HR Management, Talent Management

3 Steps to Help Improve Workplace Productivity

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We’ve all been there — mounting tasks, competing priorities – and sometimes it’s hard to be truly productive.

So, why not implement these three (3) simple and easy ways to help improve your workplace productivity?

1. Flex the sched

Whether it’s 8-5, 9-6, or whatever — get rid of it! What you’ve done, in theory, is to truncate the amount of time your people will actually work. Read more…

TLNT Events

Want to Attend the HPW Summit? Act Now Before Early Bird Rate is Gone

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Let’s be clear about this: You are rapidly running out of time.

Yes, February is nearly over, and that means your opportunity to take advantage of our early bird rate and get $300 off the regular price to attend TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit in Atlanta May 6-7 is nearly over, too.

I keep saying this, but it’s true — not only is this a great bargain with the early bird discount, but the High Performance Workforce Summit is a great opportunity to find out from some of the very best HR thinkers and practitioners just what it takes to build, and maintain, a high performance workforce in today’s turbulent marketplace. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Putting Out the Fire: Dealing With Conflict in Your Workplace

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How many times have you witnessed conflict between employees create uncomfortable tension at work?

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, the fire continues to burn, greatly affecting the atmosphere, which in turn affects everyone’s productivity.

The truth of the matter is that on-the-job conflict is unavoidable. Fortunately, there are ways to find a resolution in a quick and professional manner. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

New Comp Survey Finds – Surprise! – That Workers Might Want a Better Deal

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Last week, compensation solutions expert PayScale released its annual 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report.

PayScale titled its report Attack of the Out-of-Date Comp Plan (cute, huh?), because they believe:

  1. Compensation data gathered in real time (versus “aged” data) is needed to make the best compensation decisions; and,
  2. No company can afford to not understand that, lest said company find itself a victim of its own out-of-date business practices. (At least that’s what I think they believe.) Read more…
HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

When Should You Ask a Job Applicant About Their Religious Beliefs?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

In Abercrombie, the company did not hire a woman who wore a headscarf at her interview, because she did not conform to the company’s Look Policy.

The issue before the Supreme Court was whether an employer can be liable under Title VII for refusing to hire an applicant or discharging an employee based on a “religious observance and practice” only if the employer has actual knowledge that a religious accommodation was required, and, the employer’s actual knowledge resulted from direct, explicit notice from the applicant or employee. Read more…

Talent Management

How To Develop a Long-Term Employee Engagement Solution

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Increasing employee engagement is a priority for most companies.

That’s because having a workforce devoid of enthusiasm can come at a steep price: Lost productivity, absenteeism, workplace accidents, increased health care costs, and high turnover.

But as most HR professionals know, it’s difficult to motivate employees. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

A Few Tips on Communicating to Your Workforce, Courtesy of Jon Stewart

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Where were you when you heard the news that Jon Stewart was leaving The Daily Show?

For many, like me, it’s one of those historic moments when shocking news hits us like a punch in the belly.

Why? Because his fans ADORE him!

And why is he adored? Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

How Automated Workforce Planning Can Free Managers For Strategic Tasks

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An organization’s most critical assets are its employees. No other bothers to argue against that point any more.

An organization’s workforce is also, however, its most expensive asset, and workforce management (the development of employees, retention of skilled talent, etc.) is consistently cited as one of the top issues facing organizations today.

In a recent Aberdeen report (Bottom Line Reasons For a Total Workforce Management Strategy), 60 percent of all organizations reported a need to improve workforce planning capabilities as a driver of their total workforce management efforts. Read more…

Letter From the Editor

What’s the State of Recruiting Today? Take Our Survey and Help Us Find Out

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Last year, we discovered recruiters prefer talent acquisition to most any other name. We learned that recruiting quality prospects was harder in 2014, even if some of the corporate recruiters we surveyed thought otherwise.

And looking back on the results of last year’s State of Recruiting Survey, it seems some recruiters were whistling past the graveyard when it came to predicting the difficulty in recruiting this year.

Now ERE Media (the parent company of TLNT) is conducting this year’s recruiting survey (you can find it here), and we would love for you to take part. In addition to corporate recruiting, we’re collecting information specific to the search and staffing sectors. Among the questions we ask are some the specific challenges presented by your clients. Your opinion of hiring managers is among them.

Take part and get a copy of the results

We also ask about your use of metrics, analytics and KPIs to measure productivity and performance. One especially useful question deals with the most effective way of reaching candidates, i.e. phone, texting, email, etc.

The more responses we get from agency recruiters, the more useful the results. So please, spend the 6 or 7 minutes it will take and complete the survey. And add your comments to fill in any blanks. Those who participate will get early copies of the results.

HR Insights

How to Publicly Criticize Your Employees the Way Phil Jackson Does

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Phil Jackson, who has won more championships than any other professional basketball coach, had some things to say recently about how the New York Knicks have been playing.

Unfortunately, he told the world about it on Twitter, like someone complaining about bad dinner service at a hotel restaurant (via the New York Daily News): Read more…