Global HR, Talent Management

Making Sure to Properly Take Care of Employees Assigned Abroad

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By Danielle Urban

So your company is expanding and, for the first time, you’ll be sending key employees abroad to work in other markets.

While the opportunities for expansion may appear limitless, so is your potential liability for failing to protect your employees from the myriad problems they may face while traveling on business.

While some risks may appear obvious, such as the Ebola virus in West Africa, or kidnapping in Syria or fighting in Ukraine, there are other, less obvious risks such as an employee falling in the shower or suffering from a poisonous insect bite. In addition to personal safety risks, your employee could face border hassles or even detention for failing to have the proper travel documents, vaccinations or visas. Read more…

Leadership

The Art of Leadership: It’s a Lot Like Riding a Bicycle

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Let’s demystify the art and practice of leadership. There are many parallels to the aspects of riding a bicycle and leading a team.

First of all, the purpose or usefulness of the bicycle is to get from point A to point B. Clearly, leadership is focused on forward movement toward a vision of a future desired state.

The bicycle has a framework or structure that allows it to transfer energy to serve a positive purpose. Leadership is about energy management and how to focus the individual and collective energy on meaningful goals of the organization. Read more…

HR Management

10 Tips for Successfully Influencing Change

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Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, was quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.

Most of us would agree, and we may even be tempted to add that the increased pace and velocity of change in modern business is rapidly becoming an exhausting and debilitating “constant” as well.

But what can be done? Are we destined to be helpless pawns in the relentless transformations occurring all around us? Or are there guideposts to help us navigate change? Read more…

TLNT Events

Positioning HR as a Strategic Partner

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FREE TLNT Webinar:  Thursday, April 23 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Over the last decade, Human Resources has been encouraged to take on the role of strategic partner. But what does that really mean?

In this webinar, we’ll take a practical approach to transforming your HR role from transactional to strategic.  Starting at the beginning, our speaker will walk through at the differences between the two models, and discuss how best to develop a business case for change that will convince your executive team. Then we’ll cover how to make the change and communicate the benefits to your organization.

Join our free webinar on Thursday, April 23 for an in depth look at what being a strategic partner really means and the steps that will move your role from transactional to strategic.

Our speaker, Debbie Laudenslager, will share her thoughts on making the transition. She’ll focus on specific areas that will help you make the transition including understanding the difference between transactional and strategic HR and how to link HR outcomes to business objectives for a compelling business case.

This webinar will fill up fast. Register now for free to reserve your seat for April 23.

Date/time:  Thursday, April 23 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Registration Link:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/pxewkdoy9pz1&eom

Sponsored by:  SilkRoad

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New York City Prohibits Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

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Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill that makes it unlawful for employers to request or use a job applicant’s credit history for employment purposes as part of their background screening practices.

Intro Bill 261-A amends the City’s Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to use an individual’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions. The bill is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and will be effective 120 days following approval.

The City Council created a limited set of exemptions for sensitive positions (see below), however it’s worth noting that these exemptions are much more narrow than those provided in similar state laws. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

Beginning Tomorrow, Google Starts Rewarding Mobile-Friendly Websites

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Sometime on April 21 your website, the one you worked so hard to get on Google’s first search page, may disappear down the rabbit hole, banished to page 2, 3 or worse.

Tomorrow is when Google implements a new ranking system that rewards sites that are mobile-friendly by elevating them in its search results. The flip side of that is the bad news for any website that isn’t mobile-enabled — it will fall in the rankings.

Exactly how bad will it be? Until Google’s new ranking algorithm is switched on, we won’t know for sure, but the search engine experts are calling it “Mobilegeddon” and “Mobilepocalypse.”  Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Georgia Legalizes Medical Marijuana Without Employment Protections

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By Dale L. Deitchler

With the enactment of “Haleigh’s Hope Act” last week, Georgia became the 26th jurisdiction to decriminalize medical marijuana use.

The Act, which became effectively immediately upon signature by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, legalizes such use under Georgia law in connection with nine specified medical conditions, including end-stage cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s, and sickle cell disease. Read more…

HR Insights, News

A Key to Career Success: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

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When I heard you speak I was shaking in my boots, because tomorrow, I am scheduled to speak after your presentation. Is there any way to put me on behind someone else?” he said jokingly.

I was asked about this change a few months back when I was the chair of the HR Summit in Bahrain. Just a few weeks ago, I made a presentation to The Human Resources Forum in Dubai (THRF), and as one of the attendees was leaving she said, “you make everything so clear and you are the best speaker that we have ever had here at the Forum.”

Since arriving here in the Middle East, I was fortunate to get on the HR speaker circuit. As of last week, I have spoken at about 25 events either as a keynote, conference chair, panel leader, or master class presenter. I have traveled from Africa to Turkey and all over the Middle East. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Positioning Yourself For Interview Success

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Comfortable people will tell you almost anything. Uncomfortable people will tell you almost nothing at all.

This is why creating the proper interview environment – mentally and physically – means doing whatever you can to ensure the candidates relax because only comfortable applicants will give you the information you need to make the best decision: Read more…

Talent Management

How to Make Your Employees Happy — and Avoid Losing Them

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Keeping talent in-house is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today.

Americans are finally more confident with the state of the economy, and that’s causing more people to leave their jobs in search of other opportunities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, November 2014 saw around 2.5 million people quit their jobs. But what does that mean for you? Read more…