Articles tagged 'Best practices'

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Avoid the Most Common HR Mistakes

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We can all agree that it’s not easy managing human resources in any size organization.

Employer regulations at the state and federal level are only increasing, the workforce is becoming more dynamic, the expectations on supervisors and managers is more complex, and most businesses are trying to do more with less.

These reasons make it easy to understand why mistakes can happen in the world of HR management. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Staying in the Moment: Why You Need to Savor Your Accomplishments

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We all tend to get so busy that work and life can just fly by at a very fast pace.

What I have learned is that if you don’t pause to punctuate your accomplishments, they have a tendency to fade from memory — not just in the minds of others, but in your own memory, too!

Here’s what can happen: You finish a giant project. It was a huge success. In this moment you feel very proud. You may get recognition from you customers or your company. But if you don’t pause to capture this moment for yourself, you’ll lose it. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: 5 Things You Should Be Doing to Retain Your Best Employees

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Regardless of industry or company size, high employee turnover is bad for business.

Not only does it lower employee morale and decrease productivity, it’s also costly.

Finding and training replacements is significantly more expensive than retaining your initial hires, so consider the following tactics to improve your employee retention. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Why You Must Make It Easy For Candidates to Apply

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Pretty much everyone who wants to work and everyone you would want to hire is now employed — especially the best of the best, the candidates you should aim for first.

But, you need to realize these are busy, working people, so, once you get their attention, you have to make it extremely easy for them to get into your hiring system or they flat out won’t bother.

They don’t have time to update resumes, complete long, online applications, or write cover letters. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Managers Need to Remember: By Your Pupils You’ll Be Taught

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“Can you believe it? Now because of realignment, he works for me.

We worked together for years and he was my boss. He was extremely mean and cruel during those years and would just nit-pick through all my assignments. I needed the job so I stayed and put up with it.

But you know I just could never ‘get even’ or stoop that low.”

Karma is described as the underlying principle that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them. In other words, what goes around comes around. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

The Power of Thanks Is in Us All, If We’re Willing to Share It

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I benefit from my job in the same ways most people do. I earn a paycheck that pays for a roof over my head and food in my belly.

But because my company is focused on creating cultures of recognition and appreciation through the Power of Thanks, I also benefit from both being encouraged to share my gratitude for my peers and their work in a direct and meaningful way as well as receiving similar recognition myself.

And then there’s a third benefit of the work I get to do. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Two Most Important Decisions That a Manager Can Make

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

The first time I held a general management role, I had a mentor share something with me I found to be pretty life changing.

He said, “You need to worry about WHO and WHY. That’s it.

Here is why this is so important. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Is HR Simply Too Snooty for Its Own Good?

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A friend (let’s call her Jeanine) phoned the other day with some great news and some not-so-great news.

The great news: She applied for an HR consultancy with a large, well-known consulting group and was accepted into the fold.

The not-so-great news: She wasn’t certain she was good enough.

Orientation for the new gig found Jeanine surrounded by fancy-degreed HR pros who’d worked at big-name, global companies while sporting impressive job titles. It was “Dr. this at Fortune 500 that” in the C-Suite all the way. Read more…

HR Technology, Sponsored Post

Simple Acts Can Have a Huge Impact — Especially in the Workplace

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Have you heard of Edward Lorenz? If you don’t recognize his name, you probably have heard of his catch-phrase that described his work in the lab, which was translated to popular culture.

His concept: Small events can have large, widespread consequences.

Lorenz’s research suggests that a massive storm might have its roots in the faraway flapping of a tiny butterfly’s wings. That tiny alteration utterly transformed his long-term forecast, a point Lorenz amplified in his 1972 paper, Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas? Read more…

HR Technology, Talent Management

Coding and Cupcakes? Here’s Why We Need More Women in Tech

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Last month at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, Google’s Eric Schmidt posed the question:

There’s something about the tech culture, the way we approach it, the incentives, that is driving women away…. Why are they not in tech?”

While it’s interesting to wonder why such a gender gap exists in the STEM world, the much more important question to answer is: “Why should more women be in technology?” Read more…