper, let us know what you thought by commenting below!

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HR Insights, HR Management

How Do You Handle a New Hire Who Wants an iPhone 6 Type Job Upgrade?

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I think there is an epidemic in our society, and I’m going to blame Apple.

Sure other cell phone companies do the same thing, but Apple was the one who really made this such an issue.

Last week, Apple released the latest version of the iPhone and the entire world stood in line to get the latest phone.

I have a iPhone 5s; the new version is iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apparently, my iPhone 5s is now garbage. It’s not, but Apple wants me to think it is, so I get the new version. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Six Things You Need to Know to Be Really Great at HR

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The one great thing I love about going to HR and talent conferences is that you always get reminded about what really good HR should look like.

It doesn’t mean that your shop will be there, but it gives you something to shoot for.

I’ll admit, sometimes it can be frustrating listening to some HR Pro from a great brand tell you how they “built” their great employment brand through all their hard work and brilliant ideas. And all the while, not mentioning anything about “oh, yeah, and we already had this great brand that marketing spends $100 million a year to keep great!Read more…

HR Insights

Getting Ready to Pounce When the Next Opportunity Comes

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“Can you make the connection for me? I would love to get an opportunity with them based on this article.”

The other email read, “Could you send a copy of my resume over to her and tell her to “help a brother out.”

Friday is a day for me to connect back to the U.S. with requests like the one above, follow-up, and meet new people. But sometimes I get a little perturbed with the level of request and the cluelessness of the people making it.

Granted, I do know a lot of people and I am always willing to share my network with them. The problem is that sometime the requestors do not realize is that this is the major leagues. This career conundrum is a serious business. Read more…