HR News & Trends, Leadership

Yes, Sometimes Good Guys Actually Finish First

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The good guys — companies that are good to employees, to customers and to their communities — keep winning.

That’s the hopeful news we found as we compiled the latest Good Company Index report.

The Good Company Index (GCI) assesses companies on their performance as employers, sellers and as stewards of the planet and communities. We created the original GCI metric as a feature of our book Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era. Read more…

HR Management

Tech Insights: Reducing Technology to a Yes or No Proposition

HR Technology

One of themes in this years’ HR Tech conference in Las Vegas was that vendors were more inclined to say their software was simple rather than say it was powerful.

The winner of my “simplest in show” award is Celpax whose product is a pair of buttons: “Yes” and “No.” When employees leave work they are asked “Did you have a good day?” and press the appropriate button.

This is assessment is reminiscent of the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion where evil space aliens insisted on asking the simple Yes/No question “Are you an effective team?”

Of course, Celpax isn’t run by space aliens, it’s run by Swedes, however the company has hit upon the same powerful idea: That a single critical question captures most of what you need to know. 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…
Recruiting and Staffing

The Boldest Recruiting Strategy You Could Possibly Engage In

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First of two parts

The recruiting function is unique among business functions because almost no one in recruiting can actually name even a few of the different strategies that are available to the chief recruiting leader.

But this is not about the complete list of recruiting strategies (that can be found here), but instead is about which strategy from among the 20 plus possibilities is the boldest and most aggressive recruiting strategy you could possibly employ. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

Engagement Matters, But It Is REALLY Critical in Health Care

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Employee engagement is critical to customer satisfaction.

This has been proven by study after study. And engagement is critical in any industry from retail to manufacturing to high-tech to pharmaceuticals.

But personally, if I had to pick an industry in which I’d want employee engagement to be particularly high due to its impact on me as a customer, that industry would be health care. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Costco’s Call: Why Staying Closed on Thanksgiving is a Good Idea

Costco

Last year, Costco took a controversial stand by refusing to stay open during Thanksgiving, citing the need to dispel the trend of retailers opening earlier and earlier on the busiest shopping days of the season.

Wal-Mart, for instance, is open 24/7 (except Christmas), and will ask 1 million employees to show up to work on Thanksgiving. Kmart and Macy’s are also asking employees to come in at 6 am and 6 pm respectively on Thanksgiving Day, jumping ahead of their usual midnight Black Friday opening.

Kmart will remain open for 42 hours straight afterward — yikes. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Troubling Questions After Record $185 Million Discrimination Award

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By Ashley Manfull

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that a former female manager of AutoZone can keep a record-breaking $185 million punitive damages award on her claims of pregnancy-related harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in Juarez v. AutoZone Stores, Inc.

In 2008, Ms. Juarez filed her complaint against AutoZone, alleging the company had a culture of discriminating against and refusing to promote female employees to management positions. Ms. Juarez was promoted to parts sales manager in 2004 after she complained about lack of promotion opportunities and threatened to sue the company. Read more…

Global HR, Recruiting and Staffing

What I Learned About Diversity Working in the Middle East

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“But, the next office to open will be special.”

It’s the all-women office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that MediaCom MENA will be opening. This was the statement by CEO Nick Barron in his recent essay for the magazine Campaign Middle East.

When discussing the all-women’s office, he said it has elicited positive response among his current clients. The office will have 8-15 women on staff.

His reasoning for his staffing model is because 70 percent of the ad dollars spent in KSA are targeted at women because they make the decisions in many categories, even when the actual purchase is made by men 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…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: The Worst Hiring Decision You Could Ever Make

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You are probably familiar with the old saying: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Well, the worst hiring decision you could ever make is down that very road. You may have even taken it yourself more than once already.

So you don’t miss the “danger” and “caution” signs before you head that way again. They look something like this … Read more…