HR Management

HR Basics, HR Management

HR 101: The Fine Art of Mediating Workplace Conflicts

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When co-workers are caught in conflict, do you know how to re-open the lines of communication without getting trapped in the conflict?

Do you care — or do you just stay clear?

As a leader, here’s what you can do to help minimize the grumbling, reduce the stress, and resolve the issue: Read more…

HR Management

Rules to Remember For Your Office Halloween Party

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Is your office dressing up for Halloween?

Mine isn’t. It’s not that I wouldn’t. OK, I wouldn’t. But if others wanted to, I wouldn’t say “no.”

I mean, everyone has that one person in their office that’s a little way too excited over Halloween. I get it. I have kids. They lose their minds at the thought of free candy and dressing up.

But you’re an adult. Let’s try and keep it together at the office. Read more…

HR Management, HR Technology

The Critical Importance of Project Management for HR

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Project management allows companies to oversee and forecast completion dates for each phase a project or initiative so they end on time, within budget, and within scale.

Using project management methods and tools, it’s possible to:

  • Identify failing aspects of a project;
  • Track and manage progress;
  • Visualize allocated time and resources. Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

Five Ways to Help Prove HR’s Worth to the CEO

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In a recent interview, DDI General Manager Simon Mitchell commented that a high proportion of CEOs and board-level executives see HR as “the least strategic function” within an organization based upon a major survey conducted with a broad base of global leaders and HR executives.*

This kind of survey feedback should certainly be a concern to Human Resources departments around the world who tirelessly strive to add value to their business and drive it forward.

HR’s organizational role has never been more critical. HR is the human capital driver of the business strategy. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

How to Handle a Miscommunicating Manager – Even If It’s You

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Communication. It’s the key to any successful relationship, whether personal or professional.

Our communication style – how we communicate – has an impact on our success.

The ability to clearly communicate expectations and flex your communication style so that you are understood by others is a skill, and one which many don’t (or choose not to) possess. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Ebola Scare: 10 Workplace Issues HR Should Be Ready For

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You might initially think that Ebola is only a medical issue, but corporate leaders, HR, and recruiting professionals should realize that any Ebola-related panic and anxiety will also negatively impact an organization’s employees and candidates.

Take a moment to visualize this possible scenario where during the upcoming flu season employees will irrationally stress, panic, and avoid other employees and customers who appear to be even slightly symptomatic. Envision an HR function that will be bombarded with questions and concerns about sick leave, medical benefits, and a variety of Ebola related issues. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

Nobody’s Laughing, But Unlimited Vacation Policies Are a Complete Joke

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Well, it had to happen — unlimited vacation policies have jumped the shark!

Billionaire Richard Branson recently announced that his company, Virgin Group, would begin offering unlimited vacation to all corporate employees. Here’s a statement from a CNN interview with Richard:

Take a holiday whenever you want. Take as much holiday as you want. We’re not going to keep a check on how much holiday you take. Treat people as human beings, give them that flexibility and I don’t think they’ll abuse it. And they’ll get the job done.” Read more…

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…