HR Insights, Talent Management

The Top 5 Workplace Time Traps

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Remember cartoon character George Jetson’s grueling two-hour workday, which earned him a deluxe apartment in the sky? Whatever happened to that future?

Instead of enjoying a shrinking work week due to better technology, as we’ve expected for decades, the average American work week has actually grown to nearly 60 hours!

How is it that we have less discretionary time and work harder than ever, even though technological breakthroughs have made us all incredibly productive? Read more…

Global HR, Legal Issues, Recruiting and Staffing

How to Handle Independent Contractors for Global Organizations

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By Annie Lau

As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world.

Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent contractors. As in the United States, companies must be mindful of the risks involved when hiring independent contractors in their international operations.

While different countries have different levels of scrutiny when it comes to determining who is an independent contractor and who is an employee, many of the principles remain the same. The main questions deal with the company’s control over the person’s work. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

Why Do More Than Half of HiPos Drop Out of Development Programs?

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Organizations the world over are investing big sums in high-potential employee (HiPo) development programs because they rightly see that developing their employees is the best and most efficient way to find their firm’s future leaders.

And the rewards can be great: CEB research shows that organizations with strong leadership can double their revenue and profit growth.

But all this investment is for naught if a firm’s brightest and best take all their “world class” training and hot foot it off to a competitor. SHL Talent Management research shows that a staggering 55 percent drop out of HiPo programs. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Are You Googling Job Candidates? When You Do, Everyone Loses

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Years ago, I asked HR professionals to stop Googling candidates.

In short, it is dumb and lazy.

It is an unreliable and invalid way of discerning a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities. And I believe it might be an illegal hiring practice, although there is no legal decision or class action lawsuit against an employer in America to test that theory. Read more…

Leadership

Traits of the Great: 5 Qualities That Distinguish the Best Managers

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Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year.

One of the most important decisions leaders make is simply whom they hire as managers, according to research by the Gallup Organization. Yet Gallup finds companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82 percent of the time.

This is an alarming problem for employee engagement and the development of high-performing cultures. Without the raw natural talent to individualize, focus on each employee’s needs and strengths, boldly review their team members, rally people around a cause, and execute efficient processes, the day-to-day experience will burn out both the manager and their team. Read more…

Culture, HR Management, Webinars

TLNT Webinar: Effective Employee Engagement Involving Rewards Programs

With a majority of companies struggling to engage or connect with their workforce, now is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with some various ideas involving “Rewards Programs” for employees. Please join host Gwen Seeboth in this highly educational and eye-opening webinar sponsored by Michael C Fina.

The following and more will be covered:

  • Exactly how employee “Reward Programs” are designed to engage your workforce
  • How the program in turn generates better morale AND better referrals
  • How effective leadership is required to really be the driving force behind a recognition program

Better to sign up and get registered for this event now as it shaping up to be a big hit, and how great would it be to receive a little recognition for helping to incorporate a “recognition program”.

Date/Time of Webinar:  Aug, 13, 2014; 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

Registration Link:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ryziaydhkb35&eom

Sponsor: Michael C Fina

HR Insights, HR Management

Have You Really Given It Any Thought: Why Are You in HR?

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Why are you in HR?

Perhaps I could end this post with the title alone because it’s a poignant question. If you work in HR or make money off of HR, have you asked yourself lately why you are here?

Most will say they work in HR because they “love to work with people,” or they “like making a difference in organizations.” The funny thing is, the more you work in HR the more you find that the relationship you have with your employees is a bit of a sordid tale, and that making a difference is a periodic win that graces you with its presence maybe every solar eclipse.

So again I ask — why are you in HR? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey Says That Candidates Are Now Driving the Job Market

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It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.

More than 8 in 10 of the MRI Network recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRI Network Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25 point jump from the 2012 study.

That means the professional, executive and managerial candidates who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices can be more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Cool It With Cunning – It’s Emotional Intelligence That Drives Good Leaders

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I used to work with a woman I am honest-to-God convinced is evil.

I know that some people are uncomfortable with words like “good,” “bad,” “wrong,” and “evil,” but this executive did evil things, such as lie with the intent to harm, manipulate, backstab, betray, spread malicious gossip, bully, and so on and so forth.

So, sue me if you don’t like my assessment.

Now this woman was what I’d call cunning, but she wasn’t particularly smart. She also lacked emotional intelligence (EI), although casual observers are sometimes fooled into thinking that the ability to be slick or sly is the same as being smart about people. Read more…

Legal Issues

Ban the Box Has Turned Into a Big Employer Problem

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Ban the box has gone viral.

And while the removal of this little check box has potentially made life easier for job seekers with a criminal past, it has created much confusion and frustration for employers.

If you haven’t been in the loop, “ban the box” is the catchy phrase that refers to removal of the check box on a job application asking whether a candidate has been convicted of a crime. Ban the box shows no signs of slowing down, and it’s creating new headaches, not to mention real risks, for employers across the country. Read more…