Articles tagged 'HR management'

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: What a Bad Boss Can Do to an Employee’s Health

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Is the boss making people sick?

It’s a question I saw posed in a recent Washington Post headline, and it’s one of those things that people ask but don’t really want the answer to.

That’s because if the answer “yes,” as it frequently is, it’s usually followed by another question, something along the lines of, “Well, then why are they managing people in the first place?” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Employee Fired After Making Threats of Violence on Facebook

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By Eric B. Meyer

Earlier this week I addressed how what an employee says on Facebook can mean losing a job offer.

In that case, the National Labor Relations Board determined that insubordination on Facebook is still insubordination and, thus, grounds for termination.

Well, threats of violence on Facebook are grounds for termination, too. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR 101: The Fine Art of Mediating Workplace Conflicts

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When co-workers are caught in conflict, do you know how to re-open the lines of communication without getting trapped in the conflict?

Do you care — or do you just stay clear?

As a leader, here’s what you can do to help minimize the grumbling, reduce the stress, and resolve the issue: Read more…

Classic TLNT

8 Ways to Help Make Your Office Meetings More Tolerable

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

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” — John Kenneth Galbraith, economist.

As we can all attest, business meetings often waste valuable productive time and tend to last far longer than they should.

But until we learn to communicate telepathically, they will remain a necessary evil — not just as a means of exchanging ideas and information — but also as a way to build relationships with others.

That doesn’t mean we have to like them. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Skilled Employees? Maybe You Need the Tour of Duty Approach

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When you think about the employer-employee dynamic, the old career path is dead, and the balance of power has really shifted toward the people who have critical skills.

Open up a major business publication any day of the week, and you’ll find employers talking about how hard it is to find employees with specific skills.

In a Harvard Business Review article and new book, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman advocates a new employer-employee compact that addresses this problem. Hoffman and his co-authors suggest hiring employees for “tours of duty” lasting two to four years.

The strategy misses some important nuances. Read more…

HR Management

Rules to Remember For Your Office Halloween Party

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Is your office dressing up for Halloween?

Mine isn’t. It’s not that I wouldn’t. OK, I wouldn’t. But if others wanted to, I wouldn’t say “no.”

I mean, everyone has that one person in their office that’s a little way too excited over Halloween. I get it. I have kids. They lose their minds at the thought of free candy and dressing up.

But you’re an adult. Let’s try and keep it together at the office. Read more…

HR Management, HR Technology

The Critical Importance of Project Management for HR

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Project management allows companies to oversee and forecast completion dates for each phase a project or initiative so they end on time, within budget, and within scale.

Using project management methods and tools, it’s possible to:

  • Identify failing aspects of a project;
  • Track and manage progress;
  • Visualize allocated time and resources. Read more…
HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

LinkedIn Lawsuit Puts Background Screening Function in Question

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Have you ever used LinkedIn to check up on someone? An employee or a prospective new hire?

I know I for one am guilty of this. And while I’ve never actually given the “recommendations” on LinkedIn much weight, I’ve often wondered whether employers actually rely on them to make a hiring decision.

Social media sites have given us a whole new window through which to view candidates — both professionally and personally. A recent case has pushed the issue back into the headlines, and this time, LinkedIn is in the spotlight. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

New Survey Shows That the Leadership Gap Is Wider Than Ever

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OMGoodness! A recent survey by SuccessFactors, an SAP company, found that 34 percent of executives say “a lack of adequate leadership is among the major impediments to achieving workforce goals.”

Another 42 percent say company growth plans are “slowed by lack of access to the right leadership.”

Well, none of this surprises me. (I’ll bet you aren’t surprised, either.) The past few years have been particularly hard on leaders, with most everyone agreeing we’re practically in a leadership drought. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring People Is Like Buying a Car: Do You Go With Flashy or Reliable?

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I’m going to put this into a car analogy.

Reliable is a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry. Flashy is a Chevy Camaro or a Dodge Charger.

You really can’t be both. In the auto world, the closest thing to being both is a Tesla, and most people can’t afford one of those! Read more…