Articles tagged 'Best practices'

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Are We Just Getting Too Smart For Our Own Good?

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I read a quote the other day that reminded me that being dumb has never been so unpopular.

The quote was attributed to Diana Galbadon, the author of the Outlander book series, who said: “People ask me why I write strong women, and I say, ‘Well, I don’t like stupid ones.’”

Galbadon’s quip caused me to recollect how I once foolishly chided a manager for including “intelligent” in her job posting, because what’s the point of requesting a smart candidate? Who the hell doesn’t think he’s intelligent? Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Effect Do You Have on People? Are You a Net Positive or a Negative?

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At a recent event, I noticed the dramatic difference between an entrepreneur’s demeanor when he interacted with me, compared to moments later when he interacted with another person.

With me, Jack expressed enthusiasm and optimism for his start-up business (which, btw, I believe will be a game-changer for monetizing the social sharing of images on Pinterest and through other social media). As I asked him questions and listened intently, he eagerly shared new developments and spoke freely about his plans.

Then, a man who I’ll call Walter, came by and started to talk with Jack. Walter also knows Jack and knows that Jack’s business has tremendous potential. After shaking hands, he immediately asked Jack about his progress in a particular aspect of his business. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Annual Office Holiday Party: Is It Really Worth Having One?

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Ahhhh … it’s that time of year again when companies may feel inclined to celebrate the holidays with an office party.

Do you work for one of those companies?

I know that after 2008, many companies opted out of the annual celebration for economic reasons, but there are still those who are offering this type of annual group merriment.

But, I wonder — is it worth it? Read more…

Culture, HR News & Trends

Google Tops Glassdoor’s 2015 Best Places to Work List

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If your company hasn’t made a “Best Places to Work” list, you should be asking “Why not?”

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of these lists. The Great Place to Work Institute has what is arguably the most prestigious. Companies spend tens of thousands to make the Top 100, and even then, many don’t.

But that’s no excuse for not making some list, somewhere.

There are also “best places” lists compiled by business journals. SHRM chapters have them, as do any number of organizations. Every state has one; some have several. And there’s one in practically every city of size, including in the Yukon, where Home Hardware made the list. Read more…

Classic TLNT

How to Have an Office Party Without Anyone Going to Jail

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season is upon us.

Every year, employers have lots of questions about what they should (and shouldn’t) do when it comes to holiday parties to avoid winding up in court (or jail).

Let’s start with some interesting statistics: Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Flexible Work Arrangements: Managers Are Key to Their Success

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How would you describe flexible scheduling? Does a standard definition come to mind?

In a new SHRM survey on flexible work arrangements (FWAs), which surveyed 525 HR professionals from a randomly selected sample of SHRM’s membership, “FWAs,” “flex time,” “workplace flexibility,” “flexible scheduling,” etc. are defined under the following definition:

… A dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for everyone involved (including families, clients and other stakeholders).” Read more…

HR Management

HR Roundtable: Is It Actually Possible to Differentiate HR?

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One of the biggest struggles human resources has in organizations is that it tends to blend in with everyone else and doesn’t take steps to differentiate itself.

The November HR Roundtable in Cincinnati got together to talk about this and see if differentiating HR would be possible. They kicked off the forum with the following three questions:

  1. Why is it so difficult for HR to differentiate itself in an organization? Read more…
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Young Millennials: Here’s the Best Christmas Gift You Could Give Them

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

The employment landscape in America for 16- to 24-year-olds is abysmal — the worst it’s been in more than 50 years.

So if you’ve got a teen or a young adult on your holiday gift list, don’t head to the mall or to your nearest big box retailer. What they need most from you cannot be found in stores.

According to this recent story in the Huffington Post, the employment rate for teens between the ages of 16 and 19 has fallen 42 percent over the last decade: 2.2 million teens and 4.3 million young adults aged 20 to 24 are neither working nor in school. Of those without school or work, 21 percent — or 1.4 million — are young parents. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Why More Leaders Are Turning to Values-Based Decision-Making

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Every supervisor, manager and leader in every organization makes hundreds of decisions every week. The decisions we make are always motivated by either our personal or organizational needs.

But have you ever thought about how you make your decisions? Do you make decisions based on your instincts, beliefs, values, intuition or inspiration?

Most people make decisions based on their beliefs. The problem with beliefs is that they are based on information from the past that we then project into the future.

In a rapidly changing world, the past is not a good predictor of the future. Read more…

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: 10 Commandments of Employee Engagement

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With the holidays and a new year upon us, it’s a good time to pause, look at the big picture, and resolve to do even better in 2015.

In that light, here’s something to ponder: Other than a paycheck, do you give your employees good reasons to come to work each day?

Here are a few ideas to help you pump up employee engagement and make recruiting new hires easier too: Read more…