HR Insights

Compensation, HR Insights

Should You “Out” Employees and Make Public What They’re Paid?

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In a few weeks, I am going to talk with a local compensation association about pay transparency.

As I’ve been writing over the last few months, I think there’s a cultural shift underway, with pressure building from various angles to “out” employee pay.

It’s natural that employers in Silicon Valley are feeling the most pressure. Many of its company cultures strive to live up to open communications standards like “don’t be evil.” The rest scramble to lure talent away from these companies, even though their own devotion to core values is not as obvious to employees. Read more…

HR Insights

So, What Did You Learn From Your Last Workplace Setback?

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The truth is, everything that has happened in my life, that I thought was a crushing event at the time, has turned out for the better. You learn that a temporary defeat is not a permanent one. In the end, it can be an opportunity.”

This was a statement from one of the wealthiest people in the world, Warren Buffett. It is also a very true statement.

When we stare defeat in the face, it sometimes frightens us. It completely shakes up our equilibrium, but eventually, we will realize that it all worked out. Read more…

HR Insights

Five Basic Responses That Will Improve Accountability – Guaranteed

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It crossed my mind once or twice that my life would be much improved if I’d simply take a vow of silence.

In fact, I once said to a good friend, “I think I’m going to take a vow of silence. I’ll only speak when spoken to and avoid offering any opinion, suggestion, or comment.”

“You’re crazy,” my friend snorted disdainfully. Read more…

HR Insights, Legal Issues

Advice to Remember: An Attorney’s Take on How to Use Email on the Job

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By Howard Mavity

Electronic communications are a mixed blessing.

Business is more efficient and new ways of commerce continue to open. However, ubiquitous electronic communications have eroded our personal time and presented near-addicting distractions.

From a legal standpoint, electronic communications, and especially email, not only creates damaging evidence but may even contribute to legal claims. Read more…

HR Insights

It Kills Creativity When You Talk a Good Idea to Death

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Excessive talking can be dangerous to your business and your life.

Tongue-wagging may not send you to the ER with heart-palpitations, blot clots, or cancerous tumors, but it can kill many good ideas before they’re executed.

Take Mike, for example. A colleague of mine and professor at a local university, Mike has been telling me for the past 10-12 years that he’s going to write a book on the fundamental skills of supervision. He even sent me a pitch letter once intended for an agent he’d met at a conference and asked for feedback. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Just Like With Kids, HR Can Benefit From Having “Prospect” Camps

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In athletic recruitment there are these things called “Prospect” camps.

Depending on who you talk to, these are either just supplemental income for the coaching staff, or serious recruitment functions needed to get prospective student athletes on campus.

Whatever they are, they’re a little bit of genius! Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Reflections on the Issue of HR Certification vs. HR Competencies

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By Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank

SHRM’s recent certification announcement raises a relatively simple question but a more complex answer: What is the role of certification (vs. competence) in the development of a field?

Many, if not most, professions have some type of certification protocol. Attorneys pass a bar exam; psychologists are licensed after passing a standardized exam; “certified” public accountants (CPAs) pass a knowledge exam, etc. In all these cases, these licensing exams determine the extent to which an individual knows the basic knowledge in the profession.

Certification focuses on knowing the basics and the knowledge and earning the legitimacy to practice. However, certification does not mean competence. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Question If You’re in a Bad HR Organization: When Is it Time to Go?

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I have encountered numerous HR professionals recently musing about the difficulty of doing their profession in an organization that could care less.

They read, they discuss where HR is headed, but in their current space, it is light years away from where it should be.

They want more, they dream of more, but they get no more.

After one blog post of mine, someone wrote to me about the frustration she faces. After years of toiling in the transactional nature of her job, it is at a point that she wants to pull her hair out. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

In the Workplace, Time Spent on Social Media May Be a Bad ROI

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Every hiring manager has a story about someone who has botched a job interview or torpedoed a career due to thoughtless comments on social media sites.

I know someone whose close friend, a technical writer, lost his job after making negative comments about his company’s investment prospects on MySpace (remember them?).

Few people think twice about posting embarrassing party pictures on their Facebook pages or casual trash-talk on Twitter. However, your prospective employer or current company also has an online presence, so you are the face of the company. Accordingly, they may keep an eye on you, which is not tough when you voluntarily post content for the world to see. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Is a Workplace Whistleblower Not a Whistleblower?

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The other day our local paper ran a story about David Danon, a former attorney with the Vanguard Group who’s embroiled in a huge lawsuit over his claim that Vanguard bilked the federal government out of $1 billion and the state of New York out of $20 million by operating an illegal tax shelter.

My husband (who still reads the local paper every day, God bless him), brought the story to my attention, because he knows I’m into that stuff.

Even so, I usually avoid writing much about “that stuff” on TLNT, because there are writers/attorneys here far better equipped to do so than I. But heck, this case compelled me to say a few words. Read more…