HR Insights

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…

HR Insights

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…

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…